Week of November 12, 2017
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Which feature of a golf ball affects the airflow around its surface?
Who was the first president to travel abroad?
John F. Kennedy
Theodore Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you don’t participate in the contest but still want to write, what option do you select?
Pep Talks
Challenge Yourself

The Science of Golf

GolfWould you be surprised to learn the importance of science in the game of golf? NBC Learn teamed up with the U.S. Golf Association to create Science of Golf, nbclearn.com/
, to show how principles such as kinetic energy and Newton’s Laws of Motion are crucial components. A special hammer measures the firmness of the turf in Course Setup. Have you ever wondered Why Golf Balls Have Dimples? You might be surprised at their purpose. In Water Conservation, learn how environmentally friendly methods help keep courses healthy and conserve natural resources.

Play Pony Division
Pony Division

American History Map

Air Force OneExperience American History with interactive maps at American Panorama: An Atlas of American History, dsl.richmond.edu/panorama. The Executive Abroad map summarizes the international travel of former presidents and secretaries of state. In Mapping Inequality, maps created in 1935-1940 rate the credit worthiness of cities based on race. Real estate appraisers used these maps to determine areas’ economic values to preserve segregation. Slaves share personal stories in the Forced Migration of Enslaved People. The Overland Trails follow migrants’ journeys across America as detailed in their diaries.

Young Writers

Nanowrimo AligatorStudents across the country are discovering the fun of creative writing by participating in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program at ywp.nanowrimo.org. Every November, students can participate in a challenge to write a novel in 30 days. Students who finish a book will receive a copy of their completed work to share. With a parent’s permission, sign up for a free account and get started. Once you log in, you will have access to a whole library of Writer Resources that includes Workbooks to guide you in developing your story and characters. You will find inspiration through Pep Talks from experienced writers. Students can use this free resource for writing help at any time during the year.

Speak Out

What news source do you
consider most reliable? Why?

Speak Out Here!

News: Fact or Opinion?

The internet, social media, email and texting have made it easier to spread and access news than ever before. But how do you know if what you are reading is truth, opinion or fiction? It can be difficult to tell!

Large newspapers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are award-winning publications with excellent reputations for fact-based journalism. But it is important to know that articles expressing opinions based on solid facts can be as helpful as those which strictly report facts.

Checking facts through several different sources can help you get the most accurate information. Politifact, tinyurl.com/yd87jvej, is one example of a site with a list of strategies to help you get to the truth.

Snopes, snopes.com, is another site which can help you learn whether current events are being accurately reported by various media sources or if the information you’re seeing lacks credibility.

For more information on fact-checking, visit How to Fact Check, kidcourses.com/how-to-fact-check-for-kids.


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