**Mrs. Ketina Blocker Lyons**

Media Specialist

Virtual Office Hours:

(Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

Email: kblocker@bessk12.org

Check Westhills Elementary School Facebook page and School Website weekly for Author Readings, Storytime, Interactive Videos, Acellus updates, Literacy Resources, online activities, and EL Resources

www.westhillselementaryschool.com

**YouTube Channels for Elementary Students**

If you don’t live in or around Washington, D.C., you don’t have easy access to the highly educational Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. But, you do have access to the Smithsonian Channel on YouTube. Your kids can learn about hammerhead sharks, monkeys, World War II, and 9/11, all on one channel, created by an unquestionably reliable source.

Chicago’s Field Museum has created a YouTube channel called The Brain Scoop, which engages kids with such videos as “Why Did King Tut Have a Flat Head?” and “The Human Biology Collection.”

3. Houston Zoo

If your child has an affinity for animals, check out the Houston Zoo YouTube channel. YouTube often gives kids (and adults) access to many popular educational attractions that are too far away to visit in person.

4. WordWorldPBS

Another reputable source for quality, kid-friendly content is PBS. Your child can “watch words come alive” on the WordWorldPBS channel. Their animated and animal-themed content is great for younger kids!

Similarly, Sesame Street has its own YouTube channel, featuring all of your child’s favorite characters! These videos really excel at making learning entertaining for young children.

6. TED-Ed

TED-Ed (from the nonprofit responsible for TED Talks) is committed to creating lessons worth sharing. On this channel, kids can be challenged by perplexing riddles, or they can investigate nature or ponder such subjects as “questions no one knows the answers to.”

7. Smart Girls

For older kids, check out Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls channel. It features the requisite DIYs that kids love, such as how to make fizzing bath bombs, for example, but also provides profiles of inspiring women, including astronauts and scientists, not to mention manners tutorials and videos designed to inspire girls to become involved in social issues such as climate change.

8. SoulPancake

The SoulPancake YouTube channel dishes out a menu of “brain batter” about art, culture, science, philosophy, and more. As the site proclaims, “We make stuff that matters.”

9. SciShow

Subscribe to SciShow and give your child the ability to “explore the unexpected.” What is gluten? Why do cats purr? What really killed the dinosaurs? Why can’t dogs eat chocolate? You and your kids can explore these fascinating questions and many more!

In this case, the name really does say it all! This channel is “all about science, the amazing universe we live in, and the pleasure of finding things out.” Joe Hanson, PhD, explains how things work and why things are the way they are.

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- You Are Your Child's First Math Teacher
- Why Is Math Important
- The Magic Of Math Is Everywhere
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**Reading Resources**

Leading to Reading

This fun and interactive site offers stories, nursery rhymes, and other activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It also contains information to help parents and childcare providers develop the language skills of young children.

http://www.rif.org/leadingtoreading/

How To Create A Literate Home

What exactly is a "literate home?" It is an environment that encourages children to learn to read and write and become lifelong readers and writers. Transforming your home into a literate home is simple and inexpensive. You need to consider what kinds of materials to have on hand and how to arrange materials so your child will use them. More importantly, you need to interact with your child in ways that foster literacy development.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/readinglanguage/articles/literatehome/main.html

Reading Articles for Educators

http://www.rif.org/educators/articles/default.mspx#Reading_Aloud

RIF's Reading Lesson Plans for Teachers

http://www.rif.org/educators/lessonplans/default.mspx

Motivational Activities

Keep students excited about reading by incorporating motivational activities into your curriculum. Click on the links below to find hundreds of great activities to keep your students reading.

http://www.rif.org/educators/activities/default.mspx

A Child's Bookshelf: Inside Children's Literature Video

A Child’s Bookshelf: Inside Children’s Literature is a two-part series hosted by Ann Curry of The Today Show. It features interviews with seven of the country’s most celebrated children’s book authors and illustrators including renowned poet, Jack Prelutsky and actor and author, John Lithgow.

http://www.rif.org/educators/childrenslit/default.mspx

Storyline Online

http:www.storylineonline.net/

Read to Me

http://readtomelv.com

We Give Books

http://wegiveboopks.org

Starfall

http://starfall.com

ABCya

http://abcya.com

Storynory

http://www.storynory.com**Social Studies**

War of 1812 Video

8 minute video

Brief summary of the War of 1812

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=19406&title=War_of_1812

American Transcontinental Railroad- video

7 minute video

Brief history of the American Transcontinental Railroad

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=19400&title=Transcontinental_Railroad

Sojourner Truth- video

5 minute video

Great Women in History; Sojourner Truth

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=87072&title=Great_Women_In_History___Sojourner_Truth

Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA- video

4 minute video

Interesting facts about Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=19429&title=Independence_Hall

Longitude and Latitude video/song

4 minute video

Video/song

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=243468&title=Longitude_and_Latitude

Abraham Lincoln reads the Gettysburg Address

5 minute video

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=114523&title=Abraham_Lincoln_Reads_The_Gettysburg_Address

50 Nifty States

2 minute video/song naming the 50 states

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=35821&title=Fifty_Nifty_United_States_

Jamestown Colony

9 minute video explaining the Jamestown Colony

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=19705&title=Jamestown_Settlement

US Presidents

3 minute video/song naming the presidents thru Clinton

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=55302&title=Animaniacs___Presidents_

Ellis Island

5 minute video

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=22402&title=A_Virtual_Voyage_to_Ellis_Island

The Constitution and Preamble

3 minute video

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=196683&title=US_Constitution

WW II and the Holocaust/Anne Frank

3 minute video

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=171521&title=WWII_and_the_Holocaust**English/Literature**

Poetry Ideas

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=68

Semicolon; 2 times to use it

5 minute video

2 main uses of semicolon

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=244913&title=The_Semicolon__It_s_Not_Just_a_Fancy_Comma

Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots Video/Rap

3 minute video/rap explaining prefixes, suffixes and root words

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=126398&title=Prefixes__Suffixes__and_Roots_Rap**Math**

Fractions Rap Video

3 minute video

Fractions Rap Video

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=24266&title=Mr_Duey___Fractions_Official_Video

Multiplications Nine Times Table- video rap

3 minute video

Video/rap

Learn the 9's multiplication facts

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=19743&title=9_Multiplication_Tables_HipHop_Music_Video

Area and Perimeter Video Rap

1 minute video/rap

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=157&title=Mrs__Burk_Perimeter_Rap

Simplify Fractions Video/Rap

1 minute video/rap how to simplify fractions

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=156&title=Mrs__Burk_s_Simplify_Rap

Quadrilateral Video/Rap

2 minute video/rap explaining quadrilaterals

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=8870&title=Quadrilateral_Rap_by_Bob

Multiplication of 2 digit numbers

4 minute video

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=77588&title=Turtlehead_Multiplication

Geometry/Circles- Formulas video/song

2 minutes video

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=38335&title=Circle_Song_2**Science**

Photosynthesis

3 minute video/rap explaining the process of photosynthesis

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=62625&title=Photosynthesis

Water Cycle Video

1 minute song explaining the water cycle

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=7708&title=Water_Cycle_Song

Plant and Animal Cells/ Video Rap

1 minute video/rap explaining the difference in plant and animal cells

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=125855&title=Cell_Rap

3 states of matter; solids, liquids and gases

8 minute video discussing the 3 states of matter

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=2071&title=Solids__Liquids_and_Gases_PART_1_

Water Cycle Video/Song

3 minute video/song explaining the water cycle

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=120556&title=Cool_Water_Cycle_Song

Weathering and Erosion Video

3 minute video explaining weathering and erosion

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=20814&title=Weathering_and_Erosion_by_StudyJams

Photosynthesis

2 minute video/song explaining the process of photosynthesis

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=49549&title=Photosynthesis_Song

Rocks and Minerals

6 minute video/song explaining rocks and minerals

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=1256&title=Rocks_don_t_Roll__The_science_of_rocks_and_minerals

Newtons' 3 laws

2 minute video

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=145186&title=Newtons_three_laws

Water and the 3 states of matter

6 minute video

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=14297&title=Dr__Loopy_experiments_with_the_states_of_water

Molecules and Atoms

2 minute video

How atoms bond to make molecules

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=538&title=Making_Molecules_with_Atoms**Newspapers**

Encouraging Young Writers

Long before they go to school, before they even know the alphabet, children begin to write. In fact, for most children, literacy begins at home . . . with a crayon. The scribbles of very young children have meaning to them, and scribbling actually helps them to develop the language skills that lead to reading. Young children who are encouraged to draw and scribble stories will learn to write more easily, effectively, and confidently once they head off to school.

http://www.rif.org/parents/articles/encouragingyoungwriters.mspx**Professional Resources**

Web Resources

Are you searching for online resources to help you further your research on literacy topics? We've compiled some great links for you here.

http://www.rif.org/educators/webresources/default.mspx

Gateways to Early Literacy

Gateways to Early Literacy, a production of RIFNet, consists of four half-hour videos that explore the critical ways family childcare providers can enrich and support children's early language and literacy development.

http://www.rif.org/educators/gateways/default.mspx

Care to Read

Care to Read is RIF's early literacy program that supports children's emergent literacy skills through training and resources for childcare staff in center- and home-based childcare programs. Six workshops cover important topics in early literacy development and use children's literature to actively engage childcare staff and illustrate literacy development concepts. Care to Read training is typically done through a "train the trainer" model that prepares participants to return to their programs and deliver the six workshops to their colleagues.

http://www.rif.org/educators/caretoread/default.mspx**Homework**

Helping With Homework

As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in your child's academic achievement. By taking steps to get involved in your child's education, you can bridge the gap between home and school to ensure your child's success in learning and in life. Below you'll find both practical guidance and valuable information about how you can help your children with homework.

http://www.rif.org/parents/articles/homework.mspx**Parents**

PBS Parents

Parent Guides, Issues and Advice, Fun and Games

http://www.pbs.org/parents/

RIF's School Connection

Children succeed best in school when teachers, parents, and children work together. Developing a parent-teacher partnership with open communication is essential to a child's learning — and both parents and teachers are responsible for making this happen.

http://www.rif.org/parents/school/default.mspx

Preparing Your Child For School

As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in your child's academic achievement. By taking steps to get involved in your child's education, you can bridge the gap between home and school to ensure your child's success in learning and in life. These research-based tips provide both practical guidance and valuable information about preparing your child for school.

http://www.rif.org/parents/articles/preparingkidsforschool.mspx

Monitoring School Work

As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in your child's academic achievement. By taking steps to get involved in your child's education, you can bridge the gap between home and school to ensure your child's success in learning and in life.

http://www.rif.org/parents/articles/monitoringSchoolWork.mspx

Getting the Most Out of Parent Teacher Conferences

As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in your child's academic achievement. By taking steps to get involved in your child's education, you can bridge the gap between home and school to ensure your child's success in learning and in life. The research-based tips in this article provide both practical guidance.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=59

Children Who Can Read But Don't...

Studies show what common sense tells us: the more kids read, the better they read and the more pleasure they get out of reading. Unfortunately, the reverse holds true: children who read very little usually have poor reading skills. Reading is a struggle for them, and they avoid it whenever possible. Is there anything that you can do to encourage your children to read? First, it's helpful to know your child's reasons for not liking or wanting to read. These reasons can help you decide what will work best in motivating your child to discover or rediscover how much fun reading can be.

http://www.rif.org/parents/articles/ChidrenWhoDontRead.mspx

10 Signs of a Great Early Childhood Classroom

If your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 and attends a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten program, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests you look for these 10 signs to make sure your child is in a good classroom.

http://www.rif.org/parents/articles/10signs.mspx

Communities Matter

A bumper sticker states, "If you can read this, thank a teacher." But the latest research indicates the situation is more complex. Who plays the critical roles in preparing a successful reader?

http://www.rif.org/parents/articles/communites_matter.mspx

Working With Teachers and Schools

Many teachers say that they don't often receive information from parents about problems at home. Many parents say that they don't know what the school expects from their children or from them. Sharing information is essential and both teachers and parents are responsible for making it happen. The following questions and answers can help you to get the most out of talking to your child's teacher or with other school staff members.

http://www.rif.org/parents/articles/Teachers_Schools.mspx

Homework Tips on Reading: What Parents Can Do

understanding the importance of homework and the role that parental involvement plays in assigning homework.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=57

RIF's School Connection

Children succeed best in school when teachers, parents, and children work together. Developing a parent-teacher partnership with open communication is essential to a child's learning — and both parents and teachers are responsible for making this happen.

http://www.rif.org/parents/school/default.mspx

Tips for Getting More Involved in My Child's School

As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in your child's academic achievement. By taking steps to get involved in your child's education, you can bridge the gap between home and school to ensure your child's success in learning and in life.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=60

Tips for Back To School Reading and Beyond

Research shows that parental involvement in developing their children's love of literature is critical to raising lifelong readers. As family schedules are reorganized to begin the school year, now is a great time for kids and parents to be sure they incorporate reading into their daily routines. Below are some fun and practical ways to make reading a normal and natural part of family life and encourage kids of varying ages to get reading-ready as they head back to the classroom and prepare to dive into books all year long.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=13

Forty-Four Proven Ideas Parents Can Use to Help Their Children Do Better in School

http://www.rif.org/parents/articles/44waysparents_schoolsuccess.mspx

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education

NCPIE advocates for parents' involvement in their children's education and encourages relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation's young people

http://www.ncpie.org/

10 At Home Vacation Ideas

Facing a summer without vacation plans? Here are ten ideas to help you and your family get away from it all this summer, with the help of some good books of course.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=71

10 Options for Reading Outside the Book

Encourage your kids to read alternative materials during summer and other free time from school.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=69

20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading

Browse 20 suggestions for turning your reluctant preteen or teen into a reader.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=3

How to Nurture a Growing Reader

Reading doesn't just happen. It is a skill that must be nurtured from a child's earliest years. Once children know how to read, they still need gentle coaxing and support to reach their full potential as readers.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=6

Keep Kids Reading This Summer -- Take Them to the Library!

School's out! Time to take a break from the daily academic routine. For many children, however, this means taking a break from reading and running the risk of losing important reading skills. So how can parents keep kids reading and learning all summer long? Take them to the library!

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=34

RIF's Ter-RIF-ic Summer Reading Tips for Families

Experts agree: Children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often experience learning losses. Kids across the nation are sure to find reading enticing this summer with these tips.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=14

Stress-Busting Holiday Reading Tips for Families

While the holidays can be stressful and frantic for many moms and dads, spending time reading together is a great reason to turn off the television, cuddle up, and relax.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=62

Tips for Back to School Reading and Beyond

Research shows that parental involvement in developing their children's love of literature is critical to raising lifelong readers. As family schedules are reorganized to begin the school year, now is a great time for kids and parents to be sure they incorporate reading into their daily routines.

http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=13**Reading Activities for Kids**

RIF's Reading Planet

http://www.rif.org/readingplanet/**Photo Albums**

Third Grade Field Trip

http://http://www.mychurchphotos.com/AlbumPhotos.aspx?id=2000282&album=4031380**Videos**

50 States and Capitals (Cartoon Song)

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=15395&title=50_States_and_Capitals__cartoon_song_&ref=Karenktravis**Math Lessons**

Decimal Lessons

Does your child need additional instruction on decimals. Here are 13 lessons from introducing decimals to converting them.

http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/02-decimals/index.html

Fractions

Does your child need additional instruction on fractions. There are 13 lessons from What is a Fraction to Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/fractions/index.html

Factors and Primes

Does your child need extra lessons in factors and prime numbers. Here are 4 lessons.

http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/00-factors-primes/index.html

Greatest Common Factors and Least Common Multiples

Does your child need extra instruction concerning Greatest Common Factors and Least Common Multiples?

Here are 4 lessons.

http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/01-gcfs-lcms/index.html

Exponents

Does your child need extra instruction concerning exponents?

Here are 4 lessons.

http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/04-exponents/index.html

Properties

Does your child need extra instruction concerning the properties of math?

Here are 9 lessons.

http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/06-properties/index.html

Signed Numbers or Integers

Does your child need extra instruction concerning negative numbers, etc.? Here are 10 lessons.

http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/08-signed-numbers-integers/index.html

Fractions

Here are some additional lessons on fractions from reducing fractions to improper fractions, etc.

There are 17 lessons.

http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/01-p2-fractions/index.html

Percents

Does your child need extra instruction concerning percents, including converting percents.

Here are 5 lessons.

http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/03-percents/index.html

Order of Operations

Does your child need extra instruction on order of operations?

Here are 5 lessons.

http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/05-order-of-operations/index.html

Introduction to Algebra

Here are some lessons on algebra: exponents, polynomials, radicals, solving equations, and graphing.

Look at the bottom of the web page for the links.

http://www.coolmath.com/prealgebra/index.html

Pre-calculus and Calculus, Trigonometry, etc.

Here are 32 lessons.

http://www.coolmath.com/precalculus-review-calculus-intro/index.html

Geometry

Here are some lessons.

http://www.coolmath.com/0-geometry-math-art.html

Finance

Here are 6 lessons concerning various aspects of finance

http://www.financefreak.com/

Basic Facts

Some your child need some extra help in addition, subtraction, multiplication or division?

Here are some lessons and games.

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/0-arithmetic-help-lessons-practice.html

Math Dictionary

Coolmath's Online Math Dictionary

http://www.coolmath.com/reference/online-math-dictionary.html

Math formulas, definitions, properties, diagrams and examples

http://www.coolmath.com/reference/online-math-dictionary.html

Online Graphing Calculator

Online Graphing Calculator

http://www.coolmath.com/graphit/index.html

Online Calculators

Different kinds of online calculators

http://www.coolmath.com/calculators/index.html

How to Study for a Math Test

Study Tips

http://www.coolmath.com/studytip.htm

How to Study for a Math Final Test or Exam

Study Tips

http://www.coolmath.com/finaltip.htm

Math Tips for Parents

http://www.coolmath.com/parents/

Preschool Math Activities to Get Ready for Kindergarten

http://www.coolmath4parents.com/preschool-activities-to-get-ready-for-kindergarten.htm

How to Help with Math Homework

http://www.coolmath4parents.com/how-to-help-with-math-homework.html

Math Videos

More Math Videos

http://www.mathplayground.com/mathvideos.html

Word Problem Strategies

Steps you can use to solve word problems

http://www.mathstories.com/strategies.htm

Clue Words for Solving Math Word Problems

How do you know when to add, subtract, multiply or divide?

Look at these clue words.

http://teachers.redclay.k12.de.us/pamela.waters/math/clue_words_for_story_problems.html

Rounding Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_round.html

What is a Prime Number Video

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_round.html

What is Prime Factorization Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_primefactorization.html

What are Divisibility Rules Video lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_divisibility.html

How do you find GCF and LCM? Video lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_gcflcm.html

Word Problem- Greatest Common Factor Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_WPGFC.html

How Do You Add Fractions Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_fractions_diffden.html

How Do You Reduce Fractions? Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_fractions_reduce.html

Changing Fractions into Decimals Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_fractions_decimals.html

How do you divide fractions? Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_divide_fractions.html

Find a Fraction of a Number- Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_fractionofanumber.html

Compare and Order Fractions Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_comparefractions.html

How do you find the sale price? Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_findsaleprice.html

Convert Fractions and Decimals to Percent- Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_perfracdec.html

Calculating the Tip Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_percentwp.html

Percents Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/mv_percents.html

Percent Change Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/mv_percent_change.html

How Do You Subtract by Regrouping Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_regroupI.html

How Can I Learn My Times Tables Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_learnmultfacts.html

Learn Multiplication Facts Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/FV_MultiplicationFacts.html

How Do You Do Long Division Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_longdivision.html

What is a Quotient? Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_quotients.html

How Do You Multiply Decimals Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_multiplydecimals.html

How Do You Divide Decimals Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_dividedecimals.html

Divide Decimals by the Power of 10 Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_dividedecimalspower10.html

What is a Ratio? Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_ratios.html

What are Equal Ratios? Video Lesson

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_equalratios.html

Solving Ratio Word Problems Video Lessons

http://www.mathplayground.com/howto_ratiowordproblems.html

Ratios Video Lessons

http://www.mathplayground.com/mv_ratios.html

Proportions Video Lessons

http://www.mathplayground.com/mv_proportions.html

Measurement and Data Video Lessons

Scroll down to the bottom of the page

http://www.mathplayground.com/mathvideos.html

Algebra and Prealgebra Video Lessons

Scroll down to the bottom of the page

http://www.mathplayground.com/mathvideos.html

Geometry Video Lessons

Scroll down to the bottom of the page

http://www.mathplayground.com/mathvideos.html

Word Problems- Video Lessons

Practice doing different type of word problems

http://www.mathplayground.com/wordproblems.html

Math Games

http://www.mathplayground.com/games.html

Logic Puzzles and Games

http://www.mathplayground.com/logicgames.html

Addition Topics

http://www.aaaknow.com/add.htm

Equations Topics

http://www.aaaknow.com/equ.htm

Comparing (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/cmp.htm

Counting (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/cmp.htm

Decimals (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/dec.htm

Division (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/div.htm

Estimation (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/est.htm

Exponents (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/exp.htm

Fractions (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/fra.htm

Geometry (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/geo.htm

Measurement (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/mea.htm

Estimation and Rounding

http://www.aaaknow.com/est.htm

Money

http://www.aaaknow.com/mny.htm

Multiplication (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/mul.htm

Naming Numbers

http://www.aaaknow.com/nam.htm

Patterns (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/pat.htm#topic1

Percent

http://www.aaaknow.com/pct.htm

Place Value

http://www.aaaknow.com/plc.htm

Properties (topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/pro.htm

Ratios (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/rat.htm

Statistics (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/sta.htm

Subtraction (Topics)

http://www.aaaknow.com/sub.htm**Science Lessons**

Astronomy

Does your child need some extra instruction concerning astronomy?

Here are some lessons, games and apps.

http://www.sciencemonster.com/astronomy/index.html

Earth Science

Does your child need some extra instruction concerning earth science?

Here are some lessons and apps.

http://www.sciencemonster.com/earth-science/index.html

Life Science

Does your child need some extra instruction concerning life science?

Here are some lessons and games.

http://www.sciencemonster.com/life-science/index.html

Physical Science

Does your child need some extra instruction concerning physical science?

Here are some lessons.

http://www.sciencemonster.com/physical-science/index.html**Mom's Homeroom; Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School**

A Musical Mind

The importance of music

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/252

Board of Learning

Ways board games can help your child

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/247

Getting Creative

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/19

Beyond the Classroom

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/43

Developing Study Skills

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/44

Fun with Science

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/46

Cooperation Begins at Home

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/73

How to Motivate Learning

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/129

Make Summertime Learning Time

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/130

How Breakfast Helps Kids Learn

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/132

How Does Your Child Learn

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/133

Memory Tips and Tricks

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/134

How to Get Kids to Eat Breakfast

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/135

Nutritionist: Benefits of Breakfast

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/137

Playground Lessons

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/138

Don't Fight the Learning Process

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/141

Learning From Mistakes

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/143

Recognize Learning Styles

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/144

Connect Money and Math

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/152

You Lost Another Coat

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/articles/4/30970869

How Important is Play in Preschool?

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/articles/4/30723665

The Physical Learner

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/articles/4/30723533

Identify That State: Geography Game

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/articles/4/30722461

Weather Graph

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/articles/4/30722266

Globetrotting Gourmets

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/articles/4/30707078

Additional Articles and Tools from Mom's Homeroom

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/articles

Additional Videos from Mom's Homeroom

http://momshomeroom.msn.com/videos/4/page/1