Week of September 10, 2017
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What causes a Tsunami?
Seafloor uplift or landslides
Earthquakes or volcanic activity
All of the above
If you ride your bike one hour a day, how many miles will you ride in a year?
More than 2,000
More than 3,000
More than 5,000

What is another name for the meerkat?

Learn About Weather

VolcanoWeather Wiz Kids, weatherwizkids.com, was created by meteorologist Crystal Wicker. Have you ever wondered why some areas get more rain than others, or why certain parts of the world are cool while others are warm most of the time? Get answers to these and other questions in Weather. In Natural Disasters, read about earthquakes, volcanoes and other catastrophic forces. Are you ready for a challenge? Learn to Make Lightning or Track a Thunderstorm in Experiments. Enjoy the Weather Jokes, and then find out what it will take to become a meteorologist in Kid’s Zone Career Corner.

Play Kitten Match
Kitten Match

Stay Healthy

Kids Get ActiveLet’s Get Active, tinyurl.com/ydbscknk, shares practical ideas for families to get healthier. In Moving to a Healthier Life, examine each scene and select the activity that would work best for your family. For instance, instead of taking the bus to school, could you walk or bike with your siblings? If you make small changes to the activities you already do as a family, you’ll be surprised at how much more exercise you get. Calculate how many hours of Screen Time you spend each day. Did you know that if you spend four hours a day looking at a screen, that adds up to 61 days of screen time per year?

Animal Facts You Never Knew!

MeerkatThe Animal Fact Guide, animalfactguide.com, is a terrific place to gather information about many types of animals, some of which may be unfamiliar to you. Did you know that meerkats have sentries who alert the group if a predator is near? Find out how these creatures are uniquely adapted to survive in the Kalahari Desert in Africa. Discover some unusual behaviors that gave the Tasmanian devil its name. The ring-tailed lemur can only be found on the island of Madagascar. Can you find out how long it stays with its mother? Whether you are creating a science project for school or writing a paper about your favorite animal, this is a great place to begin your research.

Speak Out

What healthy activity do you and
your family enjoy together?

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Broadcasting for a Cause

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and it provides a good opportunity for kids to learn about initiatives like Seacrest Studios, provided by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, ryanseacrestfoundation.org/what-we-do/#top. Seacrest Studios are media centers in children’s hospitals across the United States where pediatric patients can learn about broadcasting. The studios are housed in the hospitals so kids can learn about broadcast journalism and the technology used to create TV shows and radio programs, all while undergoing treatment.

Students from area journalism schools staff the centers to help patients learn to use the equipment, participate in radio shows and even create their own programming, guided by their interests.

Another initiative, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, was started by Alexandra Scott when she was just 4 years old, after being diagnosed with cancer before her first birthday. Find out more about her foundation and the amazing things she was able to accomplish before her death at 8 years old at alexslemonade.org/about/meet-alex.


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