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WaterPosted: Monday, May 29
You know that there is more water than land on Earth. But did you know that there are two kinds of water? There is fresh water. And there is salt water. There is lots more salt water than fresh water on Earth. Salt water is in the sea. We cannot drink it. It would make us ill. But most sea animals must stay in salt water. If they are put in fresh water, they die.

Lakes and rivers hold fresh water. Rain, snow, and ice are forms of fresh water. Many animals and all plants and people need fresh water. Without water there could be no life on Earth.

1. Are there different kinds of water? Explain.

2. Give some examples of fresh water.

3. How is water important to people and plants.

LightningPosted: Monday, May 22
A bolt of lightning can be pretty. It can be scary. It can cause fires. It can also help plants to grow.

Lightning is a big charge of electricity. It shoots down from storm clouds. There are thousands of lightning strikes every day.

These strikes can hurt you. They can even kill you. Lightning can set grass and houses on fire, too.

Plants need nitrogen to grow. Lightning puts nitrogen into the dirt. This helps to keep plants healthy.

In a storm, go inside. Stay away from windows and water. Lightning can strike through the phone. Stay off the phone. Watch the lightning from a safe place.

1. How is lightning dangerous?

2. How is lightning helpful?

3. When lightning strikes, what should you do to be safe?


DesertsPosted: Monday, May 22
Can you live in the desert? Yes, but it can be very hot. It can also be very cold.

Deserts are made up of sand or rock. Some do not get much rain. Others are covered in frozen snow. These deserts
are called tundra.

Plants can live in the desert. They store water in their roots and leaves. The cactus is a desert plant. It can live
for 200 years. Birds live in holes in the cactus.

People can live in the desert, too. But, watch out for the hot sun and always carry water!

1. Describe the desert.

2. Can plants live in the desert? How?

3. Would you like to live in the desert? Why?



Busy as a BeePosted: Monday, May 15
Bees keep busy all year. In spring the worker bees go out to find flowers. At each flower they get pollen or nectar. Then they go back to the hive. They turn the nectar into honey. They store the pollen to eat later.

The queen lays all of the eggs. But the worker bees do all of the work. Some worker bees feed the baby bees. They give them a mix of honey and pollen called beebread. They build the honeycomb and guard the hive. Other worker bees take care of the queen.

In the fall, worker bees use water and plant sap to fix cracks in the hive. Then the worker bees gather around their queen and move their wings rapidly. They keep her warm.

The bees help us. By going from plant to plant, bees spread pollen. This makes some plants grow fruits and vegetables. Without bees, fewer fruits and vegetables would grow.

1. Describe some of the jobs of a worker bee.

2. Explain the difference between a worker bee and the queen bee.

3. Why are bees important?


The Life of a PersonPosted: Monday, May 8
A biography is an account of a person’s life written by another person. An autobiography is the account of a person’s life written by that person him or herself. Biographies and autobiographies give us information about the lives of interesting people.
Many biographies are written about famous people. You can find biographies on famous athletes, writers, inventors, politicians, musicians, and artists. Writers researched their life, and perhaps even interviewed them. Then, they wrote a piece using facts and details to tell the story of the person’s life. Biographies are a type of non-fiction because the writer is telling incidents that really happened (i.e., the person was born on such and such a day). Many readers like to read biographies about people they are interested in. It is a way to learn more information about an interesting person.
An autobiography is a little different from a biography. A person writes it about his or her life. Autobiographies may be written by famous people or they may be written by common people. Anyone who thinks he or she has had an interesting life may choose to write an autobiography. The writer tells facts and details from experiences in his or her own life. It is hard to be subjective about one’s own life, so many autobiographies have some emotions in them. They are still considered non-fiction because the author is writing the facts as he or she experienced them. The story is not made up.
Can you think of someone you would like to read an autobiography or biography about? What would you like to learn about this person? Do you think your life would make an interesting autobiography? Why?
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