mystery The answer to the clues may be found at the bottom of this column.    Teachers and Parents: Enter to win an entire set of Dawn’s nature books of one title for your home or classroom. It's fun and easy!
Just read the clues below. They describe an aspect of nature—a plant, animal, mineral, habitat, or natural process.
When you're ready to make your guess about who or what I am, click ENTER NOW.
Who Am I?
spacerglass1 Clue 1:  I'm a member of the "dog family."
glass1 Clue 2:  I live throughout North America in deserts, prairies, forests, and even in towns and cities.
glass1 Clue 3:  You might hear me howling at night to communicate with my pack.
glass1 Clue 4:  Don't let me trick you—I am NOT a wolf.
Do you think you know who I am? ENTER NOW.
Entries should be submitted no later than noon on Friday.
If you guessed correctly, you’re automatically entered into the monthly drawing for a set of nature books from Dawn Publications.
A contest winner will be announced at the end of September.
Throughout the school year, clues for a new Who Am I are posted no later than Sunday night, so you can use them with your class on Monday morning.Good luck!
The answer to last week's mystery was: SEASHELLS Although Inside Outside Nature blog is changing it's focus, this weekly "Who Am I?" will remain the same! Teachers, click here to get ideas about how to use the contest with your students.  

What’s With the Weather?

cold+weather+personRecord cold temperatures in the Midwest. Record snowfall in the East. Record low rainfall in California.

What’s going on with the weather?

Many scientists believe the change in our weather is caused by a change to the jet stream—the fast-flowing river of air high above the Earth.

In recent years, the movement of the jet stream has changed significantly bringing “weather whiplash with strange, out-of-season weather events more frequently than in the recent past.

Why is the jet stream changing? Because the Arctic is changing!

Due to climate change, there’s been a dramatic decline over the past 30 years in the amount of sea ice, which is probably responsible for the jet stream’s increasingly odd behavior. Find out more about the link between the Arctic and the rest of the planet at the National Geographic Global Warming website.


INSIDE: How Do We Know?

CLIMT_COVER2In How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate your students will learn about our earth’s changing climate in an age-appropriate manner, with clarity and hope.


CLIMTG_StoreIf you teach grades 5 to 8 you can choose from a dozen lessons and activities in  A Teacher’s Guide to How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate.

Suggestions are provided to differentiate instruction and conduct project-based learning.


OUTSIDE: Cool Tools

anemometerMeteorologists use tools to gather weather information, such as anemometers to measure wind speed, barometers to measure air pressure, and thermometers to measure temperature. Using simple materials, your students can make these tools and use them to  collect data and/or conduct experiments.

Get complete directions for building and using weather tools at the Scholastic website.



dvd363_largeI used Hippo Works DVD “Simon Says, Let’s Stop Climate Change” to introduce my 3rd-4th graders to the key concepts related to global warming and climate change. They loved this 30-minute animated adventure with its quirky characters. They were totally entertained while they learned key vocabulary terms, and after watching the cartoon we had a great discussion about concrete actions they could take. Adults like this cartoon too!