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    March 23, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #178:
    In the Southern Hemisphere, spring ends around 22 December.

    Learn more about the seasons and the sun’s rotation in this video from Peekaboo Kidz!

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather be the funniest or smartest person in the room?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    Mr. Rio is buying the supplies to make rainbow glitter slime with his class. He spends $11.12 on glue, $4.49 on shaving cream, $10.54 on baking soda, $2.47 on glitter and $14.34 on food coloring. If he pays with a $50 bill, how much change will he receive?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: Crossroads

    Math Problem: $7.04

     

    March 22, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #331:
    Honeybees are at their friendliest when they swarm!

    Honeybees are most likely to swarm in the spring. Even though it sounds scary, they are friendly when they swarm! Learn more about honeybees in this video from SciShow Kids.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    In this 4×4 version of Sudoku, you want to fill each row, column, and quadrant with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4. But you can only use each number once. No duplications! Can you solve it?

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather have your own personal chef or instantly become a gourmet chef yourself?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    Two kangaroos are at the grocery store hopping down the aisles. Kangaroo #1 started at one end of the frozen foods aisle and Kangaroo #2 from the other. When they met, Kangaroo #1 had hopped 164 feet from his end of the block and Kangaroo #2 136 feet from his end. How many total feet long is the frozen foods aisle?

    Answers

    Math Problem: 300 feet!

    March 21, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #64:
    The Spring Equinox is also called the Vernal Equinox!

    “Vernal” is the Latin word for “spring,” and equinox means “equal night.” Learn more about an equinox in this video from Peekaboo Kidz.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    Spring cleaning is a great time to get rid of old things. What items could you spring clean in your bedroom?

    Math Problem of the Day

    A bakery is making a Mountain Dew flavored cake topped with Doritos. If the cake is rectangular and measures 2 feet high, 2 feet wide, and 4 feet long, what is the volume of the cake?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: Upside-down pineapple cake

    Math Problem: 16ft³

    March 18, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #103:
    Peanut butter can be converted into a diamond!

    Learn more about the stiletto effect of compression (and how this is possible!) in this video from KiwiCo!

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Joke of the Day

    Why couldn’t the flower ride a bike?

    It lost its petals.

    Math Problem of the Day

    Charlie is flying a fire-breathing dragon kite. The string is 9 yards long. John is flying a giant dinosaur kite. The string is 26 feet long. Who is flying the kite with the longest string?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: The letter “I” is in PIE but not in PEN.

    Math Problem: Charlie’s kite.

     

    March 17, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #254:
    We all wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, but the saint’s official color was "Saint Patrick's blue," a light shade of sky blue!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Get the wiggles out with this fun St. Patrick’s Day brain break video.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Word of the Day

    Aisling:
    Irish for ‘dream, vision’ it is a poetic description of a vision.

    For more: write a paragraph using the word aisling!

    Math Problem of the Day

    At the candy store, chocolate-covered grasshoppers are 25 for $1.00. How many yummy grasshoppers can you buy for $8.00?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: The letter “m”

    Math Problem: 200 grasshoppers

     

    March 16, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #177:
    Shamrocks are the national flower/emblem of Ireland.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather skydive or bungee jump?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    Jackie wants a bright green plaid carpet for her rectangular bedroom. The length of her room is 16 feet and the width is 9 feet. How much carpet will she need to cover her bedroom floor?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: Acorn

    Math Problem: 144 square feet

     

    March 15, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #330:
    The First St. Patrick’s Day Parade Was Held in America in 1895.

    Learn more fun St. Patrick’s Day facts in this video from Homeschool Pop.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    In this 4×4 version of Sudoku, you want to fill each row, column, and quadrant with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4. But you can only use each number once. No duplications! Can you solve it?

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather eat potato chip flavored ice cream or ice cream flavored potato chips?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    Dylan is making green Jell-O for his class to celebrate the month of March. To turn the Jell-O green, he adds asparagus. The recipe calls for a half cup of asparagus juice, but he can only find a ¼ measuring cup. What does he need to do?

    Answers

    Math Problem: Use the ¼ measuring cup twice to equal ½

    March 14, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #63:
    The symbol for Pi has been in use for over 250 years.

    It’s Pi Day! Learn more fun facts about Pi Day in this video.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    If you could design any new pizza pie, what ingredients would you add?

    Math Problem of the Day

    A donut shop’s most popular item is a seaweed flavored donut with sprinkles. If the shop sold 120 seaweed donuts on Friday and made a total of $214.80, how much does one donut cost?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: See for yourself

    Math Problem: $1.79

    March 11, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #102:
    Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S.

    In 1849, she was instrumental in opening up the field of medicine for women, mentoring many women who went on to careers in the field. Dr. Blackwell also focused on providing better health care for women and children. Learn more in this video from Scholastic.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Joke of the Day

    What’s the best way to throw a party on Mars?

    You plan-et!

    Math Problem of the Day

    Mr. Golding’s class is voting on which pet to get for the class. 10 students want an octopus. 7 students want a naked mole rat. 8 students want a blobfish. What fraction of the class voted for an octopus as their next class pet?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: Bone

    Math Problem: ⅖

     

    March 10, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #253:
    Caroline Herschel was one of the first women scientists invited to join the Royal Society.

    Throughout her long career, she discovered eight comets, received the Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society, and helped discover the planet, Uranus. Learn more about Caroline Herschel in this video for kids.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Word of the Day

    Zenith:
    The highest point of something.

    For more: write a paragraph using the word zenith!

    Math Problem of the Day

    Leslie is raising two chickens in her backyard. The first chicken, Albert Eggstein, lays 20 eggs but ½ are bad. The second chicken, Amelia Egghart, lays 16 eggs but ¼ are bad. Which chicken laid more good eggs?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: Reading between the lines

    Math Problem: Amelia Egghart with 12 good eggs

     

    March 9, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #176:
    Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb was the first woman to pass astronaut testing in 1961.

    Unfortunately, Cobb wasn’t allowed to travel to space due to her gender. Learn more about the first woman in space, Sally Ride, in this video.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather lick a used toothbrush or chew old gum?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    Harold the Hat Man is selling top hats. He balances 12 black top hats in his left hand, 15 blue top hats in his right hand, and 27 rainbow top hats on his head. If he sold all the hats on his head, what fraction of the top hats are left? Simplify your answer.

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: I understand

    Math Problem: 27/54 or ½

     

    March 8, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #329:
    The first female state governor was Nellie Tayloe Ross.

    She was elected in Wyoming in 1924. Learn other facts about Wyoming in this video by Homeschool Pop.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    In this 4×4 version of Sudoku, you want to fill each row, column, and quadrant with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4. But you can only use each number once. No duplications! Can you solve it?

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather eat a raw potato or a raw onion?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    Brady is making a soup only with foods starting with the letter "S." He puts in sausage, snickers, spinach, swiss cheese, salsa, and spaghetti. At the store, the ingredients cost a total of $84.16. If Brady pays with a $100 bill, how much change will he get back?

    Answers

    Math Problem: $15.84

    March 7, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #62:
    Wyoming Territory was the first place to grant women the right to vote.

    The legislature gave every woman the right to vote in 1869. Learn more about women’s suffrage in this BrainPOP video.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    Imagine a giant box is delivered to your front doorstep with your name on it. What’s inside and what happens when you open it?

    Math Problem of the Day

    For the March Madness basketball tournament, one team of players decides to wear bright pink sneakers. If there are 15 players on the team, how many pink sneakers are there in total? If only 5 players can play at a time, how many pink sneakers are on the court at once?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: Top Secret

    Math Problem: 30, 10

    March 4, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #101:
    Every Women’s History Month has a theme. The 2022 theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”

    This theme is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Joke of the Day

    Which letter of the alphabet has the most water?

    The C!

    Math Problem of the Day

    A 3rd-grade class found 8 rainbows on their rainbow-chasing adventure. Each rainbow had 7 color bands: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. How many total color bands did the students see?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: Corn

    Math Problem: 56 color bands

     

    March 3, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #252:
    Women’s History Day became Women’s History Week in 1978.

    The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women planned and launched a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. Learn more about famous women in STEM in this video!

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Word of the Day

    Indigo:
    Dark blue dye from the indigo plant.

    For more: write a paragraph using the word indigo!

    Math Problem of the Day

    A spring parade starts at 11 a.m. The bagpipe players need to be there 45 minutes early to practice and it takes them 30 minutes to get to the parade route. What time should they leave to get to the parade by 11?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: Lockdown

    Math Problem: 9:45 a.m.

     

    March 2, 2022

    Today’s Fascinating Fact!

    Fact #176:
    International Women’s Day was established as a holiday in 1911.

    Brain Puzzle of the Day

    Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather put a hotdog in a hamburger bun or a hamburger in a hotdog bun?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    The mayor of New York is dyeing the Hudson River blue for 2022. He used 40 gallons of blue dye. If each gallon has 16 cups, how many cups of dye did the mayor use?

    Answers

    Brain Puzzle: Butterfly

    Math Problem: 640 cups

     

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