Remember Our Soldiers
Materials for experiential,active learners
Mrs. Portulaca Purpilopilis
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(New: Sample Iditarod Webquest!)
History For Kids
Tween Tribune-News Stories for Student
DogoNews: Fodder for Young Minds
Time for Kids-Around the World
BBC Website for Kids
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The Iditarod starts March 4th. Check out this free Interactive Notebook Freebie on the history of the Iditarod:Iditarod
Highlighted Resources for MARCH
4. National Week of the Ocean is celebrated the end of March/early April. Learn lots of fun facts with this Exploring the Ocean Blue Web quest.There are nine informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions,extension activities and links.Use as part of a unit on oceans or as an activity for a Friday or before a vacation break.Exploring the Ocean: A Webquest
5. Introduce your students to the history of APRIL FOOL'S DAY! This resource provides a reading for students as well as lots of interesting famous April Fool's Day pranks (Ex: A video on a spaghetti harvest in the country of Switzerland caused people to call to ask where they could buy a spaghetti tree!Extension activities,a Test your April Fool's Day IQ and comprehension questions.April Fool's Day: Reading and Activities
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IN THE NEWS TODAY: 3/19/2017:
A frog discovered in South America is fluorescent. It glows green. Herpetologists (scientists who study reptiles and amphibians) say that the "hypsiboas punctatus" is the world's first fluorescent frog! The brownish-green polka tree frog doesn't appear this way in the dark but does when ultraviolet light is shone on it. Creatures like fireflies are bioluminescent meaning that have the abilitiy to create their own light. Fluorescent creatures absorb short wavelengths and re-emit them at longer wavelengths creating the green glow. Several types of fish and even sea turtles have this ability but scientists didn't think that amphibians did, until now. Found in the country of Argentina, it is believed the fluorescent frog may use its powers to communicate or to attract a male.
Construction works excavating at a construction site in China have made an amazing discovery, a 6ft. tall pyramid-shaped tomb.Found inside a 98 ft. long chamber, the actual age of the tomb has yet to be determined. Archeologists suggest the tomb may date back to the Han Dynasty(202BC-220 AD). Found in the Zhengzhou region of China, the tomb is being called the "pyramid of Zhengzhou".
Ramses 11 was called Ramses the Great and was a powerful pharaoh(king) of ancient Egypt. A statue believed to be made in his honor was recently unearthed in a mud pit in a neighborhood in the northeastern section of Cairo, Egypt. Cairo is the present day capital of the country of Egypt. The broken figure is 26 ft. tall and dates back about 3000 years. Ramses ruled Egypt for sixty-six years beginning in 1279 BC. Archaeologists hope to reconstruct the massive statue to be placed in the new Grand Egyptian Museum opening next year.
Two teens are helping to clean up the Pacific Ocean of trash, specifically golf balls! It is estimated that thousands of golf balls have been hit into the ocean while playing golf at Pebble Beach, near Monterey, CA. Alex Weber,16, was diving near the area last spring when she spotted some golf balls resting on the ocean floor. Along with her friend, Jack Johnston(16), they began to collect the golf balls. They began collecting the golf balls to help clean up the waters near their home and to create awareness to the issue of pollution, in this case golf balls! A little more than six months later, they had collected 9,000 golf balls! Alex and Jack are very concerned about the effect golf balls have on marine life. Golf balls have been found inside a dead gray whale and an albatross. Before 2000, golf balls were made up of wound rubber. As the plastic covering degrades, these rubber pieces,which look like sea grass, are eaten by many marine life(including sea turtles, fish,birds and manatees), making them sick. Additionally, the micro-plastic from the broken golf balls is toxic to marine life. The teens have started The Plastic Pick-up, an organization to remove plastics from the ocean. It is believed that Alex and Jack's efforts are the very first underwater cleanup of golf balls in the 97 year history of Pebble Beach. If you are wondering, all the collected golf balls are currently housed in the garage of Alex's parents!
What can we do about climate change and the melting ice caps of the Arctic? A scientists at Arizona State University have a unique idea. Giant pumps that can collect water underneath the ice and spray the water onto the ice surface where it would freeze increasing the thickness of the melting ice caps. The idea is similar to snowmaking at a ski slope making more of a base to keep the slopes open when the warmer temperatures and rain occur. Kept afloat with buoys, the pumps would be generated by windmills catching the strong Arctic winds. It is estimated one pump could build up about 3.3 feet of ice and cover about .04 sq. miles(in a couple of days). The Arctic ice caps are extremely important, having an effect on our Earth's temperatures and marine life such as polar bears. Additionally, scientists say the melting ice releases methane trapped in the ice increasing the greenhouse effect. Obviously, with millions of pumps being needed to build up the ice caps, the cost for such a giant pumping project would be expensive. However, with projected summer ice caps being gone by 2030, scientists are trying to come up with different ideas to slow or even reverse this from happening.
Did you ever hear the song,"Fly Me to the Moon"? For the first time in 45 years, a 240,000( one way)manned trip to the moon is planned for 2018. Instead of the mission being part of NASA and involving astronauts, this trip will be for space tourists aboard the Space X. Space X is a privately owned spaceship company owned by Elon Musk. The two people who will take this out of this world trip will have to undergo medical exams and training. They also will pay a large amount of money for the weeklong trip which will do a loop around the moon. The spaceship will also make a close encounter with the moon but will not land. In case you are wondering, 24 astronauts journeyed to the moon with 12 astronauts actually walking on its surface. The first man to ever walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong(followed by Buzz Aldrin). SpaceX has an even larger goal, a one day human settlement on Mars!
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I have retired from teaching after 33 1/2 years in the classroom. Of that time, I taught Grade 6 Social Studies teacher for 31 1/2 years.I earned my BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies from SUNY Oneonta, New York, and my MST in social studies education from Binghamton University in New York. In 1988, I was awarded the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Classroom Teacher of the Year Award from the New York State Council for the Social Studies. Additionally, in 1988, I was also awarded the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award by the National Council for the Social Studies.
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