Here’s a great resource for teaching about hurricanes from Thinkfinity/Verizon Foundation. Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful forces, causing severe land destruction and temporary population migrations. Want to explore these mega weather machines with your students? Share facts about the weather patterns needed to create these massive storms, explore weather prediction models and discuss the long-term effects on individuals in the path of a storm. http://www.thinkfinity.org/hurricanes
Take a look at the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial with this one page from MCT. The memorial was set to be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but has now been postponed due to Hurricane Irene according to the Associated Press.
To download the page click on the following link: http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/MLKMEMORIALcropped.pdf
Note: if you are going to print this pdf, make sure to adjust your print setting to fit on page. The pdf is bigger than 8.5 x 11 (normal print size.)
“Martin Luther King joins Lincoln, Roosevelt on National Mall” http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/213492/
Coming this Sunday in Parade Magazine…”The Dream Lives On”
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., is set to be dedicated on the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Find out what went into making the memorial and who will be there on big day. Parade Magazine can be found in the Sunday Grand Forks Herald and The Forum newspapers.
Recently, my sister and I made a road trip which included a visit to Veterans Memorial Park in Dent, Minnesota. If you’ve never heard of Dent, it is a small town (pop. 194 from the 2010 census) located in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, near Pelican Rapids. The photos published here are ones I shot the day of our visit.
I didn’t know this special memorial even existed until a few months ago when I came across it on facebook. I did a little research and found an article on the Fergus Falls Journal website. http://www.fergusfallsjournal.com/2009/08/02/dent-unveils-veterans-memorial/
The Dent American Legion Post 148 designed, built and dedicated this Memorial to Veterans in July of 2009. The title of the memorial is “All Gave Some – Some Gave All”. The memorial represents all branches of the military and features the names of veterans from this area in Minnesota, including my father, grandfather and four uncles.
The memorial is located in the city park on the north side of town along Highway 108 in Dent, Minnesota.
Teachers, here’s a great resource for the upcoming school year. This Newspapers in Education calendar from the NIE Institute provides a subject specific focus for each day of the week with activities for every school day September 2011 – May 2012.
You’ll find newspaper related activities including Language Arts Mondays, Social Studies Tuesdays, Math Wednesdays, Science Thursdays and on Fridays – a theme for each month with topics of Newspaper Knowledge, Character Education, Critical Thinking, Life Skills, Careers, and Moral Reasoning.
To download, click on the following link: http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/NIE%20Activities%20Calendar%202011-12.pdf
Coming this Sunday in Parade Magazine …
iCarly’s Miranda Cosgrove believes in the importance of giving back, just like all of PARADE’s 2011 Service Award winners.
If you are looking for ways to use the newspaper in your classroom this coming year, check out this site from Kid Scoop. There are several activities that cover a wide variety of topics. There’s even a category for parents.
Check it out at: http://www.kidscoop.com/teachers/teaching_with_newspapers/
I was in Minot this past weekend visiting family and heard the Black Eyed Peas are going to do a flood benefit concert in Minot on September 3 at the ND State Fairgrounds. Tickets go on sale on Aug. 12 for the price of $100. In case you didn’t know, Josh Duhamel (from the Transformer movies) is originally from Minot and is married to Stacy Ferguson, better know as Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas. For more information visit http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/557276/Minot-to-host-Black-Eyed-Peas-in-flood-benefit.html?nav=5010 or minotrising.org.
This is a wonderful example of kindness. Here are some activities from the Newspapers in Education tab “Count on Character” from KRP distributed by the NIE Institute.
1. On a sheet of paper, write down five examples of kind acts that you have given or received in the last few weeks.
2. Divide into groups of four or five and share your examples.
3. As others are describing kind acts, jot down a verb that sums up the act, such as “helped,” “gave,” or “listened.” We’ll call these kindness verbs.
4. Decide as a group which makes you feel better: giving or receiving kindness.
5. List five things you can do in the next 24 hours to show kindness to others. Be as specific as you can.
6. While still in small groups, look through the newspaper to find photographs of kindness in action. How are these people being kind?
7. Jot down the consequences of their actions and talk about your answers.
8. Now, find a photograph or news story about a person or group being unkind. Write down the consequences of their unkindness and discuss how an act of kindness would have changed the story or the photo.
9. Turn to the comics and find the kindest character on the page. Try to draw that character — or cut and paste his picture —on a piece of paper. Can you find any unkind — mean, grumpy, or selfish — comic strip characters? As a class, discuss the things the characters do or say that make them kind or unkind.