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  • STEM Tuesday-- Survival Science -- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday– Survival Science — Writing Tips & Resources
    June 18, 2024 by
    One often forgets that “Species Survival” can apply to one’s very own environment. My own home is in a thickly populated area – highways, houses and apartments, stores – but nature is still here. Species Survival is more than tigers and whales. It also applies to the species we take for granted because we see them every day, including insects, small animals, native plants, and – the focus of this post – trees. I find many of my friends have no idea what kind of trees they see and encounter. A project for classroom or life is learning to identify trees. There are lots of resources. I found this fabulous, friendly book, published in 1963, and still available. Tree Finder: A Manual for Identification of Trees by Their Leaves (Eastern US) is currently available at Indiebound. The illustrations are charming and would be very helpful to anyone wanting to learn about trees. It’s a good size to carry around with...
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  • STEM Tuesday-- Survival Science -- In the Classroom
    STEM Tuesday– Survival Science — In the Classroom
    June 11, 2024 by
      When we talk about animals, we are usually talking about their biological make-up: How they look, what they eat, where they live, and how they interact with other animals. But this month we are focusing on a different topic. It’s more about how animals survive in the wild. This is an important idea and one that is a good to explore with your students. Especially because as climates change and humans move into their habitats, animals are needing to work harder to survive. There are many great books to use in the classroom on our Species Survival  list this month. Here are a few activities that you can use in your classroom:   Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival by Sneed Collard This book takes a look at whether animals are able to adapt to climate change to survive. The snowshoe hare is white because...
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  • STEM Tuesday-- Survival Science -- Book List
    STEM Tuesday– Survival Science — Book List
    June 4, 2024 by
    June 2024 – Species Survival How do animals and plants survive Earth’s most extreme conditions? This month’s book list explores the unique challenges and adaptations that species face amid wildfires, polar ice, climate change, and more.   Extreme Survival: How People, Plants, and Animals Live in the World’s Toughest Places Written by Ben Lerwill & illustrated by Daniel Long   Reading like an adventure guide, this book takes readers on a tour of the most extreme habitats our world has to offer. Each destination features facts and stories about the people and animals who live there, as well as practical tips for survival. STEM connections range from biology (animal adaptations) to earth science (climate and weather) to engineering (igloo-building), and more!   Fire Escape: How Animals and Plants Survive Wildfires (publishes June 25, 2024) Written by Jessica Stremer and illustrated by Michael Garland Did you know that goats can help...
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  • STEM Tuesday -- Renewable Energy -- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday — Renewable Energy — Writing Tips & Resources
    May 21, 2024 by
    Renewable Creative Energy STEM Tuesday friends, I was creatively tired. Drained. The well was dry. Etc., etc., etc. It’s been a wild couple of months in which I feel I’ve been running full tilt on a treadmill not going anywhere. The battery was drained.  There’s a definition of energy derived from Aristotle and his concept of enérgeia. Energy is a condition that allows the capacity to do work. I needed some renewable energy. I need the capacity to do my work. Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be transformed from one form to another. This little nugget is the Law of Conservation of Energy.  Ah, but since energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed from one form to another, I couldn’t just wave a magic wand and create the “Best STEM Tuesday Post of All Time” I dreamt of making.  I needed some renewable energy. But how?...
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Heather L Montgomery



Heather L. Montgomery writes for kids who are wild about animals. The weirder, the wackier, the better. An award-winning educator, Heather uses yuck appeal to engage young minds. She has a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in environmental education and has written a dozen nonfiction books including How Rude! Real Bugs Who Won’t Mind Their Manners (Scholastic) and her upcoming Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill(Bloomsbury).