Source
Scholastic News Online

Scholastic News Online is a free resource with breaking news and highlights from the print magazine.

Available for grades 1-6, Scholastic News magazine brings high-interest current events and nonfiction to millions of classrooms each week.

Additionally, our subscribers have FREE access to Scholastic News Interactive, an exclusive online learning tool featuring digital editions, videos, interactive features, differentiated articles, and much more.


Bigfoot? Jeffrey Meldrum is hoping for believable evidence of Bigfoot. Over the years, pieces of evidence like the grainy photograph above have proved to be hoaxes. (Antonino Barbagallo / Corbis)

Searching for Bigfoot

A scientist in Idaho will use a blimp to try to catch a glimpse of the legendary beast

By Laura Leigh Davidson | null null , null
<br />Meldrum holds up what he believes to be the footprint of Bigfoot. (Rachel Anne Seymour / Tyler Morning Telegraph)<br />

Meldrum holds up what he believes to be the footprint of Bigfoot. (Rachel Anne Seymour / Tyler Morning Telegraph)

What's big, hairy, and—according to legend—lives in the forests of North America? Bigfoot! Over the years, people have said the creature known as Bigfoot is not just an American folktale, and now one scientist is out to prove it.

Records show that people have been chasing the elusive Bigfoot since the 1840s. Both amateur and professional hunters have made countless treks through North American forests vowing to uncover some sign that the beast, also known as Sasquatch, is real and on the loose. But without clear scientific evidence to prove the animal's existence, most people—especially in the scientific community—have written off Bigfoot as pure fiction.

Now, scientist Jeffrey Meldrum from Idaho State University and fellow Bigfoot-believer William Barnes have a new idea for how to once and for all find the species they believe spawned all the Bigfoot stories: Search for the beasts from the sky!

They want to float a high-tech surveillance blimp over the mountains in the western United States. More people have reported seeing Bigfoot there than in any other region. Meldrum and Barnes hope that a blimp will be able to easily fly over the mountains and spot one of the hairy creatures from above.

The remotely controlled blimp would be equipped with special cameras that can detect body heat, even in the dark. Any signs that Bigfoot is (or was) in the area would be relayed directly from the blimp to teams on the ground. Meldrum says the ground teams would then follow the evidence and use it to "try to make contact" with the mysterious creature.

No Bigfoot has ever been captured and studied. Researchers have never unearthed fossils that prove Bigfoot-like creatures once roamed the planet and simply died out. The closest thing to proof that Bigfoot exists is that searchers will occasionally encounter a set of mysterious footprints on the forest floor.

Meldrum is currently seeking financial backers for his expedition, called the Falcon Project. Although he hasn't collected funds to get the project off the ground yet, Meldrum remains hopeful. He told Reuters he was in talks with two cable channels competing for the rights to produce a new weekly TV series following the Falcon Project from beginning to end.

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Tall Tales

    Tall Tales

    by Charles R. Jr.

    Sabine's making backward shots from thirty-five feet out, and her big brothers are speechless. Jo learned how to play ball on a sixteen-foot-high net; now she dunks like Jordan. The guy with the best jump shot in the park can't even see the ball go through the net. He's blind!

    In this oversized picture book filled with bright, bold graphics and surreal color photos, rhythmic storyteller Charles Smith spins a few yarns that are so outlandish and yet so convincing, readers are left to wonder. . . are they true stories? Or just tall tales?

    Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author-photographer of Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms. This book was inspired by his love for basketball and for writing, and his hope of passing on an appreciation of both to future generations.

    $5.96 You save: 25%
    Paperback Book | Grades 6-8
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Tall Tales
    Grades 6-8 $5.96
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Comprehension Clubs Grade 6 Theme Set: Greek Myths

    Comprehension Clubs Grade 6 Theme Set: Greek Myths

    Authored by Dr. Irene Fountas and Dr. Gay Su Pinnell, Scholastic's Comprehension Clubs for Grades K-8 brings deep reading, deep thinking, and deep discussion to the whole class. This new full year curriculum, soon available for grades 6-8, was specifically built for the Common Core State Standards. Comprehension Clubs gives students and teachers the opportunity to talk, think and write about text through Student Book Clubs and Interactive Read Alouds. As middle school students advance in their reading abilities and develop their analytical skills, Comprehension Clubs provides teachers the scaffolding to create student-driven conversation guided by meaningful questions and diverse overarching themes. Students of all levels are given the agency to voice their opinions and share perspectives with peers.

    Each individual theme set includes:
    • Teaching Guide by Fountas & Pinnell
    • 5 Read Aloud picture books
    • 5 Read Aloud lesson cards
    • 4 Book Club titles (4 titles, 10 copies each, 40 books)
    • 4 Book Club lesson cards
    • 4 Audio books
    • 1 Unit folder

    Call 1-800-387-1437 for more information!

    $288.15 You save: 36%
    Paperback Book and Streaming Audio | Grade 6
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Comprehension Clubs Grade 6 Theme Set: Greek Myths
    Grade 6 $288.15
    Add To Cart
Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S EMAIL ADDRESS

MESSAGE
Here's something interesting from Scholastic.com