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Sunday, September 9, 2007


  1. Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Written by one of my favorite authors, this book is about a girl named Bethany Cole whose mother mysteriously starts crying non-stop around the time of Bethany's thirteenth birthday.  Bethany's father brings the twelve-year-old girl out to a little town in the middle of Illinois.  There, they meet up with a kind old woman named Myrlie who is supposed to be Bethany's aunt.  Bethany is left with Aunt Myrlie while her parents go on a small vacation to settle down Mrs. Cole.  However, while at Myrlie's house, Bethany discovers some unusual secrets about herself, her parents, and a mysterious girl named Elizabeth.


   2.  Here Today by Ann M. Martin

Eleven-year-old Eleanor Roosevelt Dingman (Ellie) has always had a peculiar mother.  (How many people do you know whose moms change their names to Doris Day Dingman and make their kids call them Doris?)  When Ellie's mother is crowned the Bosetti Beauty of Spectacle, New York, Doris begins to think that Spectacle is too small for her.  Ellie and her younger siblings (Marie Curie Dingman and Albert Einstein Dingman) are appaled when Doris suddenley decides to move to New York City!  Ellie's world starts to fall apart, but you'll be with her all the way.  Ann M. Martin is an amazing writer, and she describes Ellie's worrys, joys, and adventures in great detail.

   3.  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Whether you're reading the shorter, little-kid picture book or the old fashioned novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a fantastic adventure!  Following Proffesor Aronnax from the Abraham Lincoln to the underwater Nautilus (piloted by Captain Nemo) was so much fun.  This classic should be on everybody's bookshelf.




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Posted by: densonr
Wednesday, April 25, 2007


True, False, and Open Sentences

 There are three ways to identify equations: true, false, or open.  

5+3=8 is a true equation because we know that it is true -- 5+3 does equal eight.

5+3=7 is a false equation because 5+3 does not equal seven, it equals eight.

x+3=8 is an open equation because we do not know what x is, so the equation depends on what x is. 

To find out what x is, we use the same system used when finding what x equals in other algebraic equations:


X + 3 = 8        

 ↓ - 3  ↓ - 3

X       =   5

  1. Subtract three from where you added three.
  2. Subtract three from eight to balance the equation.
  3. Bring down the X and the = sign.

 Inequality equations look very similar. However, they do not have an "equals" sign.  Instead, they have "greater than" and "less than" symbols:  3+5<9 is true. 3+5>9 is false. X+5>9 is open, because it depends on what x is. To find what x is, you use the same system as the one used above to find the answer to an algebraic expression:

 X + 5 > 9

 ↓ - 5  ↓- 5

X       > 5

We can change the > sign to the > sign, which is a combination of the two signs = and >, which means that the variable and number (x and 5) can be either greater than or equal to the nine.

On a number line, this is how an inequality equation would look:



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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Scribe Post 4

The Coordinate System 
Learning Target: Graph ordered pairs of numbers on a coordinate plane.
There are numbers and letters on each of the lines of the grid space. You use a number and a letter to locate a specific square.
Q: What lines is the number I between?
A: (3,3), (2,3), (2,2), and (3,2)
Q: What lines is the number II between?
A: (3,3), (3,2), (2,2), and (2,3)
Q: What lines is the number III between?
A: (2,3), (4,2), (4,3) and (2,3)
Q: What lines is the number IV between?
A: (2,2), (4,2), (2,3), and (4,3)
If you want to, you can check out something at that has some interactive activites with coordinate planes.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Book Reviews

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism  

Have you ever wanted to hypnotize your parents to do something for you?  Molly Moon actually can!  Molly is the main character in Georgia Byng's series "The Adventures of Molly Moon" and learned how to hypnotize people and animals from a book she found in the library.  Molly and her best friend, Rocky, are both orphans living in a cruelly operated orphanage until Rocky is adopted and whisked away from London to go live in New York.  Molly, using her hypnotic powers, tries to track down Rocky but is blackmailed by a man who wants her to rob a one of the richest banks in America!  Georgia Byng tells this story in a very catching way that made me want to stay up late into the night reading about the escapades of Molly, her dog Petunia, and Rocky.  I enjoyed reading Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (the first book in the series) partially because it takes place in both England, where I've never been, and America, which I am very familiar with. Some other books in the Molly Moon series are Molly Moon Stops Time and Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure. I am sure that almost everyone who reads these marvelous books by Georgia Byng will love them!                                                 

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Midnight for Charlie Bone 

Midnight for Charlie Bone is a magical book in which Charlie Bone, a boy that is about eleven or twelve years old, discovers that he has the power to go into pictures and hear what the people in them are saying. Unfortunately, Charlie's evil great aunts send him off to a sort of boarding school (the children are only allowed to go home on the weekends) for children like him, who are desended from the Red King, the great magician king who lived long ago.  There, Charlie figures out that all of the desendents of the Red King have taken sides - good against bad. He jjoins the good side and tries to get rid of the evil others. Jenny Nimmo is a wonderful author, and she explains Charlie's feelings very well. The setting is perfect - a boy's father has gone missing, the boy dicovers that he has magical powers, and he is unwillingly sent off to a strange school. I enjoyed every single word of Midnight for Charlie Bone! The other books in the Charlie Bone series are Charlie Bone and the Time Twister, Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy, Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors, and Charlie Bone and the Hidden King. The sixth book will hopefully be coming out soon!                                    

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

In this wonderful fantasy written by C.S. Lewis, Lucy Pevensie magically travels to a land called Narnia, where she meets a very kind faun named Mr.Tumnus who explains that Narnia is under a spell cast by the evil White Witch that makes it always winter in Narnia. Only four human children will be able to overthrow the White Witch and become the rightful rulers of Narnia. When Lucy returns home, she tells her brothers and sister about this, but they only laugh at her.  However, a few days later, all of the Pevensie children are transported to Narnia, where it is said that they must fight in a great battle against the White Witch.  C.S.Lewis wrote this book with a wonderful with a wonderful imagination, and the enchantment of Narnia will catch you up and pull you along.  Although The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia, it explains quite a bit about this series, and the books don't have to be read in order.       


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Cornelia and the Audacious Escapedes of the Somerset Sisters

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapedes of the Somerset Sisters, written by Leslie M.M. Blume, is a wonderful book about a lonely girl named Cornelia who almost never sees her parents, who are alwaus off playing at piano concerts. Cornelia befriends her new elderly neighbor, a kind woman named Virginia Somerset. Virginia tells Cornelia about all of the wonders she and her sisters saw as young women traveling the world. Now, Cornelia has something to look forward to each day instead of hiding herself behind long and complicated words that not many people understand. Virginia helps Cornelia to understand her mother and to make some friends. Reading Cornelia and the Audacious Escapedes of the Somerset Sisters helped me to learn new and facinating words. I thoroughly enjoyed it.  

note: Leslie M.M. Blume has a blog that talks more about her writing




Gregor the Overlander

How would you feel if you and your baby sister were suddenly transported through an air vent in the laundry room to an underground world? Gregor and his two-year-old sister Margaret, nicknamed Boots, came out of the air vent of their apartment's laundry room in a mass of tunnels filled with giant cockroaches who believe that Boots is a princess. The cockroaches lead Gregor and Boots to an enormous underground city where it is discovered that Gregor is the legendary "Overland Warrior" that appears in many of the prophecies foretold by Bartholemew of Sandwich, the founder of this underground city called "Regailia". Apparently, Gregor will play a big part in the huge war between the humans and the giant, talking rats. He is offered a sword to fight with, but refuses and is unsure what to do. Suzanne Collins is a very talented author. Gregor the Overlander, along with the three other books in this series, (Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, The Curse of the Warmbloods, and Gregor and the Marks of Secret) has to be one of my favorite books.



Other really good books:                                                                                                                        

The Sisters Grimm Series by Michael Buckley

Guardians of Ga'Hoole Series by Kathryn Lasky

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson (and anything else written by Eva Ibbotson)

Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage

Hermux Tantamoq Trilogy by Michael Hoeye

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan  

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Scribe Post 2





Learning Target

Use strategies to develope formulas for finding the circumference of circles.


The circumference of a circle is equal to pi times its diameter or pi times twice its radius.


Q: Find the circumference of a circle with a diameter of 6.25 feet.

A: 1.99


Need more help?  Go to:

Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies

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