It can be hard to talk to kids about disasters. The thought of earthquakes destroying entire villages and rendering cities unrecognizable is terrifying, even to adults. The last thing you want to do in your classroom is inspire nightmares!
But in today’s world, it’s hard to stay protected from tragic news, even when we try. Thanks to a constant stream of media at home, in cars, and even in places like restaurants, kids tend to be exposed to the worse news stories. Many of the kids in your classroom have already heard of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal last week. So what can we do to turn a scary news story into a teachable moment?
Happy Earth Day!
In more than 192 countries all over the world, people are marking the day by planting trees, cleaning up waterways, recycling, doing activities, and reading books about people who have met the challenge to make a difference in the earth's well being. Time to join in the fun!
Kids practice science every day, whether they mean to or not. Are your students obsessed with paper airplanes? They’re learning about aerodynamics. Do they mix together their juice and milk at the lunch table? Chemistry time! They may not be writing out the steps of the scientific method and they probably aren't recording their data, but the impulse to ask “What happens if I do this?” is what science is all about.