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Week of June 8, 2014
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Where have archaeologists recently found well-preserved Greek paintings?
Athens
Macedonia
Thessaloniki

Who are the Sea Ghosts?
Beluga Whales
Octopus
Sea horses

Why does
pepper make you sneeze?
A chemical called piper
The pepper particles in the air
An irritant called piperine

History Is Fun

VikingHas your social studies teacher ever introduced a topic in class that you wanted to know more about? History for Kids, his
toryforkids.net
, was created by a 12-year-old boy who decided to uncover the past himself. His website is full of facts, stories, games and quizzes. Whether you are researching Egypt or Ancient Greece, or looking for quizzes or puzzles to share before a presentation, you’ll want to bookmark this resource. Ancient Chinese Science is responsible for inventions such as kites, porcelain, paper and silk. Find out how they are made.

Play Word Frog
Word Frog

Take a Dive

SharkGet ready for Ocean Adventures, pbs.org/
kqed/oceanadventures
. Jean-Michel Cousteau and a team of marine professionals share their expeditions with you. In Call of the Killer Whale, you’ll learn why these creatures are at risk. Find out what orcas have in common with people. In Vanishing Sharks Interactive, see what is threatening the world’s shark populations and how they benefit ocean life. Get Involved to see What You Can Do to protect ocean life. Divers can protect habitats by not touching or taking
the marine life they see.


Science Facts

PlanetsThe Library of Congress presents Everyday Mysteries, loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/
archive.html
. Have you ever wondered why your knees sometimes make a popping sound as you walk, or if you can really build a house with straw? Find answers to your wackiest questions about everything from Astronomy to Home Economics here. Did you ever wonder how fortunes get into fortune cookies? Discover how static electricity works in Physics. Amaze your friends by counting the chirps of a cricket to tell the temperature. In Astronomy, learn why Pluto is no longer classified as a planet.

Speak Out

What do you do to keep in touch with your friends over summer break?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How do I stay connected with school friends over the summer? — David S., Ann Arbor, Mich.

Dear David: It can be hard to make plans when you are a kid and you don’t have a cellphone yet. In the summer, I usually talk to my mom about what we have planned for the week, then ask when I can invite a friend to join us.

We have a pool in our subdivision, so we love to invite friends to go swimming with us and bring a picnic lunch for a nice afternoon. Another thing we enjoy is free summer movies. Many towns will show free movies at a theater or outdoors, and it’s always fun to have a friend come along.

If your parents work during the day, make plans for the evening to go to the park, or take a walk or a bike ride as a family and invite a friend. As long as you have a parent’s permission, you should be able to keep in touch with friends over the summer. Check out Stay Connected Over Summer Break, scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/social-life-friendship/school-friendships-stay-connected-over-summer-break.

—Amy

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