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illml Ulllmll = , ,llUlllJigllan 1 Thursday, June 16, 2011 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine OVIATT Concluded from p.8 Summer math activities Help students maintain their math skills and keep them thinking in numbers all summer long. For Grades K-3: • Shopaholic: What can you buy for $5 at the corner store? From the ice cream truck? In a hardware store? At the beach? • Change it up: Start collecting change in a jar on the first day of summer. On the last da]5 estimate your change, count it and plan a special purchase. • Summer patterns: Create patterns using summer items (popsicle sticks, shells, flowers). Or draw patterns in the sand or dirt using a stick or your hands. See how long you can carry out your pattern-along the length of the sandbox, or across the grass. • Napkin fractions: Fold paper towels or napkins into large and small fractions, from one-half to 1/16. Use markers to label and decorate the different fractions. • Design hunt: Keep an eye out for shapes, patterns and designs when you're out and about. You never know what you'll find in the architecture at the airport, the shopping mall or even the grocery store. • 100% delicious: Use ice cream to make fraction sundaes. Can you make an ice cream sundae that is one-half vanilla and one-half chocolate? What about one-third chocolate, one-third vanilla and one-third strawberry? Can you cover a scoop of ice cream with one-quarter each nuts, sprinkles, cookie crumbs and gummy bears? Or can you eat a bite of ice cream that is one-half chocolate, one-half vanilla? For older children, calculate the percentage of each ice cream flavor in the sundae. For Grades 4-8: • Record-breakers: Use a stopwatch to time yourself running, rollerblading, swim- ming, or biking. Then try to beat your time. Be sure to keep the distance you're mov- ing the same for each trial. Graph the results. (You may need a partner for this.) • Where will you be? Using a map, calculate where you will be if you travel 20, 50, 100, or 1,000 miles from home. • How many ways? As you're exploring your neighborhood during the summer, how many routes can you take to the school, the grocery store, the mall or your friend's house? • What's the catch: Nobacktracking and you must take a new route each time. children will likely see during a trip (stop signs, billboards, railroad signs, etc.) to reinforce reading skills, math and sight words. • The number game: Look out the window and call out when you see one, two, three, or four of something and so on. • The alphabet game: One person chooses the right side of the road and the other chooses the left. Call out objects that you see in alphabetical order (you can use a sign only for one letter). The first person to get to the letter z wins. For grades 4-8: • Capital game: Take note of each license plate you see, not by state but by state capital. The first to correctly identify 10 state capitals wins. • Cow game: One person takes the right side of the road, the other takes the left. Keep count of all the cows you see. You earn one point for each cow. When you see a cemetery out of your side of the car, you lose all your points. • Animals galore: Decide on a number of points for each animal tha ; you see (cow=l point, horse--1 point, pig=2 points, etc.). As you drive, a6d'up fffe points. Play until one person gets 10 points, or for a set time. • Math with license plates: Use the numbers on license plates to practice addi- tion, subtraction, multiplication and number patterns and see just how creative kids can get. LEISURE LINE Concluded from p.3 of the week. Registration Dates: June 20 through July 1; Program Dates: July 12 through July 15 (students who completed 3rd and 4th grades), July 19 through July 27 (students who completed 5th and 6th grades); Time: 10 a.m. to noon; Location: Norwalk Public Safety Building; Cost: $20 resident/S23 non-resident; Maxi- mum: 12 students/class. NORWALK JUNIOR FIRE SCHOOL Learn basic firefighter skills to include use of fire hoses, ladders, hand tools, fire investigation and breath- • Let's eat: Prepare a meal or dish for the family. Before you go to the supermar- ing apparatus training. Basic first aid and ambulance ket, find a recipe, write what you need and how much. At the supermarket, choose equipment will also be demonstrated. Fire department the best-priced option, staff will be coordinating this fun program. Registra- Summer reading activities tion Dates: June 20 through July 1; Program Dates: July These ideas will keep kids engaged in reading, writing and thinking creatively 25 through July 28 (students who completed 3rd through even on the hottest days. 6th grades); Time: 10 a.m. to noon; Location: Norwalk • Water writer. Using a pail of water and a brush, have kids write words on the Public Safety Building; Cost: $20 resident / $23 non-resi- blacktop or sidewalk, dent; Maximum: 12 students. • Sell summer. Tell kids: Try a new product or activity and write about it. How MENACE SOCCER CAMP would you describe it? Would you recommend it? Create an advertisement to sell it The 2011 camp will be held June 27-30 at the Norwalk- to others. McAninch Sports Complex. Cost is $110. Check the • Plan a trip: Have kids use the Internet, travel guidebooks, brochures and maps websitewww.Menace Soccer.com for more information to plan a dream da: weekend, week, or month-long trip. or email ajs@menacesoccer.com. • Summer sleuth: Have kids follow a story in a newspaper during the summer, or investigate a local story (e.g., an upcoming fair). Tell kids: Write about the event as it unfolds so that you have it documented from start to finish. • Play it: Take an adventure book with a clear plot (The Phantom Tollbooth, Charlie and the Chocolate Factor etc.) and invent a board game based on it. H=Home • Comic strip: Write a comic strip about a fictional character or yourself. See how A=Away long you can keep the strip going. Read classic comics for inspiration. *=League Event Summer science fun Baseball Summer is the perfect time for children to explore their extracurricular interests, Boys Varsity like science. Here are some activities that will have children hypothesizing all the June 17- Pella HS- Var-Boys Junior Varsity way to September. sity DH, A, 5:30 p.m. June 20 - *Oskaloosa ° Map the weather: Keep a running log of .the weather Include temperature, hu- June 18 - North Polk HS, H, 5:30 p.m. midity, clouds, precipitation, wind, air pressure. Can you predict what the weather Tourney, A, TBA June 21 - Boone HS, A, willbe tomorrow? June 20 - *Oskaloosa 5:30 p.m. • Invent a recipe for a summer drink and share it with your friends. For example, HS< H, 7 p.m. June 23 - Winterset HS, the Citrus Sizzler: 1/2 cup Sprite, 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 1 spritz lime juice. June 21 - Boone HS, A, A, 5:30 p.m. • Museum gallery: Collect pinecones, rocks, shells, or other natural objects to 7 p.m. June 24 - *Grinnell HS, organize, categorize and label. Present your own natural history museum. June 22-Newton HS A, 5:30 p.m. • Hot-weather inventor: Design an invention that you can use during summer. Varsity DH, H, 5:30 p.m. June 29 - *Knoxville HS, Some ideas: sunglasses that change color from red to yellow to blue, or a new beach June 23 - Winterset HS,A, 5:30 p.m. toy. A, 7 p.m. July 7 - Boone HS, H, • Answer a question: How long does it take an ice cube to melt outside in the June 24 - *Grinnell HS,5:30 p.m. summer heat? In the refrigerator? In an air-conditioned room? A, 7 p.m. July 8 - Des Moines ° Float or sink: In a pool or the bathtub, hypothesize which items (soap, dry sock, June 27 - South Tama Roosevelt HS H, 5:30 p.m. bottle of shampoo, rock, etc.) will float or sink. Test your hypotheses. HS - Varsity DH Home Boys Freshman Keeping kids motivated 5:30 p.m. Baseball Parent involvement during the summer months is crucial to student success. Ac- June 29 - *Knoxville HS, June 17 - Pella HS, H, cording to the National Education Association, "Parents who are actively involved A, 7 p.m. 11 a.m. irl " • f " their children s learning at home help their children become more successful learn- July 1 - Pella Christian June 20 - Oskaloosa HS, ers in and out of school." Encourage parents with a final newsletter full of activities HS - Varsity DH, H, 5:30 A, 11 a.m. that will stave off forgetfulness and even build skills over the summer, p.m. June 22 - Newton HS, " Set aside time each day to read. Track the books yc"_,,:hild reads and reward July 2 Brent Prange A, 12:30 p.m. him or her with a special activity or treat when he or she reaches certain milestones Tourney vs Johnston at June 23 - Boone HS, H, (for example, every 10th book). Do art projects based on favorite titles, such as draw- Grand View College, A, 10 1 p.m. ing a favorite scene, or making paper bag puppets, a.m. June 24 - Grinnell HS, • Visit your local library. Many libraries have wonderful summer reading pro- July 2 - Brent Prange H, 11 a.m. grams that reward children for the number of books they read. Tourney vs JBallard at June 28 - Creston HS, • Make every day educational. Children learn problem-solving` math, science Ankeny HS, A, 2:30 p.m.H, 11 a.m. and vocabulary as they help with groceries, laundry and cooking. July 7 - Boone HS, H, 7June 29 - Knoxville HS, ° Create a summer scrapbook. Save postcards and movie tickets, record family p.m. H, 11 a.m. - stories or interesting events from each daN whether you're going on vacation or just July 8 - Des Moines June 30 - Winterset HS, going to your neighborhood park. Roosevelt HS, H, 7:30 p.m. H, 11 a.m. Roadworthy car games July 13 - Carlisle Com-July 1 - Pella Christian For kids on the bus or families on vacation, put those long rides to good use with reunify HS, H, 7:30 p.m. HS, A, 11 a.m. activities that keep the kids busy and build reading and math skills July 15 - District Tour- July 5 - Winterset HS, For grades K-3: ne36 H, TBA A, 11 a.m. ° Car bingo: Create a car bingo card with words, shapes, colors and items that July 18 - District Tour- July 6 - Perry HS, (9th (NAPS)--Dog lovers who want to help homeless ani- mals can become a fan of Pedigrees Adoption Drive on Facebook at www.facebool~ corn/pedigree. For each new fan, the company will donate a bowl of food to help feed shel- ter dogs nationwide. The Forb~er & Evere series of hydrangeas (all mopheads) promises con- tinuous blooms• Techni- cally, they're "remontant,~ which simply means they bloom on new and old wood. Add a controlled- release, balanced (10-10- 10) fertilizer to the soil in spring for a bloom boost. Sincenew stems grow throughout the summer, keep spent flowers clipped to promote new flowers. NHS Sports Schedule L ne3 H, TBA Baseball Doubleheader), r July 20 - Substate Tour- H, 11a.m. nament Game, H, TBA ,,... Baseball (NAPS)--Low-fat cheese such as Jarlsberg Lite adds great flavor to food and is an excellent source of calcium, says certified nutritional con- sultant, cooklxmk author and award-winning journalist Janet Zappala. Her newest • cookbook, "My Italian Kitchen-- Home-Style Recipes Made Lighter & Healthier," is available at www.janet zappala.com, www.addicus books.corn, amazon.com and bookstores. Culinary experts repre- senting six countries created a World Heart-Smart Recipe Collection. Each recipe con- rains heart-healthy canola oil, which has the least saturated fat and most omega-3 fat of any cooking oil See the col- lection at www.canolainfo.org. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Memomt Day-L r Day