Week of July 29, 2007

Shock Smarts

Become a hero by keeping your home safe when you visit Electrical Safety World at www.dtekids.com/
electric/index.html
. Click on For Kids to learn the ins and outs of electricity and how power works in the houses that make up your neighborhood. Tell Me More can answer just about any question that sparks an interest in your mind. Ready for some fun? Join Sofia, Alex and Taylor in Games and help find hidden electrical dangers in their neighborhoods. Make the Safe Choice helps you learn about different electrical hazards that might occur in your own home. (This site is no longer available.)

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Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

What is electricity?

A form of energy
A powerful shock
A times release of power

 

What is consolidant?

A strengthening liquid
A type of cement
A glue based product

 

What was used to keep track of crops?
The khipo
The khipa
The khipu

 

Diggin' on Dinos

Grab your gear because you are heading out on a virtual dinosaur dig courtesy of the Smithsonian at http://paleo
biology.si.edu/dinosaurs/
interactives/dig/main.html
. Break out your rock pick and carefully chisel away at a hidden fossil. As you unveil your underground treasure, carefully use your paintbrush to flick away bits of dirt and dust. Gently wrap, bag and tag your specimen before taking it back to the museum. Once you arrive at your lab, unwrap your prehistoric marvel and prepare it for an exhibition. Click and drag the bones into place to show off your find.


Ancient and Awesome

Learn all about the early history of the Western Hemisphere when you visit Ancient Americas at www.carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY /AA/aaflashfront.htm. Did you know the world's first mummies can be found along the coast of Chile? Next time you open your fridge, check out your favorite foods. Many tasty treats like chocolate and potatoes come from the Americas. If you love soccer or football you might be surprised to learn that team sports originated with the Native Americans. Did You Know gives a brief history of the people who lived here before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492.


What are some of your favorite summer treats to eat?

 

Speak Out Here!

Summer Days

Summer is one of my favorite seasons. The days are longer and warmer, so I get to spend more time outside. I can play with my friends or go swimming in our pool. “Fun in the sun” is the summer's mantra, but before you bask in the warm rays there are a few things you need to know.

Earth's ozone layer is meant to provide a protective barrier from the sun. The ozone is becoming thinner, and this allows more of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays to reach us. These rays can hurt people and make them sick.

You have to protect your body from UV radiation. These UV rays can cause damage including unsightly premature aging or
serious skin cancer. There are lots of things you can do to stay burn free. Find sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and put on protective clothing before you enjoy summer's outdoor offerings. So, lather yourself up with sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, and throw on your cool summer shades for a super safe outdoor adventure.

For more tips on staying safe during the summer, visit SunWise Kids at www.epa.gov/sunwise/kids.

—Amy

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