WORLD At a time when Jews were being tortured and killed, one of Portugal’s “gastronomic wonders,” the humble alheira sausage, may have saved thousands of lives. (BBC Travel) What Jewish communities were likely familiar with alheira? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The intriguing BBC article credits alheira sausage with saving the lives of some … Continue reading How a Portuguese Sausage Saved Medieval Jews
ENVIRONMENT Unfortunately, the popular meme speaks the truth: You really, really shouldn’t feed ducks bread. (Popular Science) What do ducks eat? Learn a little more about mallards with our great resource! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas So, most people have been feeding ducks all wrong. Why do experts recommend not feeding ducks bread crumbs? … Continue reading Stop Feeding Ducks Bread
HEALTH Climate change is poised to affect the health of Americans in every part of the country. (LiveScience) How do you teach about climate change? How do you not teach about climate change? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health lists eight ways in which human health will … Continue reading Climate Change Is Making Us Sick
Becky Collins, this week’s Educator of the Week, created a gardening program for her kindergarten students, teaching them about where food comes from and how it’s grown. Through this project, Becky has convinced her pickiest eaters to try broccoli, and in the process she has changed the way they learn new skills. She is a kindergarten teacher at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, and has … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Kinder-Gardening Leads to Growth
SCIENCE Hummingbirds have evolved a clever way of coping with the cold—one we might mimic on a mission to Mars. (Nat Geo News) It’s hard to take a bad photo of a hummingbird, but this is one of our favorites. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why are winter temperatures hard on North America’s hummingbirds? … Continue reading How Do Hummingbirds Survive the Winter? What Does This Have to Do with a Mission to Mars?