Software note:  Most Elementary software applications are run either from a CD Rom or over the network.  The Media Center has the CD's fro checkout.  To make installation easier most programs have an install icon located in a folder labeled Application Explorer located on your computer.  Install the program and then go to "Start" "Programs" then "Sunburst" or "Tenth Planet Literacy" or "Tenth Planet Math" and find the program icon.  Launch it and follow the directions.  If the computer asks for a CD, you will need to check it out from the library.
Combining and Breaking Apart Numbers (1-2) Students develop their number sense as they engage in "real life" dilemmas, which demonstrate the basic concepts of operations through adding and subtracting to build number sentences, organizing and sorting numbers.
Combining Shapes (1-2) Students discover the properties of simple geometric figures through concrete experiences combining shapes, estimating area,  and experimenting with pattern blocks to fill shapes and make new shapes.
Grouping and Place Value (1-2) Students practice grouping objects into groups of 2, 5 and 10. 
Introduction to Patterns (K-2) Students discover patterns found in art and nature, exploring geometric designs, predicting outcomes and creating patterns of their own.
Letter Sounds (K-2) Students develop phonemic awareness skills as they make the connections between consonant letters and their sounds.
Memory Fun (K-3) Students build memory, matching, counting and money sense through a variety of matching activities.
Number Meanings and Counting (K-1) Students develop number meaning through counting, estimating and non-standard forms of measurement.
Numbers Undercover (K-2) Students practice telling time, measuring and estimating, counting and working with money as they solve a mystery.
Reading Who, Reading You (K-2) Teach beginning reading skills effectively with phonics instruction built into games and puzzles.  Hear letter-sound correspondence, develop phonemic awareness, recognize sight words, apply and develop decoding skills, and develop personal word lists.
Sequencing Fun (K-2) Text, pictures, animation and video clips encourages critical thinking skills as students sequence order of events.
Spatial Relations (K-1) Students practice using spatial relations of above, below, and in between.  Students also use given segments and right angles to build a path between two or more objects.  Activity could easily extend into the program journal writing giving students practice using spatial vocabulary.
Sun Buddy Writer (K-3) An all purpose word processing program that introduces students to general word processing skills such as font size, cut, copy, past, text formatting, saving and printing.  Program reads icons as well as comes with a 150 word picture dictionary.
Word Parts (1-3) Students build their skills with compound and polysyllabic words by learning to chunk "big words" into manageable parts.  Students begin to discover syllabication, build compound words, spell, add prefixes and suffixes, answer riddles using rhyming words, and create personal word banks.
Zap! Around Town (1,3) Students build their coordinate skills by identifying locations on a grid, moving using cardinal directions and clicking on (letter, number) ordered pairs.


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