January Internet Facts Hunt
Use the links provided to find the answers to the questions.

If a link is broken, use your online research skills to find an answer.

1. You might have been traveling in a car during the holiday season.
Did you wear your seat belt EVERY time? I did!

Check out the Seat Belt Use and Daytime Percent of Unrestrained Passenger Vehicle Occupant Fatalities, Figure 1 chart (graph). (PDF)

By what percentage did the seat belt use rate change from 2000 to 2017?


Based on the chart, what impact has the increased use of seat belts had on passenger occupant vehicle fatality?


Consider the Seat Belt Use Rate in State table.
What was the percentage of use in your state in 2006?

By how much did it change in 2013?


Which state had the lowest rate for seat belt wearing?


By how much was the seat belt compliance rate in the highest state different from your home state's rate?


By how much did 2012 seat belt usage in your state vary from the 2006 usage figure?


Please, buckle up!

2. Diagrams are a great way to organize information.
Check out this diagram. Answer the questions.

a. What is the topic of the diagram?


b. List two facts that the subjects have in common.


c. List one disparity for each subject. (What is a disparity? Look it up.)


d. Name something you could compare/contrast this way.


Just for fun - How to make a diagram using a computer

3. Become a fact "expert" on one game of the Winter Olympics.
Name and describe the sport.



4. The most important thing that you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands.
Dr Ignaz Semmelweis discovered this fact in 1846
. But his fellow doctors would not listen.
Even today hand washing by health care providers is a problem.

Write three (3) examples of situtations where you should wash your hands.
(Beside each example place a + sign, if you usually do wash your hands in that example.

After handling animals or animal waste. +




5. What is the NIST? (Use your online research skills to find it.)

a. What do they do there?


b. Why is that important?


The taxpayer funded budget of NIST in 2013 was $1,406,000,000. By 2019 it had declined to $986 million.

6. Review - How do you add fractions with different denominators. Take notes as necessary. Other videos - Mathflix | KhanAcademy
(You can stop the movie, if you need to, by clicking the double upright bars button located at the bottom left corner of the video window.)

After the big snow storm, you decided to shovel snow to earn money. In the morning, you shoveled for 1/2 hour.
In the afternoon, you got serious shoveling for 5/8 hour. Before she pays you, you Mom asks, how long did you shovel in total?

Write a step by step explanation about how to add 1/2 + 5/8.



7. Do you have snow? Do you wish you did? Perhaps you wish you didn't.
Whatever your thoughts may be on snow, you can learn lots about snow at the NSIDC All About Snow site.

For example, compare a blizzard and a squall. Would you say they are antonyms or synonyms?



8. Homonyms are words that are spelled and pronounced the same, but have different meanings.
Consider the word - draft. In winter, I think of draft as meaning an unwelcome, cool breeze in a room. At school draft often refers to something you are in the process of writing.

Use this online dictionary to identify more meanings of the word - "draft". How many meanings did you find?


Use your online research skills to uncover answers:

9. He was born January 17, 1706. He was an author, a publisher, a candlemaker, an inventor, a humorist,
a scientist, a statesman, a father and a revolutionary. You know him.
Who was he?


What is his most famous experiment?


10. Just like the person in Question 9, Blanche Ames had many talents and accomplishments.

Name 3.


Which one is important today?


11. Listen to Marissa discuss: Coping With An Autistic Brother: A Teenager's Take
What is a challenge for their family?





"Who is rich? He that rejoices in his Portion." ~ Ben Franklin

Done already?*

*Challenged by Math or science? Try the free videos at Khan Academy. They start at the beginning. You can watch them many times.
*Or explore MathFlix - 1,000 free Math instruction videos
*Finally - Fun math videos Math Dude
* Extend your efforts: Science Observation Skill Builders - try a wintery one

* Great Backyard Bird Count - participate in Citizen Science project What will you need to participate?

blue dot bullet Explore the How Shocking web project. blue dot Outstanding African Americans
blue dot bullet How do you spend your time? blue dot Emancipation Proclamations Activity
blue dot Learn about making charts and graphs blue dot Highway Safety and You - explore - evaluate - act
blue dot Benjamin Franklin Quotes blue dot Try the Winter Fun Hunt
blue dot Ice Stories - Dispatches from Polar Scientists blue dot Compare New Years Celebrations diagram project
blue dot January Civics Activity blue dot Decode the snow message
blue dot StoryCorps - listen to compelling personal stories  

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In the spirit of Thomas Paine - released to public domain by Cynthia J. O'Hora updated 12/31/2020, posted Dec 24, 2001

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