View the live broadcast of Decorah Eagles

31st March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

Live Broadcast by Ustream.TV The Raptor Resource Project ( brings you the Decorah Eagles from atop their tree at the fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. THIRD EGG LAID 3/2/11 6:47 p.m. Here’s a video: SECOND EGG LAID 2/26/11 6:42 p.m. CST Here’s a video: FIRST EGG LAID 2/23/11 5:33 p.m. CST Here’s a » Read More

Middle School teachers discover that students “Love Science” with STC/MS

29th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 11 Comments

Wilson SD’s (Pa.) teachers are discovering that their students are Loving Science! Middle School teachers began using STC/MS Kits this past year and are reporting how excited teachers and students are about using inquiry science kits. Here is what they have to say about STC/MS Inquiry Science Kits: Read More

First graders take a look at themselves as living things in lesson 16 of the STC™ Organisms Unit

25th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

In STC™ Organisms, students have discussed and compared all of the plants and animals in the classroom except one animal-themselves. In this lesson, students compare themselves with the living things they have observed throughout the unit and explore their own relationship to plants and animals.                     » Read More

What good is vermicompost? Make predictions and check your results while you visit with Sunny the Sunflower.

21st March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Now that you have your compost made, what do you do with it? This nutrient rich soil provides a great environment for plants to grow.  Does a strawberry plant grow better in vermicompost or regular soil? Make predictions and compare your results while you visit with Sunny the Sunflower.  What other variables could you change » Read More

NASA Science: Super Full Moon on March 19, 2011

18th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

  March 16, 2011: Mark your calendar. On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It’s a super “perigee moon”–the biggest in almost 20 years. “The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,” says Geoff Chester of the » Read More

Visit the toolshed and build a worm bin with Vermi the worm

17th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Redworms are living organisms.  What do they need to survive? Work in the toolshed with Vermi the worm to make a virtual compost bin.  To make compost you will need to follow a recipe but not one that humans would eat, just your redworms.  Enjoy and share your experiences using the reply box below.   Read More

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle with Vermi the worm

16th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - No Comments

Recycling is fun and worms are natural recyclers! Pick from the three games to play with Vermi the worm: Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle. Challenge your students to submit ways that they reduce, reuse and recycle every day using the reply box below.  If you have pictures of creative recycling projects, email them to with a short » Read More

Vermicomposting: Setting up a worm bin with Vermi the worm

15th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

The first step in Vermicomposting is setting up your worm bin.  Interact with Vermi the worm to see how a worm bin is set up and play some interactive activities along the way. To all of our teachers who set up worm bins with your students,  how did you set up your worm bin in » Read More

The adventures of vermicomposting in the classroom

14th March, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 1 Comment

  Online lessons can flesh out student understanding of worm bin composting. “The Adventures of Vermi the Worm” appears on CalRecycle online. In a virtual worm bin, students learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle by watching Vermi in his bin with apple cores and eggshells. I will never forget my students faces when they » Read More