Week of October 27, 2013
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What was Rep. Chang concerned about?
Safety and order for the park
Noise in the park
Having a community park instead of a dog park

What are solar fireflies?
Solar storms
Solar explosions
Solar x-ray bright points

Which town
has the same number of
polar bears
and people?

Step into Office

city councilYou are a newly elected representative when you play the American Democracy Game,
democracygame.org. Your new job comes with an office, staff and computer. The public can follow the decisions you make on RepBook. First order of business is Bill 377. Mr. Barker and his dog Mr. Pickles have a petition to build a dog park, but neighbors have concerns. Examine the facts carefully before making a decision, including which amendments should be made to the bill if you are to support it. Good luck!

Play Penguin Jump
Penguin Jump

Our Spectacular Sun

sunTake a look inside the sun at Sun|trek, suntrek.org. Choose a Sun|trek Adventure to get started. Did you know that the sun has temper tantrums? In Magnetic Sun you’ll see images of solar flares taken by the TRACE satellite. Learn about solar fireflies, and watch a huge eruption in “NASA SDO First Light” from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. As you explore the sun, Solar Guides share their knowledge. These scientists live all over the world, and their job is to learn about the sun. See amazing movies and pictures in the Gallery.

Animals Across the Globe

elephantGo Wild, gowild.wwf.org.uk, with games and activities that will teach you about your favorite animals. In Asia, help a lost rhino find his mother when you play Escape the Poachers. Did you know that the Sumatran tiger may be homeless soon if we don’t protect its habitat? Explore the Oceans with Shelley the hawksbill turtle, then take the Water World Quiz to test your knowledge. Meet Sakari the polar bear and read about Scott’s Antarctic expeditions. They were dangerous, but they led to important discoveries about the South Pole. In the Americas, help the Amazon River dolphin get home in Dolphin Danger.

Speak Out

Would you like to serve a public office? Which one?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can I learn more about history? — Isabella, Arlington, Ala.

Dear Isabella: Fortunately there are many places on the Web where you can learn about history. I think it’s fun to find sites that let you experience what it was like to live in a different time, such as:

From Blacksmiths to Blackboards civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/tresors/village /index_e.asp

The Medieval Game of Life

Mission US

If you are doing research for a history paper or project, it’s nice to go to a site that has a great searchable database so you can find the facts you need to gather quickly. The Smithsonian Institution, si.edu, is the largest museum in the world and is a great place to find interesting facts and topics for an assignment. The Library of Congress, loc.gov/families, is also a wonderful resource if you are looking to ace your next history project.

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