Do you know about ALL the negative health effects tobacco has on your body? To draw attention to these negative effects, World No Tobacco Day (5/31) was established to encourage people to abstain from tobacco consumption for a day. This site contains a game that tests your knowledge of tobaccos’ harmful ingredients, health costs, financial costs, side effects, and more. By playing this game, students will learn why abstaining from tobacco is an important decision they can make for their health. They will also see how abstaining from tobacco is not only an important decision for their health but also their financial health.
See more at http://www.tigweb.org/tiged/games/tobacco.html
Celebrate the many aspects of Jazz for International Jazz Day (5/27) with PBS Star Chuck Vanderchuck! This fun and Interactive site teaches about jazz, jazz instruments, and writing jazz music. Includes games,videos, and lots of great sounds.
See more at http://pbskids.org/chuck/index.html#/jazz
Armed Forces Day is May 20th and we want to look at an invention that has save many soldiers’ lives – Kevlar.
Have you ever wondered if all mistakes in science end up in the garbage? Find out about one important mistake in this video, part of a series on “Chance Discoveries” in chemistry. Hear how veteran NBC News war correspondent Richard Engel tells the story of lab work done in 1965 by DuPont chemist Stephanie Kwolek that unexpectedly produced Kevlar, a lightweight fiber five times stronger than steel. Kevlar fibers can be spun into anti-ballistic, shrapnel-resistant material for protective body armor worn by police forces, military troops and those in combat zones, including Engel himself.
See more at https://science360.gov/obj/video/ff988118-72a9-404c-b3dd-b0a065239655
National Nurses week is May 6th to 12th so to help us celebrate nurses, we are looking back at experiences of a Civil War nurse.
This interactive exhibition makes use of personal letters and diaries to document the life and experiences of Civil War nurse Amanda Akin. Get a first-hand account of a nurse’s job through the eyes of Amanda Akin who was serving as a nurse at Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C.. Site includes both journal entries and letters she wrote home to her sister to give you a full picture of her job. Learn how the nurses’ role has changed over the years. Site not only includes her writings but also pictures to fully explore the nurses’ job during the Civil War.
See more at http://americanhistory.si.edu/documentsgallery/exhibitions/nursing_1.html
Celebrate Intergalactic Star Wars Day (5/4) and National Astronaut Day (5/5) this week with some space science.
In the weightlessness of space things tend to behave a little differently. Water is a good example as you’ll see on board the International Space Station. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield soaks a washcloth with water and shows what happens when he tries to wring it out. How does water behave in space? How does it move? Where does it travel? Discover how the phenomenon of surface tension behaves in a zero-gravity environment. What happens here will amaze even the most scientific thinkers.
See more at http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/videos/astronauts/waterinspace.html
Dive into prose that makes Shakespeare come alive today. Even though Shakespeare gets a bad rap in high schools for his complex plots and antiquated language, a quick peek into the rhythm of his words reveals a poet deeply rooted in the way people spoke in his time- and still speak today. Why do Shakespeare’s words have such staying power? David T. Freeman and Gregory Taylor use this Ted Ed talk to uncover the power of iambic pentameter. After the video, students can take an eight question quiz over the concepts in the talk, and then participate in a guided discussion about Shakespearean elements and poetry verse.
See more at http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-shakespeare-loved-iambic-pentameter-david-t-freeman-and-gregory-taylor
How on Earth do climate scientists study climate data from long ago? They dig and extract ice cores from frozen environments. Here, engineers describe the operation of the Blue Ice Drill during its initial test. This video showcases a double barrel coring design with glimpses of its action, normally hidden beneath the ice’s surface. The U.S. Ice Drilling Program plans and coordinates for the ice drilling science and technology communities, and provides drilling technology and operational support that enables the community to advance the frontiers of climate and environmental science.
See more at https://science360.gov/obj/video/0d3f4de1-d72a-458a-993a-1e388deefb58/ice-core-drills-work
The dictionary and Scrabble are perfect partners. In honor of National Dictionary Day on April 14, introduce your students to the game of Scrabble using resources on Your Dictionary. Your students can unleash their competitive juices by challenging each other to games of Scrabble. This site will allow the students to input tiles from their hand to find out the best possible words. If that is too easy, students can do other searches such as best 3 letter words, words ending in ING, crazy consonant words, vowel only words, and words with uncommon letters. The rules can be geared toward any grade level. Enjoy learning new words and beating your classmates in Scrabble!
See more at http:grammar.yourdictionary.com/games-puzzles-and-worksheets/scrabble-word-finder.html
Celebrate National Student Athlete Day this week! In this video you will learn all about how football helmets are designed and manufactured to keep athletes from injuring their heads and necks. Football is such an intense contact sport and all those tackles make everyone focused on safety. Learn about the old leather football helmets and the advanced chemistry behind the design of the modern football helmet.
See more at https://science360.gov/obj/video/c36cc355-7278-4dd2-bb47-4bd720a7d560/football-helmets-last-line-defense
Become a doctor to celebrate National Doctor’s Day (March 30th). Well, a virtual one anyway.
Explore the steps in a transplant operation by performing a heart transplant in this virtual operating theater.
See more at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/eheart/transplant.html