Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Tardigrade Garden

I recently did a Skype visit with a wonderful classroom in South Carolina. I was there to discuss Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus and, it turns out, the kids were very excited about the giant tardigrades in the book. I forwarded directions for finding their very own tardigrades from Mike Shaw. Here's what the teacher responded when I followed-up about their search.
Yes we did! The kids were so excited!I can't thank you enough for opening up their eyes to a whole new world. Please continue your work. It is very important that teachers have books like yours to use in the classroom.
I grew up in Massachusetts. As a child I spent many hours outside exploring the woods. My students spend so much time inside playing video games that they don't understand the world around them. I have used books to introduce science concepts to the kids in the past. I can't wait until next years group of kids because I plan on using your first book and your second book! Thanks again.
All of this got me to thinking about the tardigrade habitat in my Florida scrub backyard. I love these tiny ecosystems. They are like miniature coral reefs.

The Tardigrade Tree



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