A few of our favorite (Discovery) things: Pt. 2

Abraham Lincoln

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Welcome to the second article in a series written by the Discovery Educator Network’s Blog and Social Media Team! In this series, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite Discovery Series and how we’re using them in classrooms.

As an avid fan of Discovery Education content, I frequently browse for resources as a hobby. I am always amazed to find content I never knew about. Sometimes this new content is truly new because Discovery Education is always adding new content. Sometimes the content is not new, but new to me.

One day, when I was pursuing my hobby, a title caught my eye: “What Are the Odds? Lincoln’s Coffee”. Now, as a habitual coffee drinker (according to FourSquare, I’ve been in 27 different coffee shops in the last 6 months) the title caught my eye and I had to watch.

In this video, Professor Jeff Rosenthal discusses the possibility that at least one molecule of water from President Lincoln’s morning coffee the day he became president was also in my morning coffee on whatever day I watch the video. In a fascinating and engaging way, Rosenthal explores the mathematical possibilities, giving viewers real-life connections to math and science.

The video is part of a series entitled “What Are the Odds?” with Professor Rosenthal covering many areas of interest, such as living to 100, monkeys typing Shakespeare, earthquakes and tsunamis, becoming a millionaire and more. Because of the wide range of topics, this series would be an excellent cross-curricular investigation between math class and history, math class and science, math class and health, and the list goes on.

I highly recommend using some or all of this series, whether you teach math, science, history, or any other subject – it can help answer the question we’ve all heard “why do I have to know this?” , and it is also very entertaining!

There are 23 videos in the series – watch one today! Click here for a list of videos in the series. (Note: this series is available only for Streaming Plus users).

Do you already use this series in your classroom? Tell us about it!


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