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Happy Independence Day!

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the lunar eclipse tonight! This is great if you are studying the phases of the moon! In case you found the eclipse imperceptible in the midst of fireworks or you miss this opportunity, learn about the eclipse and see it here and here.

World War 2–Don’t Miss this Social Studies Opportunity

Have you noticed the strong correlations between World War 2 and the Covid-19 pandemic. The connections are so ironic that you can’t help but draw connections to them through teaching. Your former students, children, and upcoming students are LIVING history. No book can teach what we have and are living through. In case you haven’t drawn the correlations yourself. Here are some

  1. Government turmoil in the U.S. and confusion around the world. This is similar to the time of Hitler’s reign in much of Europe.
  2. A shortage of items in the grocery store, especially toilet paper, initially beans, rice, pasta, and then meat choices. Thank God that we do have food in the grocery stores! Our lives could be much worse.
  3. During World War 2 people became connected through the radio. Today we are becoming ever more connected with social media. Even people who are elderly are learning to use social media and other technology.
  4. Quarantine because of COVID-19 is a lot like Jews hiding in homes. In fact during this time I had two different children pick up the book the Hiding Place without my prompting. Here is a great link for seeing Corrie Ten Boom’s old house.

Here is a resource I made that uses World War 2 as a platform to teach cryptograms. My students really enjoyed it! I hope yours do too!

ww2, wii, covid19, covid-19, corona, social studies, history, cryptograms, puzzles, quarantine

Free AMI Famous Failures and Animals (by student request)

Here is what I posted this week for enriching activities for my students. You are welcome to copy and paste this for your own students!


  1. Read about these famous failures:

Michael Jordan
I’ve missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. I’ve lost almost three hundred games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan from this Nike commercial

Steve Jobs
I was a very public failure… I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech

J.K. Rowling
You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.
J.K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Speech

Failure can be positive and negative. Think of some examples.
Failure can lead to success. When have you seen this happen?
Successful people experience failure. Do a Google search and find another example besides the ones above. Remember your example so you can share it on Friday.
Discuss these ideas with your parents.


Watch these videos about endangered animals. Which animal is your favorite and why? Which animal do you feel you would most likely be able to help? How would you help them not become extinct?

Animals facing extinction

Saving rhinos

Live rhino cam

Animal sounds
Which animal sound can you imitate the best? Be ready to show off your imitation.

World War 2 Free AMI Enrichment

You are welcome to copy and paste the following for your own students’ benefit. We did these activities last week.

Do You Want to be a Spy?
Learn about World War 2 and the Enigma Machine

Watch these videos to learn some not VERY WELL known things about World War 2.’

Solve some cryptograms.

Make your own cipher and cryptogram.

Learn some new vocabulary:

Cryptogram– a communication in cipher or code
• Cipher– a method of transforming a text in order to conceal its meaning
• Code– a system of signals or symbols for communication
• Spy– a person who secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements, and plans of an enemy or competitor.
• Secret Agent– a person who tries to get secret information about another country, government, etc.
• Ally–a group of nations taking military action together, in particular the countries that fought with the US in World War I and World War II. (friend).
• Decipher-to interpret the meaning of
• World War II– conflict that involved virtually every part of the world during the years 1939– 45. The principal enemies were Germany, Italy and Japan—and the Allies including the United States, France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and, to a lesser extent, China. The 40,000,000–50,000,000 deaths incurred in World War II make it the deadliest and largest war, in history.
• Enigma Machine– a famous encryption machine used by the Germans during WWII to transmit coded messages. An Enigma machine allows for billions and billions of ways to encode a message, making it incredibly difficult for other nations to crack German codes during the war.

Happy Easter!

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I don’t know about you, but 2019 was a tough year! I’m so thankful for a new start! May 2020 bring many wonderful things for you this year in both your professional and personal life!

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