Kepler 10b: Exoplanet Discovery in Search for Earth-like Worlds

Astronomers have discovered the smallest planet outside our Solar System, and the first that is definitely rocky like Earth. In September 2010, the 4th planet of the Red Dwarf star Gliese 581, appeared to be the best known example of a possible terrestrial exoplanet orbiting near its home star. An extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, is […]

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Create a Weather Chart for Your Elementary Classroom

Your grade school / elementary age children have a natural curiosity about the weather, so why not spend some time teaching them about it?  It’s especially helpful if you create an activity that is heavy in visual excitement.  One idea that fits the description:  Having the kids create their own weather chart. To do this, […]

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Blubber: Teaching About Sea Mammals

Want to really get your elementary kids interested in learning about sea mammals such as whales and walruses?  Then teach about blubber! If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s nothing so disgusting as it sounds.  Blubber is the part of the sea mammals that keeps them warm. In fact, before you start this experiment, […]

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Teaching Your Class About Mammals

Want a fun way to teach your elementary kids about mammals?  Here’s a plan of teaching tips that your class will find entertaining and you will know is educational.  To do this, you’ll need: 1)    several pictures of mammals 2)    index cards 3)    books or websites about mammals, and 4)    some mammal take-home sheets Once […]

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Creating an Ocean Theme in Your Elementary Classroom

When it’s time to teach your elementary kids about oceans and sea life, it’s a great idea to decorate your classroom in an ocean theme.  There are lots of ways of doing this. Here are a few favorite ones: Give the children a preview of the types of sea creatures that they’ll be learning about […]

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Make a Nest & Bird Feeder

The early fall weeks of the new school year are a good time to teach your elementary students about the birds that live around them.  This is the time of the year when the birds that are still around, are looking for shelter and for something to eat.  That gives your kids the opportunity to […]

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Making an Edible Solar System

No need to try to generate excitement with elementary students about space, the solar system and planets.  They already have a natural curiosity about these things, thanks to an abundance of science fiction in the media.  Here are a great way to capitalize on this excitement and to teach them the truth about our solar […]

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Meteorite Madness – Wish Upon a Star

Can you imagine being 4.5 billion years old?  That is the age of the rare 52.8 kilogram meteorite chunk that is being investigated at the Royal Ontario Museum this week by Kimberly Tait, the museum’s curator, and the ROM research team.  The meteorite is about the size of a school packsack, and it was found in […]

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