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August 4, 2020 Type I Tuesday

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2020

This week, we listen to a story written by Tom Rivett-Carnac that tells the story of what happened when we all stopped. Tom wanted to prompt people to think about, "what if we used this moment in our lives and in history as an opportunity to jumpstart the rebirth of our planet when we go back to work and school?" The story is narrated by Jane Goodall.

Watch TED Ed's: What Happened When We All Stopped (3:16)

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July 28, 2020 Type I Tuesday

Uncategorized Jul 29, 2020

Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose and can be done in any location at any time on any day. The idea is to be aware of what is happening in that moment ; to not dwell on the past or the future. Mindfulness can help lower stress and increase working memory and focus.

Watch AboutKidsHealth: Everyday Mindfulness (4:45)

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July 21, 2020 Type I Tuesday

Uncategorized Jul 22, 2020

John Lewis was inspired by the actions of Rosa Parks and the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Lewis became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and dedicated his life to public service. This week we remember him and shine a light on the important work he accomplished.

Watch Washington Post: Remembering John Lewis in his own words (3:44)

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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)

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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

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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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