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July 14, 2020 Type I Tuesday

Uncategorized Jul 15, 2020

2020 isn't living up to it's hype of a stellar year. However, 2020 does mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. This week I am proud to present The American Experience: the VoteThe Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote.

I dedicate this to all the women who came before me and fought for my right to be an equal. Thank you!

Watch PBS The American Experience: The Vote (1:52:53)

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July 7, 2020 Type I Tuesday

Uncategorized Jul 07, 2020

Did you have a FUN 4th of July weekend? Did you know that our lives are one long slow motion explosion. We have more in common with a firework than you might think! The way a firework explodes is a very similar process to how our body created fuel from food. Watch NPR's video to learn more about this comparison.

Watch NPR's Your Body Is A Firework (Scientifically Speaking) (3:23)

Complete my Type I Tuesday Debriefing Worksheet that coordinates with this week's topic.

Want to see more fireworks?

  • HoloPundits founder and CEO Vinod Dega hopes the TotalAR app will raise spirits and provide enjoyment for the many people who will spend the holiday at home.

  • Visit this website to learn about how you can download HoloPundits' FREE app to watch some great virtual fireworks in your backyard!

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June 30, 2020 Type I Tuesday

Uncategorized Jun 30, 2020

This week we look behind the scenes of parmesan cheese! I have always loved to see how products and food are made (thanks Mister Rogers), this week we will do just that! The next time you top your favorite pasta dish with parmesan cheese, I hope you have a new appreciation for its creation!

Watch Food Insider's Why is Parmesan Cheese so expensive? (9:59)

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June 23, 2020 Type I Tuesday

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2020

Fireflies are a quintessential aspect of summer! Did you know that some fireflies need a certain amount of darkness to know when to flash? Light pollution (light from our homes and businesses) could be affecting the number of fireflies you see. Watch to learn more!

Watch ScieTech Now's In a Flash: Firefly Communication (7:07)

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June 16, 2020 Type I Tuesday

Uncategorized Jun 17, 2020

This week I'm reminiscing to a childhood favorite, Koko the Gorilla. I may or may not have an almost lifesize stuffed Koko the Gorilla (#BestChristmasEver). I was obsessed with Koko the Gorilla as a child and loved learning sign language like Koko. This week explore the fascinating world of animal communication by learning about Koko the Gorilla and her instructor, Francine Patterson.  

Watch National Geographic's Koko the Gorilla (7:34)

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June 9, 2020 Type I Tuesday

Uncategorized Jun 09, 2020

With the flowers in bloom, we have honeybees visiting our yards. This week's Type I is to learn more about these fascinating engineers and architects. 

Watch TED-Ed's Why do honeybees love hexagons

Complete my Type I Tuesday Debriefing Worksheet that coordinates with this week's topic.

Want to learn more? Visit Science Friday for honeybee extension activities and projects

 

 

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Curbing the COVID-19 Slide

Uncategorized May 14, 2020

The summer slide is something that most families and educators are familiar with, it is a term to describe the loss of learning over a summer. The summer slide can be as extreme as a decline of 2-3 months of learning loss to just a two-week loss. 

One of the reasons for the summer slide is known as the faucet theory. This theory is a comparison to the availability of resources at a school during the school year to water flowing from a faucet. During the summer, that faucet is turned off as with school closed, those resources are no longer available. This immediate (and unexpected) loss of resources is a reality for many homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We can and most likely will see the same thing occur because of COVID-19. We will have what will be called the COVID slide, you may already start seeing speculations about this learning loss popping up in your feed. Without data though, we will not know the true impact. So during this time, I want to offer some...

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Upgrade Your Virtual Background!

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2020

Whenever I am on a Zoom Meeting, I get so distracted by my OWN background! I am constantly think what I can put behind me to make the space more appealing. Well, thanks to these folks below my problem is solved! Take a look at some of these fun zoom backgrounds you can use.

Watch Zoom's Overview on how to use virtual backgrounds

University of Maine scenes (as an alum, I had to share)

Maggie Tillman created a list of the best zoom backgrounds - it includes The Office, so I had to share (sorry, not sorry)! Just a heads up, not all are appropriate for the classroom setting.

Take your meetings to National Parks with these virtual backgrounds from the National Parks Conservatory.

Bummed that Disney is closed? Use one of their virtual backgrounds to share that Disney Magic!

Who doesn't love a great library? Put yourself among the stacks with these virtual library backgrounds from Library Journal

Have fun with these! You'll be sure to make someone smile!
Love,
Ruth

 

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Art Enrichment for Everyone

Uncategorized Apr 17, 2020

During this time of online learning and remote education, it is so important to keep our students engaged in creative endeavors. As Dr. James Kaufman says, "creative activities can help you reduce stress, handle trauma, and improve your mood—all of which are particularly helpful at the current moment." 

Here is a list of some opportunities that you may want to check out and/or pass onto your students. These sites would be a great resource for students to visit for additional enrichment! Enrichment is great for ALL of us! 

  1. Chris Van Doodles - Maine Author/Illustrator Chris Van Dusen shares drawing tutorials of some of his characters. How fun! Draw Mercy Watson, Eugenia LincolnMrs. Watson, Mr. Watson, and more! Check out his YouTube Channel for all his drawing tutorials. All you need is paper and a pencil!
  2. Draw Everyday with JJK - Jarrett J. Krosoczka is offering drawing tutorials of some of his characters and other popular characters in the...
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Low Prep (and Teacher Approved) Activities YOU can do with your Children

Uncategorized Mar 17, 2020

You're home. Your Children are home. You need to work. You need to parent. Never before have we been in a situation where all childcare assistance is shutdown while needing to maintain a working presence. I've got your back! Here are 10 low prep (and teacher approved) activities that are easy to implement, have some educational component, and will keep your children busy!

  1. Make a board game
    Get those Amazon boxes out of the garage (one per child) and cut them open to create a nice large working space. Have your child create a board game about ANYTHING...a favorite book, their favorite TV show, their family, a hobby. For younger kids draw the game board and add spaces, older kids can use rulers and trace plastic food storage containers
    Materials: cardboard box, markers, crayons, dice

  2. Money for Meals
    Grab any grocery store flyer. Have your child go through the flyer and create meals. They can cut out the food item and glue it to a paper. Have them calculate the cost of each meal (if age...
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