Sentence Diagramming

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Some people may consider me a bit odd. Today’s posting may confirm that belief.

Way back in high school, I was introduced to the “art” of diagraming sentences! Strange as it may seem, I actually enjoyed the task. I still look at it as a puzzle to solve and if done correctly it can help one to become a better writer.

From the site:

“Since part of the writing process involves editing our work, we need to know how to recognize complete thoughts and how to vary our sentence structure. This makes our writing more coherent as well as more interesting to read. Understanding the functions of parts of the speech in a sentence and their relationship to one another can be very helpful in learning to construct good sentences.”

“A sentence (to be a sentence) at the very least must have a Subject (noun or pronoun) and a Predicate (verb). The remaining words in a sentence serve to describe, clarify or give us more information about the subject or the verb. A diagram arranges the parts of a sentence like a picture in order to show the relationship of words and groups of words within the sentence. Let us take a look at how this is done. We will begin learning how to diagram sentences and use this tool to become better writers.”

Cells Alive!

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I was sent a link to Cells Alive the other day and found some wonderful animations about many kinds of cells. If you think the head of a pin is small check out this information from their site, then go watch the animation.

“ The head of a pin is about 2mm in diameter. Use this animation to compare the relative sizes of cells and organisms sitting on a pinhead. Nearly invisible without magnification, dust mites dwarf pollen grains and human cells. In turn, bacteria and viruses are even smaller.”

Jim Sullivan has been hosting this collection of cell videos and animations since ’94 and his collection spans 30 years of work. Check out his illustrative examples of Cell biology, Microbiology, Immunology and Microscopy. And even better, be sure to check out the many animations that Jim provides including puzzles and quizzes.

Science News – Magazine of the Society for Science & the Pubic

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I received an email telling me about Science News’ website.  There is a lot of interesting information there. It covers all things science and is even available as an Audible subscription.  The categories at the top make it easy to browse or you can search the site for something specific.  There is also a section called ‘Science News for Kids.’

Current Article Examples:

A fossilized feathered dinosaur dined on bird not long before its own demise.

Sulfur and silicon may be more abundant in the planet’s heart than thought.

The complete genetic instruction book for making monarch butterflies contains information about how the insects manage their long migration to Mexico.

The Cassini spacecraft captured images of massive tempest in planet’s northern hemisphere.

In a Central American jungle, archaeologists and volunteers uncover ruins of the once-powerful civilization.

Caffeine strengthens electrical signals in rats’ hippocampus.

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

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Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page consists of over 1000 pages of information on gifted children and adults, including 550+ pages of Hoagies’ Page collection, plus 500+ pages of ERIC Clearinghouse for Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERICEC).  Enter Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page through your gateway: ParentsEducators, Counselors, Administrators and other Professionals, or Kids & Teens.

Once inside Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page, find pages for every topic you can think of in gifted, from Testing and Assessment to Academic Acceleration, from Gifted Programs to Differentiation of Instruction, from Twice Exceptional to Success Stories.  Visit Hoagies’ Page exclusive or original articles, including Indecent Exposure Does the Media Exploit Highly Gifted Children?Learning & Thinking StyleNavigating College Admission and Optimum IQ: My Experience as a Too Gifted Adult.

Visit Gifted 101: A Guide for First Time Visitors and Gifted 102: The Next Steps to get started, or use our full text search engine, located in the upper right corner of every page… just type in what you’re looking for in gifted, and click “Go.”

All the resources listed on Hoagies’ pages are recommended by parents, teachers, psychologists, and/or gifted kids themselves.  Hoagies’ Page does not accept link exchanges, nor link to pages full of links… there are plenty of those kind of resources on the Internet; we don’t need one more.  And by keeping all the content “original” I can keep all the links “live.”  I hate dead links!

Sweet Search Engine for Students


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From the website:

SweetSearch is a Search Engine for Students.

It searches only the 35,000 Web sites that our staff of research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved when creating the content on findingDulcinea. We constantly evaluate our search results and “fine-tune” them, by increasing the ranking of Web sites from organizations such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, PBS and university Web sites.

SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. We exclude not only the spam sites that many students could spot, but also the marginal sites that read well and authoritatively, but lack academic or journalistic rigor. As importantly, the very best Web sites that appear on the first page of SweetSearch results are often buried on other search engines.

Power Football

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So, did you win or lose with your team in The Super Bowl? Mine won…or lost…or sorry, I barely know who was playing. I did find a site this afternoon that uses football to get kids to practice their math facts. It can be set from beginning addition through subtraction, multiplication and division. It also gives the option of using “Algebra Form.” You can also adjust the difficulty level from easy to “Super Brain.”

Tell Me About Dyslexia

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I often have parents ask me if I think their child “has Dyslexia.” Tonight, I found a site that does a good job of explaining what Dyslexia is and where it comes from and how to help overcome it. Lots of great information here!

Unfortunately, dyslexia is a term that is loosely applied to explain all reading difficulties. The word is a Greek term “dys” (meaning poor) and “lexia” (meaning words). The term therefore means “difficulty with words”.

The statement, “My child can’t read because he is “dyslexic” is the equivalent of stating, “My child can’t read because he is poor with words!” This statement describes the problem at hand but offers no explanation as to the cause.