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Weekly Newsletter November 20, 2002

Here's a sampling of activities available from EnchantedLearning.com, plus a selection of pages for Thanksgiving.

*** THANKSGIVING CRAFTS, DECORATIONS, AND PRINT-OUTS ***
You'll enjoy our collection of Thanksgiving crafts, decorations, and print-outs:

- a turkey made from your child's hand-prints and footprints
- a thankful turkey craft
- a thankful leaf wreath
- pine cone turkey craft
- a map you can make of the Pilgrims' voyage, with a tiny replica of the Mayflower
- turkey coloring/information sheet
- turkey Label-Me! print-out
- turkey connect-the-dots print-out
- Mayflower map/quiz print-out
- Little Explorers scavenger hunt on Thanksgiving words

and more at Thanksgiving Crafts, Decorations, and Print-outs

*** TURKEYS AT ENCHANTED LEARNING ***
Our new K-3 theme page on turkeys includes print-outs, crafts, and activities suitable for young elementary-school children.

Turkeys at Enchanted Learning

*** CONNECT-THE-DOTS ***
Kids will enjoy our collection of connect-the-dots activities. You'll find both print-outs and interactive on-line activities.

Dot-to-Dot Interactive Web Pages and Print-outs

And for Thanksgiving, a Turkey Connect-the-Dots Print-out

*** WRITING ACTIVITIES FOR EARLY WRITERS ***
In this collection, you'll find essay topics, book report forms, memory books to print, writing-related crafts, and other writing activities.

Writing Activities for Early Writers

*** THE HUMAN DIGESTIVE SYSTEM ***
Learn about the human digestive system, a complex series of organs that processes the food we eat.

Our page covers more than just the basic organs: Read about the three parts of the small intestine and the five parts of the large intestine (plus the appendix). See how the liver, gall bladder, and pancreas contribute to digestion. And our diagram illustrates all this in our usual style.

Also print out our two Label-Me! quizzes, one relatively simple, the other with much more anatomical detail.

The Human Digestive System

Digestive System Label-Me! Print-out (Simple)

Digestive System Label-Me! Print-out (More complicated)

*** GEOGRAPHY GLOSSARY ***
Read about map projections, landforms and cartographic terms.

Geography Glossary

*** MAP-READING ACTIVITY PRINT-OUTS ***
This is a set of fun educational print-outs on a variety of map-reading topics: reading city maps, understanding latitude and longitude, following compass directions, learning the types of landforms and bodies of water, and using maps to help students locate themselves on a world map or (for those in the U.S.) on a map of the United States.

Map-Reading Activity Print-outs

*** RIVERS OF THE U.S.A. ***
The United States of America has over 250,000 rivers, with a total of about 3,500,000 miles of rivers. Visit our page on major rivers of the United States, complete with a glossary of river terms at the end.

Rivers of the U.S.A.

*** NEW LABEL-ME! GEOGRAPHY PRINT-OUTS ***
Try our new "Label-Me!" printouts -- South Korea, the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal), Mali (famous for Timbuktu), and European rivers. Read the glossary, then label the map.

South Korea

Spain and Portugal Label-Me! Print-out

Mali Label-Me! Print-out

European Rivers Label-Me! Print-out

*** NEW FLAG PAGES ***
Our new flag pages include:

- The "Don't Tread on Me" early American flag depicting a coiled rattlesnake. You'll find both an information page and a coloring print-out/quiz. A variant of this flag has been used on all U.S. Navy warships since Sept. 11, 2001.

- A page on the flag of South Korea, plus a quiz/coloring print-out.

- A coloring print-out of the Red Cross flag.

"Don't Tread on Me" Flag

South Korea's Flag

Red Cross Flag Coloring Print-out

*** MALI, HOME OF TIMBUKTU ***
Mali is a dry, inland country in western Africa. If you go to Mali, you can visit the legendary city of Timbuktu, now called Tombouctou.

Mali

*** GEOLOGY "LABEL-ME!" PRINT-OUTS ***
We've added several new print-outs to our collection of geology "Label-Me!" activities:

- Outer Layers of the Earth "Label Me!" print-out - Seafloor Spreading (Plate Divergence) "Label Me!" print-out - Subduction (More on Plate Divergence) "Label Me!" print-out

Geology "Label-Me!" Print-outs

*** WATER CYCLE FIND-IT! SCAVENGER HUNT ***
This scavenger hunt is a quiz on the Earth's water cycle that you can solve using the Little Explorers picture dictionary.

Water Cycle "Find-It!" Little Explorers Scavenger Hunt

*** OUTLINE MAP PRINT-OUTS ***
Our outline maps of the world, the seven continents, and a growing list of countries are a great resource for teachers, parents, and home-schoolers. These unlabeled maps are so simple and flexible that they can be used for an open-ended variety of educational purposes.

Children can fill in the names of the continents, or the countries, or the oceans. They can locate and write the names of the major cities. You can use the maps to show students the overall shape of a continent or a country, without the children having to interpret a complicated map full of detail. They can even fill in animal habitats or migration routes.

Your imagination will yield yet more uses for these outline maps.

Outline Map Print-outs

*** TYPES OF MAPS: PROJECTIONS ***
Read about the different ways that mapmakers project the three-dimensional globe onto a two-dimensional map.

Projections in Map-Making

*** OCEAN PRINT-OUT ACTIVITIES ***
Our print-outs about the ocean include activities on the geography, geology, and animal life of the ocean.

Ocean Print-out Activities

*** NEW K-3 THEME PAGES ***
We've added eight new K-3 theme pages: on apples, teeth, weather, pets, whales, ladybugs, and chickens, plus the one on turkeys for Thanksgiving. Our theme pages contain print-outs, crafts, rhymes, activities, and information pages for young elementary-school children.

Apples at Enchanted Learning (K-3)

Teeth at Enchanted Learning (K-3)

Weather at Enchanted Learning (K-3)

Pets at Enchanted Learning (K-3)

Whales and Dolphins at Enchanted Learning (K-3)

Ladybugs at Enchanted Learning (K-3)

Chickens at Enchanted Learning (K-3)

Turkeys at Enchanted Learning (K-3)

*** THE MOSQUITO ***
Read about mosquitoes, blood-drinking insects that live around the world.

Mosquito Information Page

Mosquito Life-Cycle Print-out

Mosquito Life-Cycle "Label-Me!" Print-out

*** SPONGES ***
Sponges are fascinating simple animals that live permanently attached to a location in the water. Read our sponge information page, then check out our two sponge "Label-Me!" pages: one on sponge's external anatomy, the other on the sponge's internal anatomy. There's also a sponge information print-out.

Sponge Information Page

*** BEE PRINT-OUTS ***
We've added a cloze activity (fill-in-the-blank passage to print out) on Bee Anatomy and Life Cycle. There's also a new Little Explorers "Find-It!" Quiz on bees.

Bee Anatomy and Life Cycle Cloze Print-out

Bee "Find-It!" Little Explorers Quiz

Bees at Enchanted Learning

*** VERY SILLY CHICKEN JOKES ***
Which side of a chicken has the prettiest feathers? How do chickens bake a cake? Why was the chicken afraid of the chicken?

Come find out, and then tell these great jokes (and many more just as silly) to your friends!

Very Silly Chicken Jokes

*** CAT CRAFTS AND DOG CRAFTS ***
Puppets, masks, cards, and more -- and all based on cats and dogs.

Cat Crafts

Dog Crafts

*** JEWELRY CRAFTS ***
Children can make simple jewelry craft projects: a glue starfish necklace, an Earth light-catcher pendant, a snowman necklace, and more.

Jewelry Crafts

*** STAR CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES ***
Make a simple mobile of stars. Construct a 3-D star. Make a shooting star ornament from paper or felt. Wear a home-made starfish craft necklace. Make a paper star that can stand by itself on a table. Create a glitter galaxy. Make a "Star Light, Star Bright" poem craft. Learn to make a five-pointed star in the way attributed to Betsy Ross. And more!

Star Crafts

*** PINE CONE CRAFTS ***
In addition to the pine cone turkey craft, check out our pine cone bird feeder and our pine cone Christmas tree.

Pine Cone Crafts

*** PENCIL DECORATION FLOWER CRAFT ***
These flowery pencil or pen decorations are made from paper. This is a great way to spruce up an old pencil.

Pencil Decoration Flower Craft

*** NEW HANDPRINT CRAFTS ***
We've added three new handprint crafts to our collection: a paper plate sun, a paper plate flower, and a handprint butterfly. (Among our other handprint crafts is a cute Thanksgiving turkey made from a child's handprints and footprints.)

Handprint Crafts

*** PAPIER-MACHE OCTOPUS CRAFT ***
This cute papier-mache octopus is a lot of fun to make. You can either put the octopus on a table or hang it from the ceiling with fishing line to make a cute ocean-theme decoration.

Papier-Mache Octopus Craft

*** LADYBUG CRAFTS AND FROG CRAFTS ***
Ladybugs and frogs are great crafts subjects. On these pages you'll find puppets, costumes, origami, stationery, and more.

Ladybug Crafts

Frog Crafts

*** "RRRRK, RRRRK" ***
What is this sound? It's the croaking call of the keel-billed toucan, a South American bird with an enormous beak up to one-third of the bird's length.

Keel-Billed Toucan Information Page and Print-outs

*** HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A SERVAL? ***
It's a wild cat from Africa, with yellow-orange eyes, and with black spots on its pale yellow and white fur.

Serval Print-out

*** COMPLETE-THE-PICTURE ART ACTIVITY ***
In this unusual art project, children practice drawing using prompts from cut-out sections of a picture from a magazine.

Complete-the-Picture Art Activity

*** NEW CHILDREN'S SONGS IN OUR REBUS RHYMES COLLECTION ***
We've added three new children's songs to our collection of Rebus Rhymes: "Old MacDonald," "Bingo," and "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." Our Rebus Rhymes are for beginning readers and pre-readers.

Rebus Rhymes

*** RHYME SEQUENCING CARDS ***
Cut out the four scenes and arrange them so they tell a nursery rhyme story. We have the Itsy-Bitsy Spider, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpy, Little Miss Muffet, and the Boy in the Barn.

Rhyme Sequencing Cards

*** LOTTO (BINGO WITH PICTURES), IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH ***
Lotto is a game that is played like bingo, but pictures are used instead of numbers. This is a printable version of the game. You'll find three versions: one where the pictures are labeled in English, one where they're labeled in Spanish, and one which has no words at all, just pictures. Each one has 10 boards and 64 colorful game cards.

Lotto Printable Games

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