All posts in 5) Middle School

Amazing Adolescent with Cancer Young Adult Book

Books for Middle School That Teach Compassion

I am  not exactly sure why I am on a posting jag on books about children with cancer, but I have read both of these books recently. Nurse with the Red Clown Nose (an eBook picture book app for iPhone/iPad/iPod) and a Young Adult novel, Ever After Ever, by Jordan Sonnenblick seem to be a yin/yang serendipitous pairing.  There are not many people I know whose lives haven’t been touched by cancer, and these books give a perspective from a child with cancer’s point of view.  If you want to read my review of The Nurse with the Red Clown Nose, please click here. Read more…

iPhone/iPad/iPod app: iLiveMath Speed (word problems for ages 6-12)

iLiveMath Speed uses race cars, sail boats, jets, the Space Shuttle, and more to teach Distance = Rate x Time, ratios, km/hour, mph, knots, and speed of sound terms such as Mach, supersonic, and hypersonic in a word problem format!  I really like this app because it introduces Physics as a multiplication word problem appropriate for older elementary school students.

I don’t know about you, but I really struggled through Pre-Med college physics and had to get friends to help explain basic concepts to me (i.e.  see how we are walking at the same pace?  That’s speed.  Speed = distance X time [miles per hour or mph or km per hour].  Now we are walking faster.  Acceleration is the increase in speed.  The formula is acceleration = force / mass.  Force = mass X gravity.)  Yikes!  It gets complicated quickly that it is nice to introduce these concepts in a fun way such that it becomes intuitive rather than a memorization of formulas.  This app doesn’t actually cover acceleration but by teaching Distance = Rate x Time, it’s an appropriate and intuitive introduction to physics for an elementary school student.

The format of iLiveMath Speed is similar to iLiveMath Trains so click here to read that review which goes over some nice features in both apps such as the roll-y answer bar and the number sentence for correct answers.

Here are the levels for iLiveMath Speed with a sample problem from the app.

Level 1:  Addition and Subtraction

A lead pack of 13 Formula One cars drafted in a line and as they rounded a turn, 2 zoomed ahead.  How many are left behind?

Level 2:  Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication (speed, rate, distance and time)

If sailboats raced at an average speed of 16 knots, how many nautical miles are traveled in 2 hours?  (1 knot = 1 nautical mile/hr).

Level 3:  Advanced Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication (with speed, rate, distance and time)

If a Maglev train journeyed at an average speed to 223 mph, how many miles are traveled in 7 hours?  (Distance = Rate x Time)

Again, like iLiveMath Trains, there are appealing photos of things that go fast as well as fun sound effects.  Here are some screen shots:

This app is appealing to boys but I would try girls out on it as well!  The app is $3.99 and can be purchased at iTunes.  You can click on the little icon above to check out at iTunes.

Follow PragmaticMom’s board Math Fun on Pinterest.

Follow PragmaticMom’s board Math Fun on Pinterest.

Top 10: Best Boy AND Girl Characters in Adult and Children’s Books

Best Characters in Books EVER!

I found this pair of posts on some great blogs and the dicotomy of boys versus girls made me want to post them both at the same time.  I have not read all these books, but these lists make me want to!  For the full post on boys (thank you, Must Love Books), click here.  For the full post on girls (thank you, Consumed by Books), click here. Read more…

confident kid, how to raise a confident kid,

How To: Raise a Confident Kid

Tips for Raising a Confident Kid

DesignTrackMind asked me to post on this topic and I thought, “Gee, I wish I knew myself.”  She said that she is asking me, not because I have all the answers, but because she knows that I will go crazy and do all the research.  So, I did it, and here it is.  And may we all raise confident kids because the world would be a better place if we did. Read more…

Notable Native American Children’s Author: Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac Author Study

They say that history is written by the victor.  In the case of the Native Americans, I will say that while the victors may allow the Native Americans a voice, the winners seem to get a better distribution deal.  And it’s strange that we, who grow up in the United States and even study history in college, know so little about the Native American heritage. Read more…

From Kids Lit: TD Canadian Children’s Lit Awards (ages 2-16)

This is from Kids’ Lit which is from the Menemsha Library and is a really awesome blog.  You know, the kind that put you to shame?  Yeah, it’s that good!

These make great gifts to the Canadians in your life.

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton

Home Free by Sharon Jennings

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson

Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

The Delicious Bug by Janet Perlman

Me and You by Geneviève Côté

Our Corner Grocery Store by Joanne Schwartz

Timmerman Was Here by Colleen Sydor

You’re Mean, Lily Jean by Frieda Wishinsky

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road by Priscilla Galloway

Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors by Charis Cotter

Follow That Map! A First Book of Mapping Skills by Scot Ritchie

A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson

Whispers from the Ghettos by Kathy Kacer

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

Bitter, Sweet by Laura Best

Crusade by John Wilson

Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard

Vanishing Girl by Shane Peacock

Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry

To examine any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

2010 Children’s Book Award Winners

Best Books for Kids: Newbery, Caldecott and More

This is from the Association of Library Services for Children. Read more…

If You Love That Dog by Creech, A Latina Version

Multicultural Novel in Verse for Middle School Girls

Call Me Maria:  A novel in letters, poems and prose by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Maria

is a song.  As in,  I just Met a Girl Named Maria Read more…

2010 Africana Awards for Best Children’s Literature

Best Multicultural Books for Kids

I found this great site called Africa Access, founded in 1989 to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their children’s collection on Africa.  Africa Access Review, the online database, contains over 1000 annotations and reviews of children’s books written by university professors, librarians, and teachers most of whom have lived in Africa and have graduate degrees in African Studies.  Their award, Children’s Africana Book Awards, has presented more than forty awards since 1992.  These are the winners for 2010 with reviews by Africa Access. Read more…