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Kid’s Imagination Train January/February 2017 Volume 5 Issue 1 Come read, learn, and draw! http://kidsimaginationtrain.com

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January/February 2017 Volume 5 Issue 1 ISSN 2333-987X Editor-in-Chief: Randi Lynn Mrvos Book Reviewer and Marketing Director: Donna Smith Illustrator: Shelley Dieterichs Voiceover Artist: Sharon Olivia Blumberg Editorial Offices: All across the United States Publishing Office: 4637 Spring Creek Drive Lexington, KY 40515 Mission Statement: Welcome to the Kid's Imagination Train, where children can take the journey of reading in a brand new way. KIT offers book reviews, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for kids ages 5 - 12. It’s unique in that it engages children by providing them the opportunity to illustrate their favorite features and to have their pictures published online. We invite you to read, to learn, and to draw! ©Kid's Imagination Train http://kidsimaginationtrain.com

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CONTENTS Volume 5 Issue 1 4 - 6…Fiction It’s a Mystery by: Jan Cornebise 7 - 9…Nonfiction Beep, Beep—It’s the Roadrunner by: Guy Belleranti 10 - 11…Book Review Threads by: Donna Smith 12…Lesson Plan: Chemical Reactions by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 13 - 14…Lesson Plan Activities: Affecting the Rate of a Chemical Reaction Making Kool-Aid Play dough by: Randi Lynn Mrvos 15…Dot to Dot 16 - 18…Sponsors

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Acknowledgements The staff of Kid’s Imagination Train wishes to thank Anaya, Brianna, Daniel, David, Jaymi, Monique, Nicole, Noah, Paulina, Roberto for their amazing roadrunner drawings.

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It’s a Mystery Art: courtesy Clipart David and Lisa noticed something different about the corner house. When Mom pulled the car into the driveway, they hopped out for a look. The weedy lawn was mowed. And, the shades were drawn. “Hey,” said David. “Somebody moved into the Turner house while we were at Grandpa’s and Grandma’s. I hope it’s a boy who likes baseball!” “You’ve got baseball on the brain,” his sister Lisa said. “When Max lived next door that’s all you two ever did.” “It’s been two months and I still miss him,” said David. “You can’t play baseball online with email.” “We could go over and meet them now,” said Mom. “But I’d really like to bake brownies for them. And, we need to buy some supplies this afternoon. School starts tomorrow. Maybe we could meet them in a few days.” David couldn’t wait for a few days to meet the new neighbors. He hooked a dog leash onto Snickers’ collar. “Let’s go for a walk, boy. Detective Dave will search for clues about our new family.” As David and Snickers neared the mystery house, a dark-blue car clanked out of the garage. David waved, but the man looked straight ahead and frowned. “What a grouch!” David told Snickers. “Clue # 1: a grumpy man lives in the mystery house.” 4

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Snickers wagged his tail. Then a woman came out on the porch and watered the potted flowers. She didn’t smile, either. “Someone else is unhappy, Snickers. That’s clue # 2.” Snickers yawned. Around the corner David glanced at the back yard. “A trampoline! Clue # 3. That’s a good sign.” Snickers licked David’s hand. Later that day, David and Lisa reviewed the clues as they shopped with Mom for school supplies. “I just can’t figure it out,” said David. “With a trampoline there must be kids. But I haven’t seen any.” “Maybe the sad, grumpy people like to jump on the trampoline,” said Lisa jokingly. When they returned home, David and Lisa put notebooks and pencils into their book bags. “I have an idea,” said David. “Let’s play catch in the front yard. Maybe the kids will see us and come over.” Now, Lisa would rather chew glass than play catch with her younger brother. “Okay,” she said, “but only if you won’t tell me I throw like a girl.” Lisa soon tired of constantly chasing the balls she did not catch. Nothing came of it, except a broken fingernail. David tossed the ball up and down and frowned. Nobody came out from the mystery house. Three days later, the weekend rolled around. David took Snickers for a walk bright and early. He rounded the corner and noticed someone sitting on the front porch of the mystery house. “Rats, Snickers, it’s a girl! Oh well, maybe she has a brother.” “Hey,” he said, walking over. “I’m David.” 5

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“Hi, I’m Isabella.” “Say, you’re in my class, but you missed the first two days of school.” “I had the flu something terrible, but I’m okay now.” “So that’s why your parents looked so worried. Got a brother or sister?” “Nope,” she said. David sighed and kicked the toe of his shoe into the grass. “Want to see my baseball cards?” asked Isabella. “You collect baseball cards?” “Sure, I love baseball! I was on a Little League team.” “You mean softball. Girls don’t play baseball.” “No, I mean baseball. I was the only girl on the team.” David’s eyes widened. “Hang on. I’ll get my cards, a ball and a glove, and some brownies.” He rushed home. “Yesss!” he said to Snickers. David pumped his fist. “I’ve not only solved the mystery, I can play baseball with a brand new friend.” Art: courtesy Clipart Written by: Jan Cornebise 6

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Beep, Beep – It’s the Roadrunner! Art by: Roberto Perhaps you’ve seen the old Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote television cartoons where Road Runner runs circles around Coyote while saying “Beep - beep!” Well, there really is a bird called a roadrunner. It’s a pretty cool bird. In fact, it might be the most famous bird in the deserts and open shrub lands of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. It’s been featured in Native American and Mexican folktales and legends. And it is the state bird of New Mexico. Art by: Noah The name roadrunner is a good name for this bird. It has long legs with a long tail for balance. It can run in bursts of over 15 miles an hour to catch a meal. Art by:David What does a roadrunner like for meals? The roadrunner eats insects, centipedes, tarantulas, scorpions, small lizards, mice, and snakes as well as cactus fruit and seeds. While a roadrunner doesn’t hunt from the air like an eagle or hawk, it can jump straight up to catch flying insects and small birds. Art by: Nicole 7

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The roadrunner also sometimes grabs larger prey with its beak and smashes it against a rock or the ground. Then it walks around, digesting one part while the other part hangs out of its mouth. Art by: Paulina Occasionally, two roadrunners work together catching larger snakes including venomous rattlesnakes. Art by: Jaymi Art by: Brianna Because the roadrunner lives in dry areas, its access to rivers and ponds is limited. So what does it do to for drinking water? The roadrunner gets much of its water from the prey it eats. It also conserves water by being less active during the hottest part of the day. In addition, the roadrunner secretes excess salt through glands near its eyes. This reduces the amount of water lost in urine. Can a roadrunner fly? Yes, but it’s built more for walking and running than for flying. When a roadrunner does fly, it’s usually to escape a predator or to build a nest in a tree. Art by: Monique 8

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Roadrunner pairs usually bond permanently. Both parents work together building a nest of twigs, grasses, feathers, snakeskin sheds, and more. The nest is built off the ground in a bush, a cactus, or a small tree. The mother lays two to six eggs. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the young. Art by: Daniel A roadrunner’s black, brown, and white colors help it blend in with its habitat. However, the bird still must watch out for predators like raccoons, hawks, cats, large snakes, and… coyotes. That’s right, Wile E. Coyote may be no match for Road Runner in the cartoon world, but a real life coyote can run much faster than a roadrunner. Art by: Anaya We have looked at one of the most famous desert birds in North America—the roadrunner. While it shares its habitat with many other kinds of birds, it may be the most unique of them all. Written by: Guy Belleranti 9

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Book Review Name of Book: Threads Author: Ami Polonsky Year Published: 2016 Age Range of Book: 8 – 12 years Publisher: Disney Hyperion ISBN: 9781484746905 Price: $10.36 In Threads, discover a cry for help from a stranger 10

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Clara lives in the United States and Yuming lives in China. Both girls know what it is like to lose a loved one. Yuming is imprisoned in a sewing factory. She secretly tucks a note and picture into the pocket of a purse being shipped to America. Clara discovers Yuming's plea for help and is determined to find Yuming and release her from imprisonment. Clara and Yuming are bound by desperation and hope even though they never met. Yuming must make a decision about waiting for rescue or taking a chance on saving herself. And Clara has to muster the courage to face her grief and understand that sometimes what you want to accomplish isn't possible. Ami Polonsky's book is outstanding, riveting, and compelling. She exposes the harsh reality of manufacturing in other countries and how unfortunately children and adults can become victims of unscrupulous and evil business owners. Polosky's story is based on a true event. Yuming and Clara are reminders that we may not always be aware of our connection to others or how closely our lives intersect. Polonsky is known for her critically acclaimed first novel, Gracefully Grayson. In addition to working as a children's book author, Polonsky is a reading and writing teacher. Rating for the book: ***** Donna Smith is a freelance writer. You can visit her website at www.smithswritingstudio.com 11

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Lesson Plan Chemical Reactions Chemical reactions happen all around us. For instance, cooking foods or burning wood are chemical reactions. A chemical reaction is a process in which a substance is changed chemically after it comes in contact with another substance. The substances at the beginning of a reaction are called the reactants. The result of a chemical reaction is called the product. Chemical reactions are affected by physical conditions like temperature. An increase in temperature can sometimes increase the rate (or speed) of a chemical reaction. When a chemical reaction occurs, molecules of different substances collide with one another. As the temperature increases, molecules move faster and collide more frequently which cause the reaction to speed up. Another physical condition that affects chemical reactions is the amount of exposed surface area. If a substance is broken up into pieces instead of being one piece, more surface area is exposed. When there is more exposed surface area, the rate of the reaction increases because there are more molecules to react with. 12

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Lesson Plan Activities Affecting the Rate of a Chemical Reaction Materials: Denture tablets, plastic plates, spoon, water, tablespoon, marker Experiment 1 Directions: This experiment demonstrates how surface area affects the rate of a chemical reaction. 1. Mark one plate reaction #1 and the other plate reaction #2. 2. Place a whole denture tablet on a plate #1. 3. On plate #2, crush a denture tablet using the back of a spoon. 4. Place a tablespoon of tap water on the whole table 5. Place a tablespoon of tap water on the crushed tablet. Both tablets will fizz and dissolve. Which plate had the faster chemical reaction? Why? Experiment 2 Directions: This experiment shows how temperature affects the rate of a chemical reaction. 1. Take two denture tablets and put one on a plastic plate labeled reaction #1 and one on a plate labeled reaction #2. 2. Put a tablespoon of cold water on top of the tablet on plate #1. 3. Put a tablespoon of warm water on top of the other tablet on plate #2. Which tablet had a faster chemical reaction? Why? Answers: Experiment 1: Plate #2 Experiment 2: Plate #2 13

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Making Kool-Aid Play-Doh Courtesy Robyn M. Harper Did you know: You can make a chemical reaction by changing common kitchen ingredients into something you can play with. Materials: medium-size pan, spoon, plastic bag, 1 cup of flour, ¼ cup of salt, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 1 envelope of Kool-Aid, 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, floured cutting board Directions: Adult supervision is recommended. 1. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, and Kool-Aid in a pan. 2. Stir in water and oil. 3. Stir the mixture over medium heat about 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture forms a ball. 4. Remove the pan from the stove and allow it to cool slightly. 5. Knead the ball on a floured surface for about a minute. 6. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate. When it’s cool have fun with your very own Play- Doh. Art by: Abby 14

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