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. BASEBALL There’s a lot more to a baseball pitch than simply throwing a ball over the plate. Pitchers actually manipulate whether the ball rises, turns, or sinks at the last second to challenge batters. The most basic pitch in baseball is the fastball, where the ball can reach speeds over 90 mph in the major leagues. The first two fingers rest just on the seams and the pitcher releases the pitch with the palm pretty facing the batter, producing maximum velocity. The basic idea of a fastball is t

Science Fun!

Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bell was an influential scientist, engineer and inventor. The following are some interesting facts about this man: He was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the universities of Edinburgh and London. Bell immigrated to Canada in 1870 and to the United States in 1871. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1882. He is widely credited with the invention of the first practical telephone. He didn’t have the middle name “Graham” until he turned 11. His father gave him his middle name as a birthday present as he wanted a middle name like his two brothers. Bell was an excellent piano player at a young age. His mother and wife we

All About Books

Every month, the librarians at the Kent District Library review dozens and dozens of children's books to help kids and parents make good selections. Here are 3 books they recommend! Read more, read often! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Puzzle Fun

Start your day with some brain exercises in today’s Puzzle Fun! Find the 7 differences in the frogs and buckets, solve the 3 different mazes, and then finish with a fun word game about fruits and vegetables! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Outer Space

Comets and Our Solar System 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.

Down On The Farm

Learn about Pigs! Pigs, also called hogs or swine, are ungulates which have been domesticated as sources of food, leather and similar products since ancient times. Their long association with humans has led to their considerable representation in cultural settings from paintings to proverbs. They are native to Eurasia. Despite the pigs reputation for excessive eating and another reputation for dirtiness, a lesser known quality is their intelligence. The nearest living relatives of the swine family are the hoofed mammals. A pig has a snout for a nose, small eyes and a small tail which may be curly, kinked or straight. The snout is used to dig into the soil to find food and is a very sensi

Spotlight On Health

I'm Stressed Out About Moving! Is your family moving this summer or do you know someone that is moving? It’s normal to be scared, excited or even angry about moving to a different location. Moving is also not easy for adults. Whether you, a friend, classmate or neighbor is moving, it’s important to understand how that makes you feel. People move for many reasons. Some of these reasons include buying a larger home for a growing family, job transfers, or wanting to live in a different city. Worries such as “will I make any friends or find my way in a new school” are not uncommon. It’s important to talk about these feelings with your parents. You will feel much better and they will be hap

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

Cooking Fun!

Bring your kids into the kitchen and have Cookin' Fun! Kids will love these simple and yummy recipes! This month try our spring inspired recipe: Cheese Bread, Breakfast Tacos, and Brownie Ice Cream. Remember, always follow kitchen rules: 1. Always ask an adult if you can use the kitchen. 2. Have all the ingredients before you start. 3. Wash your hands before you touch food. 4. Wear an apron or towel to keep your clothes clean. 5. Always clean up when you are finished. Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Sports and Fitness

Outside Games! Now that the weather is warmer, we’re outside more! That means you can enjoy the companionship of many friends or make new ones. Plus you can get plenty of exercise when your out running around! In today's Sports and Fitness, read about a few fun games you can play outside today! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Travel With Us

Easter Island Easter Island is one of the world’s most isolated inhabited islands. It is located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean approximately 2200 miles off the coast of Chile. Its closest neighbor that’s inhabited is Pitcaim Island, which is 1,289 miles to the west with fewer than one hundred inhabitants. Easter Island is also called Rapa Nui, or it’s official Spanish name is Isla de Pascua which also means “Easter Island”. The name “Easter Island” was given by the island’s first recorded European visitor, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who encountered it on Easter Sun-day, April 5, 1722. The island is approximately 15 miles long and 7.6 miles at its widest point. It has an area

Coloring Corner

In today's Coloring Corner, give the turtle some color! There was a little turtle. He lived in a box. He swam in a puddle. He climbed on the rocks. He snapped at a mosquito. He snapped at a flea. He snapped at a minnow. He snapped at me. He caught the mosquito. He caught the flea. He caught the minnow. But... he didn’t catch me! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

Use Your Imagination

Celebrate Flag Day on June 14th Flag Day is a day for Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag. Our flag is a representative of our independence and our unity as a nation. It has a proud history. The flag was at the head of every battle fought. Many people died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon. As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation and our flag. Did you know? Betsy Ross was a seamstress who made clothes for George Washington. In June, 1776, Washington approached her to make the country's first flag and the rest is history. Francis Scott Key, inspired by the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, wrote the lyri

Math Adventures

In today's Math Adventures, have fun with secret code math!  Using the secret code, translate the shapes into the correct numbers and then solve the addition problems. Have fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

Mr. President

James Monroe was born April 28, 1758 in Westmoreland County, VA. His father was a successful planter. Both James’ parents died when he was a teenager. James Monroe attended the college of William and Mary. When he was 17, he raided a British armory (weapons storage) with several classmates. They took 200 muskets (guns) and 300 swords, which they gave to the Virginia militia. James Monroe married Elizabeth Kortright Monroe in 1786. He was 27; she was 17. James Monroe worked in Thomas Jefferson’s law office and later opened his own practice. Monroe served in the Virginia Assembly, the Continental Congress, and the U.S. Senate. He was also governor of Virginia. He served in foreign affair p

Famous American Women

Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman was born a slave on a plantation in Maryland. Her birth name was Araminta Ross but she took the name of her mother, Harriet when she was thirteen. She lived in a one room cabin with her family. When she was only six, she was loaned to another family where she helped take care of a baby. Later, she worked a number of jobs on the plan-tation such as plowing fields and loading produce. She became strong doing manual labor. At thirteen, Harriet re-ceived a head injury. A slave owner tried to throw an iron weight at one of his slaves, but hit Harriet instead. It almost killed her and for the rest of her life she had dizzy spells and blackouts. During this time t

Let's Make It!

The One-Line Doodle Bird Do you love art? Do you love to draw? Drawings are created by using line. A line is a basic element of art, or an unbroken mark made on a surface by a drawing tool. Usually an artist lifts up his/her pencil many times while drawing. Sometimes it can be fun to try drawing in different ways. Did you know that it is not easy to draw things using one continuous or nonstop line? Try this “doodle bird” to work on the skills of drawing without ever picking up your pencil. When you first begin this exercise, it may be necessary to pick up the pencil. After several attempts, the one-line doodle bird becomes easy to do! Amaze your friends with this little bird drawing! Re

Science Fun!

That Tastes Soooo Good!! Everyone has their favorite food they LOVE to eat! Have you ever wondered how you can taste your favorite food? Tasting your food has everything to do with your taste buds! Taste buds are sensory organs found on your tongue. These organs allow you to taste the four basic tastes which are sweet, salty, sour and bitter. If you stick out your tongue and look into the mirror, you will see bumps on it. They are called papillae. Most of these contain taste buds which have a very sensitive microscopic hair called microvilli in them. These tiny hairs send messages to the brain about what you are tasting, so you will know if it is sweet, salty, sour, or bitter. The average pe

All About Michigan

Michigan's Cherries Many centuries ago, European and Asian peoples enjoyed eat-ing cherries. They are believed to have come from China around 4000 B.C. Cherries were brought to America by early settlers in the 1600s. Cherry trees, in fact, were part of the gardens of French settlers when they established Detroit. In Michigan, Peter Dougherty, a Presbyterian missionary, planted the first cherry orchard in 1852 in the Grand Traverse Bay area on Old Mission Peninsula. These trees produced well and soon other orchards were planted all over Northern Michigan. Grand Traverse area possesses the conditions that cherries need to grow to their full potential. Orchards there are usually planted on

What I Want To Be

I Want To Be a Hydrogeologist What is a hydrogeologist? That is a person who studies the ways that ground water (hydro) moves through the soil and rocks of the earth (geology). A hydrogeologist is the person who makes and uses laws to be sure we have clean groundwater supplies. Kind of like doctors be-cause they help people stay healthy. When people become sick from contaminated water, they help find the problem and solve it. Water is an essential part of live on earth and is what people, plants and animals need to survive. It is important that the limited amount of freshwater we have on earth stays safe to drink and use for the many purposes we have for it in everyday life. Think of the

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