Parent Guide: Altruism

This week in class, we’re reading “Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others” by Kendra Cherry.

In the informational text “Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others,” Kendra Cherry discusses various theories for why humans act altruistically.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of CommunityEducation & Knowledge, and Morality as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is the importance of community?”, “How do we understand the world around us?”, and “What is good and how do we know?”

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Parent Guide: A Lifeline for Lions

This week in class, we’re reading “A Lifeline for Lions ” by Pamela S. Turner.

In the informational text “A Lifeline for Lions,” Pamela S. Turner discusses an outbreak of a disease that negatively impacted Serengeti National Park’s lion population in 1994.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of CommunityMan vs. Nature, and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Who’s in control: man or nature?”, “How do people create change?”, and “What is the importance of community?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: Coping Mechanisms

This week in class, we’re reading “Coping Mechanisms” by CommonLit Staff.

In “Coping Mechanisms,” the author explains the difference between adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Resilience & Success as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How does a person overcome adversity?”

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Parent Guide: Working at the Hospital

This week in class, we’re reading “Working at the Hospital” by Barbara Radner.

In the informational text “Working at the Hospital,” Barbara Radner describes the different jobs at the hospital.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Community as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What is the importance of community?”

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Parent Guide: Nice Chimps

This week in class, we’re reading “Nice Chimps” by Emily Sohn.

In the informational text “Nice Chimps,” Emily Sohn discusses a study that explores the altruistic nature of young children and chimpanzees.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Education & Knowledge as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How do we understand the world around us?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: Readtheory KP Goal (50)

Students will be assigned a Readtheory goal in Google Classroom that depends on their accumulated “Knowledge Point” score or KP.

You can help support your child’s learning by asking them to show you their “Readtheory Dashboard” and recording their “Knowledge Point” total at the beginning of the week.  Periodically check that that number is increasing during the week.

I have asked that they accumulate 50 KP this week. I really hope this is attainable in the 1 hour work limit per week per course per child.

If the 50 KP points goal is too hard (or too easy) to achieve in one week, let me know – have the student leave a comment in the assignment stream in Google Classroom. I will make adjustments where necessary.

How can students earn knowledge points?

Students can earn knowledge points in the following ways:
• Answer a regular question correctly: 1KP
• Answer a challenge question correctly: 2KP (+1KP for regular question)
• Pass a quiz: 15KP awarded (70% is a pass in ReadTheory)
• Get a perfect score on a quiz: 30KP awarded

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Parent Guide: Nice Kids Finish First

This week in class, we’re reading “Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success” by Audie Cornish.

This interview from NPR’s All Things Considered, hosted by Audie Cornish, discusses a recent study’s findings that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Education & Knowledge and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is the goal of education?” and “Why do people succeed?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: Readtheory KP Goal (100)

Students will be assigned a Readtheory goal in Google Classroom that depends on their accumulated “Knowledge Point” score or KP.

You can help support your child’s learning by asking them to show you their “Readtheory Dashboard” and recording their “Knowledge Point” total at the beginning of the week.  Periodically check that that number is increasing during the week.

I have asked that they accumulate 100 KP this week. I hope this is attainable in the 3 hours work limit per week per course per child.

If the 100 points goal is too hard (or too easy) to achieve in one week, let me know – have the student leave a comment in the assignment stream in Google Classroom. I will make adjustments where necessary.

How can students earn knowledge points?

Students can earn knowledge points in the following ways:
• Answer a regular question correctly: 1KP
• Answer a challenge question correctly: 2KP (+1KP for regular question)
• Pass a quiz: 15KP awarded
• Get a perfect score on a quiz: 30KP awarded

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Parent Guide: Move to the Beat

This week in class, we’re reading “Move to the Beat ” by Colin Hickey.

In the informational text “Move to the Beat,” Colin Hickey discusses a West African musician who teaches kids about music by playing for them.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of CommunityEducation & Knowledge, and Identity as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is the goal of education?”, “What makes you who you are?”, and “How are communities formed?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: College students with disabilities are too often excluded

This week in class, we’re reading “College students with disabilities are too often excluded” by Christa Bialka.

In the informational text, “College students with disabilities are too often excluded,” Christa Bialka discusses how students with disabilities are not included in many on-campus activities.

As your child reads, they will be considering the themes of Community and Prejudice & Discrimination as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is the importance of community?” and “What are the effects of prejudice?”

Ways to support your child:

 

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