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COVER ART: “NC ZOO” textile collage by Elaine O’Neil Elaine O’Neil is a Chapel Hill-based textile collage artist who uses fabrics to create beautiful textile collages of fond childhood memories, and whimsical images of the local community and North Carolina landmarks. Elaine O’Neil also is the illustrator of Good Night Carolina, a children’s book written by Missy Julian Fox and Marie Myers Lloyd. As O’Neil describes it, “Growing up in the countryside of rural Maine, I had an idyllic, perfect childhood. Running barefoot in the green fields, playing hide and seek in our big red barn, picking sweet peas, and eating blueberry pie are fond memories I hold dear to this day. My artistic process begins with those simple, pure moments. I strive to conjure up the essence of those good memories and capture them through whimsey and color, all stitched together with a sense of humor and delight. I call the finished piece, "textile collage". "I began sewing as a girl, winning 4-H contests and making all of my clothes. In college, I designed fabrics, enjoying the created effect of color and texture combinations. Later, while our three sons were little and I was home with them, I began creating "scenes" and portraits of a family boat ride, a cow farm, or a seaside picnic. Those 'scenes' were noticed by a gallery and that was the start of my art career.” O'Neil graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, earning a BS degree in textile design. She is great-granddaughter to a lighthouse keeper, granddaughter to a farmer, daughter of an ardent seamstress, and mother to three sons. O'Neil's ties to her past are ever present. Her work has been featured and exhibited in galleries from the coast of Maine to midtown Manhattan to shops in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.
Learn more about Elaine O’Neil’s textile collage art at www.elaineoneil.com.
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Here in the NC Triangle we have had our April rain showers (and a longer winter than usual), and we are ready for the MAY flowers!
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The beautiful spring weather makes May a perfect time for a visit to the North Carolina Zoo! This year the North Carolina Zoo celebrates its 40th Anniversary, with amazing new exhibits and lots of fun for the whole family! In this issue read about the baby animals at the N.C. Zoo, and meet Dr. David Jones, Director of the North Carolina Zoo.
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In this issue we'll also learn about The Makery at Kidzu, where you can use your imagination to create all kinds of cool art and inventions to bring home with you. Kidzu Children's Museum (in its huge space at University Mall in Chapel Hill) offers fun activities for all ages throughout each month, including after school programs and drop-in arts and crafts sessions, as well as visits to the farmers' market to meet the farmers, learn about local fruits and vegetables, healthy eating, practice financial literacy, and have fun! Check the Kidzu calendar online at www.kidzuchildrensmuseum.org. In this issue we'll also celebrate Memorial Day and Cinco de Mayo with lots of fun educational games and activities. Also read about why vitamin C is so good for us, and what fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamin C. May is National Physical Fitness & Sports month, and the weather is perfect for getting outside and having fun. Try a new sport with your friends, or go for a family hike at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens.
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Don't forget Mother's Day on May 11th! Take the time to draw a picture or make a craft for your mother, and let her know how much you appreciate all that she does. Have a magnificent May!
Get outside, play and protect your smile! E TH D N ST ! FI LO TH O TO
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Kids in the News
hubham Banerjee, a 7th grade student from Santa Clara, California invented a Braille printer with LEGOs. Millions of children around the world are blind and, at $2,000, the cost of a Braille printer is too expensive for many families and schools. Banerjeeâ€™s Braille printer can be made for around $350. With a bit of hardware from Home Depot and a $349 Lego Mindstorms kit, the 12 year old took a basic, pre-existing pattern for a printer and reworked it with new software and hardware enhancements to print out letters in Braille. The result is called the Braigo. Perhaps best of all, the youngster has created the software in Open Source code and made the design readily available for public consumption free of charge, so that anyone can use it and improve it.
ore than 100 years ago, a bright, young blind boy was frustrated because he wanted to read and write quickly. Louis Braille worked for nine years and finally invented an alphabet that could be used by a blind person. a b c d e f g h
His system uses one to six raised dots grouped within a small space called a cell. Each cell stands for a letter in the alphabet. There are also cells that stand for sounds and small words like of or with. A blind person reads by feeling the dots that are raised on the page. Use the Braille decoder at left to read the message at right. Now try writing your name in dots using the blank Braille alphabet cells below.
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The Makery at Kidzu's Launch Pad By Lisa Van Deman, Director of Education, Kidzu Children's Museum
“The mission of the Maker Education Initiative is to create more opportunities for young people to make, and—by making—build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts—and learning as a whole.” --The Maker Education Initiative http://makermedia.com/about-us/making-in-education/
Each month The Makery programming reflects a different theme. April has been all about STEM activities focused on harnessing wind.
Maker Education has impacted the world of children’s museums and Kidzu Children’s Museum is no exception! Though the roots of “making” go as far back as recorded history, the current “maker movement” is identified as the creative mix representing crafting, design and technology. The idea that “if you can imagine it, you can create it” has fueled this latest evolution of the DIY philosophy. Making fosters experimental play, intersecting with science, engineering, math and fine arts. As the Institute for Library and Museum Services stated in September 2012: “The movement aligns with President Obama’s Educate to Innovate initiative and his call to ‘think about new and creative ways to engage young people in science and engineering [and]…encourage young people to create and build and invent—to be makers of things, not just consumers of things.’”
Whether through self-directed creation or facilitated family making experiences, grown-ups also get into the act! Over opening weekend in February, one parent commented “I love The Makery! There’s so much variety! My kids can work with real tools and be mentored by working artists! How cool is that?” At the recently opened Kidzu Launch Pad at University Mall, Kidzu’s The Makery serves as the heartbeat of the visitor experience. Part arts studio part hacker space, young children and their families tinker, invent, design and create, often encouraged by different Makery Masters – local artists, craftspeople, scientists and inventors – building on Kidzu’s long tradition of sharing the talents of regional creative professionals with visitors. It all adds up to a ton of fun – but children are learning valuable STE(A)M (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills that help them grow into 21st century learners. Each day at Kidzu, kids are hammering, measuring and building with authentic tools and materials. They are designing and creating using the latest technology and specially designed computer programs that encourage their individual creativity. They are using household materials in unexpected ways to create works of art or really useful objects.
Celebrate May at Kidzu
Sew In Love with Animals – May 10, 10:00–12:00 Makery Master Jen Gilchrist of Twinflower Designs will help Kidzu visitors sew dog and cat toys to keep or donate to the Animal Services Center. Free with museum admission. To Market, To Market: Strawberry Season – Tuesdays, May 13 & 20, 3:30-5:30 We will be making yummy, sweet treats with fresh strawberries from the Chapel Hill Farmers' Market. This program invites children to meet farmers, practice financial literacy, learn about healthy eating, and have fun! Call 919/933-1455 to register. Design it, Make it, Wear it! May 22, 3:30-5:00 Sign up for this fun, interactive printing and graphics workshop and go home with a customized tote bag or shirt made by YOU with YOUR own artwork. Call 919/933-1455 to register.
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hat do you think of when you think of Memorial Day? Today, many people spend the three-day weekend enjoying barbecues, movies and trips to local beaches and parks. However, Memorial Day was started to honor soldiers who died fighting for their country. Standards Link: History: Know that Americans celebrate Memorial Day to commemorate all who have died in wars in which the U.S. fought.
How many differences can you find between these two backyard scenes? Standards Link: Visual Discrimination: Find similarities and differences in common objects.
Every year, Memorial Day is observed at Arlington National Cemetery with the president or vice-president laying a wreath at the:
Memorial Day was originally a day to honor America’s Civil War dead by decorating their graves. To find out what Memorial Day was originally called, write the letter of the alphabet that comes before each letter in the code.
Standards Link: Reading Comprehension: Follow simple written directions.
“Uncle Sam” is a character cartoonists often use to symbolize the United States. Can you draw the other half of his face?
Talking Walls: Discover Your World by Margy Burns Knight, illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien
If walls could talk, what would they say? The revised edition of this book introduces children to a world of diverse cultures where walls can be built to protect or to keep people apart. From a cave in France with ancient paintings to the wall of the prison cell where Nelson Mandela was jailed, the stories will encourage geographic and cultural awareness.
Replace the missing vowels to reveal this honored location. Standards Link: Reading Comprehension: Follow simple written directions.
The Meaning of Memorial Day
timeforkids.com/news/meaning-memorial-day/40391 Memorial Day is often considered the start of the summer with barbecues, beach and movies. But in 1868 it was designated as an occasion to honor and preserve the memory of those who died in the service of the country.
Medal of Honor coloring book
homeofheroes.com/coloringbook/ Children can learn about Medals of Honor here with a coloring book that shows the history of some of America’s greatest heroes.
fun.familyeducation.com/memorial-day/holidays/33548.html Funbrain has a Memorial Day page with links that include a quiz, patriotic crafts, puzzles and ways to Support Our Troops.
Activities for Kids
apples4theteacher.com/holidays/memorial-day/ More Memorial Day links to games, activities and stories.
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Complete each math problem to reveal the years these significant events in the history of Memorial Day took place.
Following General James Garfield’s speech at Arlington National Cemetery, thousands of participants decorated the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.
After the Civil War, people in several American towns started a tradition of setting aside one day a year to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers.
After World War I, Decoration Day observances were expanded to honor those who had died in all American wars.
Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be observed the last Monday in May.
Waterloo, N.Y., was designated as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. For 100 years, the town had made Memorial Day an annual, community-wide event during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.
Standards Link: Historical Understanding: Know how to interpret data presented in timelines.
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Some say that the Chihuahua is the only dog native to North America. That Some say that the Chihuahua is means the onlythat dogit is the only dog that comes from here instead native to North America. That means that it of is being brought here from another continent.
the only dog that comes from here instead of being brought here from have another continent. Pictures of Chihuahuas been found on
ancient ruins near Mexico City. These pictures date back around 1,000 years.
Pictures of Chihuahuas have been found on ancient ruinsthe near Mexico City. These pictures Sometimes Chihuahua is shown date back around years. accompanying its1,000 master to the grave. But it is not known whether the dogs went as guides, or companions. or food!
In the 1850s, some of these tiny dogs were found in the state of of these Chihuahua, so they In the Mexican 1850s, some tiny dogs werewere found the this Mexican state of Chihuahua, namedin after state, which borders Texas so and they were named after this state, which Arizona. borders Texas and Arizona.
Standards Link: History: Know how to view the past in terms of the norms and values of the time.
14 - 5 + 10
28 - 6 + 12
7 + 6 + 12
12 + 6 + 3
These Chihuahuas are ready to race! Add up the numbers under each dog. The one with the lowest number wins!
19 - 3 + 9
Standards Link: Number Sense: Calculate sums and differences.
Fernando only eats a fraction of his treats. What will he eat? To find out, look at the fractions by each dish. The bottom number tells how many treats are on one of the dishes. The top number shows how many of these treats he will eat. Circle the treats that he will eat.
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Standards Link: Number Sense: Understand basic concepts of fractions.
40 - 9 + 6
Choose from these words:
17 + 6 + 9
Cinco de Mayo is the day in 1862 on which 5,000 poorly armed Mexicans defeated the French army in battle.
CHIHUAHUA BAILE FIESTA GUIDES FRACTION CINCO
AUTHENTIC CIUDAD RACES PERROS RUINS FIVE MAYO KING DOGS
Find the words by looking up, down, backwards, forwards, sideways and diagonally.
C S E D L O C N
A R R D N E
R E E A G B F O H B C F U U E
A H T V T
K U E C E E
S E N C A C G A
G S S H S O R R E
O T U O Y A M F C O D A U T H E N T
42 - 11 + 5
28 - 6 + 12
Por favor is Spanish for please. There are several Spanish words in the article about the Chandler festivities. Can you find the English words that correspond to these Spanish words?
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Baby Animals at the North Carolina Zoo
Awww, how cute! The baby animals at the North Carolina Zoo this spring have the spotlight as the N.C. Zoo celebrates its 40th anniversary! Did you know that the N.C. Zoo is the nation's largest walk-through natural habitat zoo? From this spring through October visit the N.C. Zoo and see the baby animals, as well as the larger-than-life animatronic bugs that seem to come to life.
Three adorable cougar kittens (Heath, Olive, and Willow) now call the North Carolina Zoo home. The kittens arrived at the N.C. Zoo in March 2014, when they were around two months old. They were rescued when they were around two weeks old, after losing their mother to a hunter in the wild in Oregon in January. If the orphaned kittens had not been rescued they would not have survived in the wild. Zoo keepers at the Oregon Zoo rescued the cougar kittens and cared for them before they came to live at the N.C. Zoo. Members of LightHawk, a group of pilots who volunteer their time and aircraft to conservation efforts, flew the young cougars to North Carolina. N.C. Zoo visitors can see them in the cougar exhibit in the zooâ€™s Cypress Swamp complex. The cougar kittens are playful bundles of energy (when they aren't napping - it takes a lot of energy to tumble around and play with cougar siblings!)
A female North American otter was born at the N.C. Zoo on January 15th. The baby otter and her mother now have the choice to stay indoors or go into the exhibit in public view. The Zoo has posted a video on facebook of the baby otter swimming for the first time! Baby otters have buoyant "pup coats" so that they can float in the water. Otters are very playful; you can watch them somersaulting, wrestling, flopping around, sliding, and swimming. Otters can stay under the water for a long time - up to 8 minutes! They shut both their nostrils and their ears tightly when they are underwater.
On April 9th, 2014 a new baby baboon was born at the N.C. Zoo. The N.C. Zoo is home to the largest troop of hamadryas baboons in the country. There are 20 hamadryas baboons at the zoo.
21-month-old Gorilla "toddlers" were born at the N.C. Zoo in August 2012. On August 4th, 2012, "Bomassa," a male, was born to "Jamani." Weeks later, on August 31st, a second baby Gorilla, "Apollo," (also a male) was born to mother "Olympia." The North Carolina Zoo's field conservation program includes extensive work to preserve the Cross River Gorilla in Nigeria.
Three baby boy sitatunga were born at the N.C. Zoo during the 2013-2014 holiday season, including a New Yearâ€™s baby! (The sitatunga is a species of antelope native to Central Africa.) In the spirit of the holiday season during which they were born, the baby sitatunga were named Fruitcake, Spumoni and Truffle.
Juma is growing up! 22-month old giraffe Juma was born at the N.C. Zoo on July 6, 2012, and she will turn 2 years old in July. When Juma was born, she weighed 150 lbs and she was 6 ft tall! (That's a tall baby!) A baby giraffe can double its height in the first year.
Juma and her mama, Jamili (July 2012). Photos courtesy NC Zoo.
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A compound word is a word that is formed by combining two smaller words. For example, when you combine DAY and LIGHT you get DAYLIGHT. Easy, right? The pictures below can be combined to create nine compound words. One is done for you. Can you make nine compound words and then figure out where they belong in the empty boxes?
Look closely! Only two of these robots are exactly the same. Can you find them?
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MUSIC & ART
Music Makes the Movies: The Magical Music of Legendary Composer John Williams
When you close your eyes and think of the Star Wars movies, can't you almost hear the music that accompanies the Star Wars characters, stories, and action in the movies? Can you imagine Star Wars without the music? The Star Wars film series wouldn't have the same impact without the music of John Williams. John Williams is an American composer, conductor and pianist who is considered to be one of the greatest film composers of all time. In addition to music for movies, Williams also has composed numerous classical concerti, Composer John Williams at the Avery and he was the Fisher Hall in 2007. Photo: TishTash, en.wikipedia principal conductor for the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993. Williams currently is the Boston Pops Orchestra's conductor laureate. Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy
Film Awards and 21 Grammy Awards. He has received 49 Academy Award nominations! Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.
The Indiana Jones Movie Series
John Williams celebrated his 82nd birthday this year (he was born on February 8, 1932), and he continues to compose, perform and conduct beautiful music. He is now composing the film score (music) for the newest Star Wars movie!
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
What a magical experience to hear the music of John Williams performed by the North Carolina Symphony! Whether the Symphony is playing John Williams' music from the Harry Potter films or Star Wars, the music seems to sparkle - like the stars in the galaxy, or the stars that appear above the dining hall during a feast at Hogwarts. Here are just a few of the movies for which John Williams wrote the music: Star Wars Movie Series - Williams composed all of the music for all of the Star Wars movies series, and he is writing the music for the next Star Wars movie. Harry Potter (the first three movies) Superman
E.T., The Extraterrestrial Fiddler on the Roof
- and many, many more classic film scores!
Last month (in our April 2014 issue), we talked with Grant Llewellyn, conductor and Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony. Grant Llewellyn worked with John Williams when Llelwellyn was the Assistant Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the early 1990's.
The North Carolina Symphony will perform the Music of John Williams at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre on June 6th. Have your picture
taken with your favorite Star Wars characters. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE on the lawn!
Image above: Liam L. (McDougle Elementary 1st grade) with a Storm Trooper at the North Carolina Symphony in 2013.
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Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You!
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Birthday 6Happy 7 George!
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May Word Find N O O B A B Y B A B K V H B M
N T H E M A K E R Y E O H F A
H C E G O T V W A E N Q C S Y
O R S O Q O S U W M T O P M F
NC Zoo Otter Pup Baby Baboon Cougar Kittens Gorillas
I Y T Y J G H J O A U N U A L
S Q A J M A Z T B G C O P I O
B A N M U P H Z A K K L R L W
J H L H E E H R A A Y C E L E
D R I L R D K O K Z D B T I R
E H G S I I O I N Y E J T W S
C T D U T R D C W Y R A O N J
W A R T H Z O Z N U B Q Y H C
Y H E D U A P G P I Y R X O W
C N G O O Z C N E V C Y K J M
S S T A R W A R S M U S I C Y
Kidzu Cinco de Mayo The Maker y Chihuahua Mother's Day John Williams May Flowers NC Symphony K e n t u c k y D e r b y S t a r Wa r s M u s i c
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The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults* ™
The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups!
1. Ben Franklin's city, where he might have chowed down on a cheesesteak 7. This country's name might make you think about a Thanksgiving bird 8. It's the postal abbrievation for the state of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and an interjection) 10. It's the postal abbreviation for the only U.S. state that is not geographically in North America (and a popular greeting) 11. Our Nation's Capital (or first president George) 13. 19 Across was the heart of the mighty _____ Empire 14. It's a lyric from Broadway's "My Fair Lady": "The ____ in Spain stays mainly in the plain" 16. If you hold it, you can say you've got the whole world in your hands 19. Rhyme time in South America: Though it's called "The Lost City," it's not really true, you can find Machu Picchu if you visit ____
A World of Fun
20. It's the home of many Hornets (in the NBA) 23. Creative works like the ones you can enjoy if you visit the Louvre in Paris, France 25. A South American country that sounds like a bowl of beef and beans 26. Funny fries: When the ketchup asked the French fry where he was from, what did he reply?
12. Romania's neighbor, this country sounds like its stomach might be growling for goulash 15. Small nation in 6D whose name brings to mind carryout food 17. South American country that shares its name with a triangular-shaped nut that grows wild in its rainforest 18. Great body: Any one of the five vast expanses that occupy about 70% of the Parents Down planet 2. Like the weather in 19. It's the focus of the U.N. equatorial countries 3. In 2010, a team of Christian 21. Charles Dickens' "A ___ of Two Cities" was set in Paris, explorers claimed to have located remnants of this France and London, England famed Old Testament vessel 22. Deep dive: You'd hate to in 7 Across leave Queensland, Australia 4. Cleopatra's country without checking out the 5. Arizona city named for the Great Barrier _____ Greek mythological bird that 24. Trendy nickname for the rose from the ashes 6. The second largest of the island nation that, along seven continents, it is home with Haiti, is half of Hispaniola to 4 Down and more than (Hint: It's initials might make 50 other countries you think of who you call 9. Asian nation that introduced when you've got a cough) the world to sushi
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Earth-Shaking GPS News Alex H. Kasprak National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Early Saint Patrick’s Day morning (March 17, 2014), residents of Los Angeles woke up to a jolt. The ground was rumbling. Then, suddenly, it seemed as if the whole world was kicked out of place. It was an earthquake. Within seconds, computers at the United States Geological Survey pinpointed the quake’s center and calculated how strong it was. They figure that out with a network of seismometers—tools that measures how much the ground shakes. But some scientists think that GPS (Global Positioning System) devices can help provide the same information even faster and with greater accuracy. A GPS antenna outside of Los Angeles, California. Credit: USGS. Getting this information right as soon as possible is important. That’s because the big waves traveling through the ground from an earthquake are slow enough that you can actually warn other areas to prepare for some shaking before the waves get there. But right now it can be hard to get an accurate estimate right away. Sometimes the strength of a quake or the location of its center is miscalculated at first. The St Patrick’s Day quake, for example, was originally reported as being stronger than it actually was.
This is where GPS comes into play. That’s right, the very same system that tells you where you are on the Earth and helps you navigate to the nearest pizzeria, may also monitor ground motion caused by earthquakes. Scientists are currently testing such a system. They are taking existing GPS base stations—with extremely accurate GPS receivers—and adding new tools to them so they can sense subtle movements in the ground as they occur. The GPS base station provides the location down to a few centimeters. The new tools monitor and detect slight movements of the Earth’s crust at the station’s location. With a network of these stations, you may have enough information to estimate the earthquake’s center and its magnitude and then issue a warning automatically and within seconds. This would not help people right near the center of the earthquake. Yet even a few seconds of warning could be the difference between life and death for people further away. They could prepare by taking cover, shutting down dangerous things like natural gas lines, stop elevators at the nearest floor, and slow down moving trains. Earthquake monitoring is not easy. Predicting earthquakes remains pretty much impossible. But an early warning issued by a network of extremely accurate GPS stations could be just the tool to help reduce some of the risks of these Earth-shaking natural disasters in the future.
Learn about how GPS works at NASA’s Space Place: http://spaceplace.nasa. gov/gps and check out a fun animation and poster about how it can be used to hunt down a tasty pizza: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gps-pizza.
EARLY LEARNERS R is for Robot r is for robot Learning Buddies: Read the two phrases aloud. Have your child read with you. Trace the uppercase and lowercase letter R. Say the letter as you trace it.
How many words or pictures can you find on this page that start with the sound the letter R makes in the word robot? How many
Robots rolling left and right, Twinkling lights are shining bright. It’s a busy day in Robot Town, No time to rest or shut down!
Learning Buddies: Trace and say the number. Read the questions. Touch and count to find the answers.
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Meet Dr. David Jones,Veterinarian, Zoologist, and Director of the North Carolina Zoo
Have you been to the North Carolina Zoo with your family recently, or with your class for a school trip? This Spring is a perfect time for a trip to the Zoo, as the NC Zoo celebrates its 40th Anniversary, with great new exhibits, including the new Kidzone, and Bugs: An Epic Adventure (March 29 - October 2014). The NC Zoo also is celebrating the arrival of new zoo babies! This month we talked with Dr. David Jones, the Director of the North Carolina Zoo since 1994. He is a veterinarian and zoologist by training and worked with the Zoological Society of London for 25 years in a number of capacities before becoming its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Jones is former Chairman of one of the world's oldest conservation organizations, Fauna and Flora International and served as the Chairman for the Brooke Hospital for Animals, one of the world's largest international animal welfare agencies. He was Chairman of the Conservation Committee of the World Wildlife Fund in the United Kingdom and was on the Council, both of the World Wildlife Fund UK and US. He is currently chairman of the Yadkin Pee Dee Lakes Project, the main non-governmental rural development agency in the region and is on the board of the Environmental Defense Fund (North Carolina) and Pfeiffer University. Dr. Jones has consulted in over 50 countries, has been involved in the design, development and management of some 30 zoos, particularly in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf Region and has written over 100 reviewed scientific papers and numerous popular articles. Dr. Jones has a particular interest in the links between conservation, natural resource management and rural economic development worldwide. He believes very strongly that stewardship of our natural resources will only succeed if people come to understand the links between their well being, the economy and the environment. Many of the programs that the NC Zoo undertakes are directed at helping the public to make these connections.
CHillKids: How did you become a zoo veterinarian? DR. JONES: I grew up with a farming background on both sides of my family. Most of them still farm in Wales today, so animals and the countryside were very much in my blood. I went to Veterinary College in London in the early 1960s, and in my last year of Vet College, (and by that time I had also earned a Zoology Degree), I was quite an active member of the Zoological Society of London (London Zoo). The Vet College and the Zoo were fairly close together, so I would visit often. In my last few months before qualifying, the first full-time Veterinary post at Whipsnade, London’s country zoo, was advertised and although I hadn’t quite qualified at the time, I went and spent a day with the then-Curator of Whipsnade Park. Fortunately, he could see my enthusiasm and some knowledge and despite the fact that about 50 qualified Vets had applied, waited for me to qualify the following spring, when I joined the Zoological Society of London as Whipsnade’s resident Veterinarian. At that time there were less than ten full-time Veterinarians in zoos in Western Europe; most of the zoos employed local Veterinary practices. The science of Veterinary medicine in exotic animals was very much in its infancy. After seven years at Whipsnade I was appointed Senior Veterinary Officer for the whole Society in charge of Veterinary matters for both London and Whipsnade Zoos and also for a wide-range of overseas programs where we would be helping countries mainly in Africa and Asia.
CHillKids: What was your favorite subject in school when you were a child? DR. JONES: My favorite subject in school was undeniably science, although I was quite interested in history and geography. Biology, of course, was top of the list of interests and particularly the Zoology of large mammals, in which later I would be looking after some 3,000 of them at Whipsnade. As a child, even when fairly young, I don’t think I ever veered from that wish to be involved with animals in some way. CHillKids: Did you have pets during your childhood in England? DR. JONES: Being at boarding school from age seven to seventeen, I didn’t have any opportunity to relate to pets at home, although our big, old Georgian Rectory (father was an Anglican Minister), just north of London, with its seven-acres of land held a good flock of chickens and a motley collection of cats. I did however in secondary school become an active member of the Natural History Club and we had a little garden shed in which we kept a variety of small animals and on one occasion a pig and a sheep. The church that my father led was a very attractive 12th century edifice, much in demand for weddings and as a result of that and father’s constant workload, my brother and I were shipped off to the farms of relatives in Wales for most of the Easter and summer holidays. That in itself of course created great opportunities for relating to animals and the countryside. CHillKids: Does your work include travel to other countries? DR. JONES: I do travel extensively to other countries, some of that being a product of much earlier work when I was Director of the London Zoo and had frequent contact with zoos, wildlife areas and many aspects of animal management all over the world, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. I have over the years served on 23 different not-for-profit boards, all of them connected with animals, conservation, animal welfare or rural development. CHillKids: What do you like to do when you are not working? DR. JONES: When I am not working, which by its administrative nature tends to be far more office-based than I would like, I try to get outside as much as possible, tending a two-acre wooded yard. I am a relatively accomplished amateur photographer especially when I get the time to take my cameras on trips and I have for many years collected hand-colored natural history prints dating from the early to midnineteenth century.
Photos courtesy of the N.C. Zoo.
CHillKids: What advice would you give to young people who are thinking about becoming a veterinarian and/or considering a career in Zoology? DR. JONES: My main advice to moms with those teenage kids who want to get into Veterinary Science or the Zoo world is to take as much advantage as possible of any opportunity to do practical work. If a child shows interest in animals, plants, the countryside, conservation, etc. give them as much opportunity to get out into open spaces and relate to natural things wherever you may be, be it a backyard, a State Park or a farm if one has access to one. In their teens they should be exposed to as much practical work with animals that can be provided and as they get a little older, towards the end of their school years make sure that that is structured in the sense of it being meaningful, voluntary or paid work on a farm, in a pet store, with a veterinary practice or an animal collection. Although entry requirements are the key to obtaining the best college places, most successful applications also need to be accompanied by plenty of evidence of having shown interest in and a practical aptitude in the animal world. CHillKids: Thank you for taking the time to talk with us about your career as a zoo veterinarian, zoologist and Director of the North Carolina Zoo!
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STEM SCIENCE Have you ever seen the sheen of oil on a puddle of water? When water lands on oil in the street, the oil floats to the surface. It just won’t mix with the water.
Perform this experiment and record your observations here!
Cut out these sentences and put them in the correct order for an explanation.
Water usually _________ well with other liquids to ________ solutions. But, as this experiment shows, oil and water do not mix. Water molecules are strongly _____________ to each other. So are oil molecules. Because each is more attracted to its own ____________, they just don’t mix together. They separate, and the oil _________ above the water because it has a lower density. Replace the missing words.
Standards Links: Physical Science: Understand things can be done to materials to change some of their properties.
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Cole Smithey, also known as “the smartest film critic in the world,” has been a film critic for 11 years and writes for more than 50 publications, in print and online.
Flick Picks with Cole Smithey Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (In Theaters: May 3)
Million Dollar Arm (In Theaters: May 16)
In this gorgeous 3D animated children’s adventure movie, Dorothy (voiced by Lea Michele) comes back to her hometown in Kansas to find that it has been wiped out by the tornado that swept her and her family up before dropping them off in the magical land of Oz. A return to Oz is called for: the people of the Emerald City in Oz are in trouble too. Dorothy teams up with her old friends, the Scarecrow (voiced by Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (voiced by Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), and the Good Witch Glinda (Bernadette Peters). Martin Short gives voice to a dastardly villain called the Jester. Also on hand are an owl named “Wiser” (voiced by Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (voiced by Hugh Dancy), China Princess (voiced by Megan Hilty), and Tugg the tugboat (voiced by Patrick Stewart). In the land of Oz, “there will always be a rainbow when you need one most.” Rated PG for some scary images and mild peril. 88 mins. (Summertime Entertainment)
Television’s Jon Hamm plays JB Bernstein, a washed-up sports agent looking for a way to reinvent his career. With the help of his partner Aash (played by Aasif Mandvi), JB dreams up a plan to travel to Mumbai, India in search of talented baseball pitchers. JB and Aash team up with Ray (played by Alan Arkin), a grumpy baseball talent- scout. The trio makes the long trip to India for an undertaking that will change their lives. They put on a “televised, nationwide competition” called “Million Dollar Arm,” in which 40,000 would-be pitchers compete for the chance to be flown back to America where they will train with a famous pitching coach in the hopes of being signed to a major league baseball team. Here is a heartwarming crosscultural Disney sports movie for the whole family. It might even make you want to throw a baseball around after you get home from seeing it. The movie is based on a true story. Rated PG. 89 mins. (Walt Disney Pictures)
Batman: Brave & The Bold Complete First Season (Release date: May 20)
How many of these see-through fish can you find?
Standards Links: Reading Comprehension: Follow simple written directions.
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All 26 episodes of the Cartoon Network’s 2008 animated “Batman: Brave & The Bold” series are included in this extensive DVD set for kids. Each 22-minute episode — with titles such as: “The Rise of the Blue Beetle,” “Journey to the Center of the Bat,” “Return of the Fearsome Fangs,“ and “Legends of the Dark Mite” — is delivered in beautiful high definition color. Filled with clever educational elements — listen out for foreign-language phrases for example — the series is designed to teach kids lessons, while keeping them entertained. The humor is lighthearted, and the displays of cartoon violence are campy. Batman teams up with other super-heroes from the DC Universe — like Superman and Plasticman — to do battle against a revolving group of villains. Goofy musical set pieces add to the fun. It will take kids a long time to get tired of watching these funny and educational cartoons based on DC comic book characters. Not Rated PG. 572 mins. (Warner Home Video)
COIN CAPER ANSWERS: Quarter, Nickel, Nickel, Penney, Penney
ADDITION SQUARE ANSWER 6, 12, 3, 0, 7, 9, 26
PAPERCLIP PUZZLE: R B Y G W
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Chestnut Ridge is a United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center on 362 acres in Efland, NC. We offer camp programs for ages preschool through high school for day camp and overnight camp.
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Waterfront Cooking Nature Quest Arts & Crafts
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MIGHTY VITAMIN C
Vitamins give you the fuel to do the things you love to do everyday. Fresh fruits and vegetables that soaked up sunshine while they grew are now full of vitamins. Vitamin C is one of these vitamins – and also one of the most exciting!
Have you ever gotten a scrape on your knee, and soon after, the skin started growing back? Faster than you can say ascorbic acid*, your knee was good as new. You owe that to vitamin C; it helps your body heal cuts and scrapes quickly, so you won’t have to wear bandages forever!
Vitamin C helps boost your body’s immune system, which is your body’s toolkit for fighting off infections and viruses. It can help you recover from colds and flu. This vitamin is especially important in the winter, during flu season.
*The technical term for vitamin C.
Our friend vitamin C also helps your body absorb calcium, a nutrient your body gets from milk, cheese and other foods. Calcium helps your bones grow strong and keeps your teeth healthy.
You may know our good ol’ pal vitamin C best from the orange juice you drink. Orange juice packs a wallop of vitamin C. But oranges are just one of the many foods that can give you this important nutrient.
Standards Link: Health: Understand the basic concepts about nutrition and diet.
Want to make orange juice a bit more exciting? Add a bit of plain soda water to it and enjoy a fizzy, vitamin C-packed drink any time of the day!
Today, you can find fruits and veggies at your local supermarket. But it wasn’t always so easy to get vitamin C.
One of the foods with the most vitamin C, the Kakadu plum, is a fruit grown in Northern Australia. Add up the numbers to find out how many oranges you would have to eat to get the amount of vitamin C found in just one Kakadu plum. Standards Link: Number Sense: Calculate sums and differences.
In 1795, the British Navy began giving sailors lime juice to keep them healthy. That’s why British sailors are sometimes called Limeys.
Long ago, sailors and explorers, The dreaded traveling in disease scurvy ships for long (which is very rare periods of time, today) also became an couldn’t get insult that pirates used the vitamin C – “Avast, ye they needed. This scurvy dogs!” caused them to contract a disease Standards Link: Vocabulary: Know the origins of words and idioms. called scurvy.
Find the words by looking up, down, backwards, forwards, sideways and diagonally.
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Congratulations to Piedmont Electric's 2014 Earth Day Art Contest Winners! Piedmont Electric is committed to
Working Together for a Greener Tomorrow! In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd each year, Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation (PEMC) sponsors an Earth Day Art Contest for elementary school students K-5 at Schools in PEMC's service area. Winners receive a $25 cash card and their artwork is featured on PEMCâ€™s website and Facebook page.
Aylen - New Hope Elementary
Izel - Pathways Elementary
Anna - Pathways Elementary
Amelia - Woodland Elementary
Emma - Stoney Creek Elem.
Syrena - New Hope Elementary Belamy - Woodland Elementary
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