Week of May 15, 2011

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

What kind of dog is featured in the Hallo-Wiener?
A beagle
A dachshund
A miniature schnauzer

Who painted “Woman With the Hat”?
Pablo Picasso
Henri Matisse
Vincent Van Gogh

What happened to the water on Mars?
It froze
It traveled underground
It evapor-ated


Captain UnderpantsPilkey.com won't get soggy in milk. This funky website is a great place to visit if you are looking for awesome reads from author Dav Pilkey to add to your bookshelf. Meet Captain Underpants and take on new adventures with him as he battles the Bionic Booger Boy and deals with alien cafeteria workers. You might also enjoy Big Dog and Little Dog's exploits when they go for exciting walks in the big, wide world. Check out Creature Feature for Dogzilla and Kat Kong, and go to Groovy Games for some good times.

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A Modern Vision

paintingDiscover the relationship between art and seeing at Vision Science and the Emergence of Modern Art, www.webexhibits.org/
. Modern art began in the 19th century during the same time that scientists were studying human sight. Begin by reading up on color and how it can arouse emotional responses. Did you know that we see color the way we also perceive taste? Read through What Happens in the Eye to get a look at how you process visual pigments. Share this with your art class and open their eyes to the science behind beauty.

In Your Hands

planetsExtreme Planet Makeover, http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/
, puts you in control of the universe as you make your own planet. Your custom world will allow you to decide how far you want to live from a star. You will also get to choose how big your new planet will be, but keep in mind that the bigger your world, the thicker the atmosphere. Use your smarts to determine its age as well. When you have made all the tough choices, you can then download a picture of your creation. How did you do?

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Get Ready for Summer

It won’t be long before schools let out for summer. I love the break from school, but it’s easy to get bored if you don't have any plans. One thing I like to do is make a list of possibilities. When I'm looking for something fun to do, I can check out my list and see what sounds good. You can also write activities on strips of paper and put them in a jar. When you’re bored, draw out a strip and do what it suggests. Check out these sites for activities and ideas to add to your list. Have a great summer!

Your Tips for Surviving Summer Break

Summer Fun Activities for Kids

60 Summer Activities for Kids


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