The Hunger Games: Chapters 13-15

July 3, 2012

Chapter 13 Summary: Kat scrambles out of tree, grabs whatever she can, runs, follows the animals Heat and smoke are horrible Kat knows the Gamemakers set the fire to liven things up There are two groups: the Career Pack and the rest of the tributes – the fire will drive them together Kat’s jacket catches [...]

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Joke of the Week: What starts with a P, ends with an E, and has thousands of letters?

June 28, 2012

JOKE: What starts with a P, ends with an E, and has thousands of letters? ANSWER:  A post office! EXPLANATION:  The words “post office” start with the letter “p”, and end with the letter “e”, but the actual post office contains thousands of “letters” (letters that people write and mail to one another). ANSWER:  A [...]

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The Hunger Games: Chapters 10-12

June 26, 2012

Chapter 10 Summary: The crowd loves the idea of Peeta and Kat in love Kat is angry.  They stand for the anthem, then go back to the Training Center Kat shoves Peeta into an urn, he falls, gets cut Effie, Haymitch, Cinna and Portia come Haymitch explains to Kat that what happened with Peeta was [...]

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Joke of the Week: What fruit never gets lonely?

June 21, 2012

JOKE: What fruit never gets lonely? ANSWER:  A pear! EXPLANATION:  This is an example of a homonym.  A “pear” is of course a fruit, but it is a play on words with the word “pair”.  If something is in a pair, it would not be lonely. WANT MORE? As always, playing math games at home [...]

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The Hunger Games: Chapters 7-9

June 19, 2012

I hope you are enjoying The Hunger Games so far!  Here are the chapter summaries and follow-ups for chapters 7-9: Chapter 7 Summary: The next day, Kat gets up, goes down to the dining room, eats breakfast She daydreams of her mom and Prim We find out that the tributes will practice together for 3 [...]

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Joke of the Week: What is bigger than you, but doesn’t weigh anything?

June 14, 2012

JOKE: What is bigger than you, but doesn’t weigh anything? ANSWER: Your shadow EXPLANATION:  When you cast a shadow in the sun, it is bigger than you are.  We tend to think of large things as heavy things, but in this case, a shadow doesn’t weigh anything! WANT MORE? As always, playing math games at [...]

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The Hunger Games: Chapters 4-6

June 12, 2012

Here are chapters 4-6 of The Hunger Games.  As I mentioned last week, the chapter summaries are intended for the adult to read over, and the follow-up are for your child.  Enjoy! Chapter 4 Summary: Kat sees Peeta as kind.  She decides that could be dangerous. Kat decides to have as little to do with [...]

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Joke of the Week: Why should bowling alleys be quiet?

June 7, 2012

JOKE: Why should bowling alleys be quiet? ANSWER: So you can hear a pin drop! EXPLANATION:  The saying “you can hear a pin drop” means it’s so quiet, even if a pin dropped, you’d be able to hear it.  At a bowling alley, you throw a ball to knock down bowling “pins”, which of course [...]

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The Hunger Games: Chapters 1-3

June 5, 2012

The Hunger Games is a very popular novel among children, especially in the middle school years.  This book is not for everyone; it is at times violent and it is not appropriate for all children.  If your child will be reading The Hunger Games this summer, then tune in every Tuesday as I post chapter [...]

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Joke of the Week: Why couldn’t the pony sing?

May 31, 2012

JOKE: Why couldn’t the pony sing? ANSWER: He was a little hoarse! EXPLANATION:  This is another example of a homonym.  A little “horse” is called a pony, and being a little “hoarse” means you’re having trouble speaking (or singing!) because you’re losing your voice. WANT MORE? As always, playing math games at home is a [...]

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