Author Ellen Jackson

ACT NOW! One way kids can make a difference today

December 29, 2011

Tags: Learn, Open up, Peace

Don't Judge

Try to live an entire day without judging people. Don't assume that someone who looks mean or unpleasant is always that way.

December 21, 2011

Tags: Learn

Happy Winter Solstice!

Learn about our friendly neighborhood star and all about solar energy here.

December 20, 2011

Tags: Game, Learn, Conserve

Learn How To Save Energy

Be an energy hog buster by playing a game here.

December 18, 2011

Tags: Volunteer, Learn

Try Something New

Read a book you wouldn't ordinarily read. Learn about a historical figure you don't know much about. Volunteer at a retirement home. In other words, just for today--venture into the unknown.

December 15, 2011

Tags: Just for you, Learn

Keep Moving Forward

Everyone makes mistakes. Don't waste time thinking about what you did wrong or could have done better. Don't think about the things you don't have in life. Regrets do nothing but weigh us down. Just keep moving forward and learning and growing.

December 1, 2011

Tags: Environment, Learn

Save The North Pole

The North Pole needs our help. Find out what you can do here.

November 27, 2011

Tags: Learn

Learn About The Ocean

...and take a shark break here.

November 19, 2011

Tags: Environment, Learn

Take The Cool Food Pledge

Did you know that the way you eat affects the environment? Take the Cool Food Pledge and help prevent Global Warming. Learn more about the pledge here.

November 3, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Learn

Get Some New Ideas

Learn about recycling. Visit a recycling center in your town and make a list of all the items that can be recycled. You might be surprised at what you find.

October 27, 2011

Tags: Learn

Watch Nature Programs

Watch programs about nature. You'll be amazed at what you learn. Many channels carry these excellent programs, including the Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic.

October 24, 2011

Tags: Learn

Where Does Sewage Go?

Learn how one city gets rid of sewage. Go here.

October 19, 2011

Tags: Environment, Learn

Buy Sustainable Fish

When your family buys fish, look for a checkmark in a blue oval. It shows that the fish is coming from a green source. To learn more and see the label (upper lefthand corner), go here.

October 10, 2011

Tags: Learn

Learn About The Neighborhood

Take a tour of the solar system. Go here.

October 7, 2011

Tags: Learn

Learn About Trees

Help identify the trees in your neighborhood. Go here.

September 14, 2011

Tags: Environment, Learn

Make A Butterfly Feeder

Fill a large saucer with sand and soil and put it where pets can't get it. Sprinkle with a bit of salt. Add a little water each day. Put a flat rock in the middle of the saucer (for a platform), with a little maple syrup on one end of the rock.

September 12, 2011

Tags: Learn

Support Your Community

Buy food and other items at locally owned stores. Buy fruits and veggies from farmer's markets. Attend school and other local events and learn about your community.

September 6, 2011

Tags: Learn

Learn About Endangered Animals

Each animals has its own virtual trading card here.

August 26, 2011

Tags: Learn

Energy Ant

Learn about energy. Go here.

August 12, 2011

Tags: Learn

Be A Smart Consumer

Learn to be a better consumer. Go here.

August 11, 2011

Tags: Peace, Learn


Let other people tell you their story. It's amazing how much you can learn from hearing others tell about their lives.

July 29, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment

Animal Sounds

Listen to the sounds the animals around you make. Then see if you can identify each animal by its sound. Go here.

July 28, 2011

Tags: Learn

Who's Living In Your Yard?

When the weather's warm and dry, place a clean, lidless glass jar top down in a hole in the ground in your yard and leave it overnight. The next day, check to see the critters you've collected. Then tip them out and let them go.

July 19, 2011

Tags: Click to donate, Game, Learn

Help The Thirsty

Play a geography game. For every correct answer, the sponsors will donate a cup of water to someone who needs it. go here.

June 18, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve

Don't Buy Ivory

Donít buy items made of ivory. Over 80% of all ivory comes from the illegal killing of elephants.

June 8, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment

Trees Count

Read children's books with a positive environmental message. For example, THIS TREE COUNTS! by Alison Formento shows children all the ways that trees make our world a better place.

June 7, 2011

Tags: Game, Learn

Virtual Forest

Play Virtual Forest, a game that will teach you how to make better choices to help our planet. Go here.

June 4, 2011

Tags: Just for you, Learn

Try Something New

Once a week, try a new food, read an article on a subject you think you're not interested in, or try a new activity. Step out of your comfort zone!

June 3, 2011

Tags: Environment, Learn

A Healthy Environment

Learn all the ways people are trying to keep our environment healthy. Go here.

May 24, 2011

Tags: Game, Learn

Learn Something New

Learn about the ancestors of elephants. Go here.

May 11, 2011

Tags: Conserve, Learn

Use Hemp Paper

Paper made from hemp uses only a quarter of the land that paper made from timber does. Learn other facts about hemp here.

May 2, 2011

Tags: Learn, Peace

Learn About Other Cultures

The world is a big place. Go to the library. Find a book about a country and culture you want to learn more about.

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 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 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 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 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 14, 2011

Tags: Volunteer, Learn

Volunteer To Help Others

Volunteer at a local museum. If there is a childrenís 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 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 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 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.

March 28, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve

Read About Green Ideas

Read all the ways other kids have gone green here.

March 26, 2011

Tags: Learn, Thank you, Friends and family

Remember To Be Grateful

Think of all the good things in your life. Everybody has things to be grateful for.

March 25, 2011

Tags: Learn, Give, Environment, Conserve

Build A Birdfeeder

Learn about the birds that are local to your area. You can make an easy bird feeder by mixing birdseed, bread crumbs, and peanut butter and smearing it on a pinecone. Then hang it from the branch of a tree.

March 23, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve

Learn About Energy

Learn about the different kinds of energy here.

March 19, 2011

Tags: Learn


Listen to your friends but donít believe everything they say.

March 16, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment

Learn About Whales

Whales are amazing animals! Learn more about them and how they are threatened by whaling and global warming. Go here.

March 14, 2011

Tags: Learn

Look For Heroes

Is there someone you admire? Think of something you can do to be more like that person.

March 12, 2011

Tags: Learn

Take Risks

Donít be afraid to make mistakes. When you do, correct them and then keep working toward your goal

March 8, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment, Conserve

Learn About Global Warming

Learn about globabl warming and what you can do to help here.

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 15, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment

Help Save Gorillas

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

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 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 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.

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 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 14, 2011

Tags: Learn, Environment

Climate Change

Learn about climate change here.

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.