Good News for Rhinos The Sumatran rhinoceros is one of the rarest animals in the world. Just 200 live in the wild in Southeast Asia, and just 10 live in zoos. Now rhino watchers are celebrating the news that a pair of Sumatran rhinos are expecting a baby at a sanctuary in the Southeast Asian country of Indonesia. A male named “Andalas,” which ordinarily lives at Ohio’s Cincinnati Zoo in the United States, and a female named “Ratu” are the first Sumatran rhinos to breed in captivity in all of Southeast Asia. Zoo breeding programs are one way that humans work to help the survival of endangered species. Talk about other ways as a class. Then find an endangered species in the eEdition. Design a poster showing how humans could help this animal. Young King Tut Learning Standards: Describing positive and negative effects of humans on nature and wildlife; reading and writing fluently, speaking confidently, listening and interacting appropriately, viewing critically and representing creatively. King Tut is one of the most famous rulers of ancient Egypt in northern Africa. Tut — whose full name was Tutankhamun — became a pharaoh king at age 9 and ruled until his Superman Comic Movie Search death at age 19. Scientists have long wondered why Tut died so young, Comic books have been popular On Sunday, March 7, the Oscar and now tests on the mummy of with kids and adults for more than awards will be given out for the King Tut’s body may have solved the 100 years. And one of the most top movie achievements of the last mystery. X-ray scans of his mummy popular characters is Superman. year. Use the search and advanced and scientific study of Tut’s genetic How popular? A rare copy of the first search features of the eEdition DNA show that Tut probably died comic book that showed Superman to see how the Oscars are being from complications from a broken has been sold to a collector for covered this week. Search for leg and the disease malaria, which $1 million! The 1938 comic shows “Oscar” or “movie” or “Academy is spread by mosquitoes. Tut Superman lifting a car on its cover Award.” Finish by writing a para- became famous when his tomb and originally sold for 10 cents. graph describing what kind of was discovered to contain amazing What would you collect if you Oscar stories were most common riches, including a solid gold mask could collect anything you wanted? in the eEdition this week. for the king. Science makes new Go through the eEdition and find discoveries possible every day. Find things you would like to collect. a story about a scientific discovery. Pick one and write a paragraph Write a paragraph explaining this explaining why you would like discovery in your own words. a collection of that type of thing. Learning Standards: Showing how common themes of science, mathe- Learning Standards: Developing and applying critical standards Learning Standards: Using technology tools to enhance learning; matics and technology apply in real world contexts; applying knowledge, for individual use; responding to a variety of texts by making understanding the operations and functions of technology systems; ideas and issues drawn from texts to students’ lives and the lives of connections to students’ personal lives and the lives of others; writing fluently for multiple purposes. others; asking questions that help students learn about the world. writing fluently for multiple purposes. thanks to a dog training program called Canine Assistants. Craig Henderson, who A Boy and His Dog has physical problems that affect his ability to move around on his own, will be getting a dog Animals can be trained to do amazing later this year to help him pick up dropped things to help people. Especially helpful items, turn on lights and gain independence. are service dogs, which can be trained to Craig’s mom said she thinks Craig will assist children and adults with physical gain confidence and freedom by having the disabilities or special needs. A 13-year-old assistance dog. As a class, talk about ways boy from Orion Township, Michigan, soon that kids your age gain confidence doing will be getting help from a service dog, things. In the eEdition, find an example of a teen or elementary student doing something successfully. Make a list of ways this student Learning Standards: Responding to a variety of texts by making connections to students’ personal lives and the lives of others; writing fluently for multiple purposes. gained the confidence needed to be successful. High Five An article in the New York Times newspaper last week discussed the many ways people communicate non-verbally, including facial expressions, gestures and physical contact. One study mentioned in the article looked at the physical interactions in basketball games. The researchers analyzed how often players on each team in the NBA hugged or high-fived, and they found that good teams tend to be “touchier.” In groups, pick a photo of a person in the eEdition. Separately, write down an analysis of the photo. What do you think the person is thinking? What emotions is he or she feeling? Then rejoin your group and compare what each person wrote. Discuss the similarities and differences. Polling Learning Standards: Practicing verbal and nonverbal strategies that enhance understanding of spoken messages and promote effective listening behaviors; focusing on meaning and communication while listening, speaking, viewing, reading and writing in personal and civic contexts. Politician Harold Ford Jr. is thinking about running for the U.S. Senate in the state of New York. To get an idea of whether or not people would vote for him, he used his Oscars Ceiling own money to pay for a telephone poll. New Yorkers were called and On Sunday, March 7, actors, direc- Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti asked questions about Ford and tors, producers, costume designers was born on March 6, 1475. his potential rival, current U.S. and others will attend the 82nd Michelangelo is best known for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. They annual Academy Awards ceremony painting the ceiling of the Sistine were also asked if their vote would in Los Angeles, California. In honor Chapel in Italy. The ceiling paint- be influenced if various people of the Academy Awards, read movie ing, which is more than 130 feet endorsed Ford. In groups, design reviews in the eEdition. Then write long, is broken up into sections your own poll based on something your own review of a movie you that depict various scenes from in the eEdition. Ask several other have seen. As a class, share your the Bible. Challenge your own students your poll questions. Then reviews. Talk about which reviews artistic creativity by re-creating create a chart or graph that displays did the best job helping you under- “scenes” from the eEdition in art the results of your poll. stand what a movie was about and form. Pick several articles and decide whether or not you’d want make a drawing or collage that to see it. Which gave away too represents them. You can have much information, and which were a separate section for each article, too vague? Revise your own review or one larger piece of art that based on the feedback you receive. incorporates them all. Learning Standards: Acquiring information from multiple sources; Learning Standard: Planning and drafting texts, revising and editing Learning Standard: Identifying and using aspects of the craft of using traditional and electronic means to organize social science their own writing and helping others revise and edit their texts in such the speaker, writer and illustrator to formulate and express their information and to make maps, graphs, and tables. areas as content, perspective and effect. ideas artistically. eEdition Prefixes Electronic editions allow you to search their appears. As a class, review how prefixes are content for stories or topics that interest added to the front of words to change their you. This ability to search also can help meaning. Then search today’s eEdition to see you build vocabulary and word skills. You how often the prefixes “over” or “under” appear. can search, for example, to see how many Remember to leave a space before the prefix times a word appears in the paper. Or you when you type it into the search window so can search to see how many times a prefix that you only get the beginning of words! Learning Standards: Using technology tools to enhance learning; understanding the operations and functions of technology systems and becoming proficient in the use of technology. Privacy A school in Pennsylvania is in hot water for possibly looking into students’ homes via webcam cameras in computers. To give all students equal computer access, Harriton High School gave out laptops to everyone. At the same time, it set up the laptops so that the school could turn on the computers’ webcams and take photos. The school is saying that it only took photos if a laptop was reported lost or stolen. But one student says the school took photos of him even though his laptop was never reported missing. Find an article about computer or Internet privacy issues. It can involve a school, a business, a government, a person or a Web site (such as Facebook). Write an outline of the article. Then discuss what you found with the class. Turkey Learning Standards: Demonstrating knowledge of changes in technologies and the effect those changes have; engaging peers in constructive conversation about matters of public concern by clarifying issues, considering opposing views, anticipating consequences and working toward making decisions. Police in the country of Turkey took more than 40 military officers into custody for questioning last week. The officers were suspected of planning a “coup,” or overthrow Oscar Search Seuss of the government. It wouldn’t have been the first time the Turkish On Sunday, March 7, the Oscar Children’s writer Dr. Seuss was military overthrew the government: awards will be given out for the top born Theodor Seuss Geisel on It’s happened four times since 1960. movie achievements of the last year. March 2, 1904. Dr. Seuss’ books, Find an example of an unstable Use the search and advanced search including “The Cat in the Hat,” government in the eEdition or features of the eEdition to see how “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” online. What is the source of the Oscars are being covered this “Green Eggs and Ham” and many the instability? Was there a coup week. Search for “Best Picture,” others, use rhymes, repetition and or change of leaders? A natural or “Best Actor” or “Best Actress.” rhythm to make reading fun and disaster? Something else? Write Finish by writing a prediction teach kids how to read. Pick a news a summary of the situation. of who will win for Best Picture, story that’s appropriate for younger Best Actor and Best Actress, based kids. Alone or with a partner, write on your search findings. Design a short story or skit that conveys a chart or bar graph to show your the information to kids in a fun, search results. engaging way. Learning Standard: Writing fluently for multiple purposes to produce Learning Standards: Using technology tools to enhance learning; Learning Standards: Communicating information accurately and compositions, such as stories, poetry, personal narratives, editorials, understanding the operations and functions of technology systems; effectively and demonstrating expressive abilities by creating oral, research reports, persuasive essays, resumes and memos. organizing data in charts, graphs and tables. written and visual texts that enlighten and engage an audience; recognizing and approximating authors’ innovative techniques. that interests you. Create a detailed drawing, Dusty diagram, chart or graph that helps convey A new study by two scientists at the the information in the article. Show what you University of Arizona shows that house- created to the class, and explain how it relates hold dust is pretty gross. Dust is usually to the article. For additional challenge, repeat made up of a combination of skin, fur, the activity on different days and record the dead insects, food, lint, dirt, lead, arsenic information in chart or graph form. Write and even the pesticide DDT. In the a paragraph discussing how charts and eEdition, find another science article graphs offer readers things they can’t get through words alone. Learning Standards: Organizing data using tables, charts, graphs, spreadsheets and databases; acquiring information from multiple sources.