1. With a friend, go through the newspaper to see if you can find an article about a person or pet who needs your help. (LA.A.1.2.1)
2. Underline the words in the article that tell you the person or pet is needy. (LA.A.1.2.2)
3. Make a list of ways you and your friend can help this person.
4. Explain this sentence, "Woodrow lowered his eyes humbly, as he did not know how to act when someone made a big fuss over him. He felt shy, but pleased." (LA.A.1.2.2a)
1. Today´s chapter gives some opportunities to talk about character traits in people and dogs. Woodrow could see that Charley had spunk, and he liked that. Ask you child what spunk means, and why it is good to have spunk.
2. "Dogs have an ancient way of reading each other´s thoughts, but few humans know this." Ask you child what he thinks this means, and discuss the idea of instinct. See if your child can tell about a time she used her own instinct to know something or make a decision.
3. "Since dogs do not sweat, they must drool. Quite undignified, Woodrow thought." Talk about the real and unreal elements in this chapter. Is it possible for a dog to feel undignified? What does that mean? Have your child explain in his own words.
4. "But it was better than being overheated." Help your child learn to be a researcher. Go online at home or in the library to find out whether it is true that dogs do not sweat, and if that is the reason why some breeds drool. Why do some breeds drool more than others?
Photography -- Summer is a good time to take up a new hobby, or renew your interest in an old one. And photography is a pastime that nearly the whole family can enjoy. To improve your skills and make the most of your summer photos, check out these tips from the pros.
Learning to Read -- Learning to read takes practice and patience! Here are some helpful tips and links to help your student become a successful reader.
Taking photographs of animals -- Animal photography is challenging because it´s difficult to get your subjects to do what you´d like them to do. Sure, a well-trained dog is more likely to sit or stay than your average hamster, but even Lassie doesn´t follow directions as well as your average human. But by following just a few helpful tips, you can take animal photographs that say a lot more about your pet than, "Gosh, he´s sure blurry!"
How To Conduct an Interview -- Interviews have four stages that precede the writing of a story: arrangements, preparation, the actual interview and the reconstruction.
Serial Story: WOODROW TALES -- The serial story ran in the Daytona Beach News-Journal each Monday from January through May. Text and illustrations for the serial copyright © 2003. Barbara Shapley, NIE Consultant/Writer is a career educator and education writer. The Woodrow Tales is a fictionalized account about a real basset hound, who is smart and loving.