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Announcements for Aug 01, 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.


Colorado River drying up at alarming rate

Discussion prompts & video archive.


Federal agency warns about health risk of Alert Energy and other pure caffeine products

-- Front Page Talking Points Archive


NIE Special Report

Back by popular demand

Children's book authors share their writing experience to help students learn more about the craft and techniques of creative writing.

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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:



Mexico restricts soft drink TV ads to fight obesity

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

Archive of Geography quizzes

Become a Wildlife Watch Treasure Hunter

National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Watch is a national, nature-watching program created for people of all ages. Through the program, you’ll gain first hand experience with plants and animals in their natural environment and share details that help National Wildlife Federation track the health and behavior of wildlife and plant species nationwide. In return, the Wildlife Watch website keeps you up-to-date on wildlife news and facts, and new ideas for attracting wildlife to your backyard and community.

Click here to join the hunt today!

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The Cartoons for the Classroom Caption Contest will return in September!

This week's lesson:

GOP leaders run from Palin proposal

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Kaqchikel - Philosophy

In a Guatemalan school, teachers strive to educate children of their Kaqchikel heritage.
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-- Aug 1, 2014



This week's word in the news: FRACKING

DEFINITION:
An abbreviated and altered term for hydraulic fracturing, which is the process of injecting a high-pressure fluid (usually water mixed with sand and “trade secret” chemicals) into subterranean rocks to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas.


FOUND IN THE NEWS:
A new campaign ad that features the "Flat Earth Discussion Group," cheese by-products and a man with a sock puppet takes a humorous look at Colorado's fracking battle, but some voters aren't laughing.
The Denver Post -- 07/28/2014