[...] in The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 2, your students will find: * A Magic Trick - Learn a card trick that will amaze. * Weather Predicting Hints Animal behavior can be telling... * Calendar Info - Celebrate Boxing Day this year! * Food Fun - Make a "dirt" cake (actually, pudding and cookies in a clean flower pot) and learn about apple oddities and the history of ice cream. * Healthy ideas - Answers to how a good night's sleep affects your weight and all about jumping rope. U.S. Department of Ed Launches Website on Effective Teaching Practices The U.S. Department of Education recently launched a new website intended to provide teachers, administrators and other educators with recommendations on effective teaching practices and examples of possible ways to implement those practices to help promote excellence in American education and improve student achievement.