Week of June 6, 2004

Clues From the Past

Put on your explorer hat, pick up a trowel and dig into Archaeology: Clues From the Past at www.amnh.org/ology/?channel=archaeology. First, find out What’s the Big Idea? Then do some digging of your own with four exercises. In one exercise, you try to match the remains of crumbled buildings to their former uses in an Incan town. If you want to leave your mark on the world, try making a time capsule. Maybe someday future archaeologists will find it and try to figure out what you were like.

Nominate a cool Web site at http://www.4Kids.org/nominations/

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

What tool uses a laser to find the depths of buried objects?

total station
magneto- meter


When did construction of the Brooklyn Bridge begin?



Who is the guardian spirit of fisherman in Kuna mythology?
The swordfish
The sea urchin
The sawfish



Brooklyn and Beyond

Brooklyn Expedition at www.brooklynexpedition. org explores three themes with information from Brooklyn’s Public Library, Museum of Art and Children's Museum. In Structures, discover similarities between bridges, skeletons and the Dewey Decimal System. When you visit Latin America, you’ll learn about ancient beliefs, rituals and modern-day celebrations. Click on Brooklyn to find a timeline of the city’s history and information about artists and authors from the area.

Mysterious Sharks Revealed

People all over the world view the shark with excitement and respect. Take a tour of the stories, dances and artwork dedicated to this underwater creature at Sharks: Myth and Mystery, at www.montereybayaquarium
. Swim over to the Pacific Islands, where hula dancers still tell the story of how brother shark guided his sister to Hawaii. In Australia, aborigines honor their shark ancestors with paintings that reveal the shark’s insides. You’ll also find lots of sharky activities, such as making a shark headdress and decorating a shark mask.

Are violent video games
unhealthy for kids?
Why or why not?

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Are You Healthy?

Being healthy means being in tune with your body and making sure that you are meeting all of your own needs. This means your body and mind have to work together.

First, get plenty of sleep. Whether you’re eight, 18 or older than dirt, your body has to take a break sometime.

Second, take time to laugh and play. Laughter is one of my favorite stress relievers. It’s fun and it helps you feel good even when you’re having a super crummy day.

Third, get a little exercise every day. Get some friends together to play outside, run around with your dog or go for a swim at the lake or pool. Physical activity causes your brain to release chemicals that help you feel happy, so get movin’.

Fourth, eat some yummy, healthy food. Not everything that’s healthy has to taste like glue. Figure out what healthy foods you like, and eat them more often.

Check out http://library.thinkquest.org/12153 and www.bam.gov for other great information about having a healthy body and mind, and have a great day!

— Amy

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