Week of September 13, 2015
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Why is scuba diving a crucial skill for an astronaut?
To learn to hold their breath in space
To learn balance in the space shuttle
To get used to spaceís zero gravity

How many grams of sugar are in a chocolate chip muffin?

Which chemicals are used in
Formaldehyde, methanol, radium
Mercury, uranium, lead
All of the above

Learn a New Skill

saturnAre you up for a challenge? Visit Do It Yourself, diy.org, a safe space where kids can go to learn new skills and share what they’ve created with their peers. Choose a topic in Skills to get started. Discover the magic behind the movies in Animator. Or Build a Digital 3D Model using software like Sketchup, in Architect. Make a Treasure Map in Cartographer, where Alex will teach you how to find nearby geocaches. Upload your completed projects and earn patches. Trends and Staff Picks will inspire you in Explore. All you have to do is try, and you’ll be surprised at the things you are capable of!

Play Dirt Bike Proportions
Dirt Bike Proportions

Wise Food Choices

Space KidSee if you can power your body with enough food and energy to fly to Planet Power in the Blast Off Game, www. fns.usda.gov/multimedia/Games/
. Your MyPlate spaceship requires smart food choices and exercise to complete the mission. It is your job to make the right choices throughout the day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Be sure you choose from every food group. As you select your meals, you will learn more about their nutritional value. At least 60 minutes of physical activity is required throughout the day. When you are happy with your choices, Blast Off!

What Is Fracking?

SkylineHave you ever wondered where the natural gas that powers household appliances in many parts of the United States comes from? Dangers of Fracking, dangersoffracking.com, takes a look at Hydraulic Fracturing, a controversial drilling process that extracts natural gas from the earth. Drilling a single gas well requires 1 to 8 million gallons of water, which is mixed with chemicals and sand, then injected into a pipeline. Critics of fracking say some of these chemicals can contaminate the groundwater near the wells. Find out how you can stay informed and support the FRAC Act, so that your community can stay aware of chemicals that may be present in your drinking water.

Speak Out

How much sleep per night do you
usually get during the school year?

Speak Out Here!

Healthy Habits

Getting good grades in school requires a lot of energy. While it’s fun to stay up late on weekends, getting enough sleep on school nights is extremely important. Your body requires at least 10 hours of sleep per night. When you’ve had the right amount of sleep, you will be able to pay better attention in class, get your work done more quickly and learn more efficiently.

One way to promote good sleep is to get into a quiet routine before bedtime. Having a snack, turning off your phone and choosing a relaxing activity such as reading are all good ways to get your body ready to have a peaceful night’s sleep. Find these and other tips at Sleep for Kids, sleepforkids.org.

After you’ve had a good night’s sleep, begin your day with a healthy breakfast. You might think soft drinks and sugary foods will wake you up in the morning, but the truth is, you won’t feel full very long unless you include protein in your breakfast. A fruit smoothie with protein powder or yogurt is great for breakfast on the run. Find some terrific healthy recipes at Cook With Amber, cookwithamber.com.

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