Science at Home

Like to do experiments? Love Science? 

Check out the cool science links listed below!

 Scholastic – 40 Cool Science Experiments ~ http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/40-cool-science-experiments-web

Steve Spangler Science ~ http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments

PBS – Zoom Science ~ http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/

Parents -Everyday Science Experiments ~ http://www.parents.com/kids/education/math-and-science/everyday-science-experiments/#page=2

Science Channel – Top 10 DIY Projects for Kids of All Ages ~ http://www.sciencechannel.com/science-technology/10-diy-projects-for-kids-of-all-ages.htm

ARBOR DAY CONTEST

Trees. Not only do they provide shade and sometimes fruit as the weather warms, but they also provide the very air we breathe. Trees and other plants breathe in carbon dioxide and absorb energy from the sun in order to nourish themselves, and they breathe out oxygen as a byproduct. Humans and other animals breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, so humans and trees were meant to help each other! Unfortunately, many trees get cut down every day for the sake of various industries, which may ultimately cause our own air quality to deteriorate. Fight back! Plant a tree! Every state in the United States celebrates Arbor Day, often on the last Friday in April. Celebrate by planting your own beautiful tree. You may even be able to get a tree for free.

If you do choose to plant a tree this month, you can enter an Arbor Day contest. Submit a picture of yourself planting your tree with the hashtag #treeselfie by April 30 for a chance to win a cool book about trees or the environment! You can get started reading now with this book list.

This is NOT a South Brunswick School District Contest.

You must have your parent’s permission to enter this contest and email your picture!

With your parent’s permission email your #treeselfie to support@giftedandtalented.com
Subject: #treeselfie contest
Include the following information in your email
Student name:
Parent email address:
Student grade level:
Tell us about the tree you planted:

Engineering at Home

 Looking for Engineering Projects to try at home?  Check out the links below!

Instructables  - http://www.instructables.com/id/Project-Based-Engineering-for-Kids/ 

Discover Engineering – http://www.discoverengineering.org/

Engineering Interact – http://www.engineeringinteract.org/

PBS Kids Design Squad – http://pbskids.org/designsquad/

Teach Engineering – http://www.teachengineering.org/

 

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Financial Literacy at Home

Treasury Direct for Kids - http://www.treasurydirect.gov/kids/kids.htm
Learn about how the Treasury works with videos and games!

Planet Orange - http://www.orangekids.com
Planet Orange is a kids’ site from ING DIRECT. It’s designed to teach kids in grades 1–6 about money and responsibility in a way that’s engaging, interactive and most important—fun!

The Mint - http://www.themint.org/
The mint.org is packed with fun activities, games, challenges, quizzes and tests for kids and teens, tips for parents, and entertaining programs and lesson plans for teachers and students. Get started!

Links for Money Games

Rich Kid Smart Kid

GPB Kids Count On It

Identify Coins

Ed’s Bank

Learning About Coins

Counting Coins

Counting Money

 Money Bingo

Links for Online Money Stories

Literacy and Digital Storytelling Links for Home

Read, Write, Think Parent Resources 

Storyline Online The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is proud to bring you Storyline Online, an on-line streaming video program featuring SAG members reading children’s books aloud!  Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.

Bookbuilder  create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.

Little Bird Tales  is a storytelling and e-learning tool that can be implemented in hundreds of ways, and is great for kids of all ages, even for children who can’t read and write!

Mrs. P.com An award-winning FREE storybook destination. Classic children’s stories brought to life by TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P.

My Story Maker for younger kids; interactive digital story creator

Picture Book Maker create an online children’s book

Smilebox  mix photos, videos and music into a multimedia presentation

Student Publishing Publish individual student stories or have them each contribute to a class book; resources for librarians, teachers and parents; many FREE projects.

Voice Thread group conversations around images, documents, and videos

ZooBurst create a 3D pop-up book

Engineering at Home

 Looking for Engineering Projects to try at home?  Check out the links below!

Instructables  - http://www.instructables.com/id/Project-Based-Engineering-for-Kids/ 

Discover Engineering – http://www.discoverengineering.org/

Engineering Interact – http://www.engineeringinteract.org/

PBS Kids Design Squad – http://pbskids.org/designsquad/

Teach Engineering – http://www.teachengineering.org/

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Financial Literacy Resources

Treasury Direct for Kids - http://www.treasurydirect.gov/kids/kids.htm
Learn about how the Treasury works with videos and games!

Planet Orange - http://www.orangekids.com
Planet Orange is a kids’ site from ING DIRECT. It’s designed to teach kids in grades 1–6 about money and responsibility in a way that’s engaging, interactive and most important—fun!

The Mint - http://www.themint.org/
The mint.org is packed with fun activities, games, challenges, quizzes and tests for kids and teens, tips for parents, and entertaining programs and lesson plans for teachers and students. Get started!

Links for Money Games

GPB Kids Count On It

Identify Coins

Ed’s Bank

Learning About Coins

Counting Coins

Counting Money

 Money Bingo

Links for Online Money Stories

Wise Pockets

 

 

River of Words Contest (All Grades)

River of Words

River of Words

Look around you. See how your environment shapes the way you live and how you think about the world. Then write a poem or create a piece of art on what you discover. River of Words is an international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of Watersheds. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live and to express themselves through poetry and art. The contest is open to any child in the world, 5-19 years of age. Youth may enter the contest as many times as they like, but a separate entry form must be completed for each submission. All entrants will be acknowledged with a Watershed Explorer Certificate.

Click on the link for more information-  http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/center-for-environmental-literacy/river-of-words/art-poetry-contest

Click here for the - Individual Entry Form 2015 or submit your form online

 

PBS KIDS Writers Contest

The 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest is for kids who are in

Kindergarten,1st Grade, 2nd Grade or 3rd Grade. 

What is the PBS KIDS Writers Contest and who can enter?

It’s a Contest held by many local PBS member stations for kids in K-3rd grade who want to write and illustrate their own stories. If your local PBS station is participating, you can submit your story to your local station for judging, and a chance to win prizes! Plus, everyone who enters gets a Certificate of Achievement. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is managed by WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and participating local PBS member stations.

Click on the link for more information! http://pbskids.org/writerscontest/

PBS Kids Writers Contest