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This weekend is the unofficial start of summer in Canada,
with the first long weekend of the season.
It is the Victoria Day weekend, more commonly known as May Two-Four!



 

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The True Size of is a site that allows you to compare sites from all over the world to
each other using the Mercator projection. The Mercator projection allows the world to
be mapped to a cylinder to have a much more accurate reading of the true size of countries.
You’ll be surprised how big, or small, some countries are when compared to others.
credit = The Chive

Going in Geography

 

 

 

 

 

How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson from Popular Mechanics
This is a very well written article about various well-paying trades,
such as: welding, masonry, electrician, plumbing, carpentry, and
auto mechanics/diesel mechanics. For each trade, there's a no-nonsense description,
and sections on Getting Started (including licensing and certifications),
Things Welders/Masons/Carpenters/Plumbers/Mechanics/Electricians Love
(example: Things Plumbers Love: Smooth and level floors, plumb walls, fixtures
that come out of the box without parts missing.);
Amazing Tool You’ll Get to Use: Milwaukee Super Hawg ½-inch right-angle drill,
Ridgid 1224 threading machine, A 4'-long mahogany Sands top-reading mason’s level,
A 12-amp pipe beveler, A Swanson Speed Square, A video inspection scope that helps
you inspect inside door cavities, under manifolds, behind and under a pump assembly.
Links to Great Resouces, mostly free.
Where the Military Can Take You—And Where It Can't
How To Find the Right School and
Consult the College Scorecard: The Department of Education’s College Scorecard may
be the best, simplest, and most up-to-date online resource out there.
Going in Life Skills , Teachers and Parents, and Technology


“The trades are not merely an alternative to college. A trade is equal to college.
The trades are one of the most noble career choices that any individual can make.
It’s a career choice, not just a job.”
- Greg Sizemore

“Pay attention while you’re in public school to the education that’s right in front of you.
It’s free. It’s a gift. When you go on from there to pursue a trade, remember that
whatever you put into it is what you get out of it.”
- Dan Maurer, journeyman pipefitter


 

Online Metals is a business site. There are exotic facts here, mostly about
metals, their alloys, and their uses, that you usually can't learn in classroom,
unless you are in a trade school or on a job.
Most of their info is for engineering or industrial purposes. It is still
a source of knowledge! Students interested in learning a trade can
definitely make use of this:

What are the melting points of various metals? from OnlineMetals.com
Excellent reference for chemistry and physics students.

Fraction Conversion Chart from OnlineMetals.com
For mathematics and science.

There are plenty more charts, tables, and "tech specs" for specialty industrial uses.

 


 

 

 

 

How Animals See the World (4:11 Youtube video)

"Did you know that pigeons have better vision than us?
Have you ever wondered how animals and birds actually
see the world? What do fish see when they look at us?
This video will explain all these to the smallest details!"
From the Bright Side channel. Going in Animals

 

 

Four-legged Whale With Hooves Fossil Discovered

"Fossil find: Whale with legs could stand on land and swim in water
An ancient four-legged whale with hooves has been discovered, providing
new insights into how the ancestors of the Earth’s largest mammals made
the transition from land to sea." Whales evolved in South Asia (Pakistan)
around 50 million years ago. "Now, researchers reporting the discovery of
an ancient four-legged whale - found in 42.6-million-year-old marine
sediments along the coast of Peru!"
Going in Dinos and Paleo



BRAVO, KATIE! And here's to more women in science!
Dozens of people worked on this project, but Katie is credited with creating
the "crucial algorithm" to stitch the images together.

Going in Astronomy and Women's History

 

 

 

Comparing the invasive Snakehead to the native Bowfin.
Snakeheads come from East Asia.
Latin name = Channa argus
Snakeheads are spreading over eastern North America.
They are tough and fight hard when hooked.
They are good to eat and there is a market for them.
They spawn (lay eggs) several times a year.


Bowfins are Native to eastern North America. They don't taste good.
They are not teleosts, but are the last survivors of another, very
old group of fishes. The Bowfin is more primitive than most other fishes.
Its fins have hips, similar to the first fish that crawled on to land.
They are tough and fight hard when hooked. The males have a tail spot.
They spawn once a year, thousands of eggs. The father watches over
the nest and herds the fry around like a sheepdog until they are 2 - 3
months old. Bowheads have been around since the Triassic Period.
They are not bad for the environment, they are a natural part of it.
Latin name = Amia calva
(PS Bowfins and Snakeheads do not do well in an aquarium with
other fish. They eat them.)
Going in Animals and Biomes

 

 

This dagger and gold sheath were found in the royal tombs at Ur. c. 3800 BC.
5,800 years ago they could already work metal into works of art. Look at
the craftsmanship of the gold sheath! This was made about 500 years before
metal workers learned to make bronze by combining copper and tin.
Yes, the knife is solid copper. credit = Sumeria Mesopotamia FB group


Going in Ancient History and Art

 

 

How Schools Can Create a Safe Environment for Muslim Students
How can schools create an environment where Muslim students feel safe and respected?
How can schools prevent and address anti-Muslim bullying, rhetoric, and activity, both
in the classroom and in the school community? And how can schools offer students
support after traumatic events such as the attacks at a mosque in New Zealand?
Here is a collection of resources on the topic and ideas on how to use books and
author interviews to foster empathy and spark dialogue; we'll add new resources
as they become available.
Going in Teachers and Parents

 

 

 

I'm a Pterodactyl - Dinosaur Songs from Dinostory by Howdytoons.
Nice cartoon video all about pterodons and how they are not dinosaurs.
One of several. Going in Dinos and Paleo

 

 


Going in Writing

 

 

How Far Are The Nearest Stars? A looong way, as this 10:20 video shows!


He makes a 200 billionth scale model to demonstrate. A pea-size sun is used.
Starting at one end of a football field. He plots out the solar system.



Pluto is 97 feet, or 29.6 meters, from the goal post. Voyager II is 317 feet,
96.6 meters from the goal post. The closest star is in another state,
125 Miles/202 kilometers away. Traveling the length of our solar system every
2 seconds for over three hours!
(Origin was the Grantsville HS football field in Grantsville Utah.
The end - Proxima Centauri - was by Downata Hot Springs, Idaho.)


Going in Astronomy

 

 

Emperor penguin chicks defend against a giant petrel
See what happens when a giant petrel attacks the young penguins in this
clip from BBC Spy in the Snow. David Tennant ("Dr. Who") narrates these
shows, which use cameras disguised as animals.


Going in Animal Cams


Learn more about the animals in the video:

Emperor penguins

Adélie penguins

Giant Petrel, which is one of the Tube-nosed seabirds
The tubes filter out salt so the birds can drink seawater.

 


 

Do not confuse "popular" with "poplar" which is a family of trees. We don't care
if some authors and other writers are spelling "popular" as "poplar"; poplars are trees!
Our suggestion: they should get a better spell checker.

"Genus Populus
Populus is a genus of 25–35 species of deciduous flowering plants in the family Salicaceae,
native to most of the Northern Hemisphere. English names variously applied to different
species include poplar, aspen, and cottonwood."

English translation: Poplars have flowers, they drop their leaves in the fall, and bud out new leaves
the next spring; they are related to willows. Poplars live world-wide north of the equator.
Big Cottonwood trees along stream beds in the Midwest and West of Canada and the US are
a giant poplar. Other large poplars live in what is left of the forests of Eastern North
America. The aspen trees of the Rocky Mountains are poplars. If you see a grove of aspen all
crowded together, you are seeing a clone! It's one giant plant colony with lots of trees
sharing one root system! They are all one plant.
Something all poplars have in common are those trembling leaves everyone loves. There are
beautiful videos of whole mountainsides covered with yellow-golden aspen, all trembling in the wind.
Another thing they have in common is soft wood.

"Poplar" boards are from Tulip Poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera) which are no relation.
If you want hard wood, get a Maple (Genus Acer), or an Oak (Genus Quercus).

 

 


Going in Early Learning, Homeschool, & Teachers and Parents

 

 

Run-on sentences can be dangerous! Use full stops/periods
where necessary! Punctuation saves lives!


Going in Grammar and Writing

 

 

 

Going in Animals

 

 


How a Supervolcano Made the Cenozoic’s Coolest Fossils
(from PBS Eons)


"One of the most dynamic, transformative, and potentially dangerous features in North America
is also responsible for some of the continent’s most amazing fossil deposits. It’s a supervolcano
we now call Yellowstone." 9:38 video explains the migrating Yellowstone Hot Spot and the trail
it has blazed across the northwest USA; now called the Snake River Valley. Did the continent
move, or the hot spot? Discover the Ashfall Fossil Beds Monument in Nebraska. What killed
all those animals? Kind of similar to Pompeii.
Going in Dinos & Paleo and in Volcanos

 

 


Going in Early Learning, Homeschool, & Teachers and Parents

 


 

Fish eggs (called "roe")! The yellow spheres are the egg yolks.
The silver circles with the black dots are the babies' ("fry's") eyes.
These an aquarium fish of the Cichlid ("sick-lid") family (Cichlidae).
Cichlids live in Africa and South America.

African Cichlid Fry Growing in Time Lapse Video
3:23 Youtube video follows babies from egg to fully-formed
little fish! Fun to watch.
Similar video here. Going in Animal Cams

 

 

Tape off sections on a canvas and let your baby be the artist!


From Robin Egg View. Comes with parts list and lots of instructions
with photos to help guide you. Just go ahead and do it.
Adult version with link list here.
Going in Early Learning.


 

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