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Zoo Life – Part 2

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Photo Courtesy: Cousin Bonnie

Hi Everybody,

Welcome back! This is my second post about the Mysore zoo. This time I went with my cousin and her friend. We saw lots of activity. There were pregnant Leopard moms that were so ready to give birth. We also saw a very sick Zebra that needed to be tranquilized in order to be treated. But today I want to share about Asiatic Lions and the One-horned Indian Rhinoceros.

ASIATIC LIONS

Asiatic lions are very different to African lions because African lions are much bigger than Asian lions and they have more color and they eat more. I think that Asian lions look less stronger. Here are 3 things about the AsiaticLions.

  1. Asiatic lions live in the middle east of India, in the Gir National Forest.
  2. They are very low in number and  “endangered,” which means very close to being extinct in the wild. (I read it in the zoo)
  3. Did you know that there is a World Lion Day that is celebrated on August 10th

Well, that was a little bit about the Asiatic Lions. The next animal is kind, friendly, cute and sometimes, fierce.

RHINOCEROS

Rhinos are very scary but the ones I saw in the zoo were kind and playful. They actually came up to their care taker and were being fed by him. They had been vaccinated that morning and were a little wounded as well.

  1. Rhinos live in Africa, India, Indonesia and Malaysia in swamps and rain forests. The one in the zoo were the Indian One-Horned Rhino.
  2. Rhinos have shields on them and they eat bananas & leaves and they use their lips to get their food.
  3. Rhinos have poor eyesight but great sense of hearing and smell.

 


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Zoo Life – Part 1

Hi everyone, I  am so glad you are interested in more blogs. Today I visited the zoo. This was special cause it was with my aunt. Second, cause the animals were active.

P.S. I have ever seen them active.

img_7427Guess what? You will never believe this but my aunt and I were walking in the zoo when a monkey came up to us.  I hid behind my aunt; she got so scared and she dropped her bottle of water and the monkey stole it, opened the cap, and drank out of it! We then ran .I really hope you liked this story but I liked two animals I met at the zoo and researched more about them. So, lets start learning together.

SLOTH BEARS

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We saw Sloth Bears (not the same as sloths) and they are very cute but when they are bugged they stand  up on their hind limbs which makes them look bigger and scarier. They do this because they do not like a  lot of people watching and bothering them. Trust me, I saw it. Plus, I will tell you a bit of them:

  1. A sloth bear’s natural food includes honey combs, flowers ,berries, and most of all, termites
  2. The bear in Jungle Book, Baloo, might be a sloth bear based on the descriptions in the book
  3. Sloth bears get caught for circuses and they get killed for jackets.

So, that was a little bit of sloth bears but the next animal is scarier.

WHITE TIGER

White tigers are very pretty but yet they are very scary. The tiger I saw is named Agasthya. He is 14 years old.

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  1. They are known as Bengal tigers and they are not the same as Siberian tigers.
  2. In the wild, only 12 white tigers have been spotted in a hundred years
  3. I have read that white tigers have blue eyes, but Agasthya never turned around to show us his nose and eyes.

I have a question for you:

Bengal tigers are usually yellow, so why is Agasthya white? I researched and found the answer very interesting. You can leave you thoughts in the comments section below.

I enjoyed my trip to the zoo and taking the pictures of all these animals. I’ll write more when I visit again.


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Water For Life

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We have been learning about water at school.  Naturally my blog is about WATER.

I found some interesting facts about water in the Knowledge Encyclopedia with Prof. Hein Stien:

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  1. Water is found only on earth. No other planet has water.
  2. Container ships, though made of metal, do not sink because of buoyancy.
  3. And you know we use 10000 liters of  water  to make 1 pair of  jeans.

 

 

My mom came up with some questions and I had to ask people to help me answer these questions.

1. What is the chemical formula for water?

Ans. H2O (Answered by Ajji)

2. What is buoyancy?

Ans. Bouyancy is the ability for something to float in water. (Answered by Elita)

3. Why does ice float on water?

Ans. Ice floats in water because the solid form of water is lighter. (Answered by Irene)

4. Name three popular water pollutants?

Ans. Heavy metals, plastic and biowaste. (Answered by Tashina)

water-footprintWater is very important for life. It helps plants grow, it keeps us hydrated, gives us electricity, is a habitat for many water animals. This is why we protect our water. Some ways to protect out water is to

  1. Not waste water while brushing teeth or bathing
  2. Have rain water harvesting
  3. Don’t throw garbage in your water source

Here’s an interesting article on Water Footprint that shows how much water we use when we buy and use other products: http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2010/03/31/water-footprinting-my-water-footprint/

 


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Lessons in Safety

Safety is important for everyone. Getting into trouble is not always fun. We always hear our parents saying, “No playing with knifes, or no touchin medicine bottles or taking medicine on your own.” The one that I hate the most is, “Don’t hurt your brother.”

So we’re learning about safety in school in our Science and Environment class. And I got to read and learn a lot of new and interesting things about Electrical Safety and Road Safety.

Fun Facts about Electricity

  • Did you know we can get electricity from fossil fuels (Coal and oil), water, wind, the sun, and even animal poop!
  • Benjamin Franklin proved that lightening is a form of electrical energy
  • Electricity always tries to find the fastest way to the ground

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I made a chart on how to be safe inside our home. Here are some examples:

  1. Don’t led leads from electrical outlets trail across the floor
  2. Don’t stick your fingers or any object in the electrical sockets
  3. Don’t put wet hands into a socket or switches
  4. Don’t leave wires around the bathroom
  5. Never put lit candles on top of electrical things
  6. Don’t leave your drinks on top of electrical appliances
  7. Never stick anything inside a toaster
  8. Make sure an adult uses an RCD (Residual Current Device) with garden electric tools
  9. Always wipe your hands dry before entering the house and touching switches

If you want to learn more about it, check out Switched On Kids. They have lots of cool information for teachers and parents too. Talking about parents, here’s a video on electrical safety that remind grown ups on how to be safe.

 

 

We share our roads with millions of peThe Ministry of State for Surface Transport in India administers the national highway system, and state highways and other state roads are maintained by state public works departments.ople. We need to take care of our roads, keep them clean and also learn from safety rules that will help protect us and everybody else who are using it.

IMG_20140630_171431Fun Facts of Roads in India

  • There are a total of 137,712 kms of road in India
  • The highways are maintained by The Ministry of State for Surface Transport
  • City roads are maintained by Public Works Department (PWD)

Some of the safety tips I learnt are:

  1. Always cross when you can see what is coming
  2. Look both sides and listen before crossing the road
  3. Always buckle up safely
  4. Always stay buckled up, awake or a sleep
  5. Always wear your helmet when you’re riding a bike or a wheeled toy

For more tips and classroom fun on road safety, check out Kids and Traffic


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My First Lesson as a Third Grader!

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Hi everyone, today I learnt about the human body. I read about bones and muscles and other organs that are hidden underneath the skin. Organs are parts of the body that have special jobs. Here is a list of some of the organs and their functions.

 

FUN FACTS

  • Did you know we have 206 bones in an adult body! The skeleton is what gives us our shape and without it, we’d look like a lump of jelly. 🙂
  • Did you know that muscles can pull but can’t push! They work in pairs that pull in opposite directions.

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I hope you enjoyed learning some new things about our bodies. Catch me next time with a review of a short story written by Santhini Govindan

RESOURCES

1. Junior Science by Chandana Banerjee

2. Science Encyclopedia by DK Books