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The official website of Dr. Meg Lowman

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The official web site of Dr. Meg Lowman, Author, Biologist, Ecologist, Educator.

Birds in Town & Village by W. H. Hudson

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This ebook can be read online or downloaded as an epub, kindle format, or plain text format.

A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place by Hannah Hinchman

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This google ebook can be read directly online.

The End of the Line: Where have all the fish gone? (2009)

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Humans have long regarded the world's oceans as vast and inexhaustible. Now, we have learned otherwise.

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2009
The End of the Line: Where have all the fish gone?

TED Talks: Jackie Savitz: Save the Oceans, Feed the World!

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What's a marine biologist doing talking about world hunger? Well, says Jackie Savitz, fixing the world's oceans might just help to feed the planet's billion hungriest people. In an eye-opening talk, Savitz tells us what's really going on in our global fisheries right now - it's not good - and offers smart suggestions of how we can help them heal, while making more food for all.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxMidAtlantic 2013, an independent event. TED editors featured it among their selections on their home page.

Art&

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Curriculum resource for teachers includes:

  • 20 Reproductions
  • Teachers guide to lessons and activities for fifth and sixth graders (book)
  • Teachers guide to lessons and activities for fifth and sixth graders (cd)

The teachers guide includes four lessons designed to teach a subject through works of art. The four subjects are:

SciGirls | Turtle Mania 04: Share

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Gathering data is but a portion of an inquiry investigation; the ultimate challenge is what to do with all that information. In this video clip from SciGirls: Turtle Mania, the girls gather up all the data from their turtle population study and basking platform test. They then interpret their observations, reach their conclusions and set about constructing a coherent and hopefully persuasive presentation. To truly get the most out of their investigation, it’s vital to remain open to new ideas even while sharing their final results.

Preserving the Forest of the Sea

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The University Herbarium at the University of California - Berkeley boasts one of the largest and oldest collections of seaweed in the United States, dating back to the time of the U.S. Civil War. Kathy Ann Miller, a curator at the herbarium, leads a massive project to digitize nearly 80,000 specimens of seaweed collected from the west coast of North America. When the project is finished, researchers from around the world will be able to go online and see the digital photographs along with collection information and a map of where the seaweeds were originally collected. 

Five Years Later, What Were the Effects of the BP Oil Spill?

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Explore the long-term effects of the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from April 20, 2015.

Between the Lions - If You Were: Cat

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Learn vocabulary by imagining yourself as a cat, in this video from the Between the Lions episode "Not Norman." Whether a wild cat or a house cat, all cats use their tails for balance, and their ears to hear very quiet sounds. All cats also have soft paws that they use to sneak quietly around and claws they can use to climb trees. Featured vocabulary words include: cat, house cat, wild cat, eyes, ears, feet, paws, claws, tail, and cat nap.

Nature Nuggets: Tortoise Shares Home

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Watch and find out who the gopher tortoise shares his burrow (underground home) with.

Nature Nuggets are minute-long videos that bring science and animals from PBS’s award-winning series NATURE to early childhood classrooms. Use the support material below to create active science and language learning opportunities for your students.

Between the Lions - If You Were: Beetle

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Learn about the diverse beetle species of the world, and imagine yourself as a beetle, in this segment from the Between the Lions episode "Bugs & Beetle Bop." There are many different types of beetles, including tiger beetles and ladybugs. Beetles can live in water, wood or dirt, depending on their species. Beetles may be small, but they have the largest animal family tree with over 370,000 kinds. Featured vocabulary words include: beetle, feather-winger beetle, titan beetle, scarab beetle, lighting bug, ladybug, tiger beetle, and dung beetle.

Nature Nuggets: Ants Go Marching

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Watch how ants cut through leaves and carry them overhead, while marching in a line.

Nature Nuggets are minute-long videos that bring science and animals from PBS’s award-winning series NATURE to early childhood classrooms. Use the support material below to create active science and language learning opportunities for your students.

Wonderful Worms

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In this video segment from WILD TV, learn about 14-year-old Abigail Harden and her fascination with worms. She describes them as her first pets. She estimates there are about 50,000 worms in her local community garden. By eating organic matter, worms provide rich nutrients through their feces to help the plants grow. As they move through the soil they also provide aeration and drainage for the roots of the plants. Spreading fruit pulp around the plants to feed the worms draws them to the plants. The worms reproduce rapidly and hibernate in the winter by burrowing deep into the ground.

Help students differentiate between facts and opinions with the related lesson Facts or Opinions - Wonderful Worms.

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