April 29th, 2017
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The Daily Almanac : Program Details

Each Daily Almanac episode runs approximately five minutes and is comprised of several unique segments.

Choose a segment below to learn more about it.

This Day in History Word Power Extremes
Social Studies
This Day in History
Language Arts
Word Power
Science
Extremes
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Health Tips We the People Earth Alert
Health
Health Tips
Civics and Character
We the People
Environment
Earth Alert
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This Day in History

This Day in History

Social Studies

Each day features three historical events of interest to students. The entries are chosen from an American perspective. The historical events are not simply listed, but rather described in a way that puts the information in a context students will find appealing. In addition, each event is supported with appropriate visuals and graphics.

This Day in History ranges over a wide arena of important events in the fields of politics, science, medicine, sports, arts, and commerce.

Examples include important dates and information about:

  • All the U.S. Presidents
  • When states entered the Union
  • The signing of important treaties
  • Major Revolutionary and Civil War battles
  • When inventions were patented or first used commercially
  • NASA and other space initiatives
  • The passage of constitutional amendments and major laws
  • When major sports records were established or broken
  • Major advances in transportation
  • When minorities first achieved state or national political office
  • The construction of major buildings, bridges and other structures
  • The development and initial use of communication tools
  • Major geologic and territorial discoveries
  • Major literary achievements

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Word Power

Word Power

Language Arts

The "Word Power" segment of the Daily Almanac covers a wide range of language arts, including vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions. Word Power peaks students' interest in how our living language works and changes. Students explore homonyms to homophones, anagrams to alliterations, and pangrams to palindromes.

Word Power:

  • Defines unusual words from arachnid to zany
  • Explores word construction - from prefix to suffix
  • Explores foreign words used in English from déjà vu to sayonara.
  • Explains interesting figures of speech from "leave no stone unturned" to "Mad as a Hatter"
  • Presents elements of grammar from adverbs to conjunctions
  • Traces word derivations from Abracadabra to Quirky
  • Features types of poetry Haikus to Sonnets

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Extremes

Extremes

Science

The "Extremes" segment of the Daily Almanac focuses on science. It includes elements of botany, zoology, geology, geography, astronomy along with amazing human technological accomplishments. Students discover the tallest, shortest, fastest, slowest, wettest, driest, heaviest, lightest, coldest, hottest, largest and smallest "extremes" on our planet.

"Extremes" features the world's record holders: from the smallest primate to the largest ant; from the longest burning light bulb to the longest jumping insect; from the oldest hieroglyphics to the quietest place on earth;

"Extremes" ranges far and wide, featuring information about:

  • Geology: deepest lake, shortest river, longest underwater mountain range, coldest desert, highest waterfall, largest swamp, biggest forest, flattest area, deepest cave
  • Geography: smallest country, greatest population, biggest city, most crowded continent
  • Birds: fastest flying, shortest beak, greatest wingspan, longest migration, highest flying, smallest nest
  • Fish: deepest swimming, fastest moving, largest fin, most colorful, most ancient
  • Insects: most numerous, most poisonous, most destructive
  • Reptiles and Amphibians: Longest tail, farthest jumpers, fastest tongues, best camouflage
  • Mammals: longest claws, biggest jawbone, loudest roars, thickest fur, sharpest teeth
  • Animal Abilities: keenest smell, clearest vision, fastest speed, highest jump, strongest muscles.
  • Vegetation: thickest bark, smallest seed, fastest growing, most colorful, most dangerous, longest root system, worst smelling
  • Natural Disasters: most powerful earthquake, highest tsunami wave, biggest volcanic eruption, strongest hurricane winds, longest heat spell, deadliest tornado, worst flood
  • Human Accomplishments: longest wall, fastest rocket, tallest dam, highest bridge, etc.
  • Body Parts: Biggest eye, smallest brain, longest legs.
  • Planetary Activities: highest wave, fastest glacier, longest lightning flash, heaviest hailstone, biggest snowflake
  • Space: biggest planet, largest meteorite ever found, biggest impact crater

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Health Tips

Health Tips

Health

The "Health Tips" segment of the Daily Almanac promotes healthy behavior by focusing on actions students can take to care for their bodies. Each day, information is provided in a short, succinct fashion designed to inspire students to be the best they can be.

"Health Tips" topics include:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Hygiene
  • Dental Health
  • Grooming
  • Sun Protection
  • Accident Prevention
  • Disease Prevention
  • Health Advocacy
  • Stress Reduction
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Self Respect
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Emotional Health
  • Community Health
  • Family Health
  • Medicine Use
  • Allergies
  • Poison Prevention
  • Sport Safety
  • Bicycle Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Water Safety
  • Food Safety
  • Car Safety
  • Stranger Safety
  • Playground Safety
  • School Safety
  • Bus Safety

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We the People

We the People

Civics and Character

The "We The People" segment of the Daily Almanac promotes informed citizenship by focusing on how our American government institutions function as well as the significance of Constitutional Amendments and Federal laws that guide actions in our society.

"We The People" topics include:

  • The Continental Congress
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The US Constitution
  • Separation of Powers
  • The Executive Branch
  • The Legislative Branch
  • The Judicial Branch
  • The Cabinet
  • Constitutional Amendments
  • Structure and Passage of Laws
  • States' Rights
  • Citizen Rights
  • Minority Rights
  • Voting Rights
  • Civil War Acts
  • Representative Democracy
  • Political Parties
  • Political Conventions
  • Federal and State Elections
  • The Electoral College
  • Our Nation's Capitol
  • US Monuments
  • The US Flag
  • The Great Seal
  • History of the Pledge of Allegiance
  • History of our National Anthem
  • The Census
  • US Territorial Growth

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Earth Alert

Earth Alert

Environment

The Earth Alert segment of the Daily Almanac provides students with information about ecology and suggests ways in which they can take action to improve our environment.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges we are facing. Earth Alert is designed to inspire students to take action and to understand that every individual action counts.

Earth Alert provides specific information about what students can do to:

  • Conserve water
  • Reduce air pollution
  • Save electricity
  • Compost
  • Plant a tree
  • Adopt a stream
  • Reduce water pollution
  • Recycle
  • Reuse
  • Shop wisely
  • Clean up litter
  • Protect endangered animals
  • Use biodegradable products
  • Deal with hazardous household waste
  • Preserve the rainforest
  • Promote biodiversity
  • Plant a garden or build a bird nest

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