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Time for Kids-Around the World
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Highlighted Resources for SEPTEMBER:
2.Learn about Prehistoric Man: Earliest CulturesEarliest Cultures, A Mini Unit!
3. All things Maps! Notes, Activities, WebquestMaps and Geography:Let's Map It!
4.Everything has a History, even Pens,Pencils and Paper!Pencils, Pens and Paper: A Webquest
5. Everything has a History, even CandyHistory of Candy Webquest!
6. Everything has a History, even SHOES!History of Shoes Webquest!
7. Everything has a History, even PRETZELS!yHistory of PRETZELS!(a Reading Activity)
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Purple Turtle Stories
IN THE NEWS TODAY: 8/28/2016:
A fisherman in the country of the Philippines has found what may be the world's largest pearl. Measuring 1 ft. wide and 2.2 ft. long, the pearl tips the scale at about 75 pounds. The fisherman kept it under his bed for ten years thinking it would bring good luck! A pearl is created inside a clam(mollusk) when a piece of sand gets inside the shell. The marine creature continues to secretes layers and layers of calcium carbonate around the irritant. Just like a tree's rings, a pearl also has rings which a scientist can use to determine the age of the pearl. If this find is indeed a pearl, it could be worth an estimated $100 million dollars.Photograph from:smithsonianmag.com
The National Parks Service turned 100 this week. President Obama used this week to create the largest protected area in the world. Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, originally established as a national monument in 2006, under President George Bush, has be extended to 583,000 sq. miles. That's an area 2x the size of the state of Texas! The area in the Pacific Ocean is home to an estimated 7000 marine species, 1/4 found nowhere else on the Earth. Species include sea turtles, a white octopus, blue whales, Regal Parrotfish and Hawaiian Black grouper, Hawaiian monk seals and short-tailed albatrosses. Papahanaumokuakea also has lots of coral reefs and is home to one of the oldest animals on earth, the black coral.Protecting this area from commercial fishing, will hopefully protect the diverse marine life of the area.Photograph from:papahanaumokuakea.gov
Last week, the Airlander 10 made its maiden voyage in the skies over Great Britain. A hybrid of a blimp, helicopter and cargo plane, the Airlander 10 is about the width and height of a football field. It is the longest aircraft in the world and is powered with helium. With speeds of 70-90 mph, the Airlander is much slower than an airplane. However,the Airlander 10 can land anywhere and can remain in the air for up to five days. It is thought that the Airlander 10 can be used for monitoring purposes and for delivering supplies to hard to reach areas, since it doesn't need a runway.Eventually, the aircraft could also be used for passenger travel.
A glass bottom bridge has opened in China and it isn't for the faint of heart. Thought to be the world's highest and longest glass bottom bridge in the world, the bridge is located in Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Hunan Province, China. The bridge spans about 1400 ft. and is 984 ft. above the ground. If walking along the bridge isn't enough of a thrill, bungy jumping will also be available.
An unusual squid was spotted off the coast of Big Sur,California. The purple squid with the adorable big eyes was found at a depth of about 3000 ft. Usually the Opisthoteuthis ADORABILIS squid buries itself in the sediment with just its eye sticking out searching for food to nibble.center>Photograph from ksbw.com
The continents are moving and especially Australia has been on the move. Scientists estimate that the continent moves about 2.7 inches north each year. Because the distance is now about six feet, some changes need to be made. You may ask yourself, why does a few feet matter?The answer is that GPS systems have become a bit off due to the movement and since the coordinates haven't been changed since 1994, scientists have determined there is a need for cars and trucks to have an updated GPS system. With the introduction of driverless car and farm tractors, it is very important that the most accurate GPS is available.
Scientists at the University of Maryland have developed glass made from wood! Yes, glass from wood. The translucent wood looks like glass but is much more durable and stronger than regular glass. Wood is also a much better insulator than glass so buildings using "wood glass" will made a much smaller carbon footprint. The see through wood has been hit with a hammer and it does not break! Although the actual method to making see through glass is a secret,the wood glass is made using wood, epoxy and bleach.
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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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