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Norbert’s Reading Rangers: Week 3

The Children’s Library pet, Norbert the bearded dragon, lounges on a tree limb in Dogwood Park.

Complete weekly virtual and at-home activities to become a Norbert’s Reading Ranger! Once you’ve earned your badge, pick it up at the Children’s Library between June 28th and July 10th.

Week 3 of Norbert’s Reading Rangers focuses on plants, art, and more. Complete at least 3 of the following challenges, and don’t forget to participate next week to qualify for your Norbert’s Reading Ranger badge! If you missed Week 1 or Week 2, you can still go back and complete them.

1. Create your own woodpecker and nuthatch kinetic toys using Smokieee’s templates and video guide below.

2. Learn about traditional Cherokee pottery techniques through Smokieee’s video.

3. Color the Wildflowers of the Smokies coloring sheet by the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Visit the Children’s Library if you would like a paper copy of the coloring sheet or need to borrow some crayons!

4. Complete the National Park Foundation’s Parks Word Search. Visit the Children’s Library if you need a paper copy!

5. Read a book about plants.

6. Go on a flower scavenger hunt using Smokieee’s Find the Flowers checklist. Visit the Children’s Library if you want to pick up a paper copy of the checklist!

7. Complete the National Park Foundation’s Crossword Puzzle #1. Check your answers using this key.

8. Watch the National Park Service’s video about the parts of a flower.

9. Color the Turkey Tail Mushroom Coloring Sheet by the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Visit the Children’s Library to get a paper copy!

10. Learn about lichens with Discover Life in America’s video.

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Norbert’s Reading Rangers: Week 2

The Children’s Library pet, Norbert the bearded dragon, gets ready to learn about salamanders.

Complete weekly virtual and at-home activities to become a Norbert’s Reading Ranger! Once you’ve earned your badge, pick it up at the Children’s Library between June 28th and July 10th.

For Week 2 of Norbert’s Reading Rangers, we’ve got activities that are all about wildlife. Complete at least 3 of the following challenges, and don’t forget to participate in Weeks 3 and 4 to qualify for your Norbert’s Reading Ranger badge! If you missed Week 1, you can still go back and complete it

1. Watch Smokieee’s Black Bear Journaling video to learn about black bears.

2. Complete the National Park Foundation’s Wildlife Word Search. Don’t have a printer? Visit the Children’s Library to pick up a copy of the word search!

3. Learn about bears by watching Smokieee’s “We Are Bears” music video.

“We Are Bears” Lyrics

4. Color Smokieee’s Pileated Woodpecker Coloring Page. Visit the Children’s Library if you need a printed copy or want to borrow some crayons!

5. Color Smokieee’s Spotted Salamander Coloring Page. Visit the Children’s Library if you need a printed copy or want to borrow some crayons!

6. Read a book about bears, salamanders, or another animal that interests you!

7. Go on an adventure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with this video from Smokieee’s.

8. Play a guessing game with Smokieee’s Magic Drawing Bear videos.

9. Learn about Appalachia’s Eastern Hellbender with Freshwaters Illustrated’s video.

10. Use Smokieee’s video guide to draw a salamander.

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Norbert’s Reading Rangers: Week 1

The Children’s Library pet, Norbert the bearded dragon, relaxing on a toadstool

Complete weekly virtual and at-home activities to become a Norbert’s Reading Ranger! Once you’ve earned your badge, pick it up at the Children’s Library between June 28th and July 10th.

To kick off Norbert’s Reading Rangers, we’ve got activities that are all about exploring nature through your senses. Complete at least 3 of the following challenges, and don’t forget to participate in Weeks 2-4 to qualify for your Norbert’s Reading Ranger badge!

  1. Relax with the soothing sounds of Smoky Mountains streams with this video by Smokieee’s.

2. Complete as much as you can of the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Sound Explorer activity booklet. Use the key to check your answers.

3. Explore nature through sound with this video by Smokieee’s.

4. Color at least 1 coloring sheet from the Smokieee’s 5 Senses Coloring Pages set. Visit the Children’s Library if you would like a paper copy of the coloring sheets or need to borrow some crayons!

5. Complete the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger matching activity featuring birds and trees found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visit the Children’s Library if you would like a paper copy or need to borrow a pencil!

6. Take a virtual hike to a waterfall in the Smoky Mountains through Smokieee’s video.

7. Complete the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger hidden object activity depicting a scene from the Smokies. Visit the Children’s Library if you would like a paper copy or need to borrow a pencil!

8. Read a non-fiction book about nature. Need a more specific topic? Look for a book about a national park!

9. Listen to PARKTRACKS. (From the link: The National Park Foundation and the National Park Service invite you to tune into PARKTRACKS, an innovative audio experience to help counter the hustle & bustle of city life, and tap into the trends of tranquility and mindfulness. PARKTRACKS will virtually transport you to national parks across the country with sounds captured by the National Park Service’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division.)

10. Listen to at least 3 sounds from the National Parks Service Sound Gallery.

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