Author Ellen Jackson

ACT NOW! One way kids can make a difference today

January 31, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment, Don't pollute

Start A Competition

Many classrooms already have a recycling can next to the trash can. Encourage your school to start a competition to see which class can save the most newspapers, soda cans, water bottles or any other recyclable items.

January 30, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment."

January 29, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment

Cycles Of Nature

Monarch butterflies, caribou, whooping cranes, and whales migrate, or travel, from one place to another. Learn about the life cycles of the wonderful animals with whom we share the planet here.

January 28, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Do You Live On A Farm?

Or do you know someone who does? Encourage them to keep patches of brush as wildlife habitats and to leave old trees standing, especially those with hollows suitable for nesting animals.

January 27, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Conserve Water and Power

Wash a full load of clothes whenever possible. The fuller your washing machine is, the less water is wasted. Keep your water heater at 120°. There’s no reason a water heater should be above this and you will save up to 15% on your utility bills.

January 26, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Give, Environment

Click To Keep Children Healthy

You can help provide healthcare for needy children. Click here.

January 25, 2011

Tags: Give, Volunteer

Furry Friends

Bake or buy dog treats and take them to a local shelter.

January 24, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Environment

Plant An Oak

Click to plant an oak tree. It's free! Go here.

January 23, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances Says:

"Even a blind hog can find an acorn once in a while."

January 22, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Give, Recycle

Donate Used Clothes

Donate used clothes to a thrift store. You’ll not only be helping the environment by keeping these clothes out of the landfill, but you'll be helping someone in need.

January 21, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Don't pollute, Environment

Read Magazines Online

Help save a tree by reading your favorite magazine online. For example, you can read Fun For Kidz, American Girl, Weekly Reader, and Cricket. Go to National Geographic Kids here

January 20, 2011

Tags: Friends and family, Conserve, Give

Be Creative

Is someone you know having a birthday? List three things you can make that person instead of buying.

January 19, 2011

Tags: Environment, Don't pollute

Green Cleaners

Instead of ammonia-based cleaners, use vinegar and water or baking soda and water to clean your kitchen and furniture. Use vinegar and baking soda to clean drains. Dump a handful of baking soda into the drain, pour 1/2 c. of vinegar and put the plug in immediately

January 18, 2011

A True American Hero

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Martin Luther King

Find out who in your community is collecting funds for a worthy cause and ask your teacher to help you start a collection effort.

January 17, 2011

Tags: Don't pollute, Environment, Learn, Conserve

What Can I Do?

Many children's authors are concerned about preserving the Earth. Visit author Dan Gutman's site to learn more here.

January 16, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances Says

"That gal's more slippery than a pocketful of pudding."

January 15, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Don't pollute

Think Twice...

...before throwing something out. Inspect each scrap of paper before tossing it. Can you use the back to make notes or grocery lists? Can you squeeze more toothpaste out of that tube?

January 14, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment

Climate Change

Learn about climate change here.

January 13, 2011

Tags: Give

Give Your Book Wings

After you've finished a book, leave it in a public place. Put a note inside giving someone else permission to take it, read it, and release it to the public again.

January 12, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Go Green

Challenge your family to “go green.” Everyone can remind each other to walk, bicycle, carpool or take the bus to reduce greenhouse gases and get outdoors!

January 11, 2011

Tags: Learn, Open up

Pay Attention

Pay attention to the beautiful world around you--from the delicate shape of a snowflake to the veins of a leaf to the changing colors of the sky. You only go this way once--make the most of it.

January 10, 2011

Tags: Learn, Game, Volunteer


Learn about UNICEF by playing a game here.

January 9, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances Says:

"It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge."

January 8, 2011

Tags: Give, Volunteer

Donate To A Hospital

Is there a hospital in your neighborhood? Donate children's magazines or used books so children have something to read. Make small notebooks with covers for waiting children to doodle on. It could be a help for parents, too.

January 7, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Get Leaks Fixed

If you have a leaky faucet, get it fixed. In the meantime, catch the drips with a pan, bowl, or cup. Use the water for cooking, drinking, or watering a plant. One leaky faucet can waste 2,300 gallons of water a year.

January 6, 2011

Tags: Write!, Speak out

Write To The World Bank

The World Bank offers loans, advice, and other services to developing countries. Write to the President of the World Bank and ask him to stop financing projects which damage rainforests, using methods like clear-cutting--a way of cutting down trees that destroys entire forests.

World Bank - President
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433

January 5, 2011

Tags: Give, Volunteer

Draw A Picture

Make a drawing or piece of art for a senior citizen. Many senior citizens find themselves in nursing homes far from their own kids and grandkids. You can help brighten their days with cheerful and lively artwork. Ask about bringing puzzles and games, baked goods, candy, or a craft project.

January 4, 2011

Tags: Click to donate

Help Needy Families

Help families overcome poverty. It's free! Click to donate here.

January 3, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Check For Computer Errors

Save paper by using your spell checker. Before you print, run grammar and spell check. Once you've corrected your mistakes, preview the document (print preview) to make sure everything looks good.

January 2, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Conserve Energy

Turn off your computer at night and when you're not using it.

January 1, 2011

Tags: Write!, Open up, Friends and family

Happy New Year!

It's a new year and time for a new attitude. How about keeping a giving journal. Each day, write down something that you've done for someone else. You might start by making a phone call to someone you've lost touch with just to wish them a Happy New Year.