Category Archives: PublicLibrary

Day 51/67 of GED in Five Months, linear relationships, and free text books

So, what is a linear relationship, and why should we care?  Earlier lessons have started on this topic, so you should already have a few hints!  

Some volunteer libraries of freely available open source text books are available, and of high quality.  By searching carefully, you can find the resources to help you meet your learning goals independently.

 Start of week 14/18
Day 51 Lesson Plan, Week 14
Writing -Continue working on your Cons paragraph
Math: Linear expressions
Some more exercises on solving linear equations, Thanks to Canada!
Day 51 Exit Tix
 

Action Items:  

1.) Search for two different possible uses for the word linear,

2.) Where did you find the definitions, and why do you find those sources credible?

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 50Day 52)

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Day 50/67 of GED in Five Months, language learning, and libraries

 How can you determine what the meaning of a word is in a mathematical context?  And where would you find the resource that may put all of that information right at your fingertips?  Solving word problems in mathematics, and all life’s problems are really word problems, requires learning the language of mathematics, which every Adult needs to understand.

Today’s reading may be interesting to see how a word or theory can change over time, starting with two parallel slits that kicked off a world of new questions:

The Double-Slit Experiment
By the early 19th century, most physicists agree with Newton’s well-established theory of light, which says that light takes the form of particles—what we now call photons. But English scientist Thomas Young isn’t convinced, and in 1803, he designs an experiment to test the status quo. Young aims a beam of light at a barrier that has two slits. If light is made of particles, he reasons, those particles should travel in a straight line through the slits, projecting two distinct lines of light on the screen beyond the barrier. Instead…”

You might get a start, or a refresher, on the mathematics for that in the lesson below…

 End of week 13/18
Day 50 Week 13
Grammar: more practice with parallelism
Math: Translating words into mathematical language
Reading for science: Parallel in theory: the rest of the story…
Day 50 Exit Ticket
 

Action Items:  

1.) Search for two different possible meanings for the word parallel,

2.) Where did you find the definitions, and why do you find those sources credible?

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 49Day 51)

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Day 46/67 of GED in Five Months, libraries, and Adulting

 The public library system, and supporting free access by all residents to high quality branch libraries, is another responsibility of being an Adult in a republic.

 End of week 12/18
Day 46, Week 12
Grammar: subordinating conjunctions
Math: simplifying cubic roots
Have you studied your Earth, Biological, Physical, and Health Sciences study sections?
Day 46 Exit Ticket
Don’t forget to brush up on your test-taking skills…

Action Items:

1.) Search for two school board members in your area,

2.) Email them to ask for help advocating for increased public library branch funding.

3.) Share your thoughts about how each of the board members responded.

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those responses, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

5.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 45Day 47)

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Day 41/67 of GED in Five Months, cycles, and, “Wh” questions

 Adulting often requires Public Library resources to answer important questions about issues ranging from the life cycle of an organism, as in today’s science reading, to election cycles.  Or resources like the old “Who’s Who…” books that recorded facts like the number of presidents who have been impeached, and why.  Questions like why, where, when, and of course, how, are key to understanding all sides of any issue, from biology to sociology, and our daily lives.

 Week 11/18
Day 41 Wk 11
Grammar: writing a paragraph
more Pythagorean Theorem
Day 41 Exit Ticket
 
 

Action Items:

1.) Why might it be important to understand the life cycle of various organisms?

2.) Please explain how it may (or may not) help citizens of a Republic…

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19!!:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 40Day 42)

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Bibliotecas y la vida tras la Deuda… Libraries and Life after Debt…

Click here for English…

“ -¿Adónde vas?
-A la biblioteca.
-Hija, la vida es más que leer libros.
-Ya lo sé, madre.
-Lo aprendí leyendo”

¿Cuantos hemos sufrido la pena de ser facturado injustamente por una deuda?
Muchos.
¿Cuantos tenemos la suerte de conocer nuestros derechos y que hay que defenderlos?
No tantos.
¿Cuantos sabemos donde encontrar los detalles de estos derechos y como defenderlos?
No suficientamente.
¿Y cuantos tenemos acceso a un abogado, o biblioteca de derecho, y transporte, sin decir la buena salud para irse?
No la mayoria de nosotros.
Por eso nos urge las buenas bibliotecas publicas y transporte publico, para ayudar a todos en defender sus derechos. En un epoca de escasos recursos para las escuelas y bibliotecas publicas, los que necesitan màs tienen menos.
Hay soluciones para ello: Primero, dar màs dinero a los transportes y bibliotecas publicos, y a las escuelas. Segundo, quitar de encima de la gente las deudas a cada rato. Así podemos cambiar la desigalidad que nos limita a todos.


Salud Para Todos! #PublicDomainInfrastructure
ShiraDest

“ -Where are you going?
-To the Library.
-Daughter, there is more to life than reading books.
-I know, mother. I learned it by reading.”

How many of us have experienced the pain of being wrongly billed by a debt collector?
Many.
How many of us are lucky enough to know that we have rights that we must defend, which cannot be transgressed by those debt collectors?
Not as many.
How many of us know where to find the details of those rights and how to go about defending ourselves legally?
Not nearly enough of us.
And how many of us have access to good legal counsel, or a law library, and the transportation, not to mention the good health, to get there, and then to court if necessary?
Not most of us.
This is where public libraries, and public transportation, become crucial as places to help all citizens research and learn about their rights and how to defend them. In an era of shrinking library and school budgets for the 99%, separate is still not equal: fewer libraries and fewer legal and research librarians are available to guide residents searching for current Statute of Limitations, debt collection laws, etc. The result is that those who need the most help get the least, and inequality continues to grow, harming all of us.

One short term solution to these problems is clearly to fully fund Public Libraries, Pro-Bono legal and consumer Education, Public Transportation, and Universal Health Care (4 major components of our Public Domain Social Infrastructure #PublicDomainInfrastructure ).
One possible long term solution could be an old solution, advocated by several major religions over the millennia: the forgiveness of debt after a certain period of time. Modern student loans, for example, in the UK are rumored to be forgiven after 15 years, while Ancient Near Eastern societies mandated forgiving all sorts of debts periodically. These policies, modern and ancient, were meant to prevent what we are seeing today, particularly in the USA: an entrenched cycle of inequality that prevents the vast majority of people from achieving liberty, let alone pursuing happiness.

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources giving statutes of limitations in your state (or District).

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how a periodic debt forgiveness might help, or hinder, justice and help build more inclusive thinking, and

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses your findings, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

Nos vemos!

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 20/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 21/67…)

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Day 17 of High School in 5 months, Djinn Gold, and InterLibrary Loan

The Djinni’s Offer:  (below…)

Day 17 of 67, Lesson Plan

Caps, Part 2 online worksheet

Finish Filling in Yourself: Multiplication Tables for Perfect Squares Diagonal

Khan Academy continuing Exponents online worksheet

Day 17 ExitSlips

(And an easy review of yesterday’s introduction to exponents…)


In our Learning Toolbox:
San Diego Public Library system  (was there a public library in 1838?)
(1. ordering books, 2. InterLibrary Loan, 3. Reference Librarians)

With a classmate, work together for 7 minutes to take a crack at:


The Djinni’s Offer:


“After opening an ancient bottle you find on the beach, a Djinni
appears. In payment for his freedom, he gives you a choice of either
50,000 gold coins or one magical gold coin. The magic coin will turn
into two gold coins on the first day. The two coins will turn into four
coins total at the end of two days. By the end or the third day there will
be eight gold coins total. The Djinni explains that the magic coins will
continue this pattern of doubling each day for one moon cycle, 28
days. Which prize do you choose?
When you have made your choice, answer these questions:
 The number of coins on the third day will be 2×2×2. Can you write
another expression using exponents for the number of coins there will be on the third day?
 Write an expression for the number of coins there will be on the
28th day. Is this more or less than a million coins?”
(from: https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/content-standards/tasks/532)
.

Action Items in support of literacy (and Gold!) that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic story about djinn,

2.) Bet a week’s worth of dish-washing with some friends that you’ll have more gold after 30 days than they could ask for in one lump sum from the tricky Djinni!

3.) Share how the bet went: who’s washing dishes?

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19

ShiraDest

Day 11 of High School in Five Months, Perspectives, and libraries

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music can all help us see the world from a new perspective.   Books and other works that are in the public domain are made accessible by volunteer libraries, like the one compiled by LibriVox, or Project Gutenberg.   Libraries of various kinds are one of the key parts of our democracy, and therefore, of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement :

(Is it time to hunt down another donut, yet, for Chanukah?)

Day 11 Lesson Plan
Khan Academy practice activity on intensifiers and adverbs of degree
Khan Academy Subject-Verb agreement if you need more practice
optional Khan Academy reading: Perspectives (Hunters vs. Farmers)

Khan Academy activity on Dividing by 10, 100, 1000

Day11 ExitSlips

Action Items:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by Frenchman Antoine Galland, who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible! 

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(Day 10Day 12)

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French Fridays, Review/Revu: Les Fourmis, and librarians

Libraries are where the librarians, who find obscure bits of local knowledge, and make great book recommendations live!  This book is among the best books I have read, but I must say that the rule of the first holds: the rest of the books in the series went downhill.  Werber’s other books, too, were interesting from a philosophical point of view, but increasingly irritating as metaphysical works.  This one, however, I am half considering reading again! 

-back in 2015:

Les Fourmis (La saga des fourmis, #1)Les Fourmis by Bernard Werber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don’t kill any more ants!!
This book is worth learning French to read. Honestly. It had me worrying for the fate of an ant by page 40! Fascinating swap of perspectives, and hair-raising cliff-hanger ending. I have the 3rd book in this trilogy, but am anxiously waiting to get the 2nd from the library!

Ne tuez plus de fourmis !
Ce livre vaut la peine d’apprendre le français pour le lire. Vraiment. Il m’a fait soucier pour le destin d’une fourmi avant la 40e page ! Changement impressionnant de points de vues et fin incroyable. J’ai déjà le 3e tome mais j’attends avec impatience le 2e de la bibliothèque !

ShiraDest
22 Decembre, 12015 HE

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So, maybe I was over-empathizing with the ants?

Action Items in support of literacy for All:

1.) Imagine two different ways to increase library funding.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you think you’d feel in a library if you were an ant,

4.) Write a story, book, blog post or tweet that uses Items 1-3 above, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.  Please tell us about your plans and how they go!

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

 Salût !  

ShiraDest

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

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Day 10 of GED in 5 months, salty evidence, and librarians!

So, if salt is so important, then how would you find evidence that salt is important?   For that matter, how would you find evidence that the Crusades really happened?  Ask your favorite reference librarian, perhaps, at your local public library branch?  One of the key parts of our democracy, and of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement is libraries, right?

(Is it time to eat a donut, yet, for Chanukah?)

Day 10 Lesson Plan
Grammar activity (fewer vs. less):
Khan Academy activity: Order of Operations
powers of 10
Day 10 ExitSlips

Action Items:

1.) Why is salt important, and how do we know this?

2.) Was salt involved in the Crusades?

3.) Share your thoughts on whether trade and resources, or the lack thereof, could have influenced wars.

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

 Salut !  

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(Day 9Day 11)

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Day 8 Lesson Plan, High School in 5 Months: Library Apps, and San Diego Futures Foundation

Day 8 Lesson Plan as a PDF file
Today’s Grammar activity is with tomorrow’s lesson:
Comparatives & Superlatives
Khan Academy activity: subtracting fractions with unlike denominators

Day8ExitSlips

Remember that the San Diego Public Library has an App for mobiles that allows those with a SDPL libray card to place books on hold, search for books, etc.  The SDPL also allows patrons to have two hours of free internet on library computers each day.

If you need a low-cost laptop, the San Diego Futures Foundation  may be able to help.

(Day 7 Day 9)