Week of January 15, 2012

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

Light is what kind of energy?

How did Native Americans measure time and distance?
Based on their hunting and gathering skills
Based on the position of the sun
Based on the stars

When was Emily Carr born?
Feb. 3, 1671
July 21, 1771
Dec. 13, 1871

Shine the Light

prismOptics for Kids,
, wants you to learn cool and interesting things about Optics, or the science of light. Click on What Is Light? to begin. Did you know that light travels 186,000 miles per second? You might also be surprised to learn that you can bend light with concave and convex lenses. You have probably seen rainbow reflections come from prisms, but did you know this is really white light split into separate parts? From light lasers to future careers in physics, this site has it all covered.

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Finding Your Way

old compassLewis and Clark: Mapping the West, mnh.si.edu/education/lc/
, sets the historical stage for an important moment in U.S. history. This site allows you to explore maps and other neat tools, such as celestial observations and chronometers, that were integral in their discoveries. Native Americans also played a role in Lewis and Clark's adventures by sharing their knowledge of the land. Check out Mapping on the Trail to find out how new locations were recorded by these brave explorers. Go west and find new adventures today.

A Cool Carr

Carr paintingMeet a talented artist at the Vancouver Art Gallery's Emily Carr exhibition, virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Emily
. This animal and nature lover painted original and colorful works that will tickle any art lover's fancy. Visit Technical Practices to get a behind-the-scenes look at Emily's art techniques. Take special note of the time periods under Emily Carr: A Biographical Sketch to see some of her famous works, such as “Totem Walk at Sitka”, and discover the inspiration and history behind them. This is a visual banquet, so take your time and enjoy.

Speak Out

What do you do before you
go to sleep at night?

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Year of the Dragon

It's almost time to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which falls sometime between Jan. 21 and Feb. 19 each year. This date varies because the Chinese calendar is based on lunar cycles and starts the new year at the second new moon after the winter solstice. There are lots of fun ways to celebrate. Visit these sites to learn more about Chinese New Year and find some cool crafts and recipes.

The Chinese Calendar

Spring Festival

Chinese New Year Recipes for Kids

Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids


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