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 NEWS BREAK

Program Content for September 2, 2014

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, August 31st of The Seattle Times e-Edition for an in-depth reading of the news. Read the selected article and answer the attached study questions.

Orca numbers in Puget Sound declining (The Associated Press, page B6) 

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Before you read this article, make a prediction about what you think this story will be about. Write down any keywords from the title, which you used to make your predictions?

 

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

 

A.    calves

B.    census

C.    compiles

D.    decline

E.    diluted

F.    endangered

G.    factor

H.    fragmentation

I.      interacting

J.     pods

K.    prey

L.     primary

M.   reproductive

N.    social structure

O.    transient

 

 

1.     an animal that is hunted or killed by another animal for food

2.     to lessen the strength of (something)

3.     established patterns of social interaction between different relationships (such as those between parents and children, teachers and students, etc) regulated through accepted norms and shared values

4.     the young of various other large animals (such as the elephant or whale)

5.     most important

6.     to break or to cause (something) to break into parts

7.     to become lower in amount or less in number

8.     a group of ocean animals (such as whales) that are swimming together

9.     used to describe a type of animal or plant that has become very rare and that could die out completely

10.  staying somewhere only a short time

11.  the official process of counting the number in a population (of people, animals) in a country, city, or town and collecting information about them

12.  relating to or involved in the production of babies, young animals, or new plants

13.  to talk or do things with other people

14.  to put together (various songs, pieces of writing, facts, etc.) in a publication or collection

15.  something that helps produce or influence a result; one of the things that cause something to happen

 

Comprehension Questions

  1. The number of killer whales in the J, K and L pods has dropped to _____, a level not seen since 1985. (Multiple Choice)

a)     53

b)     78

c)     80

d)     98

  1. The two whales that died this year were both from what pod: J, K or L?
  2. What does Ken Balcomb, of the Center for Whale Research, suggest is the primary factor for the decline of the Puget Sound killer whale population?
  3. According to the article, researchers are seeing a __________ of the formal social structure amongst the whales as the pods divide themselves into small groups. (Fill in the blank)
  4. Among killer whales whom do offspring tend to stay with for life?
  5. In the early days of killer whale research, how often did females of reproductive age typically have a calf?

a)     Every 2 years

b)     Every 3 years

c)     Every 5 years

d)     None of the above

  1. What do the whales in the J, K, and L pods generally prey upon?
  2. What do transient killer whales prey upon?
  3. The J, K, and L pods and the transient killer whales are in competition with one another for food – true or false?
  4. According to the article, what dramatically reduced the population of the pods – also known as the Southern Resident population – during the 1960’s and early 1970’s?
  5. Name one thing, according to Kevin Balcomb, that has diluted the wild-salmon populations and made long term recovery increasingly difficult.

  

Additional Activities  

1.     The Southern Resident killer whales stay in family pods “matrilines” that typically contain calves, their mothers and their grandmothers. Complete the following activity and turn your family tree into an orca pod. http://www.killerwhaletales.org/pdfs/orca_pod.pdf

2.     What do you think can be done by our society to help stop the decline of the Puget Sound orcas? What information provided in the article can you use to base your answer on? What do you think is the primary factor for their population decline and why? What other factors do you think may be contributing to their decline?

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 31, 2014 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions.

 

1.      Among killer whales, whom do offspring tend to stay with for life? (NW Sunday)

2.      How many goals has the Seattle Reign FC team scored so far this year? (Sports)

3.      How many real-time seismometers has the U.S. deployed to monitor the Cascadia Subduction Zone off Washington, Oregon and Northern California – compared with Japan’s more than 200 clusters os seismometers off its shores? (Main)

4.      Author Richard Greenburg wrote “Raising Children That Other People Like to be Around”, what does “Five/Five/Twenty” stand for on his list of “Things to Remember” in his book? (NW Arts & Life)

5.      What is the United States’ biggest agricultural state by value? (Business)

6.      Approximately how many early production 2015 Honda Fits, are eligible for a free upgrade of a front bumper beam? (NWAutos)

7.      Last year more than how many Chinese students were enrolled at U.S. institutions of higher education? (Main)

8.      The town of Ojai in California is surrounded by the 6,000-foot peaks of what mountains?  (NW Traveler)

9.      What does Deb Shannon of Kittywake Designs, in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood, create her original hat designs from? (Sunday Market)

10.   What is the name of Iran’s president? (Main)

11.   According to a new Gallup poll what percent workers are “completely satisfied” with their job security? (NW Jobs)

12.   How many languages are spoken in Indonesia? (NW Traveler)

13.   On what day will there be a full moon in September? (NW Sunday)

14.   What is rowing solo with two oars called? (Pacific NW Magazine)

15.  What is the official state record for a yellow perch, which was caught on June 22, 1969? (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 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

 

 


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