September 21, 2009
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, will air on PBS-TV beginning September 27. Burns recently spoke with Scholastic Kid Reporter Kayla Gough about the new documentary. Click here for a PDF of the interview to share with your students.
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Reproducibles for the September 21, 2009 issue!
- TEST-PREP REPRODUCIBLE: Dollars and Sense
- TEST-PREP REPRODUCIBLE: Two Tough Eras
SKILL: Compare and Contrast
- TEACHER TO TEACHER: The Newest Justice
SKILL: Making Complex Decisions
- SKILLS REPRODUCIBLE: Checks and Balances
SKILL: Making Comparisons
- CROSSWORD PUZZLE
- Useful URLs
Find online support for every feature in this issue!
- JS Index 2009-2010
Search through this online index of JS topics from the current school year!
- Lesson Plans
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September 21, 2009: Table of Contents
PAGE 3: News
Health: How to Avoid the Flu
National: Lion of the Senate
Numbers in the News
Debate: Digital Textbooks in Schools?
Media: Celebrating Our National Parks
PAGE 6: Teen Scene
Like so many families in the U.S. these days, Solomona Gaoa's was hit hard by the recession. For the Gaoas, life took a turn for the better. Can our economy do the same?
PAGE 9: Skills
Economy by the Numbers
How are everyday Americans feeling the pinch of the troubled economy? These statistics will give you an idea.
PAGE 10: Special
The Newest Justice
The U.S. Supreme Court will begin its fall session on October 5. How much do you know about Sonia Sotomayor, the Court's newest Justice?
PAGE 12: World History
Child Soldiers of Sparta
For kids growing up in the ancient city-state of Sparta, life was tougher than you can imagine.
PAGE 15: GeoSkills
Reading a Historical Map: Ancient Greece
Take a look at the world as the Spartans saw it.
PAGE 16: What Do You Know?
Word Wise; Cartoon; Eyewitness
COMING NEXT: October 5, 2009
China • Amelia Earhart • Landforms