Adventures in Citizenship
Start spreading the news. Be a filmmaker, skyscraper builder, sleuth and freedom fighter all in one day. You can wear many hats when you go to New York City. It's an easy navigation across the miles and through the centuries when you locate http://pbskids.org/bigapplehistory/index-flash.html on your map. Learning Adventures in Citizenship is like a time machine that puts you into the action. Board a ship in New York Harbor in the 1700s, and join the fight for the freedom of slaves. Watch the Statue of Liberty rise into the sky. Or work in one of the country's first movie houses. Check out the first movies ever made, and then go into action as the first silent film director in your neighborhood. Bring a little New York City into your life, and be sure to send some of your adventures back to New York for the cool Kids' Contest.

Enter the Fold Learn all about the wonderful art of paper folding at Pieces 'n' Creases, a terrific Web site dedicated to the beautiful pastime of origami. Travel east to the Orient at http://library.thinkquest.org/5402 and get ready for some fun folding action. There's no shortage of activities here, including games, quizzes and puzzles. You'll even get to make a butterfly, crane or jumping frog. And rookies have nothing to fear, as the site is full of origami terms, tips and tricks. Be sure to go back in time to learn the history of this craft, from its origins in China, to the recent works of Akira Yoshizawa, Japan's "father of modern origami." In addition to its beauty, you'll learn about origamišs other uses, from entertainment to math lessons to physical therapy. Plus, you'll meet fellow kids who are also mastering this fun hobby. It's time to find yourself some good folding paper and put your fingers to work.

Life on the Prairie
The prairie is an important part of North American life, as well as beautiful landscape. At Build-a-Prairie, you can enter the ecosytem at www.bellmuseum.org/distancelearning/prairie and plant your own prairie. Choose the right animals and plants to help restore this vanishing land. Populate the land with cranes, bison and, of course, the prairie dog to live among the Big Bluestem and wild rye grasses. And be sure to check out the site's field guide for information about the animals and plants of the prairie.

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Frank Lloyd Wright
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2. What does the word "origami" mean?
original games
folding paper
orient gems
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Dear Amy: Where can I find information about the 2000 Olympics? --Peter, Omaha, Neb.
Dear Peter: The XXVII (27th) Olympiad in Sydney, Australia, will start Sept. 13, 2000. As Olympic fever approaches, Web sites will spring up all over the Internet offering the latest news. For now, follow the countdown at www.nbcolympics.com. Search the event schedule by date or sport. Read the latest news about qualifying competitions. Learn about the athletes and the sports so you don't miss out on any of the action this fall.

Dear Amy: Is there an easy way for kids like me to learn HTML? --Elise, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Dear Elise: There are many HTML sites out there, and most of them are fairly technical. However, there is a good site that teaches kids how to code HTML. Type away at www.teleport.com/~jgoodell/tutorial/index.htm. The site offers a good introduction to HTML as well as 12 practical tutorials. And the site is written just for kids. So start up a text editor, open your browser and learn HTML. Before you know it, your friends will ask you how you created your cool Web page. (This site is no longer available.)

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