Week of May 29, 2011

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

What creates continental drift?
Plate tectonics
Ocean currents

How many species of grass are there?
About 3,500
About 5,000
Over 10,000

What is the Milky Way a collection of?
Stars, gas and dust

Shake It Up!

earthquake damageShake, Rattle and Slide into http://urbanext.illinois.edu/
, where earthquakes, volcanoes and glaciers are ready to rock your world. Start with Activities for fun games such as Become a Volcanologist and It Seems Just Like Yesterday. Check out Get My Drift to see how the continents have moved over time, and then visit Bad Vibrations to read up on how earthquakes are caused and how often they happen. Trust that you will be surprised! There is also a section for Teachers, so bring this to class to share the fun.

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Animal Magnetism

dolphinIf you love creatures big and small, Animals: Explore, Discover, Connect, www.seaworld.org/animal-
, is full of awesome information. Looking for fun facts to impress your friends and fellow animal admirers? Animal Bytes clues you into mammals, reptiles and bony fish, among others. Move over to Wild World, where different ecosystems are at your fingertips as you explore various habitats. Do you want to work with animals when you grow up? Browse through Career Resources and find inspiration for future jobs.

Star Light, Star Bright

girl stargazing with binocularsTwinkle, Twinkle, Little Star...OLogy's Astronomy: Our Place in Space, www.amnh.org/
, sparkles with information on the bright, shiny stars that decorate our night sky. Begin your journey with a quiz to see how much you really know about stars. If you are feeling brave, you can also take a tour of our galaxy, the Milky Way, a swirling pinwheel whose center is actually 25,000 light-years away from planet Earth. Before you move on, try your hand at building the Big Dipper. Fun has never been so “out of this world”!

Speak Out

Have you ever stargazed?
If so, what was your favorite sighting?

Speak Out Here!

Keep Your Cool

When the weather starts to get hot, it becomes extra important to stay hydrated. Did you know that about two-thirds of your body mass is water? Water is essential to keeping your body running, so it's crucial to drink plenty of water, especially when you're exercising or spending time in the sun. Feeling thirsty is the main way your body tells you it needs water, but when you're dehydrated, you can also feel light-headed, dizzy or tired. Other symptoms of dehydration include muscle cramping, rapid heartbeat and dry lips and mouth. Stay healthy and hydrated this summer with tips from these sites:

What's the Big Sweat About Dehydration?

Why Drinking Water Is the Way to Go



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