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NEWS BREAK

 NEWS BREAK

Program Content for August 31, 2015 

Scavenger Hunt  

Sunday’s News Break challenges you to hunt through the Sunday, August 30, 2015 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions. 

1.   How many sockeye salmon came through the Ballard Locks this summer, the second lowest total recorded since they started counting in 1972? (NW Sunday)

2.   Since 1991, when the toxin domoic acid was first detected on the Pacific Coast, how many cancellations of the entire razor clam season have there been in Washington? (Sports)

3.   Hurricane Katrina was one of the most deadliest and costly natural disasters in U.S. history. How many people were killed in Hurricane Katrina 10-years ago and how many billions of dollars in damage was done? (Main)

4.   Studies show that when people think about helping others, they activate a part of the brain called the ________ _______, which is responsible for feeling of gratification. ( Fill in the blanks) (NW Arts & Life)

5.   In 2013, nearly 70 percent of graduating college seniors had student loans. What was their average debt? (Business)

6.   What specially outfitted car will Pope Francis ride in during his U.S. visit in September? (NWAutos)

7.   Where was a wind gust of 80 mph recorded during Saturday’s big windstorm in the Pacific Northwest? (Main)

8.   The list of rides in “The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Celebration of 75 Quintessential Cycling Experiences” has routes that take place in every continent except which one? (NW Traveler)

9.   According to surveys, what remains the top budget item for back-to-school shopping? (Shop NW)

10.  In 1999, a year after the book that the film “A Walk in the Woods” is based on was published, the number of long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail increased by what percent? (Main)

11.  What percentage of people employed in the U.S. in July worked part-time? (NW Jobs)

12.  When was the Taj Mahal built and to honor whom? (NW Traveler)

13.  What two Washington fires do officials expect to merge with one another in the next few days? (NW Sunday)

14.  What does “Empanada” mean in Spanish? (Pacific NW)

15.  The Seattle Reign FC defeated Boston 3 – 1 on Wednesday to clinch what trophy? (Sports)

   

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Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, August 30 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.

Hiker hordes may spur Appalachian Trail reroute (Main News, page A2).

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Have you ever heard of the Appalachian Trail? Where do you think it is located? See if you can locate the Appalachian Trail on a map of the United States? Why do you think hikers might cause the trail to be rerouted?  
  2. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    advocate

B.    bars

C.    boisterous

D.    bracing

E.    citation

F.    conservancy

G.    curbed

H.    deeded

I.      exploited

J.     galling

K.    hordes

L.     jeopardy

M.   integrity

N.    reverential

O.    summit

P.    surge

Q.    terminus

 

 

 

1.     to control or limit (something)

2.     in a situation in which someone or something is exposed to possible injury, loss, or evil : in danger

3.     to prevent or forbid (someone) from doing something

4.     the end of a travel route (such as a rail or bus line) or the station at the end of a travel route

5.     an official order to appear before a court of law

6.     showing or having a lot of respect

7.     to use (someone or something) in a way that helps you unfairly

8.     very noisy and active in a lively way

9.     a large group of people

10.  an organization that works to protect animals, plants, and natural resources especially by purchasing and caring for areas of land

11.  the quality of being honest and fair

12.  to give someone ownership of (a building or piece of land) by means of a deed

13.  the highest point of a mountain : the top of a mountain

14.  a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy

15.  to suddenly increase to an unusually high level

16.  causing someone to feel angry or annoyed

17.  to get ready for something difficult or unpleasant

 

Comprehension

  1. In what state does the Appalachian Trail begin?
  2. The Appalachian Trail ends on the summit of Mount Katahdin in what state?
  3. Why are officials threatening to reroute the end of the trail off of Mount Katahdin?
  4. Mount Katahdin has been the trails terminus for more than 80 years – true or false?
  5. The Appalachian Trail is bracing for a surge in hikers after the release in September of a movie about the trail, “A Walk in the Woods”. In 1999, a year after the book that the film is based on was published, the number of long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail increased by what percent? (Multiple Choice)

a)     18 percent

b)    25 percent

c)     45 percent

  1. Jensen Bissell, Baxter’s director, said the park already curbed the number of day hikers by doing what?
  2. How did Bissell suggest he wanted to cap the number of long-distance hikers?
  3. Baxter State Park has very strict rules along the trail. It bars hiking in groups larger than how many people?
  4. Name one other thing mentioned in the article that Baxter State Park bars along the trail.
  5. Jensen Bissell, Baxter’s director, wrote a letter to the conservancy that manages the trail’s northernmost 15 miles noting that park rules were being violated. What did he warn would happen if such activity continued?
  6. According to the article, his concerns received little notice until champion ultra-marathon runner Jurek arrived atop Mount Katahdin after breaking the speed record for a supported hike and had a celebration. Jurek later received how many citations from the park for his celebration on the summit?
  7. Each citation carries a fine of how much?
  8. What charge did Jurek say he found particularly galling and why?

 

Additional Activities  

1.     Bissell, the park’s director, said that ultra-marathon runner Jurek and his sponsors had exploited the park for profit. Do you agree with Bissell – why or why not? How do you think a state park should be treated? Do you think the rules the park has are too strict or not strict enough?

2.     Do you think moving the terminus of the Appalachian Trail is a good idea – why or why not? Do you think one or more of the other solutions presented in the article would work better (permits, fines, limiting cars in parking lots)?

 

 

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

 

 

Program Content for August 26, 2015  

Wednesday's News Break selects an article from Monday, August 24, 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. 

Zookeepers: Odds are good for twin pandas (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 photo accompanying the article might give you.

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

 

A.     aggressive

B.     captivity

C.     critical

D.     endangered

E.     gender

F.     incubator

G.    left to their own devices

H.     in residence

I.       serum

J.      survival rate

K.     swap

L.      technique

M.    tradition

N.     warily

O.    without incident

 

 

1.      extremely important

2.      living in a particular place at a particular time

3.      the stories, beliefs, etc., that have been part of the culture of a group of people for a long time

4.      a piece of equipment in which very weak or sick babies are placed for special care and protection after their birth

5.      to replace (something) with something else

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

7.      the percentage of people or animals in a study or group who are alive for a given period of time, after a diagnosis, birth, etc.

8.      without any unexpected trouble

9.      the state of being kept in a place (such as a prison or a cage) and not being able to leave or be free

10.   a way of doing something by using special knowledge or skill

11.   the state of being male or female

12.   the part of blood that is like water and that contains substances (called antibodies) that fight disease

13.   allowed to do what you want or what you are able to do without being controlled or helped by anyone

14.   ready and willing to fight, argue, etc.

15.   not having or showing complete trust in someone or something that could be dangerous or cause trouble

 

Comprehension

 

1.      Why is the National Zoo using the technique of swapping out the cubs? (Be as specific as possible)

2.      When a cub is not nursing and bonding with its mother, where is it kept?

3.      According to the article, by late Sunday afternoon how many times had the twin cubs traded places without incident?

4.      What have the cubs done when being taken away from their mother that is a sign that they are strong and healthy?

5.      What color are the cubs?

6.      According to the article, the second cub was given a serum draw previously from its mother’s blood. Why was the second cub given a serum?

7.      Zoo officials said it would be three or four weeks before the cubs’ _________ are known. (Fill in the blank)

8.      Two decades ago, the survival rate for panda cubs was under 20 percent. Now the survival rate is more than _______ percent. (Multiple Choice)

a)     80

b)     90

c)     95

d)     None of the above

9.      Why won’t the new cubs be named until they are 100 days old?

10.   More panda cubs born in the Washington, D.C. have survived than died – true or false?

 

Additional Activities

1.      Using your school/local library or the internet, research to find answers to the following:

A)     What is the panda’s natural habitat?

B)     On average how much does a panda weigh and how tall are they?

C)    What is their average life span?

D)    What do pandas eat?

E)     The panda is listed as an endangered species. How many pandas are left in the wild? How many are in zoos?

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 August 24, 2015  

Sunday's News Break selects an article from Sunday, August 23 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.

State Farm: Steering Teens to Safety (Special Section, page J2).

Pre-Reading and Vocabulary  

  1. Look at the title of this special section. What does it mean to be a safe driver? Make a list of things you can do to be a safe driver. Then make a list of driving distractions that are unsafe to do while driving.  
  2. Vocabulary:  Match the words to the numbered definitions below.

 

A.    citation

B.    collision

C.    exception

D.    graduated

E.    independently

F.    intermediate

G.    limitations

H.    phasing in

I.      privileges

J.     probationary

K.    supervised

L.     violation

 

 

1.     gradually increasing

2.     a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others

3.     to watch and direct (someone or something)

4.     something that controls how much of something is possible or allowed

5.     an official order to appear before a court of law

6.     the act of doing something that is not allowed by a law or rule

7.     relating to or having the knowledge or skill of someone who is more advanced than a beginner but not yet an expert

8.     a case where a rule does not apply

9.     a situation or period of time in which a person who is starting a new job or learning something new is tested and watched to see if that person is able to do the job properly

10.  not requiring or relying on other people for help or support

11.  to start to use or do (something) gradually over a period of time : to introduce (something) slowly

12.  a crash in which two or more things or people hit each other

 

Comprehension

  1. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws are designed to gradually provide new drivers with critical behind-the-wheel experience by phasing in full ________ over time and in _______ settings. (Fill in the blanks)
  2. Graduated Driver Licensing laws means that at the very least there are at least _______ stages of licensure. (Fill in the blank)
  3. If you are under 18 in Washington state for the first 12 months, you cannot drive between the hours of ______ and ______ unless you are with a licensed driver age 25 or older. (Multiple Choice)

a)     11 p.m. – 3 a.m.

b)    12 a.m. – 4 a.m.

c)     1 a.m. – 5 a.m.

  1. What is the only exception to the nighttime driving rule above in question three?
  2. In what stage of GDL laws does a new driver receive a Learner’s Permit?
  3. A Probationary or Intermediate License allows you to drive independently after logging at least how many hours of supervised driving practice and passing an on-the-road exam?
  4. If you are under 18 when you get your license in Washington state you aren’t permitted to use wireless devices while driving. What is the only exception to this rule?
  5. If you are under 18 when you get your license in Washington state, for the first six months you cannot drive with passenger under what age, unless they are members of your immediate family?
  6. The final stage of driving is a Full License. This is obtained after you have remained free of _________ for a set period of time. (Fill in the blank)
  7. In Washington state, if you are under 18, you need at least 10 hours driving at night with someone who has been licensed for five years or more – true or false?

 

Additional Activities  

1.     Research another state’s GDL laws to see how they compare to Washington state’s. How are they similar? How are they different?

2.     Using the search function of the e-Edition find articles pertaining to traffic accidents. Try to find at least two articles, then for each article list the cause for the accident if known and what could have been done to prevent the accident if anything.

 

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, August 23, 2015 e-Edition of The Seattle Times to find answers to the following questions. 

1.   What is hydrofluoric acid often used in carwash products to do? (NW Sunday)

2.   What is Joey Cora, the second baseman for the 1995 Mariners team doing now? (Sports)

3.   As of Saturday about how many firefighters and support crew were combating 12 large files in Washington? (Main)

4.   The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that how many women experience depression during pregnancy or within 12 months of delivery? (NW Arts & Life)

5.   What city in Washington state is a sister city to Cuautla, Mexico? (Business)

6.   On average, what percent more do drivers age 18 – 24 pay in Washington if they sign up for their own car-insurance policy, as opposed to staying on their parents plan? (NWAutos)

7.   Lt. Shaye Harver and Capt. Kristen Griest were the first-ever female graduates of what rigorous Army school? (Main)

8.   The village of Eyam in the county of Derbyshire in England is also known by what name and why? (NW Traveler)

9.   Linen is naturally lint-free and resistant to what? (Shop NW)

10. What deadly chemical was the warehouse in Tianjin that exploded on August 12 storing at least 700 tons of? (Main)

11.  According to research conducted in 2012 by Rober Matchock of Pennsylvania State University, most people are more easily distracted between what hours of the day? (NW Jobs)

12.  How many square miles is Lummi Island? (NW Traveler)

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

14.  How much money does speech pathologist Liz Buzzard need to raise each year for the maintenance of the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden? (Pacific NW)

15.  On August 24, 1995 Ken Griffey Jr. launched a two-run homer off of what Yankee closer? (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

 


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