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will be writing ONE group paragraph(s) for the story (not each student). The first class will write the intro paragraph(s). Then the next class will read the paragraph(s) and decide how they want to continue the story. This will continue until the last class on the list writes the ending and gives the story a title. Your paragraph(s) will be typed onto this Wiki page. You will also need to send (email as .jpg) the 3 pictures to your Teacher Leader. The pictures should illustrate events in the section that your class wrote.
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Stacy Hodges (Class 5)
Zachary, LA, USA
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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Nichole Tomczak (Class 2)
New Brighton Elementary School
New Brighton, Pennsylvania, USA
Title (Given by the last class): Stopping the Pollution in Ramalamadingdong
Start your story here:
The factories and stores have been releasing their waste and toxins into a river in North Korea. When the cows drank from that river, they mutated. It seems they could hardly breathe and started wiggling crazily as if they were training in karate. The cows could no longer give milk to their humans because something was blocking their udders.
Meanwhile, high up on a mountaintop, a
was fishing for his brunch because the bamboo was toxic from the river
. All of a sudden,
felt a tug on his bamboo fishing pole. He hurled it out of the
only to realize that it was a big piece of
. “Eww, that’s revolting. I can’t eat this.” The panda wrinkled his face in disgust and said, “The water is completely polluted. I guess it is time to immigrate. I am moving to China where they have fresh bamboo and clean water!”
So Panda picks up his pole and begins to walk down the mountain feeling very discouraged about his environment. On his way he meets a wise singing
who has just returned from China. He describes the pollution problems in China. The air smells of the dead fish and you can hardly see anything because of the smog. The animals are dying from drinking the polluted water. He has returned to North Korea to find volunteers to help him clean up his homeland. Panda decides that he should stay and fight the pollution with
since singing crickets bring good luck.
Cricket and Panda travel to Ramalamadingdong, North Korea to solicit volunteers for their fight. While there, they see all sorts of odd sights. The animals have mutated: family dogs that have turned into purple humpalumpas, chickens are doing the moonwalk and talking with a Southern accent, and cats are speaking Spanish. Confused by what they have seen, they stop for a quick bite to eat. Inside the restaurant, things are just as strange: the milk is tainted with radiation and has turned green, the apple pies are literally flying across the room, and lizards are sitting at a table eating pizza. Panda and the singing cricket look at each other and wonder, “Are we too late to save Ramalamadingdong?”
“We can’t give up,” exclaims Cricket! Luckily I can speak Spanish. I will ask the cats to help us solicit volunteers. Surprisingly the cats are bilingual. The cats excitedly reply, “We would love to help you save Ramalamadingdong!” “Our manager has been dumping toxic waste into the water and we can’t get him to see how dangerous this is!” Panda, Cricket and the cats talk for a few hours about how to educate the world on the dangers of polluting. Finally they decide that they will make a public service announcement to tell others about how serious the problem has become. They will also make signs and knock on doors to try to solicit more help. They want to create a benefit to raise money and awareness for their cause.
They decide to call it the Toxic Relief Foundation. The goals of their foundation will be to educate the public on the perilous condition of Ramalamadingdong, the ways factories and business can help reduce their carbon footprint as well as, how to reverse the effects of the already polluted areas!
Panda, Cricket and the Cats go to the river because they think this is the best place to make their Public Service Announcement. They meet a tiger with his paw in the river.
Panda asked, “Hey, what are you doing?”
Tiger exclaimed, “I’m trying to clean up the river!”
Mino the Cat says, “Podes ajudar (can you help?) We need to make a Public Service Announcement to teach about the damage being done in Ramalamadingdong.”
Tiger answered, “I have a video camera that we can use. LET’S GO!”
All the animals got right to work on creating their Public Service Announcement. Their main message was “DON’T POLLUTE!” They also gave many ideas about how to clean up the pollution.
They couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.
Ramalamadingdong was cleaned of all the pollution, and all was back to normal. The bamboo wasn’t toxic anymore. Panda and Cricket walked in the restaurant, and they observed the pies no longer flew around the restaurant, the chickens weren’t doing the moonwalk or talking with a southern accent, and purple humpalumpas turned back into dogs. Instead of speaking Spanish, the cats meowed. The cows made milk again, and the lizards stopped eating pizza.
Now the cat’s manager discovered how dangerous it is to pollute the water, so he promised they were no longer going to dump toxins into the river. The factories decided not to dump toxic waste into the river anymore. The factories also decided to make their products with recycled materials.
After everything was cleaned, Panda and Cricket built and lived in condos by the river. All the other animals felt good because they took part in cleaning up the water. They celebrated with water samples and sushi made with fresh seaweed and salmon from the river. They all lived happily ever after!
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