Week of June 12, 2011

Cool Spots
Back Issues
Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

Who writes The Timbertoes?
Marianne Mitchell and Allan Eitzen
Sidney Quinn and Marileta Robinson
Angie Kay Dilmore and Tom Powers

Who came up with the rock cycle concept?
James Hutton
William Smith
Alfred Wegener

How long ago were dogs domesticated?
5,000 years
10,000 years
15,000 years

Highlight on Highlights

Ask ArizonaAn old school favorite is now online! Check out Highlights Kids, http://highlightskids
. Odds are, your mom or dad might be familiar with this kid-friendly publication. If you prize your eyes, visit Hidden Pictures, where only the best sleuths with sharp vision will succeed. Express Yourself is the perfect spot for creative souls who will find projects such as creature invention or making a robot. Before you move on, read through Story Soup where you might find your new favorite bedtime tale. Enjoy!

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Rock Out

Bryce CanyonMost kids love rocks. Whether you like collecting them, polishing them or playing with them, The Rock Cycle, www.learner.org/
, is sure to teach you something new about these everyday wonders. This site will clue you into the secrets rocks hold and can help you begin your very own rock collection. You can tell that a rock is pretty, but wouldn't it be cool to be able to tell them all apart? This great resource will help you do just that. Test Your Skills before you move on and enjoy the great outdoors.

Man's Best Friend

shelter dogBest of Friends, Kids and Dogs, http://urbanext.illinois.edu/dogs, encourages kids to learn all about canines and their care. Kids and dogs go together “like peanut butter and jelly,” so learn what you can do for your furry friend. Did you know that today's dogs are descendents of the wolf? If you want a puppy to join your family, visit Doggie Finances to figure out how much a dog will cost and where you can get one. You’ll also want your pooch to learn how to behave, so check out Good Behavior and teach your young or old dog new tricks. You’ll have a doggone good time on this site!

Speak Out

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Dear Amy: How big is the solar system? — Kacee, Buant, Texas

Dear Kacee: The solar system is huge! Scientists measure large distances in space using astronomical units, where one AU is equal to about 149,600,000 km, the distance from Earth to the sun. The outermost planet in the solar system, Neptune, orbits approximately 30 AU or 4.5 billion km from the sun. However, the solar system consists of more than just planets. The Kuiper Belt is located just past Neptune at about 30 to 100 AU from the sun. To learn more about the distances in our solar system, visit http://heasarc.

These vast distances can be hard to imagine. A fun way to get an idea of the size of the solar system is by making a scale model. Print the planet cards, choose a large workspace and follow the directions at http://cse.ssl.
to create your own solar system model.

You can also discover the relative size of the solar system and beyond at Sizing Up the Universe, www.smithsonianeducation.org/students/idealabs/
. Have a stellar time!


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