Saturday, April 21, 2018

Schools : Earth Day : Be the change ! End Plastic Pollution !

Earth Day is celebrated each year to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.
It began almost 50 years ago – on April 22, 1970 – millions took to the streets to protest the negative effects of 150 years of industrialisation.

The Earth Day Network calls it "the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement." True!
Recognizing that Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.

Noting that Earth Day is observed each year in many countries, the UN decide to designate 22 April as International Mother Earth Day

Theme 2018:

"End Plastic Pollution."

The Earth Day Network will warn people about how it pollutes our oceans, water, and wildlife – and the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems.

“We believe that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world,”
Kathleen Rogers, president
Since 1970, Earth Day has spawned a movement of millions across the globe working towards a sustainable future. This day of solidarity sheds light on ways everyone can contribute to a better planet.
International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.

  • The Doodle Earth Day 2018 : 

“It is so important in the world today that we feel hopeful and do our part to protect life on Earth. I am hopeful that this Earth Day Google Doodle will live as a reminder for people across the globe that there is still so much in the world worth fighting for...With all of us working together, I am hopeful that it is not too late to turn things around, if we all do our part for this beautiful planet.”

Dr. Jane Goodall

Google Doodle Earth Day 2018

Today’s annual Earth Day Doodle was created in partnership with one of the planet’s most influential advocates: Ethologist (animal behavior expert), conservationist, activist, and animal-lover Dr. Jane Goodall, who has dedicated her life to studying and protecting our environment.

Today’s annual Earth Day Doodle was created in partnership with one of the planet’s most influential advocates: Ethologist (animal behavior expert), conservationist, activist, and animal-lover Dr. Jane Goodall, who has dedicated her life to studying and protecting our environment.

Dr Goodall, 84, is best known for her study of chimpanzee social and family life in Tanzania in the 1960s.

Google Doodle Earth Day 2018
behind the scenes

At 26, she followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild by immersing herself in their habitat as a neighbor, rather than a distant observer. 

Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. 

Jane Goodall

She theorised that humans aren’t the only species who have individual personalities, a very unconventional way of thinking at the time.

She observed “human” behaviours including hugs, kisses and pats on the back in chimps, as well as emotions including joy and sorrow.

As a UN Messenger of Peace, Dame Commander of the British Empire, and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, Dr. Goodall travels the world nearly 300 days a year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises, and her reasons for hope.

The animal behaviour expert, conservationist, activist and all-round animal lover has partnered with Google for its annual Earth Day Doodle.
“Jane shares her personal message to the world on Earth Day 2018, including some of her inspiration and what we can all do to have a positive impact on our planet.”
Google Doodle team

Make the difference
credits: earth Day

  • Be the Change!
From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution. 

Earth Day strategy to End Plastic Pollution will: 
  • Lead and support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution
  • Educate and mobilize citizens across the globe to demand action from governments and corporations to control and diminish plastic pollution
  • Inform and activate citizens to take personal responsibility for the plastic pollution that each one of us generates by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics
  • Work with universities, school teachers and students to End Plastic Pollution

  • Resources: 

Schools : Mobilize your students to Help End Plastic Pollution!

Earth Day website offers Resources designed to help teachers inform, inspire and organize your students to take action to on Earth Day 2018 and beyond. For example:

toolkit includes information about plastic pollution, a Plastic Pollution Footprint Calculator, a tool to create your Personal Plastics Plan and to track your progress.

Dont' forget!

Register your Earth Day Activity today, and “get on the map” to find other Earth Day activities in your area.

Tell others about the End Plastic Pollution Campaign

Tag your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts with #EarthDay2018 #EndPlasticPollution

Follow Earth Day on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive updates.

credits: Less Plastic

Plastic objects that we use once and discard, or single-use plastics, are a growing critical problem of global proportion. That’s why Earth Day 2018, is focused on Ending Plastic Pollution by Earth Day 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day
Of course, my usual readers know that I suggested along the years different resources and activities to include into school curriculum. 

Please read every April 22 post on my blog : Earth Day.



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Monday, April 16, 2018

Schools : Harry Potter 20 years in th U.S, new paper books by Brian Selznick

Harry Potter: 20 Years of Magic
credits: courtesy of Scholastic

To mark 20 years since The Sorcerer’s Stone (that’s Philosopher’s Stone for Brits) will initially released in the US.  A set of seven black-and-white covers by Brian Selznick.

Harry Potter  and The Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling

The American publisher of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books has unveiled last 10 April the new covers for the Harry Potter series illustrated by Brian Selznick as part of its year-long campaign to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Harry Potter Chambers of Secrets
J.K. Rowling
Illustrated by worldwide bestselling author and Caldecott Medal-winning artist Brian Selznick, the new paperback editions will be published in the U.S. on June 26, 2018. Harry Potter is getting all spruced up for a new generation of readers.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling
Selznickauthor and award-winning artist has reimagined all seven Harry Potter books with his inimitable black and white drawing style, all to celebrate 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the US.

Harry Potter: 20 Years of Magic
credits: courtesy of Scholastic

Selznick favors an antiquey black-and-white style, and his Potter covers continue that theme. When placed side-by-side chronologically, the seven books create a single image that tells Harry’s story, from his arrival at No. 4 Privet Drive to the Battle of Hogwarts.
Selznick, best known for his novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabretwhich was so memorably turned into the Martin Scorsese movie Hugo, 2011, a film that went on to scoop up 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. 

Selznick spoke about his work on the covers, calling the opportunity an "absolute honour."

"I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (a proud Hufflepuff!) and to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honour’" 
Brian Selznick

Harry Potter  and The Goblet of Fire

Sharp-eyed readers will spot intricate details throughout the artwork, such as Hermione’s Time-Turner, Harry’s Patronus, the maze from the Triwizard Tournament, and the Hogwarts Express steaming toward a new school year with the next generation on board.

Harry Potter  and The Order of Phoenix
J.K. Rowling

"I knew this project came with so much responsibility to the stories, as well as to the readers. I revisited the books and was especially moved by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so I wanted these covers to reflect that."
Brian Selznick

Harry Potter  and The Half-Blood Prince
J.K. Rowling

This is just the first of the US celebrations to commemorate 20 years since the first Harry Potter bookHarry Potter and the Cursed Child opens on Broadway on 22 April, while the British Library’s exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, transfers to the New-York Historical Society on 5 October. 

Oh, and a film you might have heard of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will be out 16 November in cinemas worldwide.
In addition to the newly designed paperback editions, the American publisher will publish books in conjunction with the exhibition and film

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
J.K. Rowling
1st American edition, 1998
Rowling’s series launched in the U.K. in 1997 with the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
In September 1998, an American edition under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling
1st American edition, 2007
The final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published in 2007. The seven Harry Potter books have sold more than 160 million copies in the U.S. alone and over 450 million copies worldwide. The books are published in over 200 territories in 80 languages.

Harry Potter  and The Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling
Selznick's new interpretations of the Harry Potter books will be published in paperback in the US on 26 June 2018

Harry Potter: 20 Years of Magic
credits: courtesy of Scholastic

There are so many snakes on these covers! But still, these covers have way more snake in them than they do Harry Potter. At least they’re also chock full of nostalgic references from every book in the series.

Harry Potter's Brian Selznick


The covers for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series are almost as iconic as the books themselves, no? Who can forget the image of the red Hogwarts Express behind the young Harry?
Of course, there have been many variations for each novel, but the latest has fans all riled up with excitement. 
To mark the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the American publisher is planning major events throughout the year including celebrations at bookstores, libraries, schools, and festivals around the country. Of course, teachers and students will take part in these celebrations. 
My thoughts:

So all this is about a very well-known books. Again! Harry Potter books contain some Gothic elements, such as an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, not so many snakes - they give me goose bumps! - some inexplicable events, supernatural creatures and occurrences such as prophecies and visions. Young people love it! You have the new readers and all the 'potterheads'.

In sum, the Harry Potter books are mesmerising page turners. I highly recommend it for any age group of students. US schools, teachers and students must prepare for the great moment.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

March in review & Science : How far is far ?

Artist’s illustration of the Chandra spacecraft in orbit
Photo Credit: Marshall Space Flight Center

“Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.”  

How far is far? To help put ‘space’ in perspective, Chandra X-ray Observatory takes us on a journey from some of the smallest to some of the largest distances in our universe.

The clearest way to define distance is as “the amount of space between two points.” But how far is far?

This short video compares distances from the very small to the very far, from the distance between gravitational waves to the distance to some of the farthest galaxies.

An interesting digital resource to include into your science lesson.

And why 'Chandra' telescope?

Chandra X-ray Observatory is in orbit around the Earth. It was launched in 1999. And next year marks the 20th anniversary of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory launch into space. 

C. Chandrasekhar
credits: AIP

“Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.” 

Roger Brissenden outlines some recent successes of the telescope and discusses the achievements of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar the Indian born astrophysicist after whom the telescope is named. 

Arguably the greatest astrophysicist of the twentieth century, his name is in every astronomy book. From the upper mass limit of a white dwarf, Chandrasekhar’s limit, to the orbiting Chandra X-ray telescope, he left his mark on the very concepts and vocabulary that physicists and astronomers use today. He received the Nobel Prize in 198.

X-ray Universe:
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 
iPhone app

Teachers, visit Chandra X-ray Observatory website. There are featured resources, app, interactive games, activities and quizzes that you can explore into your lessons.

As well, at the end of every month I put together a list of the most popular posts. You will find posts written in English and Portuguese. 

And now, it's time to the review of the most popular posts of March:
    Here are the most popular posts of the last month:

Wherever you are, I hope you are happy to come back to school after Easter holiday.
Thanks all the educators from around the world who kindly continue to read my blog every day. 

The classroom must be an open window to the world. Students must feel free to talk and share ideas about all the subjects they care about, in and around every curriculum.

Have a nice time wherever you are! Here, rainy time!


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