41. Amelia Earhart And Danica Patrick

Amelia II

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Amelia I

Amelia Earhart…Two stories stick out when reading the accounts of Amelia’s life written by Amelia Earhart’s family members. Even as a young child Amelia refused to be placed in ‘this role’ the beginning of the 1900’s woman was suppose to follow. Eight year old girls her age were supposed to sit up in ladylike fashion while riding their sleds down a hill. Not Amelia! She belly flopped just like the boys. This saved her life. One day while sledding on a local hill, she flew under a horse drawn truck. If she were sitting up like all the girls of that period, she would be dead at age 8.

Amelia kept clippings in a scrapbook of women of her time who were doing new, creative, and unique things. Her scrapbook was like a household of mentors in every area a woman might want to pursue. This file showed her her life’s choices were endless and probably drove her in later life. If Amelia Earhart were alive now, she would be cutting out clippings of Danica Patrick. As Salute To Women’s Month approaches, we will, like Amelia, cut out clippings of women making a difference and feature them in this column.


Danica Patrick…This weekend is a big time motor racing test for one of the best drivers on the international scene that is now racing in the NASCAR circuit. Danica Patrick is the first woman in the history of the Daytona 500 to win the Pole. This storied race runs Sunday. The Pole means Danica has earned the right to start ahead of all the cars in the race. You earn the Pole by running the fastest in one-car-on-the-track qualifying. I repeat, Danica, a woman, starts first. Jeff Gordon all time racing champ starts next to her. The Daytona 500 starts the new racing season. A win by Danica would stop all those woman driver jokes. It would be the best start in the form of fan interest for any racing season. A Danica Patrick victory would bring millions more into the sport in attendance and advertising.
Go Danica!!!

National Basketnall Association (NBA) Poetry…This week’s NBA all-star game was a perfect time for breaking out Basketball Poetry. Try this activity as an individual or as a team. You and your four partners are presenting your all-star team to this column in a poetry format. Pick the five players you feel should be on the team. Review the examples that follow and off you go!

Poetry…With Salute To Poetry Month fast approaching, we will be sharing poetry ideas to attract the reluctant poet and to challenge column readers to submit their best pieces in a number of different categories. The first category is sports. It seems to be the theme of today’s column. Today’s challenge involves highlighting your favorite sport figure in a poetry format of your choice. Our choice is in quatrain form and our example is basketball.


Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Championships,
He has won four.
He excels in shooting and passing,
As he runs the hardwood floor.


Larry Bird
Boston Celtics

Larry Bird is old school,
Nicknamed the ‘hick from salt lick’.
Making players around him better,
Made him a perennial all-star pick.


Children’s Literature I…The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen is the best of his man against nature survival books. The Transall Saga is a nice follow up story to Mr. Paulsen’s survival story Hatchet. Most librarians will tell you Hatchet is his best book. Hatchet, you remember, features a boy who survives a wilderness plane crash with only his wits and a hatchet. In The Transall Saga you are not sure if the lead character is sent forward in time and needs to return to the present world to save it or is sent back in time and can use his knowledge to help build the world of today. Would you like to go back in time or ahead in time? Why or why not thinking challenges, essays, and illustrations should follow this story for students in the classroom or those being home schooled.


Children’s Literature IIPete’s A Pizza by William Steig challenge imagination of old and young alike as a child’s body is used as the foundation to make a pizza. His friends and classmates bring all types of cut-outs and props to mimic the ingredients of the world’s tastiest treat. The is a great classroom project as you make toppings for students who are pizzas, burgers, ice cream sundaes, salads, and other delicious treats. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is a town that is rained on with food. It is a great companion and comparison piece to Pete’s A Pizza.


This Weekend’s Brain Cruncher…This weekend’s puzzle has you looking for creature’s names hidden in each sentence below. The name can be across one, two, or three words, but the letters that form the creature’s name are in consecutive order.

Answers will appear in tomorrow’s column.

Hidden Creatures

 Concealed in each sentence below is a creature hidden in exact order.
Find the creature and underline it.

Example…Grape water ice is my favorite flavor.

Gr(ape) water ice is my favorite flavor.

1. Why does he take a taxi cab early to work every day?

2. The word “rob” in your first sentence should be capitalized.

3. That tree looks like it is going to fall right on Mr. Johnson’s house.

4. Columbus came looking for a route to the riches of Asia.

5. Mr. Smith has the door locked so his daughter can’t elope with Billy Johnson.

6. The movie “Hot Terminator” is number one at the box office this week.

7. Most rich people enjoy telling everyone how they earned their money.

8. Shakespeare is the most famous Englishmen in history of literature.

9. The sea gleamed from the setting sun.

10. “That boys term paper was the best that I ever read,” said Mrs. Ramirez.

11. Amoco brakes are the best brakes that money can buy.

12. Do you think my Afro goes well with that ceremonial garment?

13. Like old time prospectors, we will pan the river for gold.

14. He will outline his memories of his past or keep them in a daily journal.

15. Amos quit only after he was told to do something dangerous.

16. A million people attended the peace rally in Fairmount park.

17. The babies wandered all over the room.

18. Please open Guiness Book Of Records to page seventeen.

19. We think that Bob is the best of the local fiddle players.

20. The painting of Degas’ Naked Swimmers was banned from the art exhibit.

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About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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