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Ms. Lyon's ELA Blog

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Yesterday we watched some videos from Google and Flocabulary that showed examples of years in review. Below are the lyrics to the Flocabulary rap. They talk about a lot of different things that were in the news this past year. Read through the lyrics. From Flocabulary’s Year in Review 2014: It’s so crazy right now. Yeah, what do we have here? Word, now let’s switch gears, There’s a lot of other headlines from this year.The European Space Agency made history, When it landed on a comet to unlock the Earth’s mysteries. The world of sports is wild, no rodeo, Titles in SF, Seattle and San Antonio.Lebron came home to OHIO,Does Donald Sterling own the Clips? Take the survey: Related:  faisa_324benman8888

Mo'ne Davis Has a Memoir Coming Next March NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir when you're still a teenager may seem premature, but not for Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a Little League World Series game. "Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name" will be released next March by HarperCollins Children's Books, the publisher told The Associated Press on Monday. The honor roll student from Philadelphia became a sensation last summer after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville, when she was just 13. Known for her long braids and uncommon poise, she has since appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, thrown out the first pitch at a major league World Series game and starred in a car commercial directed by Spike Lee. "When I joined an all-boys baseball team, my mom wasn't too happy," Mo'ne said in a statement issued Monday through HarperCollins. Later this month, she and her fellow Taney Dragons will help kick off the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Financial terms for the book deal were not disclosed.

Malala Fund Blog - Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Speech Join Malala in seeing #TheLast at Let us become the first generation to decide to be the last that sees empty classrooms, lost childhoods, and wasted potential.Let this be the last time that a boy or a girl spends their childhood in a factory.Let this be the last time that a girl is forced into early child marriage.Let this be the last time that an innocent child loses life in war.Let this be the last time that a child remains out of school.Let this end with us.And let us begin this ending…. together…. today….. right here, right now. Topics: #TheLast Nobel Peace Prize I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban (Book) Malala Yousafzai (Award Winner) video

Alex Lin - Turning E-Waste Into E-Treasure Alex Lin was a boy who was just reading the newspaper one day. He read an article about something called e-waste. He learned that it is the waste generated as people upgrade electronic devices. When people are done with things like computers, phones, mp3 players, etc. and throw them away, that’s e-waste. To help stop e-waste, Alex got help from his community service group, the Westerly Innovations Network (WIN). Additional Resources: Here is an article about Alex and his efforts.Here is an interview with Alex.Click here for more InspireMyKids stories about the environment.Find great books in our store, like Acting for Nature, about how children can help the environment.This video is about recycling e-waste. Topics for Discussion: Think about all the electronics families have. Take Action: Talk to family and friends about the danger of e-waste and tell them to recycle their old electronics! Teacher Features:

Mo'ne Davis, Throw #LikeAGirl | Crystal Cheatham If anyone has reshaped what it means to throw like a girl it is Mo'ne Davis. Recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and applauded by a growing national fan base (including WNBA player Brittney Griner), the 12-year-old athlete has done her fair share to shake off the hater-ade surrounding the usage of the phrase "like a girl." A recent Facebook post by Philly's own news legend, Monica Malpass, conveys our sentiment of awe. Malpass calls her an inspiration as Mo'ne is hailed as the first girl in the Little League World Series to pitch a shutout. Her fame develops on the heels of a campaign launched by Always to counteract what the "like a girl" phrase they consider to be a slur on womanhood. The speaker behind the camera is well-known documentary maker Lauren Greenfield, who also asks each person to demonstrate what it looks like to throw and run like a girl. Girls are so at risk of losing who they truly are.

Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Was Drawn to Politics by Dad Correction Appended: Oct. 17, 2012 Malala Yousafzai is only 14 years old, but she has always come off as preternaturally mature, able — even at 11 — to talk about serious issues like education and terrorism and her native Pakistan’s troubled relations with India. The attempt on her life and the ensuing medical emergency have made her a hero to a greater audience. But in the patriarchal and conservative Muslim world she grew up in, a pioneer like Malala would not have been possible without another hero: her father. The saga “is a story about a father and a daughter, more than a story about a girl,” says Adam Ellick, a journalist and documentary filmmaker who covered the 2009 shutdown of the schools in the Swat Valley because of Taliban threats that led to the displacement of the Yousafzai family and thousands of others. (MORE: How Malala Yousafzai May Affect Pakistan’s Culture Wars) “I can’t imagine being his child and not fully taking on everything he says,” says Ellick.

New freedoms of Afghan women under threat KABUL, Afghanistan — Shahgol Shah was just 11 when her family married her to a man she didn't choose. She never went to school, and spent her life raising seven children. Today, Shah, who is 50, still obeys an Afghan custom that forbids women to leave home without a male relative. In public, she wears a burka, the long cloak covering her entire body worn by some Muslims for modesty. Her face is hidden by a shawl. “That’s our tradition,” Shah says. Her 26-year-old daughter, Ghazalan Koofi, lives a life her mother could never have imagined. Koofi demands the respect of her male co-workers. A Dangerous Time Koofi was a teenager when the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2011. But U.S. combat troops are leaving Afghanistan next year. “We are entering a very dangerous period for women,” says Koofi. Shukriya Matin also became an adult in a world of new freedoms. Matin, 26, was in grade school when her family ran from the Taliban in 1996. She returned to Kabul and earned a high school degree.

Piles of thrown-out TVs, laptops and phones pose an environmental risk Christmas gifts from past years meet a sad end at Absolute Green Electronics Recycling in California. Computers are dismantled. Their parts get sorted into cardboard bins. One bin holds nothing but hard drives. Another holds AC adapters. Bins stretch in rows across a huge warehouse. Stacked-up printers form a miniature mountain. “There are different grades of boards,” said owner and president Victor Kianipay, stepping past dust-covered TVs to poke into apple boxes filled with circuit boards. E-Waste A Global Problem This is electronic waste, or e-waste. Within five years, the annual figure may reach 65 million tons, the group estimates. A lot of companies send electronic waste to developing countries. “You see all these thousands — literally thousands — of women and young kids whose job is to cook circuit boards,” said Jim Puckett. Thirty-five nations have adopted the ideas of the Basel Convention, Puckett said. The U.S. Boosting Recycling In The U.S. The old TVs are particularly bad.

American Pika Genus: Ochotona Species: princeps For years, the polar bear has been the symbol of the global warming movement. But today, the American pika has good grounds to compete with the polar bear for this unwanted honor. American pikas are suffering because global warming has brought higher temperatures to their western mountain homes. Pikas live in high mountain ecosystems that are cool and moist. Higher temperatures can cause the pikas to overheat. Unlike other mountain species that can move to higher altitudes in warming climates, pikas live so high on the mountain that there is no where for them to go. Learn more about global warming's impact on the pika >> Description American pikas are small, rodent-like mammals. Pikas have brown and black fur. Size: Pikas are about 7-8 inches long. Diet: Pikas are herbivores. Pikas like to be prepared! Typical Lifespan: American pikas can live around 6-7 years. Habitat American pikas are found in alpine terrain, above the tree line, on mountains. Read more >>

So what color is the Internet dress? PITTSBURGH — Scientists have explained why a photo of a dress posted online looked like different colors to different people. But that has not stopped people from arguing if the dress is blue and black, or white and gold. It all started with a photo posted online by a woman asking for help finding out the color of the dress. The dress, by a small British fashion company, is really blue and black. Debates broke out everywhere all over the world, and websites declared that the Internet was freaking out and losing its mind over the question. It was like choosing between sweet and sour, or hot or cold. Everyone Take A Deep Breath Kiel Conjack thought his wife was pranking him when she said she saw blue and black. Jeff Brown had the opposite experience with his fiancee, who believed the dress to be white and gold, while he argued that it was blue and black. Everyone can relax. More Information, Please When the brain does not have enough information, it makes guesses. John J. Even More Colors

Girl basketball players in Saudi Arabia need sneakers, a net, and courage JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — In Saudi Arabia, there are many restrictions on what a woman can and cannot do. Now, a group of women and girls in the kingdom are pushing back by playing basketball. Women's basketball is becoming popular in the Middle East's largest country. "We are an activist team," said Lina Almaeena, who started the first women's basketball team here 11 years ago. Not Just A Sport For the players, basketball is not merely a sport. Women are forced to follow strict rules about what they can wear. Nevertheless, Saudi women's basketball is on the rise. "I wouldn't be the person I am today without the sport and the team," she said. Fun, Friendship, Teamwork At a recent afternoon basketball practice in Jiddah, girls as young as 4 years old jumped, took shots and ran on open-air basketball courts behind gated concrete walls. Almaeena says basketball is becoming popular among Saudi girls because it offers the friendship that comes with joining a team sport. Expensive To Play