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Happy New Year! The beginning of the new year is a time when people often make resolutions to change something or do something better. Are you making New Year’s resolutions? Read page 4 to help you get started to write down some simple things you can do to make this a great year! This month we'll learn about bobcats Reno and Bobby Fargo who live at the Conservators Center (near Burlington, North Carolina). We'll also learn about the largest island in the world, Greenland, igloo hotels and northern lights, and Orca whales. Since it's cold outside, plan to have some cozy fun inside reading to your family, drawing, or writing your own stories and poems. We love to print your poems and art work. Send us your art, poem or short story to the address at left, along with a signed note from your parent with permission to print, and you may see your art/writing in a future issue of ChillKids! Cold blustery days are perfect for a visit to a local art gallery, children's museum, or a play or musical performance. Check out the ChillKids calendar every month (page 13) and visit www.ChillKids.com for more ideas for fun educational family outings in the North Carolina Triangle. Read about kids who have invented some very cool ideas (page 7), and keep a journal to write down your own invention ideas! Have some fun with science experiments: learn about air pressure on page 11, and do your own air pressure experiment at home. On page 9, read about gymnastics for health and fun and sign up for classes, birthday parties and summer camp at Chapel Hill Gymnastics! Read about college football bowl games (page 18), and have fun completing the monthly Kids Across, Parents Down crossword puzzle with a parent, grandparent or teacher (on the back cover this month). Have a joyful January!

Start the new year off with a new smile! What does an orthodontist love? Unscramble each of the clue words. Take the letters that appear in (parentheses) and unscramble them for the answer!

Dr. Lenise Clifton is a board certified diplomate of both the American Academy of Orthodontics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery at UNC, where she spent five additional years completing residencies in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Dr. Clifton opened her dual practice in September 1997 and has been passionate about taking care of families for over 15 years!

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New Year’s Resolutions Here are some more ideas for resolutions to make this a great new year: • This year I will make my bed every morning, and ask how I can help out more at home and at school.

Happy 2015! It’s a brand-new year, and many people start the year fresh with new goals by making New Year’s resolutions. A resolution is a decision to do something, create something, improve something, or to make something happen. A New Year’s resolution usually involves some form of positive self-improvement. A New Year’s resolution could be something as simple as saying, "This year, I will do my best every day to help others at school and at home." Or, “This year, I will drink more water, and skip the soft drinks.” Or “This year, I will be kinder to my sisters and brothers, classmates and friends.”

• I will find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity that I like for exercise, and get out and play at least three times a week. • I will eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day.

resolutions to make them actually happen! Review your resolutions and goals during the year, and add some new ones each month! Setting goals is a great habit to practice and develop throughout the year. Think about how great it will feel to begin to achieve your goals, and especially how good it feels when you do more to help others. "Life's most persistent and urgent question: What are you doing for others? On January 19th, we celebrate the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who once said that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

• I will take care of my body through physical activity and choosing healthy foods. • Family goals: I will help out in my community by volunteering, working with community groups, and helping others. To get started on your New Year’s resolutions, write your resolutions in a notebook or journal. Then work at your

As we begin the new year this January, we can honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy by resolving to do more for others at school, at home, and in our community.

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ANIMAL KINGDOM

The Wildcat in Your Back Yard - By Kasey Thornton, Communications Supervisor at the Conservators Center

Did you know that the Conservators Center (near Burlington, North Carolina) is home to species from six different continents? That’s right! Even though all the critters at the Center were born and raised around people, their wild cousins can be found all over the world. So far, in recent issues of ChillKids Magazine we have learned about tigers and binturongs from Asia, and gray wolves, who are native to North America and Europe. Today, let’s talk about an animal that could be right in your own backyard—bobcats! The Conservators Center is home to two bobcats: Reno and Bobby Fargo. How many bobcats are there in the world? The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources has classified the bobcat as least concern, which means that the species is plentiful, and far from being classified as endangered or extinct. That’s great news for these unique and special cats, who can be found all over North America and even down into Mexico.

In the wild, bobcats eat squirrels, rabbits, insects, fish, and birds, although they can go long periods of time without eating if prey is scarce. They are solitary, meaning they do not live in groups or families. Lucky for us, Reno and Bobby Fargo get along great, and enjoy sharing a home together. You can see by the photos on this page that Reno and Bobby Fargo look pretty different. Though they are the same species, Reno is native to North Carolina (east coast), and Bobby Fargo was born on the west coast of the country. Can you guess why this would make them different colors?

Reno Bobcat in the snow at the Conservators Center. Image: Kim Pyne.

Reno and Bobby Fargo can’t wait to meet you! On a visit to the Conservators Center, your tour guide will introduce you to these two fantastic bobcats, and all their animal friends. You will hear stories, learn about all kinds of rare species and their importance the world’s great ecosystem, and have a ton of fun.

Bobcats Reno and Bobby Fargo at the Conservators Center near Burlington, NC. Image: Abbie Cooke

Bobcats got their name from their tails, which are short and stubby with white markings. They communicate in the wild by “bobbing” their tails up and down! If the tail is relaxed and moving back and forth slowly, that means that the bobcat is feeling calm and happy. If the tail is sticking straight up and shivering, that means the bobcat is not feeling very friendly, and would prefer to be alone. The staff and volunteers are fluent in bobcat, so if you see Reno or Bobby Fargo at the Conservators Center, feel free to ask your tour guide what they are saying with their tails.

Bobcats have a distinctive call: their calls are sometimes described as sounding like crying babies. In the evening, if you ever hear a loud noise that sounds like a baby crying coming from the woods or fields of North Carolina, it may be the sound of a bobcat calling. That’s the sound of the wild in your backyard!

Visit www.conservatorscenter.org for more information. Camouflage is very important to the survival of bobcats in the wild. Reno’s coloring is almost entirely gray, helping her blend almost perfectly into the dark leaves and foliage of the woods and fields in North Carolina. Bobby Fargo was born in a part of the country where much of the ground is light red clay and dust, so he is tan and orange. Because their enclosure is covered in North Carolina plants and leaves, Reno wins “hide and seek” every time!

Bobcats also have one of the most interesting greetings in the whole animal kingdom. When you want to say “hello” to a classmate walking down the hall or a friend you see in a store, what do you do? Wave? Smile? Bobcats pull each others’ tails! For example, Bobby Fargo always greets special human friends with a happy, wagging tail, asking for it to be pulled.

Handsome bobcat Bobby Fargo. Image: Kim Pernicka.

(But remember, never approach a bobcat in the wild. Reno and Bobby Fargo are very used to being around people, but bobcats who don’t spend a lot of time around humans would much Reno bobcat in the leaves at the Conservators Center. Image: Taylor Hattori. rather be left alone.)

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明けましておめでとうございます!

Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu Happy New Year!

By Dr. Marc Rayman

言葉と絵をあわせてね! Match the words and pictures!

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Stay Tuned for the Aurora

そり / sori Sled

コート / kooto Coat

Sometimes, the night sky is filled with dancing curtains of blue-green light, with patches of red and pink. It’s the aurora borealis, also called the northern lights. The closer you are to the North Pole, the more likely you will see an aurora. The same light show is also visible near the South Pole, where it is called the aurora australis, or southern lights.

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The aurora borealis, as seen from Bear Lake, Alaska. (Credit: U.S. Air Force/Joshua Strang)

Greenland is known as one of the best places in the world to observe the amazing northern lights. Read more about Greenland on pages 14-15.

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The auroras look like Earth is performing for us, with the sky for a stage. However, the Sun is actually directing the show. The Sun is always sending out a stream of electrically charged particles called the solar wind. When the particles get close to Earth, they start to feel the effect of Earth’s strong magnetic field. Earth is like a giant magnet, with its field curving all around the planet and coming together into almost a funnel shape near each of Earth’s two poles. This field is called Earth’s magnetosphere. It protects us from the solar wind, most of the time steering the charged particles away from our planet. But the magnetic field also traps some of the charged particles and funnels them down toward the poles. Then we get an enormous flow of electricity right into Earth’s atmosphere.

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When the charged particles collide with the thin air 60 miles or more above the ground, the gases in the atmosphere give off light like the glowing gas in a neon light tube. Nitrogen may turn red, blue, and violet, and oxygen can color the sky red and green. Although auroras occur every year, some years the Sun is more active. Sometimes, huge explosions on the Sun fling tremendous numbers of charged particles into space. If these happen to be aimed at Earth, we can be treated to an especially marvelous display two or three days later, once the particles have raced across the space between the Sun and us.

Learn more about the the aurora borealis and find fun activities for kids at NASA’s Space Place http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/review/dr-marc-earth/aurora.html. This article was provided through the courtesy of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and support from the US Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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KIDS IN THE NEWS Three legs make the Kangaroo Cup easy to pick up and hold, while also making it more stable.

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Lily started dreaming of ways to fix her grandfather’s problem. She had an idea to put legs on his cup to prevent it from spilling. Using moldable plastic, she attached legs to her grandpa’s tumbler, and it was easier for him to pick up a cup without spilling. Lily calls her cup the Kangaroo Cup.

ylan Siegel is the 6-year-old who wrote the book Chocolate Bar to raise money to help find a cure for a rare liver condition, GSD Type 1b. He became interested when his best friend developed this deadly disease.

Lily and her family raised more than $62,000 on the website Kickstarter to fund the production of the Kangaroo Cup.

Dylan sold all 200 copies of his book plus 100 custom-wrapped chocolate bars (donated by Whole Foods Market), making over $5,000 at a school event.

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Then, Dylan and best friend Jonah held a book reading and signing at a Barnes & Noble bookstore, attracting attention from local media. Soon, the boys were on CBS’ The Doctors, HNN’s Raising America, Fox & Friends, The Jeff Probst Show, Australia’s Today Show and an interview with Chelsea Clinton for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The boys have also appeared on numerous websites, in newspapers and magazines. So far, over 16,000 copies of Dylan’s book have sold worldwide, raising $800,000 toward his $1 million goal!

Kangaroo Cup inventor Lily. Kangaroo Cup inventor Lily.

Moziah “Mo” Bridges is a nine-year-old boy who had a problem. He couldn’t find fun and cool bow ties to wear. So one day, he decided to make his own. His granny had some scrap fabric and she showed him how to make one. “Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place,” says Mo. Friends and family also liked Mo’s bow ties, so he decided to start a business making and selling his bow ties.

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Best friends Jonah (left) and Dylan.

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ily wanted to help her grandfather who has Parkinson’s Disease. People with Parkinson’s Disease can’t control the shaking of their hands. When Lily’s grandfather reached for a cup of water or coffee, his shaking often caused it to spill before he even got hold of it.

Today, Mo employs five seamstresses in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. and has sold more than $165,000 worth of bow ties! You can see more of his bow ties at mosbowsmemphis.com

All money raised goes directly to Jonah’s research fund at the University of Florida where Dr. David Weinstein is seeking a cure. To learn more or get your copy of Dylan’s book visit chocolatebarbook.com

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 Math-A-Muse Look for Math-A-Muse Answers on page 11.

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FUN & GAMES

Gymnastics is Great for Kids!

Gymnastics provides a fun and safe activity that gets kids physically active. Not only does the sport provide a good, solid fitness foundation, gymnastics also provides many other benefits, from socialization skills to life skills to basics that can enhance performance in other sports. Participating in physical activity is important for children and teens, as it may have beneficial effects not only on body weight, but also on blood pressure and bone strength. Physically active children are also more likely to remain physically active throughout adolescence and possibly into adulthood. Enrolling in gymnastics is a great foundation for a child's healthy and active start to life! Let’s look at more reasons why. IT’S FUN The number one reason gymnastics is great for kids — it’s FUN! Where else can kids run, jump, flip, swing, tumble and use all of their energy in a single class. If your toddler is active, climbing on everything and jumping on the bed or other furniture, this is a good sign you should find a local gymnastics club near you. Going to the gym for gymnastics allows kids the freedom to have fun in a safe environment. YOU CAN START YOUNG Gymnastics is one of the only activities a child can begin when he or she learns to walk. Most sports requires kids to be a certain age. You can’t put your child in soccer, basketball, baseball, football or cheerleading as a toddler. But, gymnastics, allows parents and toddlers to come to class, learn and play. It’s the first form of organized activity in which your child can participate. Then, when your child has mastered the parent-tot class, he or she will advance to the bigkid gymnastics class.

DEVELOPS PHYSICAL BENEFITS Gymnastics teaches both physical and non-physical benefits and these attributes help with any sport that your child decides to pursue. Gymnastics teaches strength, flexibility, agility, confidence, balance, and allows your child to interact with other children in a social environment where he or she will learn how to take turns and interact with his/her peers. When children learn to swing on the bar, kick to a handstand, jump on a trampoline, climb a rope, or run into a foam pit and climb out — these are all challenging and fun activities that develop a multitude of physical benefits that provide a solid foundation for practically every sport. Ask some of the top athletes how they got their start and many will tell you they took gymnastics lessons at a young age. DEVELOPS NON-PHYSICAL BENEFITS Gymnastics also offers cognitive benefits. When children are engaging in gymnastics, they are exercising their brains as well as their bodies. According to Dr. Robyn Silverman, PhD., “Research suggests that there is a strong correlation between physically fit children and academic achievement. This means that every time you send your child to gymnastics class, they’re getting an opportunity to engage in physical exercise that encourages healthy brain function. Nerve cells multiply and connections in the brain are strengthened. It is not surprising that children who are engaging in consistent physical activity like gymnastics are more likely to get better grades than their inactive peers.” Enrolling in gymnastics makes sense for a number of reasons. It’s fun, you can start lessons at an early age, it develops strength, flexibility, and coordination, it teaches listening skills, and helps children gain selfesteem and confidence. Gymnastics also provides social interaction with

peers, teaches goal setting, and helps children develop cognitive abilities to help in the classroom. Gymnastics develops skills to enhance participation in other sports. Most of all, gymnastics is fun, it’s healthy, and encourages an active lifestyle. Happy Flipping! Parents can visit USA Gymnastics' websites www. Photo by Larry Gibson. usa-gymnastics.org and www. usagymclub.com/articles/ for more information and articles about the benefits of gymnastics. (USA Gymnastics is the sole national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the United States.)

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5 Rules for Energy Safety 1. Always ask a grown-up for help when you need to use something that uses electricity. 2. Don’t yank or pull cords from a wall. Pulling cords can damage the outlet, the appliance or the plug. 3. Ask a grown-up to put safety caps on all unused electrical outlets. This can also help save energy by stopping drafts. 4. Keep electrical stuff away from water. Water and electricity don’t mix. Most electrical accidents in the home happen when people use electricity near water. 5. Never touch or go near any kind of power line! Stay away from power lines that have fallen down. Never climb an electric tower or pole, or any tree that is near electric lines.

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SCIENCE IS FUN!

You can measure high and low pressure!

Changing air pressure causes the weather to change. Warm air is lighter than cold air, so it rises. When warm air rises, it leaves behind an area of low pressure. As air rises, it becomes cooler and starts to sink. This makes an area of high pressure.

The tool scientists use to measure air pressure is called a barometer. You can make one with things found around your house. Here’s how:

1 balloon 1 drinking straw 1 wide-necked glass jar glue scissors string

Cut out the pressure scale below.

Glue the end of the straw onto the center of the balloon.

Tape the scale on a wall behind the jar so that when the straw is straight, it rests halfway between the high pressure and low pressure marks. Over the next few days, watch the straw move up and down as the air pressure changes.

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Stretch the balloon over the top of the jar. Secure it with a string.

High pressure usually brings fair weather. Date

Low pressure often brings cloudy, unsettled weather. Where is the straw on the air pressure scale (barometer)?

Actual weather outside

Standards Link: Investigation: Students know how to make a systematic observation.

Air is made of molecules. When molecules heat up, they move faster and farther away from each other. This causes warm air to be lighter than cold air, so it rises. This is why hot air balloons float up into the sky. Heaters blow hot air into the balloon and it fills and rises. When balloonists want to land, they turn off the heat and float downward. Standards Link: Physical Science: Students know that states of matter depend on molecular motion.

(Orca Whales Math Answers (Page 17) JANUARY Math-A-Muse ANSWERS

COIN CAPER ANSWERS: Dime, Dime, Dime, Nickel ADDITION SQUARE ANSWER 2, 9, 0, 7, 4, 2, 9

Page 15 (Rune Code): FEW VIKINGS KNEW HOW TO READ

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Hidden Picture Puzzles by Liz

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Greenland’s Ice Hotels

Puzzler: Solve the math problems below, and color in each answer on the igloo. Can you color in all of the snow-cold igloo bricks?

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Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. It is the world’s largest non-continental landmass (836,300 square miles). Greenland has the largest ice mass in the world outside of Antarctica. On average, the ice is about one mile (1.5 km) thick. In some places it is as much as two miles (3 km) thick! Eighty-five percent of Greenland is covered with ice, so why is it called “Greenland”? More than a thousand years ago, a Viking called Erik the Red sailed west from Iceland to find a place where he could start a village. He landed on a large island and decided he had found the land he sought. He called the land Greenland. He told his friends that people would be more interested in coming if the place had an attractive name.

The glaciers of Greenland crack and break as they move. Every day chunks of ice fall off the glaciers and drop into the sea. This is called calving. These floating ice chunks are called icebergs. The cold East Greenland Current carries icebergs down the east coast, and up the west coast almost as far as Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

Nuuk

Most of an iceberg is underwater and is dangerous to a ship that can’t see it. Today the International Iceberg Patrol monitors icebergs from the air and lets ships know where underwater ice is located.

How quickly can you get the Viking ship through the icebergs to Nuuk?

Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

Find the two identical Vikings on this page.

©Vicki Whiting

Standards Link: Earth Science.

The letters in the Viking alphabet are called runes. The word “rune” means secret in their language. Use the “runes” below to find out why the letters were called secret.

ANSWER: (Rune Code solution on page 11).

ANSWER: B and D match. (Many experts believe Viking helmats didn’t have horns.)

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EARLY LEARNERS Z is for Zoo z is for zoo

Draw a line from each animal’s feet to its face.

Learning Buddies: Read the two phrases aloud. Have your child read with you. Trace the uppercase and lowercase letter Z. Say the letter as you trace it.

How many words or pictures can you find on this page that have the sound the letter Z makes in the word zoo?

A is for animals, Z is for zoo. We love to see the hippo And the zebra, too. The elephant shakes his great big head And the monkeys screech When it’s time to be fed.

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Learning Buddies: Trace and say the number. Read the questions. Touch and count to find the answers.

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Davy’s Dream: A Young Boy’s Adventures with Wild Orca Whales

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In a story set on the coast of the Pacific northwest, a boy named Davy dreams of sailing with a pod of wild orca whales.

As Davy embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, he learns that dreams pursued really can come true.

National Geographic Kids’ Orca Page

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/orca/ National Geographic’s orca page has a wonderful selection of photographs, fast facts and a map of the wild orca whales’ range.

Online Games

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The scientific name for killer whales is Orcinus orca. They are often called orcas.

Killer whales are powerful predators that eat fish, seals, sharks and even other whales. However, they are not interested in eating people. There has been only one attack on a person in the wild. Scientists believe the whale mistook a surfer for a seal. Interestingly, the whale realized the mistake and spat the person out.

©Vicki Whiting

From the land, the orca’s black and white pattern may not look like good camouflage. But it is, and it helps the orca sneak up on its prey. When an orca is swimming in the deep, fish swimming above it look down and see only inky darkness.

Orcas have a patch of gray behind the dorsal fin. This patch is called a saddle patch. Each orca has its own distinctively shaped saddle patch.

Fish swimming below an orca look up to the white of the orca’s underbody, which blends with the bright light of the sun shining down.

Orcas have 40 to 52 sharp teeth, each of which is about three inches long. As an orca gets older, it grows layers on the outside of its teeth, forming rings. If you slice an orca tooth and count the layers, you can discover the age of the orca.

Standards Link: Life Science: Students know that living organisms have distinct structures and body systems that serve specific functions in growth, survival and reproduction.

Follow these easy steps to create a whale of a drawing!

Draw over the pencil lines in ink. Erase the pencil lines. Fill in the black patches of the body. Look at the two pictures, then read how to tell the difference between a male and female orca. Label each one.

Each underwater creature is worth points. Which bubble has the highest score?

The male dorsal fin is upright and triangular. It can be about six feet high and is the tallest dorsal fin in the animal kingdom. The female’s is shorter and curves backward.

Standards Link: Life Science: Students know that organisms can be compared to observe their similarities and differences.

Orcas are mammals.

Orcaslook looka abit bitlike likefish fishand andlive liveininthe thesea, but Orcas sea,are butmammals. they are mammals. They are warmthey They are warm-blooded, blooded, feed their withbreathe milk and feed their young withyoung milk and air breathenostrils air through blowholes. through callednostrils called . Orcas must Orcas must holdwhen theirthey breath they are hold their breath arewhen underwater. underwater.

Standards Link: Number Sense: Calculate sums and differences.

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At this time of year, newspapers and TV trumpet the excitement of college football teams competing in bowl games!

In 1923, when the Tournament of Roses annual football game in Pasadena, CA moved into a new, bowl-shaped stadium,

the game became known as the Rose Bowl. The term “bowl” has been used to describe championship games ever since.

One team earned a spot to play in 35 bowl games in 35 years, the longest consecutive bowl game record. Fill in the missing vowels to reveal this team’s name.

College football fans are known for their intense team loyalty. How many differences can you find? Which college team has won the most bowl games? Cross out the word FOOTBALL each time it appears below. The remaining letters reveal the answer.

Today, more than 30 college bowl games are played across the United States in December and January. Below are just some of them. Draw a line from each of the bowl games listed below to the state in which that game is played. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Detroit, MI

Pinstripe Bowl Bronx, NY

Military Bowl Washington, D.C. Music City Bowl Nashville, TN Chick-fil-A Bowl Atlanta, GA

Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ

Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX

Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA

Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL

Standards Links: Geography: Use map skills to find the location of places.

Football Puzzler

Find the two identical tickets.

Standards Links: Investigation: Find similarities and differences in common objects.

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JANUARY 2015 Flick Picks Paddington (In Theaters: January 16) Inspired by the classic children's book series by author Michael Bond, Paddington is the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Colin Firth) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, Paddington begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined. It looks as though his luck has changed when he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and welcome him into their home. But when his path crosses a villainous museum taxidermist played by Nicole Kidman), Paddington's adventures have only just begun! Rated PG for mild action and rude humor 1 hr. 35 min. (StudioCanal, Anton Capital Entertainment (ACE), TF1 Films

Strange Magic (In Theaters: January 23) 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. 1 hr. 45 min. (Lucasfilm, Lucasfilm Animation and Touchtone Pictures.)

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By Jan Buckner Walker

The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults

The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups!

Winter World Kids Across 1. I just lie on your bed all day, but I keep you cozy and warm on a frosty night. What am I? 7. The side of a mountain snowboarder speeds down while vacationing at a winter resort 9. This "heartwarming" movie about a princess had many fans singing, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" 10. Now you see it, now you don't: An ice sculpture is a type of ___ that can disappear if the room gets warm 11. The Siberian Husky is a ___ that was specially bred to pull a sled 13. What you stomp on this while you're outside a

door to get the snow off of your boots 15. A _____ is a winter sports lover who might tell you that downhill is the only way to go 17. Fire on a log burning in the fireplace 19. What water does in a pot or kettle that lets you know it's ready to make hot cocoa 20. Female reindeer 23. The only place to find a polar bear in Florida 24. A long-handled scooper people use to clear snow from the sidewalk 25. A shower of falling flakes 26. Hand-warmers that let your thumb stand alone

Parents Down 2. Vail vacationer's pickme-up 3. It's a good time for 15As to break for lunch 4. Snow job: It's a pair of goggles' sole focus 5. Sniffly situation 6. Emperors of Antarctica 8. Often-fuzzy lobeprotectors 12. Crustacean known for its great legs: snow ___ 14. Brewer's choice: Hot drink for those who like a little less caffeine 15. A toboggan or a sleigh 16. Swirling snowstorm 18. Marine mammal in icy waters 21. Buttoned-up, downfilled cover-up 22. In the end, all snowmen must do it

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