Weekly Update for 9/26/14

Blog Posting for 9/26/2014

This week news4kids.org aired the following stories:

Elephants Playing Polo K-2

Elephants Playing Polo 3-5

Service Dogs K-2

Apple Iwatch Revealed 3-5

 

Newscast: Elephants Playing Polo K-2

Essential Question: How is elephant polo played?

Vocabulary: Bangkok, Thailand, elephant, polo, charities

Learning Objectives:

– Identify elephant polo as a variation of polo that is played in Thailand.

– Explain how the money raised in the game is going to benefit the elephants            of Thailand

Summary: Polo players from around the world and more than 50 tame elephants took part in the annual Elephant Polo fundraising event of the 2014 King’s Cup on the outskirts of Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok. Normally, polo is played on horses, but many players in Southern Asia put a twist on the game by using elephants instead.

 

Newscast: Elephants Playing Polo 3-5

Essential Question: How is elephant polo played?

Vocabulary: Bangkok, Thailand, elephant, polo, charities

Learning Objectives:

– Identify elephant polo as a variation of polo that is played in Thailand.

– Explain how the money raised in the game is going to benefit the elephants            of Thailand

            – Identify some key differences between African and Asian elephants

Summary: Polo players from around the world and more than 50 tame elephants took part in the annual Elephant Polo fundraising event of the 2014 King’s Cup on the outskirts of Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok. Normally, polo is played on horses, but many players in Southern Asia put a twist on the game by using elephants instead.

Newscast: Service Dogs K-2

Essential Question: What is a service dog?

Vocabulary: Billy Saga, Toddy, disabled, right, service dog, golden retriever, retrieve

Learning Objectives:

– Define a service dog.

– Identify Billy Saga as a rapper who uses a wheelchair and is trying to help disabled people in Brazil to gain the right to service dogs.

– Explain why a golden retriever makes a good service dog.

Summary: A Brazilian rapper named Billy Saga and his golden retriever Toddy are looking to help people with disabilities in Brazil to gain the right to have service dogs. Service dogs are friendly, trained dogs that help people with disabilities more independently go through their day-to-day lives. Not only do they help with physical tasks, such as opening doors or turning lights on, but they also become lifelong friends and are able to understand many commands.

 

Newscast: Apple Iwatch Revealed 3-5

Essential Question: What can the Apple smartwatch do?

Vocabulary: smartwatch, Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, Macintosh, Mac, software, hardware, iPhone, demand

Learning Objectives:

– Explain why the smartwatch is unique.

– Identify Steve Jobs as one of the founders of Apple Inc.

– Explain why there is a demand for more portable and powerful devices.

Summary: Recently, CEO of Apple Inc. Tim Cook unveiled several of Apple’s new products, including the brand new Apple Watch. Apple’s smartwatch has been long anticipated, and as Cook puts it, is “the next chapter in Apple’s story.” The wearable device connects to an iPhone and combines health and fitness tracking with communication and Apple Pay, a mobile payment service.

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