Halloween is right around the corner and many elementary schools around the United States are planning class parties around this fall holiday.
I wonder – do other countries celebrate Halloween?
What do I do when I wonder something? I head over to Wonderopolis to see if there’s an answer for my wonder.
Click on the Wonderopolis icon above to find out if other countries celebrate Halloween!
In the comments below, post what you learned and what you scored on the quiz!
What else is coming up? The Geography Bee! Time to practice!
Click on the World Map link to print off a copy of the world map. Label the countries you learned about in the Wonderopolis activity!
September 20th: On this day in history, a Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set off on the 1st successful circumnavigation of the earth, proving that yes, it is in fact, round.
The voyage took almost three years and claimed 18 out of the original 270 sailors’ lives along the way, including Magellan himself.
Watch the video below to learn all about this famous voyage and respond in the comments section with the fact that you liked the most.
Problems with plastic in our oceans are increasing. With an estimated 100,000 marine animals being choked, suffocated, or injured by plastic every year, the danger posed by the trillions of pieces of polymer floating in our oceans is well-known. Go to this link to read an article about how one city is dealing with that problem in a unique way.
After you’ve read, or listened to, that article, go to this link to find out about “22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It).
In the comments below, please respond with a way YOU can help guard against plastic pollution!
Calling all Geographers!
Stretch your geography skills by studying several of these Wonderopolis Wonders :
Where is the Forbidden City?- #644
Where is the Windy City?- #897
Where is the Quietest Town in American?-#1557
Which City Has the Longest Name?-#1123
Where is the Oldest City in America?-#692
Where are the Suburbs?-#1547
Have You Ever Been to the Big Apple?-#718
Where is Timbuku?- #1064
Where is the Big Easy?-#1143
How are Cities Founded?-#1229
For each wonder that you study, come up with a creative way to show what you learned. If you would like, create some geography bee style questions. Share your questions and answers in the comments.
What words would you use to describe Nebraska? What about a famous Nebraskan like Buffalo Bill? This Social Studies Enrichment post has you digging into Nebraska history and writing about our great state.
Step 1: Research Nebraska Facts & Famous People
Step 2: Write a poem
- Acrostic: The first letter of each line begins with a letter of the person’s name. The lines consist of words or phrases describing the person’s characteristics.
- Diamante: A diamond-shaped poem using this formula:
- person’s name
two adjectives to describe the person
three “ing” words related to the subject
four nouns that describe the person
three verbs that tell how the person acted or felt
two adjectives to describe the person
person’s last name
- Your Choice: Choose another poem format
Share your writing with the EY Coordinator at your building.
Ideas taken from: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/classroom-activities-making-social-studies-come-alive-grades-6-8/
Image taken from: https://pixabay.com/p-43788/?no_redirect
We just recently celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th! How many of you know who St. Patrick is?
This Wonderopolis entry answers that question. Check it out!
Read the article and then test your knowledge by taking the quiz – report your score down below in the comments section, along with the most interesting thing you learned from the article!
If you want to learn even more, History.com has a video and another article about this Patron Saint of Ireland!
Check it out: http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/who-was-saint-patrick
Straight from the dictionary, “A melting pot is a metaphor for a society where many different types of people blend together as one. America is often called a melting pot.”
All of us can trace our heritage back to another country. My family came from Ireland and Germany. It’s fun to find out where our immigrant ancestors came from!
Watch the video below and then tell us in the comments how your family has contributed to this melting pot. Hint: You may have to ask your mom, dad, grandma or grandpa for help on this!
Happy New Year!!!!!! You might be wondering, “Where did the tradition of celebrating the new year come from?” Or, “Why do we celebrate the new year on January 1st?”
Watch the video below to answer those questions. Then, in the comments section, let us know how you celebrated the new year!
Thanksgiving is celebrated in America every November. The English colonists we call Pilgrims celebrated days of thanksgiving as a part of their religion. But these were days of prayer, not days of feasting. Our national holiday really stems from the feast held in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag to celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest.
Go to the following link to view the slideshow to see what this first “Turkey Day” might have looked like!
Want to learn more about the Mediterranean Sea and its surroundings?
Go to this website: http://nationalgeographic.org/media/eastern-mediterranean/
On this site, you will find a satellite image of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. You can use the topographic map mode of the MapMaker Interactive to answer questions. Just follow the directions on the site!