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What are llamas? South American animals

By |2018-04-12T08:53:21+00:00September 8th, 2017|Environment, South America|

A llama in Bolivia Llamas evolved from camels. Camels evolved in North America about 45 million years ago. They lived in the Rocky Mountains and all across the southern part of North America. While they were still in North America, some camels evolved into llamas. Llamas spread from there south into South America about 3 million years ago. [...]

What is Mardi Gras? Christian holidays

By |2017-08-22T14:09:20+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Pieter Brueghel, Carnival on the left and Lent on the right In the later Roman Empire, around 300 AD, people began fasting for Lent, for the forty days before Easter. On the first day of Lent, people went to special church services and smeared ash on their foreheads to show they were mourning - grieving. Lent always begins on a Wednesday, so [...]

Where do turkeys come from? Central America

By |2018-07-03T08:33:06+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Central America, Food|

Wild turkeys Turkeys evolved from earlier birds. The ancestors of the turkey evolved about 100 million years ago, from the dinosaurs that were alive at that time. By about 11 million years ago, turkeys had evolved to be different from pheasants. Turkeys are related to chickens, but wild chickens lived mainly in East [...]

Ancient Egyptian Food – Eating and drinking in ancient Egypt

By |2018-12-11T11:39:20+00:00June 14th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Food|

Ancient Egyptian food: Actual bread from Egypt's New Kingdom (Vatican Museum, Rome) Ancient Egyptian food: from both Africa and West Asia Because Egypt is in Africa, but very close to West Asia, what people ate in ancient Egypt was midway between African and West Asian food. Wheat, barley, and olive oil all originally came [...]

How to make pemmican – Native American project

By |2018-04-07T17:05:20+00:00June 11th, 2017|Food, Native American|

A Native woman making pemmican Our word "pemmican" comes from the Cree word "pimikan". Pemmican was a sort of energy bar: not great food, but a lot of fat and sugar and protein to keep you going in winter or if you were traveling or working hard. This is how you make pemmican: First [...]

Meat and Exercise – Projects about muscles – Biology

By |2018-04-16T08:40:13+00:00May 26th, 2017|Biology|

Muscles project: Raw meat is made of muscles from animals. If you want to see what muscles really look like, it's pretty easy! All of the meat you eat is made entirely of muscles! Just look at a raw chicken or a raw piece of steak, and that's what muscle looks like. The best [...]