Family Activities


We finish the year doing brain games to support mental agility, fluidity, memory, and problem solving.



Session 6 features brain games using the free http://brainturk.com (a free alternative to Lumosity). Students can work in 4 areas to build neuroplasticity: Agility, Fluid Intelligence, Memory, and Problem Solving. Can you make yourself smarter doing these games? We'll see!

Teachers -- I suggest giving the student with the best score an extra point!

Session 6 Family Activities


Week 1 (April 9-12) Mental Agility
Extra BrainTurk: Tracking ObjectsStroop Color Set

Week 2 (April 15-19) Mental Agility (continued)

Week 3 (April 22-26) Fluid Intelligence
  • Monday: Tally Week 2 Points + Review Alt Monday Options
  • Tuesday: ACT (No Family)
  • Wednesday: Plan Alt Monday Classes + BrainTurk: Dual-N-Back
  • Thursday: Alt Monday Sign-up + Extra BrainTurk (below)
  • Friday: Review Mini Session Options + BrainTurk: Working Memory Span
Extra BrainTurk: Picture Back Square, Picture Back Spatial, Verbal CWM

Week 4 (April 29 - May 3) Memory

Week 5 (May 6-10) Problem Solving

Week 6 (May 13-17) Problem Solving
  • Monday: Tally Week 5 Points + Review Quarter 1 Classes
  • Tuesday: BrainTurk: Asteroid Divide
  • Wednesday: BrainTurk: Asteroid Subtract
  • Thursday: Registration For Quarter 1 of 2013-2014
  • Friday: Pizza Party
Extra BrainTurk: Asteroid Equations

Session 5 Family Activities


Week 1 (February 19-22)

Week 2 (February 26 - March 1)
  • Monday: Tally Week 1 Points
  • Tuesday: FreeRice (Change Subject to Basic Math) [pre-algebra]
  • Wednesday: Class Discussion: Test Prep + Possible Points for TCAP/ACT
  • Thursday: Sign Up For Alt Monday Activities
  • Friday: Potluck + CNN

Week 3 (March 4-8)

Week 4 (March 11-15)
  • Monday: ALTERNATIVE DAY
  • Tuesday: Tally Week 3 Points
  • Wednesday: Games & Videos (post-test winding down)
  • Thursday: Games & Videos (post-test winding down)
  • Friday: Plan Session 6 Schedule + Point Checks

Week 5 (March 18-22)
  • Monday: Finish Planning Session 6 Schedule
  • Tuesday: Tally Week 4 Points + Sign Up For Session 6
  • Wednesday: Sign Up For Parent Conferences + Sign Up For Session 6 (re-do)
  • Thursday: Conference Schedule (No Family, 20-Minute Periods followed by conferences)
  • Friday: Potluck + CNN

SPRING BREAK (March 25-29)

Week 6 (April 1-4)
  • Monday: Tally Week 5 Points
  • Tuesday: Games & Videos (post-test winding down)
  • Wednesday: Games & Videos (post-test winding down)
  • Thursday: Tally Session 5 Points
  • Friday: APPEALS

Session 4 Family Activities


Week 1 (January 9-11)
  • Monday: NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday: NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday: Set Up Session 4 Points Sheet (online or off)
  • Thursday: Revisit Graduation and SMART Goals (Family Writing)
  • Friday: Grammar Ninja

Week 2 (January 14-18)

Week 3 (January 21-25)

Week 4 (January 28-February 1)
  • Monday: ALTERNATIVE DAY
  • Tuesday: Goal-Setting Day 1: Big Picture PowerPoint (page 3)
  • Wednesday: Goal-Setting Day 2: School Rating Analysis (page 4) Link: greatschools.org
  • Thursday: Goal-Setting Day 3: School Rating & Discussion (page 5) Link: greatschools.org
  • Friday: Goal-Setting Day 4: Personal Strengths & Barriers (page 7) + Introduce Session 5 Grid

Week 5 (February 4-8)
  • Monday: Plan Session 5 Schedule
  • Tuesday: Sign Up For Session 5
  • Wednesday: Sign Up For Session 5 (re-do) & Begin Personal Data Mining (Page 10) -- Print Pages?
  • Thursday: Goal-Setting Day 5: Personal Data Mining (page 10)
  • Friday: Goal-Setting Day 6: Career Exploration & Education Planning (page 15) Link: mynextmove.org

Week 6 (February 11-15)
  • Monday: Goal-Setting Day 7: Complete Career Exploration & Education Planning
  • Tuesday: Goal-Setting Day 8: Trajectory PowerPoint, Trajectory (page 19)
  • Wednesday: Goal-Setting Day 9: Logistics (page 25) + Mark Session 5 Cards (week 1 with teacher names)
  • Thursday: Goal Setting Day (no regular classes)
  • Friday: APPEALS

Christopher earned a perfect score!


Session 3 Family Activities


Week 1 (November 5-9)
  • Monday: Set Up Session 3 Points Sheet (online)
  • Tuesday: Revisit Graduation and SMART Goals (Family Writing)
  • Wednesday: Discussion Topic: Election Results
  • Thursday: Vocabulary Builder: FreeRice
  • Friday: News Of The Week

Week 2 (November 12-16)
  • Monday: Tally Week 1 Points
  • Tuesday: Vocabulary Builder: FreeRice
  • Wednesday: Discussion Topic:
  • Thursday: Review Dec 3 Activities (Alt Schedule)
  • Friday: News Of The Week

Week 3 (November 26-30)
  • Monday: Tally Week 2 Points
  • Tuesday: Sign Up for Dec 3 Activities (Alt Schedule)
  • Wednesday: Discussion Topic
  • Thursday: Vocabulary Builder: Word Drop (Word Drop - Unblocked)
  • Friday: News Of The Week

Week 4 (December 3-7)
  • Monday: ALTERNATIVE DAY
  • Tuesday: Tally Week 3 Points (& Prepare for Expo)
  • Wednesday: Vocabulary Builder: Word Slinger
  • Thursday: Preview Session 4 Grid
  • Friday: Plan Session 4 Classes (signing up on Monday)

Week 5 (December 10-14)
  • Monday: Register for Session 4 (& Prepare for Expo)
  • Tuesday: Tally Week 4 Points
  • Wednesday: Discussion Topic
  • Thursday: Vocabulary Builder: That Word Game
  • Friday: News Of The Week

Week 6 (December 17-21)
  • Monday: Tally Week 5 Points
  • Tuesday: New Year’s Resolutions (Family Writing)
  • Wednesday: Discussion Topic
  • Thursday: Vocabulary Builder: Word Kingdom
Friday: APPEALS


Sessions 1 & 2 + Resources


1. Goals (done in Google Docs)

2. Geography Builders

3. Vocabulary Builder Activities
Offline: Boggle | Scrabble | Crossword Puzzles

4. Grammar & Spelling Activities

Online: Grammar Ninja | FreeRice (Grammar) | Spellerz | Sentence Surgeons | Paragraph Paramedics | Commas | Punctuation Paintball | Word Invasion (also here) |


5. Math Skill Builders

MultiFlyer (multiplication) | FreeRice (pre-algebra) | Hungry Puppies (multiplayer decimal addition) | Puppy Pull (multiplayer word to decimal conversion) | Puppy Chase (multiplayer fraction->decimal conversion) | Otter Rush (exponents and multiplayer Swimming Otters) | Number Cop (multiples) | Factor-tris (factors/multiplication) | Catch the Fly (x/y coordinates) | Algebra vs. the Cockroaches (slope-intercept equations)


6. Life Skills/SMART Choices

BrainTurk (mind builder) |


News Sites (News of the Week)

CNN Student News [10 minutes]
Teen Kids News [22 minutes] (click on "Latest Episode, after ad runs )

Session 1: Goals

Session 2: Geography Builders

Session 3: Vocabulary Builders

Session 4: Grammar Builders

Session 5: Math Builders

Session 6: Life Skills/Smart Choices

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