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Highlighted Resources for MARCH
2. 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
5. 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
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IN THE NEWS TODAY: 3/28/2017:
Scientists have found a whopper of a dinosaur footprint in northwestern Australia. It may be the largest dinosaur footprint ever found. The 5ft 9 in. print is as big as an adult man and dates back 140 million years. Paleontologists, scientists that study dinosaurs, say the footprints belong to a herbivore(plant eater)called a sauropod. Sauropods had longnecks,four legs and very tiny heads.
For all those who wear eyeglasses,imagine not needing to purchase a new pair of lenses when your prescription changes. Engineers at the University of Utah think that day is coming. A lenses has been developed that changes automatically! The new lenses don't use plastic but a type of colorless liquid, glycerin, contained in a rubber-like membrane. The frames contain a rechargeable battery. Using computer technology, the user inputs their prescription into a smartphone app. A Bluetooth connection measures the eye prescription and instantly updates the eyeglass lenses. Unfortunately, the current eyeglasses using this hi-tech technology aren't very attractive. However, it is expected that within three years a more marketable version will be available.Photograph from neatorama.com
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.
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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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