MSM 366: And the polar bears gnawed at their bones

Jokes You Can Use:  


Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one – and let the other one off.


Another one was: “Doc, I can’t stop singing the ‘Green Green Grass of Home.’ He said: “That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome.” “Is it common?” I asked. “It’s not unusual” he replied.


A man walks into an ice cream shop with a roll of tarmac under his arm and says: “Cone please, and one for the road.”


My mother-in-law fell down a wishing well, I was amazed, I never knew they worked.


A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named “Amal.” The other goes to a family in Spain, they named him “Juan.” Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his mom. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wished she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, “But they are twins. If you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Amal.”


I was in Target and I saw this man and woman wrapped in a barcode. I said, “Are you two an item?”


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


Heat Affects Density


I was recently reading the Summer, 2017 issue of “Science Scope,” a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.  


In this issue, I read the the Disequilibrium section article, “How Heat Affects the Density of Water.” It was written by Todd Hoover.  The article describes how heat affects the density of water and provides teacher instructions to demonstrate this phenomena to students.


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Videos as Visual Writing Prompts

If you teach poetry, creative writing, or are just looking for a way to help your students find inspiration for writing, you need to watch the following time-lapse video.





Choose from a bank of technology-enhanced questions, create your own, mix and match and collaborate with colleagues in your school. Auto-grading saves time and syncing with Google Classroom makes it seamless for students.



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The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world.

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play Storyline Online in children’s hospitals.


Andrée Balloon Crash: A Photographic Journey through the Most Surreal Arctic Disaster

FEW IMAGES ARE MORE STRANGE and haunting than those discovered on some frozen film in 1930. They reveal the mysterious fate of the S. A. Andrée Arctic Balloon Expedition of 1897, where a hot air balloon meant to sail over the North Pole instead crashed into the ice.

It wasn’t until the remains of their camp were discovered in 1930 that anyone knew what exactly happened to the Andrée crew.

Remarkably, the remains of not just the three expedition members — their bodies gnawed by scavenging polar bears — were found, but diaries, cameras, and film as well. Even more incredibly, 93 photographs were able to be saved. Below are some of the eerie photographs of the unfortunate journey of the Andrée balloon expedition from that discovered film and other sources.

Web Spotlight:

Letting Teens Sleep In Would Save The Country Roughly $9 Billion  


“The net nationwide benefit from increased academic performance and lower car crash rates would reach $9.3 billion a year, equivalent to the annual revenue of Major League Baseball.”


How “Words with Friends” Proved to Me that Edward Deci Is Right about Motivation


Typically, studies of merit pay programs show that teachers offered a bonus for higher scores are not likely to produce higher scores than teachers who were not offered a bonus. Teachers are not hiding their best lessons, waiting for someone to offer them a bonus for higher scores. I remember Al Shanker saying, sardonically, “So if you offer teachers a bonus, students will work harder.”


The best book I found on the subject, which spurred other books, was Edward L. Deci’s “Why We Do What We Do.” Deci, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, subsequently inspired the work of Daniel Pink (“Drive”) and Dan Ariely (“Predictably Irrational”). He and Ariely served on the panel of the National Academies of Science that produced a report, “Incentives and Test-Based Acoountability,” which concluded that neither strategy improves education.


It is one thing to read books about motivation. It is another to test it in your own life.


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