Nobel’s Birthday

The Nobel Foundation has created a Nobel Peace Prize fact sheet to help visitors learn more about the history of the prize and to address some frequently asked questions. The Nobel Peace Prize website also offers videos of lectures given by past recipients of the prize.

The Nobel Foundation has an educational games site designed to help you learn about the work of past Nobel Prize recipients from a variety of fields. For example, there is a game for learning about Pavlov’s dogs. Go play today!

Navajo Code Talkers

President Trump recently honored Code Talkers at the White House. The Navajo Code Talkers used their native language to invent a secret military code. Their Navajo language was tricky and was not written down. So the US Marines recruited them to help transmit information. They created more than 200 new Navajo words for military terms and committed them to memory. “I studied on my own at night,” Joe Hosteen Kellwood, one of the code talkers, said of his training. “You had to memorize all the words at the time, 211 words. They were long words. I spelled it. I learned.”The code was vital to the US victory in the Pacific in World War II. The Navajo code proved much faster than the encrypting machines being used at the time. You can read more about the Navajo Code Talkers here.

December is Acceptance

December’s superpower is acceptance. Acceptance is the willingness to embrace feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own. Acceptance is the ability to experience or survive something unpleasant. Acceptance is the willingness to tolerate a difficult or unpleasant situation. We all have the human need and right to be accepted.

This month’s book of the month is Remember: The Journey to School Integration.  It is a collection of photographs from the Civil Right movement and the era of public school integration with a story by Toni Morrison.  In this two-minute mini-documentary, Toni Morrison introduces her book and shows young people the relevance of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.

After reading Toni Morrison’s Remember: The Journey to School Integration, look back at photographs on page 22, 42 and 67.  Select one photograph and write a dialogue between the two students. Post the conversation to this blog.


November is Gratitude

This month the Hulk challenges to use our Superpower, Gratitude.  Kid President has a few ideas for us too.

Here are three challenges:

  1. Call that special person on the green slip and let them know how grateful you are for him/her. Return the slip to school and link it to our gratitude chain.
  2. Bring in an item for our Food Drive.
  3. Be inspired by The Secret of Saying Thanks and keep a 21-Day Gratitude Journal. Read and listen to our book of the month here – Secret of Saying Thanks. Comment 3 things you’re grateful for. They can be super simple—and nothing is too small. For example: 1. Favorite cereal this AM 2. Warm bed to sleep in 3. Funny chat with my brother. Do this for 21 days, But you can’t list your family members by name over and over. You have to write different things each day—this is how you learn to flex your gratitude muscle.Why 21 days?  Scientists believe it takes that long for something to become a habit.  Good luck!

Happy Birthday, NYC Subway System

On October 27, 2004 marks the anniversary of the NYC subway system.  Before reading, Ride of the Century, let’s take a stroll back in time to see what it was like in NYC at this time.

Challenge:  Research the NYC Subway System today.  What are some issues?  Have fares, lines, tracks, riders changed?  Post your research in the comment section.