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Getting Started on Saving the Everglades
Humans have had a complicated relationship with the Florida Everglades for over 100 years.
They Need Fire!
Buffy Silverman discusses some of the effects of forest fires.
Life in a Vernal Pool
Lori Wollerman Nelson
Lori Wollerman Nelson describes life in a seasonal pond, known as a vernal pool.
Elizabeth Preston describes the colorful Zhangye Danxia mountains in China.
Betsy James discusses what we can learn from rocks.
Celina Seftas and the Standing Stone Creek crew
The Standing Stone Creek is a small stream in Pennsylvania that runs into the Susquehanna River.
Ruth Spencer Johnson
A black girl in Montgomery, Alabama writes to her cousin about people’s refusal to use the bus as a form of protest.
Betwixt & Between
Leslie Anderson Morales
Leslie Anderson Morales discusses African Americans’ experiences during the 1700s.
The Buddha and the Four Truths
Anne-Marie Reidy discusses the origins of the religion Buddhism.
Standing Up by Sitting In
Ruth Spencer Johnson
Black and white students challenge the unfair treatment of black people by sitting at a lunch counter for whites in this drama that is set in the 1960s.
Just Say No!
Jennifer Barefoot discusses colonial women’s role in the American Revolution.
Origami — An Ancient Art
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski describes the ancient art of paper folding in Japan.
Mike Weinstein describes how colonists dumped tea from an English trade company into the Boston Harbor in 1773.
How Salt Shook an Empire
Sara Wilson Etienne
In 1930, the Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi protested the British Empire by walking to the sea and gathering his own salt.
Sí Se Puede!
Cesar Chavez was an important civil rights leader who fought for farm workers’ rights.
Fun and Games
Kelsie Ingham describes the games and sports that Native American children played.
From “The Wild Horses of Assateague Island”
National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
Wild horses continue to roam on Assateague Island, in the United States.