The Legend of The Headless Horseman


Painting by John Quidor (1858)
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Wikipedia: The following information can be found on this site.

The Headless Horseman - Information based on European folklore and other cultures.
The Headless Horseman(Legend of Sleepy Hollow) - Information based on the fictional character from the book, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", by Washington Irving.

American Folklore - The Headless Horseman: A New York Ghost Story
Site includes a written and audio version of the story.

The Origin of the Headless Horseman: Merritt Hill and the Battle of White Plains -  Photos and information.

LibriVox: The Headless Horseman
Various Audio Versions - Written by Washington Irving
The Headless Horseman - A Strange Tale of Texas  by Thomas Mayne Reid(1818-1883) - Listen to the story, or download the book.

Grade Saver: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Study Guide - Information about the book,  book summary,character list, and glossary.

Fran's World of Discovery: Washington Irving Research Project - Links related to the author of the Headless Horseman and Rip Van Winkle

AZ Coloring: Headless Horseman Coloring Page - Site offers a variety of pictures to print and color.

Disney Song Lyrics: The Headless Horseman - Lyrics to the song.


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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde



Wikipedia: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde and Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931_film) - Historical information.

Online Literature: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Downloadable ebook.

Librivox: Free Audio File
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Standard Reading
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dramatic Reading

Literature Guides

Sparknotes: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Literature guide and summary.

Grade Savers: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - Study guide: Summary, character list, and glossary.


Chemistry Experiments

About: Chemistry - Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids - More then 15 Experiments are offered on this site.

A2Z Home's Cool: Chemistry Experiments For Kids - A variety of chemistry experiments using household items.


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Animal Tracker

Many animals leave signs that they have been around. This activity will have you identifying the signs that tell you what it may be and how you can track them.

You will need: Sketchpad and pencil or a camera
Optional: A pocket microscope

What to look for...

This activity suggests that you observe only. Touching is not recommended.


Insects: Look for plants and leaves that have been chewed. Trees with holes. Watch a patch of flowers being pollinated. Movement in the grass. Eggs under leaves. Various stages of larvae. Listen for them. Look for evidence of insect scat as well.

Spiders: Look for their webs between trees and under things. Each spider makes a unique web and can be identified by it if they are not present.

Birds: Look in trees for nests, listen for them. Make a bird feeder and bring them to you. Look up in the sky or on the ground. Watch them on the beach and near water too. 

Mammals: Look for tracks in the dirt, mud or in puddles, on the sidewalk, in the grass. Look for their scat, but don't touch it.

Reptiles: Snakes can be found sunning themselves at various points of the day. Approaching them is not recommended. Observe only.
Lizards can be found running around in gardens and sunning themselves in the morning.

Amphibians: Look on land and near water. Look for them at night near a porch light.

Fish/Sealife: Watch the water for signs of jumping, schooling and feeding. Some areas may have shrimp or crabs running during certain times of the year. Look for fins out of the water as well. You might be able to catch a dolphin surfing in some areas!

Places to visit...

The beach, a pond, lake, inlets, woods, your back yard, gardens, the park, near lights at night, etc..

Times to look...


Early in the morning, at dusk, early evening. Listen throughout the day.

Bring a friend!





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Pizza Project






Pizza History: Timelines, articles, & videos:






History.com: A Slice of History: Pizza Through the Ages

Life In Italy: History of Pizza

Wikipedia: History of Pizza



Cooking and Growing Pizza: 




Make your own pita pizza.

How does a Pizza Garden grow?

How to grow a Pizza Garden.

Fun and Games: 




Pizza Game - Pin the Toppings on the Pizza

Set-Up
Cut out 3 large circles from posterboard or construction paper, each an inch or two smaller than the other; make the largest brown (crust), the next red (sauce), and the smallest white (cheese). Glue them together.

Cut out pizza toppings from a magazine or store flyer, put removeable glue on the back of each piece and store them on waxed paper until you are ready to use them.

How to Play

Have the player remove a topping from the waxed paper and put on a blindfold. Spin them around a few times and head them in the direction of the pizza. Have them stick the topping to the pizza.

Tip: Play this game while waiting for pita pizzas to cook up or for the delivery person.

Pizza Activity - Dough Throwing




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Bears

Sun Bear

Bear Types


Wikipedia: List of Bears


Get Bear Smart Society: North American's Bears

Kid Zone: Bear Species - Kid friendly.

National Park Service: Types of Bears also Teachers & Kids

Activity Village: Giant Pandas

Bear Activities

DLTK: Bear Crossword Puzzle - Downloadable and printable.

Coloring WS: Bear Coloring Pages


The Word Search: Types of Bears

Cybersleuth Kids: Polar Bear Word Search


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Volcanoes

Mount Pinatubo, Philippines in 1991

Volcanoes of the World

Volcano Discovery: Volcanoes of the World
Listed by country, includes volcano cams

Smithsonian Institution: Global Volcanism Program
Offers pictures of volcanoes by country.

Weather: 12 Volcanoes Around the World That Could Erupt At Any Time
News report

Wikipedia: Lists of Volcanoes
By country and area

Maps of World: Major Volcanoes
Map shows locations of major volcanoes

Historic Volcanic Activity
Articles




History Magazine: Volcanoes 
Ron Wild describes some of the major eruptions that have changed the course of history.


Volcano  Resources & Videos

Wikipedia: Volcano & Submarine Volcano




Enchanted Learning: Volcano Craft




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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Perhaps you've heard that a picture is worth 1000 words, I say a picture can be worth so much more than that because it is a wonderful way to inspire creative stories.
Use this picture to inspiration to your imagination.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Where does this little guy live and what's he up to?

Where is he going?

What is he looking for?

Who is he going to meet up with?

What do you think he does for fun?

Tell, draw, or write a story about this squirrel.




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Last One Standing

Nim is a strategy game that can be played with 5 to any number of
objects and there are two ways to play this version.

The last object chosen can be the winning or losing piece, it is up to players to decide before the game begins.

  • Start with any 5 items then add more playing pieces: Small candy or cereal pieces, straws, toothpicks, recycled bottles, seashells, rocks, pennies, playing chips, etc.
  • Decide if the last item will win or lose the game.
  • Decide up to how many objects can be chosen during the player's turn. At least one item must be taken. 
  • The player who takes the last game piece will either win or lose the game.
Here's an example of a game that is played with 5 pieces where the winner takes the last piece and up to 2 pieces can be taken during a turn.

Player 1: Takes 1 object.
Player 2: Takes 2 objects.
Player 1: Takes 2 objects to win the game.

Tips, Examples, and Resources...
  • If you start with 10 objects, have players take between 1 and 4 objects during their turn. As you play with more objects, increase or decrease the amount allotted to make the game more challenging.
  • Play with a 100 objects or more.
  • Play with multiple players.
  • Wikipedia: Nim- Learn about this centuries old strategy game, and find some other ways to play different versions of it.



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Heads-Up: Coin Flips and Tricks

For this activity, you will need a few coins, and paper and pencil

Heads or Tails: Before flipping a coin, decide if it will land heads or tails. Write down your prediction.

Roll a coin through your fingers: This is a great way to keep your fingers flexible! There's an instructional video below.

Disappearing and reappearing coin tricks: A fun way to break the ice! Video instructions below.

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Hoop Toss

Sometimes the simplest items can make the day more fun.
This activity requires only three items: a hula hoop, a length of yarn, and a ball.

Outdoor Play: Hang a hula hoop from a tree branch and throw balls through it. Adjust the height of the hoop to make it more challenging. Alternately, if the hoop is hung low, a beach ball can be kicked or rolled through the hoop.
If there are two players, have each player stand on the either side of the hoop and volley the ball through it.

To play inside, you will need a hula hoop, yarn, tape or a tack, and a balloon.

Indoor Play: Hang a hula hoop from a door jam with some tape or a tack and hit a balloon through the hoop.

Tips...

For an added challenge put a container on the other side of the hoop as a goal.


Use multiple hoops.

Add a scoring system.

Distance and the weight of the ball makes this game more challenging.

Hang the hoop between two trees or posts.





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