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Supplies…check.  Back pack, pencil, notebooks…check.  Early to bed…check.  Breakfast…check!   You’re ready!But what do you plan to accomplish this year?  Click on “Comment” below and  tell what your goals are for this year.  What subject will you excell in?  What subject will you improve in? What will you do to accomplish these goals?

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Dragon dances through the street!Those words mean “Have a prosperous and good New Year!”  Chinese New Year began January 26th on the 1st new moon of the year and celebrations will continue for 15 days until the 1st full moon.   This is the year of the Ox.  People born in this year are believed to be strong, patient, hard workers; they make others feel confident in themselves.  They can also be stubborn… an Ox! 

Chinese New Year is celebrated with special fireworks, parades and many family reunions. Special foods are prepared that have symbolic meaning to the Asian people.  Shrimp represent happiness; a whole fish symbolizes abundance.  Noodles that are uncut represent long life. 

Red and gold  are favorite colors for Chinese New Year and have meaning. Many people think that wearing red on that day will bring them a joyful future.  During this holiday people also give each other red and gold envelopes with money in them.

At the end of the 15 days of celebration there is a special parade. A dragon appears at the end of the parade, strolling through the street. He is the symbol of strength and goodness.  It is a way of wishing everyone peace and good luck for the coming year.

Blog Tamers, click on the link on the right that says “Find your Chinese Zodiac Animal”.  Find the animal for the year you were born. Then come back to this site. Click on “comment” to tell what qualities you have that were listed for your animal and tell which ones you disagree with that were listed for your zodiac animal.

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Knowledge Is Power!

Blog Tamers, did you know…..Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was the first doctor to do open heart surgery, more than 100 years ago in Chicago’s Provident Hospital? He was also African American!  You can read about him in your Open Court reader, right?

Here’s another African American doctor you should know…..Dr. Dr. Benjamin CarsonBenjamin Carson! In 1987, he became the first doctor to operate to separate conjoined twins…and both twins lived!

Blog Tamers, click on “comment” below and write to compare and contrast these two doctors: how are they they alike and how are they different?  Also, Blog Tamers, why do you think “Knowledge is Power”?

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