Go to the following website and complete the task outlined:
Winter 2014 Sochi Olympics Webquest: http://zunal.com/webquest.php?w=226206
Excel online lesson: http://www.e-learningforkids.org/computer-skills/lesson/microsoft-excel/
An Hour of Code: http://learn.code.org/hoc/1
Thanksgiving Webquest: Start here: http://www.plimoth.org/media/olc/intro.html
Next click here to explore virtual sites: http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/
Follow up with this site: http://www.youthonline.ca/games/tictactoe/thanksgiving.shtml
The Science of Sports:
Baseball Exploratorium: http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/
September 11, 2013:
February 27, 2013: Today is International Polar Bear Day!
Live feed from PA: http://www.visitpa.com/groundhog-day-live-stream
Sonic Drive Ins will be running a half off footlong hot dog promo all day.
Science of the Hudson:
The company had a number of firsts for the auto industry; these included dual brakes, the use of dashboard oil-pressure and generator warning lights, and the first balanced crankshaft, which allowed the Hudson straight-6 engine, dubbed the "Super Six" (1916), to work at a higher rotational speed while remaining smooth, developing more power for its size than lower-speed engines.
Most Hudsons until 1957 had straight-6 engines. The dual brake system used a secondary mechanical parking brake system, which activated the rear brakes when the pedal traveled beyond the normal reach of the primary system; a mechanical emergency brake was also used. Hudsons transmissions also used an oil bath and cork clutch mechanism that proved to be as durable as it was smooth.
Hi guys - by now you know you have the day off due to Hurricane Sandy. Here's some cool sites to watch to get the latest information.
Wind map - this is really awesome! : http://hint.fm/wind/
Brainpop: What is a hurricane: http://www.brainpop.com/science/weather/hurricanes/index.weml?&tried_cookie=true FREE!
You can go here: http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-hurricane.htm to lern about what hurricanes are and here: (choose Full Atlantic) http://www.weatherwizkids.com/hurricane-tracking-charts.htm to print your very own hurrikcane tracking chart
An awesome map to see what kind of warnings are in affect: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/largemap.php.
NY State current weather conditions: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/states.php?state=NY&map=on
This site lets you view the satellite images and click on 24 hour and it shows you the path of the storm: http://www.weather.gov/satellite
Hurricane Hunters site: http://www.hurricanehunters.com/
Storm Science: http://www.miamisci.org/hurricane/
Stay inside - stay safe!
May 23 - Click on the following link to learn about a new species:
Live Hawk's Nest Webcam:
To address the widespread problem of bullying, Weekly Reader has prepared special issues that discuss the issue. Click on the link below to access the magazine, available through February 29, 2012.
Scientific Method Test Help:
Study Guides and Notes:
Mrs. ODonnell's Summer Science Journal:
Entry One: On August 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit VA. Tremors were felt throughout the eastern US from central Georgia to central Maine and west to Detroit, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois. Felt in many parts of southeastern Canada from Montreal to Windsor. I was driving in my car onn the LIE visiting animal shetlers in our search for the family puppy and we didn't really feel the tremors; my car swayed a bit and I thought it odd since it wasn't particularly windy. Immediaely my phone rang when my husband called me form the street where he had been evacuated from his building, and irt buzzed when my sister texted me. Damen checked his facebook and almost instanteously there were a hundred messages about the earthquake. Did you feel it?
Entry Two: On August 23, 2011 my family finally found our newest family member, Pongo O'Donnell. Pongo is a mixed breed hound (we think he has some beagle) and although I said all along I wanted a small dog, he picked us as soon as we walked into the shelter, All of the other dogs were going nuts, jumping all over and barking and he sat patiently waiting for us to come over to him, and licked us quietly when we petted him. I've since learned it was all an act, because he is the most energetic puppy I've ever met - I'm exhausted by the end of the day when it's time to turn in. Between reading puppy training books, watching puppy training videos, looking up info on the internet, walking him a billion times a day so he doesn't mess in my house, playing with him, and chasing him around to make sure he doesn't get into trouble, I'm pooped!
One of the things I learned about puppies is that if they are socialized to meet other dogs at an early age, they will be friendly to them and not aggressive. So far he's met my sister's dog, and several neighbor's dogs. He even went for a playdate next door with a pug named SweetPea where the dogs romped in her yard, and he came home with a squeaky bone - not only a new friend but a party favor as well!
August 27, 2011: On Saturday evening, early in the morning of Sunday, Hurricane Irene arrived in New York. I had prepared by filling both our cars with gas, buying block ice in case we lost power and placing it in my five day cooler, getting cash from the ATM, making sure our propane tank was full of gas, and gathering all of our camp flashlights and lanterns. We went to sleep at around 11, but I slept fitfully, worrying about the boys (Damien and Pongo!) who were sleeping in the downstairs family room with the AC; I woke often hearing the winds blowing, and hearing metallic popping (transformers in the nearby substation blowing.) Around 2 am I heard a large crack, and my fans went off. A firetruck came donw the block with lights and sirens, and I watched it out my back bedroom window. It stayed for a while and then about 20 minutes later, backed up down the block - not a good sign!
The next morning I took the dog for a walk down the block to check out the damage - an enormous tree had fallen and taken out all the wires. Across the street there were also hanging wires, and up the block in the other direction, a huge branch of a 100 year old tree had also taken down all the wires. What did this mean? I had no power until the following Friday evening at 8:21pm. Made the last week of vacation not a lot of fun, but I learned about electricity supply, and the use of generators. Mrs. Kilkenny had a generator and luckily got her power back Sunday evening, and graciously offered me a shelf in her freezer so I didn't lose any food. I wondered how a generator works and thought you might as well.
How does a generator work? An electric generator is a machine for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy. The mechanical energy can come from a variety of sources. There are hand-cranked generators, generators powered by falling water, wind generators, thermoelectric generators, photovoltaic generators, magnetohydrodynamic generators which extract energy directly from hot gases, and generators coupled to various types of internal combustion engines – gasoline generators, diesel generators, natural gas generators, and propane generators. If a magnet in close proximity to a length of electrically-conductive wire is moved, the electrons in that wire will be induced to flow, and a current will be produced.
Fortunately other than the inconvenience, I did not have any damage. Towns in upstate NY and Vermont were hard hit and many families lost everything.
Those of you who have an IPod Touch, and IPhones or an IPad can download a FREE BrainPOP app for your device. Here is the link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brainpop-featured-movie/id364894352?mt=8. Enjoy!!!