Blade Shepherd-Jones led students through a hands-on study of the hazards of marine debris. Students explored the effects of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on the marine animals native to the Hawaiian islands and their beachfront community. Their study culminated in student-led nature clean-ups, after which students made sculptures from debris depicting animals affected by marine pollution. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
ENVIRONMENT Incredible photographs from a beach in Siberia show thousands of naturally formed snowballs spread across an 18-kilometer (11-mile) stretch of coast. This is now officially the best place in the world to have a snowball fight. (Gizmodo) But should you eat them? Use our study guide to investigate further. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including … Continue reading Siberian Snowballs May Mean Snowy Winter in the U.S.
What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, we learned … … urine, not chlorine, causes itchy eyes in pools. Dive in! … how we talk about teachers, and why it might be worth it to pay them $100,000 … or more. Stay tuned to TeachingCenter for details. … how “sushi” children … Continue reading 15 Things We Learned This Week!
WORLD A severe storm has left a Russian beach covered with pieces of amber. (St. Petersburg Times) Use our resources to understand why amber is nicknamed “fossil resin.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The St. Petersburg Times—that’s St. Petersburg, Russia, not Florida!—describes Kaliningrad, the region of Russia where the amber appeared, as an “exclave.” … Continue reading Beach Awash in Amber
ENVIRONMENT Warmer air and water temperatures, combined with overseas tropical storms, delivered an ecologically desirable but olfactory disagreeable gift to the shores of Laguna Beach, California, this summer—copious amounts of kelp. (Los Angeles Times) Use our resources to see how kelp holds fast. Teachers: Scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas Laguna Beach, California, … Continue reading Kelp Has Arrived . . . and It’s Raising a Stink