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

    November 8, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 8, 1895
    Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, a German scientist discovered X-rays accidentally in his lab.

    For more: Watch this video about X-rays!

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    What is something you would change about school if you could?

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Helen Keller:
    An American author and educator who was both blind and deaf. She was one of the country’s leading humanitarians and co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union.

    For more: Learn how Helen Keller could communicate in this video by PBS KIDS.

    Math Problem of the Day

    Timothy wanted to make pumpkin pie for his family. He could cut each pie into 8 slices but he had 24 people to serve. How many pies does Timothy need to bake?

    November 5, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 5, 1940
    Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to a third term as president of the United States. He remains the only president to be elected for three terms.

    For more: Learn ten facts about America’s 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    What three qualities do you think are most important in a friend? Why?

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Jane Austen:
    She was an English novelist born in 1775. She is known mostly for writing six major novels (including Pride & Prejudice). These books reflected on her world at the time.

    Writing prompt: Jane Austen had seven siblings. Write about whether you would want that many brothers and sisters!

    Math Problem of the Day

    Mr. Washington has 44 pencils. He found 37 pencils inside of the cubbies and opened a new pack of 60 pencils. How many pencils does Mr. Washington have in all?

    November 4, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 4, 1924
    Nellie Ross became the first woman United States governor in the state of Wyoming.

    For more: Do you think it would be fun or scary to be a governor?

    Joke of the Day

    What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back?

    A stick!

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather have a pool filled
    with chocolate milk
    or Jell-O?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    There were 823 people attending a soccer game after 37 people left. How many people were at the game before the people left?

    November 3, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 3, 2014
    One World Trade Center officially opened in New York City, built on the original site of the Twin Towers

    For more: Have you ever been to New York City? What would you most want to see there?

    Quote of the Day

    "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
    –Maya Angelou

    For more: Do you agree with this quote? Why?

    Today's Brain Break!

    Take a cruise on an imaginary skateboard. Place one hand on your desk or against the wall. Plant one foot and swing the other leg, as if pushing the ground on a skateboard. Now switch sides!

    Math Problem of the Day

    Gabby has 42 books on her bookshelf. Her dad gives her 23 more for her birthday. How many books does Gabby have now?

    November 2, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 2, 2000
    The first crew arrived at the International Space Station.

    For more: Watch this video and tour the space station!

    Wonderful Word of the Day

    Fatigue:
    Overtired; lack of energy and focus.

    Prompt: Use “fatigue” in a paragraph.

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather have all sisters or all brothers?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    A shelter is taking care of 384 cats. 176 more arrive. How many cats are in the shelter now?

    November 1, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 1, 1512
    The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, painted by artist Michelangelo, was shown for the first time.

    Writing prompt: What would you paint on a ceiling? Sketch it out!

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    Should kids be paid an allowance to do chores around the house? Why or why not?

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Amelia Earhart:
    Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

    For more: Watch this video from Bedtime History about Amelia Earhart.

    Math Problem of the Day

    Gage went shopping and bought 19 cupcakes, 18 apple pies, and 47 glazed donuts. How many items did he buy altogether?

    October 29, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 29, 1863
    The International Red Cross humanitarian movement was formed.

    For more: If you could volunteer for an organization, where would you want to volunteer or who would you want to help?

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    How important is it to finish what you start?

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Clara Barton:
    Clara was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War who eventually founded the American Red Cross.

    For more: Watch this video on Clara Barton from Bedtime History.

    Math Problem of the Day

    A goblin’s arms are each 73 centimeters long. His legs are each 94 centimeters long. How long are both his arms and legs together?

    October 28, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 28, 1965
    The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri was completed.

    For more: See what it’s like to ride to the top in this video!

    Joke of the Day

    What did the limestone say to the geologist?

    Don't take me for granite.

    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

    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 27, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 27, 1904
    The first New York Subway line opened.

    For more: Do you know how subways are built? Watch this video from Owlkids!

    Quote of the Day

    "Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody."
    —Brad Montague

    Prompt: What are things you can do to help make people feel happy and positive?

    Today's Brain Break!

    Pull out your imaginary jump rope and hop and skip for one minute!

    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? Write your answer in the simplest form.

    October 26, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 26, 1863
    The Football Association formed in England to split the sport away from rugby.

    For more: Did you know that “football” in England is actually “soccer” in the United States? What is your favorite sport and why?

    Wonderful Word of the Day

    Labyrinth:
    A maze.

    Prompt: Use “labyrinth” in a paragraph.

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather do 100 math problems or write a 5-page essay?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    Leslie wants to be Wonder Woman for Halloween this year. Her mom took her to the store. The costume cost $15.75, but she pays with a $20 bill. How much change will she get back?

    October 25, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    October 25, 1881
    The artist Pablo Picasso was born.

    For more: Watch this video on Pablo Picasso!

    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

    Maria Mitchell:
    First female astronomer. She was also a librarian, naturalist, and educator. In 1847, she discovered a comet that was later known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” in her honor.

    For more: If you discovered a comet, what would you want it named?

    Math Problem of the Day

    Zion and his 2 brothers are trying to pick a scary movie to watch. Zion wants to watch a vampire movie, but both his brothers want to watch a werewolf movie. What fraction want to watch a werewolf movie?

    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?
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