Saturday, April 15, 2023

Birds, Turtles, and Bikes - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where spring has finally sprung! All week the weather has been fantastic and today is forecasted to be another gorgeous spring day. I've been riding my bike outside all week and I'll be doing that again today. 

Last week I was sick. This week all the other members of my family we're sick. We're finally all back to being healthy so we're going to celebrate by taking our puppy and dog for a little adventure hike tomorrow. 

I hope that you have a great weekend! 

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. gotFeedback - An AI Tool for Providing Feedback on Writing
2. Lesson Plans and Videos About Patriots' Day and the American Revolution
3. This AI Tool Generates Reading Comprehension Questions for Any Article
4. Bird Migration Map
5. Propello - A New Science Teaching and Learning Platform
6. Get a Free Turtle Art Tiles Project Guide
7. 40 Free Financial Literacy Lessons for High School Students

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Resources for Teaching and Learning About Earth Day 2023

Next Saturday is Earth Day 2023. Here's a handful of resources to consider using if you find yourself looking for some resources to help your students understand the origins of Earth Day, its significance, or celebrating Earth Day.

Discovery Education has some new resources for Earth Day 2023. These include lesson plans about sustainable living, renewable vs. non-renewable resources, and engineering for Earth Day. There is also an augmented reality activity for Earth Day available in Discovery Education's collection of Earth Day resources.

C-SPAN Classroom offers some Earth Day themed Bell Ringer activities. These include The Creation of the EPA and The Role of the EPA

CBC Kids News offers a good, concise overview of Earth Day. What I like about CBC Kids News is that the information is presented by students for students. 

Storyboard That offers four Earth Day lesson plans. All of the lesson plans have students creating comics or cartoon-style graphics to celebrate Earth Day and or to create Earth Day PSAs. 

SciShow Kids has an Earth Day compilation video through which students can learn about animal habitats, composting, recycling, and building bird feeders. 

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