How One Little Girl Changed the Publisher’s Mind About Bug Books

She was excited to start reading her Giant Monster Book, until she read this one sentence.

Little Parker is officially my newest and youngest feminist hero, and all because of a book about bugs. Check out the video below to see why she wouldn’t let this publisher off the hook.

Not only is Parker one impressive little girl, but she’s on to something! Who says girls can’t like bugs, pirates, monsters, or trucks? And on that same note, it’s totally OK if a little boy doesn’t want to read about “boy” things. Children’s books shouldn’t be exclusively for boys or exclusively for girls — they should be for everyone! Let’s agree that kids should be who they are without their books and toys dictating what they should and shouldn’t enjoy.

Build a wild space for monarchs with your classroom!

Butterfly

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Here at the Canadian Wildlife Federation, we aim to inspire kids to connect with wildlife and habitat. This is why we are excited to share our new WILD Spaces program with you! This curriculum linked education program is designed to engage and inspire kids (mainly grades four through eight) to create or maintain important wildlife habitat with their classroom or group, and share the process.Our debut theme for the program is monarch butterflies. Their plunging populations need our help and fast. Your students will do just that as you gently guide them through our WILD Spaces for Monarchs program.Through this program, your class or group will use the latest online learning tools to work through our units about the lives of monarch butterflies, then apply their new knowledge to accompanying quizzes and activities.

After they complete the first few units, they’ll be ready to move outside and get their hands dirty creating a beautiful monarch garden (with your help). We will ask students to share pictures and stories about their wild space — to inspire others, contribute to citizen science and show the world they care.

Your students will learn how simple and fun it is to make a difference for wildlife and habitat in Canada. And they will have the chance to win some neat prizes for outstanding participation!

We hope you will consider taking part in the WILD Spaces for Monarchs program with your students.

Please forward this to any educators or youth leaders who might like to participate.

Click here to learn more and sign-up.

http://cwf-fcf.org/en/explore-our-work/education/

Van Gogh, the Scientist

The starry night

I’m not easily impressed, OK?

I know Van Gogh was a genius. If the point of this were “Van Gogh was a mad genius,” I would not be sharing this with you.

But I found this and I thought, “Oh, what a vaguely interesting thing.” And then I got to the part about the Hubble Space Telescope, and, let me tell you: Mind. Blown.

Van Gogh was a pretty cool artist (duh), but as it turns out…

HE WAS ALSO A SCIENTIST!

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Teacher Demo: Greenhouse Effect

Introduction

This demo demonstrates the greenhouse effect by comparing the air temperature of a room with the air temperature inside a clear plastic bag containing black construction paper. The bag models the Earth’s atmosphere and the black construction paper models Earth’s dark surface. Continue reading

Characteristics of Soil Activity

 

In this activity, students will observe a variety of soil types and describe the characteristics of these soils.  Soil is made up of air, water, recycling organisms, rock particles, and humus.  Different types of soils are defined by the different proportions of humus and rock particles they contain.  Humus is formed from the decomposition produced by recycling organisms.  The three types of rock particles are sand, silt, and clay.

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