Week of September 2, 2012
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Which school did Chihuly cofound in 1971?
Pilchuck Glass School
Carlisle School of Glass Art
Urban Glass

How many species of grasshoppers
are there in
the world?
About 5,000
About 12,000
Over 18,000

What are the four stages
of water treatment?
Coarse carbon filtering, fine carbon filtering, reverse osmosis, UV disinfection
Screening, nitrogen removal, filtering, disinfection
Settling, airing, filtering, chemicals

Glass Masterpiece

glass artwork Dale Chihuly, a leader in the development of blown glass as fine art, showcases his magnificent work at chihuly.com. Are you an artist? You may be inspired to channel your creative energy in a new direction once you view this captivating display. The Artist presents Chihuly’s biography and stunning photographs of his Selected Works. Move to Artwork to explore breathtaking Exhibitions displayed at museums and gardens all over the world. To experience these masterpieces in person, visit Places to find an exhibit near you.

Play Tractor Multiplication
Tractor Multiplication

Insects Alive!

boxelder bugAre you fascinated by fireflies? Annoyed by ants? Worried about wasps? Learn about insects of North America — what they eat, how long they live and where to find them — at bugfacts.net. This site is full of information on everything from how insects develop to how far a praying mantis can see. Did you know that some types of cicada larvae may live underground for as long as 17 years, but once they emerge as adults, they live only a few weeks? Print the Insect Checklist and see how many of these critters you can spot around your neighborhood!


water monitorWater Monitors, rolls-royce.com/interactive_
, have interesting and important jobs. You can become a water monitor in this interactive game. Take a virtual trip with the water experts to the mountain, woodland and farm to test the water in each area. Hop on the bus to get started, but don’t forget your tools, map and laptop; you’ll need them to collect information and record your results. Once you’ve gathered your data, head over to the Water Treatment Plant to see how the purification process works and test the water once it’s been treated. Learn the water cycle, then head back to school to analyze your results!

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Flying South

This month I’m keeping a close eye out for monarch butterflies as they migrate to Mexico. Monarch butterflies are cold-blooded and cannot fly during the winter months. In order to survive, these colorful butterflies migrate south to warmer climates for the winter, which can mean a journey of up to 3,000 miles away!

Scientists have many questions about monarch migration, such as how they navigate to overwintering sites and how weather conditions affect their journey. One way we can learn about monarchs is by tagging them to track their travels. The butterflies are carefully captured, tagged and then released. Participants who tag monarchs record the tag number, date, location and other information for each one they tag.

If you would like to learn more about monarch migration or participate in tagging, visit Monarch Watch, monarchwatch.org. You can also learn how to make a monarch waystation to help these beautiful creatures survive their long journey.



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