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 NEWS BREAK

Program Content for August 27, 2014

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Tuesday, August 26, 2014 of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected story and answer the attached study questions. 

 Comic-book super sale: $3.2 million (By Jennifer Peltz, NW Tuesday, page B2

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary

  1. Look at the title of this article. Have you ever purchased a comic-book before? How much did you pay for it? Why do you think someone might pay $3.2 million for a comic-book?
  2. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

          

A.     backstory

B.     bid

C.     debut

D.     disclose

E.     flawless

F.     iconic

G.    investment

H.     oppressed

I.       proceeds

J.      rare

K.     roster

L.      surpassing

M.    vintage

N.     well-preserved

  

1.      to make (something) known to the public

2.      used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc.

3.      a widely known symbol

4.      the total amount of money or profit that is made

5.      to show or provide (something, such as a product, television show, etc.) to the public for the first time

6.      a list of the people or things that belong to a particular group, team, etc.

7.      to keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority

8.      to offer to pay (a particular amount of money) for something that is being sold

9.      to be better or greater than (someone or something)

10.   having no defects or faults, especially none that diminish the value of something

11.   having only a few of its kind in existence

12.   kept in good condition over a long period of time

13.   a narrative providing a history or background context, especially for a character or situation in a literary work, film, or dramatic series.

14.   something that you buy with the idea that it will increase in value, usefulness, etc.

Comprehension  

  1. What comic-book superhero made his debut in the comic-book that sold for $3.2 million on eBay?
  2. What year was Actions Comic No.1 published?

a)     1928

b)     1938

c)     1948

  1. The comic-book, Action Comics No. 1, was created by two Cleveland teenagers – true or false?
  2. How many copies of the rare comic-book that was sold are believed to exist?

a)     25 – 50

b)     50 – 100

c)     100 – 150

d)     None of the above.

  1. What rating was the comic-book that sold for $3.2 million given on a 10-point scale (from 1 – 10) used to rate vintage comic books?
  2. What was the comic book kept in for decades by the original owner?
  3. eBay has disclosed the buyer’s name as Joe Shuster – true or false?
  4. Name one reason mentioned in the article for the rising prices of vintage comic books.
  5. Some of the ________from the comic-book sale will go to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. (Fill in the blank)
  6. The comic-book that sold is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a comic-book ________ $2.1 million for a similarly high-quality copy of the same book in 2011. (Fill in the blank)

Additional Activities/Questions

 

1.      Have your students’ journal about what superhero they think is iconic and why. What characteristics and traits does this superhero have that people consider them to be a “superhero”?

2.      Answer the following questions about the article you just read:

A.     Who or what is the article about?

B.     What happened in the article?

C.     Why do you think the article is important or not?

 

 

News Break is posted to the Web on Monday and Wednesday. Please share the NIE News Break program with other teachers. To sign-up for the electronic edition of the newspaper please call 206/652-6290 or toll-free 1-888/775-2655. Copyright © 2014 The Seattle Times Company

 

 

Program Content for August 25, 2014

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, August 24th of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected article and answer the attached study questions. Please remember to always preview the content of the article before sharing with your students.

Health Rocks! What’s that smell? (Presented by Bartell Drugs and NIE, page X6) 

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. How important do you think your sense of smell is? How many times do you think you smell in a day? What is your favorite smell and why?
  1. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    chemical compound

B.    detect

C.    dissolve

D.    evoke

E.    exhale

F.    keen

G.    limbic system

H.    molecule

I.      mucous membrane

J.     olfaction

K.    processes

L.     receptor

M.   sensations

N.    sensory

 

1.     a particular feeling or effect that your body experiences

2.     to bring (a memory, feeling, image, etc.) into the mind

3.     the sense of smell

4.     any substance composed of identical molecules consisting of atoms of two or more chemical elements.

5.     a group of structures that includes the amygdala, the hippocampus, mammillary bodies and cingulate gyrus. These areas are important for controlling the emotional response to a given situation. The hippocampus is also important for memory.

6.     of or relating to your physical senses

7.     to breathe out

8.     to take in and use (information)

9.     to discover or notice the presence of (something that is hidden or hard to see, hear, taste, etc.)

10.  the smallest possible amount of a particular substance that has all the characteristics of that substance

11.  a nerve ending that senses changes in light, temperature, pressure, etc., and causes the body to react in a particular way

12.  to mix with a liquid and become part of the liquid; to end or disappear or cause (something) to end or disappear

13.  a thin, wet layer of skin that is inside some parts of the body (such as the nose and throat) and that produces mucus

14.  very strong and sensitive; highly developed

 

Comprehension Questions

  1. Your sense of smell is also known as ___________. .(Fill in the blank)
  2. When smelling your ___________translates the intake of chemicals into a ________ experience. (Fill in the blanks)
  3. Odors are essentially _________ __________. (Fill in the blanks)
  4. When chemicals enter your nose where do they dissolve?
  5. How many scent receptors does a human have in their nose? (Multiple Choice)

a)     10 million

b)     100 million

c)     200 million

d)     None of the above

  1. When the scent receptors react to chemicals where to they send a signal?
  2. Which has more scent receptors, a human or a dog?
  3. How many types of sensations are our scent receptors sensitive to?

a)     5 types

b)     7 types

c)     10 types

  1. Scent-filled air stays in a dog’s nose even after it exhales – true or false?
  2. Dogs keen sense of smell and can remember a scent for days. Give one example of what dogs can help humans do with their keen sense of smell.

 

 Additional Activities  

1.     Look up the definitions for each of the different types of sensations our scent receptors are sensitive to listed below. Then next to each list something you have smelled for each type of sensation.

Camphor:

Musk:

Flower:

Mint:

Ether:

Acrid:

Putrid:

2.     Of the five senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, which do you think is the most important and why?

3.     Make a list of your five senses and next to each write down one daily activity that would be hard to do without having that sense to rely on.

News Break is posted to the Web on Wednesday and Friday. Please share this NIE News Break program with other teachers. To sign-up for the electronic edition for your class, please register on-line or call 206/652-6290 or toll-free 1-888/775-2655. Copyright © 2014 The Seattle Times Company

 

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday August 24, 2014 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s 13-month-old daughter Abigail is believed to be the longest-surviving child to have been born without what? (NW Sunday)

2.      What two former Seattle Mariners entered the Cincinnati Red’s Hall of Fame and the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame on the same day? (Sports)

3.      What was the difference during the second week of August, between what a gallon of gas cost in Seattle and the U.S. average? (Main)

4.      What devastating neurological disease does the Ice Bucket Challenge – a nation sweeping fundraiser – raise funds for? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      What is an “ETF”? (Business)

6.      Which automobiles recently earned the 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus award? (NWAutos)

7.      According to U.N. figures how many Gazans have become homeless due to Israeli airstrikes? (Main)

8.      What is Un-Cruise’s 30-year-old Legacy vessel a replica of?  (NW Traveler)

9.      The “Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour” has an 8-inch spiky bottle based on what? (Sunday Market)

10.   What country had to close the airspace over its country due to an eruption Saturday under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier? (Main)

11.   What is a “boomerang” employee? (NW Jobs)

12.   In what country is the sandstone city of Jaisalmer located? (NW Traveler)

13.   Where did pro-Palestinian protesters try to block the unloading of an Israeli ship? (NW Sunday)

14.   How many times did the New York Yankees win the World Series when Joe Torre was manager of the team? (Sports)

   

News Break is posted to the Web on Monday and Wednesday. Please share the NIE News Break program with other teachers. To sign-up for the electronic edition of the newspaper please call 206/652-6290 or toll-free 1-888/775-2655.

Copyright © 2014 The Seattle Times Company

 

 

Program Content for August 18, 2014

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, August 18th of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected article and answer the attached study questions. Please remember to always preview the content of the article before sharing with your students.

Recycling 101 Help Keep The Evergreen State Green (presented by Republic Services and NIE, page A10) 

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. What does it mean to recycle? How can recycling help keep our state green?
  1. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    conserve

B.    energy efficient

C.    landfill

D.    resource

E.    recycling

F.    reusable

G.    manufacturer

H.    natural resources

I.      processed

J.     sorted

K.    ton

L.     waste

 

1.     a unit for measuring weight that equals 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms)

2.     a system in which waste materials are buried under the ground; an area where waste is buried under the ground

3.     to change (something) from one form into another by preparing, handling, or treating it in a special way

4.     to use (something) again

5.     something that a country has and can use to increase its wealth

6.     material that is left over or that is unwanted after something has been made, done, used, etc.

7.     to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services

8.     to separate and put (people or things) in a particular order

9.     a company that makes a product

10.  the careful use of natural resources (such as trees, oil, etc.) to prevent them from being lost or wasted

11.  to make something new from (something that has been used before); to send (used newspapers, bottles, cans, etc.) to a place where they are made into something new

12.  Something, such as a forest, a mineral deposit, or fresh water, that is found in nature and is necessary or useful to humans

 

Comprehension Questions

  1. Recycling is the process of turning what could have been waste into a _______. (Fill in the blank)
  2. Materials like cardboard, glass and aluminum are _______ at a recycling center and then purchased by _________ who use them to make new products.(Fill in the blanks)
  3. By recycling one ton of paper you would save enough energy to heat an average home for _________. (Multiple Choice)

a)     1 month

b)     3 months

c)     6 months

d)     None of the above

  1. It takes more energy to recycle an aluminum can than it takes to make aluminum cans from scratch – true or false?
  2. What should you take with you to the store when you go shopping in order to be a star recycler?
  3. How many days does it take for aluminum can to go from being picked up for recycling curbside to a new can on the shelf for purchase?

a)     About 60 days

b)     About 90 days

c)     About 120 days

  1. 30 percent of waste comes from packaging - true or false?
  2. You can help ________ water by not letting the faucet run too long. (Fill in the blank)
  3. What should you turn off when leaving a room to be energy efficient?
  4. What natural resource can be saved for every 42 notebooks made with 100 percent recycled paper?

 

Additional Activities  

1.     Not letting the faucet run is a great way to help conserve water. Make a list of other ways you can help conserve water. (Hint: Think of ways water can be reused) Then make a list of ways you can help conserve energy or be more energy efficient.

2.     The next time you or your parents go shopping, make a list of the items you buy and what type of packaging they come in. Then next to each item indicate whether or not the packaging can be recycled or will end up as waste in a landfill.

3.     Search through the e-Edition of The Seattle Times and see how many examples you can find of people conserving natural resources and examples of wasting natural resources.

News Break is posted to the Web on Wednesday and Friday. Please share this NIE News Break program with other teachers. To sign-up for the electronic edition for your class, please register on-line or call 206/652-6290 or toll-free 1-888/775-2655. Copyright © 2014 The Seattle Times Company

 

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, August 17, 2014 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      On which two days of the 5-day Seattle-area forecast is a “chance of showers” forecasted? (NW Sunday)

2.      Troy Williams, Jeff Lindquist and K.J. Carta-Samuels all play which position for the UW Husky football team? (Sports)

3.      Liberia has a population of 4 million but has fewer than how many doctors left in the country to help fight the outbreak of Ebola? (Main)

4.      Where did the Beatles play on Friday, August 21, 1964? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      How much does the average student, at a four-year public college, spend per year on average for course books and materials according to the College Board? (Business)

6.      What percent of drivers plan to take a road trip in the month of August by Labor Day according to a recent survey? (NWAutos)

7.      What did Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri impose in Ferguson, declaring a state of emergency after violence flared after a week of protests over the killing of an unarmed black 18-year old by a white police officer? (Main)

8.      Lampi National Park the only marine park in what Southeast Asian nation?  (NW Traveler)

9.      What fabric should you avoid when working out since it is absorbent but doesn’t move moisture away from your body? (Sunday Market)

10.   How many miles of habitat for steelhead and salmon has the Elwha Dam removal project that began three years ago reopened? (Main)

11.   According to a recent survey what did respondents consider the biggest breach in office etiquette at 36 percent? (NW Jobs)

12.   What did Ian Phelps, a Seattle scientist and avid outdoorsman, shoot a picture of to win The Seattle Times NWTraveler national-parks reader photo contest? (NW Traveler)

13.   What did the Bureau of Indian Affairs declare the Chinook Tribe to “be” more than 12 years ago? (NW Sunday)

14.   If you were to hike to the top of Red Top peak, what would you find at the top to marvel at? (Pacific NW)

15.  How many WNBA games has Storm guard Tanisha Wright missed in her 10-year WNBA career? (Sports)

   

News Break is posted to the Web on Monday and Wednesday. Please share the NIE News Break program with other teachers. To sign-up for the electronic edition of the newspaper please call 206/652-6290 or toll-free 1-888/775-2655.

Copyright © 2014 The Seattle Times Company

 

 


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