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Propaganda Using Animal Farm
Rounding Up and Down
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By Robert Lawson
Ages: 3rd - 8th Grades
Lawson's Rabbit Hill is a splendid fable that reinforces the
notion that people (and animals) must learn to live together in
harmony. Written at the end of World War II when the peoples of
the world looked forward to a time of peace and prosperity, the
story of the coming of the "new folks" to live among
the animals of Rabbit Hill symbolizes the optimism of these
postwar years. Lawson does not, however, allow the development
of his theme to rest on sentimentality and false hope.
has been a while since Folks lived in the Big House, and an even
longer time has passed since there has been a garden at the
House. All the animals of the Hill are very excited about the
new Folks moving in, and they wonder how things are going to
change. Itís only a matter of time before the animals of the
Hill find out just who is moving in, and they may be a little
bit surprised when they do.
1945 Newberry Medal
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
Writing requires a certain
environment for concentration, as well as specific equipment.
writing workspace with adequate lighting for your child, whether a
desk or a cleared-off kitchen table.
Set up a daily silent
study time for writing and other schoolwork for your child.
Regulate TV and computer hours.
Supply children of all
ages with writing materials...paper, pencils, pens.
Stationary, stamps and dictionaries are good gifts for students.
Students making the leap from
elementary to middle school experience many changes in the learning
environment, few of which are suited to their academic needs.
For instance, students typically have fewer chances to exercise
decision-making at the middle school level than they did in elementary
school, according to researchers who examined the crucial transition
In addition, when compared to
elementary students, middle schoolers:
- Spend more time participating in
whole-class activities, learning in ability groups and hearing
public evaluation of their work;
- Use low-level cognitive skills,
particularly in the first year; and
- Strive to meet educators' high
standards of competence.
Overall, there is a significant
mismatch between what students need and what they get at the middle
school level. Students benefit when the curriculum is individualized
and less emphasis is placed on public evaluation and
Students should feel they continue to
have some control over what they learn, as they did in elementary
school. The research recommends that educators work with
students to enhance their strengths, rather than identify weaknesses.
Adapted from "Fix
The Path, Not The Walker," High Strides
To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
Weighty Matters- Healthy Eating for Kids
Many adolescents and teenagers
typically have unhealthy eating habits...some gravitate toward
high-fat and sugary junk food, while others become restrictive,
cutting calories and forgoing foods, such as meat or dairy. Experts
now suggest that both kinds of eating behaviors can lead to overweight
Studies have shown that many
adolescents and teens are concerned about their appearance and weight
and have some degree of body dissatisfaction. For instance,
about one in two teenage girls and one in four teenage boys have tried
dieting to change their body shape. Kids who diet have greater
risk of disordered eating behaviors and obesity.
Dieting or restrictive eating behaviors
can affect puberty, growth and long-term health. They also can lead to
nutritional deficiencies such as calcium and iron, which are essential
for growth in adolescents and teens. And they can cause
menstrual irregularities, delayed onset of puberty, slowed or
diminished growth, plus osteopenia (low bone-mineral density) and
osteoporosis (loss of bone mass).
Kids, even heavier ones, are still
growing and have important nutritional needs. The focus should be on
weight maintenance rather than weight loss. Keeping weight stable
while growing means a lower body mass index over time.
Science of Memory
The brain is all about creation,
connection and control. Electrical charges flowing from axons to
dendrites create chemical packages in nerve cells. These chemical
packages are like little buckets of memory juice. Whenever we
want, we can dip into these buckets to access our memories. Cells in
the brain and the body re constantly creating new packages and
recreating old packages.
Scientific studies affirm what seems to
be common sense. If you are extremely busy, don't get enough
sleep or are nervous or anxious, your power of memory will fade
rapidly. Low self-esteem and poor self-image also inhibit
memory. Many drugs can influence the memory process. Drugs
like seratonin, adrenaline, dopamine and the endorphin group (created
by the body itself) enhance memory. Alcohol, marijuana and
nicotine can greatly decrease the ability to remember. Even
prescription drugs to reduce blood pressure, eliminate pain or induce
sleep interfere with the memory process.
Finally, here are a couple of
- It is difficult to remember
something you have never experienced.
- It is hard to remember something
that has no meaning or significance for you.
Adapted from The Next
Trust is the foundation for good
relationships. Friendships, families, and organizations need
trust to operate effectively. When people trust each other,
everything works better. But trust doesn't come automatically.
Trust must be earned.
Some people build trust quickly. Their
attitudes and behaviors make it easy for others to trust them.
Here re several characteristics of these strong trust builders:
- They keep promises, whether
to colleagues or children. You can rely on them to do what
they said they would do.
- They tell the truth, even
when it maybe painful, or when it maybe to their disadvantage.
- They are quick to apologize
when they do something wrong. They sincerely regret doing
wrong to others.
- They are good listeners, and
they listen at least as much as they talk.
- They generously praise people.
They are constantly looking for what others do right, and
commenting on it.
- They strive to understand how
others feel. They are sensitive and empathetic to
- They look out for other people's
interests as well as their own.
- They are fair in their
dealings with everyone.
- They are genuinely interested in
Strong trust builders have a high
relationship orientation. They really do care about
others. They actively practice the Golden Rule, treating others
the way they would want to be treated.
Observation: When you
demonstrate these attitudes and behaviors, peo0ple just naturally
trust you more. They trust you faster, too. They enjoy
working, or living, with you.
Adapted from Working
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.
Planning a trip? Preparing a school homework assignment? Perhaps
you're interested in current events or are just curious about
exploring the world around you. GeographyIQ is an online world atlas
packed with geographic, economic, political, historical and cultural
Soungle: Free searchable
database of hundreds of downloadable special effects and musical
Math Cats: Like no other
math site on the Web! This site really makes learning math fun for
kids. From wild, cat-based interactive animations that explain
statistics to exciting projects you can do at home, this site is a
The Great Plant Escape:
Help Detective Leplant and his partners Bud and Sprout unlock the
amazing mysteries of plant life." A teacherís guide is also
available. Another great site from the University of Illinois
My First Garden: Learn how to
grow your own food! This terrific site for kids will help you plan
your garden and teach you the gardening basics. A teacher's guide is
also available for each section.
a Wonderful Month!
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