Thursday, April 7, 2016

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

We just learned about Tropical Storms.

Another type of tropical cyclone is a hurricane.

For a tropical cyclone to be called a hurricane, it has to have winds over 74 miles per hour for over a minute.

Hurricanes are put into categories of 1 to 5 based on how strong they are.
There is a scale called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which scientists use to tell which category number the hurricane is, based on how strong the wind is.

(from: wikipedia - saffir-simpson hurricane wind scale)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Anemometer

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Corn Snake

We just learned about the blue krait snake.

Another type of snake is the corn snake.

Corn snakes do not have venom and do not attack humans.
They help people a lot because they eat rats and mice that eat corn and grains.
Sometimes they live by where grains are stored and eat the rodents that would come and destroy the farmer's harvest, or spread disease to humans.

(from: wikipedia - corn snake)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Afghan Hound

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Let's keep learning about the brain.

The largest part of the brain is called the cerebrum.

This is the big part of the human head, where all of your thinking and feeling happens.
The cerebellum is what sends all the messages to your body and tells it what to do, and it's also the part that gets messages from the body about sights sounds and feelings.

(from: wikipedia - cerebrum)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Thoracic Aorta

Monday, April 4, 2016

Lake Turkana

We just learned about Lake Taymyr in Russia.

The next biggest lake is in Kenya, called Lake Turkana.

It is the world's largest salt lake and desert lake.

(from: wikipedia - lake turkana)

There is a small active volcanic island in the middle called Central Island.

(from: wikipedia - lake turkana)

There are lakes on this island where many animals live, like flamingos, crocodiles, hippos, snakes, zebra, topi, oryx, giraffe, kudu and gazelle.

(from: wikipedia - lake turkana)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Montana

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Palm Sunday

We just learned about Holy Week.

Another Palm Sunday.

On this day, churches celebrate the day that Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey and people waved palm branches and laid them at his feet.

The colors at the church are usually red for Palm Sunday.
Some churches hand out palm branches for people to hold while singing hymns.
These palms are then taken home to put above a cross or picture of Christ.
Some churches keep those palm branches until the next year's Ash Wednesday when they burn them and use the ashes.

(from: wikipedia - palm sunday)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: Jesus' Crucifixion - It is finished

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Tutankhamun's Mask

We just learned about Statue of Gudea.

Another ancient sculpture is Tutankhamun's Mask.

The mask is made of gold and weighs 22 lbs.
The face of the mask is a sculpture of the pharaoh's face.
It has inlays of colored glass and gems made of lapis lazuli, quartz, obsidian, carnelian, feldspar, turquoise, amazonite, faience and others.

The beard is inlaid with lapis lazuli.

On the back and shoulders are ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs that write out what was thought of as a protective spell in ancient Egypt.

(from: wikipedia - tutankhamun's mask)

Kid Facts - Blast from the past: The Thinker - Auguste Rodin

Friday, April 1, 2016

Italian - Your food is hot

We just learned in Italian:
this chair is small is La sedia è piccolo,
and my drink is cold is La mia bevanda è freddo.

Let's learn about more things we see every day.

To say your food is hot you would say Il vostro cibo è caldo..
We can break it up into four words:
ear essen ist ha-ees Your - Il vostro - sounds like eel voh-st-doh /?/
food - cibo - sounds like chee-boh /?/
is - è - Sounds like ay /?/
hot - caldo - Sounds like kah-l-doh /?/

So all together Il vostro cibo è caldo sounds like mine eel voh-st-doh chee-boh ay kah-l-doh.

academy of the bran
(from: wikipedia - accademia della crusca)
In German:
Ihr Essen ist heiß

In Spanish:
Tu comida está caliente

In French:
Votre nourriture est chaud