Apropos of nothing, this TedEd video does have some lessons to teach: Which is Stronger: Glue or Tape? It's actually a pretty interesting video. Adhesive vs. cohesive, and all that. You'll learn about why glue sticks to stuff and why tape sticks to stuff and which sticks to stuff better. It's really more than you ever thought you wanted to know about stickiness. But it would be fun to poll kids before watching it, asking them which they think forms the stronger bond, and then debriefing afterwards. You'll also learn a little history lesson about glue, which is good cocktail party conversation.
You're crushing it, teachers! There is nothing in this whole world like holding it together with students in the last weeks of school, is there? That's why this week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Yay, us! And while the words "teacher" and "appreciation" may seem like they're on opposite ends of the spectrum sometimes, for the most part, we have it pretty great here at CA. So, to help you celebrate yourselves, check out this list of stores, etc., that will show you some appreciation bu giving you discounts and freebies this week. And here's a list of restaurants where teachers can get free food this week. By the by, you can get a 15% educator discount at Madewell and J.Crew at any time. You just have to show a teacher ID at the register. Just a tip from your Uncle Lar.
Interesting development: The Boy Scouts of America will drop the word "Boy" from its name as it allows girls to join the program. Put that on the "things that make you go 'Hmmm'" list. According to the NYTimes, from now on, the group will be known as Scouts BSA: "The change was announced as part of the organization's new Scout Me In marketing campaign, which features girls and boys." So, now girls will have the opportunity to enter the organization's highest rank and become Eagle Scouts. More than 3,000 girls have already enrolled in Cub Scouts, the group for ages 7-10. What do the Girl Scouts think about this change? Not much, apparently.
The sixth graders have a neat project coming up in social studies class. They'll be looking at an innovation from Medieval times and researching how that technology has evolved over time. If you'd like to wax nostalgic for old technologies, mosey on over to the Museum of Obsolete Objects, a YouTube channel with 15 videos demonstrating the purpose, usage, and obsolescence of objects like the fax machine, the cassette tape, and the rotary telephone. Now, I would argue that not all of the objects in the Museum of Obsolete Objects are, in fact, obsolete. Plenty of people still use a phonograph, aka, a record player, and many still use a pocket calculator. Even so, it's fun to reminisce about the days of yore as you watch a video about the good ol' floppy disc. I can think of many more things that could be added to the MofOO: dial-up modems, dot matrix printers, truth-telling from our government...Oops. Did I say that?
Search challenge time!
Last week's challenge:
A kid came into the Middle School Library the other day and asking for a specific book. He couldn't remember the name of the book or the name of the author. All he could tell me was the following: 1) the book is the first in a series; 2) the book is darkish blue and has a one-word title; and 3) the book has a drawing of a dragon on the front. I knew just what he wanted and grabbed it off the shelf. Can you find the book he was looking for?
Several of you answered this one correctly, and you each used a slightly different search strategy, which I love to see! Mainly, you searched some combination of [young adult book dragon blue cover first in series] or something along those lines. And you came up with the correct answer: Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Now, the reason I asked this particular question is because I want to show you how to search for something when you don't know quite so much about it. I gave you a lot of hints. But sometimes a student comes in and just asks for "that blue book with a dragon on it." In cases such as that, try searching by color on the Advanced Search page for Google Images:
It's just a neat little extra there on the Advanced Search page that you may find useful. It's an especially good tool if you're looking for a transparent image or a black and white image. Just a little tip from your Uncle Lar.
This week's search challenge:
There are some pretty strange symbols on the emoji keyboard on my iPhone. I don't know for certain, but I'm kinda sure that the same symbols appear on all emoji keyboards? Anyway, this one looks like a gold circle or horn with a red belt on it. There's even another emoji of a building with this circle on it (without the red belt). What is this symbol and what is its meaning?
We're getting down to the last weeks here, folks. I will probably put out another two weeks of WWHs and then call it a year.
Hey, do you follow me on Twitter? Please do: @snockowitz. Also, I'm getting my book review/educational musings blog going again, under a different name, so visit every once in a while, will ya? www.MrsNReads.com. Nothing much to look at yet, but I'm contemplating posting the WWHs there. Thoughts?
Last week, Diane Daniel gave me an article she'd found in the Wall Street Journal titled: "It's Never Looked Sunnier in Philadelphia." The article discussed how people in Philadelphia are feeling oddly optimistic about the town lately, what with the Eagles' Super Bowl win and the Villanova NCAA Championship and the '76ers looking good in the playoffs. Well, there's something in Jewish called kinehora, which is when, by saying something aloud, you assure it will never happen. And of course, as soon as that article comes out, the '76ers find themselves down 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. KINRHORA! Wall Street Journal, why did you have to point out all of my beloved Philadelphia's victories? The Sixers may as well not show up for their next game. The WSJ has jinxed them out of the playoffs.
Have a great week, everyone!