Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Monday, December 16, 2019

White Christmas Probability Map

My daughters are excited about Christmas being just nine days away. They were also a little sad that all of the snow melted over the weekend. Fortunately, the odds are in our favor that we will have snow on the ground again before Christmas. I know that from experience and from consulting NOAA's Probability of a White Christmas map.

NOAA's Probability of a White Christmas map is one of many maps that NOAA offers in their public ERSI map gallery. The White Christmas map depicts the probability of snow being on the ground in the continental United States on Christmas day. The map is covered in small tiles that you can click on to see what the chances are of having a white Christmas in any location in the continental U.S. The map is based on historical snowfall data for each place depicted on the map.

Applications for Education
This map is just one of dozens that you can find in NOAA's public map gallery. Many of the maps that are based on historical data could be good to reference as studies in recognizing patterns.

H/T to Maps Mania.



Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow is Christmas! There won't be any new blog posts tomorrow. I'll be playing with daughters and their new toys.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Track Santa and Learn About Christmas Traditions Around the World

If your family celebrates Christmas and you're looking for a nice activity to do with young kids at home, take a look Google's annual Santa Tracker website. The site lets kids see when and where Santa is traveling from his home at the North Pole. The Santa Tracker site shows you where Santa is in relation to your location at any given time. One of the neat educational tie-ins is that you can click on Santa's current location to learn more about the Christmas traditions in that place.

The Santa Tracker site also has a little geography quiz based on Santa's travels around the globe.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Santa Tracker and Related Google Maps & Earth Features

Once again Google has published their annual Santa Tracker website. The site displays a map of where Santa (if he was real) is traveling from his home at the North Pole. The Santa Tracker site shows you where Santa is in relation to your location at any given time. One of the neat educational tie-ins is that you can click on Santa's current location to learn more about that place. The location information is provided by National Geographic.

The Santa Tracker Christmas Traditions website offers a small collection of lessons about Christmas traditions around the world.

Outside of the Christmas season, use the Google Earth Flight Simulator to tour the world from an aerial perspective. The Google Earth Blog offers an extensive tutorial on how to use the Google Earth Flight Simulator.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Google Maps Some Christmas Traditions Around the World

This year Google's Santa Tracker website has a neat feature about Christmas traditions around the world. The Christmas Traditions map features the traditions of seventeen locations spread across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa. Click a placemark on the map to read a short summary of a tradition in that location.

Applications for Education
Google currently offers a selection of lesson plans based on the Christmas Traditions map. If those lesson plans don't fit your needs you might consider having students create their own holiday traditions maps on Google My Maps. Click here to find three video tutorials on creating maps through Google My Maps.

H/T to Maps Mania

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Dinner in Space - And How Astronauts Eat in Space

This afternoon I stumbled upon an old Smithsonian article about Christmas dinner and food in general on the International Space Station. The article is a series of questions from readers answered by NASA's Vickie Kloeris. In 2009 Ms. Kloeris managed the food systems on the International Space Station. The article is an interesting read, but check out the following two videos from the Canadian Space Agency to see how astronauts prepare and eat foods in space.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Timeline of the History of the Christmas Tradition

History of the Christmas Tradition is an infographic laid out in a timeline format. The infographic actually has four timelines on it dating as far back as the 4th Century A.D. The four timelines are arranged labeled as culture, traditions, figures, and decorations. I put the infographic into a Zoom.it frame so that it will fit in this post. Visit Balsam Hill the infographic's creator to view the full size graphic.

Applications for Education
History of the Christmas Tradition could be a good discussion and research prompt in a lesson about culture. You could have your students select items from the timeline to research in more depth and share their findings with each other.


H/T to Cool Infographics.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Visual History of Christmas Trees

Almost everyday this time of year I see trucks loaded with Christmas trees headed south to places that don't have the quantity of trees we have here in Maine. Where did the Christmas tree tradition begin? When did those awful fake trees start appearing in homes? Those questions and more are addressed in the Visual History of Christmas Trees infographic.

Applications for Education
Looking for a quick way to explain this holiday tradition? Consider sharing the Visual History of Christmas Trees with your inquisitive students.

H/T to Cool Infographics.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick note to say Merry Christmas to all of you who are celebrating Christmas today. I hope you all have a great time with your loved ones today. And if by chance you are reading this blog today, I have posted a couple of "classic" posts from the last two years for you to enjoy.

The Twelve Days of Christmas performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The History of Christmas

History.com has a series of videos, fact sheets, and quizzes about the history of Christmas. The videos cover many aspects of the history of Christmas, but the overall intent of videos is to explain why Christmas is celebrated as it is today. In addition to videos about Christmas, History.com has videos about the histories of Hanukkah and New Year's Eve.

Check out Larry Ferlazzo's list find more materials on the histories of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

NORAD Tracks Santa on Google Earth

Those of you who have young children that still believe in Santa may be interested in this. NORAD and Google have again partnered to track Santa's travels on Christmas Eve. Beginning at 2am EST on December 24, if you visit NORADSanta.org you will be able to track Santa's travels in Google Earth. Read more about this on the Google LatLong Blog. The video about last year's travels is embedded below.