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2.Why do we have to learn this? Students always ask me this question. My answer-much of what we have today was because of things developed by people that lived long ago.This reading activity shares many things we have today thanks to previous cultures. I've included several comprehension questions and two extension activities.Reading on Contributions to our Lives from the Past
3. Show kids that everything has a history(great for the beginning of the school year!), even shoes,candy,tulips, pretzels, peanuts and chewing gum. Check out this reading on the history of PRETZELS!History of Pretzels! The resource includes a reading passage, a Did You Know? section of fun facts about pretzels. For example: Baldies are what saltless pretzels are called! There is also a short map skill activity to show students the location of where pretzels originated. There are comprehension questions and a teacher page with extension activities and links.Great for a Friday, day before a vacation or just when you'd like to show kids that history is all around us!
History of Shoes:Everything-Has-a-HistoryEven-Shoes
History of Candy! History of Candy!
4.Learn about pencils, paper and pens with this informative web quest! Did you know that 2 billion pencils are made each year just in the United States?Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Great for a Friday or before vacation activity!History of Pencils, Paper and Pens!
5. Geographic Secret Messages: Need a geography activity? Try my geographic secret messages. Students find the answers to geographic questions and then use the first letter of the answer to arrive at a secret message. When the questions are answered, the "secret" term(a geography term) will be revealed! There are 5 geographic messages to solve.Geographic Secret Messages!Great mapwork activity
6.Introduce Kids to World Landmarks:Learn about some of the famous landmarks around the world. This web quest includes: Uluru Rock, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Mt. Everest, Dead Sea, Rock of Gibraltar, Great Pyramid, Suez Canal. Stonehenge, Sahara Desert,Abu Simbel, Easter Island and Angkor Wat. There are comprehension questions and several extension activities.World Landmarks: A Webquest
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IN THE NEWS TODAY: 8/18/2017:
NASA is looking to hire someone for a new position. The job is to protect humans from aliens! Actually,the planetary protection officer will be responsible for alien contamination from people bringing Earth microbes into space and from any accidental space organisms coming back to Earth. Such a position will be only the second such job in the world. Sounds like this could be an out of this world job! Illustration from NASA:
A total solar eclipse to cover the USA from coast to coast hasn't occurred in the USA since 1918 and one to exclusively occur only over the United Sates hasn't happened since Revolutionary War days (1776). However, that will change on August 21st. On that day, the moon will block out the sun leaving what scientists call a "diamond ring" remaining. The entire solar event will last just 3 minutes.
There are lots and lots of jellyfish in the oceans and their increasing numbers are causing a number of problems. Jellyfish can sting. Some people actually have died from the toxins(poison) in their sting. Jellyfish also get caught in fishing nets. They also like to cluster near oil rigs and wind turbines and can clog water intake values.On a positive side, jellyfish are a main food for many marine creatures. Jellyfish are also used in medical research. Danish scientists think they have found a way to use reduce the growing number of jellyfish-eat them! Eating jellyfish is something that people in Asian countries have long done but munching on jellyfish hasn't been popular with much of the world. Drying jellyfish in a lab,specifically the very abundant moon jellies, scientists created a papery,salty protein snack. Would you eat a crispy jellyfish?
Would you take a walk along this bridge? The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge has opened in the Zermatt area of Switzerland. The amazing bridge cuts the time to about 19 minutes to make a distance that previously needed four hours from Zermatt to another village called Grachen. The 1621ft.long Europabruecke Bridge is about 25 inches wide and at points is 279 ft. above the valley. It does offer some beautiful views of the famed Matterhorn mountain.
Scientists have developed an amazingly strong medical glue and it was created after studying slugs! The slimy slug secretes mucus as a defensive tactic. This mucus was studied and found to have amazing stickiness and it even adheres to damp surfaces. Three times stronger than any current medical glue, the slug glue will be very helpful in surgery procedures in the near future.
Last year, a ten year old New Mexico boy was on a hike with his family when he stumbled over what Jude Sparks thought was the remains of a cow skull. Looking more closely, he saw tusks and realized it was something unusual. Scientists say he found a 1.2 million year old fossil. Specifically, Jude found the 2000 pound preserved skull of a mastodon-type elephant called a Stegomastodon. This past May, the very fragile remains were carefully removed and brought to the New Mexico State University. Further investigation is planned for the site to search for addition remains of the Stegomastodon.
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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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