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Activity

How the Sun Works

Talk about a long-term power source. For billions and billions of years, the Sun has been giving off energy that equals 4 x 1026 watts. What keeps the Sun burning so bright?

Classroom Activity

Weightlessness on Earth?

Who said daydreams are a waste of time? One of Einstein's flights of fancy led to the equivalence principle—the knowledge that while an object is in free fall, it's free of gravity's effects.

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Hands-on Activity

Vietnam Educator's Guide Activity: Rice

Rice grows on more than 80 percent of Vietnam's farmland and is the country's main agricultural export. Take a look at rice's many shapes and forms; then cook up something that has your favorite!

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Vietnam Educator's Guide Activity: Holidays

What was once a harvest celebration in Vietnam has now become a holiday celebrating children, with toys, masks, and lanterns. Investigate the changing nature of holidays.

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What Is Tradition? Vietnam

Altars decorated to welcome ancestors home for the New Year, a Mid-Autumn Festival where kids parade through their neighborhoods in masks and receive toys ... take a look at Vietnamese traditions, past and present.

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Online Resource

A Conversation with Jacques Malavieille

The mountain-building processes of folding and faulting take many millennia on Earth—and a matter of minutes in the lab. Learn how even small models provide a big-picture view of our dynamic world.

Curriculum Materials

Vietnam Book List

Extend your journey of body, mind, and spirit with this list of recommended books. There are kid-friendly titles along with great reads for high school students and adults.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

My Fish-Shaped Home: A History of Changes

Did you know that Long Island was once part of a chain of volcanoes? Or that it was part of the tropics—and faced south? Step back in time with this seventh-grader for a look at the forces that shaped this giant sandbar.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

When Disaster Strikes

An earthquake prediction when she was young peaked the interest of this eighth-grader from Michigan. While the earthquake never occurred, her fascination continues to this day.

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