Week of July 17, 2011

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

Traditionally, what kinds of people have lived in South Africa?
Farmers and cattle herders

Why does your skin contain color?
To fight off germs
To keep you warm
To protect you from UV radiation

What species is “the Black Skull”?
Homo erectus
Homo sapien
Homo habilis

The Circle of Life

African statueCycles: African Life Through Art, www.imamuseum.org/
, welcomes those interested in how different cultures interpret human existence. Many African cultures see the stages of life as a circle from birth to eventual rebirth. Click on Begin to enter this beautiful art exhibit showing ritual and decorative objects from all over Africa. Choose from Youth, Adulthood, Leadership and Ancestors to browse through selections such as the Divination Tapper and the Male Ancestor Figure. Explore these amazing peoples and their traditions.

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Genius Genetics

gland cellWhat are you made up of? The Centre of the Cell, www.centreofthecell.org/
, will teach you all about cell function in the different parts of your body. Did you know that each of your cells contain thousands of genes? Even though all of your cells contain the same genetic code, they only use the genes that help with their specific function. Choose from Bone, Heart, Skin, Nerve and Gut and then scroll through the chromosomes to discover what makes those cells tick. Keep your eyes peeled, and share this site with your science class.

Human Nature

skullThe Smithsonian's Mystery Skull Interactive, http://humanorigins.
, allows you to discover the science hidden inside a human skull. Choose from one of the four mystery skulls to begin. Click and drag different skulls to compare them. If you need help with your cranial identification challenge, look to the side for hints. Remember to take your time, rotate the skulls, and look closely at their differences and similarities. This site is a brain challenge, so good luck!

Speak Out

What is your favorite board game?

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An Underwater World

At first glance, pond or lake water might not seem very interesting. Once you look at it through a microscope, though, you'll find a variety of tiny creatures. You might see some algae, hydra, worms or even water bears called tardigrades. Water bears are one of the coolest creatures out there. They can handle extreme temperatures and even survive years without water. Take a peek into the world of freshwater critters on these sites.

Microscopic Creatures in Water

Guide to Small and Microscopic Pond Life

A Virtual Pond Dip

Water Bears


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