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Winter Solstice

This time of year, it is hard to ignore the fact that our days have been getting shorter, while our nights have lengthened. The brevity of our days serves to remind us that the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, is just around the corner. The exact moment of the winter solstice will […]

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Preparing for Winter: Where Are the Animals?

As winter approaches, your students may notice that they see fewer and fewer animals and the animals they see may behave or look different than they did in the fall. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss how animals, and human beings, adapt to their environment in order to ensure their survival. In this lesson, […]

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I See What You Mean

Think of English class and what comes to mind? Probably topics related to literature, poetry, and writing. Probably not graphs. Those are relegated to math and science classes. But why? Students encounter graphic information, or infographics, in nonfiction texts across disciplines, in textbooks, professional articles, newspapers, magazines, and online. Most state standards and Common Core […]

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The Hawaiian Monk Seal: Dog That Runs in Rough Waters

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.                    ~ Martin Buber, philosopher In this month’s Internet Challenge™, we are going to learn about a critically endangered species that is also is distinctive for being an Hawaiian native: the Hawaiian Monk Seal, the State’s […]

The Hawaiian Monk Seal: Dog That Runs in Rough Waters

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.                     ~ Martin Buber, philosopher   In this month’s Internet Challenge™, we are going to learn about a critically endangered species that is also is distinctive for being an Hawaiian native: the Hawaiian Monk Seal, the State’s official mammal. While most seals prefer cooler […]

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The Ripple Effect of Shrinking Glaciers

It has long been suspected that human activity is heating our planet and causing environmental changes that are changing Earth’s ecosystems around the globe and in our backyard. Global warming detractors question this, claiming Earth is dynamic and environmental change is natural.  That may be true; however, the issue is not whether Earth is dynamic. […]

The Immortal Gifts of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951, without his patient’s consent or knowledge, a Johns Hopkins doctor biopsied normal cells and cervical tumor cells. The cells then were shared with Doctor Gey, a Johns Hopkins researcher who, like many, had been trying for decades to grow human cells in the laboratory. Experimenting on human subjects was not an option but […]

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Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope has literally transformed the way scientists view the universe. For over 20 years, this incredible technology has been orbiting the Earth in its quest to prove or disprove astronomical theories, uncover heretofore unknown worlds, solve space mysteries, search for answers to a plethora of scientific questions, and, in general, expand our […]

Go with the Flow: Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

The respiratory and circulatory systems are necessary for human and animal life to exist, and they are a great place to start when teaching students about systems and parts of systems that must function together. We breathe in, our blood takes in the oxygen, which gets pumped by the heart and distributed throughout our body—to […]

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