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Friday, December 30, 2011

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


If
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 - http://www.kipling.org.uk/

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

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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 - http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6005921
Ultimate Winter Resources - http://www.teachingheart.net/xmas.html
Winter Mad Libs - http://www.classroomjr.com/winter-mad-libs/
Snowline online Game - http://www.miniclip.com/games/snow-line/en/
Icebreaker online Game - http://www.miniclip.com/games/ice-breaker-red-clan/en/
Evil Elves - http://funschool.kaboose.com/fun-blaster/christmas/games/game_evil_elves.html
Santa Flibriks online Game - http://resources.kaboose.com/games/santa-flibriks.html
Squigly's Playhouse - http://www.squiglysplayhouse.com/Games/Holidays/Christmas.html
Games from A Kids Heart - http://akidsheart.com/holidays/christms/chgames.htm
Primary Games - http://primarygames.com/holidays/christmas/games.htm
Billy Bear 4 Kids - http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/christmas/games.htm
The Kidz Page - (close ads first) - http://www.thekidzpage.com/christmas/games.htm
Free Christmas Online Games - http://games.pppst.com/christmas.html
North Pole.com - http://www.northpole.com/ - loads of activities and links for parents
NORAD - http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html - 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

12-22-2011 WINTER SOLSTICE




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

Science:
The basics - http://www.calendar-updates.com/info/holidays/us/winter.aspx
Science of the Shortest Day - http://www.livescience.com/5936-shortest-day-science-winter-solstice.html
National Geographic Article - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091218-winter-solstice-date-2010-solstices-first-day-winter/
Wolfram Research - http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/WinterSolstice.html
Everything you need to know - http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-solstice-on-december-21
Measuring Shadows - http://billgx.edublogs.org/2008/12/20/winter-solstice-experiment/

History:
The Unconquered Sun - http://www.shambhala.org/arts/fest/unconquered.html
National Geographic article - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/12/1220_021220_solstice.html
History and Recipes - http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Winter-Solstice.html
History of (for kids) - http://www.brownielocks.com/wintersolstice.html
Yule Log - http://www.thehistoryofchristmas.com/trivia/yulelog.htm
Saturnalia - http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/saturnalia/a/saturnalia.htm


Sites and Celebrations:
Celebrations - http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/SolsticeArticle.html
More Celebrations - http://www.religioustolerance.org/winter_solstice1.htm
Solstice Day - http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/december-solstice.html
Stonehenge - http://www.crystalinks.com/stonehenge.html
Newgrange - http://www.knowth.com/winter-solstice-2003.htm
Newgrange.com - http://www.newgrange.com/webcast.htm
Stones of Wonder - http://www.stonesofwonder.com/
Carnac in France - http://www.rennet.org/tourism/carnac/index.html
Chichen Itza, Mexico - http://www.sacredsites.com/americas/mexico/chichen_itza.html

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.
TOP 10 SITES TO TEACH SCIENCE THROUGH SKATING

  1. US Figure Skating Official Site - http://www.usfsa.org/
  2. Ice Skates and their History - http://www.iceskatesmuseum.com/e-historie-1.htm 
  3. Physics: Jumping and Rotating - http://btc.montana.edu/olympics/physbio/biomechanics/bio-intro.html
  4. The Physics of Ice Skating - http://www.janerigby.net/JRR/skating/main.html
  5. Ice Hockey Science - http://www.exploratorium.edu/hockey/ice1.html
  6. Figuring Out Figure Skating - http://lessonopoly.org/node/9082
  7. Ice Skating Spin Science Demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgI5AMQ347g
  8. Physics of Figure Skating - http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2010/02/23/the-physics-of-figure-skating/
  9. Putting the Ice in Hockey - http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/putting-the-ice-in-hockey/
  10. Skating Science - http://www.skatelog.com/ice/science.htm

Monday, December 19, 2011

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

CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL WAS FIRST PUBLISHED 
ON DECEMBER 19, 1843

Charles Dickens Info:
http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/
http://charlesdickenspage.com/
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/index.html
http://www.dickens-literature.com/
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRdickens.htm

A Christmas Carol Text Online:
http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/DicChri.html
http://www.literature.org/authors/dickens-charles/christmas-carol/chapter-01.html
http://www.stormfax.com/dickens.htm
abridged - http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/carol.htm
MP3 - http://www.wiredforbooks.org/carol/content.htm

LAL Units:
Spark Notes Reader's Guide- http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/christmascarol/
Reading/English questions - http://www.leasttern.com/ChristmasCarol/CCarol.html
Classroom Activities - http://books.simonandschuster.net/tagged_assets/cg05_860_3906.pdf
A Dickens of a Party Webquest - http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson238/dickens_WebQuest.html
Theme - http://www.perryweb.com/Dickens/work_carol.shtml

Activities:
Brainpop - http://www.brainpop.com/english/famousauthorsandbooks/charlesdickens/preview.weml
Trivia - http://www.perryweb.com/Dickens/work_carol_trivia.shtml
Ask Scrooge - http://www.perryweb.com/Dickens/puzzle_scrooge.php
A Christmas Carol Quiz - http://www.perryweb.com/Dickens/puzzle_carol.shtml
Scramble puzzle - http://www.perryweb.com/Dickens/puzzle_carol_scramble.shtml
Victorian Christmas - http://www.scrapalbum.com/vxp1.htm
Dickens & Christmas - http://charlesdickenspage.com/christmas.html
Scrooge's Ghostly Adventure - http://www.dan-dare.org/FreeFun/Games/CMTVMore/AChristmasCarol2/AChristmasCarol2.htm
Scrooge's Soaring Star Ride - http://disney.go.com/games/play3/?content=379318#/games/play3/&content=379318

Historical Look at Victorian Life:
10 Creepy Aspects - http://listverse.com/2009/08/29/top-10-creepy-aspects-of-victorian-life/
Huge Database of info - http://www.victorianweb.org/history/sochistov.html
From About Britain - http://www.aboutbritain.com/articles/life-in-victorian-england.asp
An Introduction - http://www.english.uwosh.edu/roth/VictorianEngland.htm
Family Life - http://www.nettlesworth.durham.sch.uk/time/victorian/vfam.html
Era of Elegance - http://www.erasofelegance.com/history/victorianlife.html
BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/victorian_britain/
Poverty - http://www.hiddenlives.org.uk/articles/poverty.html

Sunday, December 18, 2011

12-18-2011 PANDA-MONIUM


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

Facts:
Giant Panda Facts - http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/PandaFacts/default.cfm
WWF: Giant Panda - http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/giantpanda/panda.html
Animal Bytes - http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-giant_panda.html
Globio: giant panda - http://www.globio.org/glossopedia/article.aspx?art_id
Defenders of Wildlife - http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/panda.php
Endangered Species - http://www.theinsite.org/earth/earth_es_panda.html

Endangerment:
http://science.jrank.org/pages/2467/Endangered-Species.html
http://www.endangeredspecieshandbook.org/vanishing_what_human.php
http://flatplanet.wikispaces.com/Group+10+Endangered+Species
http://www.endangeredspecie.com/
http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/33.html
http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/nwep16b.htm

Debate:
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:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/tandespp.htm
http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/somhome.htm
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/njfieldoffice/Endangered/esfaq.html
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/landscape/
http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionConservation/EndangeredandThreatenedWildlifeofNewJersey.aspx
http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/
http://www.pinelandsalliance.org/glossary/
http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/bobcat.php

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 - http://wings.avkids.com/Book/intermediate.html

History:
Library of Congress First Flight - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec17.html
This Day in History - http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-airplane-flies
Flights of Inspiration: First Flight - http://fi.edu/flight/first/intro.html
First Flight Society - http://www.firstflight.org/
Milestones of Flight - http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/gal100/gal100.html
Wright Brothers History - http://www.wright-house.com/wright-brothers/wrights/1903.html
Eye Witness to History - http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/wright.htm
Re-Living the Wright Way - http://wright.grc.nasa.gov/index.htm

Science:
The Science of Flight - http://www.yesmag.ca/focus/flight/flight_science.html
How Airplanes Work - http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/airplanes.htm
Air and Flight - http://www.mysciencesite.com/science6airflight1.html
Flight Lesson Plans - http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/lessonplans/flight.html
What Makes an Airplane Fly? - http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/fltmidfly.htm
NASA quest - http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/background/
Bill Nye - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZzD_mOp5oE

Math:
Plane Math - http://www.planemath.com/planemathmain.html
Flight Distance Calculator - http://www.travelmath.com/flying-distance/
Education in Flight from the USAF - http://www.educationinflight101.com/
Game - http://www.someschoolgames.com/kids-logic-games/flight/

da Vinci:
http://www.angelfire.com/electronic/awakening101/leonardo.html
http://www.flyingmachines.org/davi.html
http://www.da-vinci-inventions.com/flying-machine.aspx
http://www.brainpop.com/search/search.weml?keyword=flight
http://www.loc.gov/loc/kidslc/LGpdfs/leo-teacher.pdf

Friday, December 16, 2011

12-16-2011 Boston Tea Party Occurred 1773

THE BOSTON TEA PARTY
History:
The Boston Tea Party Historical Society - http://www.boston-tea-party.org/facts-numbers.html
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum - http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/boston-tea-party-dec-1773 
The Tea Act and Parties - http://www.ushistory.org/us/9f.asp
Voices of the American Revolution Thinkquest - http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312848/timeline.htm
Brainpop - http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/ushistory/americanrevolution/preview.weml

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

Games:
Liberty: The American Revolution - http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/ 
Lessons:
American Revolution Lessons and Activities - http://www.proteacher.com/redirect.php?goto=4631

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 - http://www.elcivics.com/bill-of-rights-esl.html
The National Constitution Center invites students on a mission to rebuild the Bill of Rights - http://constitutioncenter.org/BillOfRightsGame/Final.swf
The Bill of Rights Institute shows students what life would be like without the Bill of Rights - http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/page.aspx?pid=492 The same site also offers plenty of resources for teachers - http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/page.aspx?pid=598
Students can play a Bill of Rights Match Game - http://www.texaslre.org/BOR/billofrights.html
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.http://www.annenbergclassroom.org/page/the-bill-of-rights-game
Your Bill of Rights from Time gives a great break down of each of the first 10 Amendments - http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/0,28757,2080345,00.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.

  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/hillary-clinton-urges-tougher-controls-on-south-pole-tourists-1667533.html
  2. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-effects/
  3. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2008/0110/p14s01-sten.html
  4. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/GlobalWarming/story?id=1678441&page=1#.TuJIOLJCo8k
  5. http://www.livescience.com/16548-antarctic-ozone-hole-5th-largest-record.html
  6. http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/is-global-warming-melting-antarcticas-ice-1193/
  7. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/06/whys_there_more_ice_at_the_sou.html
  8. http://www.explainthatstuff.com/globalwarmingforkids.html


Animals:
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 - http://www.worldcocoa.org/
Children in Cocoa Production - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_in_cocoa_production
Chocolate and Slavery - http://www1.american.edu/ted/chocolate-slave.htm
News article - Chocolate Worth its Weight in Gold? - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/chocolate-worth-its-weight-in-gold-2127874.html
Culture of the Cocoa Bean - http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/chocolate.htm
History of Cocoa - http://www.worldagroforestry.org/treesandmarkets/inaforesta/history.htm

Food:

Hershey's - http://www.hersheys.com/
Hot Cocoa by Alton Brown - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/hot-cocoa-recipe/index.html

Games: 

Rescue on Cocoa Farm - http://armorgames.com/play/7221/rescue-on-cocoa-farm
Chocolate games and activities - http://www.mce.k12tn.net/chocolate/games/games.htm
Chocolate Mania - http://www.funnygames.co.uk/chocolate-mania.htm

Lessons:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
Questions and Activites by Chapter - http://www.mce.k12tn.net/chocolate/charlie/charlie_and_the_chocolate_factor.htm
On TeacherVision - http://www.teachervision.fen.com/literature/activity/7060.html
eTheme - http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/582
Roald Dahl Fans - http://www.roalddahlfans.com/teachers.php#5
Internet4Classrooms - http://www.internet4classrooms.com/links_grades_kindergarten_12/elementary_chocolate_factory_activities_project.htm
Chocolate Theme Pagehttp://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/chocolate.htm

Monday, December 12, 2011

12-12-2011 National Poinsettia Day

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
History and Legends:
The Tale of the Poinsettia - http://www.ancientsites.com/aw/Post/74947


Crafts:

World Cultures: Christmas Around the World

Literature:
Traditions and meanings - http://www.noelnoelnoel.com/html/trad.html
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus - http://beebo.org/smackerels/yes-virginia.html

Sunday, December 11, 2011

12-11-2011 International Mountain Day

LEARNING ABOUT MOUNTAINS


Observe:
Mountian Illustrations - http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es1502/es1502page01.cfm?chapter_no=15
Discovering Plate Boundaries - http://terra.rice.edu/plateboundary/intro.html
Plate Boundary Processes - http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es0804/es0804page01.cfm?chapter_no=08
This Dynamic Earth - http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/dynamic.html
Towel Geology - http://cp.astate.edu/neapartnership/Framework%20Lessons/TowelGeology[1].pdf
Earth: Portrait of a Planet - http://wwnorton.com/college/geo/earth4/animations.aspx
Oregon State Volcano World - http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/virtual-altiplano-bolivia
Mountain Building - http://www.phschool.com/webcodes10/index.cfm?wcprefix=cul&wcsuffix=3113&area=view
Orogeny Animations - http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/structure/visualizations/orogeny.html

Text book sites:
Making Mountains - http://www.eduplace.com/science/hmsc/6/c/cricket/ckt_6c9.shtml
Volcano! - http://www.eduplace.com/science/hmsc/6/c/cricket/ckt_6c91.shtml
Geology of Leonardo da Vinci - http://www.eduplace.com/science/hmsc/6/c/cricket/ckt_6c92.shtml
da Vinci part II - http://www.eduplace.com/science/hmsc/6/c/cricket/ckt_6c93.shtml
Pompeii - http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/pompeii/index.html
Michigan Technological University Volcanoes Page - http://www.geo.mtu.edu/volcanoes/

Articles:
Mountains - http://www.wvgs.wvnet.edu/www/geology/geolf001.htm
Mountains of Change - http://seagrant.uaf.edu/news/01ASJ/12.07.01mountain-change.html
The Earth at Work - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/savageearth/hellscrust/index.html
National Geographic - Nature's Fury: Volcanoes - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/eye/volcanoes/volcanoes.html

Lessons:
BrainPop: Plate Tectonics - http://sciencespot.net/Media/platetect.pdfhttp://www.brainpop.com/search/search.weml?keyword=mountain
Treasure Hunting for Volcanoes - http://sciencespot.net/Media/volcanoht.pdf
The Mountain Environment - http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jmresources/mountains/year.html

Literature:
My Side of the Mountain Reader's Guide - http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/pdfs/My_Side_of_the_Mountain.pdf
Hachet - http://www.mce.k12tn.net/survival/hatchet/hatchet.htm, spark note - http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/hatchet/