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Kids having a fun snowball fight.
Health Kids

Kids Focus Better When They Are Active (ESL and Grade 2 version)

When kids move around a lot in class and on the playground, they do better on their school work.

Many teachers try to get their students moving so they learn better. One teacher in Toronto takes her Grade 7 kids outside where they move around trying to find different shapes on the playground. The teacher will also ask her kids to walk around the room to talk about all of the work on the walls – just like it was an art show. Then she will get them to write a poem about what they saw.

A little boy sits atop his father's shoulders as they protest in Egypt against Mubarak.
Breaking News Politics

Protests in Egypt

A week ago, many people in Egypt’s capital city began to protest against their government. They met in the streets of Cairo and held up protest signs and shouted that they wanted Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president, to leave the country.

They said the government is not helping the people in Egypt who do not have enough money for food or clothing. The protesters say that the rich are getting richer while they have nothing.

Breaking News Politics Primary

Protests in Egypt (Primary Version)

A week ago, many people in Egypt became angry with their president, Hosni Mubarak. They wanted him to leave the country.

They were upset because many of them don’t have enough money for food or clothes.

The people who are mad at Mubarak think that a new president would be better. But President Mubarak doesn’t want to to stop being the president, and that’s why they are having a problem.

Technology

Let This “Server” Take Your Order

Restaurants are using iPads to let customers get information about their food and place their order.

An iPad is a flat, square computer – like a large iPhone but instead of making phone calls it displays information and can access the Internet. It has a touch screen, so people can use their fingers to work it.

Chicago Cut is a steakhouse in the U.S. They have 40 iPads in their restaurant so people can see their wine list and order a bottle of wine. They can also get information on the wine to find out what it tastes like before they order it.

Business people applauding, ie, after a presentation
News

Self-Control Key To Healthy Adulthood

A new study shows that kids who have excellent self-control are more likely to grow into healthy, successful adults.

Having self-control means (among other things) having the ability to wait your turn, be neat and tidy and plan ahead.

Not having a lot of self-control doesn’t mean you won’t be successful as an adult. But the study showed that the kids who had greater self-control were less likely to become dependent on drugs, have health problems or commit a crime.

Funeral for Sgt. Ryan Russell - Image: Jeremy Gilbert
News

Thousands Honour Sgt. Ryan Russell

On Jan. 18, more than 12,000 people from across Canada and the United States attended the funeral of Sgt. Ryan Russell in Toronto. Police, emergency workers and thousands of Toronto residents came to honour Sgt. Russell’s memory and support his wife, Christine and their son, Nolan.

Sgt. Russell died in the line of duty, trying to stop a runaway snowplow. His death affected so many people, even those who had never met him. When a police officer dies, everyone cares.

Martin Edmonds "acting" ill
Arts Health

Acting Like A Real Pain

When someone is studying to become a doctor, he can learn a lot from professors and textbooks. But there are some things he will have to actually experience, in order to learn them.

Like diagnosing a patient, for instance. Figuring out what’s wrong with someone when he comes into the emergency room complaining of a “sore stomach” or a “severe headache.” Those two symptoms could have many different causes—anything from a gas bubble to appendicitis.

Milos Raonic, Canadian tennis player
Sports

Young Canadian A Big Surprise At Australian Open

Milos Raonic is from Thornhill, Ont., but he’s causing a huge stir half-way around the world… in Australia.

The 20-year-old tennis pro has become an overnight sensation, beating players well above his ranking. Currently, Raonic is ranked 152nd in the world. Last week he beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia–ranked #10 in the world.

Vernon Wells
Sports

Blue Jays Trade Vernon Wells (#10)

Last week, The Blue Jays traded away one of the team’s key players – centre fielder Vernon Wells. The trade took many fans by surprise because #10 was a fan favourite. In return for Wells, the Jays get catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera.

Wells will now be playing for the Los Angeles Angels. The main reason for the trade was money. Wells had one of the highest salaries of any baseball player.

Students in a classroom.
Science

Write Your Worries Away

Students who are anxious about a test can improve their scores just by writing about their fears, according to a new study.

Researchers took 47 university students who were nervous about an upcoming exam and divided them into three groups. The first group was told to write about their fears 10 minutes before they took a math test. The second group was told to write about what they did the day before. And the third group relaxed for 10 minutes before the test.