Friday October 28th 2022
If everybody in the world jumped simultaneously, would Earth’s motion change? Can people see the Statue of Liberty and Great Wall of China from space? Are bats really blind? These are a few questions Grade 3 and 4 students were asked this week in library class, based on astounding findings found in the book National Geographic Kids: Myths Busted! Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew by Emily Krieger. The myths in this book are based on popular beliefs that may be partly true or proven completely false. The students played a thumbs-up or thumbs- down game to vote on their assumptions before discovering answers they may or may not have suspected. For instance, though the vast majority of students believed that bats are actually blind, this is a mistaken notion because they have small eyes and keen ears. In truth, bats have an expert ability to use sound called echolocation. Even more astounding, though humans cannot see the Statue of Liberty or Great Wall in China from space, the Pyramids of Giza is visible from that vast distance away. Stay tuned in the near future as third-and-fourth graders are urged to challenge Mrs. Etta and their peers with other mystifying myths. Truth or busted?