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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.


Pakistan Drops Charges Against 9-Month-Old Baby

Discussion prompts & video archive.


E-cigarettes spark discussions about health benefits and teen use

-- 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:



Honduras records the world's highest murder rate

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

Archive of Geography quizzes

National Wildlife Week
March 17th - 23rd

The following resources and activities from National Wildlife Federation, its Affiliates and Partners are designed for educators to teach about the connections between water and the shared need of people and wildlife for clean water. Learn about wildlife in the U.S. with and fun and informative lessons and activities you can do with your students.

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Classroom Caption Contest!
Win a book by creating a caption for this week's lesson

This week's lesson:

Climate warnings grow more dire

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Narwhals - Sensitivity

How does a whale say 'ouch'? Scientists studying the narwhal's unusual tusk-like tooth try to tackle that problem.
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-- Apr 17, 2014



This week's word in the news: CONSORTIUM

DEFINITION:
A group of people, companies or organizations that agree to work together for a common purpose.


FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Colorado State Board of Education has joined a movement advocating the state pull out of a multi-state testing consortium called — pardon the clumsy title — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.
The Denver Post -- 04/14/2014