May 2015

RAFT believes the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and creators is through hands-on learning. As a nonprofit organization founded in 1994, RAFT leverages community donations and volunteer support to serve 11,000 educators each year who teach nearly 900,000 students.

Products

unnamedComputer Monitors $10 Off Now Through Friday, May 22

Starting today through Friday, May 22, 2015, computer monitors are $10 at RAFT Bay Area locations.
Come take advantage of this limited time offer!

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News and Events

Congratulations to the Winner of the $100 Visa Gift Card!

mariawardall2 Thanks to all who visited and participated in our April $100 prize drawing. Maria Wardall is the winner of the Visa gift card, she is an active RAFT member and workshop participant. Stay tuned to the newsletter for other opportunities to engage with RAFT in the future. Congratulations again to Maria!

New Functionality in Searching For Idea Sheets

Now searching RAFT’s online library of over 700 Idea Sheets is easier if you want to know which of them are mapped to scout badge requirements, or advance placement math and science, or could be used to augment a Khan Academy lesson.

RAFT Idea Sheets can now be searched by standards, keywords, subject, or grade and also tags! Subsets of Idea Sheets have been tagged so it's easier to find those that match the following categories:

Boy Scouts
Girl Scouts Engineering Khan Academy New Jersey Center For Teaching & Learning Over time we'll add additional categories.  Visit the Idea Sheet page and try out this new search method.

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Hands-On Activities

 

Flip Over FractionsFlip Over Fractions!

In this colorful activity, players use “bricks” to build “fraction walls”. In the process, they master equivalent fractions and gain problem-solving and creative thinking skills. This activity can be used by individual students, or turned into exciting opportunities for teamwork and competition!

Grades Covered: 2 through 8
Subjects Covered: Math
Curriculum topics: Compare Parts of a Whole, Equivalent Fractions, Recognize, Name, and Compare Fractions Add, Subtract and Compare Fractions

 

Visit the RAFT Online Store, and if you haven’t done so already, link your RAFT membership to your online store account to receive lower member pricing on all kits ordered online.

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Professional Development

 Upcoming Workshops

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Saturday, 6/13 – One Stroke Painting – Summer Flower Power 

One Stroke Painting is a painting technique that allows you to blend, shade, and high-light all in one stroke. We will create many different spring flowers and leaves using one brush and acrylic paint. This technique can be used to paint on anything that doesn’t move too fast, including paper, glass, metal, walls, cardboard, tiles – virtually any surface.

Easy Paper Marbling & Bookbinding 

Produce amazing, color-drenched patterns instantly without pricey supplies! Marbling can be done in different ways, producing a variety of results. Learn quick bookbinding techniques and finish with a precious, personal book covered with your art.

Be sure to visit www.raftbayarea.org/workshops to register for workshops designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum.

Registration for STEM Summer Institutes Now Open

The 2015 RAFT Summer Institutes are all about STEM and will inspire you to use a variety of hands-on teaching methods through practical exercises using commonly found materials.
Be sure to visit www.raftbayarea.org/workshops to register for workshops designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum or contact us at http://www.raftbayarea.org/contact-us if you have any questions. 
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