Friday, July 15, 2011

Escaping to where it's cool, wet and filled with loads of learning.

It's hot out, so now is a great time to study about where it's cool and wet out. The ocean. It's never too early to teach your kids about the ocean and Marine Biology.

Nearly 3/4 of our planet is water, salt water for the ocean. Depending on where you travel to, the ocean can be as different as you'll find differences on land.

Some places are lush and filled with plant life and reefs, filled with warm waters and animals that love that environment.

Some places are just so cold that you would think no life can be found there. However, much to our surprise life has been found there, and we have been making many new discoveries of life each year.

While it's not likely the Loch Ness Monster will turn out to be a Dinosaur still alive in Scotland, there have been other creatures once thought only to exist in myths found alive in the depths of the oceans.

Now when the weather is so hot, is a great time to take your students to the library to study about Marine Biology, and if you get a chance to make it out to an aquarium, don't miss that opportunity.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Independence Day

There are so many things to cover with the celebration of Independance Day. But if you are looking for topics to delve into here is a list of topics and people to look into.

New Taxes - Sugar and Stamp Act
No Taxation without Representation
The Boston Massacre
The Boston Tea Party
The Intolerable Acts
American Revolution - Who Had the Better Chance of Winning?
The Battle of Bunker Hill
The Colonists Protest
African Americans in the Revolutionary War
Treaty of Paris - The Revolutionary War is Over
Articles of Confederation
Valley Forge
Benedict Arnold
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Paine
Help from Europe
The Colonies
Colonial soldiers
Taxation without representation
The Stamp Act
The Townshend Acts
The Boston Massacre
The Boston Tea Party
The Intolerable Acts
Ethan Allen and Fort Ticonderoga
George Washington
James Armistead Lafayette
John Adams
General John Burgoyne
King George III
Martha Washington
Nathan Hale
Paul Revere
Samuel Adams

Some of these things may be a little more mature in subject manner than others, but with a little creativity you might be able to put together something whether art oriented or even maybe a field trip if you live near the original 13 colonies to connect your students minds to the subjects at hand. If it's there reach out and use it – you don't know how lucky you are.