Science Fun!

Comets are a relatively small solar system body that orbits the Sun. They are composed of ice, dust and small rocky particles from the early formation of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago. The name comet, comes from the Greek word which means, “hair of the head.” Greek philosopher Aristotle, observed comets as “stars with hair.” Comets have a small solid part, called a nucleus. When comets are close to the Sun and begin to warm up, they will display a visible fuzzy outline or atmosphere called a “coma” and sometimes a tail. The coma is created as the sun’s heat causes ice, carbon dioxide and other compounds to quickly change from solids to gases. “Vents” on the sun-warmed side m

All About Michigan

Fossils are the remains, impressions or traces of organisms that existed millions of years ago. They are the remnants of organisms that have been naturally preserved, such as bones, teeth, scales, shells and skeletons. Usually, fossils are preserved in sedimentary rock and bodies of water. Fossils are important in understanding the history of the world because they provide physical evidence of animals and plants that lived in the past. Through their discovery, paleontologists uncover new ideas about former life on earth. In today's All About Michigan, learn about our State fossil and an ancient creature that lived more than 10,000 years ago! Have a great weekend! Click HERE to download th

Spotlight On Health

The Importance of Washing Your Hands Have you ever heard your parent’s say, “Did you wash your hands?” This is a very common question that most kids have heard and it is an extremely important question to ask. Hand-washing is a great way to prevent infection and stop the spread of germs. It’s a simple habit to learn. Sometimes you do it without thinking and sometimes, we’re in such a hurry that it’s forgotten. Not good... Do you realize that if you wash your hand properly, it helps you to avoid being sick? Let’s explore this a little further. Throughout the day, everyone accumulates germs on their hands from all types of surfaces like direct contact with people, contaminated surfaces,

All About Music

The harmonica (or mouth organ) is a hand-held rectangular musical instrument . As the musician inhales and exhales into evenly spaced air channels, the metal reeds within produce musical notes. The length and thickness of the reed determines the note that is heard. Read more about the harmonica in today’s All About Music! Make a popsicle stick harmonica! Here's an activity that will get you thinking more about how sound works and why some sounds are higher than others! What you need: 2 popsicle sticks 1 big rubber band 2 smaller rubber bands 2 pieces of craft paper (about 3cm x 1cm each) Sticky tape Directions: Lay one stick on top of the other with the paper strips spaced about 1.5cm from

Puzzle Fun

Start your day with some brain exercises in today’s Puzzle Fun! Find the 10 differences, complete the maze to help the mice find their cheesy breakfast, fill in the blanks to unveil the names of 11 birds, and then finish with connect the dots! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Sports and Fitness

Cross Country Skiing For Kids! Cross country skiing is a fun winter sport that is easy to get involved in, especially when you live in a place that gets lots of snow! The snow can be in a school field, your back yard or some trails. Cross country skiing also has many health benefits. It is an aerobic exercise and works the muscles in your legs, back, chest and stomach. Plus, its a fun social activity with your family and friends. The equipment you need includes a set of skis, poles, warm clothing and boots. Make sure your warm clothing is also waterproof! The following paragraphs offer some information on techniques, but the most important advise is to make sure you take lessons from a q

Sports and Fitness

​Ice Skating is a fun winter activity! Did you know that humans have been skating for thousands of years? The first skates were made from animal bones and attached to the feet with leather straps. People used skates as a way of crossing frozen lakes and rivers in the winter. In the 1850’s, figure skating began. Skaters started trying various spins and jumps on the ice. The first World Figure Skating Championships for men were held in 1896 in Russia. The first World Figure Skating Championships for women were held in Switzerland in 1906. Ice skating is a popular sport and thanks to indoor rinks, it can be enjoyed year round. As a competitive sport, skating includes figure skating, pair skati

Travel With Us

Let's Visit Switzerland! Switzerland is multilingual and has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh! Switzerland is a landlocked country of around 7.5 million people in Western Europe with an area of 15,940 sq mi. It is a federal republic consisting of 26 states called cantons. Berne is the seat of the federal government and de facto capital, while the country's economic centers are its two global cities, Geneva and especially Zürich. Switzerland is bordered by Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. Switzerland has a long history of neutrality – it has not been at war since 1815 – and hosts many international organizations, including the Red Cross, the WTO

Coloring Corner

In today's Coloring Corner, help to add color to some fun winter activities! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights activist in the 1950s and 1960s. He led non-violent protests to fight for the rights of all people including African Americans. He hoped that America and the world could become a colorblind society where race would not impact a person's civil rights. He is considered one of the great orators of modern times, and his speeches still inspire many to this day. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929. He went to Booker T. Washing

Use Your Imagination

How can you serve your community in celebration of Martin Luther King Day? Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. He became one of the greatest Social Activists the world has known. At 35, he became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His birthday became a National Holiday by an Act of Congress in 1983. It is a time when the nation pauses to remember Dr. King’s life and work, but also to hono

Math Adventures

In today's Math Adventures, write the answer to each problem. Then, color the picture according to the key at the bottom! When finished, work on fractions by telling what fraction of each shape on the right is shaded! Have fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

All About Books

BOOKS TO WARM YOUR HEART It's cold outside....but here are 3 books that will warm your heart with their moving stories. Read more, read often! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

What I Want To Be

Astronaut! Can anyone become an astronaut? Yes - if you work hard enough and have the right skills and education with good grades. You also need to work well with people, be able to communicate and be eager to do the job. Here are some examples. If you want to be a mission specialist, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. A master’s degree and doctoral degree are a big help. You also need to work for three years in a related field like aerospace engineering. Lastly, you have to pass a difficult physical exam, have good eyesight and a height requirement has to be met. To be a pilot, you need at least 1,000 hours

Mr. President

Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia on October 1, 1924. The mainstays of his up bringing were peanut farming, politics and devotion to the Baptist faith. In 1946, after graduating from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, he married Rosalynn Smith. They have three sons, John, James, Donnel and a daughter, Amy. After seven years as a naval officer, Carter returned to Plains. In 1962, he entered state politics and eight years later was elected Governor of Georgia. He emphasized ecology, efficiency in government and the removal of racial barriers. In December 1974, he began a two year campaign for the presidency. He worked hard and ended up winning against President Gerald R. Ford. R

Greater Lansing Islamic School (East Lansing)

MULTICULTURAL FAIR AT GLIS By: Ibrahim and Omar One week ago our school, grades 1-8, did a project called the Multicultural Fair. This means that every class had to do projects about different countries. Fifth through eighth graders had to work on their own. The other grades worked as a class. We are in fourth grade and we learned about Russia and Malaysia. We learned about things such as foods they eat, the location, famous people, famous places and many other things. We had to do research to learn about these countries. We made display boards and then invited our parents to listen to us talk about what we learned. We also served cookies from each country. We learned a lot and had

Science Fun!

The International Space Station The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable human-made satellite that orbits Earth at an altitude of between 205 miles and 270 miles. It comprises pressurized modules for astronauts to live in, external trusses for propulsion, solar arrays for power and many other amazing features. The first part of the ISS sent to space was the module called Zarya. It was launched into space on a Russian Proton rocket on November 20th, 1998. Zarya provided propulsion, attitude control, communications and electrical power. Two weeks later, NASA launched a module called Unity aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, successfully attaching it to the Zarya module. The Unity m

STEM in Sports!

People have used advances in science and math to make sports safer for athletes. Science, technology, engineering and math are known as STEM - and STEM has a big impact on every sport that's played. FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Work with a parent to solve these challenging word problems based on a high school football game! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Use Your Imagination

In today's Use Your Imagination, write a story about about the place you would go if you had a magical flying horse! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

VIST THE WILDSIDE!

The Cheetah The cheetah is one of the world’s well-known cats!  They are known for their speed, which can be up to 75 mph! This large cat is great at running and catching it’s prey. It’s slim body helps it gain speed quickly, and the cheetah easily makes it on the list of awe-some land animals! The cheetah is a big cat. They can be up to four feet tall and weigh anywhere from 70 to 140 pounds. They are great at hiding too! Cheetahs have sandy fur that helps them blend into their grassland environment. On their fur, they have black spots to help conceal their bodies while they hunt. Cheetahs stay in generally the same area. Females tend to range over a large area, while males mark their own

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