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© 2017 by Vicki Whiting, Editor Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 33, No. 44 Match each acorn to the kind of oak tree it comes from. Do the math to check your answers. In winter, many kinds of oak trees, being deciduous, lose their leaves. During that time when sunlight is especially precious for warmth, the oak tree’s leafless branches let the sun shine through. Oak trees make good shade trees because they grow tall and wide enough to create a big canopy that you can sit under on a hot, sunny day. A canopy is a covering, either natural or man-made. and try an acorne tree. It k ic p ’t ff th alled Don right o c to eat it of chemicals rrible ll fu is t taste teu sick. a th s tanninuld make yo e used and co acorns can b al must Before food, the me red. a e to mak arefully prep be c Mrs. Irwin’s Super Stars from Leeds Elementary share their thoughts about climbing up the “old oak tree”. Oak trees provided more than shade for the first Americans. Their fruit, known as acorns, were an essential source of food for Native Americans from coast to coast. The acorns were ground into a meal that was used to make mush or pounded with meat, fat and berries to make pemmican, a paste that dries into chewy, nutritious strips. Read the steps that Native Americans followed to remove tannins from acorns. Then number the pictures in the correct order. 1. Shell the acorns by splitting the outer shell and removing the light-colored inner nut. 2. Grind the shelled acorns into a fine meal. DECIDUOUS PEMMICAN SUNLIGHT POUNDED TANNINS NATIVE CANOPY ACORN COAST SHELL SHADE PASTE MEAT MUSH OAK Find the words in the puzzle, then in this week’s Kid Scoop stories and activities. G S H E L L R O W P T P U E D A H S O S H E T O A K C U C Y G M H S U M N O E P I M E A L D A V R O L I L A E S I A N N N C D D T T N C I A U A D P A S T E E C S N I N N A T E R D 3. Scoop the pounded meal into a basket. With a friend, take turns drawing a horizontal or vertical line between two dots. Completing a square is worth 1 point. If there’s an acorn in the box, that’s worth 5 points. 4. Rinse the acorn meal with hot water to wash away the tannins. The meal must be rinsed at least ten times, or more if cold water is used. Look through the newspaper for pictures and words that show you it is fall in your town. Cut these out and make a “Fall in My Town” poster. Bonus Challenge: Put the words you find in ABC order. 5. Add water to the leached meal and stir with a hot rock lodged into a looped stick. 6. Add berries, seeds or dried meat for flavor. 7. Eat! Nutshell is a compound word. Draw a line from each acorn cap to a nut to form compound words. Climbing up the Old Oak Tree.. The feeling of the rough bark of a tree scraped the palms of my hands as I gripped it. The smell of the oak filled my nose, a familiar scent. The sounds of the squirrels scurrying up the tree, the birds melodic songs filling the air, and the wind whistling through the leaves. The taste of the crisp air on my tongue, seeming like an ambrosia. Best of all, the sight of all the nature around me, the beauty of creation. The oak tree became even more majestic as I climbed it, every inch holding another secret of nature. A simple tree creating a whole new world to see, a simple tree. The world appeared to be much more real than it ever had before. It was almost as though I was looking through the eyes of an owl high in the sky, a squirrel burrowing in the tree, or a deer in the middle of a forest. All of the work it took to climb this simple tree, seeming like an inexpensive price for the beauty of creation. Isabel Martinez Holy Cross yard and I saw food. Eulalia F. I was climbing up the oak tree in the back yard and I saw a spider and a web. Maranda K. For five minutes, look through the newspaper or your newspaper’s website for compound words. Then have a friend try. Who found the most compound words? Ms. Jungers’ Kindergarten students at Hunt Elementary love climbing up trees...any tree! I was climbing up the oak tree in the back yard and I fell. Lillianna H. I was climbing up the oak tree in the back yard and I saw a raccoon. Vincent V. I was climbing up the Science in Your Life Send your story to: How has science made your life better? Deadline: November 5 Published: Week of Dec. 3 Please include your school and grade. oak tree in the back yard and I fell and got hurt. Tan N. I was climbing up the oak tree in the back yard and I heard birds. Francia L. I was climbing up the oak tree in the back yard and I saw a squirrel. Wednesday C. I was climbing up the oak tree in the back yard and I heard an owl. Nia S. I was climbing up the oak tree in the back yard and I saw an eagle. Mauricio M. I was climbing up the oak tree in the back yard, I saw some birds taking care of eggs. Mia E. I was climbing up the oak tree in the back yard and I saw a lion. Ana E. I was climbing up the oak tree in the back I was climbing up the oak tree in my backyard when I saw a grey fox. It didn’t run at all and I noticed it had a hurt paw. I went down and cared for the fox then brought her up to my treehouse. I laid her down on a rug then went to get her water and turkey meat. As I put the water in front of her she quickly drank it up. After a couple of hours the fox looked fine so I let her free. In my mind I named her Kit! Nyamal The Mighty Oak Tree is where I would climb up to the top with a friend and look at cars and other friends’ houses. It would be fun staying in the oak tree. Jonathan I was climbing an oak tree and my dog came running up to me because he loves the treehouse.We played X-box and listened to music in the oak tree. My treehouse in the oak tree is so cool. You should make a cool oak treehouse, too. Kyra I was climbing up the oak tree in my backyard. I stayed there and slept in my treehouse every day! I Love It! Jade Triston: I was climbing up the oak tree in my backyard. My mom and dad helped me built the treehouse. I like staying in my treehouse.