Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A searching we will go!

How Are Medicines Made?
Breanna, Emily, Lee, Kaydn

In the past all medicines were made from plants or animals. The knowledge of such plants was passed down through the generations as none of it was written down. Knowledgeable people knew which plants helped cure most things their patients faced.

Today all important medicines must be approved and tested before they are put out into stores. Each medicine is given a chemical name. Most medicines today are made by machines that measure the dosage to make sure it is right.

How Do Candles Work?
Adrian M. Denyce, Cody, Katelynne

A candle is a block of wax with a wick in it to make the fire. Candles can be made with beeswax or paraffin wax. They were made from animal fat.

The candle works by  lighting the wick. The wax keeps the string from burning too quickly. When the candle is made the wick is surrounded by liquid wax, which soaks into the wick. This also helps slow the flame down.

King Arthur
Sophia, Kaiya, Dora, Maddie

King Arthur was a British leader. He was born between the 5th and 6th centuries.  In the early 6th century King Arthur lead many knights in defending England in a large war. According to legends King Arthur formed a round table of his best knights. The round table is where the knights sat to talk about things of interest to them. King Arthur became King when he pulled Excalibur from a stone, according to a legend. Some people who were part of his circle were Lancelot, Merlin and his wife Guinevere.

Clouds
Abi, Andrew C., Cameron

The sun sucks up the water and it rises to form clouds. Warm moist layers  build up to at l;east  a 1000 foot minimum and a 5000 foot maximum. The rising air currents organize into thermals. The water vapour in the air condenses and joins together to form clouds. Eventually they  are broken apart by other thermals and move about freely as clouds. As they join together they form clouds with more water than water vapour and the water falls as rain or snow.

Thyroid
Stewart, Alisha, Nicky and Owen

Thyroid disease occur when the Thyroid gland doesn't supply the proper amount of hormones needed by the body. If the thyroid is overactive it releases too many hormones into the blood stream resulting in hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism causes the body to use energy more quickly than it should and chemical activity in the cells steps up.
People who not get enough iodine in their diets also can get an enlarged thyroid but this is rare in the United States and Canada because the foods there usually supply enough iodine.
Sometimes it is a lump in your neck called a goiter.

Dice
Caden, Andrew W. Adrian M.

A Die is a single dice. Dice can refer to both plural and single dicc. A dice is a small object that has multiple sides. It is thrown to determine which side will come up. It is used in board games and in gambling.