Superlatives – Olympic Swimmers

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Take a look at this chart with information about 3 famous Olympic swimmers!

 

Who is the best? Who is the fastest? Who has won the most medals?

Test your knowledge of superlatives with the quizzes below.

Olympic Swimmers Superlatives - True or False

Choose true or false for the following statements.

Olympic Swimmers Superlatives - Fill in the Blank

Write the correct superlative to complete the sentence.

 

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Washed Ashore Project Uses Ocean Plastic to Sculpt Animals | Learn English with the News

The plastic problem continues, but Washed Ashore is hoping to bring the problem to attention by turning ocean plastic into incredible sculptures of all the animals that are harmed by it. Sharks, polar bears and marlin, oh my!

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Washed Ashore Project Uses Ocean Plastic to Sculpt Animals | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Washed Ashore Project Uses Ocean Plastic to Sculpt Animals | Fill in the Blank

Fill out the text below with the correct answers.

Washed Ashore Project Uses Ocean Plastic to Sculpt Animals | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

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Life-sized sculptures of colorful marine life are traveling in exhibitions across America. The goal is to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean. The sculptures are made entirely from ocean plastic, picked up by volunteers, and formed by artists.

The Washed Ashore Project is trying to communicate the message of ocean conservation using art: saving beauty by creating beauty. The Project started in 2010. Since then they have cleaned 300 miles of beaches, and processed 60,000 lbs. of trash. 86 charismatic works of art, like Gertrude the Penguin, Chompers the Shark, and the American Sea Star have been created.

More than 14,000 people have volunteered for Washed Ashore’s sponsored beach cleanups. Many of these volunteers are involved not only in the beach combing, but also cleaning, and sorting the plastic waste based on size and color.

The process of collecting the trash is often how the artists go through the creative process, envisioning how the haul could be turned into something. A giant penguin was made almost entirely from black flip flops. The flip flops are one of the most easily spotted pieces of waste in the sculptures. They are used for penguin and eagle feathers, salmon stripes, and the leathery skin of sea turtle flippers.

SAT Math – Percents | Part 1

So you want to take the SAT? This is quite the challenge for nonnative English speakers as it’s even a challenge for native speakers! Luckily, half the test is given in the universal language… MATH. Even so, I’ve noticed some of the math is taught differently in US schools and some of the questions seem to be more focused on this style of problem. I am talking about percentages specifically. I have seen many students struggle with percentages and they almost always make the same mistakes. I’m hoping the strategy that I lay out below will simplify the problems and help you solve them more quickly, but with most maths there are many different ways to approach the same problem. Some approaches will be easier for some students and the same approach will be more difficult for others. This is the technique with which I’ve had the most success.

Part 1: Increasing by a percentage

Ex: What is 180 increased by 5%?

The quickest way to solve this is to write this 180 * 1.05 = 189.
Hold up.
Why is there a 1.05?
I took a shortcut! 180 increased by 5% can be written as:

180 + 180 * 0.5 which is rewritten 180 * (1+0.5) which simplified is 180 * 1.05

I am using the distributive property of multiplication to get 180 * (1+0.5). An easy way to think of this without the steps is to use this formula when increasing Y by percentage X.

Y*(1+X)

Side note: My thought process for solving this on the exam would go something like this. “180 increased by 5%. Do I know 5% of 180? No. What is 10% of 180? Move the decimal to the left so 18, and 5% is half of 10% so 5% must be 9. 180 plus 9 is 189.”

Part 2: Decreasing by a percentage

Ex: What is 120 decreased by 10%?

The quickest way for solving this would be 120 * 0.9 = 108.
Wait.
Stop.
Where did 0.9 come from?
I took a shortcut again. 120 decreased by 10% can be written as:

120 – 120 * 0.1 which is rewritten 120 * (1-0.1) which is equal to 120 * 0.9

In short, if you have a value Y and are decreasing by percentage X use this formula:

Y*(1-X)

Side note: If you are doing this math in your head, which is necessary for the “no calculator” portion, this is my thought process. “What is 10 percent of 120? Just move the decimal point to the left so 12. Okay, so 120 minus 12 is 108.”

SAT Math - Percents

Practice: Solve these problems using the technique I described above. Try my thought process as well and see if it helps!

 

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