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Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo-Finn-Clare-O-BearaRodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The two protagonists are cousins. Finn is from a small but productive farm in Ireland run by her family. She visits her Uncle Jack’s ranch near Phoenix and learns how large ranches can be in America. She finds out the several small buildings by her uncle’s house are where the workers live. The land is too big for one family to maintain.

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O’Beara cleverly avoids the topic of romance by having the protagonists be related. Romance is not a part of this book. Most of the story focuses on work with horses and plenty of learning about western riding, different kinds of horses, Irish farms, American ranches, and rodeos.

Finn’s lush family farm supports four cows per acre. Sean’s family land supports one cow with ten acres of scrubland, and at that, the cattle are rotated to prevent overgrazing. Finn learns rodeo steers can sweat, live on tough grass, weigh about 2000 pounds, and resist tick infections. The two teenagers compare and contrast their knowledge throughout the book, which is a social studies learning opportunity. Students will widen their views of the two countries while reading.

*Note to parents and teachers: Finn’s best friend dies early in the story. There is some discussion of religious beliefs about this event between Finn and her mother. Also, Finn attends her first protestant church service while in Arizona. Religion is not a major premise of the book, but be advised the topic could come up in discussion.

The house Finn lives in has been handed down through the generations, as her father was the eldest son. By contrast, Sean lives in a wooden house. Finn learns how to country dance during her stay. Uncle Jack’s housekeeper, Luisa, has a son who breeds, trains and, sells horses, Rodriguez. One thread of the story involves the differences between English riding with jodhpurs, jacket, and helmet, from western riding and rodeos.

Rodriguez, Sean, and Finn all compete in the County Show, which is a rodeo. Finn has to buy a few clothing items and borrows some other things to wear for the competition. Luisa helps by doing some tailoring work on Finn’s new pants. The events at the show go well, and there is an unexpected event when Sean is in danger. The ending of the book is a surprise, even to Finn.

This book is excellent for students who are interested in horses, Ireland, and ranches. The nonfiction information embedded in the story will help students learn new facts as pertains to the characters.

The following grade 7 standards could be partially met with a novel study of the book, Rodeo Finn.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.1
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.3
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.6
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

Next are some images of the student work pages in the free instant download. This packet is not written to standards and is intended to encourage a love of reading for teens interested in horses and travel.

 
Rodeo Finn Venn Diagram English and Western Riding
 

For this Venn diagram, students will find text-supported answers to fill out the chart for what is only English Riding, what is only Western Riding, and what they have in common. Answer key included in the PDF.

 
   
Match-up Time

For this matching page, students will find matches for characters and places in the book, Rodeo Finn. Answer key included in the PDF.

 
 
Compare and Contrast
 

This T-chart will helps students mine the text for information about farming in Ireland as compared with the ranch in Arizona. Answer key included in the PDF.

 
 
Charting the Characters -- Circle the Correct Answers
 

Students will circle correct answers on this character chart, checking the text to for support. Answer key included in the PDF.

 
 
Horse Markings
 

Which is which? Students will color and write the name of each type of marking: blaze, snip, sock, star, stripe, stocking. Answer key included in the PDF.

 
 
Describing different scenes in the book, Rodeo Finn
 

Students will read for understanding and find vocabulary to fill in the scenes chart. An answer key page provides possible answers. Answers will vary.

 
 

I hope you will like the book and the student companion! Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
 
Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland
 

Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

 
 
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Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

 
 
Show Jumping Team novel by Clare O'Beara review and student book companion freebie
 

Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World
 

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
A Dog for Lockdown Book Teaching Supplement Free
 

A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2)
 

Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 
 
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Book Review of Murder at Scottish Mensa 

by Clare O’Beara

On the Midwest Book Review, Carolyn Wilhelm’s Column

 

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The Economist Climate Change Issue Discussion Questions

Recently, I wrote a blog post about The Economist’s Climate Change Issue (9-21-2019). I can’t stop thinking about the articles and thought I could prepare a discussion guide for secondary teachers who might find the magazine in the school or local library. So, I did. I wrote questions for many but not all of the articles, thinking about what might be discussed in class.

Click on the link below to download your free instant PDF with the five pages of questions.

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Really, reading any of the articles might be enough to inform some people. They have really researched the information and presented it well.

 
Discussion questions for Economist Magazine Climate Change Issue Page One
 

Page one of the PDF begins with the first article in the magazine regarding global warming, A Warming World: The Climate Issue provides background information. The questions on page one also include Briefing, Climate Change, What Goes Up. Is is easy to notice they do not say “goes down.” Many of their titles are particularly clever in this issue. Scientists discovered gases in our atmosphere decades ago. But like many scientific discoveries, the information was not widely accepted.

This page also asks questions about the Green New Deals article.

 
Discussion questions for Economist Magazine Climate Change Issue Page Two
 

Page two of the PDF discusses drought and the Panama Canal. A first thought might be that the Panama Canal probably has lots of water, and the sea level is rising, so what’s the problem? This article offers discussion of both drought and sea rise. It has alarming information of what could happen to the Caribbean Islands of San Blas if sea levels continue to rise. But how is there both drought and flooding? That is the question for students to consider.

Mexico’s identity rests on oil. One point in that article is that being an environmentalist is a luxury few can afford.

The page also has questions about the Asia article and how some areas are already planning for rising seas.

 
Discussion questions for Economist Magazine Climate Change Issue Page Three
 

Asian countries are among the top 12 for carbon emissions. They are also some of the most vulnerable. People will say China and India aren’t doing anything, but they are as mentioned in the article — just probably not enough.

The Europe section begins with Russia and how some people there are looking forward to rising temperatures. Student could read and find out why that might be true.

Germany is trying to end all dependence on coal, but this effort is meeting some difficulties. Why would it be a problem?

 
 
Discussion questions for Economist Magazine Climate Change Issue Page Four

The first question on page four is about how locals have renamed the olive groves, gives information about spittlebugs, and explains why climate change isn’t the culprit — directly.

Britain is trying to market offshore wind turbines, but they are not as wonderful as they might sound. The article describes the problems and how people are ever hopeful and working on this solution anyway.

The small island nations are in great difficulty as TIME Magazine’s climate change issue mentioned. (My blog post about that magazine also has a free PDF for teachers.) The islands are working together and getting the attention of larger countries.

Business has some climate capitalists who would like to do well for the planet and themselves as well. How there could be climate lawsuits in the future is also discussed.

 
Discussion questions for Economist Magazine Climate Change Issue Page Five
 
 

The first question on page 5 of the discussion hand-out asks about the biggest source of uncertainty in predicting how climate change will evolve. Why scientists are having difficulty is described in the Science and Technology section of the magazine.

Books and Arts provides the names of climate change artists and describes some performance art by “Cooking Sections.” It is very interesting. Climate change art is a thing.

The end of this issue of The Economist is an obituary for an 800-year-old glacier. It wasn’t the most remote. It wasn’t the smallest. The article does make one pause and think.

Thank you for reading,
Carolyn

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Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE: Students Help Save the Earth (Climate Captives)

In this futuristic book about how the world has changed due to global warming, students create projects to help save the earth. Living towers house those willing to stay inside community walls and resisters live in the nearby forest. The years 2019, 2027, 2028, and 2030 are especially important in this Cli-Fi middle-grade story. The dystopian ending is only for a few people who contributed to and thought they were escaping the end of life on Earth. Characters develop their own projects after researching and choosing their topics, and communicate by secret code when necessary. Endnotes provide documentation and online links for facts.

Download the free student pack at the link below:

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and the Jamboard file at this link

Winner of the LiFE Award for environmental books. 

Sue Ready of the Ever Ready blog reviewed the blog at the next link:

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Climate Change Captives 2035 on Amazon
 

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Climate change informational text for Earth and other days with answer keys on Teachers Pay Teachers

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Then and Now Sorting Cards Free Printable

Then and now sorting cards make a nice social studies center activity around Thanksgiving or when your class may study pioneers. We used to take the second graders to Cahill School and had a letter-writing unit. The children would write to relatives and ask questions about their school days. Amazingly, many grandparents had attended one-room schoolhouses which heightened interest in “olden days” for discussion before the field trip.

Then and Now Sorting Cards Free Printable

Then-and-Now-Cards PDF

Here is a picture showing the sorting cards in use in a tray.

Then and Now Sorting Cards Free Printable

Here is a picture showing the sorting cards included in the printable.

Then and Now Sorting Cards Free Printable

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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Books and Guest Posts by I-Reid 

I-Reid-logo-aboutI-Reid has written guest posts for the Wise Owl Factory blog and other blogs. This page has links to her books and writing.

 
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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

Written by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm, Cover Illustrator Pieter Els

The beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area inspired the main author, I. Reid. Faulkton is an example of a city that refused to simply exist (and perhaps become obsolete) and turned to its arts council for ideas.

 
 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mom? By I. Reid
 

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book

What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child to help explain mother is the same in any family. Mom helps check under the bed for monsters, reads books, and watches movies with the girl. She does the same things every mother does. Visually, the images show a white mother and an Asian daughter. The main author, I-Reid, has previously written blog posts for this blog, and now she has written her first children’s picture book.

 
 
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Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu Book Review by I. Reid

 
 
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See my book review of Bunnicula at this link. There is a free instant PDF download educational printable at the link as well.

 
 

Chinese Zodiac Free Printable Activities and information written by I. Reid

 
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Here is a link to my informational post for parents to help them understand the ratings for Japanese Manga books.

 
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Read about American farm horses and enjoy 3 freebies at that post, as well.

 
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My own review of A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is towards the end of this post with a free literature unit supplement for teachers.

 
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I have traveled extensively, and have written a post with 8 top travel tips for you to consider.

 
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After my trip to Shanghai, I contributed to this presentation freebie as well.

 
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Experiments are fun, and this post tells about both the dancing dime as well as the dry ice experiments I described.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
Kingdom of Back book review by I-Reid
 
 

Critique of Two Books About the Champawat Tiger: Man-Eaters of Kumaon and No Beast So Fierce by I-Reid

 
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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review by I. Reid

 
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Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival 2022 informational blog post by I. Reid

 
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Blog posts by I. Reid include book reviews, science, history, and travel.

 
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Frog Theme Day for the Sub Tub or Class

Frog theme day plans can be an ace in the hole for that time when a substitute is needed on an emergency basis. Be ready with a full day of print and go activities and place in a tub for a sub in the event you ever need to just call and simply tell the substitute where the materials are located. Of course, a seating chart, maybe name tags, a copy of class procedures, and the class schedule should also be printed. Those kinds of items may already be in the substitute folder, maybe even in the office. This is a 97 page PDF with literacy, writing, math science, and social studies. There are options in the math and writing pages to help provide differentiation. The teacher would indicate which students should work on which pages. It is available on a password protected page on this blog. Get the password by signing up for our newsletter. The password changes each month.

Just Print and Go

For reading, there is a readers’ theater play with 14 student parts. The scripts would need to be printed and stapled. Perhaps the cast name tags would also be printed as an option. Have two students practice each part so that at the first reading half the class has a turn to perform, and then the rest at the second reading.  readers' theater play with 14 student partsHave you heard the frogs are moving from the fishbowl all the way to the pond? A growing family needs more room. This economic and social studies story matches the reading play.

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Two writing sets of prompts are provided. One set has more support with illustrated words for emergent writers. There are student and teacher rubrics.

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Another set of writing prompts is for more independent writers.

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The lifecycle of the frog is presented through an interactive student notebook activity. There is also a bridge building activity using only a single piece of paper and a few crayons for weight.

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There are phonics bump games for the “fr” sound.

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The math pages include some bump games for 3-addends as well as worksheets at different levels.

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Download a free sample pack at this blog post link.

frog-fun-day-sample-pack-pagesYou might also like the paperback or eBook version of The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children. It is available on Amazon. Lexile Level 750

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Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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DIY Map Skills Treasure Hunt and Free PDF

Map skills can be difficult for young children to grasp and suddenly they are in school faced with a map worksheet. Parents can help at home to create a foundation for map terminology and use it in very simple ways. Geography was one of the last units in my year-long KHT Montessori class (non-affiliate) that is soon ending. The way the geography manual lessons are prepared is nothing short of amazing, and I wish I had known those ideas when my children were young. Today I’m sharing one of my own similar ideas. The free printable will help create an indoor room and an outdoor map to begin explaining these skills to children. A four-year-old enjoyed this “treasure” hunt activity. DIY Map Skills Treasure Hunt and Free PDF

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Eight Top Travel Tips for Any Trip by I. Reid

Travel Tips from a Very Experienced Traveler

Dear Reader,

Your author, I. Reid, has traveled extensively. Travel can be a rewarding experience, as long as one expects reality, not perfection.

Tip #1 – Research your destination

Travel-Tip-One-Research-DestinationResearching your destination allows you to be properly prepared and prioritize places to see or things to do.  Good sources are current travel guides from reputable publishers, official tourism websites, and people who have actually visited the site (and whom you trust).

The research includes the actual weather of your destination (for the time of your visit), operating hours, food choices, and prices of places you want to visit.  If you are a student, some tourist attractions offer student discounts.  Knowing prices and hours can help prevent disappointment or sticker shock.

Download any travel or destination related apps to your phone before you go.  You cannot count on free wi-fi.  If traveling overseas, FX rate calculators are quite useful.  Translation apps can also help, although if the alphabet is different, I also carry a small phrase book in case the app isn’t available.

Tip #2 – Plan ahead but allow for flexibility

travel-tip-two-plan-ahead-but-be-flexibleThe reality on a trip is this: you have a limited amount of time and likely have much more than you can realistically see.  By planning ahead you can maximize your sightseeing time.

Big cities can be surprisingly difficult to get around.  Downloading the city’s transit app and practicing using it before the trip can minimize stress.  Big cities can also have areas where it is very dangerous; it’s important to know where these places are to avoid them.

Prioritizing will also help to prevent you from going home disappointed because you didn’t get to a must-see attraction.  What is the most important?  What can be skipped if you are tired, the weather is bad, or you decide it costs too much?

Don’t plan for activities you wouldn’t enjoy.  For example, if you are afraid of heights, you may not enjoy ziplining, crossing the gorge to Neuschwanstein Castle, or climbing the 1,000 some steps of the Strasbourg Cathedral.  On the other hand, if you have an intense interest in castles, make visiting castles a priority and plan other events around it (and if you are visiting Germany, visit Southern Germany, not northern Germany).

travel-with-childrenIf you are traveling with children, plan quiet times during the day and anticipate random hunger or thirst.  Children need to rest when they are tired and eat when they are hungry; these are not things you can plan.  Also keep in mind that while you may enjoy a museum like the Louvre, a small child might find it incredibly boring.

Last, being flexible will also help to keep from being stressed or disappointed.  If the weather is terrible outside in Washington D.C. is it perhaps better to go to the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum today rather than tomorrow as originally planned?  Is it more important to feel more rested for the next day or go to an attraction you feel so-so about?

Tip #3 – Pack reasonably

Travel-Tip-Three-Pack-ReasonablyYour author tries to pack as lightly as possible (insight gained from traveling over 100,000 air miles).  However, this does not mean you should not pack things that will be reasonably needed or used.

Some tips to pack reasonably include clothes you can wear more than once, clothes that coordinate for mixing and matching, and clothes you can handwash, and appropriate for the locale.

For example, if you are going to Arizona, aside from monsoon season, you can generally leave the umbrella and rain gear at home.  However, in London (or Seattle) rain gear is an absolute necessity.

Appropriate attire can also vary.  It’s important to know what the typical attire is to avoid standing out too much.  For example, if an American is going overseas, it might be a good time to leave the local football team t-shirts and white sneakers at home.

What you can probably leave at home are items for remote what-ifs.  If you are not likely to swim, don’t bring a swimsuit.  If you are going to Disney (not attending a wedding) and not likely to eat at the Victoria and Albert restaurant, you can leave the dress suits and dresses at home.

Tip #4 – Bring necessities

Travel-Tip-Four-Bring-NecessitiesWhile your author has just advocated not packing for remote what-ifs, if something is essential, bring it with you.  That includes the favorite blankie or toy for children.  You cannot assume everything available to you at home will be findable at your location, especially if you are going on a remote trip like a safari to Kenya or hiking at Macchu Picchu.

Some recommended staples include: sunscreen (in some countries you can only buy these at pharmacies), Tylenol (it’s available by prescription only in Europe), and other over-the-counter medicines such as digestive relief and allergy relief.  Note: Aspirin is widely available in Europe but sometimes it’s a tablet meant to be dissolved in water.

If you have food concerns, bring snacks in case you can’t find the food you can (or will) eat.  Your author is allergic to shellfish and fish so while traveling in oceanic locales, peanut butter and granola bars are a necessity.

If you are traveling to Disney World, bring a reusable water bottle with you.  Disney has water stations at which you can refill your water bottle.  Otherwise, expect to budget a good chunk of money for water.  Florida is quite warm most of the year and walking (or squealing in joy when you see your favorite character) makes you thirsty.

Tip #5 – Bring a digital camera

Travel-Tip-FIve-Digital-Camera-Plus-PhoneWhile this may seem like a ridiculous recommendation, if you take a lot of photos or videos, make the effort to bring a small digital camera with you in addition to your smartphone.

This is the reality: taking photos and videos with your smartphone drains its battery.  Do not expect to find a recharging station in short notice and it’s not smart to not have a phone to call police or emergency services in an emergency.

Also, make sure you have enough memory cards.  At tourist traps, they are outrageously expensive and may be sub-par quality.

The following 3 tips are for those traveling overseas, particularly Americans.

Tip #6 – If traveling overseas, register with your embassy


Travel-Tip-Six-Register-with-the-EmbassySadly the world is a scary place and unexpected events both man-made and natural disasters can strike at any time. 
Registering with the embassy helps them know to account for you in case of a major catastrophe.  Also if you suddenly go incommunicado (hopefully just your phone running out of battery) and your family needs to contact the State Department because they think you are MIA, registering gives the embassy or consulate a starting place.

Americans can register online at the Department of State Travel website.

If you have a smartphone, download the Smart Traveler app.  If you are traveling for business, some businesses will pay for a security service and the associated app.  If this is offered, take advantage.

Tip #7 – Buy an international data plan

Travel-Tip-Seven-Buy-An-International-Data-PlanIf you have a smartphone, bring it with even if you keep it off most of the time.  You never know when you might need it in an emergency.  Also, it is worth buying a reasonably priced data plan.  This will allow you to text people or to use apps that require data such as local transport maps, train timetables, or translation apps.

You can purchase an international data plan by going to the carrier store, changing your services online, or calling customer service.  Most smartphones allow you to track how much data you have used.

Learn how to dial internationally.  You will need the + to dial a country code.  This is typically accessed by holding down the 0 button.  The country code for the US is 001.  Os (zeros) in country codes and city codes are typically dropped when dialed internationally.

Last, learn the emergency services #s.  It’s not always 911.  110 and 119 are common in Europe.  Some countries have different emergency #s for police, fire, and ambulance.

Tip #8 – Learn a few phrases
Tip-Eight-Learn-A-Few-Phrases-of-the-LanguageIt pays to take the pains to learn a few basic phrases in the language of the country you are visiting.  I recommend: please, thank you, excuse me, help, police, and bathroom.

Part of this is common sense: you are more likely to get help if you actually need it.  More importantly, most locals are quite delighted if you’ve shown some effort to learn about your destination.  They typically respond in a friendlier manner and you can never have too many friends.

Happy traveling!

Yours Sincerely,

I. Reid

I. Reid.
Eight Top Travel Tips for Any Trip by I. Reid

You might also like other guest posts by i-Reid at this link.

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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

Written by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm, Cover Illustrator Pieter Els

The beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area inspired the main author, I. Reid. Faulkton is an example of a city that refused to simply exist (and perhaps become obsolete) and turned to its arts council for ideas.

 
 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mom? By I. Reid
 

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book

What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child to help explain mother is the same in any family. Mom helps check under the bed for monsters, reads books, and watches movies with the girl. She does the same things every mother does. Visually, the images show a white mother and an Asian daughter. The main author, I-Reid, has previously written blog posts for this blog, and now she has written her first children’s picture book.

 
 
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Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu Book Review by I. Reid

 
 
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See my book review of Bunnicula at this link. There is a free instant PDF download educational printable at the link as well.

 
 

Chinese Zodiac Free Printable Activities and information written by I. Reid

 
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Here is a link to my informational post for parents to help them understand the ratings for Japanese Manga books.

 
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Read about American farm horses and enjoy 3 freebies at that post, as well.

 
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My own review of A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is towards the end of this post with a free literature unit supplement for teachers.

 
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I have traveled extensively, and have written a post with 8 top travel tips for you to consider.

 
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After my trip to Shanghai, I contributed to this presentation freebie as well.

 
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Experiments are fun, and this post tells about both the dancing dime as well as the dry ice experiments I described.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
Kingdom of Back book review by I-Reid
 
 

Critique of Two Books About the Champawat Tiger: Man-Eaters of Kumaon and No Beast So Fierce by I-Reid

 
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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review by I. Reid

 
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Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival 2022 informational blog post by I. Reid

 
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Blog posts by I. Reid include book reviews, science, history, and travel.

 
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Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast Free Printable

This Korean Cinderella post is for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced the theme for the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies.

Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast Free Printable

Korean Cinderella Compare/Contrast

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The Korean folk story for children, Korean Cinderella by Edward B. Adams, is quite different from the American version. Dozens of countries have their own version of this story, and they are very interesting to compare and contrast. I’m assuming you know the American version. At this link is an online Cinderella book, and either read or listen may be selected. The Korean version (online YouTube story read aloud at this link) may surprise you. We have had and loved our book for many years as my daughter is adopted from South Korea. Her hanbok (dress) is in the photo with the book covers, above.

free-printable-for-comparing-Korean-and-American-versions-Cinderella-in-useIn the Korean story, Pear Blossom has only one step-sister and no fairy godmother. However, a black cow helps her weed the field one day when she is only given a wooden hoe with which to work, and it breaks. Stepmother is mad the work was done and still won’t give her supper, though. Then Pear Blossom has to carry water in a jug, but the jug is broken. A toad helps plug the hole in the jug. When there is rice to hull, birds come and help. There is also a magic weaving maid from beyond the Milky Way who weaves the 40 yards of cloth that must be finished in a day. So along the way, there is magic, but very different from the American version. She has to walk to her uncle’s house as there is no castle or coach in this version. She does lose a red shoe, not a glass slipper, and then you can imagine the rest as it has a similar ending.

The printable has cards to help students compare and contrast the two stories. They are so different there are no exact parallels but a great discussion is sure to take place. Korea’s Favorite Tales and Lyrics includes the Cinderella story, but in much greater detail with more events, tension, and surprises for the reader.


The next video shows some of the cards in the printable.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

Written by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm, Cover Illustrator Pieter Els

The beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area inspired the main author, I. Reid. Faulkton is an example of a city that refused to simply exist (and perhaps become obsolete) and turned to its arts council for ideas.

 
 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mom? By I. Reid
 

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book

What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child to help explain mother is the same in any family. Mom helps check under the bed for monsters, reads books, and watches movies with the girl. She does the same things every mother does. Visually, the images show a white mother and an Asian daughter. The main author, I-Reid, has previously written blog posts for this blog, and now she has written her first children’s picture book.

 
 
Kingdom-of-Back-by-Marie-Lu-Book-Review-blog-post-by-iReid
 

Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu Book Review by I. Reid

 
 
freebie-homonyms-cards-to-accompany-Bunnicula
 

See my book review of Bunnicula at this link. There is a free instant PDF download educational printable at the link as well.

 
 

Chinese Zodiac Free Printable Activities and information written by I. Reid

 
Chinese-zodiac-free-printable-activities-I-Reid
 
 

Here is a link to my informational post for parents to help them understand the ratings for Japanese Manga books.

 
manga-for-kids-japanese-graphic-novels-informational-blog-post-by-i-Reid
 
  
Q-and-A-howls-moving-castle-book-and-movie-free-instant-PDF-download
 
 

Read about American farm horses and enjoy 3 freebies at that post, as well.

 
American-Farm-Horses-info-post-by-I-Reid.jpg
 
 

My own review of A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is towards the end of this post with a free literature unit supplement for teachers.

 
Geographical-plus-cultural-information-book-reivew-for-Single-Shard
 
 

I have traveled extensively, and have written a post with 8 top travel tips for you to consider.

 
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After my trip to Shanghai, I contributed to this presentation freebie as well.

 
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Experiments are fun, and this post tells about both the dancing dime as well as the dry ice experiments I described.

 
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I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
shells-3-part-cards-freebie-PDF-printable-Montessori-inspired
 
 

I added information to the shells Montessori post at this link.

 
Kingdom of Back book review by I-Reid
 
 

Critique of Two Books About the Champawat Tiger: Man-Eaters of Kumaon and No Beast So Fierce by I-Reid

 
critique-of-two-books-about-the-Champawat-Tiger-by-I-Reid
 
 

A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review by I. Reid

 
Wrinkle-in-Time-Movie-Review-by-I-Reid
 
 

Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival 2022 informational blog post by I. Reid

 
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Blog posts by I. Reid include book reviews, science, history, and travel.

 
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Early American Farm Horses and 3 Freebies

Early American farm horses are fun for children to learn about and enjoy. Early American farms are more easily understood by children through the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series. Comparing and contrasting farming in Farmer Boy to the stories about Laura and her sisters shows differences in farms and even the horses. This post has 3 free resources, so continue reading. The Clydesdale is one of the horses that worked on early American farms. I immediately thought of Farmer Boy and the Laura Ingalls Wilder books as the families relied heavily on horses. This post will review Clydesdale and other horses, as well. Clydesdale Horses-3-part-cards-information

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Shanghai Free Power Point and Google Slides

Shanghai Free Power Point and Google Slides

Shanghai? Recently Gnorman traveled to Shanghai for business and was kind enough to take selfies and photos for me. Actually, my daughter was so kind as to take him with her and snap a few photos. Gnorman the Gnome travels with I-Reid sometimes. He enjoyed his flight and had plenty of room to stretch out. He was able to take a few photos of Shanghai’s famous sites, and is kindly allowing me to use them in a free presentation Shanghai-a-to-z (and China) A to Z. To include every letter in the entire alphabet, it was necessary to include a few photos of other famous places in China. A version of this presentation is also available in Google Slides.  Google Slides are free and online only. At the link, it will ask if you want to make a copy of the slideshow and say yes to get a copy on your Google Drive. (more…)

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