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 NEWS BREAK

Program Content for May 20, 2015

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Tuesday, May 19, 2015 of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected story and answer the attached study questions. 

Modern dads may do diapers but not baby talk, WSU study finds (NW Tuesday, page B1

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary

1.      Read the title of this article. What do you think it means to be a modern dad? What is “baby talk”? What do you think “baby talk” sounds like?

2.  Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.  

 

A.     bonding

B.     cadences

C.     conducive

D.     detected

E.     dubbed

F.     hertz

G.    interactions

H.     intonation

I.       link

J.      modified

K.     pitch

L.      statistical

M.    verifiable

N.     vital

O.    voice recognition

 

 

1.      to talk or do things with other people

2.      making it easy, possible, or likely for something to happen or exist

3.      extremely important

4.      a unit used for measuring the frequency of sound waves

5.      the highness or lowness of a sound

6.      the process of forming a close relationship with someone

7.      the ability of a computer to understand and process human speech

8.      the pattern or melody of pitch changes in connected speech, especially the pitch pattern of a sentence, which distinguishes kinds of sentences or speakers of different language cultures

9.      a number that represents a piece of information (such as information about how often something is done, how common something is, etc.)

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

11.   a relationship or connection between things

12.   to prove, show, find out, or state that (something) is true or correct

13.   to give (someone or something) a name or title

14.   to change some parts of (something) while not changing other parts

15.   a regular beat or rhythm; the way a person's voice changes by gently rising and falling while he or she is speaking

 

Comprehension

1.      According to the study fathers speak to their little ones as if they were what?

2.      Mothers often use ______-pitched tones and varied cadences to communicate with their babies. (Fill in the blank)

3.      Moms raised their pitch by around _______ hertz. (Multiple Choice)

a)     20

b)     30

c)     40

d)     None of the above

4.      What type of device did Mark Van-Dam, a WSU-Spokane professor in the speech and hearing sciences department, use to record each parent and child duo for the study?

5.      Approximately what age were the children in the 11 families Van-Dam used for the study?

6.      According to the article, what is “motherese”?

7.      Motherese is believed to be a _________ tool between moms and their young children. (Fill in the blank)

8.      According to Van-Dam’s study dads use more words than moms when communicating with their kids– true or false?

9.      According to the article, what types of songs will dads sing to babies?

 

Additional Activities

1.      Ask your students what it means to communicate. Next, have your students brainstorm a list of ways we humans communicate with one another – both verbal and non-verbal. Students can then discuss or journal about why communication is important and how successful communication can help us in our daily lives.

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

A.     Who or what is this article about?

B.     Why do you think this article is important?

C.     What is the most important or interesting fact you learned from this article?

 

 

 

 

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 © 2015 The Seattle Times Company

Program Content for May 18, 2015 

 

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, May 10th 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.

NW geoduck farming worth millions as Asia clamors for giant clam (NW Sunday, page B2).

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Before you read this article, as a class discuss what you think this story will be about. Write down any keywords from the title, which you used to make your predictions. Also discuss what clues the photos accompanying the article might give you.
  2. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    aesthetics

B.    algae

C.    aquaculture

D.    cumulative

E.    exported

F.    habitat

G.    harvests

H.    impacts

I.      larvae

J.     lucrative

K.    market

L.     native

M.   negligible

N.    share

O.    spawning

P.    thrives

Q.    tidelands

R.    volume

 

 

1.     to send a product to be sold in another country

2.     a powerful or major influence or effect

3.     land alternately exposed and covered by the ordinary ebb and flow of the tide

4.     a set of ideas or opinions about beauty or art

5.     the amount of a natural product gathered in a single season

6.     very small or unimportant

7.     increasing or becoming better or worse over time through a series of additions

8.     to produce or lay eggs in water

9.     produced, living, or existing naturally in a particular region

10.  a very young form of an insect that looks like a worm

11.  simple plants that have no leaves or stems and that grow in or near water

12.  to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed

13.  producing money or wealth; profitable

14.  the place or type of place where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives or grows

15.  the full or proper portion or part allotted or belonging to or contributed or owed by an individual or group.

16.  the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, crustaceans, mollusks and aquatic plants

17.  an amount of something

18.  the activity of buyers and sellers of a particular product

 

Comprehension

  1. Last year, the U.S. exported $74 million worth of live wild and farmed geoduck, mostly to what two countries?
  2. The geoduck is the world’s largest burrowing clam – true or false?
  3. How much does an average geoduck clam weigh? Up to how much per pound can a geoduck sell for overseas?
  4. Geoduck comes from a Native American word meaning what?
  5. Demand in Asia is prompting shellfish farmers to grow more of the clams along Washington’s private tidelands and several new farms have been permitted in recent years despite what?
  6. According to the article, geoduck aquaculture represents one-tenth of the global market today. What percent of that share does Washington state claim?
  7. When did commercial harvests of wild clams begin in Washington?
  8. How long does growing geoducks take from seed to market?

a)     2 to 3 years

b)    3 to 5 years

c)     5 to 7 years

  1. What does Taylor Shellfish use to protect the geoducks from birds, fish and other predators for the first year or two when raising them?
  2. What have recent studies done by the University of Washington found regarding the effects of geoduck farming on tidelands?
  3. P. Sean McDonald, a research scientist at the University of Washington, said that some unanswered questions till remain in regards to geoduck farming, including what?

  

Additional Activities  

1.     Have students watch footage, courtesy of NOAA, of farm raised Geoduck clams being beach harvested during low tide from Discovery Bay in Washington https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1He_9xBXtj0

2.     Learn more about geoducks and where to find them at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/geoduck/

3.     Watch the trailer for the award winning movie Three Feet Under – Digging Deep for Geoduck at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgsMsK1msVY

 

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 © 2015 The Seattle Times Company

 

 

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, May 17, 2015 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      Last year, how many pounds worth of live wild and farmed geoduck did the U.S. export? (NW Sunday)

2.      What did state Fish and Wildlife biologist Aaron Bosworth say the department feared could be a new predator on sockeye in Lake Washington? (Sports)

3.      The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) said that it would issue an emergency order in the coming days that calls for Amtrak to do what in light of the recent Amtrak crash in Philadelphia? (Main)

4.      What is the Film Foundation, a non-profit, dedicated to? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      What is the snowball approach to debt reduction? (Business)

6.      What was Denise McCluggage a pioneer in? (NWAutos)

7.      It is currently illegal to fly drones for what purposes? (Main)

8.      What is the mission of the Milan Expo 2015? (NW Traveler)

9.      What do “Posie Turner” socks, a new locally designed line of fashion-forward footwear, feature that is stitched onto the left foot? (Sunday Market)

10.   What was a Russian rocket that malfunctioned Saturday shortly after its launch and burned up 97 miles above the Earth, carrying? (Main)

11.   The average person who is now between the ages of 47 and 56 has held how many jobs since turning 18? (NW Jobs)

12.   Where is the last surviving shallow coral reef on North America’s west coast said to be? (NW Traveler)

13.   What was the purpose of the “Paddle in Seattle” demonstration Saturday? (NW Sunday)

14.   What was Bayview Farm and Garden on Whidbey Island awarded Garden Center magazine’s “Innovator of the Year” award for in 2001? (Pacific NW)

15.  In 2015, how much money do teams in the NFL have to fund their entire team roster? (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 © 2015 The Seattle Times Company

 

Program Content for May 13, 2015

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Monday, May 11, 2015 of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected story and answer the attached study questions. 

Rolling to a stop (Main News, page A1

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary

1.      Before you read this article, as a class discuss what you think this story will be about. Write down any keywords from the title, which you used to make your predictions. Also discuss what clues the photos accompanying the article might give you.

2.  Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.  

 

A.     accommodate

B.     cycles

C.     distinctive

D.     era

E.     fluorescent

F.     lingers

G.    looms

H.     melancholy

I.       potent

J.      real estate

K.     retro

L.      ritual

M.    subsidizing

N.     upswing

 

 

1.      having a quality or characteristic that makes a person or thing different from others : different in a way that is easy to notice

2.      very effective or strong; having a very powerful effect or influence on someone

3.      an act or series of acts done in a particular situation and in the same way each time

4.      very bright

5.      to have room for (someone or something)

6.      a situation in which something is increasing or becoming better

7.      a sad mood or feeling

8.      a period of time that is associated with a particular quality, event, person, etc.

9.      property consisting of buildings and land

10.   to be close to happening; to be about to happen

11.   to help someone or something pay for the costs of (something)

12.   a set of events or actions that happen again and again in the same order

13.   to continue to exist as time passes

14.   looking like or relating to styles or fashions from the past

  

Comprehension

1.      When will the Skate King in Bellevue be closing?

2.      According to the article there is a distinctive Skate King smell that lingers. What ritual do some customers perform after a skating session?

3.      Approximately how many skaters does Skate King average in a week?

a)     1,000 – 1,500

b)     1,500 – 2,100

c)     2,000 – 2,300

d)     2,500 – 3,000

4.      What happens at Skate King on “retro” night?

5.      Scott Evans, vice president of the family owned business that owns the rink said that they have been _________ the rent for a long time. (Fill in the blank)

6.      The real estate and building on which Skate King sits, is worth more than the skating business itself– true or false?

7.      In what city was roller skating invented by John Merlin in the 1760’s?

8.      What will happen to the current Skate King site once Skate King closes?

9.      Jim McMahon, head of the Roller Skating Association International, said that roller skating is not a dying business as new rinks have been opening each year for the past five years. What did he say the problem with the roller skating business was?

10.   According to Mike Pattison, owner of Pattison’s West Family Skate Center, the roller-skating business goes in cycles of how many years?

 

Additional Activities  

1.      Have you ever been to a skate rink or just gone skating with friends at school or the park? What was the experience like? Use as many descriptive words as possible to describe your experience.

2.      Read the following quote from the article: “Then there is the distinctive smell of the place. It lingers on your clothes. A ritual for some customers is to wash their pants and shirts after a skating session. It is just described as “Skate King Smell,” the same now as decades ago: sweat, leftover pizza, the old carpeting. It’s a potent combination.” Write 2 – 3 paragraphs about a place that is important in your life that you can associate with a distinctive smell. What makes that place special? What smells do you associate with it and why?

 

 

 

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 © 2015 The Seattle Times Company

  

Program Content for May 11, 2015

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, May 10, 2015 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      In 2013 and 2014 combined, more than how many people in the state of Washington were killed by trains? (NW Sunday)

2.      What did the state Fish and Wildlife close this Friday after a marine toxin known as domoic acid reached alarming levels? (Sports)

3.      What type of software program did a professor at Florida Atlantic University invent after being alarmed by the rising number of crashes caused by distracted drivers? (Main)

4.      Where did director Andrew Franks, a Ballard videographer shoot the film “Salaryman” and how long did it take him to shoot it? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      About what percent of senior-executive jobs at the biggest U.S. companies do women hold? (Business)

6.      What city has the first major transit system in the U.S. to begin electrifying its fleet of buses? (NWAutos)

7.      In the landmark McCleary case that’s the center of budget negotiations in Olympia, Washington this year, what did the justices rule? (Main)

8.      What wheelchair friendly trail goes almost 11 miles from Bothell to Redmond?  (NW Traveler)

9.      What are socks that spread your toes said to improve? (Sunday Market)

10.   What did researchers find was causing as much as two-thirds of the pollutant phosphorous in Lake Erie? (Main)

11.   What percentage of workers say they are behind schedule on saving for retirement according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald and Associates? (NW Jobs)

12.   What is the only remaining part of the original Lake Washington Bicycle Path of 1897, which took cyclists from downtown Seattle, along Lake Union and around Capitol Hill to the big lake? (NW Traveler)

13.   How are many of the classes at Evergreen State College taught? (NW Sunday)

14.   What is the basic hula step of “kaholo” (describe the steps)? (Pacific NW)

15.  How many errors did Oakland have in Saturday’s game against the Mariners? (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 © 2015 The Seattle Times Company

 

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, May 10th 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.

WWII soldier’s gift to mom, lost for 73 years, returns home (Main News, page A2).

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Before you read this article, as a class discuss what you think this story will be about. Write down any keywords from the title, which you used to make your predictions. Also discuss what clues the photos accompanying the article might give you.
  2. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    anonymous

B.    continent

C.    elaborate

D.    emblazoned

E.    frayed

F.    fringe

G.    indicating

H.    native

I.      pristine

J.     proposal

K.    sham

L.     stunned

M.   tribute

 

 

1.     to show (something)

2.     something (such as a plan or suggestion) that is presented to a person or group of people to consider

3.     to decorate (a surface) with something (such as a name or a picture)

4.     something that you say, give, or do to show respect or affection for someone

5.     one of the great divisions of land (such as North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, or Antarctica) of the Earth

6.     born in a particular place

7.     a cover or the like for giving a thing a different outward appearance

8.     to cause (a cloth or other material) to become worn down at the end or edge : to separate the threads of (a material)

9.     to surprise or upset (someone) very much

10.  made or done with great care or with much detail

11.  in perfect condition : completely clean, fresh, neat, etc.

12.  not named or identified; done by someone unknown

13.  a border made of hanging threads used to decorate the edge of something (such as clothing, rugs, and curtains)

 

Comprehension

  1. The pillow sham was sent in 1942 by Dominic O’Gara to his mom in Millville, Massachusetts from where?
  2. When Donald Lamoureux spotted the envelope for sale on eBay, even though he did not know what was inside, why did he know he had to have it?
  3. What town is Donald Lamoureux a native of?
  4. How much did Donald Lamoureux pay for the envelope on eBay?
  5. How did the pillow sham look when Donald Lamoureux removed it from the envelope?
  6. What on the envelope indicated it had been delivered at one time?
  7. What word is the pillow sham emblazoned with?
  8. What type of flowers is the pillow sham decorated with?
  9. Lamoureux wanted to return the pillow shame to Dominic O’Gara’s family – why didn’t he?
  10. Where do Lamoureux, his parents and some of their friends hope the pillow sham and the envelope it came in, can be put on display in the town of Millville?

 

Additional Activities  

1.     Have students write about what they think happened to the pillow sham after it was mailed by O’Gara to his mother and where it has been for the last 70 years.

2.       Have students write about someone they would like to make a tribute to and what they would write or do for that person and why. Students can also write about a time they made a tribute to someone and why (why is that person important/special to the student)?

 

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

 


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