# Welcome to the Classroom Daily!

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

## January 13, 2022

### Today’s Fascinating Fact!

Fact #245:
You cannot smell while you sleep.

### Brain Puzzle of the Day

Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

### Would You Rather?

Would you rather drink a gallon of mayonnaise or a gallon of ketchup?

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

### Math Problem of the Day

Ashley had a 4 1/2 inch spaghetti noodle on her head. Her dog ate 2 1/4 inches of her spaghetti noodle. How many inches of the spaghetti noodle is left on Ashley’s head?

Brain Puzzle: Three little pigs

Math Problem: 2 1/4 inches are left.

## January 12, 2022

### Today’s Fascinating Fact!

Fact #168:
Apples are actually a part of the rose family.

So are pears, plums, cherries, apricots, and peaches! Learn more fun facts about fruits in this video.

### Brain Puzzle of the Day

Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

### Word of the Day

Everywhen:
At any or all times.

Optional: write a paragraph that uses the word everywhen!

### Math Problem of the Day

There are 24 narwhals and 38 penguins swimming in the Arctic Ocean. If 15 penguins are chased out of the water by a beluga whale, how many total animals (narwhals and penguins) are left in the water?

Brain Puzzle: Countdown

Math Problem: 47 animals

## January 11, 2022

### Today’s Fascinating Fact!

Fact #321:
Polar bears are not white. Their fur is actually transparent.

### Brain Puzzle of the Day

Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

### Would You Rather?

Would you rather never be able to use shampoo again or never be able to use toothpaste again?

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

### Math Problem of the Day

Angie is shopping for beds for her pet fruits. Banana beds cost \$32, kiwi beds cost \$11, and pineapple beds cost \$17. If Angie buys 3 banana beds, 7 kiwi beds, and 8 pineapple beds, how much does she spend?

Brain Puzzle: Eyeball

Math Problem: Angie spends \$309

## January 10, 2022

### Today’s Fascinating Fact!

Fact #54:
There are over 470 million dogs in the world. That’s only 1 dog for every 16 people!

### Brain Puzzle of the Day

Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

### Writing Prompt of the Day

What would you put in a treasure chest to bury?

### Math Problem of the Day

Justin and his friends are having a meatball fight. They have 64 meatballs. If each teammate gets 8 meatballs, how many teammates does Justin have in all?

Brain Puzzle: Starfish

Math Problem: 7 teammates (don’t forget, Justin is fighting too!)

## January 7, 2022

### Today’s Fascinating Fact!

Fact #101:
It is impossible for most people to lick the outside of their own elbow. Go ahead and try!

The reason why is because of how our shoulders rotate. We can only twist it so far! Learn more interesting body facts in this video for kids.

### Brain Puzzle of the Day

Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

### Joke of the Day

What time would it be if Godzilla came to school?

Time to run!

### Math Problem of the Day

The cafeteria ordered 6 packs of jumbo chocolate chip cookies. Each pack of cookies has 12 cookies in it. They sold 45 cookies. How many are left?

Brain Puzzle: Green eggs and ham

## January 6, 2022

### Today’s Fascinating Fact!

Fact #88:
The regal horned lizard has a gross way of keeping predators away. They squirt blood out of their eyes!

It’s really gross, but if you want to see the lizard in action, check out this video from Animal Planet!

### Brain Puzzle of the Day

Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

### Would You Rather?

Would you rather only use maple syrup or only use chocolate syrup on your meals for the rest of your life?

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

### Math Problem of the Day

Lots of birds were spotted at the new bird feeder. There were 12 sparrows, 15 crows, 8 orioles, 3 squirrels, and 9 cardinals. How many birds were there in all?

Brain Puzzle: Once upon a time

Math Problem: 44 birds

## January 5, 2022

### Today’s Fascinating Fact!

Fact #312:
When you blow out your birthday candles, the bacteria on the frosting increases by 1,400% ... that's disgusting!

For more: watch this video on the differences between bacteria, fungi, and viruses!

### Brain Puzzle of the Day

Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

### Word of the Day

Gumshoe:
To move softly or sneakily, like a detective.

Optional: write a paragraph that uses the word gumshoe!

### Math Problem of the Day

Serena had 35 gumballs. She gave 8 to each of her sisters. She still has 3 left over. How many sisters does Serena have?

Brain Puzzle: Slow down

Math Problem: 4 sisters

## January 4, 2022

### Today’s Fascinating Fact!

Fact #47:
If you walked for 12 hours a day, it would take the average person 690 days to walk around the world.

If you walked around the world, you’d meet a variety of people from different cultures. Watch this video from Learn Bright for more!

### Brain Puzzle of the Day

Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

### Would You Rather?

Would you rather have skin that was the color green or hair that was the color blue?

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

### Math Problem of the Day

If John can pour 4 of his chocolate milk boxes into a gallon jug, how many chocolate milk boxes would fill his 200 gallon pool?

Brain Puzzle: Treetop

Math Problem: 800 milk boxes.

## January 3, 2022

### Today’s Fascinating Fact!

Fact #503:

As you get older, gravity causes your ear cartilage to break down and sag. The result? Droopier, longer ears! In fact, studies estimate that ears lengthen around .22 millimeters per year. Learn more about how your ears work in this video from Peekaboo Kidz!

### Brain Puzzle of the Day

Solve this brain puzzle! Answer below.

### Writing Prompt of the Day

What does it mean to be honest? Give one solid example of what honesty looks like.

### Math Problem of the Day

Lucia wants to make beaded bracelets for 20 of her friends! Each bracelet has 12 beads on it. How many beads does she need to buy?

Brain Puzzle: Somewhere over the rainbow.

## December 23, 2021

### Today’s Events & Happenings in History

December 23, 1986:
The Rutan Model 76 Voyager became the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world. It took over 9 days!

For more: Draw or write about a new design for an airplane! What would be different about it? How far could it fly?

### Word of the Day

Parched: to be extremely thirsty, typically on a hot day.

For more: Use “parched” in a paragraph.

### Would You Rather?

Would you rather be a fish or a bird?

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

### Math Problem of the Day

There are 24 students in a classroom. Eight of them wear glasses. What fraction of the students wear glasses?

## December 22, 2021

### Today’s Events & Happenings in History

December 22, 1976:
Baby gorilla Colo was born. She was the first gorilla to be born in a zoo instead of out in the wild.

### Quote of the Day

"Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts."
– Albert Einstein

For more: Have you ever wanted to give up and pushed through it?

### Today's Brain Break!

Play rock, paper, scissors with the person next to you!

For more: Not sure how to play? Watch this video!

### Math Problem of the Day

Moses eats 2/7 of a pizza for lunch for three days in a row. How much of the pizza did he eat total?

## December 21, 2021

### Today’s Events & Happenings in History

December 21, 1937:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated feature film, was released in theaters.

Watch this video of “Whistle While You Work” from the movie.

### Wonderful Word of the Day

Strive: to make your very best effort at something.

Prompt: What’s the last thing you’ve strived to do?

### Would You Rather?

Would you rather be an only child or have 9 siblings?

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

### Math Problem of the Day

Mandy got an 8/10 out on her quiz. What percentage is this?

## December 20, 2021

### Today’s Events & Happenings in History

December 20, 1803:
The United States bought property from France for \$27 million in an exchange known as the Louisiana purchase.

### Writing Prompt of the Day

If I was a raindrop,
I would ______

### Today’s Awesome Person in History

Marie Curie:
She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and helped in the discovery of the elements radium and polonium.

Marie Curie actually won two Nobel Prizes and was the first female professor at the University of Paris. For more: Learn about Marie Curie in this video from History Who’s Who.

### Math Problem of the Day

Carmel swims 1.5km every day, except on weekends when she takes a break. How far does she swim at the end of four weeks?

## December 17, 2021

### Today’s Events & Happenings in History

December 17, 1903:
Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flight in an airplane.

The plane glided 120 feet in the air in 12 seconds. For more: Watch this video about the famous inventor brothers!

### Writing Prompt of the Day

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

### Joke of the Day

Why did the dinosaur cross the road?

Because the chicken wasn’t born yet!

### Math Problem of the Day

Nancy found nine seashells but three were broken. How many of her shells are unbroken?

## December 16, 2021

### Today’s Events & Happenings in History

December 16, 1773:
The Boston Tea Party took place in the Boston Harbor as the American colonists protested a tax on tea.

For more: Watch this video from TED-Ed on the story of the Boston Tea Party.

### Word of the Day

Repast: a meal.

For more: Describe a delicious “repast” you’ve enjoyed recently.

### Would You Rather?

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

### Math Problem of the Day

There are 40 pencils in a jar on the teacher’s desk. Sherri takes out 8 pencils to hand out to students at her table. How many pencils are left in the jar?

## December 15, 2021

### Today’s Events & Happenings in History

December 15, 1970:
Venera 7 became the first spacecraft to land on a planet and return data to Earth.

For more: This video discusses the spacecraft voyage and showcases the sounds recorded on the planet.

### Quote of the Day

"Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before."
–Bonnie Blair

For more: What do you think this quote means and do you agree?

### Today's Brain Break!

Stand or sit. Place your hands in front of you to form a cup. Take a deep breath in, and as you breathe out, think about someone or something you’re grateful for and imagine it filling up your cup.

### Math Problem of the Day

Sam went to 15 soccer games this month, 11 games last month, and plans to go to 18 games next month. How many games will he attend total?