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October 14, 2013

Kind News Resource Room | Supplements to the October/November 2013 issue

Supplements to the October/November 2013 issue

Kind News, October/November 2013

In this issue of Kind News, we learn about retired research chimpanzees' new lives, students creating gifts for chimps, and the effects of trash on wildlife.

Common Core Standards

After students read the feature story, explore the issue with them using the following activities, aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Primary (grades K-2)

SL.K-2.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.

Whose Home? After students have read “Finding Fishers,” mention that the tree where the fisher babies were found was their home. Sadly, many animal homes are lost to human activity. Have students name one kind of animal who lives in each of the following homes: cocoon, nest, den, tunnel, burrow, hive, web, cave, shell, pond, tidal pool, and hollow log. Remind students not to disturb animal homes whenever possible.

Give Thanks. As November approaches, there is a lot of emphasis on giving thanks. If animals could talk, what would they be grateful for? Read aloud these imaginary thank you notes from animals, then ask students to name an animal who might write the note. Thank you for giving me fresh water to drink every day; keeping me indoors where I am safe; cutting apart six-pack rings so I don’t get stuck in them; not keeping me as a pet; protecting the land where I live.

Junior (grades 3-4) and Senior (grades 5-6):

W.3-4.3 and W.5.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences.

Give Thanks. As November approaches, there is much emphasis on giving thanks. If animals could talk, what would they be grateful for? Read aloud these imaginary thank you notes from animals. Ask students to name an appropriate animal for each. Thank you for giving me fresh water to drink every day; cutting apart six-pack rings so I don’t get stuck in them; not keeping me as a pet. Now ask students to write a thank you note from three different animals.

W.3-4.4, W.3-4.10, W.5.4, and W.5.10 - Produce coherent writing appropriate to task, purpose and audience.

Speaking of thank-you notes. A great way to hit Common Core Standards in writing is to have your students write a thank you note to the person or organization who provides you with Kind News. It’s also a great way to keep the magazine coming to your classroom year after year.

Supplemental worksheets

Test students on what they learned in this issue of Kind News.

Grades K-2: A Sign You Care

Grades 3-6: Edit Please! | Edit Please! answer key

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