Earth on the Move

Riku and his family are planning to move from Japan to the United States of America. They are considering a move to California, Texas or Missouri. After experiencing the effects of an earthquake in Japan, the family wants to choose a state that minimizes their risk of experiencing more earthquakes in the future.

What state would you recommend for Riku and his family? To support your advice, include information about:

factors that can influence the risk of earthquakes

where tectonic plates and active faults are located relative to the United States

what data supports that state as being the safest choice


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Forage for Art

Look for objects in nature that you could use to make art.

Take a walk outside. Collect some nature objects that catch your attention. Even in winter, when flowers and animals might be harder to find, there are still plenty of nature objects around. Leaves, seeds, feathers, and rocks are just some examples.

When you return home, create a work of art using your nature objects.

On your journal page, record information about your art and the nature objects you used. What season is it? Where did you find each object? Include a picture of your art in your journal.


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de

Word Builders Jr.
de

What does it mean?

Practice Activities

Print a worksheet or try the activities below

Move the correct picture into the box.


Which living thing is a decomposer?


Make up a word that starts with de-. Tell us what it means in the comments below. Or, show us a picture!


Focus

Choose one part of the natural world to focus on in this moment. Draw and write about what you observe.

Go outside, look around and focus on one thing that stands out to you the most. Spend some time sketching pictures of your focus item in your nature journal.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Sniff the air. What does it smell like?
Do you see or hear any animals?
Is there water nearby? What does it feel like and sound like?
What do the trees look like where you are?

On your journal page, make sure to include location information. WHERE did you find it? Include some timing information. What season is it? What time of day?

If you want to, add some of nature items into your journal (like a holly leaf pressed and glued to a page of your journal).


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Billion Dollar Compound…or Mixture?

A young chef has received an offer from a  company to buy the recipe for his special pasta sauce. Before he can become a billionaire and retire to the Bahamas, the chef must provide the company with the nutrition information for his sauce.

To determine the nutrition information, the chef must first determine whether his sauce is a compound or a mixture of the original ingredients.

What should he do to figure this out?

How will knowing whether the sauce is a compound or a mixture help him determine the nutrition information?

How would the nutrition information of a compound or mixture compare to the nutrition information of the original ingredients?



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carn

Word Builders Jr.
carn

What does it mean?

Practice Activities

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Which of these will a carnivore eat?


Tell which animals in the food chain are carnivores.

Click or tap the correct animals.


What is another carnivore that you know about?
Tell us about it and show us a picture in the comments below.


Observe a Group

Observe a group of 3 or more animals of the same species.

Examples: ants, seagulls, roly poly bugs, dogs

Record observations about the group in your journal. How many individuals are there?

What behaviors can you observe? Is everyone doing the same thing? Why might that be the case?

Where are these animals? Where aren’t they? Why might that be important?


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Letter C

Today, think of something that starts with the letter C that could be the focus of a nature investigation where you live.

Here are some examples: colors outside, clouds, climate, creek, coastline

Choose one of the things from your list. Draw pictures of your letter C item in your nature journal. Include where and when information on your journal page.

Example: A chicken in a backyard coop in the afternoon during the summertime

If possible, add some of the actual items into your journal (like a fallen chicken feather).


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Cartoon Outlaws…Ignoring Newton’s Laws

Cartoon characters often do not follow Newton’s Laws.

In real life, a single standard-sized balloon cannot life a person off the ground. Even a tiny baby weighs too much for that.

So what laws do cartoons follow?

Go to your favorite cartoon channel, website or app. Choose a short cartoon to watch.  As you watch, make up a “law” that the cartoon characters seem to follow (example:  Balloons can lift heavy objects off the ground).

After watching the clip, answer these questions:

• What fake “law” did you come up with?
• How does the cartoon show that “law”?
Critique the “cartoon law”–how does it go against what you know about real physics?


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