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Teacher’s Guide to Earth Day Events for Students: How to Plan School Aged Activities that are Fun and Educational

 

Many adults have taken up the cause of saving the environment with the knowledge that the children of today are the ones who will inherit whatever is left behind. With that in mind, it’s undoubtedly important to educate today’s children about environmental concerns and what they can do to carry on the task of Earth’s conservation. The perfect opportunity for this sort of education is coming up: Earth Day 2020 is this April 22nd.

Teachers can use the following guide to plan fun and educational Earth Day activities that will resonate with children for all the right reasons.

Choose the Right Activities

Choosing age-appropriate, hands-on activities will help get children involved and enthusiastic, while teaching them to care for the planet on which they live. Some good activity ideas are:

  • Build a Terrarium: Making terrariums is a great way to get kids out of the classroom and let them appreciate the outside world. Students may make their own terrariums, or share a terrarium between small groups. Each student or group will need a small, clear container of sturdy glass or plastic in which to build, which may be obtained inexpensively from a dollar store. While they are planning their terrariums, students should be taught how to take from nature correctly and respectfully: never take more than a few leaves from any one tree or shrub, for example.
  • Make Recycled Paper: The process of making paper is fun and engaging, and teaching students to recycle their own paper should end with good results. Kids will need used paper – shredded colored paper may be used too, for more exciting results – a container for mixing the pulp, and a screen for spreading, flattening and drying their paper.
  • Hold Conservation Contests: Nothing encourages participation quite like the promise of candy or other treats, so holding competitions can make for effective Earth Day activities. Try holding a contest where students bring cans, bottles or paper products to school to be recycled. Children may be split into groups to compete against each other, or the class as a whole can work toward goals (for example, if the class collectively brings 100 cans, everyone gets cupcakes; if they bring 500 cans, the class gets a fish tank; and so on).

Making Plans for Earth Day

Once an activity has been chosen, the most important thing is to make sure that all the necessary items are procured and ready to go. As long as sufficient materials are secured for the entire class to participate, the activity should go smoothly and provide plenty of opportunity to teach on Earth-related topics.

 

It’s easy to blend a fun, hands-on Earth Day activity into the class schedule. Choosing the right activity and getting everyone involved is sure to result in an entertaining and educational time for everyone.

A teacher might also consider joining forces with other classes or involving parents and entire families of the students to make it a true family affair and meaningful community Earth Day 2020 event.

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Environment

Writing a Marketing Plan: Environmental Analysis

 

When writing a marketing plan, a key part of the process is the consideration of the environment for which the company is operating in, or for which the company intends to enter. As such, the application of a set of standardised industry tools will allow a comprehensive environmental analysis to take place.

Writing a Marketing Plan: SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis – A SWOT analysis is a standard industry tool which sees the evaluation of both the internal and external environments of a business. Here the analysis should take account of the company’s key strategic strengths and weaknesses, which constitutes the internal environment.

The second part of the SWOT analysis is to consider the key opportunities and threats, which are present within the external environment. Having identified both these internal and external environments, the role of the marketing plan is to give an indication of how the company will create a link between the elements.

 

On the one hand, internal strengths should be matched with opportunities within the external environment. On the other hand, the plan should also indicate how the company will mitigate against the problems posed by threats from both external sources and internal weaknesses.

Writing a Marketing Plan: PEST Analysis

PEST Analysis – A PEST analysis considers the Macro level factors of the external environment, which have an impact upon how a firm operates. The core factors are highlight below however, an extended version is sometimes used, which considers the addition of Environmental and Legal factors.

Political – Considers issues related to government policy. Such issues include taxation policy, subsidies and the states management of labour issues.

Economic – This factor considers the performance of the economy in general. Key factors to consider include GDP, economic growth and the business cycle.

Social – This section should consider social trends within the target area. Trends to consider include, demographic ones such as the age of the population, as well as wider trends such as increasing social mobility.

Technological – This section considers what technological developments will have an impact upon the business. Developments may be specific to a business, such as new production techniques. There may also be more generalised considerations, such as the development of the internet as a distribution channel.

Whilst these are the two basic tools of an environmental analysis, this is by no means a comprehensive list of tools which may be used. Additional tools to consider in environmental analysis include Porter’s five forces analysis, as well an analysis of specific competitors and players within the market.

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Home Appliances

Whirlpool Gold Double Convection Wall Oven Review, Model: GBD307PR

I Review This Unique Wall Oven from Whirlpool

The appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has been providing consumers with some of the most advanced, and yet affordable, appliances within the entire industry for many years. Throughout their time producing appliances, they have garnered a reputation for allowing consumers to enjoy the highest quality cooking and cooling technologies without having to pay the luxury appliance price tag. If you are looking to add, or replace, a wall oven in your kitchen, than I would suggest taking a look at the Whirlpool Gold Double Convection Wall Oven, Model: GBD307PR. This double wall oven will provide you with the ultimate in cooking options, which is perfect for both large families and young professionals who love to entertain.

Main Product Features:

The first feature within this double wall oven from Whirlpool is the unique design. Users will absolutely adore the streamlined design that features minimalistic appeal with beautiful curves. This oven will definitely enhance any kitchen that it is placed in, and you will love owning this machine even when not using it.

One of the most advanced features that have been placed within this double wall oven is the AccuBake Heat Distribution System. This heating system will fill the oven cavity with the same, even, temperature. This will provide your food the opportunity to be cooked precisely due to the fact that there is no longer any hot or cool spots throughout the oven cavity. You will be able to cook a large batch of cookies at one time in this oven, and all of them will come out looking and tasting the same. Definitely a must have feature for those who enjoy entertaining or making sensitive food items.

With the total capacity of 4.1 cubic feet in both the upper and lower ovens, you will have a total cooking capacity of 8.2 cubic feet. This is absolutely massive, and when the holidays come around the corner, you will be able to produce an entire holiday feast without having to spend hours in the kitchen moving dishes in and out of your oven.

With the One Touch Bake and Broil System you are able to touch a single button to either bake or broil your foods, and then simply walk away. You will no longer have to guess about the appropriate temperature for your foods. This feature will save you time spent in the kitchen, allowing you to actually mingle with your guests, not just cook foods.

Product Price:

This Whirlpool Gold Double Wall Oven can be purchased for an average price of $1,850.…

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Green Living

Make Dull Walls Green With Ivy: Vertical Gardens Transform Walls from Ordinary to Outstanding

 

By now, most are aware of the positive effects plants have on our environment. We know they filter our air and can improve our moods, but aside from purchasing a few houseplants to liven up an area, how else can plants be incorporated within our environment?

Vertical Gardens – What Are They?

There is a new “green” trend that has taken root in the home-improvement sector: Vertical Gardening, also known as living walls or green walls. This innovative form of gardening allows homeowners to grow a wide variety of plants vertically on their wall. Vertical gardens can vary from simple – using only one or two varieties of plant material – to complex , which incorporates numerous plants to create a makeshift tropical habitat.

How Do Vertical Gardens Work?

Vertical gardens aim to emulate the natural growing conditions of a specific family of plants – Epiphytes. Living walls rely on a simple water pump to circulate water from the ground up. Gravity takes care of the rest. Some vertical gardeners have also taken their garden a step further by adding fish, such as Betas, to small ponds they create at the base of their gardens. Although having a pool of water to continuously sustain your garden is not necessary, it does add an extra sense of tranquility to the surrounding area.

Vertical Gardens Require several basic features:

  • Plant material – Depending on the garden’s location, certain plants are more recommended that others.
  • Planting matrix – As plants are added to the garden, they will need something to root (attach) to. This can be sphagnum moss, soil, tree bark, or a plastic lattice.
  • Irrigation – Because the garden is grown vertically, water does not stay within root’s reach for very long. To sustain plant life, some form of irrigation system must be incorporated.
  • Waterproof Barrier – With an irrigation system, comes moisture. To protect the surface on which the garden is grown, some form of barrier protection between it and the surface is needed. This will not only protect the supporting surface, but prevent the garden from detaching due to water damage.
  • Structural support – Vertical gardens are very heavy due to the number of water-retaining plants, the water barrier, and water itself. To maintain a safe growing environment for the garden, the surface on which it is attached should be reinforced with weight-bearing material, such as thick wood or steel.
  • Lighting – Plants that are used for vertical gardens are often native to tropical regions. This means they are used to two things: lots of humidity and lots of sunlight. To emulate optimal growing conditions, vertical gardens should be located near a light source. This can be natural (sunlight) or artificial (flourescent) lighting.

Plants Grown in a Vertical Garden

Plants found in the Epiphytic category of plants include several different families and genus. These plants are most commonly used in vertical gardens, but others, such as ivy and bromeliads can also be used. Members of the Epiphytic category include:

 

  • Philodendron
  • Begonia
  • Rhododendron
  • Ficus
  • Oncidium
  • Rhipsalis

Aside from improving our daily living conditions, vertical gardens may serve as a way for those who live in small spaces to entertain their gardening hobby without taking up a large area. Vertical gardens can serve as a conversation piece while allowing its owner an outlet to express themselves. Plus, the tranquility a vertical garden provides, along with the soothing sounds of trickling water, adds value to the room in which it is grown.

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Home Appliances

Medina Oven and Bar in Dallas, Texas

A.M to 11:00 P.M, Friday from 11:00 A.M to 11:00 P.M, Saturday from 12:00 P.M to 11:00 P.M and Sunday from 12:00 P.M to 10:00 P.M and the bar area opens everyday at noon and Brunch is served both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 P.M. If you have difficulties finding parking you can get valet parking which is $3.00 for lunch and $5.00 for dinner. The Moroccan and Mediterranean style restaurant offers an energetic décor with vibrant colors such as yellows and purples in an intimate elegant atmosphere.

For their cocktails you can try the Marrakesh mint tea martini which consists of vodka, mint tea, orange blossom water and fresh lime for $8.50, or the Moroccan mojito which has rum, brown cane sugar and fresh lime and mint or even the Arabesque which has apricot brandy, peach schnapps, fresh orange juice, and white cranberry for $8.00, or even the caramel-fig martini which is vodka, fresh lemon, roasted fig and a caramel swirl for $8.50.

For their dips and spread you can order the smoked eggplant which comes with garlic saffron tomato confit, cilantro and white vinegar for $5.50 or the harissa which is pepper tomato puree, cumin, paprika, cayenne, herbs and lemon for $4.50.

For their oven roasted entrées you can go with the sea bass tagine which comes with carrots, bell pepper, tomato sauce and roasted flat potatoes at market price, or the za’atar grilled lamb chops which come with Ras El Hanout vinaigrette, herbed flat potatoes and goat cheese for $23.00 or even the seven vegetables couscous which is braised vegetables in a saffron broth for $15.00.

And then there are the customers favorite the grilled brochettes or skewers such as the Andalusian scallop which has lemon and paprika served on a warm green bell pepper and tomato salad or the tenderloin of beef filet which comes with house spices, herbs and tomato cucumber salad for $9.00, or the Merguez lamb sausage which comes with oregano, fennel and served on an eggplant salad for $8.00.

And to finish your meal you can order the orange blossom crème brulee with fresh berries for $7.00, or the chocolate marquis which has ganache, genoise and baked hazelnuts for $6.00.…

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Green Living

Saving Money With Green Living Ideas: Eco-Friendly Tips to Save Money and Live a Green Lifestyle.

 

 

Most people have heard about recycling paper and plastic, changing to energy-saving lightbulbs, taking short showers to save water, and carpooling to reduce carbon footprint, but what about food, clothing and beauty products? These things are very essential too in our daily life. Next are three eco- friendly tips that most people can do to, not only save money, but over time to have an impact on environmental concerns such as waste pollution.

Eco Friendly Backyard

Transform your backyard into a mini vegetable and herb garden. If you are a novice in gardening, start with easy-growing greens lie spinach, chard, and lettuces. Follow the instructions on the seed packet and after a few weeks you can enjoy a fresh salad from your own backyard. Don’t have much space? No problem. Many herbs and green vegetables can be planted in terracotta pots.

Potted herbs can give a green decoration to your front door entrance or a kitchen window, where herbs can be at hand when cooking. It is important to grow vegetables and herbs that you mostly use in a daily basis. By growing the food that you like, you will save money on shopping for those items. To make it more fun, make an eco friendly backyard garden club with friends, and exchange vegetables.

Reuse to Save

There are many simple ways to reuse clothe, especially jeans and t-shirts. Think of the jeans you always say you are going to use again, but you never do. Give a better use to them by making a reusable shopping bag. Simply cut the jeans, as if making a skirt. Sew the bottom and take the fabric of one of the jean legs to make the strap. You can do this bag with other pants that are made with well resistant fabric.

Take old t-shirts and make pillow covers. You can choose t -shirts with theme prints and use them for a special occasion or event. Get creative making pillow covers with printed funny message t-shirts.

 

Green Beauty

Save money by creating basic beauty products. Why not use non-toxic ingredients that you already have in your pantry? Mix some sugar with lemon and honey to make a fragrant body scrub. To make a face scrub, simply add sugar to your usual face cleanser.

Want to make an eco-friendly skin smoother without all the bad chemicals? Try a blend of organic jojoba oil and almond oil and a mix of your favorite essential oils.

Using natural oils, instead of commercial lotions, lets your skin absorb the benefits of these oils without synthetics, mineral oil, waxes and other chemicals. The mixture of this oil can be applied to your whole body. It can even soften your strands by applying it to your hair before taking a shower.

Saving money and living a green life is increasingly easier to achieve. Reuse the things that you already have, give them a second life. Transform your backyard into an eco friendly space. Beautify yourself with Mother Nature gifts and enjoy a weekend spa in the comfort of your house. Be creative and start saving with a greener lifestyle.

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Environment

Mothers Day Gifts for the Green Mom: Environmentally Friendly Gift Ideas for Mothers Day

 

Mom will appreciate the thoughtfulness shown by her loved ones who have taken the time the time to explore her interests.

 

Natural Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is beautifully timed with the beginning of the gardening season. A flat of flowers, vegetable or herbs for the gardening mother makes a wonderful gift. An ornamental bush or tree is also a thoughtful gift for the environmentally aware mom with a green thumb.

For the crafty mom, unbleached yarns or materials with low-impact dyes can get her creative juices flowing. Search craft stores for organic wools and cottons. Pick up knitting needles and crochet hooks made of bamboo to round out the gift.

Books are always a great gift for any occasion. The book doesn’t have to be specific to green living, but can be targeted at specific areas of living an environmentally life. Books on gardening, crafts, herbs, and do it yourself project are just some of the subjects mom may be interested in.

A water filter accompanied by refillable to go cups is a thoughtful gift for the busy environmentally conscious mother on the go. Not only a timesaver as she will not have to shop, store and recycle those landfill clogging plastic bottles, a water filter will save her money in the long run. She’ll be reminded of the thoughtfulness and support shown by the gift each time she turns on the tap.

 

Personalized Green Mothers Day Gifts

Economical homemade natural products for mom’s beauty routine may also be the perfect Mothers Day Gift. Natural skin and hair care products can be personalized with her favorite herbal scent by adding essential oils to the homemade offering.

A basic moisturizer for mom can be made with equal parts of olive oil and emulsifying wax. Simply melt the wax in a water bath, and mix in the olive oil. Add a few drops of her favorite essential oil and pour into a decorative jar. Tie a handwritten note around the jar with wishes for a Green Mothers Day.

If the perfect gift is still elusive, don’t forget the gift card, which will allow mom to pick out items for herself. Online personalization is available, but even off the rack cards come in so many designs that it will be easy to choose the one that fits mom’s personality.

Emphasize the environmentally friendly theme by forgoing the fancy wrapping and tucking the gift into a reusable shopping tote made of recycled or natural fabric.

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Home Appliances

Jenn-Air 27″ Microwave Electric Double Wall Oven Review

I Review This Unique Double Wall Oven from Jenn-Air

If you desire to enhance your kitchen, and actually add value to your home, than you will want to consider purchasing a built-in wall oven. These types of appliances will raise the value of your home, and will actually provide you with more space in your kitchen, which will induce higher cooking productivity. But, with thousands of wall-ovens to choose from, it can be bothersome to weed out the good and bad. The Jenn-Air 27″ Microwave/Electric Double Wall Oven, Model: JMW9527DA is one of the coolest wall ovens on the market because of its overall design and internal features. Literally every type of consumer will be able to enjoy, and benefit, from this wall oven. Whether you are a large family, single young professional or if you enjoy entertaining, this oven will be able to enhance your cooking to new heights.

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The first feature about this Jenn-Air wall oven is the overall design. With seductive curved glass and a unique control panel on both the upper and lower ovens, you will be able to enjoy looking at this appliance even when you are not using it.

Yet, looks can only take you so far, it is the performance of this oven that really catches the attention of buyers. With two different ovens, the upper being a microwave oven and the lower a traditional oven, you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of cooking. Within the upper microwave, you can enjoy automatic defrost that is calibrated depending on the weight of the food. The microwave also comes with a total of ten different power levels that work in-conjunction with the auto cooking sensor, which allows you to press a single button to cook your favorite foods. The upper compartment comes with a total of 1.5 cubic feet of cooking space and has a total power output of 1000 watts.

Within the lower compartment you will find your traditional cooking oven. This oven has some of the best cooking features that will streamline your daily use. The most important feature within this oven is the hidden baking element. Instead of having exposed heating elements on the bottom floor of your oven, Jenn-Air has concealed these elements under the floor of the oven, so you are able to have more usable space and cleaning the oven has never been easier. One of the most ingenious features in this oven is the offset rack. This feature can be compared to having an additional position for your racks, and because of its unique design, the overall airflow within your oven has been dramatically increased.

Product Price:

This Jenn-Air wall oven can be found for an average price of $2,100. I highly recommend this appliance for any consumer looking to enhance their kitchen’s appearance as well as their cooking.…

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Old-Fashioned Homemade Popcorn Recipes: Forget the Microwave and Serve Up a Delicious Comfort Food

To yield 2½ quarts (or ten cups) of popped popcorn, use a ten-inch cast-iron skillet with a domed lid and ½ cup popcorn kernels. For smaller servings, adjust these proportions appropriately. For reference, it may be useful to know that an average bag of microwave popcorn also makes about ten cups of popped corn.

Basic Homemade Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup vegetable, olive or peanut oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil over moderate heat until it just begins to smoke
  2. Sprinkle popcorn kernels evenly into pan, no more than a kernel or two deep
  3. Cover the skillet and “shake”, with one hand on the lid and the other on the handle, using a quick horizontal movement
  4. When the sound of popping diminishes, remove skillet from the flame
  5. When corn is completely popped, remove lid and pour popcorn into serving bowl

Sesame Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 2½ quarts popped corn (from basic recipe above)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 teaspoons Oriental sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over moderately low heat
  2. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil
  3. Drizzle the mixture over the popped corn in a large baking pan
  4. Sprinkle with salt and bake in a preheated 300F oven for ten to fifteen minutes

Parmesan Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 2½ quarts popped corn (from basic recipe above)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a small skillet and add the lemon juice
  2. Drizzle the mixture over the popcorn in a large baking pan
  3. Bake in a preheated 300F oven for 10 to 15 minutes
  4. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top, toss and add salt if desired

Cheddar Bacon Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • ¼ pound sharp Cheddar, finely grated

Directions:

  1. Fry the bacon over moderate heat in a heavy skillet, stirring until it is crisp
  2. Place the bacon on paper towels to soak up excess oil
  3. Put 3 tablespoon of the bacon grease into a cast-iron skillet with a domed lid
  4. Heat the grease until it begins to smoke, then add the popcorn kernels
  5. Cover the skillet and shake, as described above
  6. Pour the popcorn into a large baking pan and toss with the Cheddar, bacon and salt
  7. Heat in a preheated 250F oven for three to five minutes or until the cheese is just melted

Popcorn is a healthy treat and its preparation can be a fun activity for children and adults alike. Experience the joys of making your own popcorn balls, holiday decorations or any of numerous other crafts once you learn the basics of making old-fashioned homemade popcorn.…

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Eco-Friendly

Have an Eco-friendly Holiday: Saving the Earth by Making Less into More

Looking forward to the gifts, food and decorations that holidays give us can be fun.Yet it’s easy to forget that festive occasions like Christmas also add to the pollution, waste and energy consumption the planet already has to bear. Fortunately, there are simple ways to change holiday habits to keep the enjoyment alive without adding to environmentally harmful excess.

The Tree:

Christmas trees are an important symbol of this special day. In the past, trees were often harvested from forests and then cast into dumps after the holidays. Now, if you’re set on a cut tree, a tree farm is your best bet. “For every tree harvested at a tree farm, another 10 are planted to ensure a crop every year,” reminds Homemakers’ magazine. Further, if you put them out for recycling, the trees are chipped and used again. A live, potted tree is also a good option. If you take care of the tree, it can also add to the oxygen circulation in your house year round. Decorating it with homemade ornaments or edible ones like popcorn is also an environmental choice. Try to avoid stringing the tree and the house with lights or replace with LED bulbs.

The Gifts:

Buy less. Many presents bought at holiday time are purchased on the spur of the moment, last minute or without considering long term use. Think beyond the instant of its opening to what will become of the gift in a few weeks or months. If you’re buying battery powered presents, include a recharger and reusable batteries with them. Avoid over packaged items. Buy secondhand: “Try flea markets, antique jewellery and vintage shops for gifts.” Better yet, make your own presents. Homemade jam or chutneys, art, baking, seasoned nuts or dried fruits, or even just a hand designed card with a poem in it create meaningful memories. Or you could give a certificate for childcare, a movie, or a donation in the person’s name to an environmental group or charity. Reuse wrapping and ribbons. Pop the presents in a bag. Don’t forget to recycle all the paper products at the end, instead of adding to the “million extra tons of garbage” that Christmas has been known to produce!

The Food:

Order your organic, free range turkey early. Budget if you can to select only organic vegetables for the feast. Plan your grocery list carefully so that you can save gas by making only one trip to the store. If you can use public transit or walk, do. Carry the food home in canvas bags. Cook only what you and your family can eat, either on the day or as leftovers. Try not to overuse the stove. Compost any food wastes in a backyard or countertop composter. And give thanks for the feast, knowing you’ve done your best to have a truly green holiday!…

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