Week of February 18, 2001

Pandamania

There's a new panda in town -- actually two of them. Welcome Mei Xiang and Tian Tian at the Giant Pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoo Web site at http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas The site features tons of great pictures of the cute black-and-white bears, as well as a live Pandacam. Follow the links about panda research, and examine the map of the pandas' cool habitat. Then take a look at the history of pandas at the National Zoo. Learn about the first pandas traded with China, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing. For younger kids, there are coloring pages and puzzles. Finally, check out the All About Pandas and Frequently Asked Panda Questions links. Enjoy your visit with these fascinating bears.

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How much bamboo do pandas eat daily?

60 pounds
20 pounds
40 pounds

 

What Indian chief did the 10th Cavalry campaign against in 1879-1880?

Chief Geronimo
Chief Victorio
Chief Joseph

 

What are the main volatiles associated with volcanoes?
nitrogen and oxygen
chlorine and carbon
water and carbon dioxide

 

 

 

Buffalo Soldiers

Hop on a horse and head west to The Buffalo Soldiers on the Western Frontier at www.imh.org/imh/buf/buftoc.html. You'll find tons of fun facts about the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments, the first peacetime African -American units. Find out how buffalo soldiers mapped the Southwest and strung telegraph lines prior to pioneers settling the area. The first buffalo soldiers were some of the best soldiers in the Army. (This site is no longer available.)


Be A Volcanologist!

Put on your hiking books and join the Volcano Expedition From the Field in Costa Rica at www.sio.ucsd.edu/volcano. Follow volcanologists on their journey at the Daily Log. View the photos of the amazing live volcanoes in Costa Rica. Consult the map to see exactly where the volcanoes are located. And be sure to read the Volcano Q & A to see what students from all over want to know about volcanoes. Be careful not to step in the lava!

What actions count as "good deeds"?

Speak Out Here!

Time Out for Recess

School isn't all about studying and tests. Sometimes you get to play, especially at recess. With that in mind, here are some homework helper Web sites about health and nutrition. Play hard, play smart, play healthy.

Infection Detection Protection
www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/infection

BrainPOP-Fitness
www.brainpop.com/health/growthanddevelopment/fitness/index.weml (This site is no longer available.)

Why Do I Need to Sleep?
www.kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/sleep.html

The Food Guide Pyramid
www.kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/pyramid.html

-- Amy


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