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Neversink Curriculum Guide

Neversink Curriculum Guide

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About Neversink:
Along the Arctic Circle lies a small island called Neversink, whose jag-ged clis and ice-gouged rocks are home to a colony o odd-looking seabirds called auks. Chie among them is our hero, Lockley J. Pun. Withtheir oceanront views and plentiul supply o sh, the auks have little torue their eathers, save or Lockley’s two best riends, Egbert, a know-it-all walrus and Ruby a sharp-tongued hummingbird. But all o this isabout to change. Rozbell, the newly crowned king o the Owl Parliament,is dealing with a amine on the mainland o Tytonia just across the bayrom Neversink. He has long had his scheming eyes on the small colony tothe northwest. Now Neversink’s independence hangs in the balance. Aninsurgence o owls will inevitably destroy lie as the auks know it—unlessLockley can do something about it. Barry Wolverton’s debut is an epic taleo some very un-epic birds, a ast-paced and unny story o survival, riend-ship, and sh.
by Barry WolvertonHardcover (ISBN: 978-0-06-202791-7)
Neversink Curriculum Guide
Walden Pond Press was ortunate to work with The National Audubon Society’s Project Pun to puttogether this curriculum guide to use with your students as you read the book 
. The activities inthis guide are recommended or Grades 3 through 6.
About the Author:
Barry Wolverton makes his debut with
, the product o a longtimeinterest in arctic wildowl and Scandinavian olklore. He has also written orNational Geographic, Scholastic.com, and Discovery Networks. Barry livesin Memphis. You can nd him online at www.barrywolverton.com.
Walden Pond Press is grateul to The National Audubon Society’s Project Pun or permission to make useo its extraordinary educational resources. Project Pun scientists work on the Maine coast to bring Atlan-tic Puns and other seabirds back to islands where they once lived but had disappeared, due to hunting,in the late 1800’s. The scientists, many o them young and dedicated college students, live directly on theislands where the birds nest, and help protect them rom disturbances, while studying and banding them.Since 1973
Project Pun has restored three pun colonies, with about 1200 pairs o birds currently nest-ing, as well as 8000 pairs o migratory Terns, including some on the endangered species list.For more inormation about Project Pun, please see: http://www.projectpun.org
Walden Pond Press and the skipping stone logo are trademarks o Walden Media, LLC.www.walden.com/bookswww.harpercollinschildrens.com
To eel how a layer o at helps insulatethe body rom the chilling eects o cold water.
About hal a class period or so
A can or two of Crisco shorteningA dozen or more quart-sized zipping plastic bagsDuct TapeSeveral basins of icy, cold water
Measure one cup o shortening and place
it in a quart-sized zipping plastic bag. Turn a second
bag inside out and put it inside the bag with the shortening, being sure to reverse the zipper tr
cks. Zipthe bags together. For added protection, seal the bags around the zipper with duct tape. Push the short-ening around, rom the outside, to distribute it evenly in the “mitt.”For each mitt with shortening make an empty mitt, without shortening. These mitts will be used to com-pare with the insulated models.Give each student a chance to place one hand in an empty mitt and one in an insulated mitt (with theshortening). Then ask the student to place both hands in a basin or sink o icy, cold water. What happens?(Since this process doesn’t take very long, you can get by with making only a ew sets o mitts and takingturns with them.)
Activity 1: Why Puns Don’t Freeze
© 2011 by Project Pun The weather on Neversink is pretty dreadul—rugged, wintry, windy and bleak or most o the year. Howdoes a little pun like Lockley keep warm in spite o deep Arctic chill? All it takes is a
some b
lubber—alayer o at beneath the skin. Try this experiment to see what we mean.
While it is well known that marine mammals suchas whales, seals, and polar bears have thick layers o at to helpkeep them warm, northern seabirds such as puns also rely oninternal layers o at to help them survive rigid arctic waters. This at, combined with their external water-repelling and air-trapping coat o eathers, allows seabirds to live in a seeminglyharsh environment. (Older students could research other adap-tations to the cold, or birds as well as other lie orms.)
Photo courtesy o Stephen Kressand www.projectpun.org
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