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The Great Camel Experiment of the Old West 2nd edition

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Kids: Thank you for making this a season of sharing.

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When so much is heard about the wants and dreams of kids, it is time to say thank you to all the kids who see a need and fill it with their sharing. 
Sharing is giving something to someone else. It can be as simple as giving your time, or your energy, or something that you own or have, or your help.  It's a skill everyone--I hope--learns before you even walk. A baby learns to share a toy with a parent. A toddler shares crayons with other toddlers at day care. Students share their time, their ideas, and their supplies with classmates. But does sharing stop there? For some the answer is yes, but for the kindhearted giving persons that I find most kids to be, the answer is "No". 
It has been my pleasure to watch many acts of kindness--or sharing--initiated by kids. I've seen kids drop their money into contribution boxes, kids who have noticed that someone does not have a lunch at school and have shared theirs, kids who have packed food baskets at food banks, kids who h…

Kids: Is it time to write that essay paper?

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This is the time most teachers start requesting you to write a paper. So what is the first thing you think of when your teacher announces that you have a paper due? And, no, "YUCK!" doesn't count, and neither does, "I think I am going to be sick."
Writing a paper, any paper, is not as difficult as you might think. In most circumstances, and for those of you in elementary or middle school, you can complete your assignment in five paragraphs. But before we discuss what goes into those five paragraphs, there three things you must decide. First, what is your paper about? What topic were you given or did you choose? An event in history? Your latest hobby? How you maneuvered your board to carve the perfect turn in the snow? Or, who your favorite superhero is and why? 
Now that you've chosen your topic, your second step is to develop a simple outline. Why? An outline will help you organize your thoughts. Let's take the snowboarding event as an example. If my …