Week of February 28, 2010

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Who is Kearia's 11-year-old cousin?

How long ago did Cynognathus live?
100-150 million years ago
235-250 million years ago
355-380 million years ago

In what month was Scholder born?

The Ties That Bind

family reunion photoBrothers, Sisters, Mothers, Fathers and everyone else should pop over to PBS Kids' Family Ties, http://pbskids.
. Once you understand your family's history, you will be able to appreciate all the special things that make you ... you. Try out Grow a Tree and chart your past to honor your present. Maybe making your family tree will inspire you to plan a family reunion. Get help planning with Hello, Cousin. There is no better way to keep in touch with distant relatives.
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A ‘Zoo’ You Can Use

pygmy lorisSome amazing animals are waiting to be discovered by you in The American Museum of Natural Science's Zoology, www.amnh.org/ology/
. Extreme Mammals Stuff is not to be missed with porpoises showing off their powers. If you are still chomping at the bit, check out a few toothy grins and see if you can match the fangs to the beast. All creatures, those alive today and those from the past, are ready to show you what they are capable of, so increase your knowledge about Earth's animals now.

An American Artist

Fritz Scholder paintingFritz Scholder: Indian Not Indian, www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/
, celebrates and honors Native cultures through innovative art. While his art has been shocking to Indians and non-Indians alike, no one can contest that his images are powerful and captivating to audiences of all ages, regardless of their artistic backgrounds. Read Scholder’s surprising and controversial biography, and then browse through his colorful works and interpret them for yourself. Once you know more about this complex man, it is easy to see what drove Scholder's creations.
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Dear Amy: What is a good Web site to learn about the solar system? I am doing a report on Mars and Saturn. — Hayden, Summerville, S.C.

Dear Hayden: The solar system is a fascinating place! You can take a virtual tour of the planets with BBC's Science & Nature: Space, your travel guide to the solar system, at www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem. As you look at each planet, you'll learn about the best scenery, the local history and even how to view each planet from Earth. Looking for more information? Visit Windows to the Universe, www.windows.ucar.edu/windows.html, for photos, mythology and tons of planetary facts. Good luck on your report!

Dear Amy: I need some topics for a science project. — Dacia, Canton, Miss.

Dear Dacia: It can be tricky to find the right science project. You want something that's a challenge but not too hard! A good place to go for ideas is www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtml. Science projects are rated by difficulty, and each project has all the information you need to get started. If your project is for a science fair, check out the tips at http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/fair.html to make your project a success. Have fun!


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