Week of May 4, 2014
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What materials did William Notman use to create fake snow in his studio?
Sheep's fleece and course salt
White paint
All of the above

How many species of sea turtles exist worldwide?

What award did Mario Molina win in 1995?
Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Pulitzer Prize
Medal of Honor

Optical Illusions

GrasshopperPhotographic Fictions, photographymuseum.com/
, takes you back to a time when there were no computers, photo-editing programs or digital cameras. Photographers had to find creative ways to edit or enhance photographs. For instance, the first color photos started out as black and white, and color was added after the picture was printed. Today you can fade a background or adjust colors with the click of a button. In the Introduction, you’ll see innovative ways photo masters found to enhance their work.

Play Tugboat Addition
Tugboat Addition

Virtual Field Trips

WolfHave you ever heard about an interesting place and wanted to take a trip there yourself? Field Trip Earth, fieldtripearth.org, will take you on virtual adventures around the world. You can select a featured field trip or choose one from the map. Go on a Whale Shark Expedition or check out Atlantic Sea Turtles. Each trip includes facts About the Species, details About the Region and a Media Gallery. Did you know that the Przewalski horse was nearly extinct when a recovery effort in Mongolia began with just 11 horses that were in zoos?

Hispanic Heritage

KidsCelebrate Hispanic Heritage, teacher.scholastic.com/activities/
, with Scholastic as you examine a history that goes back 500 years. Click on the interactive map to discover key moments in Hispanic History. Meet Famous Latinos such as Mario Molina, who, along with two other scientists, discovered the negative effects of chemicals on the ozone layer. They found that chemicals contained in spray cans, air conditioners and other household items were destroying the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Discover other amazing contributions Latinos in History have made.

Speak Out

What new skill would you like to learn this summer?

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Today, in the United States, it is also a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. You may be surprised to learn that Cinco de Mayo is a bigger holiday in the United States than it is in Mexico. Still, it is an excellent opportunity to embrace a different culture. While many people celebrate by eating Mexican food, there are other ways to make the holiday special.

This is a great time to be creative and find fun activities for you and your family to do at home. You can have a party that includes a taco bar, listen to Mexican music, make maracas or even construct a piñata. You can also find books and research the history behind the holiday. You’ll find these and other great ideas at: sheknows.com/parenting/articles/957507/cinco-de-mayo-party-ideas. Visit the Holiday Zone, theholidayzone.com/cinco, to find arts and crafts, songs, activities and recipes you can use to plan your celebration.


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