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June 20, 2011
1. Food Friends
Americans love to celebrate things. Sometimes they even celebrate things that don't seem to go together. Consider the month of June. June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. June is also National Candy Month. That may seem odd considering that most people agree that people should eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, but only small amounts of candy. Think creatively and create a comic strip in which the characters are a fresh fruit, a fresh vegetable and a kind of candy. Have your characters talk about ways to eat healthy meals and snacks during summer vacation.
Learning Standard: Using the craft of the speaker, writer and illustrator to formulate and express ideas artistically.
2. Longest Day
June 21 is the first day of summer in northern countries like the United States. On this day, the northern part of the Earth is closest to the sun, giving that part of the world more hours of sunlight than on any other day. With a partner, go through the newspaper and find activities you like to do on a summer day. Clip them out of the paper and use them to make a poster on "Summer Fun." Present your posters to family or friends and explain your choices.
Learning Standards: Responding to a variety of oral, visual, written and electronic texts by making connections to students' personal lives and the lives of others: using the craft of the illustrator and artist to express ideas creatively.
3. High-Flying Solar
Most of us have heard about using solar power to generate electricity, heat homes, heat water and many other things. But did you know there is a solar-powered airplane? The crew of the Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane made by the Swiss, recently flew from the European country of Belgium to neighboring France, where it will be displayed at an international air show in Paris. According to an article from Agence France-Presse, the plane has the wingspan of a larger airliner, but is significantly lighter. It has 12,000 solar cells on its 200-foot wings that charge the batteries that provide power for the motors driving its four propellers. It set the record for manned solar airplanes by flying for 26 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds, the article said. With family or friends, find a newspaper article about alternative kinds of power like solar. Discuss alternative energy with your family. Then draw a comic strip showing how an alternative kind of energy could power some kind of transportation.
Learning Standards: Reading and writing fluently, speaking confidently, listening and interacting appropriately, viewing strategically and representing creatively; using the craft of the illustrator to express ideas artistically; knowing energy comes from the sun to the Earth in the form of light and that energy and matter can be changed from one form to another.
4. Take a Hike!
A Japanese woman who loves to hike got lost for 12 days in the Himalayan Mountains of the Asian nation of Nepal. Makiko Iwafuchi, 49, survived by eating bamboo shoots and drinking water, according to an article by Agence France-Presse. The article said she had gone on a day hike to a lake, but ended up taking a wrong trail. For two days she holed up in a small cave, before she was found by a group of Hindu pilgrims. She had minor injuries to her feet, but was otherwise all right. She said, "From now on I won't trek alone. I've learned a lesson from this experience." Find a newspaper article about local areas to hike. Or find a picture of an outdoor scene where you would like to hike. Make up a list of things you would need to take along in order for you and your family to be safe on your hike.
Learning Standard: Understanding and demonstrating behaviors that reduce the risk of becoming involved in potentially dangerous situations and knowing how to protect themselves; acquiring information from multiple sources and then organizing and presenting it.
5. They Need Each Other
Two abandoned baby primates have become unlikely friends at an animal orphanage in the African city of Nairobi, Kenya. A three-month-old bush baby is being cared for by a six-month-old yellow baboon. An article from the Associated Press quoted a senior scientist at the Kenya Wildlife Service as saying, "This is a situation where two individuals are basically in need of each other, because they need the bond to survive in the absence of their parents and their grouping." Find a newspaper article about two unlikely people or animals working together. Write a paragraph or brief essay summarizing the story.
Learning Standard: Writing summaries that contain the main ideas of the reading selection and the most significant details.