Let's Make It!

Are you a “leaf peeper”? A leaf peeper is someone who loves to see the beautiful fall leaf colors. As the summer ends and fall begins, the days shorten and the temperatures cool. This change causes the green leaves of many plants and trees to turn yellow, red, or orange. When the trees become colorful, it is time to start searching for the prettiest trees. It is time to be a “leaf peeper”. You will discover that most people are leaf peepers, and you probably are too! Drawing and coloring fall leaves can be really fun. Follow the steps below to draw your own leaves. After you have drawn and colored your leaves, cut them out and hang them or just create a picture by drawing several leaves on a

Spotlight On Health

We’ve all heard that phrase “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Why is breakfast so important? It’s important because after a long night’s sleep, your body needs refueling! Food is a fuel for your body and without it, you can spend the day stumbling around in a fog and fighting off a headache. Kids who eat breakfast do better in school, are more likely to participate in physical activities and tend to eat healthier overall. The consumption of food increases the metabolic rate (how fast you burn calories) and kick starts your body into gear! Read more about the benefits of breakfast and ideas about what to eat in today's Spotlight On Health! Click HERE to download this activity

Math Adventures

Test your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills in this fun math matrix. Remember, your answers must correctly solve the equations across and down. Have a great Wednesday! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

What I Want To Be

A chef does more than just cook and bake! Although that is a top requirement that you must LOVE to do! A chef oversees the daily operation of the kitchen in a restaurant and must be highly skilled but creative while being able to work efficiently under a great deal of pressure. The chef is responsible for designing menus, developing original recipes, keeping their kitchen stocked with ingredients and able to account for what it costs to manage their operation. A chef also must show leadership ability and manage a full kitchen staff and motivate them to work efficiently. Read more about becoming a Chef in today’s What I Want To Be! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Shepherd of the Lakes Elementary News

School has begun at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School in Brighton. The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is “My Lighthouse” with this Bible verse from Psalm 43:3, “Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!" First grader Melanie Novelli poses with her picture illustrating our school’s theme. Wonder Woman Lily Spivey is ready for a “super” school year! The SOTL girls volleyball teams are back in action! Next year they will play their home games in Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School’s new gymnasium! Lucas Gaertner hustles down the field as part of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School’s co-ed soccer team.

Mr. President

Our fourth president, James Madison Jr. was born in Port Conway, Virginia on March 16, 1751. He was the oldest of 12 children born to Colonel James Madison Sr. and Eleanor Rose “Nellie” Conway. They owned a tobacco plantation in Orange County, Virginia and were slave owners. He spent most of his childhood years on the plantation and was raised in the Church of England, the state religion. Madison attended the College of New Jersey, which later became Princeton University. While he was there, he finished his four year course in two years. His area of study was history, government and was well read in law. He studied for another year with the college’s president, John Witherspoon and then grad

Visit the Wildside

Dolphins! Dolphins live in the shallow seas of the continental shelves worldwide. Five species of dolphins live in rivers! You may have seen a dolphin while swimming on an ocean beach! There are actually 40 different types of dolphins which include the common bottlenose dolphin and the orca. Dolphins usually are grey with a darker back. The different types of dolphins vary in size. The biggest dolphin is the orca, and is about 25 feet long and 19,000 pounds! The smallest dolphin is Maui’s dolphin, which is only about 4 feet long and weighs around 90 pounds. The bottlenose dolphin averages 8 feet long and weighs between 440 and 660 pounds. Dolphins usually live in groups of five to several

Use Your Imagination

In today's Use Your Imagination, write a story about about the place you would go if you had a magical flying horse! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Science Fun!

What is Static Electricity? Everything we see is made up of tiny little parts called atoms. The atoms are made of even smaller parts. These parts are called protons, electrons and neutrons. They are very different from each other in many ways. One way they are different is their “charge.” Protons have a positive (+) charge. Electrons have a negative (-) charge. Neutrons have no charge. Usually atoms have the same number of electrons and protons. Then the atom has no charge. It is “neutral.” But if you rub things together, electrons can move from one atom to another. Some atoms get extra electrons. They have a negative charge. Other atoms lose electrons. They have a positive charge. When ch

Travel With Us

Spain occupies most of the Iberian Peninsula, stretching south from the Pyrenees Mountains to the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Africa. To the east lies the Mediterranean Sea, including Spain's Balearic Islands. Spain also rules two cities in North Africa and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic. The interior of Spain is a high, dry plateau surrounded and crisscrossed by mountain ranges. Rivers run to the coasts, creating good farmland. Still, the interior of the country gets very hot in summer and very cold and dry in the winter. Droughts are common. Plants and trees grow so well on the northwestern coast, in Galicia and along the Bay of Biscay, that the area is called Gree

Puzzle Fun

Puzzles are an important learning tool for children…and they are fun! Enjoy these 4 different puzzles and exercise your brain in today’s Puzzle Fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Sports and Fitness

It's almost impossible to grow up in the United States and not know about football, especially this time of year! Millions of people consider autumn to be football season. Football is a very popular sport that is played at high schools, colleges, and professional stadiums. It involves running, passing, kicking, and body contact. A football game is played between two teams of 11 players each. A team scores points by moving a ball across the other team’s goal line. The team that scores more points wins. Learn more about football and its history in today's Sports and Fitness! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Waldron Elementary (Fowler)

The 3rd grade students at Waldron Elementary are working to bring joy to others! During the first week of school, the 3rd graders decorated rocks in the hope of providing inspirational messages to fellow students. These beautifully decorated rocks include messages such as “Smile Every Day,” “Be Happy,” or “Study Hard.” The 3rd graders wanted to help students get excited about school and share their art work with others. It is their hope that if you find one of their “3rd Grade Rocks” or “Waldron Rocks” you too will help spread this joy to others. Great job Waldron Elementary 3rd graders!

All About Books

Here are this month's book recommendations from the librarians at the Kent District Library. Have a great day! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

September 2017 Quiz Questions and Answers

This month's Quiz is now available! Download the Quiz and Answers by clicking on the images below! September 2017 Quiz Questions September 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

Math Adventures

In today's Math Adventures, fill in the boxes so that the first two numbers in each column and row, when multiplied together, equal the third number. Hint: You may have to use division to solve the puzzle! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Let's Make It!

As you enjoy the beautiful fall weather, take time to slow down and discover the world of insects. Being an insect detective and searching for amazing insects can be really fun! Sit beneath a tree, beside a pond, or by a flow­er garden. You may find a ladybug, grasshopper, ant, or even a stick bug. Whatever you find, look at its shape, color, legs, and eyes. Sometimes we only find insects we have seen before, but other times we can discover new ones. My favorite insects are ladybugs and grasshoppers. Do you have a favorite insect? In today’s Let’s Make It, learn how to draw a ladybug! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Slipper Stingrays

Stingrays are very unique fish. Unlike most fish, their bodies are flat, with their eyes on top and their mouth on the bottom. They also do not have bones; instead, they have cartilage like your nose! They swim using their "wings" and glide across the ocean. Rays will settle on the bottom and use their wings to fling sand on top of themselves to hide. When startled, they will pop out of the sand flee. Read more about stingrays in today’s Exploring Under Water! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Today is the first day of September -- the month when Michigan changes and unveils her colors to the world. If you look around this weekend, you will see leaves already beginning to change color and that’s a beautiful sight! The nights are starting to get cooler also. One of the best things about Michigan is the seasons. Many states don’t have such dramatic changes in the way they look - we’re very lucky here. We hope you enjoy this final weekend of summer. Take some time to read a good book this weekend! We wish everyone a very safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

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