Week of February 26, 2006

Shark Attack

Go on a dive of a lifetime to Cocos Island with Nature: Shark Mountain at www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/shark-mountain/introduction/1451, where there are underwater creatures unlike anywhere else. This tiny island lies directly in the path of powerful ocean currents that bring in creatures such as moray eels, hawksbill turtles and sharks. Visit Photo Essay for an in-depth look inside the island's abundant sea life. In Shattering Shark Myths, separate shark fact from fiction and discover why researchers say sharks do not deserve their nasty reputation. Caution! Watch out for a shark attack.

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Chew on This

Seat yourself at the Nutrition Café at http://exhibits.
and chomp down on nutritional information. Become a Nutrition Sleuth as you uncover clues to the missing nutrient, but beware - three strikes and you are out. Are you eating right? Get your grub on in Have-a-Bite Café and build a meal from the menu. In Grab a Grape, test your nutritional knowledge in categories such as food basics, weight control, bone building, food facts, fast foods, body building and food and sports. Dig in.


Become money savvy with It’s My Life: Money at http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/
. Did you know that tweens in the United States spend about $15 billion of their own money each year? Learn how to spend your money wisely and to think before you buy in Spending Smarts. Money makes the world go round, and in Making Money, learn what you can do to make more. Find out if you can control your cash and make a special purchase by playing Mad Money, where you will experience 30 days of spending, saving and earning. This site will have you rolling in dough.


If you could start a trend, what would it be? Why?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What is camouflage? — Albert, Tampa Bay, Fla.

Dear Albert: The word camouflage means to “blind” or “veil.” Animals and humans use camouflage to blend in with their environment to protect them from enemies. Soldiers and hunters wear neutral colors to prevent detection. Animals, however, have a wider variety of skin colors that change to adapt to their surroundings. To find out more about animals and how they camouflage themselves, visit www.longhorn-cattle.com/camo.html. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: How do braces work? — Idella, Caribou, Maine

Dear Idella: Braces are used to straighten teeth by applying pressure. Braces are made out of metal, wire and rubber. Now, there are clear braces too. The wires on braces help to move your teeth, and the rubber bands help to correct alignment. Kids Health at http://kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/teeth/braces.html explains that braces are improving with the help of technology. As a result, you do not have to wear them as long as you used to.

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