Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/
April 26 is the “national” Arbor Day. North Dakota’s Arbor Day is the first Friday in May. Each state has their own Arbor Day depending upon the planting season in their state. This year, however, ND is celebrating their State Arbor Day on May 17 at Annie’s House in Bottineau, N.D. Click on the following links to learn more:
- Work with a friend, a relative or a parent to clip pictures and names of trees from your newspaper over the period of a couple of weeks. Clip photos from newspaper stories or advertisements; clip the names of trees, try to draw your own picture of how each tree appears.
- Create a scrapbook of trees popular or commonly grown in your community. Paste or tape pictures of different trees on different pages of your scrapbook and identify the type of tree you have selected. If you clip names of trees, try to draw your own picture of how each tree appears.
- Finally, try to find an example of a leaf from most of the types of trees you identified in your notebook. Attach the leaf to the appropriate page. If you can’t find a particular leaf, do some research and draw a sample leaf from the tree.
- When you complete your scrapbook, add a page to the back of the scrapbook in which you describe any findings you and your partner made. Include any final statements about your research and what you learned about trees in your community.
Every day is Earth Day for people who care about the environment. But for one day each year, people all over the world join forces to call attention to the beauty of the Earth and the ways in which we can protect it.
Here are a number of activities to help you call attention to this special day. These activities are from KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide distributed by the NIE Institute.
1. Talk about environmental problems in your community. Have students find a newspaper story about one of those problems. Ask them how they would solve the problem, then have them write a letter to the editor of the newspaper expressing their thoughts.
2. Have students look through the newspaper’s advertisements for products that are promoted as environmentally friendly or safe for the environment. What conclusions can they draw from their findings? Encourage discussion.
3. Ask students to pick one product advertised in the newspaper and discuss the effects that product might have on the environment.
4. Instruct students to look through the newspaper for items that can be recycled. Ask them to list the items and find out if each can be recycled in your community. Conclude by having students come up with their own ways to recycle the newspaper (use as wrapping paper, line the bird cage, etc.). Encourage them to be creative.
A Curriculum Guide to Teach Environmental Education
Here is a 53 page guide you can download from the EGBAR Foundation titled “THE EGBAR Clean-Up Challenge.” This curriculum was developed to help educators effectively and easily integrate environmental education into their classroom teaching. This curriculum guide covers a variety of environmental issues such as: sources of pollution, hazardous wastes, recycling, energy, renewable and non-renewable resources, global warming, and environmental laws. Each lesson is designed with a student objective, grade level recommendation, list of materials, discussion of teaching strategies for the lesson, and an opportunity to extend the lesson through additional activities. For each lesson there is an accompanying student activity sheet. The activity sheet is ready for you to copy and can be used as an independent assignment or cooperative learning activity.
Is there anything better than a warm, sunny day? All winter, we wait for the weather to warm up so we can throw off our sweaters and pull on our shorts. Warm days let us play in the parks and playgrounds, ride our bikes or head for the swimming pool.
But could our weather be getting too warm? Scientists think so. Environmental scientists and geoscientists study the Earth and its history. They measure and track all kinds of information so they can help us protect the environment. Scientists tell us what may happen in the future and give advice on taking care of our wonderful planet.
This NIE tab, Cool it: The Good, the Bad and What You Can Do About Global Warming was produced by KRP and distributed by the NIE Institute.
Note: if you are going to print this pdf, you will need to adjust your print setting to fit on page. The pdf is bigger than 8.5 x 11 (normal print size.)
The following information was taken from the January Grand Forks Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition newsletter. If you would like to be more involved in reducing underage drinking and high-risk alcohol use in Grand Forks, the Grand Forks City Council Service Safety Committee will be having it’s third meeting concerning alcohol issues in our community. The meeting is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4th in the Council Chambers located in City Hall. This meeting is open to the public and your comments are welcome.
Download the 6-page pdf by clicking here
Hydrocodone: Vicodin Drug enforcement officers and others who work in the field of substance abuse are concerned that Vicodin is increasingly becoming a drug of choice among young people. According to one survey of American high school students, almost 10 percent of high school seniors and three percent of eighth graders had tried it at least once during that year. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is now trying to change how hydrocodone is regulated, because it is too easily available on the Internet, from unethical physicians, or through “doctor shopping.”
Effects and Use Hydrocodone is a Schedule II narcotic used for pain relief and cough suppression. As it blocks pain messages to the brain, it can cause an intense feeling of pleasure and euphoria. Side effects can include liver and kidney damage, chest pain, skin rashes, nausea, confusion, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, and flu-like symptoms. Doctors prescribe hydrocodone for severe to moderate pain – for example, for broken bones or slipped discs.
Dangers and Risks Hydrocodone is highly addictive. When teens first try this drug, they often feel a sense of euphoria and joy. If they keep using it, they quickly develop a tolerance for the drug and have to increase the amounts they take even to achieve the effect of relaxation. They usually cannot stop using hydrocodone on their own, because withdrawal will make them sick or give them severe headaches.
One danger of hydrocodone abuse is that it is usually comes in combination with acetaminophen, which damages the liver and kidneys in any amount over medically recommended levels. The recommended level of acetaminophen is 1000 mg at any given time and no more than 4000 mg in one day. It should never be mixed with alcohol. Teens will often pop three or four Vicodins (750 mg of acetaminophen in each pill) along with alcohol. Even one time like that can cause severe liver damage. If your teen has asthma or allergies, hydrocodone can slow his breathing, and cause wheezing and chest pain. It interacts not only in a dangerous way with alcohol, but also antihistamines, barbiturates and muscle relaxants. Addiction to any drug puts a teen in contact with drug dealers. Possession of hydrocodone is a felony in most states that can lead to a prison term of five to ten years or more.
Signs of Use Teens take hydrocodone in order to relax, so you may notice that your child is sleeping more and acting as if she is in a “stupor.” She may have pinpoint pupils and seem confused and “dopey.” She may be unable to keep up her grades or schoolwork. She may quit sports and other activities because she has no energy for them. Without her drug, she may be extremely irritable and suffer from sleeplessness. She will not want to travel with the family or leave her drug supply for any long period. She will appear secretive.
Overdose A teen overdosing on hydrocodone will probably have flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, sweats, headache, and vomiting. A severe overdose will include chest pain, cold clammy skin, difficulty breathing, pinpoint pupils, nausea, confusion, and sometimes a skin rash. This person needs to go to an emergency room for immediate treatment.
Withdrawal and Treatment Teens who are addicted to hydrocodone have to go through a physical withdrawal period that is not pleasant. Often they get sick, vomit and experience severe headaches. Other withdrawal symptoms can be intense cravings for hydrocodone, sweats, abdominal pain, and seizures. They need medical intervention to help them through this period or they will return to hydrocodone to relieve their symptoms. Because withdrawal can in rare cases cause sudden death or coma, they will need professional help.
Here is a calendar with daily lesson plans using the newspaper for the month of April. The calendar is from the NIE Institute.
To download a printable copy, click on the following link: April Lesson Plans
Happy Easter! Here’s an Easter Coloring page for you to download and print by clicking here.
Here are some Easter ideas from FamilyFun Magazine and MCT. After dyeing and decorating your Easter eggs, turn them into sweet-faced critters. Just peel off the shells to begin.
Also be sure and check out Kid-Friendly Tips to Create Fun Easter Memories from American Profile Magazine.
The first day of spring this year is March 20. This day is also know as the vernal equinox for the northern hemisphere. For more information on the vernal equinox visit http://www.factmonster.com/spot/riteofspring1.html
Here is a spring word search you can download and print. Just click here.
Over the veggie rainbow from FamilyFun/MCT This St. Patrick’s Day snack provides a golden opportunity to eat fresh vegetables.To make it, fill as small bowl with dip (we used guacamole).Slice four long strips of bell peppers in various colors and arrange them as shown. Cut two small cauliflower clouds, skewer each with a tooth-pick, then position one on each side of the peppers. Place sliced carrot coins beside the bowl for the leprechaun’s pot of gold.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these fun activities from FamilyFun and MCT. To print the leprechaun beard template, click here