Week of April 16, 2017
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What spot is considered the global mecca for ice diving in the White Sea?
High Arctic Dive Centre
Arctic Circle Dive Centre
North Atlantic Dive Centre

Who designed the Reading Bear project?
Larry Sanger
Walt Henley
Melissa Moats

How long does it take for plastic items dumped in the ocean to
3-5 years
10-15 years
20-1000 years

Geographic Wonders

White SeaIn the study of geography we learn about many remarkable places on Earth, but have you ever wondered what their physical features look like? AirPano, airpano.com, provides 360-degree views of 3,000 of the most beautiful areas on Earth. Begin at the World Map to select places you’re interested in. Visit the Taj Mahal in India or stand on Mount Everest in the Himalayas. See the beautiful Polar Lights in Iceland, or travel to Finland to dive underwater in the White Sea, the world’s first “under ice” panorama, where salt water freezes when the temperature falls below zero. Read the articles to learn more about each place.

Play Island Chase Subtraction
Island Chase

Becoming a Better Reader

Reading BearDo you struggle with reading? WatchKnowLearn created Reading Bear, readingbear.org, to make reading fun, with phonics and vocabulary lessons that will help you improve. The lessons begin with Letter Sounds taught by using music and videos. As you proceed through phonics lessons, click on audio flashcards to hear any word you are having trouble with sounded out. You will learn to read and understand the meanings of more than 1,200 words. Lessons are short and easy to follow, and fun quizzes test your knowledge at the end of each topic. Reading is an adventure with Reading Bear!

Protecting Birds

RobinIn England, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Kids, rspb.org.uk/kids-and-schools/kids-and-families/kids, helps bird lovers learn about wild birds and how to protect them. Visit Discover for facts about birds, such as the various habitats in Britain, what native birds eat and how they migrate. Take the Food Chain Challenge, where you will be tasked with finding the right combination to unlock the padlock for five different habitats. Learn why migrating over France is hazardous for swallows in Dangers of Migration Game. Can you guess the U.K.’s favorite bird? Visit Birds and Wildlife to see species that are unique to Britain and Europe.

Speak Out

What food goes to waste most
often at your house?

Speak Out Here!

Meet the Characters

Reading is not just something you have to do for homework. Authors inspire their readers’ imaginations by writing tales that can take them from the comfort of their own homes to far-off places. Characters in books can become like friends as you get to know them and join in their adventures. An author’s words paint a picture in your mind that allows you to experience events as the characters experience them.

Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, the Boxcar Children and Ramona Quimby are just a few of the wonderful characters loved by children all over the world. Check out these websites that share some of the most beloved children’s book series of all time, then, the next time you are at the library, literally check one out!

The Must-Have Series for Children Ages 6 to 12



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