Today, we will be doing a back workout. Make sure to stretch though – you will need it for the challenge tomorrow!
Last day of practice. Tomorrow we will be having a test and next week, we will work on another way to multiply larger numbers.
Mount Elbrus, at 18 510 feet (5642 meters), is the highest mountain in the Caucasus Mountains. It’s an inactive volcano covered by snow and ice.
Caucasus Mountains are the border between Asia and Europe, which leads to a problem with choosing tallest mountain in Europe: which side does Elbrus belong to? One way people choose to decide is into which continent water flows into from them (it’s called watershed). Based on that, Elbrus is in Europe.
Mont Blanc is in French part of the Alps. At 15 774 feet (4810 meters), it’s the tallest mountain in Europe if you don’t include Caucasus Mountains.
There is an issue with the height of Mont Blanc. The summit is covered by ice and snow, which melts in the summer and grows in the winter.
My mom told me that she once went to Mont Blanc during summer vacation (but she didn’t try going to the very top). They took an aerial lift to as high as it went and even though it was really hot at the bottom, there was plenty of snow at the top and people were even skiing!
Social Science 👩🎓
Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake was born in 1540 in England. He was a sea captain, navigator and a politician. He was hired by Queen Elizabeth I as a privateer (see definition in word of the day).
As a privateer, he spent a lot of time fighting against the Spanish. He was also a vice admiral in English navy and second in command in the fight against Spanish armada (that’s Spanish navy) in 1588.
As an explorer, his greatest achievement was being second person to circumnavigate (that’s sail around) the Earth.
Henry Hudson was born in 1556 in England. He was an explorer who tried to find the Northwest Passage. That’s a way to sail around northern edges of America to get to China. He discovered Hudson Bay and Hudson River.
Jacques Cartier was born in 1491 in Brittany, France. His most important work was in exploring Canada. Like Henry Hudson, Jacques Cartier started his exploration as an attempt (trying) to find a way to sail across northern ends of America and to Asia. He found many islands, rivers and natural harbors.
Amazing fact about Cartier: unlike other explorers, none of his ships sank during his 3 voyages. Remember Magellan? Only one of his 5 ships made it back home. Another interesting thing about Cartier was that he was the first one to formally say that America is a completely separate part of land from Europe and Asia.
African elephant is the largest animal in the world.
Word of the day ❗
Privateer – a privately owned armed ship permitted by its government to make war on ships of an enemy country; or a sailor on a privateer ship.
I want to see London. Do you think I could see the Queen? For now, we all have to stay at home, but we can still see London: