Week of July 17, 2005

Crazy Craniums

Get inside your head with Skulls, a California Academy of Sciences Web site exhibit, at www.calacademy.org/ exhibits/skulls. What is a Skull? Associates at the California Academy share their opinions. Structure and Function provides facts and answers to skull questions. Have you ever wondered why animal skulls look so different? In Diversity, check out different skulls and how they have adapted to the environment. Believe it or not, skulls are composed of living tissue and can tell a lot about a creature. In Living Tissue, with Field Associate Raymond Bandar’s help, examine a sea lion’s skull. Be hard-headed about this site.

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What is the main function of a skull?

Protect the spine
Protect the brain and sensory organs
Protect the heart and lungs

 

The Blériot II was airborne for how many feet?

100 feet
100 yards
100 miles

 

What is the favorite food of Asian elephants?
Wheat
Carrots
Beef

 

 

An English Channel First

Join Louis Blériot on his exciting journey over the English Channel. At www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/
bleriot
you'll be the co-pilot for one of the most daring aviators in history. Board the Tour a Blériot XI to view a slide show about the oldest operational airplane in the United States, the very plane Blériot designed and flew over the channel. Reach your cruising altitude with Too Much Imagination, and check out amazing images of Blériot's earlier designs and prototypes of aircrafts. For some in-flight entertainment, read A Soaring Obsession and Queen of the Channel Crossing.


The Story of Chai, Asian Elephant

Witness the amazing birth of the first Asian elephant born at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo at www.zoo.org/ chai/site/main.htm. Read The Story of Chai’s selection for the program and the science involved with her pregnancy. The site features biological facts about Asian elephants as well as cool descriptions of how elephants have been used throughout history. Then take time to meet The Baby. You can watch tons of videos, view photos in the Gallery, and learn how baby Hansa got her name. This site is huge! (This site is no longer available.)


What do you do to entertain yourself on long car trips?

 

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Get Creative

Are your hands itching to piece together a creation? Well, if so, I have some awesome project sites for you. When you are bored and looking for something to do this summer, you can gather materials around your house and make anything from hand puppets to a bluebird house. Have an adult help you with dangerous items, and remember to clean up your mess!

Speculations
www.speculations.com/art4kids

Arts Connected/ The Artist's Toolkit
www.artsconnected.org/toolkit

PBS Kids/ Zoom Activities
http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/do

Ivy Joy Construction Projects for Kids
www.ivyjoy.com/rayne/craftsforkids.html

(The first site is no longer available.)

--Amy

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