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Some schools are offering breakfast in class, but not everyone is happy about it!Posted by April Stokes on 5/13/2015 8:00:00 AMSchools hand out many things to students during the day, such as grades and tests.Now, more and more schools are serving something else: breakfast. The number of breakfasts served in schools across the country has doubled in the last 20 years.
Big Plans For Breakfast
Missing Learning Time
The Cafeteria Is For Eating
An Ocean of PlasticPosted by April Stokes on 5/6/2015 7:00:00 AM
Read the article and respond to the following question: How does plastic put marine life at risk? Cite two examples from the selection. (Your response should be at least 1 paragraph.)An Ocean of Plastic
Plastic trash is causing big problems for the world's oceans. You can help.
Time for Kids: Vanishing ActPosted by April Stokes on 4/20/2015 8:00:00 AM
*Read the article below from Time for Kids and respond to the following: Do you think we can save animals from extinction? Explain your answer. (Your response must be at least 1 paragraph.)Scientists say there have been five major extinction events on Earth—and a sixth has begun. They also say we can stop it.
Time for Kids: A Healthier WorldPosted by April Stokes on 3/17/2015 8:00:00 AM*Read the Time for Kids issue (A Healthier World). Choose your favorite article from the magazine. Why was this article your favorite? What details from the article interested you the most and why? (Your response must be at least 1 paragraph.)
Heads UpPosted by April Stokes on 2/2/2015 8:00:00 AM
*Read the following article from Time for Kids and respond to the following questions. Football head injuries are a big concern. New devices identify when players get hit hard. Is that enough protection? Would you play tackle football? Why or why not? Be sure to use evidence from the text to support your response.January 22, 2015By TFK Staff
Max Stracher, 11, loves to play sports. But his parents do not want him to play football. “I’m upset, because football is really fun,” the fifth grader from Merrick, New York, told TFK.
“I’m afraid he’ll get a head injury that could cause permanent damage,” says Max’s mother, Karenlynn.
She is not the only parent who feels that way. In a recent poll, 50% of Americans said they don’t want their sons to play football. They are concerned about safety. Recent studies show a link between concussions and long-term brain damage. Fewer kids are playing the sport. The Sports & Fitness Industry Association reports that from 2007 to 2013, the number of kids ages 6 to 12 playing tackle football dropped 26.5%.
Tackle football is a tough game. Players get hit—and hurt. But new technology may make playing football less dangerous.
The Reebok Checklight is a cap with an electronic strip. It is worn under a helmet. The strip measures the force of an impact. A yellow light flashes if the blow is moderate. If a red light flashes, the impact is severe, or very strong.
The Brain Sentry Impact Counter attaches to a helmet. It flashes a red light to identify major blows. It also tracks the number of hits a player receives in a day, a week, and a year.
Neither device detects, prevents, or treats concussions. Both only help identify when a player may be at risk for a serious injury.
A Safer Game
Concussion expert Robert Cantu says devices might track the number of times the head is hit. But they are not the answer to a serious problem. He says kids’ brains are more easily injured by hard hits. “We don’t know how accurate the devices are in measuring how hard the hits are,” he says.
Kids under 14, says Cantu, should play flag football. In that game, hard hits are not allowed. That’s something Max’s mom can root for.
A Safer Soccer Ball?
After football, no other sport causes more concussions than girls’ soccer. Danish soccer coach Majken Gilmartin created the Eir (air) ball. Her goal was to make soccer less tiring for younger players. The ball may also prevent head injuries. It weighs 13 ounces, which is three ounces less than a full-size ball. And Eir is made with softer materials, including foam. “If it’s lighter and less hard, it could be a slightly safer ball,” says concussion expert Robert Cantu.
State of the UnionPosted by April Stokes on 2/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
The State of the Union
*President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a televised speech. Read the article below and respond to the following question. Why does the president have to report to the Congress?January 30, 2015By TFK Staff
At 14, Bol Bol is already 6-foot-10, reminding people of his NBA star dadPosted by April Stokes on 1/16/2015 2:00:00 PM*Please read the article below and answer the following question: What challenges does Bol face due to his height? How does he feel about them? How does his height help him in the game of basketball?Bol Bol stands out in high school. The 14-year-old looks very different than the other students. That's because Bol is already 6 feet 10 inches tall. He is already taller than the vast majority of American adults and even most professional basketball players.
Dad Was Even Taller
Shooting Baskets With Dad
Still Lots Of Work To Do
All the Right MovesPosted by April Stokes on 12/16/2014 8:00:00 AM
*Please read the article below and respond to the question at the end of the article.All the Right Moves
Ashritha Eswaran has gone head-to-head with the best adult chess players in the nation.
All About the LenapePosted by April Stokes on 12/4/2014 8:00:00 AM*Please explore www.lenapelifeways.org to learn more about the Lenape. What was the most interesting thing you learned about the Lenape from this website? Why was this information interesting to you?
Sugar ShockPosted by April Stokes on 11/13/2014 8:00:00 AM
Too much added sugar is not good for your health. Find out why eating sugary treats may make you want more of them.November 14, 2014By TFK Staff
Before you reach for that cupcake, breakfast cereal, or juice box, here's some food for thought: You may want more than just one serving. Eating sugary foods kicks off a chemical reaction in the brain that makes us want more sweets. "That can affect our decisions about what foods to eat," scientist Nicole Avena told TFK.
Learning about the science of sugar can help people make better food choices, Avena says. Sugar is not just in obvious places like candy and juice. It is in many foods, from peanut butter and pasta sauce to yogurt and crackers.
There is much scientists don't know about how different forms of sugar work in the body. But they do know that sucrose, or table sugar, is made up of glucose and fructose. Once in the body, the two split up and go separate ways.
Glucose is the body's main form of energy. It is immediately used or stored as fuel for later. But fructose can only be processed by the liver. There, it acts like fat. It is not used by the body for energy.
The brain also reacts to sugar. When you eat a sugary food, taste buds on the tongue send signals to a part of the brain (see "Sugar Rush"). Then, when sugar travels into the stomach and intestines, they also send signals to the brain.
These signals jump-start the body's reward system. It is made up of chemicals that send more signals to many parts of the brain. An important chemical in the reward system is called dopamine (doe-pa-meen).
Eating sugary foods causes dopamine to be released. That makes you feel good. It also makes you want to keep eating that sugary food. Most foods don't cause dopamine to be released. And the chemical is released more in people who eat high amounts of sugar. "The more sugar we eat, the more we want," Avena says.
Too much added sugar can cause serious health problems and cavities. Doctors say kids should only have four teaspoons of sugar each day. If you start the day with a bowl of Froot Loops and a glass of orange juice, that is 11 teaspoons of sugar.
Learn how to spot sugar on packages. It goes by many names. Ingredients that end in ose are sugars. So are those that have the word syrup.
It's fine to enjoy treats occasionally. "But just because you are offered a sweet treat doesn't mean that you have to take it," Avena says. "Making good health decisions from a young age is important."*Please respond to the following: How do you balance wanting sweet treats with making smart food choices?