August 2

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1873: San Francisco Trolleys

The inventor Andrew Hallidie piloted San Francisco’s first cable car down Nob Hill at 5:00 am. He chose this early morning hour for a good reason–there would be fewer people around if anything went wrong. Fortunately nothing did!

So let’s play a game. It starts with the question, How Steep are the streets of San Francisco?

Then you answer the riddle. Here are my contributions:

  • The streets of San Francisco are so steep that the fog has to hold on to the roof tops so it doesn’t slide down into the bay.
  • The streets of San Francisco are so steep that you need a rappelling harness to walk your dog.
  • The streets of San Francisco are so steep that your paperboy can stand at the top of your block and just give your paper a nudge to roll it to your doorstep.
  • The streets of San Francisco are so steep that you can make a fortune with a street business of collecting lost and found at the bottom of every hill.
  • The streets of San Francisco are so steep that the gyms are going out of business.

What ideas have you come up with? Leave your suggestions in the comments below, or on the contact form here.

So, just how steep are they, really? Here are some photos to help you get an idea:

The streets of San Francisco are so steep that they have stairs instead of sidewalks.

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The streets of San Francisco are so steep that you can catch an escalator to the top.

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The streets of San Francisco are so steep that, if you hold your camera just right, they put the Leaning Tower of Pisa to shame!

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I spent my early childhood in the San Francisco bay area, and I think it is one of the most fascinating and unique cities in the world. You can take your day’s projects and discussions in so many directions (from history, science, hands-on projects, marine biology, the physics of trolleys and bridges, prisons and historical warships, etc.) with an online tour of San Francisco. Here are some of its features:

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August 3

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1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Spain

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Ideas for Writing or Discussion:

  • There have been many explorers highlighted in recent days. What is the role of exploration in a society?
  • What are the benefits of a culture of exploration?
  • What are the disadvantages?
  • Who should fund exploration, and why?
  • It has often been said the “Necessity is the mother of invention.” However, sometimes important inventions come from applying technologies and ideas that were not derived from the need they actually fill. They came about as part of a process of exploration, and were later adapted to new, more mainstream uses. Can you name some inventions that resulted from the spirit of exploration?
  • Think of something every-day and useful in your home or life and research its origins…

This week in history instigates discussions and projects that expand your child’s wisdom and understanding.

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Also on this date in history…

2003: Death of Peter Safar – Father of Emergency and Resuscitative  Medicine

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Peter Safar survived a Nazi concentration camp and the tragic death of his daughter, only to bring the hope of rescue to millions of injured and dying people by popularizing techniques of resuscitation. Read his inspiring story by clicking the Bio link below!

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Ideas for writing or discussion:

  • Do you know anyone who has emergency response training?
  • What is First Aid?
  • Has there ever been an injury or illness in your home that required specialized knowledge to treat it?
  • What types of emergencies is your family prepared to deal with?
  • What supplies do you have on hand for emergency first aid?
  • What necessary supplies do you lack?
  • Brainstorm some situations in which you might need emergency supplies (stranded in car; housebound- quarantined by infection or weather circumstances; ???)
  • What is a 72-hour kit?
  • Do you have emergency supplies in your car? Who is responsible for them?
  • Have you ever used something out of your first aid kit? Did it get replenished?

Project: Make your own First Aid Kit

  • Ideas for a First Aid Kit (scroll through the comments for some great additions by readers)
  • Remember to include any prescriptions or special needs, like an epi pen, for family members with known health concerns
  • What else might you want to do for self-reliance and emergency preparedness?

This Week in History helps you make connections between the subject areas–from music to math, from geography to world religions, from hobbies to science projects, and more. 

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August 4

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1901: Birthdate of Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was a talented jazz trumpet player and band leader. The greatest American jazz musician, Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), was born and raised in the “birthplace of jazz,” New Orleans. His neighborhood was nicknamed the “Battlefield” because of frequent fighting between gangs. Louis’s father abandoned his mother, Mayann, soon after he was born.

Louis spent the first years of his life in his grandmother’s home. Eventually, he was returned to his mother and his little sister Beatrice. When Louis turned seven, he worked before and after school collecting used bottles and rags and delivering coal for the Karnofsky family.

Continue reading about his life >>

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And of course, his classic– “What a Wonderful World”

Ideas for Writing or Discussion:

  • Research the big band era
  • Why do you think big bands were so popular in their time (and less so now)?
  • Can you name some other big band leaders?

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Also on this date in history…

1944: The Raid on the Secret Annex (Anne Frank)

(Note: Please take special care to familiarize yourself with the subject matter and the links so you can decide the best way to present it to your children/students; this subject may include disturbing images or topics.)

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Ideas for Writing or Discussion:

  • What is “The Secret Annex?”
  • Why was Anne’s family staying there?
  • How long did they have to live there?
  • How do we know Anne’s story?
  • Do you have a diary?
  • What other stories do you know about that came from somebody’s personal journal?
  • Today is a great day to record an event from your life that you want to remember!
  • Make a journal using a composition notebook and some shelf paper, buttons, foam shapes or other trimmings!
  • A great movie that brings these topics into a modern context is Freedom Writers. It provides excellent discussion about race relations, war and tragedy, and the impact a great educator can have. (Note: the marriage of the teacher in this movie detiorates, so consider whether this is a deal-breaker for you. If nothing else, an adult-viewing would really help frame the ideas of how to discuss these themes with youth and children.)

Anne Frank Printables:

Printables Source: Garden of Praise

Anne Frank Quotes for Writing or Discussion:

  • And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren’t any other people living in the world.
  • Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn’t matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls.
  • Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
  • How true Daddy’s words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
  • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
  • I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.
  • I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
  • I live in a crazy time.
  • I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.
  • I simply can’t build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death… I think… peace and tranquillity will return again.
  • I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
  • If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
  • Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
  • No one has ever become poor by giving.
  • Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
  • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
  • Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
  • We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
  • Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?
  • Whoever is happy will make others happy too.

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August 5: Another Ann(ie)

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1924: Comic Strip “Little Orphan Annie” first printed

My mother used to love to recite this poem to me (maybe skip for very young children; laugh with older ones):

Little Orphan Annie

by James Whitcomb Riley

Little Orphan Annie’s come to our house to stay,
And wash the cups and saucers up, and brush the crumbs away,
And shoo the chickens off the porch and dust the hearth and sweep,
And make the fire, and bake the bread, and earn her board and keep;

And all us other children, when the supper things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire and has the mostest fun
A-listenin’ to the witch tales that Annie tells about,
And the Gobble-uns that gits you if you don’t watch out!

Once they was a little boy who wouldn’t say his prayers–
And when he went to bed at night, away upstairs,
His mammy heard him holler and his daddy heard him bawl,
And when they turned the kivvers down, he wasn’t there at all!

And they seeked him in the rafter room, and cubby hole and press,
And seeked him up the chimney flue, and everywheres, I guess;
But all they ever found was just his pants and round about!
And the Gobble-uns’ll git you if you don’t watch out!

And one time a little girl would always laugh and grin,
And make fun of everyone, and all her blood and kin;
And once when they was company and old folks was there
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