1. Mousey Monday – Cinco de Mayo

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    Happy Mousey Monday everyone! Today is Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the United States and some parts of Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla. The holiday originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to celebrate the cause of freedom and democracy through the first years of […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Penicillin

    Did you know that the antibiotic penicillin was discovered by accident, when a scientist was cleaning his lab? It’s true! In 1928, Alexander Fleming was soaking dirty Petri dishes in a disinfectant when he noticed that one of the moldy dishes that had previously held Staphylococcus (the origin of the “staph infection”) had its bacteria […]

  3. Mousey Monday – Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

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    Happy Mousey Monday to our Cache and Cookies readers! Today is the day that the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History closes its dinosaur hall for a previously announced $48 million, 5 years long renovation project. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/smithsonian-dinosaur-hall-to-close-april-28-for-five-year-renovation/2014/01/17/acba089e-7f3d-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view?assetGuid=b15bd97d-0846-4942-8b86-6ac73b99ed04 The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum complex, located in Washington, DC. Discovery Education has an […]

  4. Meet Becky Topol!

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    Hi! My name is Becky Topol, and I recently joined the Customer and Technical Support team at Discovery Education. I’m a native of Long Island, New York, and graduated from American University in DC with a degree in Psychology. I love horror movies, especially ones by Guillermo del Toro. My hobbies include reading, moviemaking, tabletop […]

  5. Goobric & Doctopus…say huh?!

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    Having just seen the recent Captain America superhero movie, my initial thought was that these were the names of some sort of super villains. To the contrary, these are a couple of awesome tools for assessing student work using Rubrics built into Google Docs! Thanks to our very own DEN STAR, Sandi Dennis for sharing […]

  6. Mousey Monday – National Tree Planting Day

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    Happy Mousey Monday!! Did you know in Kenya today is the celebration of National Tree Planting Day? The people of Kenya plant palm trees and coconut trees along the Indian Ocean. The tradition of planting and caring for trees and celebrating the day as a holiday, originated in Nebraska in the United States. On April […]

  7. Fun Fact Friday: Seurat

    Did you know that Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (famously featured in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) isn’t painted with brushstrokes, but rather, millions of tiny dots? It’s true! Georges Seurat’s style of painting came to be known as known as Pointillism, and was considering revolutionary at […]

  8. On this day… Zooming Camera Lenses!

    On this day in 1947, Dr. Frank Gerard Back demonstrated the first camera with a zoom feature. This feature was made possible by the invention of the “varifocal lens.”  Prior to this invention, photographers were required to move their cameras closer to their object to simulate “zoom.” Dr. Back first showed off his invention at […]

  9. Mousey Monday – Autism Awareness Month

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    Last week, we mentioned about April being the National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada. This Mousey Monday, we wanted to acknowledge another April celebration, Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. – […]

  10. Fun Fact Friday: Random Fun Facts!

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    While writing Fun Fact Friday, I encounter lots of fun facts that are interesting, but don’t necessarily require an entire article. With that in mind, here are some of the random fun facts I’ve collected! Goats’ eyes have horizontal and somewhat rectangular pupils. In Britain, they call underwear “pants” and they call pants “trousers”. Crickets’ […]

  11. On this day… Alaska Purchase!

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    On this date in 1867, the United States ratified a treaty with Russia, which led to the acquisition of Alaska! Also referred to as “The Alaska Purchase,” the treaty sent $7.2 million dollars to Russia in exchange for the land of Alaska. Geographically, the state of Alaska is twice the size of Texas, which meant […]

  12. Mousey Monday – National Poetry Month

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    Welcome to the first Mousey Monday of April! April is National Poetry Month in the United States. It is a month meant to appreciate poetry. National Poetry Month has been celebrated since 1999 in the United States and Canada as well. In Great Britain, National Poetry Month has been celebrated since 2000 in October. The […]

  13. On this day… First Full-time Movie Theater Opened!

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    On this day in 1902, the first full-time movie theater opened! Thomas Lincoln Talley opened The Electric Theater in Los Angeles, California 112 years ago as part of a carnival. Before full-time movie theaters, people watched films in “kinetoscopes,” which only allowed for one viewer at a time, and were often considered lower-class. After opening […]

  14. We’re Headed to Ohio!

    No, this is NOT an April Fool’s joke! We really will be in Columbus, Toledo, and Cleveland next week and we hope to see you there! Have you already signed up to join us? If not, use the links below to register and use the flyer to let your friends and colleagues know! Columbus – Monday, 4/07/14 […]

  15. Fun Fact Friday: Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Did you know that Beethoven often dipped his head in cold water prior to composing? It’s true! Here are some other fun facts about Ludwig van Beethoven: Beethoven’s first symphony was so bizarre sounding, it was initially believed to be intended as a musical joke. His Symphony No. 9 was the first known symphony to […]

  16. On this day… Robert Frost was born!

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    On this day in 1874, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost was born. For the first eleven years of his life, his family lived in San Francisco. Following the death of his father, the family moved to Massachusetts, where Frost developed an interest in reading and poetry. After high school, Robert Frost attended Dartmouth College […]

  17. Mousey Monday – Spring

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    Happy Mousey Monday from Mousey to our Cache and Cookies readers! Last week Thursday, March 20, was a change in season and officially the first day of Spring! A season involves new weather, ecology and hours of daylight. As the Earth rotates around the sun, depending on the Earth’s position, this dictates the seasons. Discovery […]