Week of August 13, 2017
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Which poem inspired Movement 3 of Symphony No. 9?
Hiawatha by Longfellow
O Captain! My Captain by Whitman
The Road Not Taken by Frost
What happens to your weight as you ride up in an elevator?
Stays the same

What type of light was used to identify the original pencil inscriptions?
Infrared light
Raking light
Ultraviolet light

Symphony No. 9

ComposerHave you ever wondered what inspires a composer to create a musical masterpiece? Carnegie Hall honors Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s work in the exhibit Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” at tinyurl.com/6p5pct2. Listen to the music and read the composer’s thoughts about the themes behind each piece. Find out which instruments he used to depict darker themes and which create a lighthearted sound. As you explore this listening adventure, games and challenges are available in Activities. Get ready to listen and drag the notes to the correct place on the staff in Write It Down, then take the Dvorak Challenge.

Play Otter Rush
Otter Rush

Homework Help

homework helpHow would you like to have a site to go to for homework help and games? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes many of the books you use in school. Education Place, eduplace.com/kids/
, is a companion site to their textbooks and publications for core subjects including Reading, Math, Science, History and Spelling. Choose your state, then select a subject to access eWord Games, Crossword Puzzles and more, organized by the topics in your book. For example, if you’re studying Grade 6 Energy, Forces and Motion in Science, you can access Discover! Simulations to play a game that explains the concept.

Restoring Art

Plan your eventThe Colonial Williamsburg Museum Project presents Conserving the Murray Sisters, history.org/history/museums/
, an art restoration project. The portrait was painted in 1794, and the effort to restore it was painstaking. As you explore the exhibit, learn about the different types of light used to identify damage to the canvas. Examine the portrait Before Treatment to get an idea of the task experts had before them. Did you know that restoring an old portrait can take hundreds of hours? Inspect the painting when it is Partially Cleaned to see the difference. Next, Compare the original portrait to the project at various stages.

Speak Out

What activity do you try to participate in before going back to school?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: The new school year begins next week and I would like to plan a fun family night before everyone gets back into the academic routine. Do you have any ideas? —
Stefan D., Seattle, Washington

Dear Stefan: The first thing to think about is what types of activities you and your family enjoy. Do you have an active family that likes to be outdoors looking for adventure? Or is there a fun project you could all do in the yard, such as planting a fall garden or building a treehouse? Asking yourself these questions will help narrow down your search for the best fit for your family. You can plan an indoor or outdoor activity that is sure to make great memories.

I’ve gathered some ideas my family and I have enjoyed together in the past. A couple of the most popular ones have been a campout in the backyard, a movie night with everyone’s favorite snacks, or a dinner where you all get to pick a dish to make. If your family enjoys games, you could plan a game night complete with each member’s go-to snacks.

Use your imagination to plan something fun. If you are looking for more ideas, check out Fun Family Activities for Kids, unicefkidpower.org/fun-family-activities-resources.


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