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Educator Spotlight: Examining the Impact of Keystone Species

Wendy Threatt’s fourth-grade class learned about keystone species extinction by conducting research, hosting a guest speaker, and watching a video about a wildlife photographer. Students demonstrated their learning by creating keystone arches to identify connections between animals in an ecosystem. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Examining the Impact of Keystone Species

Educator Spotlight: Channeling Curiosity to Teach Natural Phenomena

Sonia Saunders taught her fifth-graders how plants and animals obtain energy by presenting students with three “phenomena.” Through research, creativity, and collaboration, students were able to better understand Earth’s natural processes and see themselves as part of a larger ecosystem. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Channeling Curiosity to Teach Natural Phenomena

Educator Spotlight: Developing the Patience to See

Lyanne Abreu connected her urban students with the natural world around them through a challenge offered by the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Students learned about native and migratory bird species in South Florida and collected data, making observations at specific sites and documenting their findings in journals. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Developing the Patience to See

Limpets Do the Heavy Lifting in Adapting to Climate Change

ENVIRONMENT As the ocean temperature rises, it may be the little things that make the biggest difference to the survival and resilience of all living things. (Hakai) What are limpets? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.   Discussion Ideas New research indicates the lowly limpet may be one of the most efficient adapters to climate change. What … Continue reading Limpets Do the Heavy Lifting in Adapting to Climate Change