Yes poop. 💩
Here are two ways poop came in handy this year:
In Japan: “Professor Poo bestseller brings scatology-based study to Japan” (from the Guardian). This book is helping kids learn to write kanji characters, and the term うんこ漢字ドリル(Poop Kanji Drills is the name of the book) was one of this year’s Words of the Year in Japan. (“The Japanese words that perfectly sum up how the country felt this year” from Quartz)
Read more about the workbook at Spoon and Tamago.
In the US: turning cow poop into electricity
Read more about this “methane digester” at the Strauss Family Creamery in California.
This Twitter account (Biolojical, which is a pun combining “biological” with at least the J, but probably more likely the “oji” from “emoji” is creative and entertaining. I like the idea of making connections and doing something different with a tool of communication (emojis). Students, can you think of a way to utilize emojis in a unique way to organize/categorize and then communicate something that you’re interested in?
Here are a few example tweets:
How much Vitamin C is in these emojis?
How many species does each emoji represent?
What do you call the baby version of these animals in English?
Here’s a short explainer video about why the US still uses Fahrenheit and other non-metric units of measure. The closed-captioning (subtitles) are accurate, if you need them to help your understanding. The video is also a good example of how to use visuals to help you explain something.
Mushrooms can save honey bees 🍄🐝🍄
And we need bees for the almonds in our morning granola and much more.
Some of the slow-motion photography in this short video is amazing.