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Archive for January, 2009

Harry Potter humour

Posted by bronwynr on January 25, 2009

“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing nonverbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“Yes, sir.”
“There’s no need to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.”

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The Presidential Inauguration – the speech, teacher resources, booklists

Posted by bronwynr on January 25, 2009

This is such a significant event in history, and in the social arena for Americans and for the world

 

Download the Inaugural speech here

Find lesson plans and teacher resources here

Use the booklists of kids books – Inauguration Booklist,  and  The Road to the White House Booklist

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Year of the Pony (and iPod)

Posted by bronwynr on January 23, 2009

‘Princess Diaries’ author Meg Cabot decodes the world of 7- and 10-year-old girls They’re here.

They speak their own language. They worship their own idols. Many of them are less than 4 feet tall.

And two of them will be invading the White House in January 2009.

No, I’m not talking about life forms from another solar system. I’m talking about seven-year-old Sasha Obama and 10-year-old Malia, who no doubt rule over the household in which they live.

Girls of seven and 10 currently have a stranglehold not only on their parents’ heartstrings, but on the entertainment industry as well, from their love of chat speak (a form of written language practiced via text messaging: hi how r u y wont u tawk 2 me dont b dum lol) to their worship of the High School Musical syndicate

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123239852204295221.html

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Play Mix n Match

Posted by bronwynr on January 22, 2009

Mix n MatchPlay
Mix n Match

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Hey, Mr. President: Kids’ Letters to Obama

Posted by bronwynr on January 21, 2009

 After Barack Obama was elected 44th President of the United States, the tutors at 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based nonprofit writing workshop and tutoring center, gave their students a fun assignment—to send their questions, thoughts, and hopes to the president-elect.

For today’s inauguration, here are excerpts from heartfelt, insightful, and often funny handwritten letters from kids at 826 Valencia’s chapters in San Francisco; Ann Arbor, MI; Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; and Seattle. more » » » 

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Paper Toys

Posted by bronwynr on January 19, 2009

Make these amazing paper toys

Paper Doll
Party Hat
Party Bugle
Pop-Up Card: Bird
Porsche 911
Queen’s Crown
Space Shuttle
Sphynx
Statue of Liberty
Stealth Aircraft
Sydney Opera House
Taj Mahal
Tank

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Spot the difference

Posted by bronwynr on January 16, 2009

Dougal Dog

 

says, “Here are two drawings that are nearly the same. There are tendifferences, can you spot them all?”

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Explore the artist’s toolkit

Posted by bronwynr on January 13, 2009

artists toolkit

  • Watch an animated demonstration
  • Find examples of the concept in works of art from museums
  • Create your own composition

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Book – The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein

Posted by bronwynr on January 10, 2009

by Chris Grabenstein

“Have you ever seen a face hidden in the bark of a tree and known that the man trapped inside wanted to hurt you?” It’s the perfect opening for Chris Grabenstein’s ghost story, The Crossroads.
Ghosts vengeful and benevolent, evil possession and dark secrets from the past all figure in this suspenseful page turner destined to grab reluctant readers, especially boys, and R.L. Stine fans.

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Battleship game

Posted by bronwynr on January 10, 2009

 Play the original Battleship
 Play the original Battleship game online… Click on the picture

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