Ian McCall has designed two wonderful exercises that are great practice for younger children and fun for kids of all ages. We were quite taken with his Clover Patch Search game, where you browse among square photos to find the clovers, and maybe even a four-leaf clover!
The summer solstice here in the northern hemisphere marks a time when the earth’s axis tilts towards the sun, as it will between June and September, causing warm weather and “longer” days in the northern hemisphere, and cold weather and “shorter” days in the southern hemisphere.
For a number of years now researchers have educated the public and reinforced the statements that tans are unhealthy, and the sun can cause skin damage and even cancer. Still, the local pool is packed and the beaches are more for “catching some rays” than swimming or surfing. As the atmosphere above is damaged, the sun’s ultraviolet rays become more dangerous each year. What can you do to help students understand the importance of protecting their skin?
Kites are a welcome outdoor project after being cooped up inside all winter, right? In fact, they’re the perfect celebration of the end of winter. Students study and create their kites indoors, and then you just wait for the ideal weather to take them out for testing. For the younger students, try a quick and easy Paper Bag Kite. Older students can tackle the Tetrahedral Kite, which can be scaled for a large or small format creation.
This is such a neat little experiment, it’s fun and informative for all ages. Based on the process of condensation, it appears to create water from nothing (which is, of course, not the case).
Try a gallon jar of pond water with a plant or two in your own room, and see what develops over the next few months.
We are finally experiencing cooler weather after a long, hot summer. Flowers have, in most cases, gone through their useful life. Those dried-up flowers don’t indicate a dead plant, of course, but the beginning of life. Now is the time to bring in seeds to examine and save over for next spring. Here are some ideas…
As tulips bloom and the trees are finally a little greener, thoughts of planting seeds suddenly “Spring” to mind. Before you even touch a packet of seeds though, check out this clearly clever idea for keeping track of what those roots actually DO.
Earth Day is officially 40 years old, as of April 22, 2010. But you can have Earth Day everyday in your classroom. Here we discuss several activities for students to focus on anytime.