“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
Today is Flag Day. It was on June 14, 1777, that the Second Continental Congress approved a flag with stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States. The significance was one star for each state and 13 red and white stripes to commemorate the original 13 colonies.
The year 1777 marked the only time that there were equal numbers of stars and stripes. Many flag designs circulated among the new Republic. Sometimes the stars were in a circle, sometimes in rows, and, even as late at the 19th century, the stars appeared in the shape of a star. Our current flag design has been around since 1960, with Hawaii’s admission to the Union.
Question to Consider: Do you think there will be a 51st state? Or a 52nd state? Which territory or location will hold this title?
Springtime offers the perfect backdrop for promoting physical activity and engaging students in immersive learning experiences. Use this power-packed mix of resources from PBS LearningMedia to help your students understand the importance of movement in their daily lives.
The Truth About Exercise: What is Your NEAT? Grades 6-13 | Video | The Human Body This obesity expert proposes that the best way to improve health is to increase your “NEAT” level. Ask your students to investigate his theory.
Titanium Chairs & Cheetah Legs Grades 6-12 | Video | Technology in Sport Introduce your students to the specialized wheelchairs, prosthetics, and other high-tech “tools of the trade” that allow Paralympic athletes to compete in various high-impact sports.
Power Your Body with Exercise Grades 5-8 | Blended Lesson | Impact of Exercise Invite your students to examine the changes that occur in the body in response to physical activity using this new blended lesson from WGBH.
Mixie’s Boogie Buffet Grades 1-4 | Interactive | Health What better way to kick off a lesson on exercise than to get your students up on their feet? Use this interactive game to break the ice.
Increasing Physical Activity in Schools Grades 13+ | Blended Lesson | Professional Development Higher levels of physical activity support learning, on-task behavior, and the development of lifelong wellness. Learn how to increase the activity level at your school using this self-paced lesson.
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My dad is a World War 2 veteran and on this day we pause as a family to remember those who have died in the service of our country, those who have served and come home, those who continue to serve and the families of all of these.
I hope you are able to do the same.
Perhaps, tomorrow, you might ask your students to write about the qualities that make ordinary men and women heroic.
Common core standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
The Big Library Read is an international program promoting reading among millions of patrons from more than 7,500 participating libraries. Readers are being asked to read Michael Malone’s Four Corners of the Sky. Ebooks count too and several libraries are offering the ebook without charge to their library patrons.
The book chosen for the collective reading experience is Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone. Four Corners of the Sky is a novel of love, secrets and the mysterious bonds of families for 26-year old Annie who attempts to reconnect with the con-artist father who abandoned her to his sister nearly twenty years ago, along with a single-engine airplane:
“The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone’s novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families. Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling? Why do the ties of family bind so tightly? And is forgiveness a gift to others…or a gift we give ourselves?” (from OverDrive’s website)
The Big Library Read expires on June 1, so be sure to check out a copy today!
During the campaign, discussion questions will be posted on social media. There will be a worldwide conversation using the hash tag #BigLibraryRead.
Yahoo! in Talks to Acquire Tumblr: Deal Could Reach As High As $1 Billion (Adweek) Is Marissa Mayer about to make a game-changing acquisition? It appears so. Yahoo! is in serious talks with Tumblr to acquire the social blogging site, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. While its revenue is modest, Tumblr has positioned itself as one of the few players in the digital ad world that is well-suited for brand advertising. And Tumblr is also the domain of the young, cool and creative crowd — not currently a Yahoo! sweet spot. AllThingsD Earlier this week, Yahoo! CFO Ken Goldman spoke at JPMorgan’s Global Technology conference and underscored the need for the aging Silicon Valley Internet giant to attract more users from the coveted 18-to-24-years-old age bracket. Along with more marketing, he explicitly said Yahoo! needed to be “cool again.” The Verge Since taking control of Yahoo!, Mayer has pursued a string of acquisitions, including Summly, Astrid, Jybe and others. In addition to the failed Dailymotion acquisition, the company has also been rumored to be looking at Hulu, although Mayer has previously said that the company is shopping for smaller targets valued in the $100 million range.