Week of January 1, 2012

Cool Spots
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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

Which two animals are featured in The Thicket Game?
The squirrel and the hawk
The snake and the coyote
The rabbit and the ocelot

Can a black light give you a sunburn?
Only after very long periods of time

Where is the Skagit River?

The Great Outdoors

SpikeTexas Parks and Wildlife, tpwd.state.tx.us/
, welcomes young adventurers to explore outdoor learning in a virtual environment. Click on Wild Things to examine beautiful flowers, meet Tortuga Tex, uncover dinosaurs and more. Fun Stuff has wonderful offerings such as Arts and Crafts and coloring pages. Print out the ones that interest you and get wild with your crayons. If you are itching to go outside, browse through Outside Games & Activities for Animal Olympics, Bug Picking and the Roadrunner Relay Race. Have fun!

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Try This at Home

gloopScience Is Fun: Home Experiments, scifun.chem.
, invites you to enjoy and share science experiments with friends and family members. Check around your house for common ingredients such as cabbage or glow-in-the-dark sticks to begin. Did you know that floating soap bubbles in carbon dioxide will help you discover the hard truth behind these fragile beauties? Now see if a bowling ball will sink or float in a tub of water. You can layer liquids and clean silver as you discover science today.

Culture Watch

measuringScholastic Explorers: Native American Cultures, teacher.
, is ready to open the door to ancient and modern-day Native American cultures in New Mexico, Utah and Washington. Accept your mission to take on the Skagit River, where the salmon need your attention. Learn about their migration patterns and take part in species protection. Venture to Canyon Rock Art and see interviews that will help you understand the significance of amazing native artifacts. Complete the Field Reports before you move on.

Speak Out

What is your New Year's resolution?

Speak Out Here!

Feeling and Dealing

Have you ever wondered where your feelings come from? Whether you're feeling angry, happy or sad, it's because your brain is releasing chemicals that make you feel a certain way in response to a situation. Your body will react to these chemicals too. For example, you might start sweating if you feel nervous or cry if you feel sad.

Although we can't choose our feelings, we can learn to respond to them in a positive way. Talking about your emotions with a parent or trusted friend can help you feel better. You can also try writing in a journal if you aren't ready to talk to someone yet. For tips on talking about feelings, check out kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/thought/talk_feelings.html.

Many people find it helpful to take a few deep breaths when they are feeling angry or upset. This can help you calm down and think clearly instead of letting your emotions get the best of you. Learn more about how to manage your feelings at cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335


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