Maggie's Earth Adventures
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Maggie’s Earth Adventures has free, engaging activities in all subject areas to teach elementary school kids about environmental issues around the world. Experienced teachers designed the learning activities, which are based on animated eco-dramas that feature Maggie, her dog Dude, and friends from many cultures. Parents must click the teacher area to get to the activities and will ironically need plenty of paper to learn to conserve resources and help the planet -- except for a handful of online games, activities are designed for printing. Most, but not all, activities have answer keys. The entire site is available in Spanish.
What's it about?
The site is divided into two sections, “Kids” and “Teachers” (or adults). In the kids section, cartoons introduce Maggie’s missions. Kids have access to her interactive tools, field notes, recordings, and data. The online games are available here, too. The “Postcards” section gives kids a few activities to do in response to photographs from around the world. Offline, kids complete the mission-related activities provided in the teacher area.
Is it any good?
MAGGIE’S EARTH ADVENTURES’ learning activities, which are designed around a real-world problem, are excellent. Kids in the target age range still care about animals, earth, recycling, and injustice and will identify with Maggie’s passion for the planet. The numerous accompanying activities in the teacher area are relevant and build skills that transfer well to other situations. They’re also often differentiated by grade or reading level and are varied enough to interest most kids. What's missing? Kids need a social area to share stuff, discuss ideas, and show they’re fulfilling the site’s mission.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about male and female stereotypes in the media. Is Maggie a positive role model for kids? What characteristics set her apart from the stereotype?
Families can also discuss energy-saving ideas around the home such as turning off appliances and lights when not in use, recycling, and washing only full loads of clothes. What energy savers do you use? What new ideas do you have for saving energy?
For families interested in taking a hands-on role in global awareness and community services, check out our list of sites that help kids do good.
|Subjects:||Science: animals, ecosystems, plants |
Social Studies: cultural understanding, geography, global awareness
Language & Reading: reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary
|Skills:||Creativity: combining knowledge, developing novel solutions |
Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, prediction, thinking critically
|Topics:||Science and nature|