Hey, Earthling. Yes, you. How much do you know about this wonderful planet you call home? Let’s find out. And DON’T peek at the answers! I’ll know if you do.
- The ____________is the biggest species in the cat family.
- True or False? Sharks do not have a single bone in their bodies.
- A gorilla can live for about ______________years.
- The spots on a giraffe act as _______________to protect the giraffe from predators.
- Frogs don’t drink water. They soak it in through their ____________.
- Insects such as bees, mosquitoes and cicadas make _____________ by rapidly moving their wings.
- Wolves live and hunt in groups called _______________.
- The tallest trees on Earth are _________________.
- True or False? About 70% of the Earth is covered with water.
- True or False? YOU can help keep this planet healthy.
How did you do? You’re dying to know, aren’t you? Okay, okay. Stop begging. Here are the answers spelled in reverse just to make it tricky.
1. regit, 2. eurt, 3. 05-04, 4. egalfuomac, 5. niks, 6. esion, 7. skcap, 8. sdoowder, 9. eurt, 10. eurt
If you did well, congratulations! Continue to learn all you can about this magnificent blue and green sphere we walk on every day. There are new and fascinating discoveries to be made every minute. We’ll talk about some of them right here on this blog, and you’re invited to join the discussion by commenting, asking questions, and sharing your connections to nature. We’re going to have lots of fun here! I just know it!
If you did less than well on the quiz, don’t worry. You can fix that. It’s really simple. You can start by reading this blog and books and newspapers and magazines and websites and…and…you get the idea, right? Knowledge is POWER!
If you’re still trying to figure out the answers to the quiz, because spelling them in reverse really made your head spin, that’s okay too. It’ll get easier. I promise.
Curious about some the topics mentioned in the quiz? Click on the words below to find out more!
Earth Tigers Sharks Gorillas
Giraffes Frogs Bees Wolves
Okay, are you ready for your first assignment? Yes, I said assignment. You didn’t think I was going to do all the work here, did you?
Assignment: Sometime in the next week, I want you to take a walk. That’s it. Take. A. Walk. Outside. It doesn’t have to be far. Just around your neighborhood or in the woods or on a walking path to start. While you walk, I want you to look around, listen, take some deep breaths. What do you see? Is the grass green where you are or is it covered by snow? Are birds singing? What does the air smell like? Fresh rain, sunshine, flowers?
Try to tune out anything that isn’t nature. Focus on the wildlife, the landscape, the tiny details that make Earth an unbelievable place. Become a part of what you experience on your walk, because guess what, Earthling?
You are an important part of it all. You are a puzzle piece in the greater picture. The Earth is counting on you.
What did you see on your walk? How did you feel before you went? During the walk? After the walk? Share your experience by commenting on this post.
Challenge: Who can tell me about the walk in the most poetic way? For example,
Sand crunches under our sneakers,
a steady scritch-scratch, scritch-scratch,
keeping the beat,
as we walk down the street.
Birds flutter from tree to tree
settling on branches.
They sing a chorus
just for us.
Are you still here? What are you waiting for? Get outside. Go on. I can’t wait to hear about your walk!