Friday, April 22, 2011

How has Earth Day changed the way we live?

Earth Day started in 1970 as a way to begin taking care of our planet, at the time it seemed like a bizarre idea. Going Green and preserving the Earth is now a wide-spread idea with millions of followers. Today, there are things that we do everyday to help preserve the earth. There are also many habits and practices that we do everyday that  hurts the Earth, whether it is littering, using fossil fuels to run cars, or digging deep into the earth to extract oil.

Think about you own life:
1. What are some habits that you do everyday to help the Earth?
2. What are some habits that you have that might have a negative impact on the Earth?
3. What do you think is the purpose for Earth Day?

Please write a well written post to these questions. Be sure to include complete sentences and proper punctuation.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Chocolate Milk Debate

Some schools have banned chocolate milk from school lunches. Watch the story from ABC news and think about how this makes you feel. At Twain, the cafeteria serves both white and chocolate milk. White milk has 100 calories and 12 grams of sugar, while chocolate milk has 140 calories and 24 grams of sugar.

Will the information in this video change your decision about your milk choice?
Do you think chocolate milk is adding to the childhood obesity problem in America?
Should chocolate milk be banned from school lunches? Why or Why Not?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Is Pepper Spraying a Second Grader Appropriate?

Recently, a story from Colorado made national news. An 8-year old named Aiden threw a temper tantrum and would refuse to cooperate with teachers and police. After a long standoff the police decided to pepper spray Aiden to get him to cooperate. Please watch this video that details the story and write a reaction to it.

Is it appropriate for adults to pepper spray a child when they are acting violently and not cooperating?