Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Test Tube Aliens - Are they real?

They LOOK real! After looking up Roswell on Google, we studied two views of an alleged alien crash site.

We discovered that the town of Roswell, New Mexico, USA, became famous on July 7, 1947, as there was speculation that an alien space ship had crashed near there.

Reports from the United States military say that what was actually recovered was debris from a high-altitude surveillance balloon.

However, many UFO believers spoke up to the media, saying that a crashed alien space ship and some UFO bodies were recovered from the crash site and that the military covered it up.

The name Roswell is now mentioned whenever talk turns to UFOs. It's the most famous UFO incident. It even got its own TV series!

So to simulate the Roswell incident, and just in case it wasn't a weather balloon, or a sleek Stealth bomber, we hatched and raised a Test Tube Alien.

They come dehydrydrated, and encased in a white cocoon which melts away as the alien hatches, until a very live looking alien is revealed. To hatch it, you add water and keep adding water until it stops fizzing. Then you feed it. The heart beat is fascinating to watch as it flashes from green to orange to red - signifying that the alien is alive and well!

Word Bank:

alien, test tube, live, water, melt, cocoon, heart, hatch, fizzing, encased, revealed, dehydrated.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cyber Scope! Turn your world upside down!

Can you imagine how strange the world would look if everything was upside down? When you put on the Cyber Scopes glasses, that is exactly what happens! Students will have a fun time watching each other try to complete challenges while wearing the disorienting glasses.

It's a board game with a difference. It contains a pair of special glasses, game board, 16 puzzle pieces, 7 puzzle cards, 1 foam ball, dice, a pen and two timers. Students compete to make their way around the game board as quickly as possible by completing tasks wearing the Cyber Scopes. The tasks range from putting together a puzzle, to catching a ball in the air, to reading a single word.

While the tasks may initially sound easy, they become a whole lot more difficult when the world is turned upside down by the Cyber Scopes glasses! These distinct glasses put a new spin on the board game that will have you attempting to work in reverse, upside down, in a disorientated state - all in the safety of your classroom. Is it all an illusion, or is it real? You decide!