Today is Earth Day! Celebrate with the special edition of Brain Jam in Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Here you will find a wide range of articles and activities that provide fresh insights into environmental issues. Not only is this edition of Brain Jam an exciting way to observe Earth Day, but it is also a timely Common Core resource with 27 informational articles, 10 web links, and 13 different Teaching Resources including activities, discussion questions, essay topics, and a quiz.
View the video Thousands Gather for DC Climate Rally from NBC News
Objective: Students will participate in a debate on the cost of efforts to save endangered species
Objective: Students will explore the pros and cons of the controversial Keystone Pipeline
Objective: Students will work in groups to create a collection of news articles dealing with environmental issues
21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics
21st Century Themes
21st Century Skills
Work Creatively With Others
Make Judgments and Decisions
Collaborate with Others
Access and Evaluate Information
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others
Additional Library Resources :
Climate Change – Science in Context
Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation – Science in Context
Environmental Issues Protests – Opposing Viewpoints
Sea Level Rise – Science in Context
Weather and Climate – Always Available eBook
Grzimek’s Student Animal Life Resource – Always Available eBook
Climate Change – Always Available ebook
Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy – Always Available eBook
Environmental Issues: Essential Primary Sources – Always Available eBook
STEM is a really fun program for children of all ages. The Library has geared up and we are offering a great selection of programs starting in March and running through May. To get involved in the fun, select the program and location you want to attend from the list of STEM Events for March – May 2013.
Don’t forget to checkout our Hot Topic – STEM for more great activities to do at home, on your own or in school.
In just a few days, your students will take a behind the scenes tour of The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with bestselling The 39 Clues author David Baldacci.
Prepare students with the Building Background pre-virtual field trip handout
Review the technical tips for broadcasting the field trip
Tune in at scholastic.com/decodinghistory
Common Core aligned post-virtual field trip classroom materials will be available on
*Have scheduling difficulties? The virtual field trip will be available for full replay any time starting March 5, 1:00 pm ET/ 10 am PT.
The 39 Clues books can be found in our Library Catalog.
Need information for African-American History Month? Need lesson plans? Looking for a timeline, primary sources & more? See our new Hot Topic – African-American Heritage for everything you need.