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Week of March 7, 2010

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How can you tell one zebra from the next?
Their eyes
Their unique patterns  
Their tails  

In what form is gold found?
Nuggets
Liquid
Thin sheets

Where should you look while riding a park ride?
Eyes front
Eyes back
Eyes down

Get Wild, Child!

chimpLet the wonders of nature fill your computer screen at Dublin Zoo's Animals and Plants, www.dublinzoo.ie/
inside.asp?pageId=5&
sectionId=3&level=1
. This alphabetical list of amazing animals will have you clicking through your favorites in no time. Sub-zero temperatures await you if you want to climb into the Arctic fox's foxhole. If you are looking for a warmer welcome, check out the parrot, native to the American tropics. Look for links on your search page for tips on where you can explore for further research.
 
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Metal Heads

nugget of copperMetal may be hard and strong, but skill, finesse and beauty can be found in many metallic creations. Metal Matters, http://library.
thinkquest.org/08aug/01930
/callingallsmiths.html
, is a site for future “smiths.” Metal is everywhere, from architecture to jewelry. The Virtual Miner lets you search the world for whatever metal you choose, from aluminum to zinc. Metals and Man is set up to show you all the different ways metal is used to better the lives of people. This site will increase your appreciation for these vital substances.


Thrilling!

kids on a roller coasterBefore you climb onboard your favorite roller coaster or go cuckoo for carnivals, learn what you need to stay safe while having a good time at The Saferparks Kids Club, http://saferparks.org/kids_club. Start with WrongWay Cartoons, where you will be asked important questions about riding rides the right way. SaferKids Rule will hook you up with other smart cookies who are having fun but doing it with their safety in mind. The next time you venture out for a journey in excitement, you'll know what to do.
Speak Out

Do you have a favorite roller coaster ride?
If so, which one?

Speak Out Here!

Know Your Neighbor?

I'm not talking about the people who live next door, but rather Earth's next-door neighbor, Mars. This rusty red planet is visible at night to the naked eye, and it looks bright orange-red due to the iron-rich soil on its surface. Scientists are carefully studying the planet using data from the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. These rovers landed in January 2004 and are still roaming the Martian surface today. You can track Spirit and Opportunity and find out the latest news from Mars at http://marsrover.
nasa.gov/home
. If you've got a pair of red and blue 3-D glasses, be sure to check out the 3-D images of the Martian surface.

Another cool site is Google Mars, www.google.com/mars, where you can explore elevation, visible and infrared maps of Mars. Click on “Spacecrafts” to pinpoint the landing sites of various landers and rovers, or look at geographical features such as “Mountains” and “Craters.” If you want to learn more about Mars, visit World Book at NASA, www.nasa.gov/worldbook/
mars_worldbook.html
. Have fun!

—Amy

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