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    about a boy and a horse shipwrecked on an island and how they develop a special bond of friendship The second part is what happens after they are rescued The movie is actually more like a cinematic mood piece due to its artistic visual emphasis and minimum of dialog A Bug s Life 1998 G On behalf of oppressed bugs everywhere a misfit ant trying to save his colony from grasshoppers recruits a group of warrior bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe This colorful computer animated film is crawling with comical characters All of the other Pixar movies Toy Story I and II Monsters Inc Finding Nemo The Incredibles Cars Ratatouille are wonderful family fare too Breaking Away 1979 PG Director Peter Yates shot this Academy Award winning film during the summer in and around Indiana University The plot centers on four friends as they decide what to do with their lives now that they re out of high school and come September it culminates in an exciting bicycle race against the local college boys Nim s Island 2008 PG 11 year old Nim and her microbiologist father live an idyllic life on a private island in the middle of the South Asiatic Sea Adventure and imagination are ways of life for Nim and her homeschool education is intensive if rather unique Then an unexpected storm brings suspense and peril while also offering a touching look at the love between a father and daughter Based on the novel Nim s Island by Wendy Orr Pollyanna 2003 The beloved children s book written by Eleanor H Porter in 1913 is relocated from early 20th century Vermont to the lush countryside of Edwardian England in this fine British production Still it is faithful to the original story and more focused on characterization than most movie adaptations The young heroine Polly has a positive attitude that brightens the lives of all those around her even in the face of adversity and tragedy I suppose it s as easy to be happy about things as to not be says Polly The Secret Garden 1993 G An enchanting motion picture based on Frances Hodgson Burnett s timeless children s classic in which Mary Lennox her sickly cousin Colin and a local boy named Dickon bring an abandoned garden back to life The 1987 Hallmark Hall of Fame version is good too The Sound of Music 1965 G This wholesome family film is probably the greatest musical of all time filled with beautiful scenery memorable songs World War II history a real life love story a courageous moral choice a suspenseful climax and a triumphant ending Summer Magic 1963 G Adapted from Kate Douglas Wiggin s 1911 book Mother Carey s Chickens this Disney classic stars Hayley Mills as a teenage girl whose family moves from Boston to a rural town in Maine after the untimely passing of her father Most of its running time is spent leisurely exploring the Carey family

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    Francisco he decided to go see her He traveled as a steerage passenger and crossed the United States in the immigrant train Stevenson wrote two stories in 1879 The Amateur Emigrant and Across the Plains which made use of his travel experiences in the United States Early in 1880 Stevenson married Mrs Osbourne They spent a three week honeymoon at an abandoned silver mine in California Then he returned to Scotland with his new wife and her ten year old son Lloyd While on holiday in Scotland in the summer of 1881 cold rainy weather forced the family to amuse themselves indoors Stevenson and his stepson drew colored and annotated the map of an imaginary Treasure Island Stevenson s began to write a story based on it as entertainment for the rest of the family and he continued to work on it while receiving medical treatment in Switzerland It first appeared in the British magazine Young Folks as a weekly serial under the title The Sea Cook from 1881 to 1882 However it didn t receive much attention until it was published as a book in 1883 Treasure Island marks the beginning of Stevenson s popularity and his career as a profitable writer It was his first full length fictional narrative and the first of his writings for children Stevenson s writing career flourished from 1880 1888 At the same time his search for health took him to many corners of the world In 1888 he decided to sail around the Pacific When he and his family arrived in the Samoan islands in 1889 they built a house and settled there This brought him a better climate for his still declining health distance from distractions and acted as a new stimulus to his imagination He was inspired by the beauty and peaceful simplicity of island life He wrote about the Pacific islands in several essays that would have gone towards a large work on the area that he had planned The Samoan people on the islands loved Stevenson and looked up to him They called him Tusitala meaning teller of tales Stevenson was a handsome man who was a great conversationalist and he loved children He was at the height of his writing career when he died suddenly of a stroke on December 3 1894 when he was just 44 years old As he had wished he was buried on top of the mountain overlooking his home on Samoa Appropriately it was his own short poem Requiem that was written on his tomb Under the wide and starry sky Dig the grave and let me lie Here he lies where he longed to be Home is the sailor home from the sea Over the course of his life Stevenson created some of the world s best loved classics For a long time he was thought of mainly as a writer of adventure stories for children Treasure Island The Black Arrow Kidnapped and Catriona all have youthful protagonists and were first

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    more conservative In general they believe in reduced federal spending and less governmental interference in the economy They think that people should be able to take care of themselves financially but they do want to carefully control social matters to help maintain the nation s traditional moral standards Democrats on the other hand tend to be more liberal They want the government to take care of your business for you and they want to do away with what they consider the inequality of wealth but they believe that you should be free to do whatever you want in your personal life Some smaller less powerful third parties also exist such as the Independent Libertarian Reform and Green parties Third party candidates often enter the political arena with sizeable support however few of their candidates end up getting elected Sometimes a third party will support the candidate of a major party in return for the promised support of some of its goals Canada and Great Britain among other countries have a two party system Other countries such as France Italy and Japan have several powerful major parties Some countries such as China and many countries in the Middle East Africa and Latin America have only one party Donkeys and Elephants What do the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey have in common with Santa Claus Each of these famous caricatures was originally drawn in the late 1800 s by cartoonist Thomas Nast who was a Republican by the way Nast specialized in satirizing political figures and groups depicting most of his subjects as animals The elephant symbol of the Republican party made its cartoon appearance in 1874 The Republican party at that time was the most powerful but it still had its problems Thus Nast depicted it as a large yet clumsy creature The donkey was used in the same cartoon as a symbol of stubbornness and stupidity It was later adopted by the Democratic party in the late 1870 s The Election Section Many different kinds of elections are held in the United States each year Clubs societies labor unions and companies all hold elections In these elections members decide who will be in charge of those groups The people who own stock in companies elect directors to run the companies Most officials who run our country are elected In most cities or towns any adult living there can register to vote for the mayor councilmen and other officials who will govern the community Citizens of your state vote for the governor members of the state legislature and other officials who will run the state U S citizens also vote for President of the United States and for the representatives and senators who will represent their state in the United States Congress Elections in other countries differ from those held in the United States In some countries only men can vote In other countries a dictator and his political party are in charge They choose the candidates they want to

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    security guidelines in airports and other public places and the long waits associated with them They are there for your protection The airlines are probably safer now than they ve ever been before 10 Help support continuing relief efforts Millions have already contributed time prayers blood and money At this stage what America s overwhelmed rescue and philanthropic organizations need most is cash donations 11 Give blood While initial supplies are plentiful the need will rise again in coming weeks Contact one of these agencies to set up a future appointment to give blood Central Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross 602 336 6660 or United Blood Services several valley locations 602 431 9500 12 Volunteer at your church school or within your community Research shows that volunteering improves the emotional and physical well being of the volunteers who help others Volunteering may be one of the most significant ways we can discharge our national anger into positive and productive results 13 Let your children help too Asking your children to gather some clothes toys or food will give them a sense of helping others that will go a long way toward making them feel better 14 Children can keep a journal of their thoughts and emotions write personal messages or draw pictures showing their support for the firemen policemen and rescue workers They may also want to let President Bush or their Congressman know how they feel about the tragedy and what they think the government should do 15 Finally we all need to support President Bush and pray that he makes the right decisions Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings but they cannot touch the foundation of America said President Bush in his remarks to the nation These acts shattered steel but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve This American resolve the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor has been a major factor in the success of our republic It s this compassion for others that is the spirit of America It s a spirit that cannot be destroyed in a fireball of hatred By giving our time and sharing our talents to help others we can work to restore a sense of hope in our hearts homes neighborhoods and ultimately the nation God Bless the USA By Lee Greenwood If tomorrow all the things were gone I d worked for all my life And I had to start again with just my children and my wife I d thank my lucky stars to be living here today Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can t take that away From the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee Across the plains of Texas from sea to shining sea From Detroit down to Houston and New York to L A There s pride in every American heart and it s time we stand and say I m proud to be an American where at least I know I m

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    it accelerates us upward one moment and downwards the next leftwards one moment and rightwards the next On some rides the thrill may result from high speeds or the illusion of speed On other rides it s due to steepness or a rapid change in height Additional rides cause alternating feelings of heaviness and weightlessness With names like Zero Gravity Hydroslide Inverter Orbiter and Free Fall the science behind the design is often implied But people usually don t take the time to consider the scientific principles that these rides are based on in particular how the science of physics is used Physics is the branch of science that deals with energy matter and motion The laws of physics affect amusement park ride design in many ways How does a roller coaster stay on its track How do bumper cars move What keeps a Ferris wheel from toppling over Why don t you get flung out of certain rides How do some rides get you from 0 60 mph in less then two seconds From roller coasters to bumper cars to the carousel physics is everywhere at the fair Without physics the rides would either simply not work or people would be falling off and getting seriously injured or killed Amusement park rides provide a good study of Newton s First Law of Motion and many other laws concerning motion They can be used to introduce such concepts as potential and kinetic energy action and reaction centripetal and centrifugal force free fall acceleration speed drag friction revolution force angular momentum velocity gravity and inertia We went to the last day of the state fair While my husband and teenage son were waiting in line to ride the Mega Drop a 115 foot tall free fall tower they noticed that no one screamed as it dropped They only heard people start screaming after the big drop was over Wondering why that was my husband and son tried to yell as they were dropping but discovered that their stomachs got squashed during the drop making them breathless and unable to yell Do you remember making any similar observations If you missed the state fair and are not planning to go to a theme park anytime soon there are alternative ways to study the physics of amusement park rides You can build a K Nex Ferris wheel or roller coaster model kit at home or play a simulation game such as Sim Theme Park or Roller Coaster Tycoon You can also observe many of the same effects on playground equipment in a community park Recommended Resources www fabbrigroup com products Amusement park manufacturer s site showcasing hundreds of rides along with their technical specifications and the emotions they are intended to produce www learner org exhibits parkphysics Interactive exhibit exploring how the laws of physics play a role in amusement park ride design Learn about the forces behind the fun roller coaster carousel bumper cars free fall and pendulum http physicsof net amusementparks

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    oaks and sumacs A combination of warm sunny days and cool but not freezing nights are ideal conditions for producing the most spectacular fall colors The colors and their timing varies from one location to another depending on the combination of light and shade the tree receives Moisture and chemicals contained in the leaves also affect the brilliance of autumn colors As leaves lose their color and dry out they fall or are blown by the wind onto the ground They help protect grasses and other plants by holding in warmth and moisture through the winter AUTUMN LEAF ACTIVITIES Leaf Mobile Can t find any fall leaves Make your own Glue different colorful fabrics to both sides of several pieces of heavy paper Cut leaf shapes from this Put a string on each leaf Tie the leaves to a small branch Hang it where the leaves will flutter in a breeze Autumn Trees You will need a large piece of paper crayons or markers glue and leaves the more colorful the better To make a tree outline trace your hand with fingers spread and arm up to the elbow on a large piece of paper Color the inside of the outline that is the tree Glue leaves onto the branches and around the base of the tree Aluminum Foil Leaves Set out square pieces of aluminum foil and a variety of fall leaves Place a leaf under a piece of foil Gently press and rub the foil with your hand to get a leaf print Glue each leaf print onto a piece of construction paper Leaf Rubbings Place a variety of leaves underside up to show the veins under a piece of plain white or light colored paper Using the sides of crayons with the paper coverings peeled off make rubbings of the leaves Pressed Leaves Collect some colorful fall leaves Place the leaves between two sheets of paper and set a heavy book on top After the leaves have dried use to make a fall leaf wreath or other decoration Waxed Leaves Collect some colorful fall leaves Arrange them on a sheet of wax paper and cover with another sheet of wax paper Adults Put a sheet of newspaper on top and using an iron on the wool setting gently iron the two pieces of wax paper together After ironing you can cut around the individual leaves or attach the entire collage to a hanger of some kind and hang or tape the leaves in your window They should stay colorful all year Nature Collage Go on a fall nature walk and pick up items that have fallen off trees leaves twigs nuts pinecones pine needles etc Arrange your findings in a shoebox or create a collage by gluing them to a poster board AUTUMN LEAF SNACKS Leaf Cookies Obtain a leaf shaped cookie cutter and have the children help you make leaf cookies Decorate them with red orange yellow and brown frosting Leaf Jello Using a leaf shaped

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    aquatic life A plastic tub or simple hole in the ground with a liner and border of rocks is sufficient A shallow container such as a terra cotta dish or upside down garbage can lid placed on the ground is an easy way to provide water for many other animals besides birds Locate your water source in a shady spot away from shrubs that could harbor predators but with protective cover nearby Edges should slope gradually to a depth of 2 3 Place several flat rocks inside to give footholds for birds and to allow gradual entry Baby quails can drown if the water is too deep and the sides are too steep Food Does your yard have trees bushes and shrubs that provide seeds berries fruits or nuts What about plants flowers and vines that provide seeds and nectar Can you plant another bush or tree What about some sunflowers at the back of your garden Perennials and annuals provide nectar for both butterflies and hummingbirds Choose a selection of native plants that bloom or fruit at various times of the year so there will always be a natural food supply for wildlife Supplemental feeders can provide nectar for hummingbirds in the summer months and provide additional seed for birds throughout the year but avoid making animals dependent on feeders Shelter Shelter or cover is also essential Animals need a safe place to hide from predators a protective cover in inclement weather shade from the sun and a place to roost or nestle down at night Cover forms a foundation for nesting sites sleeping and feeding areas and traveling lanes Multiple areas of cover are recommended for harboring a variety of different species of animals since many species are very territorial Cover that doubles as a food source is the most effective Ideal types of cover include trees bushes and dense shrubs Piles of rocks logs and brush or mulch also offer effective shelter for small animals Chipmunks and squirrels especially like rock and dirt piles Brush piles can be constructed with fallen branches old Christmas trees and plant clippings Dead or dying trees can be left standing to attract woodpeckers and other birds and provide cavity nesting sites Large flat rocks provide a basking area for lizards and butterflies Places to Raise Young Trees and shrubs provide nesting areas for birds Birdhouses or nest boxes can be placed in the backyard habitat to supplement natural tree cavities Some birds and rabbits raise their young on the ground in dense grass or under boughs of plants Other animals live in dirt mounds or piles of rocks logs or mulch Frogs and toads deposit their eggs in ponds Butterfly eggs and caterpillars find safety among herbs flowers shrubs and trees Helpful Habitat Hints Too much neatness can discourage wildlife Allow weeds and underbrush to grow and trees to remain untrimmed Plant to create a multi layered effect Offering tall medium and short plants grouped together in a tiered arrangement is

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    their strange and beautiful rock formations speleothems These water based caves are like underground fairylands displaying an unusual variety of icicles pillars curtains and other decorations created by dripping and evaporating minerals An icicle hanging from the ceiling of a cave is called a stalactite One that grows up from the ground floor is a stalagmite There is an easy way to remember which is which The word stalactite has a c for ceiling The word stalagmite has a g for ground Dormant caverns are generally dusty and dry and living caverns are humid and wet The temperature inside a cave is always cool and some caves have ice in them The surrounding rock walls function as a huge thermal mass so a cave usually takes on the average year round outside temperature A cave that has more than one entrance is said to be a blowing or breathing cave as the air moves between openings The interior of a deep cave is completely dark since daylight does not reach beyond the cave mouth entrance Cave floors may be smooth or covered with broken fragments of fallen rock Caves are often discovered when the ceilings of underground passages collapse leaving a hole within a large pile of rocks called a breakdown People of all ages like to go cave exploring a sport that is also known as caving or spelunking Recreational cave hobbyists are spelunkers Scientists who study caves are speleologists Beginners can tour improved show caves where there are guides and electric lights Serious cave enthusiasts should consider joining a local caving club or grotto Then they can visit wild undeveloped caves after gaining some experience A cave adventure is fun and exciting but it can also be dangerous and must be done with care Underground hazards include running out of light hitting your head stumbling and tripping on irregular terrain slipping on wet spots getting cut on sharp rocks becoming lost developing hypothermia being trapped in flooded passages falling into holes and having the ceiling collapse on you Vertical shafts and deep pits requiring the use of ropes and climbing gear should be reserved for the most experienced cavers Abandoned mines should never be entered into All cave explorers need to follow certain safety rules Wear warm clothes sturdy boots or sneakers leather work gloves and a hard hat or bicycle helmet Battery powered head lamps are readily available and highly recommended as a hands free source of light You should also have a waterproof flashlight in your pocket with a spare bulb and extra batteries Candles and glow sticks are not a dependable light source Flares should definitely not be used because of the smoke and fumes Never explore a cave alone and always tell someone on the surface where you are going and when you should be back Bring a small first aid kit and plenty of water to drink too Live caves shelter fragile underground ecosystems and all caves are a unique and limited natural

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