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Announcements for Apr 19, 2015

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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.

Download the chapters and teacher's guide below:

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.


Contrary To Previous Reports, Facebook's Fine By Teens

Discussion prompts & video archive.


A mighty beast deserves to get back the name Brontosaurus, scientists say

-- Front Page Talking Points Archive



New materials from Miami University’s Fighting With Food project focuses on the process of inquiry and helps teachers engage their students in the topic of toxicants and the role nutrient dense foods in helping to combat their effects with a new graphic story style format.

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



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Nordic countries extend military alliance in face of Russian aggression

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

Archive of Geography quizzes

Be a Butterfly Hero
Help Save the Monarch Butterfly

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Classroom Caption Contest!
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Would no video mean no charges?

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Crows - Tools

Humans aren't the only animals with tools. One species of crow has a whole arsenal of instruments that it uses to snag its dinner.
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-- Apr 17, 2015



This week's word in the news: INDIVIDUALIZED

DEFINITION:
To modify to suit the wishes or needs of a particular individual


FOUND IN THE NEWS:
That individualized attention is a far cry from the approach the company has taken with past products, even with the Apple Store's focus on customer service.
The San Jose Mercury News -- 04/13/2015