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Earth Day Is Here--Are Your Students Ready?

Photo credit: Blue Marble Just when spring fever hits hard in classrooms across the country, Earth Day 2016 appears as a welcome friend on the horizon. How will you and your students celebrate Earth Day this Friday, April 22nd? Read more about the history of this important event before you decide. Why Earth Day? After a Wisconsin senator witnessed firsthand the toxic effects of a Santa Barbara, CA oil spill in 1969, he knew it was time to rally the public, inspiring all to protect the earth's environment. On April 22, 1970, the first-annual Earth Day was born. At the time, over 20 million people across America rallied for a cleaner environment. Year by year, participation increased and Earth Day events became more popular. When Earth Day went global in 1990, it was celebrated by over 200 million people worldwide. Each year, many important changes occur because of Earth Day celebrations. For example:
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Help Kids 'Spring Forward' to Daylight Savings

What happens to your classroom during the week after Daylight Savings? If you envision a room full of cranky, tired kids (and teacher), you're not alone. It's a fact: most educators dread the calendar shift to Daylight Savings each spring. After all, moving the clock ahead means one less hour of sleep, and that fact alone can spell trouble for teachers and students alike. Here's the lowdown: America and many other countries shift to Daylight Savings Time every spring (except for those lucky people in Arizona). 'Spring forward,' remember? Ideally, all of us should get to bed 10-15 minutes earlier each night prior to the time switch. But if this advice comes too late, just follow a few timely tips after the clock moves forward:
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