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Friday, December 30, 2011

12-30-2011 Rudyard Kipling's 146th Birthday

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son! 
Rudyard Kipling
Kipling Society -

Thursday, December 29, 2011

12-29-2011 PEPPER POT DAY

Pepper Pot Day

Pepper Pot Day commemorates the creation of this thick spicy soup, which was served to the Continental Army during the cold, harsh winter of 1777-1778.  Pepper Pot soup was first made on December 29, 1777.

According to the legend...........
During the Revolutionary war, the Continental army was camped at Valley Forge.  The winter was cold and harsh. Conditions were deplorable. Food was often scarce. George Washington asked his army's chef to prepare a meal for the army, which would both warm them, and boost their moral. The chef found scraps of tripe, small bits of meat and some peppercorn. He mixed this in with some other ingredients, and created Pepper Pot soup, also known as "Philadelphia Pepper Pot soup”. The hot, and somewhat spicy soup, was well received by the troops. It was called "the soup that won the war”.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

12-28-2011 Happy Birthday Woodrow Wilson.

1856 - Woodrow Wilson (28th U.S. President [1913-1921]: asked Congress to declare war on Germany [Apr 2, 1917]; president of Princeton University [1902-1910]; Governor of New Jersey [1911-1913]; married to Ellen Axson [three daughters], Edith Galt; nickname: Schoolmaster in Politics; died Feb 3, 1924)

And in less important news on that same day in 1987 was George Michael's Faith topped the charts.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

12-23-2011 Christmas Break Begins


Kids are home and moms and dads are looking for ways to keep them occupied.  Here is a list of sites and activities to keep you and the kiddies entertained.  On the resources pages check the crafts sections for fun, easy, afternoon activities you and the kids can enjoy together, and maybe even hang on the tree.

Games and Activites:
TES Christmas Resources -
Ultimate Winter Resources -
Winter Mad Libs -
Snowline online Game -
Icebreaker online Game -
Evil Elves -
Santa Flibriks online Game -
Squigly's Playhouse -
Games from A Kids Heart -
Primary Games -
Billy Bear 4 Kids -
The Kidz Page - (close ads first) -
Free Christmas Online Games -
North - - loads of activities and links for parents
NORAD - - the ultimate in Christmas sites, tune in tomorrow to follow Santa on his flight around the world in one night!
Christmas Stories to Enjoy Together:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from Saint Nicholas)

Thursday, December 22, 2011


There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons —
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes —

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us —
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are —

None may teach it — Any —
‘Tis the Seal Despair —
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air —

When it comes, the Landscape listens —
Shadows — hold their breath —
When it goes, ’tis like the Distance
On the look of Death —

Emily Dickenson

The basics -
Science of the Shortest Day -
National Geographic Article -
Wolfram Research -
Everything you need to know -
Measuring Shadows -

The Unconquered Sun -
National Geographic article -
History and Recipes -
History of (for kids) -
Yule Log -
Saturnalia -

Sites and Celebrations:
Celebrations -
More Celebrations -
Solstice Day -
Stonehenge -
Newgrange - -
Stones of Wonder -
Carnac in France -
Chichen Itza, Mexico -

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12-21-2011 Skating into History

December 21, 1849 - The first ice-skating club in America was formed -- in Philadelphia, PA.

  1. US Figure Skating Official Site -
  2. Ice Skates and their History - 
  3. Physics: Jumping and Rotating -
  4. The Physics of Ice Skating -
  5. Ice Hockey Science -
  6. Figuring Out Figure Skating -
  7. Ice Skating Spin Science Demo -
  8. Physics of Figure Skating -
  9. Putting the Ice in Hockey -
  10. Skating Science -

Monday, December 19, 2011

12-19-2011 "A Christmas Carol" Published in 1843

ON DECEMBER 19, 1843

Charles Dickens Info:

A Christmas Carol Text Online:
abridged -
MP3 -

LAL Units:
Spark Notes Reader's Guide-
Reading/English questions -
Classroom Activities -
A Dickens of a Party Webquest -
Theme -

Brainpop -
Trivia -
Ask Scrooge -
A Christmas Carol Quiz -
Scramble puzzle -
Victorian Christmas -
Dickens & Christmas -
Scrooge's Ghostly Adventure -
Scrooge's Soaring Star Ride -

Historical Look at Victorian Life:
10 Creepy Aspects -
Huge Database of info -
From About Britain -
An Introduction -
Family Life -
Era of Elegance -
Poverty -

Sunday, December 18, 2011

12-18-2011 PANDA-MONIUM

On this day in 1936, the first giant panda was imported into the United States.

Giant Panda Facts -
WWF: Giant Panda -
Animal Bytes -
Globio: giant panda -
Defenders of Wildlife -
Endangered Species -


Choose a local endangered species.  Research what is being done to protect it.  Debate the pros and cons of these protective actions.
Development vs. Protection?
The need to prevent extinction?

New Jersey:

Saturday, December 17, 2011

12-17-2011 FIRST IN FLIGHT

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
No 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941

Principals of Aeronautics Online Intermediate Text -

Library of Congress First Flight -
This Day in History -
Flights of Inspiration: First Flight -
First Flight Society -
Milestones of Flight -
Wright Brothers History -
Eye Witness to History -
Re-Living the Wright Way -

The Science of Flight -
How Airplanes Work -
Air and Flight -
Flight Lesson Plans -
What Makes an Airplane Fly? -
NASA quest -
Bill Nye -

Plane Math -
Flight Distance Calculator -
Education in Flight from the USAF -
Game -

da Vinci:

Friday, December 16, 2011

12-16-2011 Boston Tea Party Occurred 1773

The Boston Tea Party Historical Society -
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum - 
The Tea Act and Parties -
Voices of the American Revolution Thinkquest -
Brainpop -

Public Protests Around the World - Today would be a great day to talk about current events and the history of people protesting peacefully.

Liberty: The American Revolution - 
American Revolution Lessons and Activities -

Political Cartoons:

Comic Creators:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

12-15-2011 Today is Bill of Rights Day

Civics for ESL Students offers some great resources to get started -
The National Constitution Center invites students on a mission to rebuild the Bill of Rights -
The Bill of Rights Institute shows students what life would be like without the Bill of Rights - The same site also offers plenty of resources for teachers -
Students can play a Bill of Rights Match Game -
From the Annenberg Classroom,  as students play this game, they will discover surprising facts about the stroy behind the Bill of Rights and gain a clearer understanding of these important amendments.
Your Bill of Rights from Time gives a great break down of each of the first 10 Amendments -,28757,2080345,00.html

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

12-14-2011 Antarctica, Ecology, Ice, Snow, and Poetry

On December 14, 1911, Roald Amundsen is the first man to reach the South Pole.
Articles and Pictures:

Have a class debate about South Pole tourism, or on whether or not Antarctica is shrinking.


Ice, Snow, Winter Poetry:

Other Lessons:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12-13-2011 National Cocoa Day

Today is National Cocoa Day, a good day to consider where our chocolate comes from and how it is farmed, and of course enjoy some chocolate!

History and Culture: 

World Cocoa Foundation -
Children in Cocoa Production -
Chocolate and Slavery -
News article - Chocolate Worth its Weight in Gold? -
Culture of the Cocoa Bean -
History of Cocoa -


Hershey's -
Hot Cocoa by Alton Brown -


Rescue on Cocoa Farm -
Chocolate games and activities -
Chocolate Mania -

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
Questions and Activites by Chapter -
On TeacherVision -
eTheme -
Roald Dahl Fans -
Internet4Classrooms -
Chocolate Theme Page

Monday, December 12, 2011

12-12-2011 National Poinsettia Day

History and Legends:
The Tale of the Poinsettia -


World Cultures: Christmas Around the World

Traditions and meanings -
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus -

Sunday, December 11, 2011

12-11-2011 International Mountain Day


Mountian Illustrations -
Discovering Plate Boundaries -
Plate Boundary Processes -
This Dynamic Earth -
Towel Geology -[1].pdf
Earth: Portrait of a Planet -
Oregon State Volcano World -
Mountain Building -
Orogeny Animations -

Text book sites:
Making Mountains -
Volcano! -
Geology of Leonardo da Vinci -
da Vinci part II -
Pompeii -
Michigan Technological University Volcanoes Page -

Mountains -
Mountains of Change -
The Earth at Work -
National Geographic - Nature's Fury: Volcanoes -

BrainPop: Plate Tectonics -
Treasure Hunting for Volcanoes -
The Mountain Environment -

My Side of the Mountain Reader's Guide -
Hachet -, spark note -