Minecraft Can Help You Learn

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image     Many people say minecraft is some old game that just wasts your time but, some teachers say minecraft can be used for math and science easly by just showing an old struchture like noahs ark or solomons temple. Another upside is this game appeals to both genders so anyone can enjoy it. There are down sides to letting children have minecraft in school though some think they will take atvantge of this opprotunitie and play when the techer is giving instrutions.

1. Do you think it is a good idea for minecraft to be in school?

2. How would you react if minecraft was broaght to this school?

3. Do you want minecraft to be brought to this school and why?

Is the Five Second Rule REALLY True?

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Have you ever eaten food off the floor before and said, “Five second rule!!” Students in the schools called Britain’s Ashton University,n lolked more unti the five second rule.  Reaserch shows that the five second rule was sordve true but you still should definetly be careful.  The studies showed that bacteria can get on your food withing the five seconds.  Studies also showed that when you dropped your food on the carpet you were less likely to get so many germs that if you were to drop your food on the hard floor.

 

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Discussion Questions:

Do you still follow the five second rule?

After reading this will you or will you not use the five second rule?

Do you think people should or should not be using the five second rule?Explain.

Society’s Most Important Inventions

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May 19

All inventions are important, but these are the most.

First there is the wheel, we wouldn’t be getting anywhere without a wheel!

Next there is the telephone. Wouldn’t it be annoying to have to write your friend instead of calling or texting them, then it’s good for you that the phone was invented.

This is my favorite invention, the telephone!

This is my favorite invention, the telephone!

The lightbulb. The lightbulb is SO important because school would be horrible if we couldn’t see what we were doing!

Finally, the internet. The internet has helped us with just about anything with google, wikipedia, and so much more!

I used http://www.livescience.com/33749-top-10-inventions-changed-world.html
And i used http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/

1. Out of any invention in the world, which is your favorite? Why?
2. If you could invent anything, what would it be? Where would you use it?
3. Out of thesefour inventions, which is your favorite?

Guess who’s back…back again…Bed Bugs!

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Bed bugs are back, stronger than ever. You probably heard about these bugs. They are miniature insects than suck on blood as their main energy source. They usually hide in beds, hotel rooms, movie theaters and more. They can go up to very long times without eating, sometimes to months. However, once they do, they can definitely become a problem. Once they have a meal on your skin while you are sleeping, an oval, reddish clutter of plumps will appear on your skin. Sound familiar? Despite being a 350 bedbug feature inline2major problem for many homes around the world, around 1950s, DDT’s were used to get rid of this insect. But now, they have came back rapidly, almost at a frightening pace. After the removal of DDT’s in the 1970’s and the ignorance in bug control has led to this nightmare for families around the world.

Just as the nursery rhymes goes, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

 

To learn more, visit:

https://student.societyforscience.org/article/return-bed-bug

 

1) What do you think we have to do to stop bed bugs?

2) Have you ever had problems with bed bugs?

3) Should DDT’s be allowed to be used again for the bed bugs?

 

Flint and Steel

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As you may know, striking flint on steel creates sparks, that are used to ignite/start fires. If you are wondering how it works, it is simple. Some materials are pyrophorics, which means that they ignite in room temperature. You don’t need to light pyrophorics with a flame because they will light on their own. You probably don’t know that iron is a pyrophoric material. When iron is in the presence of oxygen, it will light on fire automatically. You can hold iron and it won’t burn because right when it touches oxygen, it is covered in a light layer of rust which slows further rusting, which prevents the iron from touching oxygen and ultimately keeps the iron cool. When iron touches oxygen, it rusts, which is turning into iron oxide, and it gives off heat, which is burning. If you speed up the rusting/burning, then more heat will be given off faster. So if you strike the iron with a harder material, then tiny pieces of iron will flick off and it will burn really quickly. That will make sparks which can be used to start fires. But there is a problem. Iron is malleable, which means that it is bendy, so when you strike it with a hard substance it will either bend or break. So people simply use steel. To make steel, iron ore is first mined from the ground. It is then smelted in blast furnaces where the impurities are removed and carbon is added. In fact, a very simple definition of steel is “iron alloyed with carbon, usually less than 1%.” Steel is less malleable, so you can strike it with flint and it won’t bend or break, but it will create finer and better sparks. That is how striking flint on steel creates sparks that can initially be used to ignite fires.

 

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Why do you think that striking off smaller peices of steel will make the steel instantly ignite?

If more carbon was added to the iron when it was becoming steel, what do you think would happen? Why?

What other substances are pyrophoric and what are they used for?

 

How Far Away is a Storm?

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How do you really know how far away stroms are? Some people get very scared when there is thunder outside. People might want to take cover, but they don’t know when the strom will be very close to you.

To tell how far a strom is, count how many seconds between when you see lightning and hear thunder. Then, you take the seconds and divide that by five to find how many miles away it is.

For example, between lightning and thunder, it was 7 seconds. 7 divided by 5 is 1.4. That means the storm is 1.4 miles away from you.

Now you can know when to take cover for a strom, and how close the strom really is from your house.

Questions:
Did you ever know this?
Were you ever taught another way to see how many miles the storm is from your house?
Why do you think this works?
Will you, or have you used this technique?

 

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Why is the sky blue?

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Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 6.27.29 PMA lot of people wonder why the sky is blue. A study by NASA explains that the sky only looks blue. As we previously learned in the school year, white light is all of the colors and that is how the light from the sun is white. The blue light is stronger than the red and green lights and it shines through brighter. That is how the sky appears to be blue. But some times when the sun sets the sky can be other colors. The blue light is more scattered so there is room for the other colors to be seen with an eye.

In the future do you think there could be a type of glasses that allows you to see the sky in different colors?
If the glasses were created what do you think the future would be like?
What color would you like for the sky to be?
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/blue-sky/en/

Playing(Action) Video Games can Actually Excel your Learning

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A new study recently found, for the first time, that video games can help your general learning capabilities. Not just your skills taught from the game. This experiment was meant to show why action video games will help you learn with the skills you have practiced in the games. “Prior research by our group and others has shown that action gamers excel at many tasks. In this new study, we show they excel because they are better learners,” said Daphne Bavelier, a research professor in brain and cognitive sciences . “And they become better learners, by playing the fast-paced action games.” She along with her team used an experiment to compare action video game players’ visual performance with that of individuals who do not play action video games. The experiment was a pattern with multiple changes in it and they had to identify them. The action-gamer beat the non-action gamers. The the reason was because the gamers were prepared for the task ahead with the skills they have had to use before. The second experiment they conducted was to see the difference between people who played action games(such as Call of Duty), and people who played non-action games(e.g. The Sims). For nine weeks, 50 hours were spent playing video games. The trainees were tested on a pattern discrimination task before and after and the action games showed better results. The last test was a perceptual learning test(source:wikipedia{Perceptual learning is the process of learning improved skills of perception. These improvements range from simple sensory discriminations (e.g., distinguishing two musical tones from one another) to complex categorizations of spatial and temporal patterns relevant to real-world expertise (e.g., reading, seeing relations among chess pieces, knowing whether or not an X-ray image shows a tumor)}. The action-game players got better results because they were prepared for what was coming up. They also found that the effect lasts for months, to a year later, on the same people. The reasearchers are still working on this experiment but are convinced that this is the correct choice.

 

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perceptual_learning

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141110161036.htm

 

Questions)

1: Do you think that action-games can help you learn more quickly?

2: Why or why not?

3: Do you think non-action-games could help too or just action-games?

A New Bird

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150501095953_1_540x360   On May,1st 2015 their was a new discovery. It is a new type of bird called Sichuan bush warbler. This bird has been around for a couple of years but hiding in the shadows so know one could find or hear it. Suddenly the bird became uncovered because of its song that fills the hole forest. The bird was found in China.

(Science daily is the URL);

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150501095953.htm

 

Questions…

   1) How many Sichuan Birds do you think there are in China?

2) How many years do you think the Bird has been hiding?

3) Where do you think the birds live in China? (ex. high in the trees or low in the              bushes)

By Rachel Zlotowicz

Dustless Chalk is dangerous??!!!!

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Scientists say that dustless chalk could cause allergy and asthma symptoms to children with milk allergies. Why?

In milk there is Casein a milk protein and Casein is often used in dustless chalk. Studies say that when children inhaled the little particles in the air, children allergic to milk got reactions such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. But wait! Chalk isn’t the only item in school that can be troublesome to milk allergic students. Milk proteins can also be found in glue, paper, ink, and in other children’s lunches.

Well at least in Maple we use whiteboards!!!!!

(people who are allergic to milk: WATCH OUT!!!)

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