Week of February 23, 2014
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What is Mercury’s biggest meteor crater?
Caloris Basin
Fra Mauro

In Music Memory, what sound matches
the Aria?
A piano
A trumpet
A woman singing

What does the
Bloath feed
Man-eating plants
Poets and tea
Toys and trees

Is Pluto a Planet?

GalaxyJoin Nat and Geo
as they explore the
universe to discover
Pluto’s Secret, kids.national
. Before they get started, they have to complete training to learn how to move around in space. Gravity makes this pretty tricky. Did you know that spacesuit boots are weighted so you won’t just fly off into space? As you explore, collect oxygen capsules to keep your tank full. Now begin gathering information. Meet Scientist 1 on Mercury, but watch for falling rocks!

Play Spider Match
Spider Match

Orchestra Games

Man Playing TubaDo you have a favorite musical instrument? The
Boston Symphony Orchestra Kids Page, bso.org/kids, is a place where you’ll enjoy a wide variety of instruments. Music Memory is different from a typical memory game. Listen carefully when you turn over each card, because you have to match the instrument to its sound. Have you ever played a tuba on the run? In Catchy Tuba, you’ll use the arrow keys to move around fast to catch the correct notes. In Monstroment, throw the correct instruments at the monster and make him happy.

Animated Literature

Giving TreeEnter the magical world of Shel Silverstein, shelsilverstein.com/
. Readers worldwide know “The Giving Tree,” his beloved children’s book. He is also a poet, and you can see poems such as “Man-Eating Plant” and “About the Bloath” come to life in Animations. Can you listen to a poem and guess its title? Play Name That Poem to see. Download activity booklets, a bookmark and wallpaper to share. Listen to Audio Tracks like “The Toy Eater,” narrated by the author. You might reconsider leaving your toys on the floor after you hear this poem!

Speak Out

What activities are you looking forward to this spring?

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Dear Amy: How do airplanes fly? — Thomas D., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dear Thomas: In order to understand how a heavy airplane can soar through the sky, you have to begin to understand aerodynamics. There are four forces in place when an airplane flies through the air: thrust, drag, lift and weight.

Thrust is the force that propels you forward, such as that provided by the propeller or engine on the airplane. Drag is the force that presses against your hand when you stick it out the window of a moving car. The force is stronger if you squeeze your fingers together. In order to fly, thrust must be greater than or equal to drag.

The other forces in place are weight and lift. Weight is the force of gravity that opposes lift. As the plane moves forward on the runway, the wings tilt up in such a way that the pressure is on the bottom of the wing and the air moves more quickly above the wing, which results in lift.

To learn more about how planes fly, NASA provides an explanation just for kids in “How Do Planes Fly?” at nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/ames-how-do-planesfly-text.html

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