Tuesday, July 5, 2011

B = A Bounty: Bay Backpack & Books #GETABC

B is for BayBackpack. and Books 

A bounty abounds for B ...with 2 eco-resources for you.  Begin by going to BayBackpack where you'll discover a bevy of classroom finds involving MWEE: Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences.  Then go to Childsake where you can get a birds-eye view of the best environmental books to collect to begin to build your eco-bookshelf--from botanicals to biodiversity!

B is for BayBackpack.  

What is a "Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience?"  Watch & learn.
BayBackpack is a favorite I've written about before, but it bodes another mention.

In this extensive watershed-portal, you can search by grade level, academic subjects, state standards/curricular standards, resource types [ie, books, data, lessons, maps, or multimedia] or do a keyword search for any of these topics:
acid rain ~ adaptation ~ agriculture ~ air pollution & fossil fuels ~ aquatic grasses (SAV) ~  beaver ~ biodiversity ~ blue crab ~ boats, canoes, & kayaks ~ climate change ~ culture & watermen ~ development ~ dissolved oxygen ~ economics ~ ecosystem & biomes ~ erosion ~ experiments & investigations ~ fish ~ food web ~ forest ~ habitat & niche ~ identification ~ invasive species ~ John Smith & Colonial times ~ land use ~ litter, trash & recycling ~ Native American ~ nitrogen & carbon cycle ~ non-point source ~ orienteering ~ oysters ~ photosynthesis ~ point source ~ pollution ~ population growth ~ predator/prey relationships ~ renewable resource ~ restoration ~ salinity ~ schoolyard habitat ~ sediment, soil & rocks ~ smart growth ~ stormwater ~ stream study ~ student action ~ transportation ~ water & energy conservation ~ water cycle & movement ~ water quality ~ water testing ~ watershed ~ weather ~ wetland ~ wildlife

B is for Books
(Eco-Books, that is!)

Anywhere where there's 400 of anything is something impressive.  Well, that's what you get at http://childsake.com/.  The 400 of what you get is at Childsake, and it's 400 Nature and Environmental books for all ages.  At the website, you can find the books by theme or by ABC order.  When you click on a book title, you get a brief synopsis, see a cover image, and are directed (by way of a one-way click-ticket) to Amazon.com to make life nice and easy for your ordering pleasure.  You'll also get resources for parents and educators.  With a mission "To inspire and educate children about the natural world and the environment" and " To strive to make this world a better home for the future of all children," Childsake knows what it is doing!  Book Topics include: 
Experience of Nature ~ The Living Earth ~ Water & Its Cycle ~ Habitats & Ecosystems  ~ Naturalists & Their Work ~ Animals  [Various Classes, Spineless Creatures, Fish. Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals] ~ Flora  [Plants & Flowers, Trees & Forests, Gardening] ~ Environmental Themes  [Extinction & Conservation, Global Warming, Pollution & Sustainablity, Recycling & Composting, Field Guides & Activity Books, Multicultural]
Great environmental finds at both! 
"Be" sure to check them out!!   

Note:  In an attempt to meld my pursuits of Green, Education, and Technology, "GET" and this ABC series began...as did my twitter thread #GETABC.  To see the inception of #GETABC and give yourself a tidbit of background, go to GTG's True Confessions & Whirling Dervishes.

Logos from listed websites above, "B" image from http://www.123rf.com/photo_4264017_capital-letter-r-made-of-grass--blue-sky.html.

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