Tuesday • July 6, 2010 — D1
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Kids Speak Out One time I went to the ocean and saw ... One time I went to the ocean and saw a clam. I kept it in a bucket. When we took it out, it would open its mouth. If I put something in its mouth, it would bite. A couple of days later, its tongue would hang out and stay out. Then I put it in the ocean. When I went back to the hotel, we were looking off the balcony and saw a guy that was fishing and caught a sandshark!! The next day when I was swimming, a crab caught onto my pants! Zach Silvia and Keith Pate, age 10 (winners) Fishing Creek Elementary School Grade 4 One time I went to the ocean and saw a big, hairy fat man. He had a gummy in his hand. It all started when I got up at 5 a.m. to go to the beach. I saw a short and stubby man. He was short, hairy and had a gummy. It turned out that I was so tired that my eyes were all hairy and I had on 3-D glases, which made the man’s tummy big. That’s why the man looked hairy and fat, but really he turned out to be my uncle. Morgan Wagner, age 10 (winner) Fishing Creek Elementary School Grade 4 One time I went to the ocean and saw a submarine and fainted. I asked my mom if I could go for a ride in it. She said OK, but to be safe and not be out too long. I went in the sub. I went down deeper and saw something big. It was a large castle. I was so surprised. I stopped and turned off the sub. I went to the back to get a bathing suit. I swam to the castle to check it out.
One time I went to the ocean and saw a huge seaweed monster. Yes, a huge seaweed monster and he ate everything and everyone — except for my family. We went to our hotel and locked the door. Then, we found green pieces of paper behind the TV. We dressed like the seaweed monster and headed to the pool. The seaweed monster was there and because we were swimming, the green pieces of paper fell off. But the seaweed monster was just a human with green pieces of paper too! When we were headed home, our car was gone. But then we found our car with the windows down and the seaweed monster driving it. Alec Todd, age 10 (winner) Mt. Holly Springs Elementary School
Tell Me A Story
One time I went to the ocean and saw dolphins. It was very cool. My mom said it was cool. My sister said she wished she could see that every day. I said that too. I would love it if I could live there. My mom said I couldn’t because it was an ocean and I couldn’t live in an ocean. I said we could build a house. She said no. Then a storm came and we had to go inside because there was hail. My sister and I were scared. In the morning it was all cleaned up. We had to go home and had to get all of our stuff ready to go. I asked if we could come back next year. My mom said yes. I hope we can go back every year. Cassandra Martin, age 8 Hillside Elementary School Grade 2 One time I went to the ocean and saw a shark jumping out of the water. I was awed and scared at the sight, but it was interesting to see it . Did you know that sharks can be two feet from the shore?
Nathaniel Hollinger, age 7 Hillside Elementary School Grade 2
Grace Lundall, age 9 Fishing Creek Elementary School Grade 4
One time I went to the ocean and saw a mermaid. This is how it all started. I was in my dad’s boat when I suddenly felt a huge jolt. I started to reel the fish in while calling for my dad. When he got there, he got the net to catch the fish. But when the fish was out of the water, we realized it wasn’t any ordinary fish — it was a mermaid. My dad got the hook out of its mouth and took a couple of pictures. A couple of days later, I decided to name the mermaid Water-Girl. Our favorite thing to do together was swim. When Water-Girl was on land she grew legs. We did a lot of shopping. One day I took her fishing. She jumped over the boat and swam away. I never saw her again. Ashlee Weigle, age 10 Mt. Holly Springs Elementary School Grade 4
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Choose Your Path
Beyond Our Vision
Do you ever daydream about what you'll be when you grow up? Having a job is part of that equation, and Career Aisle, http://knowitall.scetv.org/ careeraisle/students, will help you to explore your options. This great site has sections for even the youngest kids, so check out exciting jobs, such as law enforcement or construction, and see what you will have to do to make your dreams come true. Watching all the great videos, from becoming an ice cream maker to working as a veterinary assistant, may just inspire you as you look towards the future.
Have you ever wondered how scientists deal with microscopic elements that the naked eye cannot see? The University of Utah's Gel Electrophoresis Virtual Lab, http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/ content/labs/gel, has the answers for you. This hands-on learning lab challenges you to see if you can figure out the length of certain DNA strands. The gel used in this experiment is like a special Jell-O sponge used by scientists. So don your safety goggles, add an electrical current and watch what you get!
What does a Zamboni machine do?
Which strands move through the gel the fastest?
An Eastern Influence For those interested in Asian art and history, The Art of Asia, www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia, is a gem of a website. Click on History and Maps for an overview of historical facts and beautiful works from China, Japan and Korea. You can also browse through maps from various time periods to reveal how Chinese dynasties changed throughout the centuries. Click on Buddhism for a great resource about one of the world’s most influential religions in art, and Architecture will interest anyone who wants to get a glimpse of life in parts of Asia.
What kind of clay is used to make porcelain?
Dear Amy: What's another way to clean the bathtub without using toxic chemicals? — Henry, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Dear Henry: Many people create their own cleaning products out of basic ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda and soap. Not only are they easy to make, they’re also better for the environment than commercial cleaners. You can create a soft scrub to clean the bathtub by combining 1/2 cup of baking soda and 2-3 tablespoons of liquid soap. You can also use this scrub to clean the sink and tile surfaces. For more natural cleaning recipes, check out www.ecocycle.org/hazwaste/ recipes.cfm. Your bathroom will be sparkling clean and green! Dear Amy: What is the last number ever? — Khylle, New York Dear Khylle: It might sound weird, but there isn't one! Think of any really large number you want. It might be thousands of digits long, but it can always be made bigger by adding 1 to it. See the problem? Learn more about really large numbers at http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.large. numbers.html. You’ll even learn about infinity and what a googol is. (Hint: It’s not an Internet search engine.)
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Hey, kids! How would you like to get your story published in Kids Speak Out? Just write a short story on one of the topics at right and send it to The Sentinel. You can also draw a picture to go with your story. Each week, The Sentinel will publish some of the stories we receive in KidsWorld and on www.cumberlink.com. Only the top three essay writers, published on this page, will receive KidsWorld T-shirts. To claim T-shirts and official Junior Reporters cards, visit The Sentinel during normal business hours. You must be 5 to 13 years old to enter. Stories must be 150 words or less. Be sure to include your FULL name, age, address, school and grade. Mail your entry to “Kids Speak Out,” The Sentinel, 457 E. North St., Carlisle, PA 17013, or drop it off at either Sentinel office.
Please encourage your students to write over the summer break. Kids Speak Out topics are currently available through September. For a list of prompts, e-mail April Trotter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due July 7 How my neighbor keeps cool ... • Due July 14 This summer, I’m reading … • Due July 21 When I went camping in the woods … • Due July 28 My friend filled my pool with … • Due August 4 In my mom’s garden I found … • Due August 11 My favorite summer memory is … • Due August 18 This year in school, I hope we learn how …
The Monkey and the Caps Adapted by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland
Once upon a time there was a peddler who wandered from place to place, market to market, village to village, wearing his wares upon his head. This would have seemed odd, but the peddler sold caps, and it was these he wore upon his head — first his own striped cap and then atop that the many caps of many colors, cap upon cap upon cap. At the very top of this mountain of caps, the peddler wore his favorite red caps! Naturally the peddler had to take care to walk straight and tall so that those caps would not topple from his head. As he walked along, he called out, “Caps for sale, caps for sale. Buy a blue one or an orange one, green or purple, yellow or red! Buy your caps right here!” One beautiful summer morning the peddler woke and piled his caps upon his head. He was planning to travel far that day, all the way to a village many miles from his own. He would have to walk up hills and down valleys, across streams and narrow paths. Though it was hot, he was looking forward to his day, for the peddler, you see, loved to walk, especially with all those caps upon his head. He set off smiling, and walked to the first village, and then to the next, and soon he was in the countryside where all the flowers were blooming and the sun was shining brightly. He began to whistle a little tune: “Caps for sale, caps for sale! Come one, come all! “Caps for sale, caps for sale! For the short and for the tall. “Black caps and red caps, yellow caps and blue. “Caps for the people! Caps for me and for you!” The peddler covered several more miles when he spotted a beautiful river. Beside the river grew a tall, stately tree offering plenty of shade. “Ahh,” the peddler sighed at the sight of that tree. “Perhaps I’ll just sit here a while to rest. It’s tiring walking all this way — and standing up so straight and tall!” As carefully as he could, the young man sat down beneath the tree, reaching up to make sure all his caps remained atop his head. “A-ha!” he cried with relief. Soon he closed his eyes, and before long he was fast asleep. When at last he woke, he yawned and stretched his toes and his legs and his fingers. He felt much better for his nap, and now he knew he would have energy to walk to the faraway village where he would sell his caps. He reached up to make sure the caps were still atop his head. He touched his striped cap. Yes, it was there, sure enough. But then he raised his hand to count the other caps, and they were gone! He looked to his right, but there were no caps there. He looked to his left. No caps! He looked behind him, but there was nothing but the river and the bright blue sky to see. He looked behind the tree, but there were no caps. Suddenly he heard a sound. Looking up, there on the tree, on every single branch, sat a monkey, and every single monkey was wearing a cap. Some monkeys wore blue caps, and some wore purple; some were wearing black caps, and some wore yellow. Some monkeys in the highest branches farthest away were wearing bright red caps. The monkeys stared down at the peddler, and he stared up at them. Furious, the peddler shook his fist at those monkeys. And the monkeys shook their fists at him. The peddler waved a finger at them. “Give me back my caps!” he entreated, arms outstretched. Every one of those monkeys stretched out their arms and began to chatter, but he couldn’t understand a word any of them said. The peddler was getting angry, and he shook both fists at those monkeys and cried, “Now, give me my caps!” The monkeys shook their fists at him and chattered faster and faster. The peddler stamped his feet and screamed, “Monkey, give me my caps!” And those monkeys stamped their feet and shrieked at the top of their lungs. The peddler was close to tears, and he could stand it no longer. His face had turned redder than his reddest cap. He snatched his striped cap from his head and flung it angrily to the ground and turned on his heel to walk back home. But just as he turned, those monkeys each pulled the caps from their heads, and down from the tree flew all those caps — blue and black and purple and yellow — and last of all, those red caps landed on the ground. The peddler put his striped cap back on his head, and he picked up the blue caps and put those on top of the striped cap. Then he put the black caps atop the blue ones, and the yellow atop the black, and the purple ones upon the yellow ones, and at last he picked up those bright red caps and placed them on the very top. And now he felt even happier than he had before, for not only did he know how to balance a mountain of caps upon his head, he knew how to trick a tree full of monkeys. Caps for sale! Caps for sale!” he called as he walked on. ——— “Tell Me a Story 3: Women of Wonder,” the third CD in the audiobook series, is now available. For more information, please visit www.mythsandtales.com.
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Tuesday • July 6, 2010
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Mini Spy . . .
Mini Spy and her friends always reapply sunscreen at the beach. See if you can find: • letter A • number 3 • kite • sailboat • sea horse • doughnut • ring • key • tooth • pencil • word MINI • caterpillar • flyswatter • turtle
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What’s Your Grade?
Summer Safety Report Card
Most kids look forward to summer, when school is out, the pool is open and they can play all day. But summer can be a dangerous season for kids. Experts say that between May and August, more kids are injured or die from accidents than at any other time during the year. This week, The Mini Page lets you give out the grades! Give you and your family a plus (+) for safety rules you always follow. Put a check () next to those you need to work on. Then sit down with your family and discuss whether you get an S (satisfactory) or a U (unsatisfactory) for each category. Stay safe this summer!
Our Safety Report Card
I don’t jump on others. I walk around the pool. I do not run. I never swim without an adult watching me. I don’t eat or chew gum while swimming. I take swimming lessons.
Does your family get an S (satisfactory) or a U (unsatisfactory) in each of these areas?
Moms and dads. . . . . . . . . . Swimming safety . . . . . . . . . Sun safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grill safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plant safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hiking safety . . . . . . . . . . . . Rabies safety . . . . . . . . . . . . Tick safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fireworks safety. . . . . . . . . . Bicycle safety . . . . . . . . . . . . Weather safety. . . . . . . . . . . Travel safety . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I don’t dunk people, even for fun. I dive only in specially marked areas. I don’t swim under a diving board.
I don’t exercise in the hot sun. I stay in the shade. I never look directly at the sun, even with sunglasses on. I wear sunscreen to keep from getting sunburned. The higher the SPF number, the more sun is blocked. (SPF means Sun Protection Factor.)
Meet Debbie Cavalier photo © Susan Wilson
Debbie Cavalier and her band, Debbie and Friends, sing on the CD for kids “Story Songs and Sing Alongs.” Debbie began composing songs about famous stories when her nephew excitedly told her the story of the Three Little Pigs. In honor of his story-telling, she wrote the song “Three Pigs and a Wolf.” Debbie is a musician, composer and music educator. She is a dean at a music college in Boston. (A dean is the head of a division of a college.) Through the college, she is also in charge of a publisher that puts out music education books and DVDs. She has written music education publications herself. Debbie has also taught music in elementary and high schools. Her band performs at schools, clubs and festivals in the Northeast. from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick
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Supersport: Dallas Braden
Height: 6-1 Birthdate: 8-13-83 Weight: 190 Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
On May 9, young Dallas Braden stood on top of the baseball world. On that day, Mother’s Day, the 26-year-old Oakland A’s lefthander pitched the 19th perfect game in Major League history, retiring 27 straight Tampa Bay Rays batters with a variety of pitches. It was a mound masterpiece by Braden, a former Texas Tech hurler. After winning 14 games and losing 21 in his first three big-league seasons, he got off to a 4-2 start this year. Braden has done some of his best work off the field. Last year he received the Dave Stewart Award, which honors an A’s player for outstanding community service. Braden, whose mother died when he was a teenager, sponsors one child of a single parent from his Little League in Stockton each year and donates A’s tickets to the team members. On the pitcher’s mound, he’s not so generous. His challenge now is to build on his perfect game — and to keep winning.
Rookie Cookie’s Recipe
Eggcellent White Omelet
I drink lots of water.
We make sure that all fence gates and doors will latch securely. We make sure play equipment is in good working order. We check bolts and hooks on play sets. We lock up grills, gasoline containers, lighters and matches. We never leave children alone in or near water. Kids can drown in just a few seconds in as little as 1 inch of water.
I stay away from hot grills. I don’t start fires myself. I know how to “stop, drop and roll” if my clothes catch on fire. I change my clothes if lighter fluid splashes on them, even if the spot feels dry.
I wear a hat.
For moms and dads
from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick
You’ll need: • 1/3 cup liquid egg whites from carton • 1 tablespoon whipped cream cheese • 3 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters • salt and pepper to taste • 2 tablespoons salsa (optional) What to do: 1. Spray a small skillet with cooking spray. 2. Pour egg whites into skillet. Turn stove to medium heat. 3. Spoon cream cheese in a thin line in center of egg whites. 4. Add cherry tomatoes; sprinkle with salt and pepper. 5. Cook until edges set; flip one side over to form small omelet. 6. Serve with salsa on top. You will need an adult’s help with this recipe. from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick
More Summer Safety Give you and your family a plus (+) for safety rules you always follow. Put a check () next to those you need to work on.
Poison plant safety
I know how to recognize poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.
These plants cause itchy rashes for one out of every two Americans. Poison ivy and poison oak are vines or low shrubs with leaves growing in groups of three. Plants can have greenish-white Poison ivy berries. Poison sumac is a short tree with pairs of leaves of seven to 12 leaflets. It has grayish berries, Poison oak which it drops. Harmless sumacs have red berries. If you think you have touched one of these plants, wash with soap and water Poison right away. Your clothes sumac should be washed, too.
My parents read and follow all label instructions. My parents always light fireworks outdoors. We keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies. We never point fireworks at anyone.
I do not approach wild animals or touch any dead ones. I am sure my dog or cat has been vaccinated. I do not let my dog roam free.
Rabies is a virus found in the saliva of some wild animals. It can be spread to pet dogs and cats and humans by a bite from an animal carrying the disease.
I check myself and my pets often for ticks.
Some ticks that attach themselves to humans can cause sicknesses, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever or Lyme disease. If you find a tick, remove it gently and carefully with tweezers. Do not leave the tick’s mouth in your skin. Wash the bite with soap and water, and be sure to tell your parents.
Fireworks are pretty to look at but can be dangerous. They should be handled only by adults. Even sparklers are dangerous. They burn as hot as 1,200 degrees and can easily set clothes on fire. Fireworks that don’t go off should be soaked in water.
Hiking safety I stay in sight of adults. I walk only on trails and watch my step. Rocks, roots and logs can trip hikers. from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick
from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick
Do You Make the Grade? Bicycle safety
I always wear a helmet when riding my bike. It could save my life. I don’t weave in and out of traffic. I don’t dart out between parked cars. I stop at stop signs.
I don’t zip past another cyclist without warning. I look ahead and behind for traffic whenever I turn. I don’t carry a passenger.
photo by Tamara Lackey, courtesy U.S. Department of Transportation
Give you and your family a plus (+) for safety rules you always follow. Put a check () next to those you need to work on.
I stop for yellow and red lights.
I don’t ride barefoot. I don’t ride wearing earphones.
If I am inside during a storm, I stay there, away from windows and doors. If I am outside, I go inside if I can. I get into a house, a building or a hard-top car. I stay away from small sheds in open spaces.
I always buckle my seatbelt. I never bother the driver.
I get away from metal pipes, fences, railroad tracks and farm machines. I get off my bike.
The Mini Page thanks John Drengenberg, Underwriters Laboratories consumer safety director, for help with this issue.
Summer is thunderstorm season in many parts of the country. Lightning kills about 60 people each year in the United States. But if you’re careful, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Next week, The Mini Page is all about disc golf.
I watch out for traffic when I get out of the car. I stay with my parents. I never climb into the trunk of a car. Kids can get trapped in trunks. I never play with the car’s controls. Even if the car is not running, playing with the controls can be dangerous.
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Paul: What did the pickle say at the start of the card game? Pete: “Dill me in!” Payton: Why did the cucumber need legal advice? Preston: Because it was in a pickle! Patty: What is green and likes to peck at trees? Pierre: Woody Woodpickle! Brown Bassetews The Nnd’s Hou
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TRY ’N FIND
Words that remind us of summer safety are hidden in the block below. Some words are hidden backward or diagonally, and some letters are used twice. See if you can find: ACCIDENT, BIKE, CAR, CROSSWALK, DANGEROUS, FIREWORKS, GRADE, GRILL, HELMET, LESSONS, LIGHTNING, PLANT, SAFETY, SEASON, SEATBELT, STORM, SUMMER, SUNSCREEN, TICK, TRUNK, WATER, WEATHER. G A S F I R E W O R K S J R D PLAY SAFELY IN N R C E T N A L P G L T B E A THE SUN! I E A C A R H X L D A O S H N N M R D I T U M Q E W R E T G T M E B E D B N V K S M A A E H U T I C K E E K I S S S E R G S A F E T Y N L B O E O W O I K W H E L M E T T R J N N U L L I R G V N E E R C S N U S from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick
photo courtesy NASA
I don’t go under a tree that stands alone. In a forest, I get under the lowest trees. I don’t want to be taller than anything else around. If I’m unable to get to a safe place and there’s lightning nearby, I drop to my knees. I make myself as small as possible. I don’t stretch out. If I am swimming, I leave the water as soon as I hear thunder or see lightning.
All the following jokes have something in common. Can you guess the common theme or category?
I do stop for pedestrians.
I cross streets only at crosswalks. I don’t ride at night.
I look both ways before riding into the street.
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