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What are Scutes made of?

What is the Quyana (Thank You) Song essentially about?
Being grateful
Celebrating a good harvest
Growing up

Why did the Vikings have to be skilled navigators?
To trade, explore and plunder
To find buried treasure and make maps
So they wouldn't get lost while fishing

Turtle Tales

turtleWhy did the turtle cross the road? Should you have helped him? Learn the answer at All About Turtles, octopus.gma.org/turtles. The snapping turtle is quick, with razor-sharp jaws to catch its prey. A Tale of Two Turtles takes you into the fascinating world of two well-known species from birth to adulthood. Find out why plastic bags are bad news for turtles. Did you know that the loggerhead turtle can grow to be 300 pounds or that a turtle has ears? What did Roman soldiers have in common with turtles? Find out in Turtle Defense.

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Puppy Pull

Music and Dance

scissor danceThe National Museum of the American Indian presents Circle of Dance, nmai.si.edu
, a look at the influence of music and dance in native peoples’ lives. Study colorful costumes in the Tlingit Ku.éex’ Entrance Dance and see why their songs are so easy to learn. Find out the significance of the ceremonial Hopi Butterfly Dance and who may participate. Does this remind you of celebrations in other cultures? The Pajko’ora Dance has changed dramatically over time – what does it mean today?

Become a Viking

viking girlIt’s time to attend Vikings! Training School, nms.ac.uk/kids/games_and_adventures/
, where interactive lessons teach you the skills of the ancient Vikings. Choose a character and a name to get started. The Warrior Challenge is fierce, as you choose your weapon and try to hit as many targets as you can in the allotted time. Do you have a steady hand? Carve a work of art from bone or create a piece of metalwork in the Craft Challenge. Practice makes perfect as you try to navigate your ship through the dangers of the high seas to reach Scotland. This is a graded challenge, so avoid the obstacles to get an A!

Speak Out

Do you speak up when you see
bullying? Why or why not?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How can I help fight bullying? — Madison, Gaffney, S.C.

Dear Madison: Bullying is a serious problem that affects many kids, and I’m so glad you want to help! If you or someone you know is being bullied, the most important thing you can do is tell a parent, teacher, guidance counselor or other trusted adult. Adults can help only if they know that bullying is happening, so be sure to speak up. Something else that can help is to be a friend to someone who is being bullied. Kids are more likely to be picked on if they are alone, so having friends around may help discourage a bully. Having a friend to talk to can also help bullied kids feel better. For more advice, visit mcgruff.org/#/Advice.

Also, check out Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying campaign at cartoonnetwork.com/promos/stopbullying. This site has resources for students, parents and educators who want to make a difference. You can watch videos, earn badges, Take the Pledge to Speak Up against bullying, and print flags to raise awareness and display your support. You can encourage your friends to get involved, too – the more people who take a stand against bullying, the better it is for everyone!


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