Week of June 10, 2012

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

What is the key characteristic of invertebrates?
Animals without a tail
Animals without a backbone
Animals without claws

Air produces two forces of flight. What are they?
Lift and thrust
Thrust and drag
Lift and drag

Who were the very first people to live in Utah?
Ancestral Pueblo people
Archaic people

Discover Butterflies

butterflyNearly one million invertebrates are known to science. Learn about one of the most beautiful types at Butterfly School,butterfly
. Moths are similar to butterflies; learn which one develops in a cocoon. On average, adult butterflies live for only two weeks. The transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is an amazing process. Learn how to find and care for a caterpillar, and experience its metamorphosis first hand in Raising Butterflies and Moths. Then Make a Butterfly House of your own to keep it in.

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Science of Flight

Harrier fighterThe Smithsonian Air and Space Museum helps unravel the mystery of How Things Fly, howthingsfly.si.edu. To understand flight you must first learn how the Forces of Flight work together. Once you understand the delicate balance, you will realize why We Aren’t Built to Fly. Gravity and Air are everywhere; calculate your weight on Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. Visit the Paper Airplane Gallery in Activities for inspiration to Create Your Own Paper Airplane. In the Distance Challenge, see how far your virtual plane can fly in 30 days.

Rich History

map of Utah countiesMormon pioneers, Spanish explorers, prehistoric people and tales of adventure await you in Utah State History, ilovehistory.
. Go to People to find out which Utah home is older than the Great Pyramids. Danger Cave, a large cave that prehistoric peoples began inhabiting after the Ice Age, contains artifacts left by people who lived there 11,000 years ago! Once you discover the people, land and important Events in Time, try some Fun Stuff. See how our technology compares to tools used thousands of years ago in the Archaic Technology Game.

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Dear Amy: Is it OK to talk to my teacher online? — Cassidi, Houston, Texas

Dear Cassidi: The Internet has opened up new ways of connecting with people. It makes keeping in touch with family and friends easier than ever, but it also raises some important issues. Emailing or messaging a teacher on a class message board can be a great way to get help on tough homework problems. What’s important is making sure you respect boundaries. Just as you wouldn’t call or visit a teacher at home, it’s not a good idea to send personal messages or add your teacher as a “friend” on any social networking site. If you do communicate with your teacher online, be sure to have a parent or guardian supervise. To learn more about Internet safety, visit 4kids.org/safesurf.

Dear Amy: Where can I find a fun learning website that’s appropriate for my age? — Skylar, Sierra Blanca, Texas

Dear Skylar: Many educational sites are great for kids of all ages, but others are best for a certain age group. Check out kids.gov to find learning sites organized by grade level and topic. Choose K-5 or 6-8, and then browse in the category you want. Have fun!


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