Week of October 20, 2002

Cosmic Craters

Get into your rocket and prepare to blast off for the Earth, Sun and Moon at www.earthsunmoon.co.uk. During your trip, you can watch the Earth rotate on its axis and revolve around the sun. While you fly by the sun, you'll discover what's located at its center and why it's called a flaming ball of gas. Take a quick tour of the moon and find out how its craters were formed. On your journey home, remember to find out which part of the Earth has gone to sleep.

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Which planets have liquid water on them?

Earth and Jupiter
Earth, Jupiter and Neptune


The word "tundra" means "treeless plain" and comes from what language?



How old is our solar system?
One billion years old
Five billion years old
Ten billion years old




Explore the Biomes

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is Mission: Biomes at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Experiments/Biome. Bill Botanist will help you answer the age-old question "To Plant or Not to Plant?" Take a walk through the Temperate Deciduous Forest and collect colorful leaves. Then, discover why fires are common in the Shrublands during hot, dry summers. You can find out about the grasses in the Grasslands. Or learn the difference between a temperate and a tropical Rainforest.

Lost in Amazing Space

Learn amazing facts about Amazing Space at http://amazing-space.stsci.edu. You can explore Galaxies Galore, learn The Truth About Black Holes and be a Mission Mastermind at this site. As a Galaxy Hunter, you'll visit the wildest places in space and learn about light waves. If you're interested in Comets, try making your own comet out of a multitude of materials. As you near the end of your space exploration, go to the Hubble Deep Field Academy and become a Universal Graduate.

Would a laptop for every student be a helpful tool or a distraction? Why?


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Making Math Manageable

In my math classes, most students either love math or hate it. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground. For some students, math is a challenge, while for others, it is a burden. Whichever way you view math, you will probably find the following sites helpful. Give them a quick peek to see for yourself.

AAA Math


Math in Daily Life

More Mathematics Than Science

Algebra: An Introduction for Kids
http://pittsford.monroe.edu/jefferson/calfieri/algebra/ AlgebraMain.html


(The last site is no longer available.)

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