1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 7, 2011 7:30 AM by dbolin RSS

Will 11-11-11 be significantly insignificant?

Jane Brown Master
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The date 11-11-11 is just a few days away and won't occur for another 100 years!


Maybe this is a good day to introduce your students to Wonderopolis' Wonder of the Day - What is a Palindrome? during math.


Interesting to note that the two-digit number 11 x 11 is 121

And the six-digit number 111111 x 111111 is 12345654321

And the nine-digit number 111111111 x 111111111 is 12345678987654321



This is a good day to remind students in history that their freedoms are not totally free.  Many servicemen have given their lives to keep us free. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between German and the allied nations went into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time.  Congress changed the word "Armistice" to Veterans" in 1954 and November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans.  Check out the Thinfinity Featured collection of resources for Veterans Day.


In Science you can remind students of The Great Blue Norther of 11/11/11.  That was November 11, 1911 (yes, 100 years ago) when a cold front affected the central United States. Many cities had record high temperatures in the early afternoon and record dropping temperatures by nightfall.  This was the only day many cities in the Midwest were able to break record highs and lows for the same day. This dramatic cold snap was caused by an extremely strong storm system that separated the warm, humid air from the frigid, arctic air.  Check out National Geographic Education's activity Extreme Weather on Earth


No matter what happens, 11/11/11 should be a good day for Americans because it is a Friday (which we all look forward to and Veteran's Day which gives us the opportunity to thank and remember the troops who have sacrificed to keep this country safe.


Be a part of this snapshot in time: What do you plan to do or what did you do on this date, 11-11-11? 

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