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National Day Calendar Classroom - February 18 - 24, 2018 - Week 22

NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR CLASSROOM

National Love Your Pets Day and National Toast Day will bring lessons to the classroom this week.

The first lesson explores how much care our pets need so we can keep on loving them.  We’ve created a project for the classroom that will place the responsibility in the hands of your students.

Then on Friday, put on the lab coats to explore the age-old question “Why does toast land butter side down?” The crew here at National Day Calendar wondered just how many variables could influence the result of this experiment!

LESSON 1 – National Love Your Pets Day – February 20

Stuffed animals
Checklist
Grooming supplies (can be toys)
Toy medical kit

National Love Your Pets Day creates an excellent opportunity to start a pet care project for students of all ages.  Each student brings a stuffed animal as their pet. Throughout the project, students take turns being the veterinarian, obedience school trainer, groomer and pet sitter.  Each student receives a checklist.   Over the course of the project, the student will be responsible for completing tasks on the list.  Some items require a signature and date by the specialist on staff the day specific tasks are due.  If they aren’t able to complete the duty, their pet sitter needs to be assigned to finish it for them.

The project can run one day or longer.  It’s up to you.

The checklist should include:

Feeding two times daily ____     _____
Fresh water daily ______
Walk /play daily ____
Groom weekly ____
Bedding changed weekly ____
Veterinarian visit  due      _________
Groomer visit due  _________
Obedience school due  __________
Your pet sitter is: ____________

LESSON 2 – National Toast Day – February 23

In this experiment, we will determine the frequency toast lands butter side down.

1-2 slices of bread per student
toaster
butter or something else to spread on the toast
paper towels

Have each student toast their bread and smear the selected spread on each slice.  Use one slice for each experiment.

Experiment A

Determine a flat surface for students to push their freshly toasted slices of bread across.  Measure the height of the surface and take note for the experiment. Below this surface, place a layer of paper towels to protect the floor from the butter or other spreadable goo.  Each student will take turns pushing their toast across the surface until it falls off.  Record the results.

Experiment B

Outside, each student takes turns tossing their toast in the air and letting it fall to the ground.  Record the result.

** The soiled toast does not need to go to waste. It can be fed to the birds.  It’s perfect for this time of the year.

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