Tween STEM: ages 9-12
April is National Poetry Month and the Library is having a Poetry Competition. If you enter, you could win good prizes.
I know - sigh - poetry. Some of us love it, some of us are bored by it. But if you think it isn’t fun, you might be reading it wrong!
Poetry is meant to be listened to or read aloud. By reading it aloud you can hear a rhythm. If you are not sure what the rhythm is, clap or stomp for each syllable. For example, the word "above" would get two claps "a - bove". The word "my" would get only one clap, so would the word "bed". So the line would read "a (clap) bove (clap) my (clap) bed (clap). Once you have figured out the rhythm try reading a poem out loud to someone and then have them read out loud to you. This is a lot more fun then reading poetry silently (promise!).
If you want to hear a poem read aloud click here. This is the famous poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe, read by James Earl Jones who is the voice for Mufasa in Disney’s "The Lion King" and also played Darth Vader in "Star Wars!" This poem is thought of as a spooky poem. It is about a man who is sitting all alone in his house on a dark and stormy night. He is thinking about a beautiful girl named Lenore who he loves, but has lost. Then he hears a tapping noise on his door, but when he opens it, no one is there. Then he hears a tapping on his window, and when he opens the window, he finds a Raven. Though he asks the Raven its name and lots of other questions the Raven only says "Nevermore." Creepy right?
If you think understanding poetry is hard - its okay, you’re right! To help you a little, here are some funny videos from Crash Course.
If you want to try writing some fun poetry yourself here are some ideas of things you could write about:
- Grilled Cheese
- High Fives
- Earth Day
Here are some fun poems Miss Devin wrote just for you.
Ocean Endangered Animals: Arctic
In a inhospitable frozen climate live a host of incredible animals. To learn some fun facts about these animals click here.
Here is a (mostly silent) video of Arctic animals. Click here. (Video may have ads.)
Watch this video about Arctic animals. Click here.
Here is a cool video about Narwhals. Click here.
Lots of Arctic animals have a think layer of fat, called blubber, that helps them stay warm. You can try an experiment at home to see how blubber keeps animals warm. Click here to see how its done.
Ocean Endangered Animals: The Galapagos
This tropical paradise is home to so many incredible animals such as sharks, seals, birds, lizards, and Giant Tortoises. To learn about a few of these animals click here.
To learn about Charles Darwin’s famous visit click here. (Video may have ads)
To learn about the underwater life of the islands click here. (Video may have ads)
Here is a video about 8 of the coolest animals on the island. Click here. (Video may have ads)
With flowers starting to bloom you might start to see bees flying around. Have you ever wondered what bees do? Where does the honey come from? Are bees evil insects who only want to sting you?
Bees are a flying insect. Like other insects, bees hatch from eggs. Click here to watch a time-lapse of a hatching bee. (Video may have ads)
Bees are pollinators. That means that as a bee flies from flower to flower, they pick up pollen and carry it to other flowers. This is what helps flowers reproduce and is also how you get fruits and vegetables to eat. If you like eating or smelling flowers, you should definitely thank the bees. To watch a video about why bees are so important as pollinators click here. (Video may have ads)
Bees live in hives. Thousands of bees can call a single hive home. Within a hive there are three kids of bees. The Queen Bee, the Worker Bees, and Drones. To watch a video about hives click here. (Video may have ads)
There are lots of different kinds of bees, but honey comes from Honey bees. How is honey made? You might know that bees drink nectar from flowers and the nectar is what gets turned into honey. But how do bees change nectar into honey? Click Here to watch a video about honey. (Video may have ads)
Hundreds of worker bees work together to make honey for them and for us. How do bees know where to find honey? They dance! Click here to watch a video about it.
Lots of people are afraid of bees, which is okay! Getting stung by a bee hurts. But bees don’t leave their hives hoping they get a chance to sting you. In fact, they really don’t want to. Bees use their stinger as a defense against getting eaten. However, bees can only use their stinger one time, because the act of stinging something kills them. Why do you think bees have a defense mechanism that kills them? What good does that do? To learn about how a bees stinger works, click here. (Video may have ads) If you do get stung by a bee, ask an adult to help you get the stinger out and make it stop hurting. If you are allergic to bees, please be very careful. If a bee does sting you, don’t panic, go find an adult and they will know what to do.
- Asian Endangered Animals: Pandas
- Asian Endangered Animals: Eastern Himalayas
- Asian Endangered Animals: AMur-Heilong
- Southeast Asian endangered Animals: Borneo and Sumatra
- Ocean Endangered Animals: Coral Triangle
Asian Endangered Animals: Pandas
Have you ever seen a panda? These cute bears are beloved around the world, but difficult to see. Ms Devin has put together a slide show presentation about them with lots of cool facts. To learn more about the Giant Panda click here.
The Smithsonian National Zoo has a Panda Cam! To catch a glimpse of the pandas click here.
Asian Endangered Animals: Eastern Himalayas
The Himalayas are home not only to the tallest mountains on the planet, but also to the Red Panda, the Snow Leopard, and the Ganges River Dolphin. To learn more about these animals click here.
To watch a video about raising baby Red Pandas click here. (Video may have ads)
To watch a video of Red Pandas playing with a Teeter-Totter click here. (Video may have ads)
Asian Endangered Animals: Amur-Heilong
Tigers and Leopards Oh My! Both of these big cats can be found in the Amur River Basin of Far Eastern Asia. To learn some cool facts about these cats click here.
To watch footage of Amur Leopards in the wild click here. Note: This footage was taken using a camera trap - but don’t worry! It is not actually a trap. The term "camera trap" refers to camera set up in the wild and left to capture images of wild animals.
To watch a video about tigers click here. (Video may have ads)
Southeast Asian Endangered Animals: Borneo and Sumatra
Did you know that the islands of Borneo and Sumatra are the only places on the planet where wild Orangutans, Elephants, Rhinos, and Tigers all live together? To learn more about these animals click here.
To see a Borneo Rhino caught on camera click here. This rhino was very interested in the camera, what do you think the rhino thought of it?
Learn more about Pygmy Elephants here. (Video may have ads)
Ocean Endangered Animals: Coral Triangle
The Coral Triangle of the Western Pacific is home to more then 600 kinds of coral, 2000 kinds of reef fish, and 6 of the 7 species of sea turtles! To learn some facts about the animals that live there, click here.
To watch a video about baby sea turtles in the Solomon Islands click here. (Video may have ads)
To learn more about the Dugong watch this video here. (Video may have ads)