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“If You Give a Pig a Pancake” – Sequencing Activities

written by: Pam Cannon • edited by: Amanda Grove • updated: 7/12/2012

“If You Give a Pig a Pancake” provides another fun filled opportunity for students to learn more about sequencing. This skill is important in comprehension, giving and receiving instructions, retelling a story and story writing. What fun you and your students will have with a pig and a pancake!

Gather the students together and share “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.”

After talking about the story and looking carefully at the illustrations, ask for volunteers to retell the story. As the story unfolds print on chart paper each of the events. Read with the students and ask if that is the story in the right sequence (order).

Ask the students why they think it is important to tell or do things in the right order. As an example ask each child to take off one shoe. Now ask them to: 1) Put your foot in your shoe. 2) Fasten your shoe. 3) Stand up. Now repeat this action but mix up the order. e.g. 1) Fasten your shoe. 2) Stand up. 3) Put your foot in your shoe.

Story Necklace

Now is a good time to introduce sequence activities for “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.”

Review the story again and draw attention to the chart sentences in the correct order. Tell the children that they are going to make a story necklace. Provide each student with 6 – 8 pieces of light card approximately 2″ X 3″ (5cm X8cm). Use a paper punch and punch two holes in the top of each card. Ask students to make a picture and print a sentence (or word) for events in the story. When the pictures and writing are complete thread the cards (using the holes punched in the top of each card) onto a pipe cleaner in the correct order. Add enough yarn to each end so that the necklace can be loosely tied around the student’s neck. N.B. Pipe cleaners work better than yarn as the cards will stay flat and not bunch up.

Roll Out a Story

Provide students with long strips of paper approximately 30″ X 4″ (75cm X 10cm) – or with blank adding machine tape. Tell them that they are going to make a movie. Ask them to draw pictures in the correct sequence of ‘If You Give a Pig a Pancake.” For students who are able they should print a caption under each illustration. When the pictures and writing is complete add a toilet paper roll to each end and roll the story paper onto the roll at the beginning. Then each child can unroll their story from one tube to the other in “movie” style.

Orally presenting and reading stories is an exciting way for children to celebrate their writing. This roll-out-a-story design is fun to share as it relates to the making of movies. Everyone will have a good time. You might even serve popcorn while you “watch” the movies!

After examining the circle sequence of the story ask students what happens in our lives every year? What sequence are we very familiar with? (seasons) Using the templates one and two ask students to make a circle story of “Give a Pig a Pancake.”

Number Sequence

Ask the students to count the number of pages in the book. What is the last number? What number comes before that? What is the first number? What number comes after that? Choose a number. Tell what comes before it and what comes after it. Students readily recognize the importance of sequence in numbers.

Have a pancake party to finish off the sequence activities for “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.” Even if there are no cooking facilities an electric frying pan can be used – with careful supervision of course! Emphasize the importance of following the sequence of the recipe to make the pancakes.

Collect copies of “If You Give a. ” books and encourage your students to read and reread them. They may wish to write a letter to the author or the illustrator to tell why they enjoyed their books.

Introduce students to the joy of books and incorporate learning activities – every day will be a great day in the classroom!

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Learning how to drive is a lot easier than it looks. It looks intimidating from the passenger’s seat, or in films, but once you get behind the wheel and gently put your foot on the pedal, the process becomes very intuitive. If you’re a defensive driver and learn to take things slow in the beginning, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the basics. This article assumes you’ll be driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission. If you’re not driving an automatic, you’ll need to read about the basics of driving stick-shift (manual transmission) instead, although the general process will still be similar.

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Adjust the seat so that your feet comfortably reach both pedals. You can adjust your seat forward and backward, as well as up and down. Some cars will have electronic controls (usually on the left side of the seat), while older cars will usually have a lever underneath the seat that lets you control the position of the seat. But you can tell the difference.

Familiarize yourself with the foot pedals. In an automatic car, the two foot pedals control acceleration and braking, respectively. The rightmost pedal (which is usually smaller than the other pedal) is the accelerator, and pressing down on it makes the car move forwards; the harder you press it, the faster the car will move. The pedal to the left, which is usually larger than the accelerator; is the brake pedal, and pressing down on it slows the car down.

  • Even if you feel more confident using your left foot, always use your right foot to reach both pedals. It will feel strange at first if you’re left-footed, but getting used to it is very important because it’s proper technique and ultimately much safer.
  • Never use both feet at once to reach the pedals. Only use one foot — your right foot — to use each pedal. This will make it impossible to accidentally press down on both pedals at the same time.

Adjust your car’s mirrors so that you can see through them clearly and effectively. Your car should have three mirrors: one rear-view mirror, which allows you to see directly the rear windshield behind you, and two outside mirrors which let you see to either side of the car and protect you from blind spots. [1]

  • Your rear-view mirror should be positioned so that when you’re in your normal driving position, you can see directly behind you and as much of the rear windshield as possible.
  • The Society of Automotive Engineers has one recommendation for how to position your outside mirrors in order to eliminate blind spots. It recommends positioning the mirrors further outward than normal, so that they just overlap with the viewing angle of the rear-view mirror. [2] Although disorienting at first, this positioning actually allows the driver to see cars in their blind spots which they might otherwise only be able to spot by looking over their shoulder.

Know where the parking brake (also called a handbrake, e-brake or emergency brake) is and what it does. The parking brake is a longer lever with a button on it’s very tip. When the parking brake is pulled up, it helps lock the car into place on the ground, ensuring that it doesn’t move. When the brake is let down, it is disengaged and the car can freely move. Make sure that your parking brake is disengaged before you start driving.

Get a feel for the gear stick (also called: shift lever, gear lever, shifter or simply, “the stick”). The gear stick is usually positioned in between the two front seats of a car, and it controls the gearbox (park, neutral, drive, reverse). Sometimes in certain vehicles, the shift lever is on the right-side of the steering wheel.

  • If your gear stick is engaged in Park and you turn your ignition on, the car won’t move forward no matter how hard you press down on the accelerator.
  • If your gear stick is in Neutral. your car’s natural momentum will continue to move it forward.
  • If your gear stick is in Reverse. your car will move backwards instead of forward when you take your foot off the brake.
  • If your gear stick is in Drive. your car will move forwards when you take your foot off the brake.

Understand your the basic dashboard controls/symbols. These gauges display to the driver how much fuel the engine has left, how fast the car is going, how hot the engine is, and how many RPM (revolutions per minute) the engine is clocking.

  • The speedometer is probably the most important dashboard display in the car. It tells you how fast your car is traveling, in either miles per hour (mph) or kilometers per hour (kph).
  • The RPM gauge tells you how hard your engine is working. Most RPM gauges will have red areas starting at 6,000 or 7,000 RPM. When the dial in the gauge, travels into the red, learn to ease off the acceleration.
  • The fuel gauge tells you how much fuel your car has left. It usually has a dial, like the hand of a clock that travels between “F” and “E,” with “E” signaling “empty” and “F” signaling “full.” Some more modern cars have digital fuel gauges; where electronic bars are displayed like the battery symbol on a mobile phone, and gradually decrease in quantity depending on how much fuel is in the car.
  • The temperature gauge in the car tells you whether your car’s engine is overheating. It usually has a dial that travels between “H” and “C,” signaling “hot” and “cold.” Your dial should normally be in the center of the gauge.

Street racing is dangerous, and illegal in most countries. If you wish to race your car, then taking your car to a track day would be the best thing to do. These are usually well supervised.

Always enforce that people who are passengers in your car must wear seatbelts. If they refuse, don’t drive them. You’re better off to create an awkward situation than to be held liable for bodily injury they sustain if you’re in an accident.

Make sure you practice uphill starts when learning to operate a manual car. Because starting a manual from a stop requires letting off the brakes and engaging the clutch (essentially placing the car in neutral), the car will roll backwards until first gear is engaged. To stop this from happening, apply the handbrake, then release it as you release the clutch and the car begins to move forward. Otherwise, you risk rolling into the car behind you. Practice this technique on a sloped driveway or car park where it’s safer to make mistakes.

Avoid the temptation to use your mobile phone, a few seconds distraction can cause a serious accident, so the best way to do it is to turn off your cell phone until you get to your destination. Better yet, park your car in a safe location when there is a need to answer a phone call.

Do not drink and drive. That’s the worst thing you could possibly do. You could kill yourself or someone else. It is also illegal to drive with more than a certain amount of alcohol in your body e.g. in the UK you must not drive with a breath alcohol level of more than 35 micrograms per 100 ml or a blood alcohol level of more than 80 milligrams per 100 ml. This is roughly the equivalent to 2 cans of strong lager. If you are going to drink this much alcohol, arrange another means of transport.

Never shift into low gears at high speeds (i.e. 1st gear at 50 mph/80 km/h). This will greatly damage or destroy your car’s engine and transmission.

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Miniature Schnauzer

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The Schipperke is small but fiery, known for their intense personalities and confidence. They are extremely active dogs that need a job to do. With a sheepdog heritage, the breed insists on being the center of attention and must be involved in any activity around them. They are excellent vermin hunters and should be supervised around small animals and even other dogs. Alert and curious, they make outstanding watchdogs, regardless of their size. Don t be fooled by the Schipperke s looks there s a lot of spirit in that tiny package!

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two Corgi breeds. They are very active, sturdy dogs that do best in homes where regular exercise and play is provided. Cardigans make outstanding performance dogs, frequently competing in obedience, agility, and herding. They might look like a small breed, but they are full of heart and want nothing more than to be active with their families.

Border Terrier

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Brussels Griffon

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Shetland Sheepdog

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If you’re involved in a crash, how you react afterwards can go a long ways towards saving you money and, depending on the situation, saving lives.

  • If you’re involved in an accident, don’t flee. You will be wanted by the law, regardless if you were at fault.
  • Take precautions to prevent other cars from adding to the accident. If possible, remove all the vehicles involved from the road. And then stay at the side of the road.
  • Offer assistance to the injured. Do not move an injured person unless there’s immediate danger, like a burning vehicle.
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  • Exchange information with all involved parties. Be sure to provide your name, address, driver license number, vehicle registration number and vehicle insurance provider.
  • Try to get the names and numbers of witnesses.

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Five Ways You re Asking for an IRS Audit This Tax Season

What’s the scariest phrase in the English language? At this time of year, many would argue it’s IRS audit.”

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Still, statistics are cold comfort if you become one. There are certainly several simple ways to reduce your risk of attracting a second look from Uncle Sam. Here are five things to avoid if you don’t want to see a tax audit letter hit your mailbox.

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IRS Audit Risk No. 1: Filing an Error-Filled Eeturn

Hey, you’re human, and maybe you made a mistake in your math. Perhaps you forgot to fill in some personal information or flubbed a digit in your Social Security number. Unfortunately, whether it’s a simple error or a whopper, it raises your risk of an audit.

Avoid this fate by skipping the paper returns. Going through a tax professional can drastically reduce your chances of errors, but so can using an online tax preparation program that takes care of the math for you and prevents you from moving forward until you’ve filled out all necessary fields. Remember, filing online might even be free. so there’s little reason not to take advantage.

Another related red flag? Deduction amounts that are just a little too neat and even $200 here, $500 there, $1,000 there. Uncle Sam knows you’re probably rounding, meaning you don’t have documentation to support those deductions.

IRS Audit Risk No. 2: Making a Lot of Money or Only a Little

Taxpayers at the extremes are more likely to attract the attention of the IRS. In 2011, those who made more than $10 million sorry, Donald Trump had nearly a 30% chance of being audited. Average Joes and Janes with incomes between $25,000 and $100,000 had a less than 1% chance.

Interestingly, those who reported no gross income had a 3.42% audit rate, making them the group most likely to be audited among those making less than $500,000. Many of these filers may be reporting net operating losses for their small businesses, and the IRS wants to make sure that’s truly the case.

Another related risk? If you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, which maxes out at just over $6,000 this tax year. Many filers try to claim this lucrative credit even if they’re ineligible. You can check whether you can safely claim the EITC at the IRS website.

IRS Audit Risk No. 3: Being Self-Employed

Self-employment itself may not raise your risk of an audit, but it brings a host of opportunities for missteps.

One of the biggest is forgetting or “forgetting” to report all of your income. For instance, if you’re a freelancer who juggles multiple clients, make sure your taxes reflect each and every 1099 form. Missing just one can mean a world of hurt.

Another tricky area is deductions. It’s easy to get deduction-happy when you’re self-employed, since “ordinary and necessary business expenses” are fair game. But realize that the IRS is far stricter about that definition than you may be.

That shiny MacBook you bought for personal reasons and only occasionally use for work? You’re on thin ice. Claiming a home office deduction when you use your dining room table as your desk? Be very careful. Taking a friend out for lunch and trying to pass it off as a business expense? Don’t do it.

Bottom line: To qualify as a legitimate deduction, the expense should be essential for you to do your work.

IRS Audit Risk No. 4: Passing Off a Hobby as a Business

Relatedly, the lines between pursuing a hobby that may generate occasional cash and running a legitimate business can be quite blurry. But problems arise when you try to deduct losses arising from your hobby as if it’s a business.

Those knitted beer cozies you make in your basement and sell to friends for a few bucks each may not seem consequential enough to spur an audit, but the IRS may think differently. You need to have a legitimate profit motive for your activity to be considered a business rather than a hobby; otherwise, related losses are not fair game for deductions.

One way to prove this is by turning a profit in three of the past five years (called the “3-of-5 test”), but you can also submit evidence of your attempts at making money (marketing efforts, proper licenses and permits, etc.) to help your cause.

IRS Audit Risk No. 5: Being Too Generous

Giving to charity is a noble and wonderful thing. However, if you overdo it, you’re likely to arouse the suspicions of Uncle Sam.

The IRS has detailed statistics showing how much people with similar incomes typically give. Vastly overshoot that number, and an audit becomes more likely.

For instance, if you report $100,000 in income, somewhere around $3,300 in charitable deductions would be typical. Report $10,000 and you’re likely to raise eyebrows, since that’s more in line with the amount given by people making four times as much.

Cash donations are easy (and essential) to document. But regular folks may be more likely to get in hot water by overstating the value of donated items such as clothing, housewares, and furniture. That old winter coat, even if it’s in good shape, may only be worth $20 even if you originally paid $200 for it.

Be sure to consult a pricing guide such as this one from Goodwill or this one from the Salvation Army before itemizing your donations.

Remember, Honesty Is the Best Policy

No one wants to be audited, but if you lie on your tax returns, you’re practically begging for it. So assuming you can avoid the temptation to “forget” reporting income, claim a whopping charitable deduction that never happened, or ignore the existence of your fat Swiss bank account, you’re already ahead of the game.

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