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Connections- James Madison and the War of 1812

James Madison drafted the U.S. Constitution,  helped write the Federalist Papers and strongly supported the Bill of Rights. He was a strong influence in the founding of America. His passion for freedom and love for his country was no secret. Madison served in several capacities before he was elected president in 1808 with close to […]

Connections – First Past The Post

One of the most important parts of having a democracy is letting the people of the nation express their opinions to the government. Even more  important is that these opinions have the power to drive change. Democracy first started in Athens in the fifth century B.C. The people of Athens created a government called a direct democracy where citizens attended debates and then voted […]


Imagine walking along the sidewalk and suddenly the ground drops away! Where the road or sidewalk used to be, there is a hole instead. This
sudden disappearance of land is called a cover-collapse sinkhole. The other type of sinkhole is a cover-subsidence sinkhole. The second type is less drastic
and less dangerous. The […]

13 Colonies Fun Facts

The original 13 colonies were settlements created by the British. On large ships they brought over families and supplies to build new homes in an unfamiliar land. Many people left England and headed to America because they hoped to start a new life. England was crowded and didn’t have enough land to support […]

Fossil Fuel

Fossil Fuel: noun – a fuel (as coal, oil or natural gas) that is formed in the earth from plant or animal remains.

Fossil fuels are an important part of everyday life. These resources — coal, oil and natural gas — are currently the main sources of the world’s energy, although wind, nuclear, hydro and […]

Lewis and Clark trail

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson purchased a massive amount of land from France in a transaction called the Louisiana Purchase. For 68 million Francs, or $15,000,000, America gained 828,000 square miles of land. This seems like a large amount of money, but it turned out to be less than 3 cents per acre. After acquiring […]


Scientists today know a lot about how and why humans – and most all living things for that matter – are the way we are. The secrets in genes and DNA that used to be a mystery are being unlocked at a quick pace. We no longer wonder why one person has blue eye and […]

How the Moon Affects the Shape of Our Planet

There was a time when people believed that the earth was flat. Of course, it’s not. It’s not perfectly round either, though. It’s true! Earth is an oblate spheroid. It is squished at the North and South poles and bulging around the equator. And this bulge means that from the center of the earth to […]


noun: ecosystem; plural noun: ecosystems:
A biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. (in general use) a complex network or interconnected system.

Have you ever heard of the Galapagos Islands? If not, don’t worry, a lot of people haven’t. The Galapagos Islands are volcanic islands that are located […]

Human Body

The human body is an amazing machine. Huge numbers of cells, around 37.2 trillion, work together to make a complex living and breathing system that can think and act in everyday life. The cells are the basic building blocks of life. All living things have them, but it is what is in these cells […]