Week of December 25, 2011

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How much almond extract do you add to make Wheat Berry Muffins?
¼ teaspoon
½ teaspoon
1 teaspoon

Where do many Acidophiles live?

What does NSF stand for?
New Sciences Federation
Numbers, Science, Fun
National Science Foundation

Freedom of Information

bookworm readingIndy Kids, A Free Paper for Free Kids, indykids.net, is a great place for those “in the know” or those who want to learn more about kid-friendly current events. Browse the front page to discover national and world news that applies to you. Topical stories and awesome movie reviews are just a click away. This site covers all areas, from science to entertainment, so you are sure to find something that interests you. Before you move on, visit Puzzles and Games and finish up with Who Am I? or Break the Code. Share this one with any budding journalists you know.

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Alien Adventures

ice wormWatch the Earth rotate at Planet Quest's Alien Safari, planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/
, and click on one of the “life zones” to see extreme species such as Bacillus Infernus. This heat lover lives deep underground in Africa. Did you know that entire communities of organisms can live without sunlight? In the Galapagos Islands, these organisms have given scientists hope that water life might exist on one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa. From ice worms to heat-loving hyperthermophiles, you will be wowed.

Calculation and Manipulation

tangram manIf math is your thing, check out the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives, nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/
. This amazing collection of lessons is the perfect place to hone your skills. Search for your grade level to begin. Kindergarteners through second-graders can learn from bar charts and a virtual abacus. Factor trees, naming fractions and pie charts will help those in third through fifth grades work complex math problems and tackle new material. Bookmark this site because you can use it through high school, and pass it on to your teachers for resource sharing.

Speak Out

What is your favorite part of
the holiday season?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How can we stop bullying in school? — Anonymous, Vicksburg, Miss.

Dear Anonymous: According to poll results from KidsHealth, kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/poll_bullying.html, nearly half of the kids surveyed said they had been bullied before. Bullying is a serious problem, but there are plenty of things you can to do help. Examine your own behavior and make sure that you never bully others. If you’re being bullied, don’t respond with violence. The best thing to do if you’re being bullied, or see someone else being bullied, is to tell a teacher or another trusted adult. If you feel safe enough to speak up, then tell the bully to “Stop it!”

Want to learn more about dealing with bullies? There are lots of great resources online such as KidsHealth, kidshealth.org/kid/grow/school_stuff/
, and Pacer Kids Against Bullying, www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.
. StopBullying.gov has information for kids, teens, parents, educators and more. Check out some webisodes and learn how to get help with bullying problems. Bullying is a tough issue to tackle, but together we can make a difference in our schools and communities.


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