Some of the files are still relevant while others I will be decluttering and recycling in the process. Each day during April, I will pick one of the files to focus on - either doing a hands-on activity or sharing some information from one of the files.
For the 18th day - Letter R - I am focusing on Reusing, Reindeer, and Roadrunners.
- Reuse birthday and Christmas cards by making bookmarks that can be given away at a local school library. Cut the images out with pinking shears. Punch a hole at the top and then put ribbon or embroidery floss through the hole. You can also glue the card onto deckle-edge paper. Students can pick a bookmark each time they check out a book.
- Greeting cards also can be used to make postcards.
Postcards that I made from old Christmas cards and scrapbook paper.
The back of the postcard (the side you write on)
is from a cereal box.
Tiny bears I made from felted wool sweaters and fabric.
The bears fit in the palm of your hand.
One of the files I had was about reindeer herders in northern Russia. The herders are called Nenets (Nen-ETZ); and they depend on their reindeer for almost everything - including clothing, transportation (they travel on sleds pulled by reindeer teams), and food.
The Nenets are nomadic and live in easy-to-move tents. When they move from summer to winter grazing grounds, the journey can take several weeks.
- They are only nine inches tall and less than two feet long.
- They can run as fast as 20 miles per hour. They are able to glide, but prefer running.
Roadrunner that I saw in Texas.
(Taken on May 1, 2010.)
- They have about 16 different sounds.
- Their diet consists of insects, snails, mice, bats, other birds, scorpions, tarantulas, and black widow spiders.
- The bird's temperature can drop as much as seven degrees at night when temperatures can drop 50 degrees or more.
- During the early morning hours, the bird spends long periods sunning itself. It will lift up its feathers to expose a dark patch of skin on its back that acts as a solar panel.
In the process of going through the files that began with "R," I recycled a half of a bag of papers. Throughout the challenge, I've recycled 15 1/2 bags of papers.