Today’s read – The Boy and His Toy (with teachers notes)

The Boy and the Toy
by Sonya Hartnett (illustrated by Masciullo Lucia)

One day a man invented the best toy in the world.

He gave the toy to his son. The boy thought the toy was marvellous. It could do anything!

But as time passed, the boy started to wonder about the toy. Was it really the best toy in the world?

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Bullying in School

Bullying in School aims to provide useful information and resources to help deal with bullies and bullying in schools. The site includes a free e-book. =>

Economics, saving and budgeting for kids

Are your kids’ wish lists bigger than their allowance?

Use SmartStart’s free interactive Allowance Room and Money Machine sponsored by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce so they can learn more about economics and figure out how to get an item they want. They just enter their Weekly Contribution and any Parent Contribution there might be and click Submit to use the money calculator.

There are 15 items ready to buy in the Money Machine, but students can personalize their purchases by entering the retail price of a New Item to calculate how long it will take to save for the item.

This week is Australian Food Safety Week 2010 (8-14 November)

The theme is Myths and Mastery.

Australian Food Safety Week is the major activity of the Food Safety Information Council, Australia’s leading disseminator of consumer targeted food safety information

The week focuses on debunking incorrect food safety beliefs held by consumers and highlight good food safety practices.

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Exploring the Food Group: Grains and starches

Besides the wonderful aromas, flavors, and textures that food has, each food group provides varying amounts of diverse nutrients. Each one of the five food groups supplies some, but not all, of the nutrients you need for good health. For this reason, it’s key that you eat from each food group every day.

Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group
The base of the Food Guide Pyramid includes all foods made from grains. These foods should form the base of a nutritious diet. Foods in the bread, cereal, rice, and pasta group–or the starch group–are rich in complex carbohydrates (or starches). Complex carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy. They are low in fat and cholesterol and are your body’s main source of energy.


Facing the future – building kids’ commitment to community and environment

Facing the Future develops young people’s capacity and commitment to create thriving, sustainable, and peaceful local and global communities. We do this by equipping teachers and schools with the tools and strategies to help students:
. Understand global issues and sustainability in a way that shows the connections between population, environment, consumption, poverty and conflict
· Develop a global perspective
· Learn critical thinking skills Be inspired to take personal action

Fin the link on the latest Pivotal Magazine Kids page =>

Always a great book to share – Spot

Spot’s Birthday Balloon

by Eric Hill

Spot and his friends are going to Grandma’s birthday party and Spot is taking her a special balloon. But a strong gust of wind whisks the balloon away and Spot, Tom and Helen have quite a chase before help comes from an unexpected quarter. This book has gatefolds on every spread which open out to reveal the next stage in Spot’s balloon hunt. Young children will love lifting the page flaps to discover how the story progresses.

Improve Environmental Health in Your Community

Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International has partnered with Discovery Education to launch the Water Planet Challenge, designed to engage and empower youth to bring about environmental change starting with water-focused projects at a local level. The Web-based program provides interactive tools and resources for middle and high school–aged youth to design, create and implement service-learning projects that address environmental concerns in their communities, from water conservation to beachfront cleanups. Among the free resources are step-by-step action guides that walk students through a project from investigation to completion; standards-aligned lesson plans that allow middle and high school teachers and students to explore the impact of local action in the context of the recent Gulf oil disaster; and video segments on a variety of environmental topics educators can seamlessly integrate into existing curricula, as well as a link to Philippe Cousteau’s recent webinar on his experiences in the Gulf of Mexico following the oil spill. In the coming months, additional action guides and lesson plans on other water-related environmental issues and additional video clips will further support the Water Planet Challenge.
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