Author Ellen Jackson

ACT NOW! One way kids can make a difference today

February 28, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Give, Click to donate

Help The Wolves

Wolves were once common throughout the United States, but now they are threatened. Help protect and restore their habitat Click to donate. It's free! Go here.

February 27, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"Now don't go snappin your bill."

February 26, 2011

Tags: Write!, Speak out

Write To Congress

Did you know that someone in the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. represents you? Think of an issue thatís important to you and tell your Representative. Hereís a sample letter to get you started:

(Name of Representative)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman ___________:

My name is Jason and I am in the third grade. Weíre studying the ocean and Iím very concerned about (whales, polar bears, dolphins, etc.) Too much trash is being dumped into the oceans and itís hurting everyone. People and animals need a clean environment. Please write and tell me what youíre doing to solve this problem.


(Your name

You can find the name of your Representative here.

February 25, 2011

Tags: Friends and family, Give, Open up, Peace

Remind Others

Remind others to be kind to pets and people. Make ďKindnessĒ bookmarks and leave them at the library or hand them out to your friends and family.

February 24, 2011

Tags: Open up, Conserve

Live In The Real World

Donít live your life in front of a t.v. screen. Turn off the television and the computer for an entire day. Or if that's too much, trying turning off all electronic devices for just one hour.

February 23, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Choose Low Energy Light Bulbs

You can keep your utility bills low and help the Earth by switching to light bulbs that save energy. To learn more about efficient light bulbs go here.

February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday

Is someone you know having a birthday? Send an e-card instead of a paper card.

February 21, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment

Conserve Water

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

February 20, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"That one wouldn't scratch her own mama's fleas."

February 19, 2011

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

Save Paper

Do you have a home computer? Save trees and ink by using recycled paper. Cut down on the number of pages you print and print on both sides of each sheet. When youíre out of ink order recycled cartridges.

February 18, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Learn

Build A Solar Oven!

The sun is a great source of renewable energy. Here's a simple way you can use the sun's heat to cook a hot dog.

1. Cut a square hole in the top of a large pizza box. The hole should be almost as big as the top of the box.

2. Line the inside bottom of the pizza box with aluminum foil.

3. Open the lid of the pizza box and place a hot dog on top of the aluminum foil. Close the lid.

4. Cover the top of the pizza box with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will hold the sun's heat inside of the solar oven.

5. Set the box outside in an area that's getting full sun.

6. Watch the food cook through the plastic wrap. Cooking speed will depend on the how hot it is outside.

February 17, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Recycle

Take Showers

Take showers instead of baths to save water and energy.

February 16, 2011

Tags: Write!, Speak out

Write To Your Senator

Every state has two senators who help make laws for all United States citizens. Write to your senator and express your opinion about something of importance to you. You can find the name of your senator and his/her email address here.

February 15, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment

Help Save Gorillas

Learn about gorillas and what you can do to help save them here.

February 14, 2011

Tags: Friends and family, Give, Open up

Happy Valentine's Day

Are you giving valentines to your family and friends this year? Think about sending one to a neighbor or someone you usually wouldn't include--just to give them a lift.

February 13, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"You been nibbling skunk cabbage again?"

February 12, 2011

Tags: Open up, Give

Simple Ideas

Sometimes it's the simplest things that make a big difference. Just for one day, try smiling at every person you meet.

February 11, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Environment, Recycle

Conserve Paper

Do you really need gift wrap paper? Be creative and wrap your gifts in the Sunday funnies. Or decorate a paper bag with a rubber stamp and gold stars. If you don't get the newspaper, use an old map, magazine, coloring book pages, sheet music, or tear out the pages of an old phone book. In other words, recycle!

February 10, 2011

Tags: Environment, Learn, Recycle

Indoor Garden

Make an indoor garden using an egg carton. You can learn how to do it here.

February 9, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Give

Help Feed Homeless Animals

Help provide food for animals in shelters. Click to donate (it's free!) here.

February 8, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment

The Amazing Sun

Without the sun, there would be no life on earth. It is bigger than anything we can really imagine--a million planet earths would fit inside it! It takes millions of years for the energy from the center of the sun to reach the sun's surface, and then just eight minutes for it to travel the 93 million miles to earth. The sun gives off more energy in one second than people have used since the beginning of time.

Plants make food out of sunlight, and then animals eat plants, and then we eat animals (or maybe we just eat plants, if we're vegetarians). Without sunlight, plants couldn't make food, and there would be nothing for us to eat. Not only could plants not make food without the sun, they also couldn't make oxygen, and no animals could breathe, including us. The sun produces nearly all the heat on the planet, too--without it, the earth would be freezing cold--minus hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit, almost as cold as space. The sun also makes the wind blow and the ocean currents flow. Its heat makes clouds, rain, snow, and all the weather on our planet, too.

February 7, 2011

Tags: Learn, Game, Environment, Conserve

Learn About Solar Power

Play a game and learn all about solar power here.

February 6, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances Says:

"If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around."

February 5, 2011

Tags: Friends and family, Thank you, Write!

Send A Card

Has someone in your life done something nice for you? Every week, send an electronic card to someone special. People appreciate knowing that you're thinking about them.

February 4, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Give, Environment

Save A Seal

If you'd like to help save a baby seal, click to donate (it's free!) here.

February 3, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Buy In Bulk

Buy in bulk or buy larger packages and put the amount you need for school or snacks in reusable containers. Buying in bulk is cheaper than buying individually wrapped servings and saves plastic and paper used in packaging.

February 2, 2011

Tags: Friends and family, Give, Open up

Expand Your Circle

Make friends with someone who's lonely--a person you wouldn't ordinarily think of as friend material. You might be surprised.

February 1, 2011

Tags: Friends and family, Learn

Be Sensitive To Others

Can you tell how the people around you are feeling? Play a game and learn to understand others' emotions here.