May 31, 2018, is Save Your Hearing Day. According to The World Health Organization 1.1 billion people ages 12-35 listen to personal audio devices at “unsafe volumes,” risking permanent hearing loss. The availability of smartphones with access to music through earbuds has contributed to this increase. This article offers simple ways to protect against hearing loss: get headphones that fit; give your ears a rest; turn the volume down, get earplugs for concerts, sporting events, etc. Be careful not to push earbuds deep into your ears, and get regular hearing screenings. These simple actions may save your hearing as you age!
Celebrate National Bike Week by taking a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian’s American History Museum. Enjoy seeing the similarities and differences among bicycles from the late 1800’s to present-day bikes. See a collection of 449 archived photos of bicycles and bicycle-related memorabilia. Learn history in an interactive way to see how much the bicycle has changed over the years. Learn about the scientific advances that coincided with various historical contexts of the late 1800s, 1900’s, and 2000’s.
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological site-specific museum, housing more than 3.000 famous artifacts from the Athenian Acropolis, the most significant sanctuary of the ancient city. For this International Museum Day (5/18) spend some time in this amazing virtual museum – letting you take a virtual tour of the first and third floors of this famous site. Located in the historical area of Makriyianni, southeast of the Rock of the Acropolis, the Museum narrates the story of life on the Rock from prehistoric times until the end of Antiquity.
Celebrate National Windmill Day by working as an innovator in the field of wind energy. Students will virtually create their own wind turbines by following the design and testing processes. Students will share innovations with instructors and peers afterward. Students can land and review connected energy vocabulary and internalize the impact that wind turbines can have on providing energy for people of the world.
Celebrate a staple in all chemistry labs~ the Bunsen burner! Bunsen burner day (3/31) celebrates the inventor of this laboratory equipment, Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen. This equipment that produces a hot flame using flammable gas is a precursor to the gas stove used in homes today! This standard tool in chemistry can create a hazard if lab safety is not practiced. So, as we celebrate this invention, we should also look at safe laboratory practices! This site includes an interactive lab safety tutorial. Here students can explore what to wear, safe practices, emergency scenarios, and take a quiz on their knowledge.
Credit cards can be an easy and convenient way to pay for things, but it is important to use them carefully and responsibly. This site starts with a “Credit Card Primer” that teaches teens about credit cards, interest, and debt and then asks questions to check for understanding. After learning the pros and cons of using cards, teens can move along to the “Case Files” section. Here they can make decisions about what purchases would be smart to make on credit and what purchases should not be made. They can answer questions about their choices. Finally, teens can move on to the final section “Choosing and Using a Credit Card.” Here they learn credit card terminology, interest, and payment rates. This site teaches valuable information and teaches teens how to be responsible when making purchases.
Celebrate Jewel Day (3/13) by learning more about where jewels come from and how they are turned from dull to dazzling. Learn the difference between minerals, rocks, and organic materials that are used for jewelry, ornamentation, or art. Discover different types of gems that must be cut and polished for their beauty to be visible.
“Nevertheless She Persisted” is the 2018 theme for National Women’s History Month. Find out why March was determined to be National Women’s History Month, and who is honored to be the 2018 Women’s History Honorees. Research past honorees as well as the history of the women’s rights movement. Test your knowledge by completing quizzes over several topics concerning women’s achievements.
See more at http://www.nwhp.org
Fairy tales have been an oral and written tradition in many cultures around the world. Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day on 2/26 by choosing one from this excellent resource. Many tales are told and retold through several different cultures and by many different authors. Click on these tales and choose a version, or choose several versions to compare the differences among cultures.
See more at https://www.worldoftales.com/fairy_tales.html
International World Thinking Day is February 22nd, just in time to brush up on some critical thinking and problem-solving. Check out this Party Planning resource that uses tree diagrams to find possible outcomes and make predictions for who will probably come to a party.