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Blog EntryBlog: Monday, May 29, 2017

Fossils Tell Us About the Past

Long ago an animal died. It fell to the ground. Mud covered it. Over time, more mud
pressed down on it. After a very long time, its bones changed into rock. This rock is
called a fossil.

Many scientists look for fossils. They find them in very old rocks. Some fossils are
millions of years old. Many of the fossil animals and plants have died off. The only
way we know about them is by their fossils. Dinosaurs did not live at the same time as
humans. There are no drawings of them on cave walls. So in 1822, when the first
dinosaur fossil was found, people were amazed.

People are always digging for fossils. They find them all over the world. Fossils have
even been found in Antarctica. And new kinds of dinosaurs are still being discovered.
The people who dig for dinosaur bones can learn a lot about a dinosaur from its fossil.
They can look at the teeth and tell whether the dinosaur ate plants or meat. If it had flat
teeth, it ate plants. If it had pointed teeth, it ate other animals. But fossils cannot tell us
everything we’d like to know. For example, we are not sure that dinosaurs were reptiles.
We are not sure if they all laid eggs or if some had live babies. And because only their
bones are left, we may never know what colors the dinosaurs were.

1. Define the word "fossil."

2. How do fossils help scientist?

3. If you dug up a fossil, what would you do?

Blog EntryBlog: Monday, May 22, 2017

Rainforests

Rainforests give us air. They give us plants and animals and medicine.

A rainforest has many trees. It gets a lot of rain. Many kinds of animals and plants live here.

Wild pigs live in rainforests. So do snakes. It is also home to bugs and birds.

Trees here can grow to be 150 feet tall. Plants have big, bright flowers. Some rainforests are home to tall bamboo.

People make pills out of tree bark and plants in the rainforest. These pills help many people. We must save our rainforests.

1. How do rainforests help us?

2. What kind of animals live in the rainforest?

3. Why must we save the rainforests?

Blog EntryBlog: Monday, May 15, 2017

You Are My Sunshine

It could be said that the energy you have comes from the sun.  Without the sun, you would be unable to run, jump, dance, or even complete your homework.  It all becomes possible through though the transfer of the sun’s energy.

 

Plants, also known as producers, use the energy of the sun to produce food through the process of photosynthesis. That energy is then stored in plants in the form of glucose, or food.  Herbivores, also known as primary consumers, then eat those plants.  They utilize some of that food for their own energy and some gets stored in the cells of their muscle tissue.  Carnivores, also known as secondary consumers, then eat the Herbivores.  After that food is digested, it is converted into energy through the process of cellular respiration.

 

Other than the energy of the sun, what else is required to give you energy?  Which life process do you think is most important:  photosynthesis or cellular respiration?  Explain.  What would result if producers were not part of a living system?  Primary consumers?  Secondary consumers?

Blog EntryBlog: Monday, May 8, 2017

Water

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.

Blog EntryBlog: Monday, May 1, 2017

Busy as a Bee

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?

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