Saturday, March 14, 2015

Common Word Contractions – Put Two Words Together!

Many times contractions are challenging for readers and writers; however, I think it is much easier to see how contractions work if you can visualize both words and then learn how they are put together in an abbreviated fashion.

Many contractions are misused. In general, an apostrophe is used to denote a contraction or to show ownership or possession. If you come upon a word with an apostrophe and it does not indicate possession, it may help to ask yourself, "Can I divide this word into two separate words?" For example, you would use were in the sentence, "They were traveling south," but you would use the word we're in the sentence, "We're (we are) traveling east"

This set of 15 flash cards highlight 15 common word contractions, first showing the two words by themselves, and then showing the contraction.

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Common Word Contractions

Language Arts Practice with Contractions

Contraction for did not


Contraction for have not


Contraction for will not


Contraction for I will


Contraction for she will


Contraction for they will


Contraction for it is


Contraction for that is


Contraction for who is


Contraction for he would


Contraction for I would


Contraction for they would


Contraction for we are


Contraction for they are


Contraction for we would


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Friday, March 13, 2015

Pi Trivia Game – Do You Know These Pi Fun Facts?

Today is March 14, 2015. In many places in the world, we might write today's date as 3/14/15. That order of numbers sparks quite a bit of enthusiasm among the math gurus because it perhaps reminds them of pi, denoted by the Greek letter π. It is an irrational number often used in geometry and trigonometry that begins with 3.14159 but this number that could go on into infinity is typically rounded to 3.14.

If you would like an overview of pi, read Pi Day: Past, Present and Future before continuing on to the trivia game.

In honor of Pi Day, here's a trivia game!

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Pi Trivia Game

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Albert Einstein Birthday

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Measurement for a cubit

Rhind Mathematical Papyrus

Famous Egyptian math document named Rhind Mathematical Papyrus

Greek Mathematician who used the Pythagorean Theorem

Archimedes used Pythagorean Theorem to approximate Pi

Where is Egypt's Great Pyramid

Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt

Mnemonic to Help People Remember Digits in Pi

Pilish to Remember Pi

Chau Lu World Record for Reciting Pi

World Record for Reciting Pi from Memory

Pi Definition

Circle's Ratio of Circumference to its Diameter

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