World No Tobacco Day is 5/31 – Learn more about the effects of Tobacco

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 our Armed Forces this week: Chance Discoveries – Kevlar

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

Celebrate Nurses this week: Diary of a Civil War Nurse

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 Space this week: Astronaut Video – Water in Space

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

TedEd: Why Shakespeare Loved Iambic Pentameter

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

Science360: The Study of Climate Change – How Ice Core Drill Work

 

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

Your Dictionary: Scrabble Word Finder

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

 

Science360: Football Helmets – The Last Line of Defense?

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