Week of December 18, 2011

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How many people will die of rabies this year?

What color is ORT?

How do infantry men travel?
In a tank
On horseback
On foot

All About Rabies

dog with rabiesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents Rabies and Kids, www.cdc.gov/rabiesandkids. Click on What Is Rabies? to learn about the rabies virus and how it affects the brains of those who suffer from this sickness. Did you know that any mammal can contract rabies? Now check out the Warning Signs, such as excessive drooling, trouble moving and biting. If you think you have been exposed to rabies, be sure to see the doctor right away. Most people die if they are left untreated. Education is the best inoculation against this deadly disease.

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Don't Miss the Boat

microbeAre you looking for a challenge that will take you out of this world? Jump into Lifeboat to Mars, pbskids.org/lifeboat, to begin an unforgettable space mission to the red planet. Oh no! A huge explosion just occurred on your rocket ship! Unfortunately, many important microbes were destroyed in the blast. Get the 411 from ORT, the online robot trainee. Do you think you can help restore the microbes and keep plants and animals safe from harm? Start by playing games and work through the different levels as quickly as you can. The spaceship needs your help!

A Mystery in History

mystery personWho Am I?, americanhistory.
, invites kids to uncover clues as they discover identities. Choose one of the question marks to begin your quest. Each person comes with a number of clues, so choose the items you think belong to your mystery guest. Check the descriptions of items such as drums, caps and letters to see if you can move ahead in the game. Drag your items into the evidence folder to find out how close you are to learning the truth. Share this one with your history class.

Speak Out

How do you know that
someone is your best friend?

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Seasons and Solstices

Although it's chilly in many parts of the United States, it's not officially winter for a few more days. This year the winter solstice will occur on Dec. 22, 2011, 12:30 p.m. EST. The solstice marks the beginning of winter, but it's also the shortest day and longest night of the year. This is because Earth's rotation axis is tilted. During the winter solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun and receives less sunlight, creating winter. The Southern Hemisphere is tilted toward the sun and receives more sunlight, creating summer. Check out these sites to learn more about solstices and how the seasons work.

Winter Solstice

Can you explain why Earth has four seasons?


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