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American Rock Art Research Association
The American Rock Art Research Association, founded in 1974, has a mission dedicated to the support of rock art research, conservation, and education. Members of ARARA come from many professions and backgrounds around the United States and other countries, and as such subscribe to ARARA's Code of Ethics as a condition of membership.
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Study Skills
Achieving success in school isn’t always easy, but it is doable if you put your mind to it. Step one is improving your study skills. Although many of this week’s study-skill sites are written by university counselors, their sound advice is equally applicable to middle-school and high-school students.
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Education Corner: Study Skills
"Proven tips and techniques for studying smarter... not harder. Active listening, reading comprehension, note taking, stress management, time management, testing taking, and memorization are only a few of the topics addressed in our study skills guides for students. " To view the complete list of study guides, scroll down the page. Some are general guides for any kind of study, and others are topic specific, such as English, Chemistry, or Philosophy.
How to Study
Dr. Charles T. Mangrum and Dr. Stephen S. Strichart are two former university professors who joined forces in 1997 to create study skills curriculum for students from elementary grades to college. Their study skill recommendations are either articles (look in Study Skill Articles) or short tips submitted by readers like you (look in Study Tips). "Don't sit and watch the clock when you study. Do what it does. Keep going." Submitted by Luca Fuertes, Student, 6th Grade, Bangkok, Thailand.
UC Berkeley: Strategic Learning Program
"Study difficult (or boring) subjects first. If your chemistry problems put you to sleep, get to them first, while you are fresh. Most of us tend to do what we like first, yet the courses we find most difficult require the most creative energy. Save the subjects you enjoy for later." Excellent tips from University of California, Berkeley, on managing procrastination and building a seven-day study plan.
University of North Carolina: Avoiding Study Traps
The appeal of top ten lists is universal, and the Ten Traps of Studying doesn't disappoint. Here's one I remember from college: "I'm Gonna Stay Up All Night 'til I Get This." Unfortunately exhaustion takes its toll both physically and mentally, and recall improves when study time is spread out over time (not crammed into a single session.) Whenever you study, remember to take plenty of breaks; the experts seem to agree on ten minutes every hour.

Virginia Tech: Study Skills Information
Best Virginia Tech clicks are the five Online Study Skills Workshops (including Seven Strategies for Improving Test Performance) which are self-paced slide shows that pop up in their own windows. I suggest starting with the Study Skills Inventory. After answering thirty-two questions on a sliding scale from "Very true" to "Not true at all," you'll be directed to various sections of the site (such as articles on time management or note taking) based on your own weaknesses.

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First Aid
First aid is the initial care given to an injury until medical treatment is available. In many cases, providing the right care immediately can save lives. Today’s picks are a roundup of sites that teach and review first aid practices, with a special emphasis on making the lessons fun for kids and teens.
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American Red Cross: Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
Although this section of the Red Cross site is not specifically written for kids or teens, gathering all the needed supplies for a first aid kit makes an excellent family or scout project. "Include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your health-care provider may suggest. Check the kit regularly. Make sure the flashlight batteries work. Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents."
First Aid Quiz
"The First Aid Quiz website was created to provide a fun way to brush up on your first aid knowledge." Created by volunteer paramedic Stewart Watkiss, it includes three interactive quizzes ("What position should someone with an abdominal wound be placed in?"), four crossword puzzles (both interactive and printable), three word search puzzles, and two hangman games. First Aid Games
Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1857 - 1941) was a lieutenant general in the British Army and a founder of the Scout Movement. These outdoor first aid games are from his 1921 "Scouting Games" book. You will probably need to modify these games based on the age and knowledge of your group. ,And although the original text refers to boys (do I really need to say this?) these games can be played by both boys and girls!
Regis College Online Nursing: Babysitter's Guide to First Aid
For babysitters, "what seems like a relatively easy job can quickly turn into a nightmare if an emergency happens and a child is injured. When a child is hurt or unconscious, knowing what to do and taking quick action is crucial. For that reason, it is important that babysitters get the proper education on how to administer CPR and first aid to children and infants." Learn more about child safety tips with this short article, and be sure to continue to the more detailed links at the bottom of the page. They include instructions on how to deal with choking, seizures, falls, and more.

University of Washington: Learn CPR
Although not intended to replace an actual CPR training class, this guide lists dozens of online tools to help you learn or refresh CPR skills, including printable pocket guides ("Call. Pump. Blow.") The newest kids on the block are the two mobile CPR training apps, one for the iPhone and other for the Android. Additional tools include video demonstrations, CPR FAQ, CPR Fun Facts, and a CPR Quiz. "If CPR is started within 4 minutes of collapse and defibrillation provided within 10 minutes a person has a 40% chance of survival."

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Fall Leaves
Here in coastal San Diego we don’t get a very showy display of fall colors. But no matter where you live, the Internet provides a window to view the colors of fall foliage from the comfort of home. Whether you’re curious about the science of autumn leaves, or just want a virtual tour, here’s a crop of fabulous fall color sites to enjoy.
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Compound Chem: The Chemicals Behind the Colors of Autumn Leaves
For high-school students and grown-ups, UK chemistry teacher Andy Brunning explains common chemical compounds with colorful, easy-to-understand graphics. This infographic is all about the chemistry of autumn leaf colors (or "colours" as it is spelled in the UK). If you want to re-use his infographic for non-commercial purposes, you'll find a download link at the bottom of the article. "Whilst this change [in color] may outwardly seem like a simple one, the many vivid colors are a result of a range of chemical compounds, a selection of which are detailed here."
EEK! Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Environmental Education for Kids (EEK!) is published by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for kids in grades four through eight. With simple illustrations, this fall color page answers six questions. Why do leaves change color? Where do leaf colors come from? How do leaves change color? Do leaves change color because of weather? Can you tell a tree from its colors? Why do leaves fall? Follow the embedded hyperlinks to related topics such as earthworms and evergreen trees.
Foliage Vermont
The experts in Vermont are expecting a good display of fall colors because of this year's bright and moist summer. "Color is beginning to show in a few trees and in our recent travels, the signs are everywhere throughout the state. It looks as if we will see some good color emerging by the middle of the month, mainly in the northern areas of Vermont and at higher elevations." For virtual visitors, recommended clicks are the 2006 Music Slide Show, and the Leaves of Foliage 1 and 2.
NC Natural: The Scientific Basis For Autumn
"The largest factor in why leaves change color in the autumn is photoperiodism -- the length of day and night. As the nights get longer in Autumn, the process of senescence becomes apparent through color change and the falling of leaves, leading the tree into it's winter dormancy." Visit this North Carolina site to learn more about photoperiodism, senescence, and dormancy. Or for younger audiences, follow the link to a less scientific explanation titled Fall Foliage Facts.

University of Illinois Extension: The Miracle of Fall Color
"Fall color starts in September with poison ivy and sumac and ends in November with the larches and weeping willows. Frost and freezing temperatures will stop the coloration process and blacken the leaves." The best clicks here are the lists of autumn links that include Fall Fun (craft projects for all ages), Foliage Cams (from Pennsylvania and Vermont), Foliage Trees (fourteen deciduous trees in no particular order) and Foliage Driving Tours (Midwest and Eastern.)

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The elephant is the earth’s largest land animal. Asian elephants (also known as Indian elephants) are found in Southeast Asia, and can be distinguished by their arched back which is slightly taller than their shoulders or rump. African elephants live in Africa, south of the Sahara desert and are the larger than their Asian cousins. The biggest elephant ever weighed was an African bull weighing more than 14,500 pounds!
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The Elephant Sanctuary
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee provides refuge for 10 elephants retired from zoos and circuses. "Elephants that have lived their lives in captivity have an opportunity at The Sanctuary to live in an expansive habitat that allows for a range of natural behaviors. Many of the elephants suffer long-term health and complex behavioral issues common to elephants that have spent their lives in captivity, such as tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, obesity, arthritis, and aggression."
Elephant Voices
The Elephant Voices project studies elephant communication in Kenya's Amboseli National Park. Elephants are large-brained animals with complex communication skills that include hearing, smell, vision and touch. For high school and college students the site is chock full of terrific resources for research reports, especially in Elephant Communication, and Elephant Sense & Sociality. "At one end of the spectrum elephants communicate by rubbing their bodies against one another, at the other end they may respond by moving toward the sounds of other elephants calling, perhaps 10 kilometers away."
National Zoo: Elephant Trails
"Asian elephants are endangered in the wild, where perhaps only about 30,000 still live in forests of south and southeast Asia. They are endangered in North American zoos, too. That's why the 2001 birth of Kandula, the result of artificial insemination, was such a triumph." Cams and photo galleries are the highlight of this National Zoo site. Scroll down the page for links to Elephant Enigma ("How do you get a four-ton animal to open up and say, 'Ahhh'?) and savannah (or African) elephants.
PBS: Echo, An Elephant to Remember
For the past twenty-five years, Cynthia Moss has been studying elephant families in Kenya. Amboseli National Park. This PBS special follows Echo, the matriarch of an extended family of fifteen African elephants. Her clan consists of her own offspring, and other adult females with young calves. The fathers are loners, and do not travel with the clan until it's time to mate. The page on Elephant Communication is fascinating. "They are a touchy-feely bunch: mothers gently trunk-slap youngsters to discipline them, infants beg for milk by touching a mother's legs, and all entwine trunks in greeting."

San Diego Zoo Kids: African Elephant
My favorite site of the week is one created just for kids by the San Diego Zoo. Kids (of all ages) will enjoy the live elephant web cam, quick elephant facts, the sound of an elephant trumpeting, and some clues on how to tell an African elephant from an Asian elephant. "At first glance, African elephants look similar to Asian elephants, but they are different species that live in different parts of the world. Here are some helpful clues for telling the 2 species apart: African elephants have very large ears that are shaped like the continent of Africa, while Asian elephants have smaller ears. "

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