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Click Science and Discovery Magazine for Preschoolers and Young ChildrenClick Science and Discovery Magazine for Preschoolers and Young Children

Click Science and Discovery Magazine for Preschoolers and Young Children

July/August 2019

Just right for inquisitive young children, each issue of CLICK is a journey of discovery about the world around them, one exciting topic at a time, sparking a lifelong love of reading and learning about nature, the sciences, and the arts. Grades 1-2

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cricket Media, Inc.
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meet the marsupials

Did you guess that I’m a kangaroo? You’re close. I’m a wallaby. Like a kangaroo, I carry my baby in a pouch on my tummy. I also hop on my two big back legs and have smaller front legs and a long tail. What makes me different from a kangaroo? Mainly size. There are many kinds of kangaroos and wallabies. We’re all part of a big family called macropods, which is just a fancy way to say “big feet.” Kangaroos are the largest macropods. We wallabies are smaller. There are lots of other macropods. Do you think these macropods have big feet too? We macropods all live in Australia or nearby islands. And all macropod mamas have pouches for their babies. Hundreds of other kinds of animals have baby pouches too. But only macropods hop on…

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who’s who?

The two have a lot in common. Both have furry bodies with long furry tails. Big eyes help them see in the dark. A thin flap of skin connects their wrists to their ankles. When they spread this skin out, they can glide like kites. But the animal in photo A is a sugar glider. The one in photo B is a flying squirrel. The sugar glider is a marsupial from Australia and nearby islands. A sugar glider grows inside its mother for only 16 days before it is born. Roughly the size of a grain of rice, it then crawls into its mother’s pouch and drinks her milk. When it leaves the pouch, 8 to 10 weeks later, its eyes are still closed and it has only a little fur. It will need…

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koala joey

Far away in Australia, a koala sits high in a eucalyptus tree. She grips a branch with the rough pads and sharp claws on her paws. In her pouch she hides something special—her baby. At birth the baby koala, called a joey, does not look like his furry mom. He is pink and bald and as small as a jellybean. Although he cannot see, he moves his legs and crawls. He smells milk and, without any help, starts to feel his way to his mother’s pouch. Five minutes later he slips inside. A koala’s pouch opens from the bottom. After the joey climbs in, the mother koala tightens her pouch muscles. Now her joey cannot fall out. Inside the pouch, the joey drinks his mother’s milk and grows. His eyes open. His ears…

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kangaroo hop!

A kangaroo’s ankles, knees, and hips stay bent when it stands. It’s always ready to hop. A kangaroo’s back feet are very long. They’re almost as long as its lower leg. To hop, the kangaroo pulls its toes toward its body. Then it pushes its toes away, against the ground. The kangaroo’s back legs and feet move together, not one at a time. Boing! The kangaroo hunches forward when it hops. Only the fronts of its feet touch the ground. It hops on its tiptoes! Its tail moves up and down as it hops. That helps the kangaroo balance. With each hop, the huge muscles in the kangaroo’s legs store energy for the next bounce. Once a kangaroo starts hopping, it’s easy for it to keep going. To travel faster, the kangaroo doesn’t bounce more. It…

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wombat’s burrow

Wombat’s burrows have only one entrance. If an enemy chases her, she runs to the nearest burrow and blocks the entrance with her rear. Bites don’t hurt her tough rump. It’s beginning to get dark. Wombat is off to find yummy grass to eat. She spends most of the hot day resting in one of her underground burrows. A good burrow dips down and then goes back up. That dip catches rainwater and keeps it from flowing into the rest of the burrow. Wombat digs—fast!—with her long, sharp front claws. Then she pushes the dirt out of her burrow with her back feet. Wombat’s pouch faces her rear, so dirt won’t get in when she digs. This small burrow doesn’t reach much past the entrance. Wombat visits it to get out of the sun or…

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got a pocket?

Look at those chubby cheeks! Chipmunks use stretchy pouches in their cheeks to carry food, not babies. Sea otters have pockets of loose skin under the front of each arm. Some carry food in these pouches. Others store a favorite rock to use for cracking open clams and other tasty treats. Mom lays eggs in the pouch on a seahorse dad’s tummy. A few weeks later little babies that look just like their parents pop out. But marsupial babies drink their mother’s milk. Seahorses don’t make milk, and their babies must take care of themselves as soon as they’re born.…

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