Welcome to the Classroom Daily!

Teachers: use these daily prompts and questions in your morning meeting or when you need a brain break.

    October 22, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 22, 1879
    Thomas Edison perfects the first version of his invention, the light bulb.

    For more: watch this mini bio on Thomas Edison.

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    Would you rather have lots of money or lots of friends? Why?

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Harriet Tubman:
    Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and then worked with the Underground Railroad to guide over 300 people to freedom. During the Civil War she worked as a cook and a nurse for the Union Army. She also turned armed scout and spy.

    For more: Watch this video about Harriet Tubman’s escape to freedom from Scholastic.

    Math Problem of the Day

    A dozen witches meet to plan their Halloween spells. Four witches fly away on their brooms. How many witches are left at the meeting?

    October 21, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 21, 1854
    Florence Nightingale was sent to the Crimean War with 38 other nurses. She became known for making hospitals cleaner and safer.

    For more: Watch this video from Watch and Learn to learn more about Florence Nightingale.

    Joke of the Day

    How does a scientist freshen her breath?

    With experi-mints

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather live in a treehouse or a castle?

    Optional: find a partner who has an opposing point of view and discuss!

    Math Problem of the Day

    Oliver sorts his Halloween candy into 6 equal groups. If he has 54 pieces of Halloween candy altogether, how many pieces of candy are in each group?

    October 20, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 20, 1803
    The United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase, purchasing the land that is now considered the Midwest.

    For more: watch this video from Pursuit of History on The Louisiana Purchase.

    Quote of the Day

    "I may not be there yet but I am closer than I was yesterday."

    Prompt: do you find that you procrastinate or like to get things done quickly? Why?

    Today's Brain Break!

    Try some facial gymnastics! Wiggle your eyebrows up and down as fast as you can. Then try to raise one eyebrow at a time.

    Math Problem of the Day

    There are 3 ghosts at the Halloween party. Each ghost scares 10 people. How many total people do the ghosts scare?

    October 19, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 19, 1975
    “A Chorus Line” premieres on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in New York. It is the longest running Broadway show!

    For more: Have you ever seen a Broadway show? What’s your favorite and why?

    Wonderful Word of the Day

    Tangled:
    Twisted together into a confused mess.

    Prompt: Use “tangled” in a paragraph.

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather wear dress up clothes or pajamas for a year?

    Optional: find a partner who has an opposing point of view and discuss!

    Math Problem of the Day

    Tickets to a Haunted House cost $6.50 for adults and $4.00 for kids. If there are a total of two adults and two children in a family, how much will they pay to enter the Haunted House?

    October 18, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 18, 1867
    The United States purchased a large section of land from Russia, in what became known as the Alaska Purchase.

    For more: Watch this video from History Matters on why Russia sold this land to the United States.

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    If you had a YouTube channel, what would you talk about?

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Marley Dias:
    Launched the #100BlackGirlBooks campaign in November 2015, when she was in elementary school! She noticed that the main protagonists in most stories she read were white boys.

    Math Problem of the Day

    Liam is dressing up as Yoda for Halloween. It takes him a long time to get ready. He starts at 5:10 and finishes at 5:50. How many minutes did it take Liam to get ready?

    October 15, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 15, 1989.
    Wayne Gretzky became the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL.

    Write about it: What’s your favorite sport to play and why?

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    If you met an alien, what three questions would you ask them?

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Evelyn Cisneros:
    The first Latina prima ballerina in the U.S. She has played Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.

    For more: Watch this video about Evelyn Cisneros for Hispanic Heritage Month.

    Math Problem of the Day

    After trick-or-treating, Ronaldo had 434 pieces of candy. He gave his little sister 127 pieces of his candy. How many pieces of candy does he have now?

    October 14, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 14, 1964.
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He received this honor for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.

    For more: Watch a video of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. making his acceptance speech for this award.

    Joke of the Day

    What kind of shoes do all spies wear?

    Sneak-ers!

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather never taste again or never touch again?

    Optional: find a partner who has an opposing point of view and discuss!

    Math Problem of the Day

    Daniel bakes a batch of sugar cookies shaped like ghosts with his family. They baked a total of 42 cookies. They want to give an equal number of cookies to 7 neighbors. How many cookies will each neighbor receive?

    October 13, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 13, 1792.
    The cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (now known as the White House) was laid in Washington D.C.

    For more: watch this video of the White House tour and facts for kids!

    Quote of the Day

    Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out.
    –Pam Allyn

    Prompt: do you prefer to read or write? Why?

    Today's Brain Break!

    Conjure up a rainstorm! Sit at your desk and tap 1 finger on the desk, then 2, then 3, then 4, then your whole hand until you all feel like you’re in the middle of a deluge. Work your way backward from 5 down to 1 as the storm ebbs away.

    Math Problem of the Day

    Frankenstein visits a third-grade class. He brings orange, purple, and black cupcakes. Each color has the same number of cupcakes. If Frankenstein brings in 27 cupcakes, how many of each color are there?

    October 12, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 12, 1999.
    The Day of Six Billion: the proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world was born on this day!

    For more: Watch a video on when we hit 7 billion people in 2011!

    Wonderful Word of the Day

    Tangible:
    Something real and able to be felt by touching it.

    Prompt: Use “tangible” in a paragraph.

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather have a lion cub or a giraffe for a pet?

    Optional: find a partner who has an opposing point of view and discuss!

    Math Problem of the Day

    Dana has 11 packs of gummy eyeballs. Each pack contains 5 eyeballs. How many gummy eyeballs does Dana have in all?

    October 11, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 11, 1984.
    Kathryn D. Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space!

    For more: Sullivan was a geologist and crew woman on three Space Shuttle missions. Watch this video where she talks about what it’s like to walk in space and dive seven miles below sea level.

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    Name two characters from different books that you think might be good friends. Why?

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Ellen Ochoa:
    The first Latina in space in 1993. She was an engineer and mission specialist on Space Shuttle Discovery.

    Prompt: If you could be the first person to do something, what would it be and why?

    Math Problem of the Day

    Samantha visited 132 houses while trick-or-treating. Andy trick-or-treated at 168 houses. How many more houses did Andy visit than Samantha?

    October 8, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 8, 1956.
    The first perfect game in Major League Baseball World Series was played! New York Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched the only no-hitter game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

    Prompt: What’s the first thing you would you do if you won the World Series?

    Word of the Day

    Bamfuzzle:
    To confuse or bewilder someone.

    Prompt: Use “bamfuzzle” in a paragraph.

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Lin-Manuel Miranda:
    A very influential Latino actor, singer, lyricist, composer, playwright, and producer. He created and starred in two Broadway musicals—In the Heights and Hamilton. He also wrote music for Disney's Moana!

    Prompt: Have you ever seen a musical theater production? What is your favorite one and why?

    Math Problem of the Day

    A zombie lives in a cemetery. The cemetery is 48 feet long and 36 feet wide. If the cemetery is a rectangle, what is its perimeter?

    October 7, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 7, 1959.
    Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 took pictures of the far side of the moon, which we had never seen before!

    For more: Due to lunar libration (the wiggling of the moon) we only ever see 59% of the surface. Watch a video from NASA on lunar libration.

    Quote of the Day

    Even if hate has a bullhorn, love is louder.
    –Kid President

    Prompt: What do you think Kid President meant by this? When have you seen “love be louder”?

    Today's Brain Break!

    Picture an enormous cauldron in front of you, filled with ooey-gooey caramel. Take a large stirrer and plunge it to the bottom of the pot. Slowly stir in a clockwise direction. Get into it with your whole body! Then reverse direction.

    Math Problem of the Day

    Ella goes bobbing for apples at the Halloween Boo Bash. There were 8 apples in the tub to start. She catches 2 apples. What fraction of the apples remain in the tub?

    October 6, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 6, 1995.
    51 Pegasi b, also called "Dimidium," was the first planet discovered outside the Milky Way orbiting a Sun-like star. Planets outside our solar system are called exoplanets.

    For more: Watch a video from NASA on What is an Exoplanet.

    Joke of the Day

    How do you make a bandstand?

    Take away their chairs.

    Prompt: write your own joke!

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather explore the moon or the depths of the sea?

    Optional: find a partner who has an opposing point of view and discuss!

    Math Problem of the Day

    A group of witches is making a brew in a cauldron. They added 4 cans of spooky potion. Each can holds 6.8 ounces. How many total ounces of spooky potion did they add?

    October 5, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 5, 1970.
    PBS began broadcasting on American television. The station quickly became known for its children's classics Sesame Street and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.

    For more: Watch our favorite Sesame Street episodes that help teach SEL skills!

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

    Today's Awesome Person in History

    Sonia Sotomayor:
    Served as the first Latina Supreme Court justice, since August 8, 2009. Both of her parents were born in Puerto Rico.

    Prompt: Sotomayor started her career as a lawyer. Do you have any thoughts on what career you’d like to have when you’re older?

    Math Problem of the Day

    Aiden read 2 pages in his chapter book every day for 7 days. The book has 32 total pages. How many pages does Aiden have left to read?

    October 4, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 4, 1883.
    The Orient Express departed on its first official journey from Paris, France to Istanbul, Turkey.

    Prompt: if you could ride a train anywhere in the world, where would you go?

    Wonderful Word of the Day

    Delectable:
    An adjective that describes a delicious food or beverage.

    Prompt: use “delectable” in a paragraph!

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather explore the moon or the depths of the sea?

    Optional: find a partner who has an opposing point of view and discuss!

    Math Problem of the Day

    A local pumpkin patch has 7,018 pumpkins.
    They sell 4,919 pumpkins.
    How many pumpkins do they have left?
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