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When Schoolgrounds Equaled Battlegrounds…

It’s been fifty-five years since nine African-American teenagers, better known as the “Little Rock Nine,” performed an act that fractured the foundation of the entire nation: they walked into an all-white high school. In retrospect it seems like such a small act, a simple act—entering into a high school, after several attempts, to take up their rightful place as students. It’s almost unbelievable at this point that such an act could be so momentous. Here we are in 2012 with a black president vying for, not a first, but a second term in office.

Happy Peace Day!

In 1982 the United Nations marked one day out of the year as a day for individuals, communities, nations and governments to promote peace around the globe. As stated on the website internationaldayofpeace.org, the UN declares that “Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace.”

Here is a video about Peace Day 2012.

It's Fall! Why??

We're joining today's STEM Friday blog about autumn with our Explore Weather and Climate! title. Explore Weather and Climate! teaches kids ages 6-9 exactly why seasons happen and what is going on out there to make the weather change and climates differ.

 

From Chapter 1, your kids will be preparing to be future meteorologists with their own Weather Prediction Chart. They'll be off making a Weather Game for you to enjoy, a rain stick for your entertainment, and figuring out the Doppler effect using all sorts of odds and ends from around the house. If you're lucky, they'll share their Edible Climate Zone Map -- and if you're really lucky, they'll choose to make it out of cookie dough instead of pizza dough (maybe you can use your powers of persuasion with that one)!

Game-Based Learning

Here’s a link to an interesting article that supports the integration of video games into the English Language Arts classroom. I’ve never tried any of the games mentioned. I’ve never even heard of them. But then again, I’m not much of a “gamer.” I’m actually not a gamer at all. The last video game I played was PacMan. However, I have to admit, I was slightly persuaded by this article, and its reasoning for the use of games in our classrooms.

Science + Art = A Smarter Way of Learning

What do the letters S – T – E and M have in common?

You guessed it.

Art.

Those four letters have art as a common denominator.

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