Resources for Teachers and Students
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Sep. 28, 2015
1. Breakfast All Day
Starting October 6, McDonald’s restaurants will offer all-day breakfast, and the move is expected to draw 200 more customers a week for each restaurant. Some, however, are concerned serving breakfast all day could complicate operations and slow down service. The all-day breakfast menu will include hotcakes, oatmeal, hash browns, yogurt parfaits, sausage burritos and McMuffin or biscuit breakfast sandwiches. McDonald’s is offering breakfast all day in an effort to make up for a drop in business at its restaurants in the last few months. What steps might you try if you were asked to help a restaurant or business increase sales or popularity? In the newspaper or online, find and study an ad for a restaurant or store that you like. Brainstorm ideas to increase business for that restaurant or store. Then design an ad for the newspaper announcing something that would make people want to buy things from that business. Give your ad an eye-catching headline.
Common Core State Standards: Using drawings or visual displays when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or points; conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic; reading closely what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.
2. Chimp Takes Down a Drone
A chimp in a zoo in the European nation of the Netherlands recently took down a drone aircraft flying overhead, using a stick as a weapon. More significantly, the chimp appeared to have planned the act in advance, according to a report in the science journal called Primates. Using the stick as a weapon “seemed deliberate,” zoo officials said. During an earlier flyby in which the drone filmed the zoo, the chimps below grabbed twigs and climbed up to where the drone was hovering. They waited for the drone to return, and when it did, one chimp knocked it out of the air with a stick. Zoo officials say chimps at the zoo have figured out how to use at least 13 tools by simply watching humans, and have been known to select the best tool for a particular job. Animals sometimes do amazing things. In the newspaper or online, find and closely read a story about an animal doing something unusual or amazing. Write the word “AMAZING” down the side of a sheet of paper. Write a poem or rhyme describing the animal’s actions and why they are amazing. Start each line with the letters of the word “AMAZING.” Share poems with your class.
Common Core State Standards: Demonstrating understanding of figurative language; applying knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts.
3. Race On, American Pharoah!
The race horse American Pharoah won the Triple Crown this year — the first time in 37 years that a horse has won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and Belmont races in one year. He’s still racing and will race at least once more, his owner has confirmed — despite his first defeat in more than a year in this summer’s Travers Stakes. In probably his final start before retiring to breed, the horse will run October 31 in the Breeders Cup Classic in Kentucky, meeting older horses for the first time in his career. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has assured owner Ahmed Zayat that the horse is in fine physical shape to continue racing. Race horses are great athletes that people want to see perform. In the newspaper or online, read about an athlete you admire and would like to see perform. Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper, explaining why you like this athlete and would like to see him or her in action.
Common Core State Standards: Writing informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly; citing specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions.
4. Night Lights Recalled
The Ikea chain of stores is recalling 442,000 children’s night lights because the light’s cover can come off and expose kids to the risk of an electrical shock. No injuries have been reported in the United States or Canada, but a child in the European nation of Austria suffered a minor hand injury. As a result, the Ikea company has taken all its Patrull night lights off the market, advised consumers not to use the product and asked them to contact the company for a refund, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Safety Commission keeps track of products sold in stores to make sure they are safe to use. In the newspaper or online, find and read a story or ad involving a product your family uses. Read the story closely or study the ad and make a list of questions you would ask if you wanted information on how safe the product is. Share questions and discuss with your classmates.
Common Core State Standards: Producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to the task; citing specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions.
5. Statue’s Spear Missing
In the state of Hawaii, the top of King Kamehameha’s spear went missing not long ago, and police turned to the public for help finding it. The spear disappeared around September 2 from a statue in Wailoa State Park in Hilo, Hawaii. The bronze spear is about six feet long and has a golden tip — and the tip is the part that was taken. King Kamehameha is credited with uniting the Hawaiian Islands in 1810, and every June 11 statues erected in his honor are decorated with flowered scarfs called leis (pronounced LAYS) on Kamehameha Day. The missing spear tip was found in bushes not far from the statue about a week after it was taken, and a homeless man was charged with taking it. In every state, statues are put up to honor famous people, or people who have contributed to the community. In the newspaper or online, find and read a story about someone you think should be honored with a statue in your community. The person can be local, national or international. Use what you read to write a paragraph explaining why this person should be honored with a statue. Then draw a picture of a statue honoring the person.
Common Core State Standards: Reading closely what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; using drawings or visual displays when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or points; conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
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