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Announcements for Sep 15, 2014

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New Serial Story: Hundred Dollar Cat

When Ben accidentally is given the wrong change ($100 instead of a $10 bill) from the cashier at Toppers, he pockets the money. Ben is deep in thought about the $100 on the way home when his mom hits a darting cat in road. They take the injured, scruffy cat to the vet at Ben’s insistence and decide to go ahead with surgery. While waiting for word on the cat, Ben again returns to thoughts of the money. Should he buy a much desired new soccer ball? Tell his mom what happened? Help pay for the cat’s surgery?

Events unfold quickly. Ben confides in his friend Nate, just as the vet calls to announce that surgery was successful. Ben argues with his mom about keeping the cat. Gwen, a waitress at Toppers, arrives. She is the girlfriend of Ben’s older brother Conner. During supper, she tells the family that the hostess was fired for stealing money, specifically $90. Ben begins to regret his decision to pocket the money, but is afraid to tell his mother.

In the end, they bring home the cat, Ben decides to give the $100 bill to his mom for the surgery and explain what happened. Mom connects the money with the cashier’s mistake at Toppers, and explains that it must be returned. She thanks Ben for his humane decision about the cat, now named Goldenrod. They are optimistic that the cat is a stray and will likely become a family pet.

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Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5
Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Teacher's guide


About the Author: Frances Milburn

Frances Milburn was a teacher in middle and elementary school for 26 years, including time on the Navajo Reservation and in England, as well as many years at Riverside Middle School in Watertown, Wisconsin. She taught writing, language arts, science, and social studies. During her years at RMS, she wrote a youth novel Pizza Highway which was used in the Watertown school district.

In addition, she’s developed curriculum in a variety of situations including Discover Mediaworks, an educational children’s programming company. She won a state award for an innovative environmental program she created and used in Watertown.

Milburn self published one book and has 3 more in the works. She also published shorter pieces in the newspaper (Milwaukee Journal) and a magazine (Farmshine). Through the years, she has written more than 50 short stories and non-fiction pieces and started Writers on the Run, an active local writing group.

She lives with her husband in rural Watertown and enjoys visiting her three urban sons and her extended-family.


Monarch Butterfly's Numbers Fly Dangerously Low

Discussion prompts & video archive.


Videogame ‘athletes:’ Are you college scholarship material?

-- Front Page Talking Points Archive


NIE Special Report


Who doesn’t like to eat?

Turn the fun of food into a great science experience to start off the school year using a new science content reading Is there a gene for liking broccoli? and an accompanying activity Taste this!

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Diversity, multiculturalism, worldwide events. You'll find plenty for classroom discussions in this listing of events.



Online Extras (Updated every Monday)


Tap the wealth of information in your newspaper as a teaching tool:



Philippines considers law to give Muslims autonomy

Answer FIVE Geography questions each week based on major news events.

Archive of Geography quizzes

The National Wildlife Federation lesson plans are designed to introduce students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, scientific identification and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards and organized by grade level.

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Classroom Caption Contest!
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This week's lesson:

How safe are our secrets from hackers?

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Daily Science Webcasts


Sustainable Chemistry - Thin Film

You may not have ever heard of thin film technology, but you're probably carrying it right now!
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-- Sep 15, 2014



This week's word in the news: TRANSPARENCY

DEFINITION:
Characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices


FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Cigna, the health insurance company, offers an Internet-based transparency tool that shows plan members price information on the 200 most common procedures, which make up about 70 percent of the company’s medical claims, said Mark Slitt, a spokesman.
The Miami Herald -- 09/15/2014