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The Super Bowl XLIX 2015 Seahawks vs. Patriots

The Super Bowl XLIX 2015 Seahawks vs. Patriots

The first Super Bowl was played 48 years ago, on January 15, 1967 in Los Angeles, California. It was between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. This year, the Super Bowl takes place in Glendale, Arizona on February 1, 2015. The game is between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

Websites:

Seattle Seahawks:

The Story of the Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks The Seattle Seahawks The Seattle Seahawks Malcolm Smith and the Seattle Seahawks

New England Patriots:

New England Patriots The Story of the New England Patriots Tom Brady Tom Brady: Football Superstar New England Patriots
New England Patriots

Super Bowl:

The Super Bowl The Super Bowl The Super Bowl Super Bowl and NFL records The Ultimate Guide to Pro Football Teams

Book recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

The words in this book are the words from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech which he delivered on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington. Marchers came from all over to gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial. A lot more people watched the march and heard this speech on television.

The paintings in the book were done by Kadir Nelson. The book was named a 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book.

Explore the books & links below to watch the speech itself or find out more about why the March on Washington was so important.

 

Websites:

Books about The March on Washington & “I Have a Dream”

WeMarch MarchOn IHave MartinMahalia
MartinMarch Dream

Books about Martin Luther King Jr.

History MLK DreamMLK MLK2
Daddy MLK3 UncleMartin BigHeart
ReadDream Riding

 

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Book Recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Staff Pick: Anna & Solomon

Staff Pick: Anna & Solomon

Based on the story of the author’s grandparents’ migration to the United States from late-nineteenth-century Russia, Anna and Solomon shares how Solomon moved to the U.S. first, where he worked to save money for Anna to join him.

Solomon and his new wife, Anna, live happily in a small village in Russia.  However, soldiers sent by the Czar make life very difficult for them, and they decide to try and find a better life in America.  Having only enough for one of them to go, Solomon leaves Anna behind with her family and moves to New York City.  He finds work as a painter, and soon has enough money to send for Anna. But it’s not Anna who steps off the gangplank. This is a wonderful story about love, family, and starting a new life!

Recommended By: Beth Pintal – Nora Branch

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Science Experiments

Science Experiments

2013novScienceFairIdeas

Looking for an idea for a science project? Here are several science experiment ideas that use materials easily found in your house. A couple of them might require a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, but mostly you can just raid the garage, kitchen or medicine chest for the ingredients. Many experiments you will want to do OUTSIDE. Each experiment will give you directions as well as suggest websites and books that will help you explain what science is at work during the experiment. Science Experiments

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Plastic Ahoy!

Plastic Ahoy!

Mr. Ferris and his Wheel

In Finding Nemo, Nemo’s Dad Marlin wakes up riding on the back of Crush the sea turtle. Crush is surfing the East Australian Current (EAC) that runs along the coast of Australia. Currents are moving ocean water. They are generated by the wind, temperature, the amount of salt in the water (salinity), by the gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun, and by events like earthquakes. There are several currents in the earth’s oceans that constantly circulate the oceans’ water.

In some places out in the middle of the earth’s oceans, currents surround an area of ocean. These areas are called gyres. You can see the earth’s five gyres on this map. One of the gyres, located off the coast of California (it takes a week by boat to get there!) is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Why is it called that? Because it is full of TRASH, namely, plastic. Water bottles, action figures, legos, you name it. If people somewhere on earth decided they didn’t want it, it’s out there, floating in the ocean, brought to this spot by the ocean’s currents.Gyres250

Plastic Ahoy! is the story of a research vessel called New Horizon that sailed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to study the plastic there. The scientists wanted to answer important questions about how the plastic might be affecting the ocean and the creatures who live there. Questions like:

  • How much plastic is actually out there?
  • Are fish eating the plastic? Is it hurting them?
  • Are the plastic chemicals poisoning the water?

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The book follows three students, Darcy, Chelsea and Miriam, as they help gather samples and prepare experiments. As you can tell by the cover, the book is full of great photos of the ocean and all of the activities that take place on the boat, and not just the scientific ones. You also get to see how the scientists eat, sleep and keep fit while living for long periods of time on a small ship.

The book did three really important things for me.

  1. It made me want to learn more about the ocean.
  2. It made me worry about all that trash in the ocean.
  3. It made me want to do more to use plastic less.

The book also has extra interesting pieces of information that make you go, “Huh. Really?” Here are two things I thought were interesting:

1. What the number inside the recycling triangle means. When plastic is manufactured it is made into small pellets called nurdles. Nurdles are then formed into different shapes like milk jugs or patio chairs or legos. Different kinds of nurdles make different kinds of plastic. The number inside the recycling triangle that you see stamped on the bottom of things made from plastic, tells what type of nurdle was used. Knowing the number helps you know how to recycle the plastic. Interesting! When the recycle container shows which number can go in it – pay attention! It’s important!

2. What bioluminescence is and does. Bioluminescence is a chemical reaction inside organism that make them glow when they are scared. It is a defense to confuse predators. Sometimes, the movement of a ship on the water at night can scare bacteria in the water…the water is so full of bacteria that the water glows in the dark. I would love to see that!

Websites:

Books:

Tracking Trash Polluted Oceans What Can We Do About Oil Spills and Ocean Pollution
Im Not a Plastic Bag Save the Oceans Earth Friendly Waste Management
Trash Talk
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