Visit the Wildside

Lions! Lions live in the savannah and are the second largest cat species in the world after the tiger. The average male lion weighs around 400 pounds, while the average female weighs around 290 pounds. The heaviest lion on record weighed a shocking 826 pounds!! The lion is also the tallest of the large cats, reaching an average of 2 inches taller than the tiger. Lions usually are a sandy color, but can vary from a reddish to dark brown coat. Male lions are known for their thick manes. Lions are commonly found in the southern and eastern parts of Africa, but one species of lion is found in Asia. Lions usually live 10-14 years in the wild, but up to 30 years in captivity. A cross be-

Down On The Farm

Kids enjoy planting seeds, watching them sprout, and eventually harvesting what they have grown. Allowing children to become involved in the planning, caring, and harvesting of a garden not only gives parents a unique opportunity to spend time with their children, but it helps the kids develop an understanding of nature. Children also develop a sense of responsibility and pride in themselves, which can ultimately improve self-esteem. One of the best ways to encourage enthusiasm for gardening is appealing to a child’s senses by adding plants not only for the eyes, but those they can taste, smell and touch. Vegetables are always a good choice for young children. They not only germinate quickly

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

Start your day with a few brain stretches in today’s Puzzle Fun! Find the 10 differences in the train, solve the Pyramid Challenge, and help the monkeys find their way through the maze to the coconut tree! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

STEM in Sports!

People have used advances in science and math to make sports safer for athletes. Science, technology, engineering and math are known as STEM - and STEM has a big impact on every sport that's played. BASEBALL There’s a lot more to a baseball pitch than simply throwing a ball over the plate. Pitchers actually manipulate whether the ball rises, turns, or sinks at the last second to challenge batters. The most basic pitch in baseball is the fastball, where the ball can reach speeds over 90 mph in the major leagues. The first two fingers rest just on the seams and the pitcher releases the pitch with the palm pretty facing the batter, producing maximum velocity. The basic idea of a fastball is t

Let's Make It!

Daffodils are Blooming! After a VERY long winter, it's finally spring! Did you get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather this weekend?! You probably noticed beautiful daffodils flowers are blooming in all their yellow glory. In the spring some plants,which have been “sleeping” during the winter, begin to grow. These plants, called “perennials”, start growing and pushing out of the soil in seemingly lifeless gardens. Early spring flowers will grow and bloom only during the brief spring season. Common spring flowers are tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses. The colors of early spring flowers are very special to discover after a long cold season. Be a flower detective and take a clo

Shepherd of the Lakes Elementary News

Spring time is full of growth at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School. Students are growing academically, socially, and spiritually! The eighth grade students let chapel with their story of the Prodigal Son. V is for volcano in prekindergarten at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School. Makenzi checks out the map of Michigan in Michigan History. Eighth grader Adeline Schutz set a school record by memorizing 279 digits of pi. Pi is an irregular number so the digits have no pattern. Shepherd of the Lakes students were proud to display their art at the Howell Opera House for the Got Art exhibition. It was a great season of girls basketball. This was the last season that SOTL will play their home

Cookin' Fun!

Bring your kids into the kitchen and have some Cookin' Fun! Kids will love these simple and yummy recipes! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Math Adventures

In today's Math Adventures, help the leprechaun reach his pot of gold by putting the numbers in order from least to greatest. Then, solve addition problems to determine how to color the picture! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

Money Matters

In today's Money Matters, color and then cut out your own play money! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Use Your Imagination

In today's Use Your Imagination, imagine you had a pet "Super Dog!" Write a story about a time your dog saved the day! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Mr. President

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 - December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States, from 1945 to 1953. His wife was Bess Wallace Truman. Harry became president when Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office. As president, Truman made important foreign policy decisions such as using atomic weapons on Japan to end World War II, repairing Europe (which was destroyed during the war), beginning the Cold War, and getting the U.S. involved in the Korean War. Learn more President Harry Truman in today’s Mr. President! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Visit The Wildside

Antarctica is a cold, dry climate. Given its lack of water, abundant ice and frigid temperatures, it is hard to imagine any wildlife living there! And yet Emperor Penguins not only live there, they flourish. How do they do it? Learn more in today’s Visit The Wildside! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

All About Books

BOOKS TO WARM YOUR HEART Every month, the librarians at the Kent District Library review dozens and dozens of children's books to help kids and parents make good selections. Here are 3 books they recommend for April 2018 that will warm your heart with their moving stories. Read more, read often! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Sports and Fitness

BASEBALL Baseball has been played in some form since the mid-1800s. Children have been playing this sport anywhere a group of kids can pick up a stick and ball. As the sport grew in popularity, so did the opportunity for kids to play organized ball. Today, millions of kids all over the world play the game of baseball. Baseball was first played at the school level as early as the 1850s. At first more in boarding schools and then in 1859, Worchester High School in Maine is said to be the first public school to compete against outside teams. High Schools around the nation began forming baseball teams throughout the 1870s. Continue reading about Baseball - "America's National Pastime" - in t

Welcome Back!

Welcome back from Spring Break 2018! Whether you spent your time traveling or just relaxing at home, we hope that everyone had a safe, restful and an enjoyable week off from school. Now it’s time to get focused again and get ready to wrap up the 2017-2018 school year!

Exploring Under Water

Sea urchins are round and spiky creatures that hang out on the bottom of the ocean floor, and can be found in both shallow and deep waters. Sometimes sea urchins' spikes are soft and chalk like, while other times, they are hard and covered by a shell-like structure. With more than 200 types of sea urchins, there are many different sizes and shapes of sea urchin species. The shape and spikes of the sea urchin help it to move about the ocean floor while defending itself from predators and gathering food. With an almost porcupine-like structure and spine, the sea urchin is a unique and interesting looking sea creature! Sea urchins come in a range of sizes, while some are tiny, at only 1.2

Spotlight On Health

TASTE BUDS AND YOUR NOSE! Have you ever wondered why food tastes so good? Your taste buds are a big help! Taste buds are sensory organs that are found on your tongue and help you to experience tastes that are sweet, salty, sour and bitter. So, how do taste buds work? Look in the mirror and stick out your tongue. You will see a bunch of bumps. The bumps are called papillae and most of them contain taste buds! Taste buds have sensitive microscopic hairs called microvilli. These tiny hairs send messages to the brain about how something tastes! The average person has around 10,000 taste buds which are replaced every two weeks or so. But, as a person ages, some of the taste buds don’t get rep

Science Fun!

BIOME A biome is a large region of Earth that has a certain climate and certain types of living things. Major biomes include tundra, forests, grasslands, and deserts. The plants and animals of each biome have traits that help them to survive in their particular biome. Plants and animals that live within smaller areas of a biome also depend on each other for survival. These smaller areas are called ecosystems. Each biome has many ecosystems. Read more about the different types of biomes in today's Science Fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Travel With Us

Denmark is a country in northern Europe. It is made up of the Jutland Peninsula and more than 400 islands in the North Sea. It shares a border with Germany to the south. The country is almost two times the size of Massachusetts. Denmark's terrain is mostly flat, with gently rolling hills. During the Ice Age, glaciers moved slowly across the landmass and shaped the country that exists today. Denmark has a long coastline with many lagoons, gulfs, and inlets. No part of Denmark is more than 32 miles (67 kilometers) from the sea. Although Denmark is in northern Europe, the warm waters of the Gulf Stream make the climate mild. The people of Denmark are known as Danes. They are Nordic Scandinavia

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