Week of August 2, 2009

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What is the most recent size of the ozone hole?
22 square kilometers
22 thousand square kilometers
22 million square kilometers

In what year was UNICEF founded?

What color were the patterns on the inspirational tablecloth?

A Global Concern

The EarthGet to know your planet at Global Climate Change, NASA's Eyes on the Earth, http://climate.jpl.nasa.gov. Note the timeline that shows you how different changes, such as melting ice and an increase in carbon dioxide, have altered the Earth. Even though scientists have examined the effects of climate change, there are many unknowns. Click on Uncertainties to find out how stability can abruptly turn on a dime. Also make time to meet some famous people, from research scientists to statisticians, and learn how they have helped our planet.
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Doing Good

unicef airplaneMeet a new kind of superhero at UNICEF World Heroes, http://unicefgames.org/
. Become a volunteer and choose a character to begin your adventure. Once you have written down your code name, go to headquarters and pick up your mission booklet to decide which world challenge to tackle first. Maybe you will have to find a way to get clean water to children in Zimbabwe, or try your hand at construction when you build a school in Iran. No matter your choice, this adventure will be exciting and fulfilling for all.

Connect the Dots

KusamaGet down with Kusama's World of Dots, www.qag.qld.gov.au/__data/
. This contemporary Japanese artist was inspired by a dotted tablecloth and has since added these round accents to everything from cats to cities! Wanna try to create some dotterific designs for yourself? This interactive art site will give you the chance! Just pick up a color and choose a dot style to begin styling an awesome room. If you want to start over, you can always try again. So feel free, let your imagination flow and be as creative as you can!
Speak Out

Do you participate in charitable work?
If so, what?

Speak Out Here!

School News With Style

Looking for a way to make this school year a blast? Talk to your new teacher and see if your class can try podcasting! A podcast is basically a pre-recorded radio broadcast that people post online for others to download. You don't need an iPod to listen to a podcast, but if you have a handheld device, you can load podcasts onto your player and listen on the go. Podcasts can be about whatever you want, but one cool idea is to create a news podcast as an updated version of the traditional class newspaper.

To get your class started you'll need access to recording software, a place online to post your podcasts, and RSS feed software to alert subscribers when new podcasts are available. For more information about how to start your own podcast, visit Podcasting in the classroom, http://userwww.sfsu.
. If you want to get an idea of what classroom podcasts are like, check out Willowdale Elementary School's Radio WillowWeb at http://mps.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio/listen.html. Have fun!


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