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.
1. What architect designed Central Park?
Dear Amy: Is there an easy way for kids like me to learn HTML? --Elise,
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.)