Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
A website of the Science Service in the United States, Science News for Kids allows you to do all of that and more. It also has a GameZone, SciFairZone (for tips and examples of science fair projects), and archives to articles on a wide variety of scienctific topics. The site is kept very up-to-date and links to additional information are given when available.
One of my favourite articles? Earth's Lowly Rumble about the lowest sounds on earth.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Plesiosaurs, for those of you who do not know (and I didn't until I looked it up in the library's copy of the Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia), were sea reptiles that flourished in the Jurassic period. According to the Kingfisher encyclopedia, plesiosaurs had "four flipperlike fins, and they swam by beating these up and down like wings, instead of by waving their tails." According to the encyclopedia, fossils of the Plesiosaurus had only previously been found in Europe.
Read more about Plesiosaurs at Enchanted Learning.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Millicent lives in the mountains with her mother and it is a three-day walk to the nearest town - and the nearest people. Who will be Millicent's friend up in the hills?
This is one of my favourite Robert Munsch books, and I used to wish that my name was Millicent too.
Robert Munsch's website.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Despereaux is a mouse in love with music, stories, and a human princess, and this situation is not without its problems. His family is shocked to learn that he spoke to the princess - and mice are not supposed to speak to any humans - and he gets sent to the dungeon. What will happen there? Will he ever see the princess again?
This book is the 2004 Newbery Medal winner and a charming tale of destiny and perserverence.
Read a review.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Three children love to go visit their Grandpa, and this day he has a treat for them. He dusts off his tap shoes and banjo and shows them what he used to do as a song and dance man, with tap shoes, musical instruments, and jokes galore.
Like Jumanji, this is a Caldecott Medal winner for beautiful illustrations, and the story is just as lovely.
Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
Shade is a Silverwing bat and the runt of his entire colony. It doesn't help that his dad has gone mysteriously missing and the bigger newborn bats pick on him about his size. Even worse, during the long migration south for the winter he never expected to get swept out to sea in the middle of a storm - alone! Will he get back to his colony? Will anyone help him?
My 10-year-old nephew recommended this book and the two sequels, Sunwing and Firewing, to me during the summer and they have become three of my favourite books. If you like heart-stopping adventure and excitement, these books are definitely for you!
If a class raises $58, it could buy a suitcase full of 20 different wooden toys, puppets and puzzles that will help 20 displaced children in Columbia. (There are 14 million displaced children in Columbia due to violent conflicts and clashes.)
Monday, November 27, 2006
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler
Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
What would happen if you found a board game under a tree? What if it contained a warning that you had to finish the game? Would you play it?
See what happens to Judy and Peter when they play Jumanji - will those monkeys ever get out of the kitchen?! Although it's not all fun for Peter and Judy, it's definitely a lot of fun to read.
Friday, November 17, 2006
As a young adult, Sharon studied drama and belonged to various theatre groups. This led to many part-time jobs teaching drama to children. After graduating from York University with a Master's Degree in English, and having received two diplomas in Speech Arts from The Royal Conservatory of Music, Sharon began working as an editor for educational publishers. She was able to combine her interests and edit several language and dramatic arts textbooks.
After a stint as senior editor of a primary language arts program, Sharon began writing her own stories, inspired in part by the exploits of her three young children. Now Sharon spends much of her time visiting classrooms and libraries across Canada, and has taught Writing for Children at Ryerson University for three years. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre gave away a copy of Sharon’s book When Jeremiah Found Mrs. Ming to every grade one student in Canada in 2002.
Sharon is a Past-President of CANSCAIP (The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers), a member/volunteer of the Canadian Children's Book Centre, and a member of The Writers' Union of Canada and of The Osborne Collection.
Sharon is available for readings for children, Kindergarten to Grade 5; lectures for adults on writing for children. As well, she is frequently asked to speak on “the creative life”.
Sharon’s books include No Monsters Here, Into My Mother’s Arms, and Priscilla and RosyThe Bye-Bye Pie. Her most recent book, The Happily Ever Afternoon, was released in the spring of 2006 by Annick Press.
We look forward to meeting Ms. Sharon Jennings!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Phillip is shipwrecked and floats ashore to a desert island. But he's blind! How will he survive without being able to see? Will the other shipwreck victim on the island, Timothy, help him?
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Brian is thirteen and on a small plane when it crashes in the Canadian wilderness. He is the only survivor and all he has are his clothes and a hatchet his mother gave to him. How will he survive all alone in the wilderness?
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
This is the story of three animals who walked and ran, and fought and struggled together, who escaped death at almost every step, and who finally came home after travelling hundreds of miles to get there.
Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
Shade is a young Silverwing bat, the runt of his colony, determined to prove himself on the long and dangerous winter migration. During a storm he is swept out over the ocean to a remote island. How will he get back to his colony? Will he get there in one piece?
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Billy saved his money for many months to buy his two dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann. Old Dan had the brawn and Little Ann had the brains, and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting team around. They even win the Gold Cup for the coon hunt. One night, Billy and his dogs go hunting and ran into a mountain lion. Will the dogs win or is the mountain lion too much for the little hounds?
White Fang by Jack London
He was three quarters wolf and all fury, born in a cave in the frozen arctic and taught no kindness by the humans who reared him. But one man saw White Fang's intelligence and nobility and had the courage to offer the killer a new life. Will White Fang respond?
Friday, November 10, 2006
Did you know that some Nazi prisoners of war (PoWs) and Jewish refugees were kept in the same camp near Fredericton, NB? CBC Archives - Conflict and War has links to dozens of CBC audio and video clips relating to both World Wars, the Holocaust, women in war, and other conflict-related topics.
Canada Remembers allows you to search for clips of veterans speaking of their experiences, including Mr. Alexander McInnis from Port Hawkesbury.
Veterans Affairs has a Kids' Zone with games, trivia, and art.
The Virtual War Memorial is a registry of over 116,000 Canadians who died serving their country and often includes information on where they are buried. This is a big help if you are searching for memorial or burial information on a relative - I found out where my great-great-uncle is buried just by knowing his first and last names and where he was born.
Time to start reading, everyone!
Schools in Cumberland County (grades Primary-6) will be competing against schools in Pictou County as well as schools in Clare County, Ireland, to see which school can read the most. The winning school will win $3000 worth of books for their school from Scholastic. There are also other prizes within each school and county, such as books or a chance to play ball hockey with some members of the contest sponsor, the RCMP!
The contest officially begins on Tuesday, November 14th, so you can start logging your books then. Each participating student will get a library card for the Cumberland Regional Library, which should arrive in early December. In order for students' books to count towards Parrsboro Regional Elementary School's total, students MUST have returned the permission form that will be sent home today, November 10th, by Thursday morning, November 16th.
For more information about the Reading Challenge, go to FightingCrime.ca and follow the links, or click here.
A document that contains information for parents can be found here. This is an at-home program and teachers will not be logging books read by the child at school.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
If your class raises $50, it could pay for a child to be immunized against measles, polio, tetanus, whooping cough, diphtheria and tuberculosis and supply vitamin supplements for a year.
Picture courtesy of UNICEF.ca.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
She wrote A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, which are two of Ms. Bartlett's favourite books.
Madeleine L'Engle was born on November 29th, 1918.
She is the author of the A Wrinkle in Time series, which includes A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Troubling a Star, as well as almost 20 other books.
Lucy Maud (L. M.) Montgomery was born on November 30th, 1874.
Her most famous novel is Anne of Green Gables, but she also wrote many other stories and novels, including Emily of New Moon.