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    November 18, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 18, 1872
    Susan B. Anthony was arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal and charged with illegally voting because she was a female.

    For more: Watch this video from Simon Kids to learn more about Susan B. Anthony as an abolitionist and feminist.

    Joke of the Day

    Why shouldn't you sit next to a turkey at dinner?

    Because he will gobble it up!

    Would You Rather?

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

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    If the average cost of a turkey is $1.21 per pound, how much would a 16 lb turkey cost?

    November 17, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 17, 1869
    The Suez Canal in Egypt opened. It was the first water route to link the Mediterranean and Red seas.

    For more: Watch this video that shows why the Suez canal is so important!

    Quote of the Day

    "What is a friend? I will tell you … it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself."
    –Frank Crane

    For more: Who is your best friend and why?

    Today's Brain Break!

    Have a silent cheer session! Stand up and silently cheer and gesture in celebration. How animated can you get?!

    Math Problem of the Day

    Caleb flies to his family’s house for Thanksgiving. If the trip is 2,607 miles each way, how many miles will he fly in all?

    November 16, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 16, 1959
    "The Sound of Music" musical opened at the Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC. It ran for for 1443 performances.

    For more: Watch this famous clip of Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music film version, starring Julia Andrews.

    Wonderful Word of the Day

    Gratitude:
    The quality of being thankful for something or someone.

    Prompt: Use “gratitude” in a paragraph.

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather only be able to whisper or shout?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    Mom needs 87 potatoes to make the mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner. If she only has 39 potatoes in her kitchen right now, how many more potatoes does she need to buy?

    November 15, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 15, 1777
    The Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States, was approved by the Continental Congress.

    For more: Watch this BrainPop video on the U.S. Constitution and the powers it has.

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    Describe how to build a birdhouse step by step.

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Louis Daguerre:
    A professional painter who worked to develop the daguerreotype, the precursor of modern photography.

    For more: Have you ever used a camera or do you use your phone to take pictures? What’s the best picture you’ve ever taken?

    Math Problem of the Day

    On the day before Thanksgiving, a grocery store sold 40 ears of corn, 41 apples, 42 squash, and 55 pumpkins. How many items did they sell in all?

    November 12, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 12, 1980
    The U.S. space probe Voyager 1 reached Saturn after launching in 1877.

    For more: Although it was only built to last 5 years, the spacecraft is in interstellar space and still operating over 40 years after launch! For more: Check out this visit to Voyager One from PBS KIDS.

    Writing Prompt of the Day

    Tell about a time somebody helped you.

    Today’s Awesome Person in History

    Pocahontas:
    A Native American woman belonging to the Powhatan people. Myths about Pocahontas's association with the colonial Jamestown settlement have persisted for many years.

    For more: Watch this video on the true story of Pocahontas, made with thoughtful guidance from Pamunkey advisors.

    Math Problem of the Day

    Mr. Garcia wanted to stack cubes inside of each other. The red cube had a side 4 inches long. The blue cube had a volume of 27 cubic inches. Which cube fits inside the other?

    November 11, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 11, 1865
    Mary Edwards Walker became the first woman to be granted the U.S. Medal of Honor for her work as a surgeon during the American Civil War.

    For more: Would you want to be a doctor? What career path do you think you would enjoy?

    Joke of the Day

    Two pickles fell out of a jar onto the floor. What did one say to the other?

    Dill with it!

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather go on a trip to an amusement park
    or go camping?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    Carter walks around a rectangular path at the park. The perimeter is 32 yards and the length of one side is 10 yards. What is the area of the inside of the path?

    November 10, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 10, 1969
    Sesame Street
    debuted on TV.

    The show went on to become the most widely viewed children’s program in the world. It has aired in more than 120 countries. For more: Watch a video from season 40 featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda.

    Quote of the Day

    "Be silly, be honest,
    be kind."
    –Ralph Waldo Emerson

    For more: What do you think is most important? Humor, honesty, or kindness?

    Today's Brain Break!

    It’s time to play Simon Says! Do it as a class or take turns with a partner or two. See who can stay in the game the longest.

    Math Problem of the Day

    Juan is baking cupcakes, but he wants to double the recipe. It calls for 2 ½ cups of flour. How many cups of flour does Juan need to add?

    November 9, 2021

    Today’s Events & Happenings in History

    November 9, 1921
    Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

    The prize was awarded “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.” For more: check out this biography video from Bedtime History.

    Wonderful Word of the Day

    Feline:
    Relating to cats or the cat family.

    Prompt: Use “feline” in a paragraph.

    Would You Rather?

    Would you rather eat ice cream from a cake cone, sugar cone, pretzel cone, or waffle cone?

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

    Math Problem of the Day

    Christopher leaves his house at 4:00. He walks to his friend’s house 15 minutes away. He plays for 45 minutes and walks home. What time does he arrive home?

    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?
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