SCIENCE It’s nutcracker season! As we begin December, the Clark’s nutcracker has stored up to 20,000 treasure maps in its 5-ounce birdbrain. And the maps are accurate, detailed, and instantly retrievable. (Nat Geo Phenomena blog) How do nutcrackers navigate? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Robert Krulwich blog … Continue reading How a 5-Ounce Bird Stores 10,000 Maps in its Head
WORLD The first name in recorded history isn’t a king. Or a warrior. Or a poet. He was an accountant, Kushim. (National Geographic Phenomena) Use our resources to learn more about ancient civilizations. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Take a look at the gorgeous clay … Continue reading Who was the First Person in History?
SCIENCE Marine biologists unravel baleen whales’ remarkable “manuring mechanism”—and secrets of the ocean food web. (NPR) Let our resources fill you in on all you ever wanted to know about marine food webs but were afraid to ask. Discussion Ideas Read the typically terrific article (with illustrations!) by one of my very, very favorite journalists, Bob Krulwich. Then, compare this photo of whale poop with this … Continue reading The Power of Poop, the Circle of Life