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Christmas 2016
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Tags: Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Here are some free holiday and winter-themed activities:

Winter Math and Problem-Solving Activities

The winter-themed labs in this video illustrate several chemistry concepts, highlighting viscosity and density, polymers, and polar and non-polar reactions:

Here are activities similar to the video that you can reproduce at home:

Snow Globes: (viscosity and density)

Snow Balls: (polymers)

Marbled Holiday Cards: (polar and non-polar reactions)

Make these Christmas-themed games to learn about electrical circuits and forces: 

Christmas Games, Interactives, Skills Practice

Happy Thanksgiving
Category: Misc.
Tags: thanksgiving

Issued by George Washington during his first year as President, the proclamation designated November 26 as "a day of publick thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God."

Read the text of the General Thanksgiving Proclamation here.

Thanksgiving Internet Scavenger Hunt

Download Free Thanksgiving Readers: 

Read: 7 Fun Facts For Thanksgiving

Halloween: Vids, Downloads, and Spooky Stuff
Category: Misc.
Tags: halloween halloween usa halloween stuff

Visit Listenwise to hear a public radio story on the History of Witches, and what led to the Salem Witch Trials.

Learn about the brain with a look at the neuroscience of zombies.

Check out these read-aloud ghost stories for kids.

Write your own Halloween tale with Scholastic's scary story starters

Use forensic science to help solve four lethal poisoning cases in 1920s New York City.

Read about one roadschooling family's unscheduled stop in the Twilight Zone.

Play some online Halloween games

Practice reading comprehension with some K-12 Halloween articles. 

Knowing Poe: Learn about “Poe the Person” through interactive features that allow you to tour his house, learn about his education, or solve the mystery of his death. Learn more about “Poe the Writer” with activities exploring his techniques. And in the “Poe Library,” along with a list of his works, you’ll find primary source documents, such as letters and original manuscripts; and the many and varying references to his works both here, and around the world.

Study Suspense in Poetry: Speaking of Poe, visit TeachersFirst’s The Raven to learn more about such literary devices as alliteration, assonance, internal rhyme, metaphor and simile, and personification.  Move the mouse over highlighted words to see what devices are being employed. There's also an interactive version of The Highwayman.

Design your own haunted house

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