Thanks to Education World for use of my Mrs. Waffenschmidt illustration.

Thanks to Education World for use of my Mrs. Waffenschmidt illustration.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Save the Rhino Day is May 1st!

Save the Rhino Day is May 1st! 

Did you know that at the Ol Pejeta Game Conservancy, in Kenya, guards are watching 47 year old Sudan, 24 hours a day?  Sudan, is the last male northern white rhino. To make him less attractive to poachers(who kill rhino for their horns), Sudan's horn has been removed. Living with two(of the four remaining) white rhino females, it is hoped that there still may be a baby rhino at the conservancy.To date, this has not happened.

Share the following information with kids.

A crash is what you call a group of rhino
A Black rhino can run up to 40 mph...on its toes!
About 50 pounds of manure is produced by an adult white rhino EVERY day.
A white rhino isn't really WHITE. It's name comes from an Afrikaans word meaning wide(for its mouth). The word is wyd. White rhinos are really grey.
A black rhino isn't really BLACK. Also a grey/brownish color, it got its name for the dark wet mud that they often have covering their bodies.
Did you know that a rhino is a relative of the zebra, tapirs and horse?
The word, rhinoceros comes from the Greek words-rhino(nose and ceros(horn)
After the elephant, the white rhino is the largest land mammal. A white rhino can weigh up to 5000 pounds.  
Eating only plants, a rhino is a HERBIVORE.
The horn of a rhino is not ivory but keratin, a material found in fingernails.
Rhinos have VERY bad eyesight! They do have great hearing and a great sense of smell.
Rhino have wandered the earth for over 50 million years(and haven't changed much in their appearance)
Did you know that there are 5 species of rhino? (White, Black, Javan, Sumatran, Indian)

Use a world map and have students locate the areas of the world where rhinos live in the wild. (Rhino can be found in Africa countries including South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania,Kenya and Uganda. They can be found in  India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma, Nepal and Vietnam. Rhinos are found on the island of Java. There may still be rhino in  Sumatra and Borneo.

Write a Day in the Life of a rhino. What did you do? What did you see? Feel? Smell? 

Read a story about a rhino

Read an interview with a Rhino ranger/keeper:  and  Pretend you work with rhinos and write a diary, including 3 facts learned about rhino.

Make a poster and share 3 facts about the rhino to create awareness for Save the Rhino Day!

Look at a photograph of a rhino. Write a description of what you see.



Thursday, April 9, 2015

National Library Day is April 15th and Library of Congress Day is April 24th!

National Library Day is April 15th and Library of Congress Day is April 24th!

2/3 of all Americans have a library card. If you don't have a library card...this would be a great time of year to get one.  And, what's great about a library card... it's  FREE! 

Fun Facts to Share with Kids:
1. The word "library" comes from the word librarie, meaning "a collection of books". The Anglo-French word comes from an earlier Latin word, librariaum ,meaning "chest of books"

2.The first lending library was established by Ben Franklin, in 1731.

3. The first bookmobile was in operation, in 1857, England.

4. St. Catherine's Monastery's Library(in Sinai, Egypt) is said to be the oldest continually run library in the world. It was constructed in 6th century. Only monks and  scholars can use it.

5. The oldest continually run public library is The Library of Paris(Bibliotheque de Paris), in Paris, France. It dates back to 1368.

6. A Greek, Zenodotus, is considered the first known librarian in history.  He worked at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt.

7. The Library of Congress, in the USA,is the world's largest library.

8.The largest book find ever owed was  $345.14(two cents a day). A book of poetry was checked out in 1955 and found in a home 47 years later!

9. The most expensive book ever sold is the Codex Leicester, by Leonardo da Vinci. It was purchased by Bill Gates, in 1994, for $30.8 million!!!! dollars.
10. Each year, the main library ,at Indiana University, sinks about one inch from the weight of all the books! 
11. The world’s first library was built by Ashurbanipal(668-627BC) in Assyria.
12.The Epic of Gilgamesh is considered the oldest written story. It comes from the people of Mesopotamia ,telling the adventures of the King of Uruk( @2750-2500 BC). 

Extension Activities:
1. See photographs of some of the most beautiful libraries in the world:  Pretend you are visiting one of these libraries. What do you see? How do you feel?What might you be reading?
2. Write a paragraph explaining what you think of one of these quotes:
     " Reading makes all other learning possible. We have to get books into our children's hands early and often." President Barack Obama
     "Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." American Broadcast journalist, Walter Cronkite.
     "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." Walt Disney
     " A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket." Chinese Proverb
3. Write a persuasive paragraph explaining why someone should have a library card.
4. Write a poem about a library.
5. Check out my informative web quest on the Library of Congress, our nation’s library! Are you a bibliophile(someone that loves books)? The Library of Congress, called our Nation's Library has over 33 million books. There are also over 12.5 million photographs and 6 million pieces of sheet music! Learn more about the Nation's Library with this fun and informative webquest.