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Dear Judith, TY for your amazing spirit & support! You are an amazing author, my Ss are blessed to have met you & learn from you! #cbrsd
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Thank YOU, Jennifer Cimini. Your classroom has a dynamic atmosphere that I could feel even from afar. So glad to have connected. You are inspiring!

 

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Greetings!


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I’m glad you’re here!

I hope the photographs and activities
you peruse on these posts and pages
will inspire awe
in our Earth’s beauty and mysteries.

Boy Kissing Baby Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta

This child-like delight is something to hold tight.

Helping children celebrate the world’s wonders
is my happy pursuit
as an author, photographer, and speaker.
Pages about my nonfiction books and school programs,
are indicated by the tabs at the top.

Thank you for visiting!
Judith

Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes

 

 

 

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Science Snippet: Musical Migrants


Science Word in the News: MIGRATE

Canada Goose babies, Branta canadensis
Canada Goose babies

Migrating animals
Never guess.
They know where to go
With no GPS.

Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncates
Bottlenose Dolphin

Definition: MIGRATE means to move from one region or habitat to another.

Male Monarch Butterfly, Milkweed Butterfly, Danaus plexippus
Male Monarch Butterfly

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

African Elephant Eating, Loxodonta africana
African Elephant

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.

Red-winged Blackbird Singing, Agelaius phoeniceus
Male Red-Winged Blackbird

In the news:
Read about “bird band camp”:
New Scientist

Find out more!
View an entertaining migration video:
Kids Learning Animation Video

See more migrating animals at my husband’s and my photography website: http://www.agpix.com/cohen

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View my program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

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Read or download my school program/author visit brochure:

AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

Science Snippet: Home Sweet Arthropod


Science Word in the News: ARTHROPOD

Common Desert Centipede, Banded Desert Centipede, Banded Centipe
Common Desert Centipede

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.

Zig-zag Spider, Neosconia oaxcensis, Neosconia cooksonii
Zig-zag Spider

Definition: An ARTHROPOD is an animal with jointed legs, an external skeleton, and a segmented body.

Sally Lightfoot Crab on Lava Rock, Grapsus grapsus
Sally Lightfoot Crab

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, a doctor who treats foot problems
Tripod, a three-legged stand

Female Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly, Female Cloudless Giant Sulph
Female Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

Examples:
Insects, such as butterflies and ants
Spiders
Centipedes
Crabs

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.

Painted Locust, Schistocerca melanocera, Sullivan Bay, Santiago,
Painted Locust, Galapagos NP

In the news:
Learn more about the arthropod home survey:
New Scientist

Find out more!
Discover the largest known arthropod species:
Wildlife Journal Junior

See more interesting arthropods at my husband’s and my photography website:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

View my program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

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Read or download my school program/author visit brochure at:

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Craneville School Salute!


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! 

Beautiful work Sascha!
BEAUTIFUL WORK, SASCHA!

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:

SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

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You can view or download my school program/author visit brochure at:

Hiker in Borrego Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, BoAUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE

See my husband’s and my photography at: http://www.agpix.com/cohen

Science Snippet: Poison Power


Pygmy Rattlesnake
Pygmy Rattlesnake

From Snow White’s poisonous apple to Harry Potter’s venomous basilisk, storybooks are filled with poisonous brews and venomous beasts.

Pacific Poison Oak
Pacific Poison Oak
Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy
Scalycap fungus
Scalycap fungus

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.


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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.

To read the story go to http://magazines.scholastic.com/news/2014/05/Poison-Power .

For information about the exhibition go to http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/the-power-of-poison .

You can view or download my school program brochure at:
AUTHOR PROGRAMS/VISITS BROCHURE 

Hiker on Mt. Washington Summit, Appalachian Trail, New Hampshire

See our photography web site: http://www.agpix.com/cohen 

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