StationBreak December 2013

Math in the Real World

This month, we combed AETN PBS LearningMedia for the very best math interactives and selected our favorites to share with you. These interactives allow students to participate in activities and simulations that contextualize the math they are learning.

Awesome Interactives

How Big are You? - This Dinosaur Train interactive requires students to estimate the lengthes of different dinosaurs using animals they already know. (Grades Pre-K - 2)

Food Camp - This "Fizzy's Lunch Lab" interactive has students counting, completing equations, and measuring to complete challenges and unlock top-secret recipes. (Grades 1-2)

Railroad Repair - This game requires students to practice adding decimals in order to repair train tracks. (Grades 3-6)

Meerkatchers - In this collection of interactives, students must practice various fraction skills to complete objectives involving rascally cartoon meerkats. (Grades 4-6)

Dunk Tank - This collection of game show style interactives focuses on a range of topics: fractions, decimals, and percentages; area; volume; mean, median, mode, and range; ratio and proportion; and more. (Grades 4-8)

Graph Master - These two game show style interactives allow students to use graph creation and graph reading skills. (Grades 5-8)

Frequency Flyers - Students build frequency tables (with and without intervals) and record data based on ski jumps. (Grades 5-8)

Fling It! - This interactive about trebuchets requires students to make predictions based on data, collect data and place it on a line graph, and predict what will happen next if the pattern they observe continues. (Grades 5-8)

Reroofing Your Uncle's House - Students practice geometry and measuring skills by using a simulated tape measure, notepad, and calculator to solve a construction problem. (Grades 9-12)

Minimum and Maximum of a Graph - In this baseball interactive, students examine quadratic formulas to determine the maximum and minimum points on a graph, in addition to matching parabolic graphs to the appropriate formulas. (Grades 9-12)

New STEM Site

Visit AETN ArkansasIDEAS' brand new STEM site! There, you will find videos of STEM foundation lessons that were carried out in Arkansas classrooms. For each of the seven foundations, there is an elementary, middle school, and high school lesson. All of the Teacher Created Materials needed to teach the lessons, as well as a presentation explaining the "how and why" of the lessons, are also included on the site.

AETN PBS KIDS Writing Contest 2014

Few things capture a child's imagination like a good book, but far too many children have not yet developed the skills they need to read on their own. In fact, a 2011 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that more than 2/3rds of all fourth graders cannot read at grade level. Together, we can work to change those results.

We invite you to join our efforts to build literacy skills and love of reading through the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. This local-national contest is designed to promote the advancement of children's literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original work. For more than five years, students in Arkansas have participated in PBS KIDS' annual writing contest, building their creative voices, and developing critical reading and writing skills.

To make this contest a major success, we invite you to join in the fun. Encourage your K-3 grade students to submit their stories to AETN by Friday, April 4, 2014. For contest rules and information go to

"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas" Contest

Would you like to win a Christmas prize pack for your class? Goodies include a "Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas" storybook, stickers, crayons, and bookmarks, just in time for the holidays. Beginning Monday, December 2, watch the ArkansasIDEAS Facebook and Twitter pages for our announcement. Then, comment with your favorite Cat in the Hat or Dr. Seuss classroom moment to enter. We'll select a winner on Monday, December 9.

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