Welcome to the Classroom Daily!

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

    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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