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Friday, September 8, 2017
Get Ready for International Rock Flipping Day
We all know that next Monday is
the anniversary of one of the worst days in U.S. history, but it’s also
International Rock Flipping Day—a time to celebrate all the critters that live
under rocks as well as the natural curiosity that inspires us to take a closer
look at the world around us.
All you have to do is go outside and look under a rock or two. Then record what
you see by drawing, painting, taking photographs of what you see. You can also
write down what you see. (If you live in a place where you might find poisonous
creatures, like scorpions or snakes, under a rock, I encourage you to use a
stick to flip the rocks.) When you are done, carefully return the rock to its
It’s fun and easy, and you just might meet some pretty cool critters.
Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 nonfiction books for children. Her lifelong fascination with the natural world led her to earn a B.S.
in biology and M.A. in science journalism. When Melissa isn’t writing or speaking to children or educators, she’s usually exploring natural places near her home or around the world. Website: www.melissa-stewart.com; Twitter: @mstewartscience
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