Week of April 2, 2006

Fossil Finds

Get the scoop on fossils as you dive into Paleontology: The Big Dig at www.amnh.org/ology/
. Fossils are the remains or traces of ancient life usually buried in rocks. Go Face-To-Fossil with Deena Soris as she “digs” into Proto Andy and learn what it was like when he was alive and how he became a fossil. In Beyond T.rex, explore strange and unusual dinosaurs such as the Drinker nisti. Bone up on your fossils in Fighting Dinos and find out how these creatures may have died. No bones about it, this site will withstand the test of time.

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How many species of dinosaurs have paleontologists identified?



What state produces the most bananas?



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Statistics on the Rise

What do food and math have in common? Visit The National Agriculture Statistics Service’s NASS Kids at www.usda.gov
to find out. History of NASS explains why math skills are necessary for this agency, which deals with collecting, organizing and analyzing agricultural data. Meet Stanley Stat who will explain the difference between a survey and math statistician. Pie-Chart Pam helps statisticians display their data. Games and Puzzles has countless entertainments with mad libs, animal sounds and jokes. (This site is no longer available.)

Mathematical Design

For a real-life math adventure, visit Math-Kitecture at
, where you can study mathematics by doing real-life architecture. Put your skills to use as you Floor Plan Your Classroom. When your classroom is complete, display your work in the Student Gallery or check out the work of others. Have you ever wished you had a Jacuzzi in your room? In More Architivities, Design a Fantastic Bedroom to your heart’s desire. You can include real images, set a budget and even create a classified newspaper ad to rent the room. Can this much fun really be mathematical?

How do you stay focused toward the end of the school year?


Speak Out Here!

Private Eyes

According to Wikipedia, the number of search engines available on the Internet and World Wide Web has grown from approximately 800,000 in 1993 to more than 20 billion in 2004. As technology advances, we need to keep our skills up to date so we can find the best information possible.

Most jobs require basic computer skills and a familiarity with the World Wide Web. It was helpful for me to use a tutorial about searching on the Web when I wrote a research paper on Abraham Linclon for my history class. Visit www.classzone.com/books/ research_guide/page_build.cfm?content=web_research&state=none if you need help too.

A wealth of information and entertainment is at your fingertips on the Internet but it is important to access safe, credible information. Watch out for traps such as pop-up ads or giving out private information. Make sure the author of content is credible and the site has been recently updated. Check out more Internet safety tips at www.onguardonline.gov/topics/kids-privacy.aspx.


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