Sharks and elephants to ponder

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Today in the Houston Chronicle is a story on tracking the great white sharks. Great white shark, Mary Lee, has been hugging our shores in the Atlantic since September. See http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com/.
There are many opportunities for students to connect with wildlife and we should not ignore what’s offered on the Internet as humans serve our role as keepers of the planet. Check out The Elephant Santuary in Tennessee at http://www.elephants.com/ too. We have a responsibility to prepare future generations to stay involved citizens and using the technology wisely in our classrooms helps us keep our students connected.
After you share the great white GPS pictures and the elephant webcams with your students, Read Faithful Elephants by Yuko Tsuchiya. This book is a real tear jerker, but will get students writing and discussing as we approach our new reading unit on author’s point-of-view and social issues.

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