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Why not a Math/Science/Literacy Family Night?

What Are Family Nights?
The Family Math/Science/Literacy program is designed to give families a chance to work together on a variety of non-threatening, discovery, hands-on Mathematics, Science, and Literacy activities that help promote success in school. Activities are aligned with the Arkansas Smart Start Initiative and the Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks for mathematics, science, and literacy. Modules have been developed for the K-4 grades and for the 5-8 grades as follows: K-4 GRADES
• • • Measurement Writer’s Workshop It’s All About Me (Human Body) • •

Insects & Spiders • Predicting Structures • Classifying & Sorting

5-8 GRADES

• To Infinity and Beyond (Space Science) Concepts) • May the Force Be With You (Forces) • It’s All About Me (Human Body)

• Under Construction (Spatial • Ponder & Predict (Predicting) • Get A Clue (Forensics

How Do I Conduct A Family Night at My School?
The staff of the Northeast Arkansas Rural Institute for Math/Science Education can bring a kit to your school and conduct the Family Night with the help of your teachers. There will be one hour of training of teachers before the families arrive and one hour afterwards for professional development hours for teachers. Or, you can arrange for a day of professional development for your teachers to train on three modules.

What Will It Cost?
$400 for us to come to your school and conduct the Family Night with your teachers
(plus travel if more than 100 miles from Jonesboro; $175 per kit if you wish to purchase the materials kits)

$600 per day for Professional Development at your school (training is on three modules per day)
(plus travel if more than 100 miles from Jonesboro; $175 per kit if you wish to purchase the materials kits)

How Do I Take Advantage of This Wonderful Opportunity?
Contact the NEA Rural Institute (an ADE-approved professional development provider) at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro: Jannie Trautwein, Director 870-897-5109 (cell) 870-680-8100 (office) jhuffman@astate.edu Debby Rogers, Science Specialist 870-926-4707 (cell) drogers@astate.edu Lara Buford, Secretary 870-680-8248 lbuford@astate.edu

revised 5/22/09

Module Descriptions
K-4 Family Night Modules
Measurement - Families will engage in a variety of measurement activities including length, volume, money, time, th
and temperature using standard & non-standard measuring instruments. Released items from the 4 grade benchmark tests are included. Group measurement activities incorporate the books, “Give Me Half” and “Pigs Will Be Pigs: Counting Money”.

Insects & Spiders - Bug Estimation, Creepy Critter Walk, Spider Webs, Bug Collectors, Insect Broad Jumpers, and
Bug Eyes are some of the stations in this module. Group activities include the book, “Itsy, Bitsy Spider”, the difference between insects and spiders, and the activity, “Ant Races”, with the book, “Two Bad Ants”.

Predicting - Module includes estimation, floating and sinking activities, Invasion of the Space Creatures and released th
items from the 4 grade benchmark tests. Books involved in group activities are “Who Sank the Boat” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

Writer’s Workshop - Adventures with write-around stories, making envelopes and writing letters, codes and th

alphabet exploration, Silly Sentences as well as released items from the 4 grade benchmark tests. Books used in group activities are “The Important Book” and “Bat Jamboree”.

Structures - Explore a variety of shapes and forms: Create-A-Shape, Paper Doors, Balancing Bees, architectural th

forms, Pillars of Strength, and released items from the 4 grade benchmark tests. Building Bridges is explored using the book, “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”. Families will build a “Sky High” structure after reading “Village of Round and Square Houses”.

Classifying & Sorting - Families will use Venn diagrams and other activities to investigate attributes of a variety of th
materials. Magnetism and sequencing are also explored. Released items from the 4 grade benchmark tests are included. Group activities include classifying fingerprints and sorting and classifying buttons and other objects. Books include “Math with M & M’s” and “The Button Box”.

It’s All About Me – Activities include: make a stethoscope, compare inherited characteristics, take a walk through

the digestive system, why do we need to chew our food, how does my food get from my mouth to my stomach, “Thumbthing to Think About”, “The Nose Knows”, and others. The book, “From Head to Toe” is used for whole body movement.

5-12 Family Night Modules
To Infinity and Beyond (Space Science) - Take a tour of the planets with a straw rocket. Make a paper
airplane that REALLY flies. Experience balloon power. Make canned constellations, and read the book, “How the Stars Fell Into the Sky”. Discover how sound travels, and read the book, “Can You Hear A Shout In Space?”.

Under Construction (Spatial Concepts) - Work toothpick puzzles, balance 6 nails on the head of another,
explore structure of crystals, make a person-size door out of an index card; and experience Pyramid Puzzles. Group activities with geometry and tangrams with the book, “Three Pigs, One Wolf, & Seven Magic Shapes”.

May the Forces Be With You (Forces) - Families experience various forces including gravity, air, push/pull,
water, action/reaction, and magnetism. Group activities include experimenting with parachutes and floating a paper clip. Book, “Mighty Movers “

Ponder & Predict (Predicting) - Card arrangements, dripping water, calculator mazes, and a “Battle of the
Hands”. Using the book, “Seven Blind Mice”, play “What is This?”. Beat the “Tax Collector”.

It’s All About Me – Activities include: compare inherited characteristics, take a walk through the digestive system, Get A Clue – Solve the mysteries! Activities include: The Case of the Missing Truck, How Tall Was the Victim?,

why do we need to chew our food, how does my food get from my mouth to my stomach, “Thumb-thing to Think About”, “The Nose Knows”, and others. Enjoy the book, “The Magic School Bus“. Blood Drop Evidence, Smelly Clues, Whose Baby Is It? (Simulated Blood Typing), Identification of Mystery Crystals, and Secret Codes. Study types of fingerprint evidence.

(Cost of materials kits without training - $275)


								
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