Big Learning News 3-02-05
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Flying around the world
March 3 is the day that Steve Fossett, always referred to as "millionaire Steve Fossett" in the news, is set to complete the first ever round-the-world-without-stopping flight. Lots of math to enjoy in this milestone, including:
Here is the official mission site, but today it's hard to connect to it because everyone is checking up on Steve to see if he landed yet. You can find much of same information by searching for news about the mission.
Make a Boomerang
Here's a template for a boomerang that really works (you throw it up in the air and it comes back to you). My 6-year old especially loves throwing it - over and over again.
To make it, you just print the template, cut it out, trace it onto the back of an empty cereal box or similar cardboard, and cut the cardboard shape. It's ready to fly.
Here is the link for the template:
Here are throwing tips from the same site:
What do Illustrators Do? by Eileen Christelow (Clarion Books, 1999)
Budding artists will love this smart behind-the-scenes look at the illustrator's process, from concept to completion. It chronicles two illustrators as they work to illustrate the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Told comic-book style, the book brings out important points about illustration:
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The Gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
This past weekend my family and I took a trip to New York City to see The Gates, the latest work from artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Consisting of 7,500 saffron-colored gates winding along pathways through New York's Central Park, the installation was as much an event as a work of art. Great crowds of happy people passed beneath the gates as they meandered through the snow-covered park, climbing to the top of every hill to get a birds-eye view of the spectacle. The Gates were up for 16 days through February 27, 2005.
You and your kids may enjoy seeing photos of The Gates and learning all about the installation at the official site:
Here is a picture my husband took:
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