nature

What do stingrays and goats have in common?

You can find out in this week’s video! You don’t think about chewing much, do you? Don’t worry, I didn’t either—until I came across the latest research from Dr. Matthew Kolmann! He’s a functional morphologist who studies stingrays, and he recently discovered something pretty amazing about them: they chew their food! I know, this doesn’t sound that interesting,Read more …

September Starts!

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like they should be packing up new pencil case and backpack every time September rolls around? It’s been years since I’ve been in school, but I still get that buzz of excitement when autumn arrives. Cool breezes! Fiery leaves! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!Read more …

Space Poop!

Sep 14, 2015 | Posted by in animals, for-teachers, inspiration, nature, science | 0

Hello my cheeky monkeys! Nothing says Monday like learning about space poop. When I came across this graphic from the International Space Station, I knew I had to share it. Especially because it mentions space poop. Have you ever wondered what happens to astronauts’ bodies in space? Do they have to exercise? Check out thisRead more …

Shark Teeth!

Jan 9, 2015 | Posted by in animals, for-teachers, nature, Outswim A Shark, science | 0

Happy Friday! It’s time to share our next #SharkNotes video! This video is all about shark teeth! We learn what makes shark teeth special, including the fascinating denticles that cover a shark’s entire body. Did you know sharks can help Olympians? Click the graphic below and find out!

Deep Sea Creepers!

Nov 25, 2014 | Posted by in animals, for-teachers, inspiration, nature | 0

I’m taking a break from some drafting to post something of UTMOST IMPORTANCE. Something that couldn’t wait! Something that will shake you to your very core! What is is, you ask? THIS GUY. This is an anglerfish. If it’s not THE creepiest thing on the planet, it’s at least in the top ten. Because they’reRead more …

Keating Creature #2 is ALIVE!

May 6, 2014 | Posted by in animals, nature, newsletters, science | 0

Today we’re talking bioluminescence, root beer floats, and superheroes! Happy reading! If you’d like to view this issue on its own page, go here! If you’d like to get Keating Creature issues delivered to you/your classroom via email, click the “Follow Jess Keating” button at the bottom of this page!

Fantastic Earth Day Authors!

Apr 22, 2014 | Posted by in animals, inspiration, nature, science | 1

It’s Earth Day! See this teensy little dot? That’s EARTH! It looks like this when you’re a little bit closer: To celebrate Earth Day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite authors that write about lovely Earth-related goodness. If you’re looking for some great nonfiction (for you or your little monkeys), check them out! Melissa Stewart AsRead more …

Slow Life

Apr 3, 2014 | Posted by in animals, inspiration, nature | 3

Sometimes you just need to slow down, take a breath, and watch some beautiful time lapsed coral. Make you sure you embiggen the video to see all the gorgeous details! I hope you’re all having a happy start to Spring! Note: There are more videos from this photographer here!

International Polar Bear Day!

Feb 27, 2014 | Posted by in animals, nature, science | 0

Hey folks! What’s this? Two posts in one week? Is someone trying to stave off the bitter cold by spending more time inside blogging?! YOU BETCHA. It’s International Polar Bear Day today. You all know by now I’m an animal lover, and polar bears have a special place in my heart because they’re so darnRead more …

It’s A Small World

Jun 13, 2013 | Posted by in inspiration, nature | 0

When I was a little chipmunk, I used to spend hours sprawled out on the ground with a magnifying glass. I LOVED discovering the teeny details of the world that we often missed, and many of the things I found ended up as inspiration for stories. Nooks and crannies become entire worlds, simple things becameRead more …

Some Wilderness for your Wednesday

May 15, 2013 | Posted by in animals, inspiration, nature | 0

“Kids are so very good at still being shape-shifters, and shifting into feathers and fur. They still understand that we are connected to everything in this world, and that we are part of an incredibly intricate woven web of life and creatures.” – Cornelia Funke With the warmer weather (sort of) hitting my neck ofRead more …

When In Doubt, Look Like a Honey Badger

Aug 29, 2012 | Posted by in animals, nature, science | 2

CHEETAHS. You already know that cheetahs are fast. But did you know that cheetahs, especially BABY cheetahs are really great pretenders? I came across this cool tidbit recently and just had to share. So you’ve got your cheetah. It looks like this: And you’ve got your baby cheetah, who looks like this. D’aww… Notice anything?Read more …

Shark Week!

Aug 14, 2012 | Posted by in animals, nature | 2

FINALLY. The time has come! No, not back to school (although many of you are back this week – good luck with that!) I’m talking about the best week of the entire year. The week to end all others. A time when razor-sharp teeth and menacing hunters are celebrated and awesome power is lauded aboveRead more …