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A Gigantic Discovery

May 1, 2018

Scientists have discovered ancient dinosaur footprints. The tracks were found on the Isle of Skye, in Scotland. They are about 170 million years old. About 50 fossilized footprints have been found. “The more we look on the isle of Skye,…

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Kids of Kakuma

April 30, 2018

Wild animals roamed at night. But Rose Peter and the 19 other children she was with still slept outside. In the daylight, they walked. “One week,” Rose tells me when I ask how long the trip took. She says they…

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Environment

Cactuses at Risk

April 23, 2018

The sun goes down in the Sonoran Desert. A truck pulls up. Poachers step out. They dig up a giant saguaro (sa-wah-ro). They wrap it in a carpet. Then they drive away. Cactuses are disappearing. People are stealing them. A…

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Beautiful Blooms

April 23, 2018

A cactus is a flowering plant. This means it can bloom when it reaches maturity. Some cactuses can take 70 years or longer to begin blooming. Others sprout flowers only under special conditions and care. Most cactuses bloom in the…

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Eating Cactus

April 23, 2018

Some cactuses can be eaten. One is the prickly pear cactus. Its fruit is sweet. It is used in juices, jams, and candies. A prickly pear’s pads are also edible. They are prepared and eaten like vegetables. They are a…

Arts

Get to Know Mo!

April 16, 2018

Mo Willems doesn’t get the ideas for his stories. Instead, he grows them. “Every thought is a seed for an idea,” Willems told TFK. “I think of my notebooks and sketchbooks as gardens.” Willems is an author and illustrator. He…

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United States

Changing Times

March 26, 2018

Spring forward; fall back. That is the rule for daylight saving time. It happens every year between March and November. In spring, people set clocks ahead one hour. This helps make the most of summer’s light. In fall, clocks are…

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Arts

Painting History

March 26, 2018

President Barack Obama left office in January 2017. Before he did, he chose artist Kehinde Wiley to paint his official portrait. First Lady Michelle Obama picked Amy Sherald to paint hers. Wiley and Sherald made history. They are the…

Entertainment

Making Waves

March 26, 2018

Podcaster EVA KARPMAN is only 8 years old. But she is inspiring kids and adults to follow their passion. Eva hosts Dream Big. It is one of the top kids-and-family podcasts on iTunes. It has been downloaded more than 2…

Entertainment

Poetry in Motion

March 26, 2018

Jabberwalking is not your average book of poems. The pages are full of big words, small words, and scribbles. It was written by JUAN FELIPE HERRERA. He was the first Mexican-American U.S. Poet Laureate. “Jabberwalking is about appreciating your…

Environment

Schools Go Solar

March 20, 2018

In Sheridan, Indiana, the sun fuels more than just plants. It also powers schools. Schools there have solar panels. The panels soak up the sun’s rays. Then they turn the sunbeams into energy. The panels “can power all of our…

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Animals

A Cheetah Hero

March 20, 2018

Joris Hutchison, 11, has always loved cheetahs. He was upset to learn that the big cats might go extinct in his lifetime. Joris asked his mom what he could do to help. They got in touch with a wildlife sanctuary…

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Protecting Pandas

March 20, 2018

There are fewer than 2,000 pandas in the wild. People are working to raise that number. Qian Qian (pronounced chen chen) is a panda cub. She lives at Chengdu Panda Base, in China. She stars in a new IMAX movie.…

Science

Color Coding

March 9, 2018

People are using bioluminescent animals to solve problems. Take GARY and KATHY LUKER. They are scientists. They study cancer. Bioluminescence gives them information about the disease. This information would otherwise be invisible. In their work, the Lukers turn to glowing…

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Technology

The Glow of the Future

March 9, 2018

Picture a glowing world. Light-up trees line city streets. Glowing plants replace table lamps. This may seem like science fiction. But it could happen. A company called GLOWEE is looking to glowing creatures for new ideas. Glowee grows tiny, bright…

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