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11-11-11 What's the Big Deal?

posted Nov 9, 2011, 11:27 AM by Mary O'Leary   [ updated Nov 9, 2011, 11:29 AM ]
In just a couple of days it will be 11-11-11.  Don't miss all the fun that this palindrome date has to offer.  As you may know, it will not be seen again for another 100 years!  I recently read an interesting article about the date 11-11-11 and palindromes.  The online article was hosted on Thinkfinity, an online learning community.  The author, Jane Brown, shares some cool math, science and holiday facts that relate to this upcoming date, 11-11-11.  I've shared some of the facts and great links to sites that that Jane Brown recommends.

11-11-11 In the Know 
Wondering what's a Palindrome?  Visit Wonderopolis' Wonder of the Day site to find out.

11-11-11 IN MATH 
Meet 11, my new favorite number.
  • 11x11 is 121
  • 111111x111111 is 12345654321  
  • 111111111x111111111 is 12345678987654321
Now that's some cool math facts!  

11-11-11 IN SCIENCE
The Great Blue Norther cold front  of 11-11-11 (1911), affected the central section of the United States.  Many cities recorded record high temps and record low temps on the very same day!  What caused such extreme temperatures to occur?  Can this happen again?  Read more about it on the National Geographic web site, Extreme Weather on Earth.

11-11-11 in Social Studies
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between our allies and Germany began.  One year later Armistice Day was created to honor those who gave up their lives to keep us free.  This national holiday is now known as Veterans Day.  For more information on Veterans Day go to the United states Department of Veterans Affairs web site.  You will find videos, lesson plans, posters and much more.   And don't forget about our Veteran Dogs who served our country and protected our soliders in war.  Check out this organization that takes care of retired dogs and other service animals who have served in the military.  Save-a   Thank you to all of our Veterans on 11-11-11.  Your service and dedication to our country is not forgotten. 

So if you missed this 11-11-11 event because you didn't read this newsletter in time, the next 11-11-11 will be on November 11, 3011.  Mark your calendar!