September 26th is Love Note Day

Tomorrow, September 26, is Love Note Day. Not an official holiday -- but you can make it a fun and special day nonetheless.

Sometimes in our fast-paced world we often forget that it really is the little things that matter most in life and love. So take a moment to create a handwritten love note for that special someone.

Below is a pattern for a heart note that folds into an envelope. Print it, write your special message, cut it out, fold it, then slip it into the love of your life's briefcase, lunch bag, backpack, coat pocket or some other special place and surprise them with your romantic thoughts. Just click on the lovebirds, the heart or here to download the PDF for printing.

Martian Fun

Here's a fun Mars Rover Maze
Did you know that small craters on Mars are named after towns and cities on Earth and large Martian craters are named after famous scientists and science fiction authors?

Some of the scientists and authors that have craters named after them are Isaac Asimov, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Giovanni Cassini, Nicolaus Copernicus, Charles Darwin, and Carl Sagan.

Looking over the list you may have noticed that all the names mentioned above are male. That's because Mars, named after the Roman god of war, is associated with masculinity. But don't worry girls, you did not get left out -- you have your very own planet, Venus! Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty and all the craters on Venus are named after famous women or have female first names.

To download a PDF of the Mars Maze activity pictured above just click on the image or go to:
www.markix.net/fun/mars_maze.html.


The Friendliest Gila Monster

Gila BenMeet Gila (HE-la) Ben. Gila Ben is the friendliest Gila Monster* in the Grand Canyon State and he has his own website where students and educators can find facts and more about the state of Arizona. Below is a coloring page from his website featuring the Arizona State Bird, the Cactus Wren. Be sure to visit www.GilaBen.com for more fun pages to download.

(* Real Gila Monsters are very shy -- they are also very poisonous! While unprovoked bites are rare, for your safety, DO NOT approach any Gila Monster you might encounter in the wild!)

Gila Ben's Cactus Wren Coloring Page