Remember Our Soldiers
Materials for experiential,active learners
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NEW! Bell Ringers!
Mrs. Portulaca Purpilopilis
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Facts to Wow your Friends!
History For Kids
Ellen Jackson -Children's Author
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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IN THE NEWS TODAY:10/21/2014:
The world record (North America) for heaviest pumpkin has been smashed once again! Last year,Guinness World Records crowned Tim Mathison, Napa, California,with the record for his 2032 pound pumpkin.This year's gourd , grown by John Hawkley, was weighed at a pumpkin contest in California. It tipped the scales at 2058 pounds! That's the size of a small car. Amazingly, Hawkley also had another pumpkin that was over 2000 pounds(that's ONE ton!).
The South American Goliath birdeater isn't an itsey bitsey spider. It's the world's largest and it's a whopper. Recently, entomologist(bug scientist) Piotr Naskrecki was walking in the rainforest of Guyana and heard a noise. His flashlight spotted the usually elusive giant arachnid. The size of a small puppy, the spider can have 2 inch long fangs. It also can have a fist size body and its legs are about the size of a child's forearm. Although the giant spider is threatening to look at, its poisonous bite is not harmful to humans. However, as Naskrecki heard, it has an interesting defense. It rubs its back legs onto its body releasing hairs that have sharp barbs on them which can be painful if they reach your body! Naskrecki captured the spider and brought it back to study.
A plane landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. That might not sound newsworthy but the plane has been in Earth's orbit for almost TWO years! The unmanned space craft,called the Orbital Test Vehicle, has been on a top-secret flight since it was launched back in December 2012. Like the space shuttle, it originally was sent into orbit by rockets but was able to glide back to earth for a landing.The United States Air Force isn't saying much about the spacecraft or its mission. What do you think might have been its mission?
You have until October 22nd to submit a name for the Rosetta Mission's Landing Site. On November 12, a European Space Agency hopes to land a space probe, Philae, onto a comet. If successful, it will be the first landing of a man-made object onto a comet. The mission is known as Rosetta and was launched in 2004. This past August, the probe arrived at the comet. It is hoped that much information will be learned as the probe orbits along with the comet around the sun. Scientists also hope that the landing of the smaller probe onto the comet's surface will help them learn more about the composition of a comet. The comet is called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. You are asked to suggest a name(not a person) and give a short explanation for your selection as to why you think SITE J should be the best choice for the location. Go to this link to learn more:CONTEST INFORMATIONThe winning name will be announced on November 3rd.
The look of an umbrella may be changing with the Air Umbrella. It isn't your traditional looking umbrella. Instead,it looks like a flashlight. Nicknamed the invisible umbrella,the rain stays off your body with a shied of air! Still in the experimental stage, the battery operated Air Umbrella sends out a jet of air that creates a shield like environment preventing raindrops from landing on you. However, the invisible umbrella wouldn't be most helpful in very heavy rainfall!
Wonderful news! Malala Yousafzai, of Pakistan, becomes the youngest to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize(17 years old). She shares the award with Kailash Satyarthi, of India. Shot by Tailiban members two years ago for her efforts to allow girls to get an education, Malala continues to work toward that goal. She said of her attackers, The extremists were, and they are, afraid of books and pens. She said that books and pens are the most powerful of weapons. Congrats to Malala...she is an inspiration! "Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world". Malala Yousafzai
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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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