They know where to go
With no GPS.
Definition: MIGRATE means to move from one region or habitat to another.
Derivation: MIGRATE comes from the Latin word migrāre,
which means to move from place to place.
Other words with this root: Immigrant a person who comes to live permanently in a new country Migrant a person or animal who migrates OR a person who moves from place to place for work, especially a farm laborer
Examples: Gray Whales
Each fall they travel 5,000 miles from Arctic feeding grounds to warm Mexican breeding lagoons. In the spring they head back. African Elephant
At the start of the dry season they migrate to find water holes. Monarch Butterflies
In autumn, they fly 2,500 miles to warmer regions in Mexico or southern California.
Did You Know? Many European song birds migrate to Africa in the winter. Some scientists believe they use this time to practice their singing–“like a bird band camp”–in preparation for the mating season when they return.
Some are pretty. Some are not.
Some are huge. Some . . . a dot.
They outnumber us, 200 to one.
You can’t escape them; there’s no place to run.
They live high and low, in Earth’s every nook . . .
Even in your room. Go look.
Definition: An ARTHROPOD is an animal with jointed legs, an external skeleton, and a segmented body.
Derivation: ARTHROPOD comes from two Greek words. Arthro means joint and podos means foot.
Other words with these roots: Arthritis, a painful inflammation of the joints Podiatrist, adoctor who treats foot problems Tripod, a three-legged stand
Insects, such as butterflies and ants
Did You Know? A scientific survey found that an average of 100 arthropod species live in every American home. Some roam in search of food crumbs. Others hunt for hair or nail clippings.
In the news:
Learn more about the arthropod home survey: New Scientist
The snow was swirling on a blustery day in the Berkshires. But despite the frosty weather, I received a heartwarming welcome from the teachers, principal, custodian, and students at the Craneville School. Thank you all for a rewarding and exciting day. Thanks also to Rob Difazio for a skillful job organizing the visit and to Sascha for her colorful and cheery poster!
I hope to hear from you again soon, when you send along your “Exciting Writing.” Please do!
P.S. How did your class’s alliteration and similes activities go, Mrs. Cimini?
You can view my school program/author visit video at:
From Snow White’s poisonous apple to Harry Potter’s venomous basilisk, storybooks are filled with poisonous brews and venomous beasts.
People are fascinated by poisons, toxins, and venoms, says Mark Sidall, of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Sidall is curator of the exhibition “The Power of Poison,” which will be on display until August 10, 2014. The exhibition explores poison’s roles in nature, myth, and human health. Visitors will discover how poison may be used as a defense against predators, a source of strength, or as a lethal weapon-turned-lifesaving treatment.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Mark Sidall for Scholastic’s SuperScience magazine. The resulting story introduces three pairs of predator and prey facing off in toxic arms races. It describes how, over generations, these competitors’ defenses have become more extraordinary and their chemical weapons more extreme.