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Kid News: Kids Get Creative Naming Snowplows

When the state of Vermont asked elementary school kids to suggest names for their local snowplows, the results were unusual and surprising. Vermont sponsored the contest to create some excitement during the snowy season in New England – and it worked! Over 100 elementary schools participated, and the contest helped the students and snowplow operators feel more connected. Listen to hear some inventive snowplow names and learn how one school community celebrated when a winner was chosen.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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