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Japan's Secret Garden

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

Animal Transformations
Five video clips from the program show the metamorphosis of giant water bugs, a red dragonfly, Japan's omurasaki butterfly, a cicada, and a cabbage butterfly. (Requires QuickTime or RealPlayer plug-in.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Miracle of Rice
In Asia, rice provides 50 to 80 percent of people's daily caloric intake. Learn about the origin of rice, how it is grown and harvested, and more in this article. Includes a video clip showing the transformation of a rice paddy over the course of a growing season. (Requires QuickTime or RealPlayer plug-in.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Secrets of Hibernation
A bear can go for as long as 100 days without eating, drinking, excreting waste, or exercising. Scientists are now studying hibernating bears with an eye to applying what they learn to everything from organ preservation, kidney disorders, human hibernation, and long-distance space travel. Read this article to learn more about how the American black bear hibernates. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Build a Rice Paddy (Hot Science)
Page through this step-by-step demonstration to learn how to build a rice paddy. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

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Program Transcript
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