Week of May 22, 2011

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

What are Sproutlings?
A sandwich topping
A type of mulch
Young Treetures

How does long it take for a monarch cocoon to turn into a butterfly?
3-6 days
3-6 weeks
3-6 months

How much of the Earth is covered
by oceans?

Tree Treasures

Sprig the TreetureMeet the Treetures, www.treetures.com, creatures committed to teaching you about trees. This tiny group of tree lovers helps young people learn how to plant trees and gives them the 411 on taking care of these living friends. Meet Treetures such as Twigs, Sprig and Blossom and discover the special skills each of your new forest friends has. From recipes to coloring pages, this site also features many interactive activities that are not only fun, but will also make you feel good when you do them.

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Who's That Bug?

butterfly metamorphosisGet comfortable with creepy crawlers at Going Bug-gy, http://teacher.scholastic. com/activities/bugs, a site to celebrate bugs. Talk Bugs with The Frizz, where a cartoon favorite, Ms. Frizzle, answers queries from kids, such as which bugs are edible and which bugs have teeth. You can also try your hand at building your own caterpillar, but be sure your bug can survive a life full of tough conditions in the rain forest. If you want to learn more about bugs, their habitats and diets, visit Bug Resources.


diverSouthwest Florida Water Management District’s WaterMatters.org, www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/
, tackles questions about where water comes from and how we can keep it clean. Did you know that most of the fresh water on Earth is frozen? Click on Learn More to discover how we have enough fresh water to go around when 80 percent of it is locked in ice sheets and glaciers. You can also browse through the hydrologic cycle to see water in all its forms as it condenses and evaporates. Treasure this resource. After all, water sustains life!

Speak Out

What is your favorite color to wear?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How does the solar system work? — Carley, Norman, Okla.

Dear Carley: There are a variety of objects orbiting in our solar system, including planets, moons, asteroids and even comets. In the center of the solar system is the sun, and its gravity keeps everything in orbit. The sun's gravity is just the right strength. If it were too strong, we would collide into the sun. If it were too weak, the planets would fly off into space.

Orbiting closest to the sun are the four terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Terrestrial planets are mostly made of rock and metals. The other type of planet in our solar system, the gas giant, includes Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They orbit farther from the sun, and you guessed it! They are mostly composed of various gases and water. Between Mars and Jupiter, you’ll find the asteroid belt, which is full of dust and rocky debris too small to be considered planets. There’s also another belt, called the Kuiper Belt, located beyond the dwarf planet Pluto.

To learn more cool facts about the solar system, check out www.kidsastronomy.com/solar_system.htm. Have fun!


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