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Epaulette Sharks can walk on land! As shown in this 2:09 Youtube video.
These harmless 2 to 3 feet long (27 - 35 cm) sharks are bottom feeders.
They hunt in tidal pools for small animals. Sometimes they get left
high and dry when the tide goes out. Then they have to crawl back
over the land, to get to the sea! The video shows how these fish have
adapted to this lifestyle. Going in Animal Cams




Be a scribe! Around 3,300 years ago in Egypt: "Beginning of the instruction in letter-writing made by the royal scribe and chief overseer of the cattle of Amen-Re, King of Gods, Nebmare-nakht for his apprentice, the scribe Wenemdiamun." The head scribe is giving a pep talk to his lazy apprentice: Learn to be a scribe and you will live well. Stop being lazy and get to work! Learn the work of the scribe. A classic quote: "But although I beat you with every kind of stick, you do not listen. If I knew another way of doing it, I would do it for you, that you might listen." Then the head scribe compares the job of a scribe to other jobs. "All Occupations Are Bad Except That of the Scribe. See for yourself with your own eye. The occupations lie before you." The work of the potter, the laundryman, night watchman, the merchant, the sailor, the ship's carpenter, the carpenter on a farm, (later) the peasant farmer ("The Misfortunes of the Peasant"), and the soldier ("The Scribe Does Not Suffer Like the Soldier"). All these professions are described in detail. "If you have any sense, be a scribe ...become one whom the king trusts; to make you gain entrance to treasury and granary. To make you receive the shipload at the gate of the granary. To make you issue the offerings on feast days. You are dressed in fine clothes; you own horses. Your boat is on the river; you are supplied with attendants. You stride about inspecting. A mansion is built in your town. You have a powerful office, given you by the king. Put these writings in your heart, and you will be protected from all kinds of toil. You will become a worthy official."

Going in Ancient History


How To Make A Xylophone With Water Glasses from Artful Math. A complete step-by-step,
illustrated lesson plan makes up the bulk of this activity. Fractions and music!
Going in Intermediate Math and Music. "is amongst the best websites for kids' activities. We offer you coloring pages
that you can either print or do online, drawings and drawing lessons, various craft activities for
children of all ages, videos, games, songs and even wonderful readings for bedtime."
Going in Art, Early Childhood, Holidays, Homeschool, Teachers & Parents.



Thermae Maiores Legions of Roman soldiers bathed in this ancient spa complex
under a Budapest transit station. This 15,000-square-meters (160,000-square-feet)
bath serviced the Romans garrisoned here. Several good photos in this
one-page article. Includes directions and hours. The tour is free.
Going in Ancient History and Archaeology



from No Time for Flash Cards. 10 important lessons and dozens of good picture books to help
teach/reinforce those lessons. This review deserves more time and space.
"Picture books are valuable tools not only to teach lessons but to break the ice for parents and
teachers to dive in further and get to the heart of the lesson more easily...
I have been thinking about the core lessons I want my children to take out into the world..."
Going in Children's and YA Literature, Homeschool, and Teachers and Parents


Underwater view of a bear fishing [credit for this = SlimJones123]
Going in Animal Cams

There Are Now Adulting Classes to Teach You Basic Life Skills Yes, and we need them.
Do you remember the old saying: "It Only Takes One or Two Generations to Lose
Our Civilization?", which is why we teach children things. Well, it has already happened
in many areas of culture. A good example is driving a vehicle with a manual stick shift
transmission. Every competent adult (and plenty of kids) can drive an automatic
transmission - the worst that can happen is taking it out of D for Drive and putting in
in R for Race! With a manual, your body has to learn the skill, such as downshifting
going around a corner or when coming to a stop; or putting the old beast in second gear,
getting it moving around down the road, and letting clutch out very fast (popping the clutch)
to start the engine when the battery is flat. Can you fold a fitted sheet? Can you boil eggs?
Change a tire? Manage your time? Manage a checking account? This one minute video
wants to help. If you can teach a skill or three, please show others how.
Going in Life Skills



Grapic: "Got polio? M neither.  Thanks, science.
This is going in Health


The Geologic History of Earth. Note the timescales. We are currently in the Holocene, which has been
warm and moist and a great time to grow human civilization. But the activity of civilization is now
pushing the planet into a new epoch which scientists call the Anthropocene.
Source: Climate Change And The Astrobiology Of The Anthropocene at NPR by Adam Frank.
Click on this graphic to see it at its HUGE size! Then find the Jackalope!
Going in Dinos & Paleo and in Earth Science


Drone Captures Shark Migration It’s that time of year again: migration time. Every year thousands
of sharks flock to Florida’s shallow waters to eat, mate, and well… repeat. Hydrophilik shared a video to
YouTube that truly captures the majesty of the mass migration. Most likely a congregation of blacktip reef
sharks, the video was captured using a drone to hover over the clear blue waters between Fort Pierce
and Vero Beach, Florida. Spoiler alert: several brave surfers and manatee family also make an appearance.
Going in Animal Cams



Cat adopts baby hedgehogs Sonya the mama cat nurses her own kitten and four hedgehogs.
This 2:29 videos show newborn hedgehogs, then discusses this mixed family.

Going in Animal Cams



Coyote or wolf? Can you tell the difference? A good observation quiz for students
from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 20 questions, not super hard.

Students in North America (Canada, USA, and Mexico) will benefit most from this.
Students in Eurasia also have wolves, but no coyotes. The coyote niches in Europe
and Asia are filled by the jackals and other canids such as dholes. Coyotes feature
prominently as tricky villains in the folklore of the Native peoples of North America.
Going in Animals



ABC Helps Hummingbirds American Bird Conservancy 1:25 video.
Fierce, flying jewels, hummingbirds are simply amazing. Inspired to help? Get involved:
"We protect 200 species, over half of all species, across 16 countries, with a network of 70+ bird reserves, and nearly
1 million acres. With your help, we can do more." Beautiful photography. Going in Animal Cams



Viking Sword from the High Mountains of Norway "This Viking sword was found by reindeer hunters
at high altitude in the Mountains of Oppland County. It may have belonged to a Viking who lost his way
and died here 1100 years ago." It's a classic longsword, well made of good steel. It lay on the ground
for about 1,100 years. It did not rust away. Most of the time it was frozen hard in ice. Until
recently, this was a glacier. It was a pass between two villages. The ice melted due to global warming.
Glacier Sword 3
Full sized photos are available at the site. Click any photo to get there.

Going in Ancient History & Archaeology


Generation NEXT "Along with our charter partners, This Old House proudly supports the
mikeroweWORKS Foundation through our Generation Next campaign. Together, we're working to
close the skills gap by encouraging young people to master the vocational trades that built this country."

"The mikeroweWORKS Foundation started the Profoundly Disconnected® campaign to challenge the
absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. The Skills Gap is here,
and if we don’t close it, it’ll swallow us all. Which is a long way of saying, we could use your help."
Both these organizations offer job training and scholarships for construction and mechanical trades,
including electrician and plumbing.
"... get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist." Save your money, start out in half the time and
half the debt (or less). Don't sit around waiting for a job that will not pay the debts you already owe!
Read these two sites. Look over the sponsors. If you would rather work a hands-on job, your country
needs you! It is NOT demeaning to be a plumber, or a carpenter (many kinds), or a welder (many kinds),
or anything else that pays well. Going in Life Skills and Technology



How to Make a Hoop Glider from Science4Fun

"Planes that fly in air mostly have flat wings that hold them in air. Can a curled wing plane fly in air?
Let’s make an experiment to find out! What will happen if we replace the flat wings of a plane with hoops
and see how a plane with hoops can fly in air?" This easy experiment includes materials list,
assembly instructions, explanation of the physics involved, and variations student can try.
Excellent "stuff". Going in Earth Science and Technology


Going in Animal Cams


Science4Fun "Welcome to Science4Fun. It is the place for kids to learn science in a fun way. It has a wide variety of interesting science topics that are full of articles, and easy to do science experiments. All the content of the website is written in simple English with a lot of pictures to help you understand the concept easily.
I believe in learning science with doing experiments. Because when you do experiments, you will never forget about them. Science4Fun has a whole section which is devoted to the science experiments."
Fun Science Topics and Experiments are what this site is all about. Presently, there are 10 science topics, each of which branches out into subtopics. As promised, all are in simple English.
There are currently 18 experiments ready. These are simple, upper elementary level. Many of them will be familiar to teachers. That does not mean they aren't good, though! Each experiment is carefully explained, step-by-step, with a materials list and assembly instructions. Busy teachers will find the instructions easy to understand, and materials lists short and simple. Everyone likes short prep times.
The site itself is well made. The site map shows everything. This site is exceptional and can stand up to any similar site in the world.

Thanks to Abdul Wahab Malik, of Dadu, Pakistan, who graciously shared this site. Going in various places in Science and Nature Sites.



Dignity is a metal sculpture of a shawl dancer. It is on a hill by the east shore of the
Missouri River in South Dakota, near Chamberlain.




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