Did you know that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a fireworks information center site that is sponsored by the United States government? Here you'll find graphics that show the body parts most injured in a fireworks blunder. There are tips on how to guard your hands and fingers, and a list of safety tips that offer common sense. Did you know that buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper can be hazardous? Click on the video that shows the dangers of sparklers, and maybe make plans to attend a community fireworks display rather than have one in your own backyard!
With summer comes summer thunderstorms accompanied by bolts and bolts of lightning. This article from the Why Files goes into detail about lightning, how it is formed, the connection between lightning and thunder, and the dangers of lightning. Find out where you are safe in a lightning storm, and why a person struck by lightning suffers such long-lasting injuries. Find graphs, pictures, and diagrams showing various information about lightning. Keep all this in mind as you venture out for summer fun!
Don't be sitting on your hump all summer twiddling your thumbs! Take out a few minutes each day and visit this site where you’ll find vocabulary lists from works by authors such as Mitch Albom, who wrote Tuesdays with Morrie, and Richard Wright’s Black Boy. There are 153 other novels in between. The book with the longest vocabulary list is Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., others contain less than twenty words. This list is also a great incentive to pick up the most read summer books and keep your brain actively engaged. So get hopping!
Baseball season is here! Use this interactive baseball game to keep your multiplication skills in tact for the upcoming school year. With this high level energy game you can hit a single, double, or home run based on your knowledge of multiplication. The game automatically keeps track of your runs, strikes, and outs. The visitors start out with five runs, which prompts you to get moving and make a score quickly. When you get three outs, the game is over, so see how long you can keep playing before you have to take your bat and go home. Don’t be afraid to try for a home run!
The National Park Service presents an informative interactive site that lets you play the role of a Union or Confederate soldier. After an introduction that gives a brief review of the Civil War, join the Yanks or Rebels and follow an actual regiment as it fights in the war. There were many young boys who joined on both sides.
And, while the weather is still cool enough to enjoy your state parks, get out there and do some trail hiking or swim in the nearby creek, ocean, or river that is part of the experience. Let the thrill of summer fun and learning begin!
On June 1 the beginning of hurricane season came and will last until November 30. You don’t have to live in the path of a hurricane, to be affected by hurricane activity. Use this Webquest to discover what weather conditions are needed to create hurricanes, how hurricanes are classified, and how they are tracked. Use the several web sites provided to find answers to questions about hurricanes. Find out about the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, and learn how to be safe in a hurricane. Watch a brief video showing a hurricane blowing ashore, and batten down the hatches.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the end of World War II. This day will live in infamy as a massive Allied assault by sea came across the English Channel. Many don't know but paratroopers had an important role in the D-Day plans, too. Watch this brief video that shows paratroopers being dropped behind enemy lines in Normandy. Listen to one of the soldiers explain the Allied troops’ assignment to get between the German lines and the beach. There is also a map that shows where British paratroopers landed. The video ends with footage of the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions falling through the night sky.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.