Teaching With Books
Hearts are a symbol for love. People used to believe that thoughts and feelings came from the heart. Now we know that these originate in our brains. Strong feelings can make hearts beat faster. Our emotions affect the signals the brain sends to the heart.
Koko is a famous lowland gorilla. She was taught American Sign Language. She uses it to communicate with humans. Koko uses over 1,000 signs. She understands more than 2,000 spoken English words. Koko is part of an interspecies communication study called The Gorilla Language Project. It is the longest continuous study to teach language to another species.
Today is Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras is French for Fat (gras) Tuesday (mardi). Many French words have been adopted into English, like "ballet." Other English words began as French words, but have changed in spelling or pronunciation. "Trophy," which comes from the French "trophée," is one such word.
Match the French words to their English definitions:
ballet bouquet chef liberty (from liberté) trophy (from trophée)
- an expert cook
- a prize or award
- a bunch of flowers
- a form of dance
To make feather masks for Mardi Gras, the art teacher bought packages of faux feathers. Each pack costs $14.72 and has 96 feathers.
If it takes 16 feathers to cover a mask, how many masks can be made from one pack?
How many packs does the art teacher need for 30 kids to make masks?
How much will the feathers cost?