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  Cyber Bullying and Punching For Gold

Our elementary Instant Lesson, "Cyber School Bullies" reports that children around the world are experiencing bullying online. A new survey of people in more than 24 countries found that a quarter of parents worldwide knew a youngster who has been a cyberbully victim. This lesson will help students learn and talk about the topic.

As London gears up for the Olympics, two teenage girls in Afghanistan are preparing for the women's boxing event. Shabnam and Sadaf Rahimi train in a dusty gym with broken mirrors as they try to fulfill their dream. Despite death threats, their father and their coach are helping them prepare for the Olympics. " It was my dream to become a boxer. At first my father did not agree with me. He said girls should not be boxing," 18 year-old Sadaf told Reuters, out of breath from punching the bag. "After I got my first medal, he changed his mind." Students talk about Olympic sports and learn of the Rahimi girls' struggles as they do our Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson "Punching For Gold".

We also look at a website trying to help pet owners and their cat and dog pets lose weight "Petsercise" - Intermediate Instant Lesson.

The story of a relieved music student who has been reunited with her loaned $170,000 violin "Lost and Found" is this month's Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson and we have worksheets and exercises on animals: "Farm Animals" - Max Vocab worksheet - Pre Intermediate and "Animals" - Weekly Warmer - Intermediate and above.

Plenty to keep you and your students interested!

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- Cyber School Bullies - Elementary Instant Lesson
  Parents around the world say cyberbullying is a problem says a new survey and in the Netherlands some children bully other children online. Cyberbullying, computer technology, schools, describing future plans, be going to.

- Lost and Found - Pre Intermediate Instant Lesson
 A Boston music student got lucky when she was reunited with the $170,000 violin she had left in a bus. Money, valuable things.

- Petsercise - Intermediate Instant Lesson
The world's biggest food group Nestle has launched an online program inviting pet owners to team up with their furry friends to lose weight. Business, obesity, pet owners, pet food, cats and dogs, "to" for purpose, proper nouns.

- Punching for Gold - Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson
Teenage Afghan sisters fighting for women's rights as they join the Olympics as their country's first female boxers. The Olympics, Afghanistran, sport.

- Animals - Weekly Warmer - Intermediate and above
This activity encourages communication between students using speaking, listening and reading skills. 

- Farm Animals - Max Vocab Worksheet - Pre Intermediate
Vocabulary and exercises about farm animals.

- All That Glitters - Instant Workbook - Advanced Lured by tales of fortunes made overnight, thousands spend weeks braving blistering heat, bandits and snakes. There are six exercises to do. (Reading comprehension, Grammar - so & such, Vocabulary - idioms, phrases.)

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Featured lessons

Click here to access resources on our Featured lessons: Valentine's Day - February 14th.

Featured Resources include:

- Gifts to Kill a Romance - Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson
Yahoo lists the top 10 worst gifts for new relationships. Dating, brainstorming, working with unfamiliar vocabulary, reading for gist, some/any.

- Falling in Love - Weekly Warmer - Pre-Intermediate and above

This warmer gets students to read and look for spelling errors as well as understand the history behind Valentine's Day, discuss a topic and then work together to design a card.

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- The Doll With The Dragon Tattoo? - Intermediate Instant Lesson
The doll with the dragon tattoo? Mattel's latest collector's edition Barbie doll has pink hair and tattoos across her shoulders and neck. Toys, Barbie dolls, role models, tattoos.

This month's Point of Interest

This month's Teaching Point comes from our Intermediate Instant Lesson, 'The Doll With The Dragon Tattoo?'

'...Since its release earlier this month online, the $50 limited edition doll designed by Los Angeles-based fashion company tokidoki and aimed at adult collectors, has sold out but not before causing controversy.

"Is the New 'Tokidoki' Tattoo Barbie Inappropriate for Children?" the magazine U.S. News & World Report asked in a recent headline.

Some parents in the United States also questioned whether the toy company that launched the original Barbie in 1959 should be promoting body art.

"It's teaching kids to want tattoos before they are old enough to dress like that," Kevin Buckner, of Virginia, told a local television station.

No one was available from Mattel to comment on the issue but not all the feedback has been negative. Some adults said the doll reflected modern fashion and pop culture.

"Have you seen Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna?" Candace Caswell, a 30-year-old mother from New York asked in an email interview, adding that the pop stars have tattoos and wear wigs and crazy clothes. "They are capturing a snapshot of pop culture the way it really is. Barbie is not raising my daughter. I am," she added.

For Heather Gately Stoll, of Colorado, tattoos are not the issue. "What is inappropriate for kids are her measurements," she said about the shapely doll. "If she can change personalities why can't she change her shape and size?"

And while New York mother Sue Dennis would not spend $50 on the doll, she is not offended by it. "I have a 16 month-old son and the tokidoki Barbie is more the diverse image of women I would like to present to him versus more traditional ones," she said.

The tokidoki Barbie is not the first to sport tattoos. In 2009, some stores pulled Mattel's Totally Stylin' Tattoos Barbie following complaints, and a year earlier Mattel collaborated with motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson to produce a Barbie with wings tattooed on her back. Production of tattooed Butterfly Art Barbie was halted in 1999 after parents voiced their concerns.

Gayatri Bhalla, 41, of Washington D.C, who writes a blog about experiences for tween girls, sees it as a marketing issue. "One the one hand, the company likes to hold Barbie up as the iconic American toy for girls and use her to promote things that most parents wouldn't object to, such as Take Your Daughter To Work Day," she said. "But they also create Barbie in images that a lot of parents wouldn't choose to hold up as a role model for their young daughters, and a full-body tattooed doll falls into this camp..."'

Thomson Reuters 2011

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