Week of April 6, 2014
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In the Questioning Cube game, what is the first story about?

What was Oct. 27, 1962, also called?
Victory Day, the end of the crisis
Black Saturday, the worst day of the crisis
Dark Saturday, the first day of the crisis

Who created the “Aurora” sculpture?
Mark di Suvero
Alexander Calder
Joel Shapiro

Comprehension Games

trainImprove your word recognition and reading comprehension at
Blue Ribbon Readers’
Interactives, www.pspb.org/
. In Detective’s Notebook, use clues to predict what happens next or infer what already happened. Visualizing helps you remember important details. Create a mental picture of an image to match to one illustrating a sentence. Click on words in the correct order to keep the train moving in the Train Game. In the Hamburger Game, choosing the main idea means lunch!

Play Spelling Bees
Spelling Bees

Cuban Missile Crisis

shipHave you ever heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis? Clouds Over Cuba, cloudsovercuba.
, takes you back to 1962 in the JFK Presidential Library’s video footage detailing how serious this crisis was. Only 90 miles from the United States, Cuba agreed to house Soviet missiles after tensions had increased with the U.S. Watch President Kennedy address the nation about the threat of war, and feel the uncertainty of what could happen in the unfolding crisis. See an alternate history in “What If?”

Get Out Safely

rabbit thinker on a rockLizzy Visits the Sculpture Garden, nga.gov/kids/lizzy/lizzy.htm, in an animated walk where sculptures come to life for Lizzy and her brother Gordon. Choose Story to get started, then click the highlighted links on each page when you are ready to move on to the next one. Once you’ve finished exploring with Lizzy, choose Overview to pick pieces on the map that you would like to learn more about. For instance, what inspired Barry Flanagan to create the famous hare, “Thinker on a Rock”? When you visit “House I,” you’ll realize you can’t step inside. It is an optical illusion. What do you think the artist is trying to communicate?

Speak Out

What are your plans for spring break?

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Spring Break Fun

Spring break is right around the corner. If you are going to be home, you might be looking for some fun activities for your “staycation,” in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Whether indoors or out, you could make your own drive-in movie. Design a car to sit in, using a box, construction paper and anything else you have at home. Plan your favorite snacks and choose a movie.

You can also create carnival games using items you have at home. Make up a bowling game, a bean-bag toss, or create stilts by using upside-down beach buckets and string. You can even pass out tickets and invite friends!
Camping out in the backyard or in the living room with sleeping bags is always an adventure. Make s’mores, stay up late and tell stories. Ready to get out of the house? Find a new park, go on a bike ride, or grab a camera and go on a photo scavenger hunt in your neighborhood or backyard.
For more ideas, check out 30 Cheap Summer Staycation Ideas, sixsistersstuff.com/2013/06/30-cheap-summer-staycation-ideas.html.


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