Sunday, September 23, 2007

2 Equal Earth Days

Isn't this image a great example of what excellent teachers do best?

Today is the Autumnal or Fall Equinox, one of 2 Equal Earth Days during our orbit around Sol. All over Earth, there is an equal ratio of day to night hours, except at the poles. Equinox is a pretty cool name to describe the moment in Earth's yearly solar orbit that we mark as the beginning of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of the spring season in the Southern Hemisphere.

Previously, I had mention the JourneyNorth Phenology Project, where individuals or classes note the weather and outdoor sightings around the world,each month, beginning on or about September 23, 2007....TODAY.

Most JourneyNorth project members are located in the Northern Hemisphere, but not all. Therefore the core of the JourneyNorth project relates to migrations, weather, and seasonal changes in the Northern Hemisphere.

Teachers, parents, and other interested adults can use JourneyNorth DataCollection link to get ideas on how to make bulletin board displays, charts and other data collection and display samples for kids to use. Kids will gain basic lifehacks from the natural world while learning a standards based curriculum. These activities will help make up for the nature deficit modern children tend to exhibit through lack of experience.

Sign up to receive the emails, access free materials and be able to login for data collection. While you are learning about the program, do as much or as little as you can. Using JourneyNorth really helps kids understand scientific method first hand, by using it.

Whatever you do will easily mesh with your science, math, language arts, and social studies curriculum. Most of all, using JourneyNorth really helps kids discover learning is NOT tedious or is exciting and fun.

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