Bear With It
The wilds of Alaska are home to some of the most beautiful plants and
animals in the world, including the awe-inspiring grizzly bear. At Showdown at Grizzly River, you'll enjoy the adventures of a bear cub and his elders living at the majestic McNeil River Falls. Head due north to www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/showdown-at-grizzly-river/introduction/2069. You will meet Toughie, a cub who must overcome many challenges to make it to adulthood, and Woofie, who spends his summers stealing salmon from his fellow bears. A section called Fish Food features the bears hunting and chowing down on their favorite meal: salmon. Bring your binoculars and prepare to feast your eyes on one of nature's most incredible sights.
Alaska is known for its snow, but it's also home to one of the most amazing collection of wildflowers in the world. Smell the flowers at http://library.thinkquest.org/6274. It's a great way to learn about how plants grow, how bees gather nectar, and how flowers survive in a frozen tundra. Dig the plant science, but you've got to stop and smell the roses in life, too, right? Why not start with the Alaskan Prickly Rose, also known as the "Itchy Bottom Plant." For all flower-loving folks, put on your virtual parka, button up and head to the Arctic while the bloom is on!
Like games? Whether you're into crossword puzzles or memory games, you'll love the activities at the Learning Planet. Get ready to put your noodle into high gear at www.learningplanet.com. This site is loaded with interactive goodies for all ages. The games are categorized by age-level so you can play games that are just right for you. Rocket scientists will love Spacey Math, where players have to stop an alien invasion. Put your skills in math to good use, and save the world. Or help the site's resident sleuth, Detective N. A. Shell, find the hidden words at Word Search. Other challenges at the site include Fraction Frenzy and the United States Geography Quiz. Looking for more activities? Check out what other kids think at the Planet Poll. And be sure to treat yourself to a round of Brickball, a "breakout" style game with a baseball twist. Learning Planet's fun, educational games are definitely out of this world. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)
1. What plants grow in the sub-alpine region?
Dear Amy: I want to learn more about the new gold dollar. --Kerry,
Dear Kerry: The U.S. Mint Web site has the scoop on the new Golden Dollar
at www.usmint.gov/goldendollar/default.htm. Learn about the life of
Sacagawea as well as about production of this beautiful coin. The Frequently
Asked Questions link will help you get started in finding out more about the
dollar. About the Golden Dollar offers information on the selection process
that led to the production of the Sacagawea dollar, and the Golden Events
link offers a cool timeline. (This site is no longer