Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Edible Glass Hearts and Other Lessons About Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is this coming Sunday. My daughter's preschool is having a little celebration on Friday during which little cards will be exchanged. She's very excited about Valentine's Day as is her little sister. As I write this they're making Valentine's Day cookies (with supervision). Another Valentine's Day activity that they could be doing (with supervision) is making edible glass hearts with isomalt crystals. 

Making edible glass hearts is the topic of the latest SciShow Kids video. The video begins by explaining how glass is made before moving into an explanation of how sugar, like sand, can be melted. The video then explains why isomalt is used to make edible glass hearts (melting point) and how it can be done at home with the supervision of a parent. Like all SciShow Kids videos the description includes lots of links to additional resources including this one that has written directions


If you're looking to work a little Valentine's Day themed activity into your middle school or high school classes in the next couple of days, here are three good videos to consider viewing.

Why Do We Love? is a TED-Ed lesson that explores some philosophies on why people love. The lesson won't provide you with any clear answers, but it will make you think. And isn't that what philosophers want you to do?



The following video from It's Okay To Be Smart (produced by PBS Digital Studios) explains why humans kiss, the history of symbols associated with kissing, and some cultural views of kissing. When I saw this video I immediately thought of my friends who teach middle school and high school health classes.


The following fun video, also from It's Okay to Smart, attempts to use math to determine the odds of a 25 year old woman finding love in New York. (Remember, the video is just for fun).

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Resources for Teaching about Veterans Day



Veterans Day is next weekend which means this upcoming week will be a great opportunity to visit with students about the meaning of this federal holiday. These resources have suggestions for how students of all ages can honor veterans as well as some activities that can be done schoolwide.

  • Veterans Day Teacher Guide- This 35 page guide is filled with ideas for ways to honor veterans. There are suggestions for what schools can do as a whole as well as activities that individual students can complete.
  • PBS News Hour- 45-minute lesson plan for middle and high school students. 
  • Veterans Day Activities- Numerous activities for students elementary students including printouts, worksheets, and poetry activities.
  • Veterans Day FAQ's- Answers about the most common questions regarding Veterans Day.
  • Veterans Day from the History Channel- Articles, speeches, videos, and pictures about Veterans Day.
  • Operation We are Here- Numerous ideas for students of all ages for how to honor veterans.

Here are some additional resources for teaching about Veterans Day.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Why Americans and Canadians Celebrate Labor Day

Next Monday is Labor Day. For most of us in the U.S. and Canada this marks the unofficial end of summer. If your students are wondering why they don't have school on Monday, consider having them complete the TED-Ed lesson Why do Americans and Canadians Celebrate Labor Day? Through this lesson students can learn about the origin of Labor Day as well as learn a bit about changes in labor regulations over time.

The video from the lesson is embedded below.