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When You Give a School Librarian an Empty Space

I walked into the new school library at Chatham Grove Elementary School for the first time in May 2020. There was so much space! It was incredible! We could host a square dance in between the eighteen double-sided rolling shelves, four book carts, and two rolling chairs. The furniture looked so small all by themselves. [...]You may view the latest post at
https://knowledgequest.aasl.org/when-you-give-a-school-librarian-an-empty-space/

Current Events -- NASA's OGO-1 Satellite

NASA's OGO-1 satellite has finally returned to Earth after 56 years in orbit
https://www.techspot.com/amp/news/86615-nasa-ogo-1-satellite-has-finally-returned-earth.html
After 56 years in orbit, this satellite splashes down near Tahiti.
What technologies do we have today that we didn’t have when this satellite went up? How are satellites used? What was happening in NASA 56 years ago?  There was an article preview on the same page about a palm pilot which made me wonder what technologies have come and disappeared in that time frame. How does something that big falling into the ocean affect the living organisms? How has day-to-day living changed since the OGO-1 went up? (Or any single aspect of it!)

Current Events -- Corn Moon

A full “corn moon” rises tonight — and it only happens once every three years.Unfortunately, this is yesterday’s news, but . . .
Since it’s yesterdays news, it’s a good time to walk the kids through internet searching techniques to find more information on the event. Key words, looking at the source for accuracy and authenticity, etc. 
-Examine the lunar cycle/moon phases -How does this happen every three years when the moon phases every 29.53 days? This is also an amazing math exploration.  -Discuss the accuracy of the Farmer’s Almanac.  -How often do we have two full moons in the same month?
For social studies —  This particular full moon is called other things in other countries. What cultural significance does the name hold in any of those countries?
https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEDLFz0Df5ZqfMCTK438Hll4qGQgEKhAIACoHCAowyNj6CjDyiPICMJyFxQU?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

Current Events -- A neighbor's revenge

This little piece is from Motorious, and it’s got some amazing cross curricular content in it. 
Neighbor’s camera goes off every day about the same time. Culprit — little kid on bike.  For revenge, neighbor maps out a bike course for little kid! Wait! That’s not revenge. That’s a WIN!
https://www.motorious.com/articles/news/guy-catches-neighbor-kid/
Math — estimate the size of the double driveway. What’s the average size of a double car driveway in front of a house? How much area of that driveway could be covered with track and the track still be realistic to maneuver?  How does this change if the double driveway changes to a single? Angle measurements of track.
Art — Well, the sky’s the limit on this one. I’m seeing Zentangles all over the place now. 
Science — how do smaller spaces influence possible speed? And just how fast can a little kid travel on a bike? What happens if the driveway is on an incline? Bigger (or smaller) bikes change things. How?
Social studies — Community relations. Housing an…

Current Event -- Boston Conference & COVID 19

Research shows a single event in the Boston area likely led to 20,000 COVID-19 cases (WXII)
This article has some great math work to explore:
-200 people attended the Biogen Conference in February.  -90 people contracted the virus. -20,000 were eventually infected by those 90.  How might that spread look in math terms?
https://www.wxii12.com/article/early-research-shows-a-superspreading-event-in-the-boston-area-likely-led-to-20000-covid-19-cases/33800467

Current Event -- Death Valley Temps

Did it really reach 130 degrees F in Death Valley? There are several interesting things in this very short piece to share with students:
-information about the process for verification of temperatures -historical temperatures -and why Death Valley is such a hot spot
https://www.wjhl.com/wjhl-weather/ask-storm-team-11-did-death-valley-reach-a-new-record-high/

Remote Learning Reboot

How are things going in your state and district? In North Carolina, we’ve been waiting–waiting to hear what the governor would say and then waiting to hear how districts would respond. Anticipating a need, the Friday Institute developed a course… Read More ›