What is a comet?
Comets are large objects made of dust and ice that orbit the Sun.
Scientists believe that comets are made up of material left over from when the Sun and the planets were formed. They think that about 100,000 million comets orbit the Sun. Some comets orbit the Sun like planets. Their orbits take them very close to and very far away from the Sun.
As of 2014 there are 5,253 known comets, a number that is steadily increasing as they are discovered. However, this represents only a tiny fraction of the total potential comet population, as the number of comet-like bodies in the outer Solar System is estimated to be one trillion. That’s a LOT!
Learn more about comets by watching the video below.
Go to this link to learn more about comets by reading a small article and then answer the question at the bottom.
Did you get it right?
Almost 70 miles west of Key West lies Dry Tortugas National Park. This 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. You can only get there by boat or seaplane! The park is known all over the world as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, beautiful blue waters, lots of coral reefs and marine life, and the tons of bird life that visit the area!
Click the link below to go on a virtual field trip to this amazing place!
Once there, click the “Play” button. Make sure you have headphones so you can listen to the narrator! Click and drag to explore! Dive the Windjammer Shipwreck! Swim through a coral reef!
Comment below: What was your favorite part of this field trip?
Click HERE if you want to learn even more!
Next week is Thanksgiving! As we get ready, let’s take a look at some fun facts about the holiday:
- The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three-day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians. It is believed by historians that only five women were present.
- Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries (but not pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce!).
- President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3rd, 1863. Sarah Joseph Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb”, convinced him to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing him letters for 17 years!
- There are 4 towns in the United States named “Turkey”. They can be found in Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, and Louisiana.
- The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4, 500!
- The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.
Thanksgiving is a time to be THANKFUL! Watch a video below to see what Kid President is thankful for!
Comment below to let us know what YOU’RE thankful for!!
Click on the image above to watch a video about the differences and similarities of Fables and Fairy Tales.
Fables are stories that are passed down, with a good lesson or moral to be learned, and are about animals, plants, or forces of nature that are humanlike. Fairy tales are stories that often involve magical characters, have good and evil characters, and generally start with “once upon a time.”
Click on the video below to hear a story. After you’ve listened to the story, scroll down to answer a couple of questions.
Answer the following questions in the comments below (don’t forget to include your first name and last initial and your school):
- Was this a fable or a fairy tale?
- How do you know? Use reasons from the 1st video.
February is Black History Month, and it’s also the month for the 2022 Winter Olympics. To combine the two, we’re going to learn today about a great African-American Olympian, Jesse Owens.
Who was Jesse Owens?
Track-and-field athlete Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games. His achievements were important for himself and for many other people at the time. The Games were held in Berlin, Germany. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was in power there. Nazi banners draped the sports field. The Nazis believed white athletes were best. But Owens proved that they were wrong.
James Cleveland Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama, on September 12, 1913. His family later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in search of better opportunities.
Jesse became a track star at a young age. In 1928 he set track records in the high jump and the running broad jump (long jump). In 1933, while he was in high school, he broke three other records. He then went to Ohio State University.
In the Olympics Owens won gold medals for the running broad jump, the 100- and 200-meter races, and the 4 × 100-meter team relay. He also set new Olympic and world records.
Owens graduated from college in 1937 and worked for the Illinois Athletic Commission. He later got involved in guidance activities for young boys. He also made goodwill visits to countries in Asia for the U.S. government. Owens died in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 31, 1980.
To learn more about Jesse Owens, watch the video below.
What is the most important thing you learned about Jesse Owens? Comment below.
Halloween only comes once a year. It is sad, except that you probably have a lot of candy at home to cheer you up for a few weeks!
My son and I like to sort our Halloween candy in different ways!
You could sort them by size:
Or, by wrapper color!
If you want to try sorting your candy these ways, click here for the labels!
Or, try sorting by type of candy and fill in a graph like this!
How did you sort your candy? Comment below!
Did you know that there are awards for funny photographs of wildlife?
Born from a passion for wildlife, The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards began modestly in 2015 as a photographic competition.
Since then, it has grown into a worldwide competition seen by millions of people every year, and always with wildlife conservation at its heart.
The free competition, open to wildlife photography experts and beginners, celebrates the funniness of our natural world and highlights what we need to do to protect it. From a surprised otter to an angry turtle, Comedy Wildlife’s photographs bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Below is a link to a google slides presentation with some of the finalists for the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography awards.
Your job is to write something funny to go along with each photo!
Click the link below.
Make a copy of the slides. Now they are yours!
Write something funny on each slide to go along with each picture.
When you are finished, click on the yellow share button.
Share with the EY teacher at your building!
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Link to Comedy Wildlife Google Slides
Choose a book that you have recently read and enjoyed!
Create a script using the link below as a guide.
Choose at least two people and read your 1-hand book review to them.
Share your review with your teacher or the EY coordinator in your building.
Pictured above is one of my favorite poets – Amanda Gorman. In the picture, she is reading a poem at the inauguration of President Joe Biden! And, she is just 22 years old!!
Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer! She has written for the New York Times and has three books forthcoming with Penguin Random House.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she began writing at only a few years of age. Now her words have won her invitations to the Obama White House and to perform for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Al Gore, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai, and others.
In 2017, Amanda Gorman was appointed the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate by Urban Word – a program that supports Youth Poets Laureate in more than 60 cities, regions and states nationally. She is the recipient of the Poets & Writers Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, and is the youngest. board member of 826 National, the largest youth writing network in the United States.
Click on the link below to watch Amanda Gorman read her poem “Talking Gets Us There”.
HERE’S YOUR CHALLENGE: WRITE A POEM OF YOUR OWN!!
Go to https://www.poetry4kids.com/ to explore! Click on the “Poems” tab to read poems others have written to help you gain some inspiration!
Under the “Lessons” tab, you’ll find poetry lessons, as well as a rhyming dictionary!!
Submit your poem in the comments below.