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It’s hard to spot a leprechaun but we found one to answer questions about these mysterious little people.

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should play Pop Warner football throughout their childhood, then play high school football while coaching Pop Warner, and if possible go on to play college football. Orlando Pace was introduced by his eighth grade son, Justin. The former Ohio State and St. Louis Rams player is predicted to become a Pro Football Hall of Famer in 2014.

Pasadena, Calif. – This year’s Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honored Coach Lloyd Carr, left tackle Orlando Pace and wide receiver Lynn Swann. On December 30, the perfect weather reflected the overall atmosphere of the day. Miniature souvenir footballs were passed out to the guests. Friends and family were present for these three amazing football legends to be inducted to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Coach Carr was introduced by one of his quarterbacks, Brain Gresie. Gresie said that Carr had coached eleven Rose Bowls and won four of them. I asked Carr what advice he would give kids pursuing their dream of playing football/coaching. He said that kids

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Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn

It was a special day for all who attended.

Pasadena, Calif. – The Annual BCS National Championship was played for the final time on Monday, January 6, 2014, at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The number one ranked Florida State Seminoles played number two ranked Auburn Tigers. The Seminoles were victorious with a final score of 34 to 31. Even though the game was only won in the final seconds, each team played a tremendous game. Read Jadon’s detailed coverage at www.KidScoopNews.com, including:

Orlando Pace

Lynn Swann

Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard

Jadon with one of his role models, Tim Tebow

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NFL great Clinton Portis

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Jadon interviews Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Inductee Coach Lloyd Carr.

Pittsburg Steelers Hall of Fame wide receiver, Lynn Swann, was introduced by former inductee, Sam “The Bam” Cunningham. Cunningham, Swann’s roommate in college, said he did not know why good receivers (like Swann) came to USC because the team did not throw the ball, they ran it. Swann made a key catch in Super Bowl X against the Cowboys. Lynn Swann was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

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aya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Today she is one of the most honored women in the world, recognized as a poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist. She has won three Grammys for her spoken-word albums, and in 2011, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for inspiring young people with her words. Maya’s life didn’t have an easy start. After her parents’ divorce,

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she was moved from home to home for many years, living in turn with her mother, her grandmother and her father. For a while she was homeless.

As a young woman, Maya was San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor. She worked hard to support herself and her son. Find the two identical cable cars.

But she didn’t let the poverty, pain or suffering of her childhood destroy her. In response, she created works of art.

Look at the list of art forms. Circle the ones with even numbers. These are art forms that helped Maya become famous.

Standards Links: History: Students understand that specific individuals can have a great impact on history.

Maya loved to perform. She started singing and dancing in nightclubs and changed her name to Maya Angelou. Maya came from her brother’s nickname for her, “my-a-sister.” Angelou came from her first husband’s name, Angelos. After Maya was cast in the opera Porgy and Bess, she traveled throughout Europe performing in the show. While on tour, she learned the languages of the countries she visited. Follow the maze to see which launguages she learned. SPANISH, ITALIAN, ARABIC, FANTI* FRENCH

* A West African language

To date, Maya has published more than 30 bestselling books. She wrote a series of books about her life. To discover the name of her first book, hold this page up to a mirror.

GERMAN, RUSSIAN, ARABIC, FANTI* GREEK

Standards Links: Behavioral Studies: Understand that people learn about each other in different ways.

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STEM

5 Can you decide which license plate belongs to which driver?

Nissan makes an all-electric car called Leaf, which gets an average of 100 miles on a single charge.

Automakers full-sized ca are selling rs on batteries, that run not gas. An electric c a is run by its r’s motor That battery battery. be powerful needs to its charge lo and hold n to take drive g enough rs they need to where go.

General Motors (GM) makes an electric car called Volt. Though it runs on electricity, it also has a gas engine.

Tesla Motors is producing the first EV (electric vehicle) sports car called Model S. The company is named after Nikola Tesla, the man who invented the modern system of distributing electricity.

Can you find at least three differences between each car and its reflection?

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Cars take people where they want to go, when they want to go. It’s hard to imagine life without them. Unfortunately, cars also create problems. With the high price of gas, they’re expensive to run. And they pollute the atmosphere. The sound of a gasoline engine roaring to life may eventually be a thing of the past. The soft whirring sound of electric cars may replace it. Electric cars are quiet, clean, battery-powered vehicles that, like giant power tools, can be charged by plugging into a wall outlet. www.kidscoop.com

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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A: We make shoes for the fairies. Silly fairies wear out their shoes quickly because they dance all night. We are always busy making new shoes for them. They pay us with gold. Lots of gold! We found a leprechaun to answer questions about these mysterious little people! He wouldn’t really show himself to us. Mostly what we saw during the interview were his lips, oversized sunglasses and his hat.

A: Wee folk are we. Three feet tall at most. Can you read inches of the newspaper columns that are equal to 3 feet? Standards Link: Measurement: Use standard measurement. Reading Comprehension: Read grade-level appropriate materials.

A: It isn’t easy. If you should see a leprechaun, get as close as you can without him seeing you.

Leprechaun’s shoe shelf has toppled. Can you match the pairs of fairy shoes? Standards Link: Investigation: Find similarities and differences in common objects; identify matching attributes.

Quickly take him in your grasp and don’t take your eyes off of him. Then ask where his pot of gold is hidden. He will try to talk you into looking away. If you do look the other way, he will be gone when you look back. Standards Link: Spelling: Spell grade appropriate words correctly in context.

One fine morning, I went for a walk in the woods. I tripped on a . When I looked down, I saw a noun adjective little with a green . noun

A: We play tricks on people who don’t believe in us. We especially like to bother teachers who try to tell children that we don’t exist.

noun

“ ,” he said. “My name is greeting I’m a leprechaun. If you want my noun you’ll have to me first!”

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noun noun

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verb

I tried to

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him, but he was too

He just laughed and called out to me, “ St. Patrick’s Day!”

adjective

for me.

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Standards Link: Grammar: Identify and use nouns, verbs and adjectives in writing.

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Whooping Crane Cam

Watch this streaming video from the release of the endangered Whooping cranes at the White River Marsh in Wisconsin. Ultralight aircraft act as surrogate parents guiding the birds along a safe path on the southern migration.

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EARLY LEARNERS Can you help Polly get through the Pencil Maze? Grab a pencil and show her the way!

P is for Pencil p is for pencil Learning Buddies: Read the two phrases aloud. Have your child read with you. Trace the uppercase and lowercase letter P. Say the letter as you trace it.

How many words or pictures can you find on this page that start with the P sound like the word pencil? How many

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Learning Buddies: Trace and say the number. Read the questions. Touch and count to find the answers.

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ENVIRONMENT

8 The numbers on each “arm” of the cacti equal the number on the center trunk. Use the math sign on the base of each cactus to figure out the missing number on each cactus.

The desert Food Pyramid shows how the animals and plants in the desert all need each other to survive. It shows how it takes many, many plants to feed the herbivores. The carnivores eat the herbivores. • Plants are called producers because they make their own food using the energy from the sun. • Herbivores eat plants.

• Carnivores eat the animals that eat the plants. What would happen if people removed the plants on several desert acres and built a large shopping mall there? Standards Link: Number Sense: Solve problems involving numeric equations.

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Standards Link: Life Science: Students know the organization of simple food chains and food webs.

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ENVIRONMENT

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The word desert comes from the Latin word “abandoned.” If you visit the desert in the daytime, you might think it is abandoned. Actually, the desert is full of life. Animals in the desert escape the daytime heat by hiding under rocks or staying underground in burrows and dens. They come out at night to hunt and explore. Kangaroo rats never drink water. They get the water they need from the moisture inside the seeds they eat. Other animals also find water in the plants and animals they eat. Some drink from small desert springs.

Draw a line from each animal to its food, water and shelter. Fill in the answers in the boxes below.

OWL

1 hole in a saguaro cactus

The rare desert storm causes plants to burst into life. They quickly bloom and make their seeds before the heat dries them up. The seeds will stay on the dry desert ground waiting to sprout in the next rainstorm.

2 dew drops

BAT

2 flying insects

Standards Link: Life Science: Understand relationships among organisms and their physical environments.

2 cave

Desert Historians

Packrat nests are like desert museums. Generations of packrats live in the same nest sites. These animals spend their lives collecting seeds, rocks, bones, bottle caps – almost anything – and storing them in their underground dens. Some nests have piled up for thousands of years! By studying packrat nests, scientists have learned how the plant and animal life of an area has changed over the years.

What has the packrat hidden?

Standards Link: Life Science: Understand relationships among organisms and their physical environments.

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4 under rocks KANGAROO RAT 3 in the seeds 3 seeds 1 Owl Shelter: Food: Water:

2 Bat Shelter: Food: Water:

1 small spring

1 rodents

3 burrow TARANTULA 4 grasshoppers 4 in its food

3 Kangaroo Rat Shelter: Food: Water:

4 Tarantuala Shelter: Food: Water:

Standards Link: Life Science: Students know that an organism’s behavior is related to the availability of resources in the environment.

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CALENDAR

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2014 The Iditarod sled dog race begins today in Alaska. Meet the mushers at: www.iditarod.com

Can you find the four-leaf clover on this page?

Read Across America celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Write a poem to honor Dr. Seuss.

Oh, say, do you know all the words to The Star Spangled Banner? Congress made it our national anthem in 1931. National Anthem Day

Did you remember to move your clocks forward?

Gather some old magazines and make a collage today. Be creative.

47 days before Easter is Fat Tuesday and the beginning of Mardi Gras.

Celebrate today with lots of apples—fresh apples for lunch, applesauce or apple pie.

Johnny Appleseed Day Today is the anniversary of the first walk in space in 1965. Can you find out something about space exploration today?

Get some aerobic exercise today.

A walk in the park can be calming and re-energizing.

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Write a letter to a relative that lives far away. Celebrate the birthday of César Chávez

Pour bubble solution in a large, shallow pan. Dip a new fly swatter into the liquid and make hundreds of tiny bubbles. National Bubble Month

Make a list of the women who have made a difference in the world. National Women’s History Month

The Girl Scouts were founded on this day in 1912. Find out if there’s a troop you could join in your area.

When you brush your teeth today, make sure your brushing lasts for two minutes.

Luther Burbank was born on this day in 1849. Learn about this great botanist, scientist and inventor.

Cut a whole peanut shell in half. Remove the nut. Add hair and a hat to make your peanut puppet. National Peanut Month This is the middle of the month and a festive day in the Roman calendar. The day was dedicated to the Roman god, Mars.

What does it mean when someone says “Use your noodle!”

National Noodle Month

Ides of March

Butterfly Day

Go for a walk to find signs of The famous cliff spring, like swallows of Mission new buds San Juan Capistrano on trees or birds are returning from building nests. their winter vacation First Day of Spring in Argentina. The flower for the month of March is a daffodil.Draw your favorite flower today.

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Everyone who hates his or her name can be called “Joe” today. National “Joe” Day

Randolf Caldicott was born on this day in 1846. The Caldicott Medal is awarded to children’s books with superior illustrations. Have you read any? March is said to be a windy month. Go to the park or the beach to fly a kite today.

Do some spring cleaning. Clean out your closets, dust your dresser and donate your outgrown clothes.

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BOOK BOOK & & WEB WEB PICKS PICKS The Night Before St Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Amy Wummer

Natasha Wing puts an Irish twist on a Christmas classic. It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they’re shocked to find that they’ve actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?

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A Game of Deception

education.com/worksheet/article/blarney/ Think St. Patrick’s Day isn’t fun? That’s a load of blarney! Have some fun and use a little deception and trickery just like a leprechaun with this fun St. Patrick’s Day card game.

St. Patrick’s Day

spoonful.com/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and wear green and hold parades on March 17th? Spoonful has the answers with links to St. Patrick’s Day games, food and crafts.

Luck o’ the Irish

fun.familyeducation.com/st.-patricks-day/holidays/32935.html Whether you are Irish or not, this site has activities, puzzles, quizzes as well as information about famous Irishmen, Irish Luck, Irish Language, Leprechauns and Legends.

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To discover the answer to this silly riddle, fill in the missing letters below by reading the clues. The answer will appear in the yellow boxes.

Liam hid gold at each end of a rainbow. He’ll share it with anyone who finds it. Race a friend to see who can get to their pile of gold first.

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ANIMALS

n the 1940s, whooping cranes nearly disappeared from the planet. Habitat destruction and over-hunting had left only 15 birds alive. But before they disappeared altogether, people stepped up and found ways to save

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them from extinction. Today there are more than 520 whooping cranes in the wild and in captivity. An organization called Operation Migration has played a major role in the return of these magnificent birds.

Read the article below. Then number the pictures in order. In order to save the whooping crane from extinction, scientists had to hatch and raise chicks in captivity and then introduce them to the wild. A challenge in raising whooping cranes is that they are migratory birds. That means they travel from northern nesting grounds to warmer lands in the south each winter. Chicks hatched in captivity are raised by people who wear big, baggy clothes designed to disguise the human form. The caretakers don’t talk to the chicks, and they feed them with a puppet that looks like the head of an adult whooping crane. These important steps are taken so that the chicks don’t become tame, but remain wild birds. At around 45 days old, the young birds are taken to Wisconsin to be trained to follow the ultralight aircraft that they consider to be their parents.

Once the birds learn to fly, they are given daily exercises to build their strength and loyalty to the aircraft. By early October, the cranes are strong enough to be led on their first migration south to Florida. In early spring the following year, the young adult cranes return to Wisconsin on their own. They remain there until some inner trigger tells them it is time to migrate south. This time, they make the migration all on their own.

Thank you to the team at Operation Migration for its assistance with this page. To learn more about Operation Migration, visit www.operationmigration.org

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