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Spider Magazine Stories, Games, Activites and Puzzles for Children and Kids March 2019

Stories, poems, and nonfiction articles are carefully selected to encourage students to read on their own, drawn along by bright illustrations and detailed drawings by famous children's artists. SPIDER also offers fun ways for young readers to practice critical thinking skills with riddles, puzzles, and other games. Grades 2-4

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cricket Media, Inc.
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doodlebug & dandelion

“HOW MUCH LONGER do we have to do this?” Doodlebug Pinkley asked his cousin Rudyard, trying hard to not sound like he was complaining. “Yeah! What a mega-stinky, deadbeat job!” said Punky, Doodlebug and Rudyard’s often-obnoxious older cousin from a more twisted branch of the Pinkley tree. “OK, let’s stop,” Rudyard agreed. He was bored and tired too. That morning, Rudyard’s father, Uncle Beasley, had asked the three boys if they’d help organize the heaps of junk in his back garden shed. They’d agreed, hoping for cool finds. But all they’d unearthed was the Well-Wisher, a strange battery-operated contraption with a pointy, shovel-shaped end part for digging holes. Then, doing some final scrounging, Doodlebug spied something else in a shadowy corner. “Wow,” he exclaimed, “look at this!” There sat a squatting stone creature with giant…

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wishing fish

Fountain mist.Old stone fish.Find a coin.Make a wish. Shiny penny, let it sail.If it lands on the fish’s tail,you get two wishes—yes, it’s true—one for a friend and one for you. Shiny nickel, toss it in.If it lands on the fish’s fin,you get one wish and so take careto wish for something wild and rare. Shiny dime, let it fly.If it lands on the fish’s eye,you get no wish—but don’t be blue—the old stone fish will be brand-new…with sapphire eyes, a silver tail,golden fins, and diamond scales.She’ll swim to the sea with a silvery swish. Find a coin.Make a wish.…

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the giant’s wife

ONE AFTERNOON, THE giant Finn McCoul burst into his hut howling like a banshee. “What’s the matter, my dear man?” asked his wife, Oonagh. Finn protected all of Ireland from wicked witches and frightening fairies, and she had never heard him give such a scream. “Oonagh! It’s that dreadful oversized Cuhullin,” said Finn. “He’s coming for a fight!” “You’re the strongest giant for miles around,” Oonagh said, patting his boulder-sized shoulder. “Not as strong as Cuhullin,” argued Finn. “That bully has more might than a thunderstorm. He’s thrashed every giant around except me.” “Does that mountain of muscle have a brain inside?” asked Oonagh. “Doesn’t need one,” replied Finn. “We’ll see,” Oonagh said with a determined gleam in her eye. Oonagh made two round soda bread loaves. Into one, she baked an iron pan. She left the other…

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celtic charm

THE ANCIENT CELTS (pronounced either “kelts” or “selts”) of Northern and Western Europe made distinctive designs on tools, weapons, and jewelry. Create your own Celtic good-luck charm for your backpack. What You’ll Need: ❖ 3-by-3-inch square of cardboard ❖ pencil ❖ school glue ❖ 6-by-6-inch sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil ❖ black tempera (poster) paint ❖ small paintbrush ❖ tissue ❖ hole puncher ❖ yarn or ribbon ❖ backpack What to Do: 1. Draw a design on the cardboard with your pencil. You can follow one of the Celtic designs here or make up your own. 2. Trace over your design with a thin line of glue and allow it to dry overnight. The glue should be raised and clear when dry. 3. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the cardboard; smooth to form the foil around the raised design. Carefully fold extra foil…

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eating green

MORNA THE PINE MARTEN crept silently on four soft paws, following something moving through the tall green grass of the Irish countryside. Was it a mouse? A bird? POUNCE! “Faith and begorrah!” the creature shouted. Wait. This prey had neither fur nor feathers. It was a wee little man dressed all in green. Morna gave a toothy grin. “Hello, lunch,” she said. “My name is Davin, not lunch,” the leprechaun grumbled, brushing off his coat. “You’re ‘lunch’ to me,” Morna replied, slinking her long furry body around him. “I’ll use your shoelaces to floss my teeth afterwards.” The little man gazed up with a pleading look in his eyes. “Please don’t eat me. Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, and my brothers and I have been preparing a feast. If you’re hungry, join us. It would be a great pity…

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what type of eater are you?

WHEN IT COMES to eating, you might be the no-fuss everything-goes type. Maybe you love trying new foods, or prefer to stick with familiar dishes.Take the quiz to find your mealtime personality! At a friend’s birthday party, you . . . ❏ A. Pile your plate with whatever you can reach. (Oops, was that the dog’s treats?) ❏ B. Pick foods you’ve never tried before. (Fried frog legs with banana ketchup, please!) ❏ C. Look for things you recognize. (Hey, is that macaroni and cheese?) After soccer practice, you open the fridge and . . . ❏ A. Grab the first thing you see. (Peanut butter and tomato sandwiches? Sure!) ❏ B. Don’t see anything interesting. (Better wait for the new bird’s nest soup recipe Mom is making.) ❏ C. Keep digging until you find what you want.…

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