Week of April 6, 2008

The People's Portrait

Whom do you share your world with? Find out at 100 People: A World Portrait, www.100people.org. This site inspires kids and adults to take a look at the different life experiences of the many people on our planet. Inform and entertain your brain as you explore this site and discover just where you fit in. Click on Videos to see cool clips from different continents, each featuring stories and music. If you like what you see, share 100 People with one of your teachers and get involved by contributing news from your area.

Nominate a cool Web site at http://www.4Kids.org/nominations/


Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

What percentage of people on Earth suffer from malnutrition?

30%
40%
50%

 

What percentage of Earth's creatures are invertebrates?

77%
87%
97%

 

Who painted “Kitty Fisher”?
Nathaniel Hone
Kitty Fisher
Jana Craig

 

Buggin' Out

Welcome to Super Bugs, www.mylearning.org/
interactive.asp?journeyid=
77&resourceid=311
,
where a top-secret lab needs your help. Jo, the curator at the Yorkshire Museum, has a special challenge for you. View the museum's collection of minibeasts, or invertebrates, and combine their different parts to create a superior species. Choose a head, body and limbs for your creation, and then add on two superpowers to keep your bug on top of the food chain. Later you can release your bug into the wild and see how well it survives. Good luck!


Art’s Hidden Traits

Creative kids will love Face It, www.show.me.uk/hosted/faceit, an interactive art gallery. Examine and enjoy famous paintings and the special touches that make them interesting and beautiful. Click on Colors and get plenty of cool information on why the artists chose the hues they used. Sometimes flashy colors are meant to highlight riches, while dark and light shades play off each other to please the eye. In Line Drawing, you can print and color famous works. But keep your eyes peeled for hidden meanings and secret symbols.


Do you play a musical instrument? Which one?

 

Speak Out Here!

Every Day is Earth Day

Earth Day isn't until April 22, but there's no reason we can't celebrate today! Making simple changes to our everyday habits can help make our planet a better place. For example, you can save water by not running the faucet while you brush your teeth, and only turn it on when you need to rinse. You can also take shorter showers to help conserve water.

Now that it's springtime, the weather is perfect for taking a walk. If you live close to your school, you can walk or bike to school instead of having someone drive. Not only will this help the Earth, but it will also keep you physically fit! If you live too far from school to walk, try carpooling.

Another simple change is to start recycling whenever possible. Aluminum cans, paper, plastic and glass bottles, and even more materials can be recycled. Visit a local recycling center to see which materials it accepts. For more Earth-saving ideas, check out www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-241. Together we can make our planet a better place!

—Amy

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