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Make a Stop Motion Video

A few weeks ago, our local library offered a class for 8-12 year olds. The topic: How to Make a Stop Motion Video with Legos. My son went to the class with a friend, and he’s still making movies! I didn’t know it at the time, but Lego has a free app for iPads, iPods, and iPhones. Download the app, and your child can

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Exploring Our City

Exploring Our City We live out in the country near a small town, but there is a fairly large city just thirty minutes away. I have to admit, however, that I don’t go downtown very often, even though it’s all been renovated. Part of the reason is because I get a little anxious trying to find a parking space on the city streets, but

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Stories for Kids | The Golden Feast

Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Literary Text, Fables Grade Level: Middle Elementary There once lived a very rich couple who owned a large house.  They had many servants to take care of their house, but it was very empty.  They did not care to paint the walls or buy comfortable furniture.  All they cared about was money!  They spent every moment of every

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Stories for Kids | What is a Caracal?

Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences Grade Level: Upper Elementary A caracal is a carnivorous (meat-eating) mammal that belongs to the cat family.  Its habitat is the dry savannas, scrublands, and rocky hills of Africa and the Asian countries of Arabia, Afghanistan and India. The caracal has a long, slender, muscular body and powerful legs.  It has the ability

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The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming | Stories for Kids

Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Cause and Effect Grade Level: Upper Elementary Have you ever been inside a greenhouse? A greenhouse is a glass building that is used for growing plants. Light and energy from the sun enter a greenhouse through the glass, which traps the heat inside. As a result, plants stay warm enough to live even in very cold weather. So

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Jack and the Cornstalk | Literary Elements

Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Literary Elements Grade Level: Middle elementary Jack and the Cornstalk A farmer sent his son Jack to check how high the corn was growing. Jack was a very short boy, so he brought a ladder with him. He was so small he made his ladder from pencils. Jack leaned his ladder up against one of the corn stalks.

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How Plants Feed Themselves | Photosynthesis

Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Facts and Details Grade Level: Upper Elementary How Plants Feed Themselves Have you ever wondered how plants feed themselves? Most plants create meals for themselves in the form of sugar. This process is called photosynthesis. The word ‘photo’ means light, and the word ‘synthesis’ means making. Photosynthesis means making food with light. If we were to put the

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The Secret in the Basket | Fifth Grade | Story Structure

Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Story Structure Grade Level: Upper Elementary The Secret in the Basket The sun was shining brightly, but Meena’s head was full of dark clouds. As she sat on the stoop looking at the chickens in her yard, she kept thinking about the secret she had promised to keep. It all started two days ago when Meena noticed a

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Compare and Contrast Stories | Second Grade

Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Review Grade Level: Middle Elementary The Fox and the Crow There once was a very hungry crow.  She picked some food off the ground and held it in her beak.  “I will fly up to the tree branch.  There I will eat my meal in peace,” she said to herself. Just then a fox looked up and saw

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Story Time | Sea-Shell | Third Grade

Subject: Reading Subskill: Reading Comprehension Concept: Review Grade Level: Middle Elementary Sea-Shell Sea-shell, Sea-shell, Sing me a song, oh! Please! A song of ships, and sailormen, And parrots, and tropical trees; Of islands lost in the Spanish Main, Which no man ever may find again, Of fishes and corals under the waves, And seahorses stabled in great green caves. Oh, Sea-shell, Sea-shell, Sing of

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