Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Our 2010 Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon!

Get ready for Scholastic’s Book Fair SAFARI!

Come to MEI Elementary’s Scholastic Book Fair 2010!
Find it in the MEI Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room
The first week of December!


Adobe will Read ALOUD!!! Who knew?

Thanks for this info from Mrs. Susan Watts!

A .pdf file can be "read aloud" using the Adobe Acrobat Reader...

If you find a pdf. document online that you want to use / read, first you
will need to save it to your computer (My Documents, Desktop, etc.).
Then OPEN the pdf.
From the toolbar at the top of the page select: VIEW----> then scroll down to

The Adobe program will read the page aloud to you...and NO fancy text reader software program needed!

Imagine the possibilities...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Nancy Rue Nov 6, 2010 at Lynden, WA


Nancy Rue coming to Lynden, WA !!

Tour Dates and Locations:

November 6, 2010 - Beauty of Believing Event with Nancy Rue

Where: Lynden, WA


Word of Life Church
1986 Main Street
Lynden, WA 98264

When: 1PM-4:30PM (Doors open at 12:15PM)

Tickets are $12 per tween if you purchase online, or $16 at the door.
Moms and mentors are FREE!

Tickets go on sale in early September at www.itickets.com
Invite your friends to this public event, sponsored in part by GEMS!
For more information, call: (801)GEM-SCLB or email Julie Ball at faithgirlzlynden@gmail.com

KidsBooks hosts authors in November!

KidsBooks Author Events: Exciting author events in November at Kidsbooks!

Nov 2nd Suzanne Collins

Nov 4th Annie Barrows

Nov 8th & 9th Deborah Ellis and

Nov 24th Scott Westerfeld

and a few book launches too!

TICKETS REQUIRED – FREE http://www.kidsbooks.ca/
A limited number of tickets are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis only - sorry, no phone calls or emails; tickets must be picked up in person at Broadway store. Our website will be updated to indicate ticket availability, so check there before coming to the store!
Suzanne Collins
Tuesday November 2nd
from 7-8:30 pm
Kidsbooks, 3083 West Broadway

Annie Barrows
Two great events to choose from:

In North Vancouver: Thursday November 4th at 4:00 pm
Please note offsite venue: North Van District Library, Lynn Valley Branch
Community Meeting Room 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
For more information, call Kidsbooks in the Village at 604-986-6190
In Vancouver: Thursday November 4th at 7:00 pm

Please note offsite venue: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Gym
2550 Camosun Street (at W.10th Ave.)
For more information, call 604-738-5335

Deborah Ellis
Two Events Planned:
In Vancouver: Monday November 8th at 7:00 pm
Venue location: Kidsbooks 3083 West Broadway

In South Surrey: Tuesday November 9th at 7:00 pm
Venue location: Kidsbooks 15033 32nd Ave South Surrey

A Steampunk celebration with
Scott Westerfeld
Wednesday November 24th at 7:00 pm
Please Note Offsite Venue:
West Point Grey United Church Sanctuary
4595 West 8th Avenue

Come dressed as your best Victorian/Steampunk
look to be eligible to win a signed framed print from
Leviathan by illustrator Keith Thompson!

Some exciting book launches happening too!

Jill Barber - see http://www.kidsbooks.ca/
for details
Saturday November 6th 10:30 am

Simply Read authors at Kidsbooks
Nov 15 Book launch for Simply Read authors at 7 pm
Location: Kidsbooks 3083 West Broadway

OrcaBooks authors at Kidsbooks
Nov 18 Book Launch for Orca Books authors at 7 pm
Location: Kidsbooks 3083 West Broadway

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Math Web Tools K-12

Here are some cool interactive math tools for all ages that were recommended to me by a colleague:



3D design is a great motivational and instructional tool. It exercises both left-brain and right-brain skills, and appeals to students of all abilities. ModelMetricks books contain easy-to-follow projects based on the free Google SketchUp application, to show how to model anything in 3D.



This site contains a variety of interactive Algebra help/ problems/activities



This site has a service for drawing the graphs of all kinds of functions . With Archimy, you will draw the graph of any function and form, just use your imagination. The program must be downloaded and is free.

Arcademic Skill Builder


Our research-based and standards-aligned free educational math games and language arts games will engage, motivate, and help teach students. Click a button below to play our free multi-player and single-player games!



This site has interactive Mathematical graph and charting software for geometry and statistics

Chart Gizmo


This site has an incredible chart builder for any type of data that can be typed or uploaded to this tool

Chart Tool


This site is another great tool for creating Charts and graphs On Onlinecharttool.com you can design and share your own graphs online and for free We support a number of different chart types like: bar charts, pie charts, line charts, bubble charts and radar plots.

Concord Consorium


This site features free downloadable Math & Science software.



Math interactive tools for white boards

Flash Card Creator


This site from aplusMath allows for the easy creation of online/printable math flash cards

Interactive Simulations for Math and Science


This site is from The University of Colorado



Interactives" provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students' skills in a variety of curricular areas.

Interactive Library Applets for Math, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry & Earth Science 6-12


The Interactive Library is about "real interactivity"! The database contains hundreds of activities that make use of sophisticated java, vrml and shockwave programs. Teachers can create their own activity sheet to go with the programs. Students can use these programs to supplement their classroom activities, or use one of the more advanced applets as a starting point for their science project.

Introducing Integers (6-8)


This site contains hands-on approaches for teaching the sometimes challenging concept of integers. Included are video clips, concrete models and Mat Board for solving the problems. Quick-Time media player is required.

Java Math & Science Applets


Johnnie's Math Page


Links to interactive math tools and activities for students and teachers.

Lure of the Labyrinth


This site contains a interesting digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet - and save the world from monsters.



This site has a large number of math puzzles and games. Many can be used with an interactive white board

MathsNet (K-12)


MathsNet is an independent educational website providing free mathematics resources to the education community. Its aim is to offer truly interactive resources that are both wide and deep in terms of their applicability and usefulness. MathsNet is not an online textbook. It is interactive, requiring the user to participate rather than be a passive observer.

Math Forum


This site contains a listing of a number of additional sites that contain Math interactive simulations.

MathNet Number Cruncher


Math Playground


Welcome to Math Playground, an action-packed site for elementary and middle school students. Practice your math skills, play a logic game and have some fun!



This site has interactive games and simulation related to math problem solving.

Math Tool Chest


This site has a 'kid' look and feel and many Math related interactive games.



MathVids.com is a website dedicated to providing high quality, instructional, free math videos to middle school, high school, and college students who need math help.



This site is powered by Bagatrix Solved!™ technology, Mathway provides students with the tools they need to solve their math problems. With tens of millions of problems already solved, Mathway is the #1 online problem solving resource available for students, parents, and teachers.

Online Calculators



 (also creates charts)



(basic calculator only - powered by Instacalc)

e-Tutor Graphing Calculator

http://www.e-tutor.com/et2/graphing http://www.calcoolate.com/



(Also available as a download for Windows machines.)

Create a Graph 


(creates five kinds of graphs)

Online Conversion


This site can convert just about anything to anything else.



This site has a variety of activities and games that can be used in conjunction with interactive white boards

Random Number Generator


This site allows for the generation of true random numbers. Teachers could use this for probability and statistics actives as wall as drawings, random sampling and more

SqoolTools MathFacts (K-6)


Explore all of the best K-6 math tools the web has to offer! From basic addition to geometry and fractions, from virtual manipulates to interactive games, from online calculators and converters to graphing tools. You will discover resources for every math topic you teach.

Teaching Time


Teaching Tables


TUSD Interactive Math Portal


Visual Math Learning (4-8)


This site is a free interactive multimedia on-line tutorial for math students. Its first level, Numbers and Arithmetic , is a pre-Algebra level course suitable for grades 4-8. Unlike traditional textbooks, Visual Math Learning is designed to run on any personal computer with a modern browser.

Web 2.0 Math Symbols Drawing Applications


Web2.0 for Math Educators - a Wiki


Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18-22, 2010

Author Feature of the Week:  Jean Little!

These are the titles we have that she wrote:


Find out about Jean Little and her work here: