Ice Cream

Ice cream
Photo from Wikipedia
Did you know....

People have been enjoying frozen treats since the 4th century B.C.

Ice cream, the dairy-based treat that we know today, was brought to America some time in the 18th century.

Activity: Make a frozen treat in a bag

Balloons

Balloons
Photo by Warren Denning
The first rubber balloons were made by Michael Faraday in 1824


Latex balloons, similar to the ones we have today, were first manufactured by J.G. Ingram of London in 1847

Activity: Balloon Badminton



Rainbow Codes


Did you know…

Spies aren't the only ones who use secret codes to send messages to one another.... the military and businesses use them too!

Today’s Activity: Made a Rainbow Decoder

Spark of the Day: Bottle Toss Game

Bottle Toss Game
Photo by Fran W.

You will need: 2 - 3 recycled water bottles, sand, water or dirt, and a hula hoop

Set-up: Fill each water bottle a quarter of the way with water, sand or dirt, and place a hula hoop on the ground.

How to play: Stand about 5-10 feet away from the hula hoop and toss each bottle into hoop.

Keep score if desired.

Tip: Try tossing or rolling other objects into the hoop.

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Tangrams


Did you know...


There are seven game pieces used for tangram puzzles and over 5,900 patterns that can be made from them!

Activity: Make Tangram Puzzles 

Fireflies

Firefly photo author Bruce Marlin
Fireflies are winged beetles!


Research Questions...


How do fireflies light up and why?

What do fireflies eat?

What is a the life cycle of a firefly?

Why are fireflies endangered and what can you do to help?

What other animals are bioluminescent?


Learn more...


Firefly.org - Find out why fireflies are disappearing and what you can do to help. Take a few minutes to find out some facts about fireflies and take a look around to see what other interesting things the site has to offer.


Why? Tell Me Why?: Fireflies - VIDEO: After a brief commercial, learn why fireflies light up! 


About: Insects: Life Cycle of Fireflies and Lightning bugs - Site offers more detailed information about the life cycle of a firefly stage by stage.

Lights Alive! - Information about bioluminescent animals

Bioluminescence Studies - 
Learn more about bioluminescent organisms

Back Yard Nature: Lightning Bugs - Find out: why fireflies light up, what they eat and the classification.

Everything About: Fireflies - Find out how a firefly is able to light up.

Enchanted Learning: Firefly/Lightning Bug - Site offers a very brief description about the insect and a labeled diagram of a firefly. Printable.

How Stuff Works: Fireflies - Find out how fireflies glow, why they glow, where they can be found, how many types there are and what the flashes mean.

National GeographicFireflies - Find out where fireflies live and how their young are born and survive.

Wikipedia: Fireflies - Site offers scientific classification, general overview of animal, biology info: what they look like, life cycle, hibernation cycle and light and chemical production.

Fran's World of DiscoveryGlowworms - Get information about about another bioluminescent insect. 


Activities

Steve Spangler ScienceLiquid Light Experiment - 
To do the experiment you will need: 2 glasses of water - 1 with ice, the other with hot water and 3 glowsticks. Watch this video to see how the experiment is done. Look for more Light Experiments on this site.

Crayola: Follow the Firefly Lesson Plan - Create a book about fireflies. Site also offers a 3-D Firefly Craft idea.

How Stuff Works: Firefly Activity - Offers an experiment to see how often a firefly lights up. Remember to release them as soon as the experiment is over.

Living With Insects: Firefly Jokes - Site offers 5 firefly jokes.

ApartmenttherapyDIY Fireflies That Really Light Up - Cute firefly craft that repurposes plastic eggs.

Create your own book or lapbook with the information you collect.



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Sushi

Western Sushi photo from Wikipedia

Did you know...

Sushi means vinegared rice in Japanese


Activity of the day: Learn How to Make Your Own Sushi

Glow Worms

The Cathedral in Waitomo Cave photo by Karora
Glowworms are insects that can be found in sheltered places such as dense woodlands, caves and grottoes.


Research Questions

How many types of glow worms are there?

How does a glow worm produce light?


What do glow-worms eat?


Are glowworms poisonous?


Where can glow worms be found around the world?


What is the difference between the fire fly (Lampyridae) glow worm and the Arachnocampa luminosa glowworm?



Research Resources


Suzy's World: Glow-Worms - Site offers a fact sheet about glow-worms.


A-Z Animals: Glow Worms - Where they can be found, diet, classification and history


Wise GeekWhat are Glow Worms? - Learn about their stages of life and how they produce light.

The Lure of Glow Worms - Article about a 2 year glow-worm research project performed in the rainforests, caves and abandoned gold mines of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, Australia.


Wikipedia: Glowworms - Find out what types of glowworms there are.


eHow: How Do Glow Worms Produce Light? - Short article that talks about the temperature of their light, how they use it and the chemical reaction it takes to produce the glow.


The UK Glow Worm Survey Home Page -  Information about the glow worms that can be found in the UK. Check out the gallery, a report about glow worms by John Tyler this link will take you to part 1 of the 3 part publication. Scroll to the bottom of each page to link to the next part of the report.


Fran's World of Discovery: Fireflies - Research resources for learning about fireflies.



Activity Suggestions

Fran's World of Discovery: Glow-in-the-Dark Fun Putty - Make a fun putty that glows when placed in the light.

The research questions above are based on the questions and things we wanted to know about glow worms. Please feel free to come up with your own set of questions or things you would like to know.

While searching, we found that glow worms was spelled out in a variety of ways: Glow Worms, Glowworms, Glow-worms. You can decide which way best suits your needs because all seem to be correct.


Videos

Waitomo.com: Watch a short video of a commercial glowworm cave - 1:17



YouTube




Name/Time

1. Silk thread hunting trap - Sir David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth - BBC Wildlife BBC Worldwide 3:07

2. New Zealand Glow Worms (Arachnocampa luminosa) 2:33

3. Glow Worms 1:07

4. Earth-Born Stars: Britain's Secret Glow-Worm 9:48

5. Glow Worms 1:58


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Fireworks

Orange, green, pink, yellow and blue fireworks in Kurume, Japan
Photo from Wikipedia
Did you know...

The Chinese invented fireworks in the seventh century.


Activity 1: Write the Chinese symbol for 'fireworks'

United States Flag

Oil painting of 39 US historical flags of the
United States of America photo author Zimand
Did you know...

The United States flag should never touch the ground.

If the U.S. flag is to be displayed at night, it should be illuminated.

Make an American Flag

The Declaration of Independence

1823 Facsimile of the Engrossed Copy
Did you know. . . 

The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson and edited by Benjamin Franklin?

The Declaration of Independence

Print a copy of the Declaration Of Independence and read it or listen to a reading of the here.

The following videos are about the Declaration of Independence. Click on the arrow next to the word "Playlist" to see a list of titles.



Research question...

When was the Declaration of Independence signed and who signed it?

Research resources:


Wikipedia.org: United States Declaration of Independence
Information about the document: how and why it was created

History.com: Declaration of Independence
Videos and general information

US History.org: Declaration of Independence

Information about the signers and history of this famous document.


ConstitutionFacts: US Declaration of Independence: Fascinating Facts  - Offers readers facts about the constitution.

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