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Activities and Questions based on Mar. 3, 2023 – Mar. 9, 2023 issue
Teachers, homeschool parents and students, if you have any suggestion or ideas for these teacher guides please email Sarah Nachin – [email protected]
This is intended to use as a guide to adapt to your curriculum based on the Florida standards.
Composition activity for High School: (ELA.9.C.1.2 – Write narratives using narrative techniques, varied transitions, and a clearly established point of view.)
Read the article on pg. A-5 about the Twin Lakes community and cemetery. Then write an essay of 400 words or more explaining why it’s important to preserve historical places like this. Consult at least one other resource besides the article.
Critical thinking activity for High School: (ELA.9.C.4.1 – Conduct research to answer a question, drawing on multiple reliable and valid sources and refining the scope of the question to align with findings.)
Read the article on pg. A-2 about raising the compulsory student school attendance to 18. Then write an essay of at least 450 words discussing the pros and cons of this issue. Cite at least two sources from the internet. Would you support this bill or not? Give reasons for your answer.
Science activity for Middle School: (SC.8.E.5.10 – Assess how technology is essential to science for such purposes as access to outer space and other remote locations, sample collection, measurement, data collection and storage, computation, and communication of information.)
Read the article on pg. A-6 about the Crew-6 mission to the ISS. Write an essay of 350 words or more explaining why it’s important for scientists to pay attention to seemingly minor problems, such as the one described in the article.
Composition activity for Middle School: (ELA.6.R.2.2 – Analyze the central idea(s), implied or explicit, and its development throughout a text.)
Read the article on page B-1 about the Worm full moon. Summarize the article in 300 words or more. Discuss the two main ideas of the article – Daylight Savings Time and Jonathan Carver. Write down two or three sentences that develop these central ideas. Explain how Carver’s studies relate to the Worm Full Moon.
Vocabulary & Grammar activity for Elementary School (ELA.K.V.1.2 – Ask and answer questions about unfamiliar words in grade-level content)
Read the article on pg. B-6 about the Veterans HEAT Factory. Choose the best meaning for each of the following words by looking at how it is used in the sentence. Also, write down what part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) the word is by how it is used in the sentence.
- legacy: a) a law; b) a type of woman’s stocking; c) a gift or an idea passed on to someone
- graffiti: a) a chart with numbers on it; b) writing or drawings scribbled or sprayed painted illegally in a public place; c) bits of small, colorful pieces of paper thrown at a celebration
- ultimate: a) the highest or most important; b) a make of automobile; c) to scare someone
- footage: a) 12 inches; b) a section of a movie; c) a way of walking
- humanitarian: a) someone who does good deeds for people; b) another word for human being; c) someone who studies different kinds of people
- epitome: a) a deep hole; b) a struggle between two or more people; c) a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality
- enthusiastically: a) excitedly; b) hurriedly; c) angrily
- consultant: a) a person who insults other people; b) a person who provides expert advice; c) a person who is lazy
Extra Credit Assignment #1: Write a sentence using a different form of the word than the one in the article. For example, if the word in the article is an adjective like “rosy,” change it to a noun – “rose” and then use that word in an original sentence.
Extra Credit Assignment #2: Write one to three paragraphs (or more) using this week’s vocabulary words or a form of the word. You can use as many or as few of the words as you like; however, your paragraphs must make sense. In other words, don’t just write sentences that don’t go together to discuss a topic or create a story.
English Language Arts activity for Elementary School: (ELA.2.R.2.2 – Identify the topic of and relevant details in a text.)
Read the article on pg. B-6 about the spring break movie camp. In one or two sentences, explain what the main idea of the article is. Then summarize the article in 200 words or more. Be sure to include the important details at the beginning, middle, and end of the article.
Anyone wishing to submit any of your compositions from this week to the newspaper for us to consider publishing, please email to [email protected]. Be sure and include your name, age, grade level and school that you attend. Submission is not a guarantee that your work will be published. Submissions may be edited due to space restrictions.