Alaska: The Last Frontier of Farming

UNITED STATES As cheaper technology and a changing climate make growing food easier, more Alaskans are turning to farming. (High Country News) When is Alaska’s growing season? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit Text Set. Discussion Ideas What makes Alaska’s physical geography ideal for farming? Alaska’s geologic activity has created rich soil. “Thanks to built-up organic matter … Continue reading Alaska: The Last Frontier of Farming

How a Portuguese Sausage Saved Medieval Jews

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

Stop Feeding Ducks Bread

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

Climate Change Is Making Us Sick

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

Educator Spotlight: Kinder-Gardening Leads to Growth

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