Week of September 27, 2009

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What can you help do before your mom or dad mows the lawn?
Water the lawn
Clear debris
Fill the gas tank for the mower

What are the two most common squirrels?
Grey and Black
Grey and Fox
Fox and Black

What is the samurai's sock called?

Staying Safe

skateboarderRegardless of the kind of activities you love and what time of year you enjoy them, Injury Prevention for Kids, www.chp.edu/CHP/Injury
, will help you to avoid getting hurt while having fun. Holiday and Seasonal will get you thinking about Halloween safety and potential problems that explosive holidays such as the Fourth of July might bring. Sports enthusiasts will want to know how to avoid boo-boos during their favorite activities, and you might even pick up on a few tips for safe fun in your own backyard.
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Squirrel Spying

squirrelNo matter where you live in the United States, odds are that squirrels are running around your town. Project Squirrel, www.projectsquirrel .org, encourages you to monitor these furry friends and submit regular reports so that ecologists can use squirrels to make environmental predictions. Click on the green bar to become a citizen scientist and record your observations about squirrels who live in an area near you. Make sure to share this site with teachers and friends at school, so more people can get in on the action!

Art From the Far East

wood block printExplore fascinating Japanese woodblock art at My Learning: Exploring a Japanese Woodblock Print, www.mylearning.org/
. Slowly mouse over the featured art to learn cool facts about the picture, such as info on samurai footwear and which arm their armor protects. Scroll through the left-hand side of your screen and choose a category, from details about the artists to materials needed to complete this beautiful work. Make sure to refer to the glossary if you run into any new terms you need help with.
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Are there many wild animals where you live? If so, which ones?

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Dear Amy: What are the dangers of using Facebook, and why do you have to be at least 13 years old to join? — Zandra, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Dear Zandra: Social networking sites like Facebook have their pros and cons. These sites are great for connecting with your real-life friends. Unfortunately, social networking sites can also make it easy for strangers to view your personal information and even contact you online. The Internet makes it easy for people to pretend to be someone they're not, so someone who seems friendly online might really be someone who wants to hurt you. Whether you're a kid or an adult, it's important to stay safe online and avoid posting personal information, such as your full name, address and phone number. Teens who use social networking sites should check out these safety tips at www.onguardonline.gov/topics/safety-tips-tweens-teens.aspx.

You must be at least 13 years old to join Facebook and similar social networking sites due to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA. You can learn more about COPPA at www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html. Stay safe!


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