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  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Community , Family Activities , Science

    Most people probably remember learning about butterflies early in their elementary careers. I remember lessons about butterfly metamorphosis and our teacher purchasing a butterfly habitat for the classroom, but there is one mystery about butterflies that still fascinates students, researchers, and teachers through the years. The Monarch Migration takes place every year during the spring and fall when millions of monarch butterflies make their way from Canada to Mexico and back again. This magnificent spectacle has caught the eye of many onlookers, and recently of IMAX filmmakers.


    Flight of the Butterflies is a compelling and awe-inspiring 3D film that ...

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  • Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Filed under Partnership Application

    Lizard Lair 

    Leapin' lizards!  This year could be the year that your school gets a new learning garden!  We are currently accepting applications for new school partners in Fort Worth ISD, Dallas ISD, Birdville ISD, Arlington ISD and Grand Prairie ISD.  Applications received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013 will be reviewed in April with interviews of select schools to follow.  If you are a school in one of our partner districts that is passionate about engaging children outdoors and at least 70% of your student population is eligible for free/reduced lunch, please complete an application and submit it ...

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  • Sunday, February 10, 2013 | Filed under Educators , Instructional Aids , Science , Math

    My fourth grade students at Holiday Heights Elementary noticed while measuring circumference  and diameter on our broccoli plants that the plants next door in the third grade bed were much smaller. They measured these too and wrote the results down in their journals. On fourth grade broccoli C=56cm and D=21cm. On the third grade broccoli C=31cm and D=11cm. The students wanted to know why there was nearly double the difference in both measurements.


    We put our heads together back in the classroom to try finding a variable that could account for the difference. After discussion they ruled out sunshine, ...

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  • Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | Filed under Educators , Community


    Our ancestors were tough, tenacious and smart, if they were not we wouldn’t be here today, the genetic transfer would not have taken place and we wouldn’t have all the modern miracles’ that surround our life today.  We would not have cars and airplanes whose metal components come from rocks, how did they figure that out? And imagine the most modern technological device (computers) are made from dead and decaying plants and animals in that plastic comes from oil and oil is dead and decaying plants and animals, include too, that some computer parts also come from rocks, (the ...

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