Week of February 2, 2014
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Who owns Tutpup?
Mind Candy

Who wrote “Daffodils”?
William Wordsworth
Emily Dickinson
Robert Frost

What is the Akeley 35mm motion picture camera also called?
Cylinder Camera
Pancake Camera
Reel Camera

Learning Fun

MathMath and spelling are all fun and games at Tutpup, tutpup.com. Do you ever get tired of doing math problems on paper? Here you can choose levels ranging from Easy Peasy to Uh Oh, then race against the clock to win. Practice basic math facts in Maths 101. You never know what you’re going to get in Maths Mix, where Everything! is fair game. Next, sharpen your spelling skills. The voice in Spelling tells you which word to spell next, and each correct response brings you closer to the finish line.

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Live Poetry

Picking FruitPoetry comes to life at The Poetry Foundation’s Children’s Video exhibit, poetryfoundation.org/
. Watch “The Tropics in New York,” where a peek through a store window sparks beautiful memories. Have you ever seen a ladybug typing? Check out the Classical Baby poetry show. Get ready for some tongue twisters with Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman, as she reads from “The Llama Who Had No Pajama.” Pay attention as she challenges you to listen and count certain words.


cameraAfter you see a cartoon, television show or movie that you like, do you ever look for items featuring your favorite characters? The Museum of the Moving Image presents the Collection, collection.movingimage.
, a digital library of more than 130,000 artifacts from movies and television. Begin your search for specific characters like Indiana Jones or Yoda. Narrow it down by class, such as Toys, Books or Activity Sets. A search for “games” will bring up items that go back nearly 100 years. Check out Motion Picture Cameras to see what they used to look like. How were they different from the cameras used in filmmaking today?

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What is your
favorite poem? Why?

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Poetry Is Fun

I like writing poetry, but when I first got an assignment to write a poem I wasn’t sure how to begin. I found that some poems are difficult to understand because they are not written in a traditional story format. I soon discovered that writing a poem is almost like painting a picture. The author is painting a picture with words, and I have to think about what each word means in order to discover what the author is trying to say.

I found a great list of tips from Patricia Hubbell at kidspoet.com/tips.htm. She recommends writing regular sentences to begin with, then taking out unimportant words and substituting more meaningful ones.

Practice makes perfect, and I found some fun sites, such as the Poetry Idea Engine, teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/poetry_engine.htm#. You’ll be writing haikus, free verse and limericks in no time. Fern’s Poetry Nook, pbskids.org/arthur/games/poetry, is another great place to go for simple descriptions of different types of poems and for writing practice.


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