Brain Teaser – 20th Century Events

This week’s brainteaser is about things that happened during the 20th century.  Need help? Use Credo Reference.

1. The night before he died in 1968, which American said in a speech “I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land”?

2. What kind of animal was launched into space in 1957 in Sputnik 2?

3. Name one of the two cities on which atomic bombs were dropped in August 1945.

4. Which German city was blockaded by Soviet Forces from June 1948 to May 1949?

5. Which American president was known as LBJ?

6. Which important international position was held by Kofi Annan from 1997 to 2006?

7. What was the title of Elvis Presley’s first million-selling single in 1956?

8. Which island in the Mediterranean was invaded by Turkish soldiers in 1974, taking the northern part of the island?

9. Name one of the two boxers who fought the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa on 30 October 1974.

10. From 1932 to 1968, Antonio Salazar was prime minister of which country: Italy, Hungary or Portugal?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

Make a Difference – Talk to Your Child About Alcohol

Parents are powerful – you can make a difference!
Drinking and kids don’t mix. When kids and teens drink, bad things happen, and it affects them far into the future. It may be uncomfortable, but the best solution is to talk with your kids about drinking. If you let them know you think it’s not ok, they will listen! You probably won’t realize it till later, but what you tell your kids now will help guide their choices for the rest of their lives.

Why should you talk with your kids about drinking? HOW do you talk with your kids about drinking? Help is here. In 24 pages, you can start to make a difference.

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Brain Teaser – General Knowledge

Here’s another brain teaser to test the breadth as well as the depth of your knowledge. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online

1. What is the usual word for a male duck?

2. In which sport do players shout “fore” as a warning that they are about to make a shot?

3. Which state of the USA is known as the “Lone Star State”?

4. Which band did English pop star Robbie Williams sing with from 1990 to 1995?

5. The Bay of Biscay is bounded by which two countries?

6. Is a tarboosh a kind of plant, hat or carpet?

7. Which painter was portrayed by Kirk Douglas in the 1956 film “Lust For Life”?

8. Is pertussis another name for whooping cough, measles or jaundice?

9. How many symphonies did Johannes Brahms complete: four, seven or ten?

10. Who wrote the novels “The Grapes of Wrath”, “Tortilla Flat” and “East of Eden”?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

U.S. Holidays Lesson Plans

Students will design an original idea for a new monument to be placed in Washington D.C., create a video that teaches about a selected American holiday and watch a video to learn about the history of Memorial Day and Labor Day.

View the video History of Memorial Day from the History Channel.

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- Building New Monuments

Objective:  Students will design a new monument honoring a person or event of their choice, to be placed in Washington D.C.

Lesson Plan 2- Welcome to the U.S.

Objective:  Students will work in groups to create a video designed to teach viewers about an American holiday

Lesson Plan 3- History of Labor Day

Objective:  Students will view a video about the history of Labor Day and respond in writing to a selection of prompts

21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Civic Literacy

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

Additional Resources:
U.S. Memorial
USA Federal
American Holidays by USA.Gov
American Family
American History by

Additional Resources from U.S. History InContext:
9/11 Tenth Anniversary
Women in the Military
Immigrants and Immigration
North and South Korean Conflict
Afghan War

Essential eBook Titles for “Back to School”

Over the hissing of August cicadas, you can faintly hear the sound of children everywhere sighing. In just a few weeks, they’ll be packing up their shiny new eReaders and freshly sharpened colored pencils and heading back to school. Before the big yellow bus rounds the corner, you can check out these reading suggestions to ensure that students start off the school year on the right foot.

Just Starting Out
Get younger children (ages 9-12) get them hooked on reading with books like the Dragon Slayers’ Academy series (“Revenge of the Dragon Lady” “The New Kid at School“) is a great fast paced, funny, Fantasy fiction designed especially for boys.  They now feature a fun Dragon Slayers’ Academy Yearbook at the end of each story, with funny profiles of the faculty, the staff, and, especially, the students of D.S.A. All the things kids want to know about their favorite characters are revealed: their silly nicknames, inner secrets, wildest dreams, and lofty plans for the future!

Early readers will enjoy the Step into Reading series with titles like The Big Cheese, Driving Buddies, and Tink’s Treasure Hunt.

For little ones still sharpening their skills, we’re have picture books like “Brother Bear Picture Book” or “The Fire Engine Book” and many of our titles are always available to the young reader.

Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers
Less experienced readers require extra effort to connect with literature. An array of compelling choices with true-to-life storylines, as you’ll find in “Hate list,” will appeal to teen readers with elements of romance and drama. Kristen Cashore’s Seven Kingdoms Trilogy series (“Graceling” ) connect with older students by presenting characters where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

 Classroom Classics
Year after year, these tried-and-true classics inspire a fresh crop of kids. We carry essentials like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Moby Dick,” “The Turn of the Screw” and dozens more of these high-school English must-haves. The classic titles are always available (everyone can download at the same time).

Teachers Need eBooks, Too!
Teachers know that learning is lifelong and that education shouldn’t stop with a diploma. OverDrive helps educators beef up on best practices with picks like “Boys and Girls Learn Differently” and “English Brainstormers! Ready-to-Use Games & Activities That Make Language Skills Fun to Learn”.

For a full listing of “Back to School” selections, visit our eMedia Catalog.

Additional Information on reluctant readers and eBooks: Young Readers Embrace eBooks