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Share Earth Day with Your Students

Children, Teacher Gazing at Globe <br \> U.S. Department of Education, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

Children, Teacher Gazing at Globe
U.S. Department of Education via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

Young students love learning about Earth and discovering ways that they can help the planet. As adults, it’s our responsibility to teach them ways and encourage their ideas. The classroom is an ideal place for this type of learning and exploration. And Earth Day, which is April 22, is the perfect time!

SIRS Discoverer, and its April Spotlight of the Month on Earth Day, can assist in planning for this significant global holiday. Founded in 1970, Earth Day began and continues as a day of environmental education and action. In honor of our Earth, plan activities that promote awareness and appreciation of nature, recycling, and the environment.

An outdoor garden is a great classroom. Lessons that occur there can help students develop listening, comprehension, and collaboration skills, as well as providing a solid foundation in Earth sciences.

Try an activity that helps students understand the parts of a plant and how they grow. The printable PDF version of the associated Teacher’s Guide provides information, photos, and activities. You can help your students dig deeper and understand more about plant growth with this article and associated activities on composting.

Your students can learn the art of recycling–literally–with this activity, which provides age-appropriate ideas and instructions for recycling newspapers into papier-mache, collages, or weavings. Or, impress them with the power of nature, and show them great ways people are using wind, water, and sunlight to generate “clean energy.” A diagram, quiz, and activity are provided.

We can also help the Earth–and help young students help the Earth–by learning about what is happening around the globe, from the deteriorating condition of our oceans’ coral reefs , which can lead to discussions about the warming of our planet, to the destructive and growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which emphasizes the necessity of recycling and limiting our use of plastics.

SIRS Discoverer’s Animal Facts feature is a wonderful way to introduce students to the many amazing creatures of our planet. Some are endangered, like the Asian elephant; yet some have recovered from the brink of extinction, like the Galapagos tortoise. Why are some animal populations struggling? How can we help the diversity of Earth’s life thrive?

Celebrate life on Earth, and Earth itself, this Earth Day. If it is important to you, it will be important to the children you reach!

Newspapers — They’re What’s Happening

Among the vast collections of resources in eLibrary are hundreds of local, national and international newspapers. On the surface, this content may not seem to have the Wow Factor of more comprehensive or visually enticing media. But newspapers do something like no other resource: They bring the new.

Newspapers have scoop on olinguitos

eLibrary’s newspapers have the scoop on olinguitos

Case in Point: On August 15, 2013—less than a week prior to the date of this post—the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History announced the discovery of whole new species of mammal. The olinguito is the first American carnivore to be identified in 35 years.

Certainly, this is a worthy topic for the science classroom. An event such as this can spark discussions and lessons ranging from the scientific classification of animals to the evolution of various mammals to the role olinguitos play in their rapidly changing ecosystem.

And what kid of any age wouldn’t want to learn about a critter CNN described as “a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear?”

But how can one take advantage of this breaking news story? What resource can deliver related content right now?

Fear not—newspapers have your back.

Just last week only a handful of biologists in the world had heard of the olinguito. Yet today, thanks to the Charleston Gazette, your students can tell you that it’s “a bushy-tailed tree-dwelling carnivore.”

Since they have access to the The Gainesville Sun, eLibrary users are aware that the olinguito “leaps through the … mountainous forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night.”

And though one won’t find this information in any textbook or encyclopedia, a researcher with our product knows that olinguitos weigh “as much as a guinea pig,” that they “dine on fruits… and plant nectar,” and that their “population is estimated to be in the tens of thousands,” all due to the fine journalism of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Yes, newspapers may not be as flashy as some other material. But they put the Now in research and the Timely in teaching. So browse this valuable resource and check out what’s hot-off-the-presses in eLibrary.

— Erick Sinkhorn

eLibrary Canada now includes French Titles Le Monde and Le Monde Diplomatique

eLibrary Canada includes a number of French newspaper and journal publications to support Canada’s official bilingualism policy. Titles include L’actualite, Infirmiere Canadienne and Agence France Presse.

These periodicals can be browsed by issue, via the Publications tab. In addition, eLibrary Canada and eLibrary Canada CE customers have the option to filter their searches over French language content exclusively by selecting the Search in French toggle on the Basic Search Screen.

The French language content in eLibrary Canada and eLibrary Canada CE was recently enhanced by the addition of Le Monde. This French language daily newspaper has been published in Paris since 1944. It is often the only French newspaper easily obtainable in non-French-speaking countries and it is respected internationally for its coverage of world issues. eLibrary is currently offering issues from July 2012 forward, but additional backfile will be added soon.

Another French language title addition is Le Monde Diplomatique, a monthly publication that has editorial independence from Le Monde, offering analysis and opinion on politics, culture, and current affairs.

The addition of these two French language titles should greatly enhance the currency and relevance of eLibrary Canada searches on common current events queries.

eLibrary Adds Gannett Newspapers to K12 edition

Effective at the end of September, the K12 edition of eLibrary added nearly 90 newspaper titles from the Gannett newspaper chain. Titles include such respected dailies as the Cincinnati Enquirer, The Nashville Tennessean, The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic. These new additions span over 30 different states and the District of Columbia.

The papers are updated daily with Gannett-owned content and include back files that range as far back as 1999 in some instances. Gannett papers are only available in the eLibraryK12 edition, however. Customers subscribing to either the Public Library or Academic version of eLibrary will not have access to these titles and will need to subscribe to another product, such as ProQuest Newsstand.

The Gannett title additions expands the number of newspaper and newswire titles in eLibrary to 295. A complete list of titles in all formats for the eLibrary K12 edition can be found on the proquestk12.com Web site.

New to eLibrary

Since July 2011, eLibrary has added: