Author Ellen Jackson

ACT NOW! One way kids can make a difference today

April 30, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Conserve, Environment

Buy Used

Shop for household items at a thrift shop.

April 29, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve, Peace

Learn About Trees

Trees make a community beautiful, and they provide homes and food for many animals. When you play around trees, don't break off limbs and don't injure the bark. To learn more about trees go here.

April 28, 2011

Tags: Give, Thank you

Give Back On Your Birthday

Are you glad you were born? If so, why not make your parents a card or present on your birthday--just to say "thank you."

April 27, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve, Peace

Worms Are Wonderful!

Are there worms in your backyard? If so, don't kill them. Worms help break down dead plants and animals, making the soil rich and fertile. Learn more about worms here.

April 26, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Peace

End Violence Against Women

In many countries, violence against women is common. Amnesty International is one group that is working to help women obtain basic rights. Click to donate to this cause. It's free. Go here.

April 25, 2011

Tags: Friends and family

Finish What You Start

Remember to finish what you start. Today would be a good day to go back and work on one thing you haven't finished yet.

April 24, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"If dumb was dirt, he'd cover about an acre."

April 23, 2011

Tags: Give, Friends and family, Open up

Shine A Light

Some animals make their own light, called bioluminescence. Is there a light inside you? Be a light that shines outward on the world and makes others happy

April 22, 2011

Tags: Earth Day, Learn

Today Is Earth Day

Write a poem or draw a picture to celebrate Earth Day. Here's a poem to get you started:

I'm glad the sky is colored blue;
And the earth is colored green;
With such a lot of nice fresh air
All sandwiched in between.

April 21, 2011

Tags: Earth Day, Environment, Conserve

Carpool With Your Friends

It's cool to carpool. And it's fun too. When you and your friends are all going to the same event, suggest that everyone ride together.

April 20, 2011

Tags: Earth Day, Recycle, Conserve

Make A Costume

It's fun to make an Earth Day costume. There's just one rule. It has to be made out of recycled material. Need a suggestion? Go here.

April 19, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Environment, Don't pollute

Stop Global Warming

Carbonfund supports renewable energy, such as solar power, and works to decrease the gases that cause climate change. To support their work, click to donate. It's free! Go here.

April 18, 2011

Tags: Earth Day, Learn

Learn About The Earth

1. If you walked around the Earth at the Equator, you would have to travel 24,901.5 miles to get back to where you started.

2. If you took a short cut and traveled in a straight line through the center of the Earth, you would go nearly 8,000 miles.

3. Only 30% of the Earth's surface is dry land.

4. About 70% of the Earth's surface is covered with water.

5. The highest point is Mt. Everest, which is 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) above sea level.

6. The lowest point on land is the Dead Sea, which is 1312 feet(400 meters) below sea level.

7. Of all the water in the world, only about 3% is fresh water (the kind you can drink).

April 17, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"You might as well try to eat soup with a knitting needle."

April 16, 2011

Tags: Earth Day, Learn

Learn How The Earth Recycles

Bury an apple core, some orange peels, a piece of a styrofoam cup, and a piece of ordinary paper together in one hole. Write the date down (and the place you buried the items) to remind you to dig them up in three months. When you dig them up--which items have started to decay? Which look the same? The items that are decaying are becoming part of the Earth again. Is this a good thing?

April 15, 2011

Tags: Give, Open up, Peace

Make A Pledge For Peace

Pledge to do your part for world peace:

I pledge to speak to others in a kind way.
I pledge to help others when they need my help.
I pledge to care for the Earth.
I pledge to respect all people of every religion and race.
I pledge to do my part to create a peaceful world.

April 14, 2011

Tags: Volunteer, Learn

Volunteer To Help Others

Volunteer at a local museum. If there is a children’s museum close by, older children can donate time decorating, cleaning up, and being a helper to younger children


April 13, 2011

Tags: Learn, Peace

Look At The Stars

Go somewhere very dark. Lie on your back and look up at the stars. Did you know that there are about 100 billion stars in our galaxy? And did you know that there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe? (Those are only the ones astronomers can see.) If you had a very powerful telescope, you would see thousands of stars where you see only blackness now.

Think about our amazing universe. If you'd like to learn more, go here.

April 12, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Environment, Conserve

Rescue Ocean Animals

Help scientists learn more about the ocean so they can save the animals that live there. Click to donate. It's free! Go here.

April 11, 2011

Tags: Earth Day, Environment, Don't pollute

Don't Be A Litter Bug

Be a friend to the Earth. Learn about litter and waste here.

April 10, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"Which side of the pancake you on?"

April 9, 2011

Tags: Friends and family, Give

Be A Friend

It's not easy coming to a new school. When someone new enrolls in your class, be a friend. Invite that person to sit with you at lunch so he or she doesn't have to eat alone.

April 8, 2011

Earth Day Project

Contact a local grocery store and ask for enough grocery bags for your class or group. Decorate grocery bags with Earth Day themes and return the bags to the store. To learn more, go here.

April 7, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment

How Do Plants Grow?

Place some soil in a Ziploc bag, add some water and a few kernels of popcorn. Seal the bag and place it in a sunny window. You should see some growth within a week. Don't forget to recycle the plastic bag.

April 6, 2011

Tags: Learn, Give, Environment, Conserve

Read About Children Who Are Helping Others

Read about children who are helping others and get ideas about ways you can help. Go here.

April 5, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Give

Provide Dental Care

Help provide dental care for children who would otherwise do without. Click to donate. It's free! Go here.

April 4, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve, Peace

Learn About Spiders

Don't kill spiders. There are at least 40,000 species of spiders, and they all eat insects and help keep them under control. Learn more about spiders here.


April 3, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"Clyde, will you stop beatin' on my ears?"

April 2, 2011

Tags: Environment

Help Birds

Gather twigs, bird feathers, pet fur, hair, dandlion fluff, grass, and short pieces of natural fiber. Hang it inside a mesh bag or strawberry basket where pets can't get it. Strands should poke through. Birds will use the material for their nests.

April 1, 2011

Tags: Learn, Open up

Face Your Fears

When something scares you, stay calm. Think about all the ways you can solve your problem. Then pick the best one, and do it. Even brave people are often afraid. But they try their best anyway.