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Stormfax: Groundhog Day History

Feb. 2

Today is the day.  Are we going to have another six weeks of winter as prognosticated by a little rodent living in a small town in Pennsylvania?  This site gives background of the tradition of forecasting the length of winter.  Perhaps it comes from a tradition called Candlemas Day.  Sayings from England, Scotland, and Germany make references to what happens if the sun shines on Candlemas Day, which would result in an animal casting its shadow.  You can find out about the real Punxsutawney Phil and his life on Gobbler’s Knob. A chart shows the incidence of shadow or no …

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Flight Adventure’s Flight School

Jan. 30

This online game lets you control the flight of the FPG-9 (foam plate glider) by moving the elevons and rudder.  Practice a few times to see how the glider moves before you take on the challenges.  First you might want to learn about the FPG-9, and see what yaw, pitch, and roll have to do with its flight and control.  When you feel you’ve learned enough in flight school, take the flight challenges in which you need to fly the glider through targets.  If that is too easy, earn your wings by going on flight missions.  You can even learn …

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Annenberg Learner: Math in Daily Life: Home Decorating

Jan. 29

It’s always a good idea to know how something is going to work in everyday life. Knowledge of math is not just an esoteric study.  You get to really use it.  This interactive shows how geometry is used in different aspects of home decorating.  When you are figuring out how much carpet you’ll need, it’s not a daunting task if you are figuring the area of squares and rectangles. Just multiply the length times the width of the area you want to cover.   It’s silly to buy more than you need, and terribly frustrating if you are a few …

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WebRangers: New Bedford Whaling

Jan. 28

Learn about whaling and its importance to the New England economy in the mid-1800s.  This well-done adventure from the National Park Service introduces you first to a New England whaling town where you can find out about the many businesses that support the whaling industry.  Use the magnifying glass to peer into the buildings to find out all you can.  Then off you go on a whaling ship for an adventure of a lifetime.  While hunting for whales you’ll visit many different islands and the Arctic before you head back home after being on board the ship for two and …

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Science Bob: The Lincoln High Dive

Jan. 27

You can count on Science Bob to come up with fun demonstrations and experiments with common objects to explain scientific concepts.  This one is a demonstration of Newton’s First Law of Physics.  His instructions are clear and the diagrams show exactly what to do to make a penny dive into a canister of water.  He explains why this works and how Newton’s law applies.  He goes on to explain why this is a demonstration, and gives suggestions on how to make it into an experiment. View source: http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/the_lincoln_dive.php

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UpToTen: The History of Inventions

Jan. 26

This interactive game will surprise you as you try to put inventions in the correct place along a time line.  The first time line covers inventions from 1280 to 1891.  When you’ve placed the inventions correctly along that time line, move along to the next level which includes inventions from 1903 up to 1985.  When you place each invention in the right spot, information appears on the screen to tell you about the inventor and a little about the invention itself.  You’ll be amazed at the ideas people had way back when. View source: http://www.uptoten.com/kids/kidsgames-mixedbag-inventionstimeline.html

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TIME: All-TIME 100 Novels

Jan 23

January 24 is National READATHON Day, sponsored by the National Book Foundation. It’s on Saturday and runs from noon until 4:00 p.m. in your respective time zone.  That’s not too much of a time commitment, so join your fellow readers to take some time to read.  In case you don’t have a book handy, or don’t know what to read, TIME magazine has compiled a list of the 100 best  English-language novels.  The list was compiled by two book critics, who explained how they picked the novels included on the roster.  There’s plenty of complaining about what was not included, …

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ReadWriteThink: What’s in a Mystery? Exploring and Identifying Mystery Elements

Jan. 22

Kids love mysteries and this lesson plan from ReadWriteThink capitalizes on that attraction.  The plan includes several printouts to help students write their own mysteries.  One  defines the elements of mystery, another is a graphic organizer, and a third is a story template that guides students through the writing.  The peer editing sheet gives the specifics to look for in the partner’s mystery, and the mystery writing rubric helps both student and teacher assess the strength of the writing. The link to the Webquest website is no longer available, but you can find the webquest archived here, http://wayback.archive-it.org/3635/20130716180624/http://library.thinkquest.org/5109/  . View …

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The Children’s Museum Of Indianapolis: Glassblowing

Jan. 21

Learn the art of glassblowing with this step-by-step demonstration.  The guide, Sarah, shows you all the equipment necessary from the color rod and blowpipe to the furnace that heats the glass to its melting point of 2000 degrees.  She gives instructions so you can help make your own piece of glass art. Sarah explains how to turn the glass so it doesn’t fall off the pipe, and tells why you might have to reheat the glass.  Glass can be shaped with breath or with other instruments. When your your glass globe is finished, it becomes part of a large glass …

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Center for Science in the Public Interest: Smart Mouth

Jan. 20

Healthy Weight Week is runs from January 19 through January 23.  This great site from the Center for Science in the Public Interest is filled with facts about food and nutrition, recipes, games, and factoids about food and the food industry.  Learn about what you put in your mouth and how you can improve your choices.  When you check out the recipe for the Orange Cooler, you’ll find a link to information about soft drinks.  After you read that, you might pass up the “liquid candy” for good.  Play Feed the Face to see what you know about healthy snacks, …

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