Week of January 25, 2015
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What is the biomarker identity in The Case of the Potshard?
A serving dish
A cooking dish
A burial urn

Which animal lives in a burrow?

On average, how long does an astronaut exercise per day?
2 hours
1 hour
3 hours

Dig Deep

InspectorThe University of Bristol presents Paleodetective,
bit.ly/1yYPolY, where you will gather evidence to learn about ancient artifacts. Visit the Incident Room and choose a case to get started. Discover what a marine snail has to do with a substance found in an ancient Syrian cave in The Case of the Purple Potion. What was this substance used for? Travel to the Dorset Coast in England and examine a clay formation. Dig deeper to identify the biomarkers associated with it. Guess what oil has to do with clay formations. Each clue will help you reach your deductions.

Play Penguin Jump
Drag Race Division

Learning Games

AlienDynaMo, bbc.co.uk/
, and his friends love to learn through games. Take a Step Back in Time with Gleep and Josie in History. Gleep is an alien who visits Josie while she is doing a project about how people lived 100 years ago. Josie’s house looked very different in 1900. Discover what people did for entertainment at home before television. Do you like trivia? DynaMo’s Show has you drag objects to their time period. Dynamazing Games like Splat! challenge you with questions about subjects from math to science.

Space Station

space stationHave you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the International Space Station, nasa.gov/mission_
? Scientists who live there are doing research to help make life better here on Earth. In Benefits for Humanity, you will learn how these scientists are working to make space travel safer, and how they are also developing solar-powered water purification plants for rural areas of the world. Take a Tour of the ISS with Suni Williams and see what the interior of the facility is like. Can you imagine living that far away from home for an entire year? Find out how the crew eat, sleep and exercise in A Day in the Life Aboard the ISS.

Speak Out

What state would you be interested in researching?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: I have an assignment for a research project on my state, and I don’t know where to start. Can you help? — Jessie S., Helena, Montana?

Dear Jamie: When I did a project like this, I focused on finding interesting facts that my instructor might not know about the state I picked. Online resources I found helpful included State Websites for Kids, kids.usa.gov/
, which has links to sites for every state with loads of information.

The United State Census Bureau provides a State Facts for Students page, census.gov/schools/facts, where you can find data about population, geography and businesses for each state. Fifty States and Fifty Fun Facts, factmonster.com/ipka/A0770175.html, is a another good site for information to make your project more interesting.

For example, if I were doing a project about California, I could write about General Sherman, a 3,500-year-old tree that is one of the world’s oldest living things. If I were writing about Georgia, I would mention that the Girl Scouts were founded in Savannah by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912.


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