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National Emu Week
The American Emu Association sponsors National Emu Week (NEW) each year to educate the public about emu agriculture and the products derived from this farm animal.. During this time many emu farms will be offering tours to school children, sponsoring contests or guest speaking at schools.
If you are an educator and would like your class or school to participate in National Emu Week there are many ways you can join in the fun and take advantage of this educational opportunity.
Visit http://www.aea-emu.org/states.asp for contact information in your state or email email@example.com to find the nearest emu farm to your school. Contact the farmer for tour information or to find out how his farm is participating.
Reading Circle: There are three children's books recommended for your reading circle:
Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowels
These can be purchased through the American
Emu Association Bookstore
Depending on the age of your students, you can discuss the difference between emus and other birds. Points of interest to consider:
Eggs - Egg laying season will end in the U. S. in April, but you may be able to purchase a fresh emu egg from a local farmer. If you can, get one of your students to break the egg into a clear glass bowl. I promise you this is difficult for even an adult to do, so it will be a funny demonstration. Be ready to assist and also have towels ready "just in case". Have another student crack a dozen eggs into another glass bowl. Compare the two bowls. On the left over eggshell - here are some projects.