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Welcome May! Here in the NC Triangle, Spring is blooming all around us!
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The beautiful spring weather makes May a perfect time for a visit to the North Carolina Zoo! On pages 4 and 5, read about the North Carolina Zoo's new "Dino World" giant animatronic dinosaur exhibit, and learn about some of the life-size, life-like dinosaurs you can meet at Dino World. Have fun completing the Dinosaurtheme Kids Across, Parents Down crossword puzzle (on the back cover) with a parent, grandparent or teacher. May is National Bicycle Month, and the beautiful spring weather is perfect for going out
for a family bike ride. Read about local bike paths and bicycle safety on page 8.
The annual National Geographic Bee championship takes place in Washington, DC this month. Read about the May 2015 "Geo Bee" and our nation's geography whiz kids on page 7. Better yet, spend some time learning more about geography and think about how you too can compete to become a future National Geographic Bee champion! This month we'll also meet the fascinating Geoffroy's Cats at the Conservators Center (near Burlington, NC), and we'll learn a little about their native habitat in South America. In May we take time to appreciate and honor some very important people as we celebrate Motherâ€™s Day, Memorial Day, and Teacher Appreciation Week. Take the time to draw a
picture or write a note letting your teachers know how much you appreciate them. Have a magnificent May!
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Trek into Dino World at the North Carolina Zoo Breakaway from the everyday and experience an adventure as BIG as all outdoors!
The North Carolina Zoo is the country’s largest natural habitat zoo promising visitors of all ages a fun, enlightening and wondrous adventure. This year at the North Carolina Zoo, visitors can trek into Dino World and explore a forest of dinosaurs like they have never seen. The incredibly lifelike snarling, roaring replicas of a lost era that helped set zoo attendance records in 2012 and 2013 have returned, including 19 animatronic prehistoric giants! There are more dinosaurs for 2015 than the zoo had in previous years. Most of the dinosaurs are nearly 20 feet tall! Dino World is an adventure for people of all ages. Throughout the exhibit visitors will discover that some of the dinosaurs spit water, make noises and are robotic, which gives guests the opportunity to make some of the creatures move. “Walking along the path and among the animatronic dinosaurs lets our guests travel back in time to see what these prehistoric animals might have looked and sounded like,” said Steve Gerkin, Programs Coordinator at the N.C. Zoo. “Guests can also make discoveries about fossil formation, the tools of a paleontologist, and where they can find fossils in North Carolina.”
Some of the creatures in Dino World include Diabloceratops, Dilophosaurus, Tyrannosaurs rex, Allosaurus and Iguandon. During certain times on the weekends when visitors are finished being wowed by large animatronic dinosaurs, they can meet and take pictures with an animated 14 foot long Tyrannosaurs rex, which walks and is handled by his paleontologist. While in Dino World, children can also get their hands dirty and dig for fossils. “The fossil dig site provides kids an opportunity to become a paleontologist for a bit, actively digging for buried fossils that they can take home" added Gerkin. “It is always great to see their faces light up when they make that special discovery.” In 2012, nearly 240,000 people, representing more than 35 percent of the zoo visitors, toured the Dinosaurs exhibit between April and November. With the movie Jurassic World coming out in June, the return of dinosaurs at the zoo will surely give visitors something to roar about! Zoo visitors have until Oct. 31 to explore Dino World. • Enjoy Spongebob SquarePants 4-D, The Great Jelly Rescue! Join SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy on a wildly hilarious 4-D adventure to rescue the Jellyfish of Jellyfish Fields from Plankton’s evil clutches.
• The zoo’s KidZone exhibit, which is a playground aimed at connecting kids with nature, is set to reopen for the second year. KidZone has animal encounters and features a stream, tree top trail, mud café and a butterfly garden. • Guests will want to stop by the polar bear exhibit to see Anana, the zoo’s iconic polar bear. The exhibit features an indoor gallery with educational graphics, video footage of polar bears in the wild and an artificial ice cave. All fun venues such as the giraffe deck, carousel, renovated Africa Bridge, as well as both parking lots and entrances, shuttles and the connector trail, are open.
Let’s get wild! The 2015 special events season at the North Carolina Zoo is underway! May 9 &10 Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at the zoo May 9, bring mom to enjoy the more than 500 acres of blooming flowers at the zoo. Plus, be a bird nerd and fly in for our annual feathered event and learn about the mission of International Migratory Bird Day. May 16 Save Our Snakes Slither to the N.C. Zoo to learn why our native snakes have such an important role in nature. June 6 Run Wild 5K-American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) Come run with the animals at the NC ZOO and join zookeepers, friends and family for a good cause. There will be a kid’s fun run after the race. Every child gets a prize! The Run Wild 5k helps to support local and global conservation efforts and funds keeper professional development. June 6 World Oceans Day Be a part of this growing global celebration and discover ways to protect the oceans for the future. June 13 African Giants Come celebrate the Zoo’s African Giants: elephants, rhinos and giraffes and learn about their enormous creature features.
August 8 Claws and Jaws Grab on and discover the power behind the chomp in some of the zoo’s meat eating residents. Sept. 5 Birds of Prey Soar in and learn about raptors. From amazing adaptations to fun flight facts, come discover these underappreciated and misunderstood birds! Sept. 19 Great Apes Discover the amazing lives of gorillas and chimpanzees and learn about the zoo’s world-wide ape conservation efforts. Oct. 3 HOWL-O-Ween Have a howling good time while learning about our native North Carolina Red Wolves. Oct. 17 Batology 101 Come hang with the bats, discover their good nature and why they are so important Oct. 24 & 25 BOO at the NC ZOO Celebrate the excitement of the season with a weekend of safe daytime Halloween fun. Enjoy trick or treat games, face painting, live entertainment and a children’s costume contest.
For more information on special events, visit the zoo’s website www.nczoo.org.
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Dino World: A Giant NEW Adventure at the North Carolina Zoo Discover more animatronic dinosaurs than ever before at the North Carolina Zoo's "Dino World"! This new cast of life-size, life-like dinos will thrill the adventurer of all ages. Look for these dinosaurs and many more at the North Carolina Zoo's "Dino World" exhibit from April through October, 2015.
Learn more about these dinosaurs and many more at www.nczoo.org.
The longer front legs of Brachiosaurus enabled them to reach higher into trees to get to leaves. Lived: Late Jurassic, 156-145 million years ago Found: Western US, Africa (primarily Tanzania) Herbivore Meaning of Brachiosaurus: arm lizard Height: 50 feet Length: 90 feet Weight: 65 tons (130,000 lbs)
Due to its slight build and relatively weak jaws, it is thought they might have scavenged for some meals. Lived: Early Jurassic, 200 – 190 million years ago Height: 8 feet Found: Western North America, Asia Length: 20 feet Carnivore Weight: 1000 lbs Meaning of Dilophosaurus: two-crested lizard
The crest on its head may have been used to attract mates or intimidate rival males during mating season. Lived: Early Jurassic … 195-185 million years ago Found: What is today Antarctica Carnivore Meaning of Cryolophosaurus: cold-crested lizard Height: Length: 23 Weight: 1500 lbs
Tyrannosaurus (“T-rex”) (tye-RAN-uh-SAWR-us)
Lived: Late Cretaceous … 75-65 million years ago - one of the last dinosaurs Found: North America (MT, UT, TX, Height: 23 feet WY and Alberta and Saskatchewan, Length: 45 feet Canada) and east Asia (Mongolia) Weight: 7 tons (14,000 lbs) Carnivore Meaning of Tyrannosaurus: tyrant lizard
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Dark Bits on the Bright Sun By Katie McKissick, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
That might not sound like much, but for comparison, eight percent of your body surface is the front of one whole leg. The other coronal hole is long and skinny. It covers less than one percent of the sun, but that’s still almost four billion square miles. That’s the same area as 20 earths!
The sun is a giant ball of burning gas 93 million miles away. It burns so brightly it warms us here on Earth and gives us energy. Because it’s so hot and bright, you might be surprised to learn that sometimes the sun has dark regions in its atmosphere. We can’t see these dark patches with our own eyes, of course. And don’t try — it will hurt your eyes! We see these dimmer areas with spacecraft like the Solar Dynamics Observatory. This satellite orbits the Earth and watches the sun from afar, taking pictures as it goes. On March 16, it found two big holes in the outer atmosphere, or corona, of the sun. One coronal hole is located near the southern pole of the sun. It is one of the largest coronal holes scientists have seen in decades. It covers about eight percent of the surface of the sun.
These coronal holes are colder and less dense than the rest of the sun’s atmosphere. Because the magnetic fields in those regions are open to space, coronal holes let energy and particles escape from the sun and go out into the solar system. This blast of charged particles is called solar wind.
This image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on March 16, 2015, shows two dark spots, called coronal holes. The lower coronal hole was one of the biggest observed in decades. Image Credit: NASA/SDO
The solar wind takes two or three days to reach us on earth, and when it does, it can cause auroras (also known as the northern lights.) Those are the bright bands of light that you can see in the sky, usually near the north pole
Learn more about weather on the sun and how it can affect us here on Earth! http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-cycles
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KIDS IN THE NEWS Fifty-four of the nation’s top geography students will gather in Washington, DC, from May 11 to 13 to take part in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee. The fourth- through eighth-graders, who range in age from 10 to 14, will be competing for the chance to be the 2015 national champion and win one of three college scholarships. Google is the sponsor of this year’s contest.
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Nation's Top Geography Students Compete for 2015 National Geographic Bee Champion Title and $85,000 in College Scholarships 27th Annual National Geographic Bee to Take Place in Washington, D.C., May 11-13
The National Geographic Bee finalists used their geographic knowledge to rise above nearly 4 million fourth- through eighth-grade students across the United States and territories to earn a place in the national championship. The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Gary Knell, National Geographic Society president and CEO, said, “The National Geographic Bee teaches students not just about names and places but about the world and how it works, empowering them to become Earth’s stewards and make it a better place. The National Geographic Bee exemplifies National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world and our ongoing commitment to education.” Test your geography knowledge with the GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee. An additional 1,000 questions gathered from past Bees can be accessed on the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app.
2014 National Geographic Bee Champion Akhil Rekulapelli of Virginia is on the right (holding orange check). Image: Rebecca Hale, National Geographic.
The 2015 National Geographic Bee champion will receive the top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The national champion also will travel (along with one parent or guardian) to the Galápagos Islands on an all-expensespaid expedition aboard the Lindblad ship National Geographic Endeavour. The second- and third-place finalists will be awarded college scholarships of $25,000 and $10,000, respectively. The 2014 National Geographic Bee champion was 13-year-old eighth-grader Akhil Rekulapelli of Asburn, Virginia (shown at right in the photo above). He was the first student from Virginia to win the competition.
The 2015 National Geographic State Bee Champion for North Carolina is Ian Garnto, a 13-year-old 8th grader at West Alexander Middle School in Taylorsville, NC. He says the best place he has visited is Alaska, and he’d like to go to Volgograd, Russia, to see the site of the Battle of Stalingrad. Among those he admires are his teachers for their patience. The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Each year, National Geographic funds hundreds of research, conservation and education programs around the globe. For more information, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com.
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May is National Bike Month!
Bicycle riding is fun year-round, and spring is one of the best times of year to ride your bicycle and enjoy the beautiful weather. May is National Bicycle Month, and many families across the country will join in the fun for Walk/Ride Your Bike to School Day on May 6 (www.walkebiketoschool.org) and Ride Your Bike to Work week (May 11-15) (www.bikeleague.org or www.bikecarrboro.com). A family bike ride is a great way to have an adventure and discover new places, all powered by your own energy! The North Carolina Triangle area (Durham Chapel Hill – Raleigh) offers beautiful paved bicycle and walking paths, with new paths being built to connect trails together (including a bridge over the I-40 highway to connect bicycle/walking paths). The 22+ mile American Tobacco Trail crosses through the City of Durham, Durham County, Chatham and Wake Counties.
You can find maps for the American Tobacco bike trail at www.triangletrails.org. A 1-mile long paved bicycle path was completed at Wilson Park in Carrboro, and several parks in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham have paved bicycle trails. Riverwalk in Hillsborough is another walking/ jogging/biking path that was recently completed. Hillsborough's Riverwalk is a paved, accessible greenway that stretches about 1.8 miles along the Eno River. It is a popular trail for walking, jogging and cycling, and provides pedestrian connections between several neighborhoods as well as the heart of downtown Hillsborough (convenient parking next to Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough). Find local bicycle maps, including an Orange County Bicycling Map, Town of Chapel Hill and Carrboro Bicycling Map and more at http://bikecarrboro.com/resources/maps.
Benefits of Bike Riding:
Bicycle Safety Tips:
• Increased fitness, strength, balance, flexibility, stamina. • Lots of fun! • It’s fun to ride with family and friends & discover new places. • Does not harm the environment: bicycles are people-powered!
• Wear a safety helmet that fits properly. • Inspect your bike before you ride & adjust your bike to fit your height. • Wear bright colors & reflective gear. • Learn & follow the rules of the road, and ride safely!
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South America is a continent that includes twelve sovereign states: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. South America also includes two non-sovereign areas, French Guiana (an overseas department of France), and the Falkland Islands (a British overseas territory, although disputed by Argentina.) South America has an area of approximately 6,890,000 sq miles (17,840,000 square kilometres) (almost 3.5% of the Earth's surface), and is the fourth largest continent in area (geographic size) after Asia, Africa, and North America. This month we'll learn about the Geoffroy's cat (page 13), whose native habitat in the wild is South America. The green area on the smaller map of South America (inset right) shows the range of the Geoffroy's cat in South America. They are mostly found in Argentina, but the Geoffroy's cats' range spans all the way from southern Bolivia to the Strait of Magellan (South America's southern tip), at elevations ranging from sea level up to 10,800 ft. They prefer open woodland or scrubland habitats with plenty of cover, but they are also found in grasslands and marshy areas. Learn more about Geoffroy's Cats on page 13.
Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Paraguay Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela also French Guiana Falkland Islands
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Don't Judge this Wild Cat by its Size! Geoffroy's Cats at the Conservators Center
Many people who visit the Conservators Center are surprised when they see small black or spotted “kittens” hopping around in several of the habitats. Actually, these unique animals are called Geoffroy’s cats, and they’re not kittens at all! In fact, they’re some of the wildest cats around.
Their color can also range from smoky gray to tawny, with many in-between shades. A Geoffroy’s cat’s belly fur is usually white or cream-colored, and its entire body, even if melanistic, is covered with numerous black spots. Their tails are ringed with dark bands.
The Geoffroy’s cat (Leopardus geoffroyi) was named after the French naturalist, Geoffroy St. Hilaire. Even though they are only the size of a small house cat when full grown, Geoffroy’s cats are "apex predators" in many of the ecosystems where they live. (This means that they are at the top of the food chain.) So don’t judge these little guys by their size! They are very impressive hunters who prey on rodents, hares, small lizards, insects, and occasionally frogs and fish.
Very little research has been done on wild Geoffroy’s cats, so they are listed as “Near Threatened” on the IUCN Red List. (*See the blue box below.) The main threats to these cool cats in the wild are habitat loss (humans moving in on their areas or destroying their natural home) and poaching. Because Geoffs will occasionally hunt small livestock, some farmers will kill them whenever they see them to protect their own animals. *What's that? The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (founded in 1964), is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world's main authority on the conservation status of species.
Grace Geoffroy's Cat at the Conservators Center. (Image above: Kim Pernicka).
To learn more about the Geoffroy's cats at the Conservators Center, visit their website at www.conservatorscenter.org.
"Hey! Keep it down! I'm supposed to sleep during the day!" Photo of Clara Geoffroy's Cat by Taylor Hattori Images.
Geoffroy’s cats (or Geoffs as Conservators Center staff sometimes call them), are incredibly quick and athletic. They have very flexible hips, spines, ankles, and tails, which makes them adept climbers as well as swimmers. Geoffroy’s cats are found in the southern half of South America, in mainly semi-arid, somewhat desertlike environments with lots of trees and bushes. They commonly come in a melanistic (dark or black) color, like a black leopard or jaguar; this may make the Geoffroy's cat look even more like a domestic cat, but think again!
Because the best time to spot a Geoff at the Conservators Center is in the evening, be sure to come on a Twilight Tour this spring or summer.
Renato Geoffroy's Cat and Naja Caracal are best friends. Image: Bill Heffelfinger.
The Conservators Center is currently home to five Geoffroy’s cats: Tango, Clara, Vitor, Grace, and Renato. Renato lives with a beautiful caracal named Naja! The two (Renato Geoffroy's Cat and Naja Caracal) grew up together at the Conservators Center, and are best friends who look past one another’s differences to get along wonderfully as roommates. Because they are nocturnal (meaning they are most active at night), the Geoffroy’s cats at the Conservators Center can be a little bit elusive. However, when they’re out and about, they enjoy getting lots of attention from tour groups and special human friends! They especially love showing off their spectacular climbing abilities. - By Kasey Thornton, Communications Supervisor at the Conservators Center
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Limericks are fun!
Limericks are one of the best-known and the most fun forms of poetry. (The name "limerick" is thought to reference the county of Limerick, in Ireland.)
An example of a famous limerick (author unknown): There was an old man from Peru, Who dreamed he was eating his shoe. He woke in the night With a terrible fright, And found it was perfectly true.
The limerick is a poem with five lines. Lines one, two and five usually rhyme, and have a distinctive rhyme and rhythm pattern. Limericks are meant to be funny or silly! Here are some easy pointers to follow when writing your own limericks:
Limerick Day is celebrated on May 12th every year, in honor of the birthday of author and artist Edward Lear, who was born in 1812. Edward Lear is the author of the famous nonsense poem, “The Owl and the Pussy Cat.” He also published a very popular book of poetry in the form of limericks called A Book of Nonsense. He loved the limerick and made it a very popular form of poetry.
Limericks are five lines long. The last words in Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme. The last words in Lines 3 and 4 rhyme. They have a distinctive rhythm, “AABBA" (the A's represent the rhyming last word of lines 1, 2, and 5, and the B's represent the rhyming last words of lines 3 and 4).
Create a limerick poem about anything. Try to tell a story! Visit www.gigglepoetry.com for more pointers on how to write a limerick and other kinds of poetry. Have fun writing your own silly limericks and sharing them with your family and friends.!
Limericks are funny!
Write your own limerick here:
Math-A-Muse Look for Math-A-Muse Answers on back cover.
By Evelyn B. Christensen, Ed.D.
20 ÷ 5
18 ÷ 9
54 ÷ 9
12 ÷ 4
21 ÷ 7
25 ÷ 5
16 ÷ 4
18 ÷ 6
16 ÷ 8
48 ÷ 8
28 ÷ 7
32 ÷ 8
15 ÷ 5
14 ÷ 7
27 ÷ 9
36 ÷ 6
40 ÷ 8
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MAY 2015 Flick Picks Tomorrowland
(In Theaters: May 22, 2015)
(On DVD: May 19)
Disney's Tomorrowland is a riveting science-fiction mystery adventure, starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney as Frank Walker, a disillusioned scientist and former boy-genius. Frank (Clooney) is joined on a quest by Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity. Together Frank and Casey embark on a dangerfilled mission to unearth the secrets of a mysterious place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland." What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever. Featuring a screenplay by "Lost" writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and two-time Academy Award® winner Brad Bird, Tomorrowland promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions of time and space. Rated PG for sequences of science fiction action and peril, thematic elements, and language 2 hr. 10 min. (Walt Disney Productions.)
Available on DVD on May 19th, Strange Magic is a 3D computeranimated madcap fairy tale musical inspired by Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Strange Magic features the voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth and Maya Rudolph. Rated PG for some action and scary images. 1 hr. 45 min. (Lucasfilm, Lucasfilm Animation and Touchstone Pictures.)
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The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults
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