Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mr. Sussin's APES: Pesticide Periodical

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a pesticide as “any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest.”

A pesticide may be a chemical substance or biological agent (such as a virus or bacteria) used against pests including insects, plant pathogens, weeds, mollusks, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes, and microbes.  These organisms may compete with humans for food, invade lawns and gardens, destroy wood in houses, spread disease, or just be a general nuisance in our everyday lives.  Pesticides are usually, but not always, poisonous to humans.

There are 5 major types of pesticides you will encounter: insecticides (insect killers), herbidicides (weed killers), fungicides (fungus killers), nematocides (roundworm killers), and rodenticides (rat and mouse killers).  Be aware that although the 5 are listed here, there are many (e.g. algicides, miticides).

After being assigned one pesticide, you (and up to 3 partners if you would like) will be creating a newspaper.  Review your class handout which is located in the class handout section of this blog for information that needs to be included about your pesticide in your newspaper.   

Your school librarian, Mrs. Hatcher, recommends the following information resources that will be helpful.

Online Databases (VRC):
  • Gale's Health Reference Center Academic
  • eLibrary Science
  • EBSCO General Science Collection
  • Today's Science
Print Collection: 
  • ebook and print resources available by searching WMHS library catalog

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

VRC Database of the Month has added a "Best Practices" webpage to its website. It is designed to help you become familiar with the site.

Some key features of Best Practices:
  • Show you how to find quality, vetted, multimedia materials about the authors and books you are reading.
  • Show how you can encourage reading across all disciplines with these starter strategies for teachers in all grades and subject areas.
  • Find out how to use to support specific educational initiatives, including:
    • Authors on Nonfiction Writing
    • Engaging High/Low Readers with Online Resources
    • Literary Connections Using an Interactive Whiteboard
    • Writing Tips from Award-winning Authors
    • See all Key Articles for Teachers About Using
See your school librarian, A. Hatcher for more information on TeachingBooks or any other online database.