All About Michigan

Living in Michigan, we are truly privileged to be surrounded by the beautiful, massive Great Lakes. The five Great Lakes -- Lake Erie, Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Lake Superior -- were carved out thousands of years ago by glaciers during the ice age. They form the largest group of freshwater lakes on the entire planet! Read more about this incredible natural resource in today's All About Michigan! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

The Meaning of Memorial Day

Summer doesn't officially start until June 21, but most people consider Memorial Day to be the start of the summer season. Many families heated up the grill, spent time outside or took in a big blockbuster movie. But Memorial Day has the word "memorial" in it for a reason. As we welcome everyone back from a long holiday weekend, we pause to consider the true meaning of Memorial Day and why it’s so important. Memorial Day first began as a holiday called Decoration Day, where graves of soldiers were decorated with wreaths, flowers and flags. This day of remembrance to honor those who died in service — started after so many lives were lost in the Civil War — was proclaimed a holiday by Gen.

Math Adventures

Do you know what Spring Fever is? It’s a feeling of restlessness and excitement as the weather gets warmer and summer approaches. Both kids and adults want to get outside and do something that’s fun like play on the playground, bicycle in the neighborhood or head to a park. Spring Fever inspires you to get moving - walk, run, wiggle, dance, strut or stroll - and dream! It feels so good to be outside! It’s hard to believe the school year is winding down and almost over! It has flown by so fast. As we head into this Memorial Day weekend, now is the time to think about what you’re going to do this summer. Your local library has summer programs that are fun and will help keep you reading

St. Thomas Aquinas

Fourth graders at St. Thomas Aquinas took learning to the outdoors for an entire week through Annie's Big Nature Lesson (ABNL). Students spent the week of April 24-28 at Woldumar Nature Center. They learned all about God's beautiful gift of nature, spending time in daily observation of a prairie, a lagoon, a white pine forest and the Grand River. Students also received instruction from naturalists about forests, tree identification, ecosystems, migration and other topics of nature. It was an amazing experience!

Let's Make It!

Sometimes, when you want to make something but don’t know where to start, it’s fun to begin with a prompt! A prompt is a place to begin to a suggestion for a first step. You may choose a color to start with or a location. You can use a prompt for writing, or an art project or playing a game! In today’s Let’s Make It! Activity, use your fingerprints as a prompt to make fun animal drawings! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

All About Music

A xylophone is a musical instrument that is part of the percussion family. It belongs to the group which is often called "pitched percussion" because it can play different pitches (notes). Xylophones have bars which are made of wood. People play the xylophone by hitting the bars with a mallet (a kind of drum stick). Each piece of wood is a different length, so they play different notes when they are hit. The bars are arranged like the keys of a piano. Underneath the bars there are long tubes, called resonators, which make the sound last longer. Xylophones and marimbas are usually played with two mallets, but it is possible for good players to play with four - two in each hand! Learn mo

Visit The Wildside

Did you know the Sumatran rhino is one of the rarest large mammals on earth? They are the only Asian rhinos with two horns. Unlike other rhinos, Sumatra rhinos have hair all over their bodies. The two-horned Sumatran rhinoceros shares the bleak distinction of world’s most endangered rhino with its regional cousin, the Javan rhino. The smallest of the rhino family, the Sumatran rhinoceros lives in isolated pockets in the dense mountain forests of Malaysia, Indonesia, and possibly Myanmar (Burma). Learn more about the Sumatra rhino in today’s Visit The Wildside! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Travel With Us

Welcome to Thailand, a country filled with tropical beaches and spectacular temples. Thailand is in the heart of Southeast Asia. Rain falls almost every day between the months of May and September. The moist and humid weather encourages the diverse and abundant wildlife in Thailand. Lotus flowers are common and the favorite flower in Thailand. They live above the surface, but are rooted in the mud. Thailand’s deep jungles are home to tigers, elephants, wild ox, leopards, and the Malayan tapir. Cobras and crocodiles are also found in Thailand. In the jungle, one can also find carnivorous (meat-eating) plants such as the mysterious insect-eating pitcher plant! Learn more about fascinating

Use Your Imagination

Armed Forces Day is May 20th! This is a day to honor all the men and women in all branches of the service who protect our country and us. They are called upon at a moment’s notice to perform risky and perilous missions for freedom and our country. This came about when Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson, in 1949, announced the creation of Armed Forces Day so all military branches could celebrate on the same day. President Truman also announced the holiday in a presidential proclamation in 1950. Celebrate Armed Forces Day this year by writing about someone in your family or that you know who served in the armed forces! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Spotlight on Health

Hives are slightly raised, itchy red welts or blotches that tend to appear suddenly. A welt can stand alone or in clusters, and can be smaller than a thumbprint or bigger than the palm of your hand. They can appear anywhere on the body, and can disappear in one place only to show up in another, lasting anywhere from a couple minutes to several days. Affecting an estimated 3 percent of preschool-age kids and 2 percent of older children, hives are produced when an irritant causes our body to produce histamine, which can leak from the blood vessels and pool underneath the skin, leading to welts. For many kids, that histamine release is triggered by allergies to things like nuts, shellfish, eg

Cookin' Fun

Do you like homemade blueberry pancakes? How about tasty corn bread or Hawaiian chicken? Learn how to make one (or all three!) of these tasty recipes in today’s Cookin’ Fun! In addition to important learning benefits, cooking is a great way to spend time with people you love. So get Cookin’ today and spend quality time together! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Puzzle Fun

It's Tuesday and that means it's time to stretch your brain with some puzzles! Whenever kids or adults work with puzzles, the right brain and left-brain are both engaged, which is when our brains are most active! So take a break from reading and get your brain active with today's Puzzle Fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Science Fun!

Everything that lives on earth has a life cycle. Life begins, it grows, it reproduces, it dies. But what is a plant’s life cycle Plants start their lives as tiny seeds. Seeds can be as tiny as a grain of side or bigger than a fingernail. Some are round, while others are flat or tear-shaped. Most of us know that plants and trees start from a seed. But what’s inside a seed? And how does a seed grow and transform into something much bigger? Learn all about germination and photosynthesis in today’s Science Fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Student Article: "All About Worms"

The following article was submitted by a student reporter in Mrs. Clark’s Communications Class at Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. All About Worms By Morgan Giuliani 8th Grade Have you ever wondered why you see a lot of worms when it rains outside? Well, if you were wondering that, here’s the answer. Worms need moisture to move around underground. When it gets hot and dry outside, the worms move down in the ground deeper to stay damp, but when it rains they come to the surface so that they can move around quicker and get to where they want to be faster! Have you ever wondered how worms eat? Well, worms don’t actually have any teeth to chew on their food, but they do have r

Happy Mother's Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. And so as we end another school week and head into the weekend, we pause to thank all of our moms for everything they do. Being a mother is a tireless, thankless job, so let’s make sure we say thank you to our moms this weekend and tell them just how special they are to us. Kids…if you want to do something special for your mom, you can color this picture and give it to your mom with a note telling her how much she means to you! To all the moms…THANK YOU! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Let's Make It!

Have you ever seen or touched a starfish? What about a sea urchin or a sand dollar? These 3 organisms have something in common – they are all grouped as echinoderms. Echinoderm? What does that mean? "Echino" means spiny and "derm" means skin. You may have heard of your epidermis. That's your outside skin. Echinoderms all have some type of spiny structure on the outside. All echinoderms have spiny or bumpy skin. Their bumps aren't always easy to see like the bumps on a toad's skin, but they are there if you look closely. All echinoderms are also invertebrates. This means they do not have a back bone. You have a back bone that helps hold your body up straight. Echinoderms crawl on the

May 2017 Quiz Questions and Answers

This month's Quiz is now available! Download the Quiz and Answers by clicking on the images below! May 2017 Quiz Questions May 2017 Quiz Answers Kids World News monthly quizzes are a FREE supplemental learning resource that help test readers' retention and comprehension of monthly articles and topics. It's a fun way for kids to review what they've read and improve their reading skills! #Quiz

Student Article: "Virtual Space Travel"

The following article was submitted by a student reporter in Mrs. Clark’s Communications Class at Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Virtual Space Travel By Brooklyn Chomchai 8th Grade Have you ever wondered what life would be like while living on a spacecraft? This is something only a select number of men and women can answer. But, now, thanks to a new virtual reality tour, many people are starting to experience how it would feel and what they would see if they were visiting the national space station. In the virtual reality tour, you can literally “step” on the floating lab and see the views and the mind-boggling equipment. This “trip” is called Mission: ISS. the tour uses ocu

Down On The Farm

Michigan is known for many things, but our state's diverse agriculture scene may surprise many. Michigan’s farmers provide consumers with food on nearly 10 million acres of farmland! Did you know Michigan farmers produce 300 different types of food and agricultural products? Here are 16 things you may not know about Michigan Agriculture: 1. Cherries: Michigan ranks 1st in the nation for tart cherry production, and 4th for sweet cherries. 2. Milk: Michigan ranks 1st in the nation for the production of low fat ice cream mix, but Michigan dairy farmers also contribute to other products such as Hudsonville ice cream, Kraft cheese, Yoplait yogurt, Michigan Made cottage cheese, and Country Fr

Youth Development

Healthy Eating is vital to growing strong, playing sports, doing well in school and even being happy! In today's Youth Development, match the fruits and vegetables to the correct name. Put a square around all the vegetables and circle all the fruits. Then, place a star next to your three favorite fruits and vegetables! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

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