Month: December, 2016

A New Year of Healthy Habits!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Meet Nurse Nathan---January's Healthy Hero Mascot!  The SD Safety KidZ Club theme for January is personal health. Activity topics include nutrition, sleep, exercise, and visitig the doctor.  Find the health challenge activity for the month as well as suggested scope and sequence on January's  home page. 


Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's been fun working with all of you as you implement the SD Safety KidZ program!  Merry Christmas  - Happy New Year--and we'll see you back here in 2017! 

Safety Hero's Posters

Monday, December 19, 2016

Have you checked out the Safety Heroes posters? There are almost 30 different posters available on the SD Safety KidZ calendar pages as well as on a separate link on the Safety EDventure webpage. Each poster gives 5 easy to remember safety.                                                  Meet this month's Safety Hero is Dr. Phil the Pharmacist.  

  Here's some ideas for using the posters:

  1. As a discussion starter.

  2. To introduce the topic pre-test or checklist found on each month's calendar page.

  3. As writing prompts.

  4. As story starters.

  5. As an introduction to the lesson.

  6. As topics for individual posters/picture.



Bingo's Birthday Month

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Did you know that December is "Bingo's Birthday Month"?  Check out all the bingo game variations on this website. You will find them under the Safety EdVenture link - Printable Activities - Games.  


I did some research and here's  summary of the history of bingo---trivia you might want to share with your students....


The Italians are credited with being the inventors of Bingo!  From Italy, it went to France in the late 1770's and they shortened the name to "Le Lotto" and played strictly among the wealthy French aristocrats.  In the 1880's the Germans then developed their version of Bingo as an educational game for children to help learn math, spelling and history.

The game reached the US ( from which European country it is uncertain) during the depression and was first played at a carnival in Atlanta, Georgia.    At that time, the game was being called "Beano" because beans were used to mark the squares called on the cards.  A toy salesman from New York, named Edwin S. Lowe, changed the name of the game   when he heard a player miss-yell it as "Bingo" and not Beano.   The carnival version (drawing numbers from a cigar box and covering cards with beans) remained popular after the carnival left town.  Many people were playing Bingo by having a caller pull numbered disks out of a cigar boxes, bowls, or any other secure container and placing their beans on the appropriate number.  During the carnival, the prize was a Kewpie doll.  Afterwards, it usually was money.

 Mr. Lowe, seeing how popular Beano was,  decided to market the game under the miss-yelled name  he heard  "Bingo."  He hired a Columbia University math professor named Carl Leffler to help increase his sales by increasing the number of cards made.  By 1930, Professor Leffler invented over 6,000 different bingo card numerical variations.  


A Christmas Journal

Monday, December 12, 2016

Are you looking for a fun---and educational holiday  activity for those days leading up to Christmas?

 A Christmas Journal provides writing/drawing/coloring/ activities for each letter of the word "Christmas".  The Journal is for grades K-3 - with two activities per letter.

 Download  it here---Christmas Journal.pdf--and find it under the Safety EDventure holiday link too!

The Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sharing this from good synopsis of the the events from this famous day in history.




At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radar operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. Thus, the Japanese air assault came as a devastating surprise to the naval base.

Much of the Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded, many while valiantly attempting to repulse the attack. Japan’s losses were some 30 planes, five midget submarines, and fewer than 100 men. Fortunately for the United States, all three Pacific fleet carriers were out at sea on training maneuvers. These giant aircraft carriers would have their revenge against Japan six months later at the Battle of Midway, reversing the tide against the previously invincible Japanese navy in a spectacular victory.

The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan. The Senate voted for war against Japan by 82 to 0, and the House of Representatives approved the resolution by a vote of 388 to 1. The sole dissenter was Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a devout pacifist who had also cast a dissenting vote against the U.S. entrance into World War I. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States, and the U.S. government responded in kind.

The American contribution to the successful Allied war effort spanned four long years and cost more than 400,000 American lives.

Happy St. Nickolas Day!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Today is St. Nickolas Day!  Here's some history facts about this famous legend to share with your students....


In many places St. Nicholas is the main gift giver. His feast daySt. Nicholas Day, is December 6, which falls early in the Advent season. Some places he arrives in the middle of November and moves about the countryside, visiting schools and homes to find out if children have been good. Other places he comes in the night and finds carrots and hay for his horse or donkey along with children's wish lists. Small treats are left in shoes or stockings so the children will know he has come.

Things My Mother Taught Me

Monday, December 5, 2016


I'm sharing a great column today---Not much to do with health and safety---but a great read --and a light way to start the week! (Parker's Midweek Update)


Things my mother taught me

The second show of the season at Black Hills Community Theatre was "Things My Mother Taught Me." During the three weekends that the play welcomed record crowds, the staff of the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City set up a huge blackboard in the lobby and encouraged playgoers to add their own contributions to that very topic: "Things My Mother Taught Me."

And so they did. As I worked as house manager four times during the run of the show, I took advantage of breaks in my duties to jot down those comments people had added to the blackboard. You will find, somewhere in this list, some things your own mother surely said at some point in your growing-up years:

  • "Keep your elbows off the table."
  • "Work hard."
  • "If you're going to do something, do it 100%."
  • "Don't bring that into this house!"
  • "Work smarter, not harder."
  • "'I' before 'E' except after 'C.'"
  • "You'll feel better in the morning."
  • "Just wait till your father gets home."
  • "Don't jump on the bed."
  • "What is is."
  • "Treat others how you want to be treated."
  • "It's not what you said; it's how you said it."
  • "Honesty is the best policy."
  • "Be nice to your sister."
  • "Stand up straight!"
  • "Nothing good happens after midnight."
  • "Don't run in the house."
  • "Shut the door! Were you born in a barn?"
  • "Tomorrow is another day."
  • "If you don't like it, change it."
  • "Chew your food with your mouth closed."
  • "Marry well."
  • "Ladies don't whistle that loudly."
  • "Life isn't fair."
  • "Rule No. 1: Mom is always right."
  • "If you don't stop crying, I'll give you something to cry about."
  • "Don't turn the car off without putting it in 'Park.'"
  • "Always mind your own business."
  • "Don't put crayons up your nose."
  • "Always say 'thank you' even if you hate your present."
  • "You miss every shot you don't take."
  • "'Can't' means 'won't.'"
  • "Never sit on a public toilet seat."
  • "Be sure you're wearing clean underwear in case you're in an accident."
  • "Kill them with kindness."
  • "If you miss the five-second rule, use the 30-second rule.:
  • "I brought you into this world; I can take you out!"
  • "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
  • "Mind your Ps and Qs."
  • "There are ways to say things, and there are ways to say things.:
  • "Take the giblets out before you put the turkey in the oven."
  • "A good day starts with a made bed."
  • "Pull your pants up."
  • "Keep it in perspective."
  • "Avoid bad boys."
  • "Send a thank-you note."
  • "Remember to be kind."
  • "Sit up straight, or you'll grow that way."
  • "You are on time if you are 10 minutes early."
  • "That's why we can't have nice things."
  • "Will it make a difference in five years?"
  • "Always let go of firecrackers before they explode."
  • "Marry for love, but money doesn't hurt."
  • "Don't count your chickens till they hatch."
  • "Don't say 'Ummm.'"
  • "He who helps fold the laundry gets the best socks."
  • "Have a happy heart."
  • "I love you."
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