Month: November, 2016

Ready for Winter!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Today is a good day to think about being ready for winter----you home, car, taking care of pets, winter clothing--This newsletter from the South Dakota Department of Public Safey has it all!

Find the newsletter at:



Mr. Turkey's Feathers

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Here's a fun-easy-quick- Thanksgiving Holiday activity.  Find it under Safety EDventure  - Holidays link!

Turkey Trivia

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fun information "turkey trivia" from the Farmer's Almanac to use this week!


Old Farmer's Almanac


Here is some fun trivia about turkeys, the all-American birds.

  • There are several theories about how turkeys got their name. One story claims the Christopher Columbus heard some birds say “tuka, tuka”, and his interpreter came up with the name tukki, which means “big bird” in hebrew.
  • Ben Franklin thought the turkey would be a better national symbol than the bald eagle. According to the Franklin Institute, he wrote in a letter to his daughter:

    “For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly…like those among men who live by sharping and robbing…he is generally poor, and often very lousy. Besides, he is a rank coward; the little king-bird, not bigger than a sparrow, attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district…For in truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America. Eagles have been found in all countries, but the turkey was peculiar to ours…”

  • The average person in the United States will eat 15 pounds of turkey this year.
  • The loose red skin attached to the underside of a turkey’s beak is called a wattle. When the male turkey is excited, especially during mating season, the  wattle turns scarlet. The fleshy flap of skin that hangs over the gobbler’s beak is called a snood and also turns bright red when the bird is excited.
  • The wild turkey is one of the more difficult birds to hunt. It won’t be flushed out of the brush with a dog. Instead, hunters must try to attract it with different calls. Even with two seasons a year, only one in six hunters will get a wild turkey.
  • By the 1930s, almost all of the wild turkeys in the U.S. had been hunted. Today, thanks to conservation programs, there are plenty of wild turkeys—they even invade cities!
  • A male turkey is called a tom, a female is a hen, and a youngster is a poult.
  • The domestic tom can weigh up to 50 pounds, the domestic hen up to 16 pounds. The wild tom can weigh up to 20 pounds, the wild hen up to 12 pounds.
  • The wild turkey can fly! (It does, however, prefers to walk or run.) The domestic turkey is not an agile flyer, though the bird will perch in trees to stay safe from predators.
  • The average life span of a domestic turkey, from birth to freezer, is 26 weeks. During this period of time, it will eat about 75 pounds of turkey feed. The average life span of a wild turkey is three or four years. It generally feeds on seeds, nuts, insects, and berries.
  • The wobbly little thing on the turkey’s chest is the turkey’s beard and is made up of keratin bristles. Keratin is the same substance that forms hair and horns on other animals.
  • Only male turkeys, or toms, can gobble, and they mostly do it in the spring and fall. It is a mating call and attracts the hens. Wild turkeys gobble at loud sounds and when they settle in for the night.


Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mickey Mouse is 88 years old today! Celebrate his birthday and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday by showing the House of Turkey Mickey Mouse cartoon found at

Learn more about Mickey! (This information is from 2015)



Great American Smoke Out Day

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Today is Great American Smoke Out Day. Here's some facts to share with your students about the "toll" of tobacco use in South Dakota.


The Toll of Tobacco in South Dakota

Updated Nov. 1, 2016

The Toll of Tobacco in South Dakota

High school students who smoke 10.1% (4,500)
Male high school students who smoke cigars (female use much lower) 11.7%
High school students who use e-cigarettes 17.3%
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year 500
Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year 1.3 million
Adults in South Dakota who smoke 20.1% (130,000)
Proportion of cancer deaths in South Dakota attributable to smoking 28.2%



U.S. National Data

High school smoking rate (2015): 10.8%
Male high school students who smoke cigars (2015): 14.0%
Adult smoking rate (2015): 15.1%


Deaths in South Dakota from Smoking

Adults who die each year from their own smoking 1,300
Kids now under 18 and alive in South Dakota who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 21,000

Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined — and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes — such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use.

Smoking-Caused Monetary Costs in South Dakota

Annual health care costs in South Dakota directly caused by smoking $373 million
Medicaid costs caused by smoking in South Dakota $70.2 million
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $797 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in South Dakota $282.5 million

Amounts do not include health costs caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking-caused fires, smokeless tobacco use, or cigar and pipe smoking. Tobacco use also imposes additional costs such as workplace productivity losses and damage to property.

Tobacco Industry Influence in South Dakota

Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide $9.5 billion
Estimated portion spent for South Dakota marketing each year $24.0 million

Published research studies have found that kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults and are more likely to be influenced to smoke by cigarette marketing than by peer pressure. One-third of underage experimentation with smoking is attributable to tobacco company advertising.

View sources of information.

More detailed fact sheets on tobacco's toll in each state are available by emailing

Thanksgiving Tree

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

An idea you might want to try in your classroom.  Jackson had fun creating a Thanksgiving tree in our backyard.  We're going to all write things we are thankful for to hang on the tree between now and Thanksgiving. (Not the best picture---but gives you the general idea!)

World Kindness Week

Monday, November 14, 2016

This week is World Kindness Week!  Create a classroom "Kindness Tree" as a fun way to start the week.  Students can add leaves to the tree as they do kind things for others at home or school.

Check out the Safety EDventure Friendship and Bullying Prevention pages for ready to use activities for grades K-3.



Happy Birthday Sesame Street

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Happy Birthday to Sesame Street!


Did you know that Sesame Street and it's characters are 47 years old.  A fun way to celebrate with yours students might be to allow computer time on their website -

Another fun activity would be to download the Sesame Street alphabet characters coloring pages. Students could color the letter and share a word (s) that start with that letter.  Here's the link the ABC pages:


Have a great Thursday!



Holiday Activities - Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Are you looking for some quick-easy-fun holiday activities?  Go to the Safety Edventure link. Click on Printable activities and then the "Other Link" to find  the "Who is a Veteran?" activity as well as several Thanksgiving themed workbooks and games.

Trivia Tuesday - White House Fun Facts and Tour

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The new president - no matter who is elected  will soon be moving into the White House.  Here's some fun facts to share with your students.


White House Trivia

  • There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
  • At various times in history, the White House has been known as the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion." President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
  • Presidential Firsts while in office... President James Polk (1845-49) was the first President to have his photograph taken... President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) was not only the first President to ride in an automobile, but also the first President to travel outside the country when he visited Panama... President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45) was the first President to ride in an airplane.
  • The White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d'oeuvres to more than 1,000.
  • The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.

Virtual Tour:


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