Thursday, March 9, 2017

Planets: Known and Unknown

NASA made an exciting announcement in February.  Researchers have discovered seven planets orbiting a small star, located about 40 light years from Earth.  The planets are similar in size to Earth; researchers are excited about the possibility of water or even life on these exoplanets.

Photo Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

We’ve put together a new Special Edition - Planets: Known and Unknown - for any students (or educators) with an interest in space and space exploration. Obvious curriculum connections are Grade 6 and 9 Science but educators may also find connections in Physics 20 and Biology 20. We’ve included some interesting sites, articles, lesson plans and videos about the search for exoplanets and plans for space colonization. As always, you will find a number of engaging interactives for students.

So, who’s ready to start planning their new home in the TRAPPIST-1 System?

By Don Davis [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, March 6, 2017

In Like a Lion

You know the old saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”  We’re all waiting for spring, for that moment when we can definitively say “the snow is gone. Bring on spring weather!”  The forecast for Edmonton this week is cold and snow.  I guess we’re getting the lion.
Here’s a look at some of the Enjoy pages and Special Editions that we’ll be featuring during this month of erratic weather, report cards and spring breaks.

Are you interested in Les Rendez-Vous de la Francophonie and Francophonie history and culture in Canada and Alberta? Check out this Enjoy page for links and information.

St. Patrick’s Day
Visit this Enjoy page for St. Patrick’s Day themed class activities and art projects. You'll also find some interesting information about Irish culture, the history of St. Patrick and the Irish in Canada.

The Dietitians of Canada celebrate Nutrition Month in March.  Their theme this year is “Take the Fight out of Food”.  Our Special Edition is filled with interactives and resources that teachers can use during health and nutrition units. There are resources for both elementary and secondary students.

Have a great March.  Next up from us is a fantastic new resource about exoplanets, space colonization and the planets in our own solar system.