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Old 04-20-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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earth1 National Geographic "Young Explorer" Teacher's Guide - April 2010

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As April showers scrub the earth clean of the remnants of a long winter, flowers start to bloom and baby birds start to hatch. New life springs up across the land. It seems fitting then that our theme for this month’s issue of Young Explorer is “Celebrate Earth.”

In “Meet the Pollinators,” children learn about the connection between pollinators like bees and how plants grow. Readers are introduced to several different pollinators, from bees to bats. They’ll learn how flowering plants and pollinators work together to make seeds. Without seeds, new plants can’t grow!

Next, readers learn where a plastic bottle goes once it is empty. “Message in a Bottle” is a perfect story to spark discussions about recycling and how we use Earth’s resources. The story takes readers down two possible paths an empty plastic bottle can go. Children will learn about where trash can end up, and the role each person plays in determining trash’s ultimate destination. The activity master on p. T21 will help to reinforce the kinds of trash we can recycle, beyond plastic.

Finally, young readers will be introduced to Rachel Carson, the founder of the modern environmental movement. Children will learn about her life and how she used her love of nature, research, and writing to change the way people thought about our natural world and the way all living things are connected.

From our food production to learning how to protect and conserve our resources, this issue prepares children to take care of our world. In honor of Earth Day, celebrate our Earth together!
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngyoungexplorer/pdfs/teacher-guide.pdf
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Thanks for the guide! I will definitely make good use of it!
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Yea! I am no longer 'Carbon'!
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You're welcome. I was gathering some information on Earth Day and I was pleasantly surprised to see that National Geographic expanded it to an 'Earth Month' for children.

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We have a fun chart where you can follow your progress up the food chain :
Moving Up The Food Chain
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