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Nelson Mandela, 95, statesman and activist has died. Mandela,of South Africa, worked to end apartheid in his country(laws that separated whites and black races) and spent 27 years in prison. He went on to become president of the country of the Republic of South Africa. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize(in 1993). One of his famous quote,"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
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This is a great time of year to have your students learn about Charles Dickens, one of the most famous writers of all times. His story, A Christmas Carol, with Tiny Tim and Scrooge, is a very popular story at this time of year!Charles Dickens: A Webquest!
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IN THE NEWS TODAY: 12/08/2013:
What do you get with 7200 eggs, 3000 pounds of brown sugar, 1800 pounds of butter, 7200 pounds of flour,1,080 ounces of ground ginger and 22,304 candy pieces? That's the world's biggest gingerbread house! The 20.11 ft. tall and 60 ft by 42 ft. house is located in Bryan,Texas., Guinness World Records says the really sweet house is a record setter. All money raised by people visiting the massive gingerbread house will go to charity.
Scientists say they have found what is being called the "world's oldest public toilet"...for dinosaurs. Thousands of fossilized droppings(called coprolites)have been uncovered in the country of Argentina,in a region called La Rioja Province. The dino poo is from a dinosaur called Dinodontosaurus, a herbivore that lived about 240 million years ago which was somewhat like the rhinos of today. It is thought that even dinosaurs didn't want to "go" where they lived and ate. And, scientists think there was another reason for a common toilet area. It made those creatures wandering into the toilet territory think that with so many droppings, there must be a large herd of dinosaurs in the area...and, they'd better keep on moving! Studying the droppings will provide information on the diet and possible diseases of the dinosaurs that left their poo behind.
Scientists look to lotus leaves when they want to think of the most waterproof material in nature. Now, scientists at MIT have developed a man-made material that is even 40% better than the lotus leaf. Called "Super hydrophobic", the secret to the most waterproof material are teeny ridges. The more you can segment a droplet of water, the less contact with a surface is made. Ridges cause water droplets to break up and bounce off faster than surfaces without such tiny ridges. Patterns of ridges were applied after observing the veins of nasturtium leaves and the ridge patterns on the wings of Morpho butterflies. Such technology will be able to make our clothes stay more dry and could also be used to help airplanes stay drier, too.
The Ring of Fire, a region in the Pacific Ocean, is known for its volcanic activity. This week, a volcanic eruption caused a new island to appear near to the south coast of Tokyo, Japan. Ash, heavy black smoke and rocks are billowing out of the craterOnly about 660 ft. in diameter, its existence may be temporary.
A tiny clam( Arctica islandica bivalve mollusks) earned the title as the world's oldest animal when it was found off the coast of Iceland back in 2006. Scientists estimated its age at 405 years old. Now, after further study, scientists say that Ming was actually 507 years old when found. Like trees, a clam's age can be determined from the lines on its shell, adding another line each year of its life.The tiny clam was named Ming, because it was born during the Ming Chinese dynasty(1368-1644). Think about this. Ming was alive when Columbus set sail in 1492 looking for a shorter route to the Indies!
To any young people visiting my website. Please,if you are being bullied, seek help...SPEAK TO AN ADULT today!And, if you SEE something that looks like bullying-SAY something to an adult!
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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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