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15 Grammar Goofs that make you look silly…
“Your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language.” This is a great site to search for grammar rules and/or common grammar mistakes.
Lemons and lemon juice are nature’s bleach and disinfectant. They are a safe natural way to clean your home and laundry. Read more tips from Linda Cobb, the Queen of Clean: http://www.azfamily.com/story/33160081/clean-with-natures-bleach
Want to visit a National Park or a museum? If you go this Saturday, it’s free!
Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry on Saturday, September 24, but you will need to print out a ticket. (Each ticket is good for two people, so for our family we printed out three tickets to cover everyone.) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2016
September 24 is also National Public Lands Day, so all National Parks are free on that day too! https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm
Book Adventure is a free, online reading program for children in grades K-12, brought to you by the experts at Sylvan Learning. The website has short quizzes on thousands of books that kids can take to earn points. The harder the book, the more points possible to earn. Redeem the points earned from taking quizzes for the prize of your choice! The site doesn’t have a quiz for every single book, but it has lots of them! (You can also submit your own quiz if they don’t have it.) Within the Parent’s Place, you can monitor your child’s reading progress, track quiz results, approve your child’s prize selection, and help your child find their next book to read. You can even set parameters for what level of books they can test on and/or a time limit. Search through nearly 8,000 books by title, author’s last name, or ISBN, or select your current grade, reading level, and subjects of interest. Find a great book and start your reading adventure today! It’s free! http://BookAdventure.com
Ahoy Mateys! September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Ye – you
Me – my
Ahoy – hello
Avast – hey
Aye – yes
Blimey – an exclamation of surprise
Booty – loot
Bucko – friend
Cap’n – short for Captain
Davey Jones’ Locker – the bottom of the sea
Deadlights – eyes
Doubloon – a Spanish gold coin
Gangway – get out of my way
Grub – food
Landlubber – a non-sailor
Larboard – the left side of the ship (also called port)
Me hearties – typical way for a pirate leader to address his crew
Matey – friend
No quarter given – surrender will not be accepted
Sail ho – I see a ship
Sea dog – an experienced seaman
Shanty – a sea song
Shipshape – well organized, under control
Shiver me timbers – an expression of surprise
Starboard – the right side of the ship
Learn all about pirates at: www.knowledgehouse.info/njfk/pirates.html
Learn more about “Talk Like a Pirate Day” at www.talklikeapirate.com
See also: Arrrggg You Serious? How to Truly Talk Like a Pirate (for links to pirate language tutorials and more)
Find a page of pirate day activities at http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Talk-Like-a-Pirate-Day
Above is a depiction of the trackable objects in Low Earth Orbit (LEO is the fuzzy cloud around Earth), Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO is farther out, approximately 22,240 miles above Earth), and all points in between. Image Credit: ESA
Countries and commercial ventures have been putting spacecraft in orbit since the late 1950s. There are now more than 35,000 satellites in orbit around the Earth. So what happens to them when they no longer work? Find out at NASA Space Place: Where do old satellites go when they die?
People have always been fascinated by the stars and the heavens. You do not have to work at NASA to get a close-up look at the planets and stars. You can be your own astronomer and your own scientist, all from the comfort of your own home or backyard. Be An Astronomer Right From Your Window.
If you go out and carefully study the sky near dusk or dawn, and you have relatively dark clear skies, the odds are that you should not have to wait more than 15 minutes before you see a satellite. What is going to fly over your area in the nights ahead? Will it be a spy satellite, the International Space Station, or the Hubble Space Telescope? Enter your zip code at Satellite Flybys and find out.
Spot the Space Station will give you a list of upcoming ISS sighting opportunities for over 6,700 locations worldwide. If your specific city or town isn’t listed, pick one that is fairly close to you. The space station is visible for at least a 50 mile radius around each of the listed locations.
The Knowledge House Newsletter features a collection of articles and resources this month on Constitution Week, Film as Literature, STEM Supplies, Emergency Preparedness, and more: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/KHnews/09-2016.html
The Columbia Jewish Film Festival is seeking student filmmakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a short film with the theme “Identity: It’s All About Me!” The short film competition is for high school students (grades 9-12) who are currently living in South Carolina. Last year’s winner was homeschooled. Filmmakers do not have to be Jewish to submit an entry. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st-3rd place. The deadline is midnight October 1, 2016. http://www.columbiajewishfilmfestival.com/shortfilmcompetition