Week of April 22, 2001

Pedal Power

Cycle over to Propelled by Pedals at http://library.thinkquest.org/J002670. Discover the origins of bicycles dating all the way back to the time of Leonardo Da Vinci. The site also helps you decide what kind of bike you should get, where to get it and what size you need. Pick up some biker's jokes, and try your hand at the crossword puzzle, biking quiz and wacky maze. Bike riders need to eat healthy, so make sure you follow the nutrition guide. And follow all the bike safety rules for a fun, safe ride. Finally, check out cool accessories, such as helmets, lights and locks. Grab a bike and start riding today.

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How should a bicycle helmet fit to protect you most effectively?

fits loose
covers your forehead, not your eyes
tilts back to look cool


Adelita, the loggerhead sea turtle, migrated from Baja California to where?



Where was William Shakespeare born?
Stratford-upon- Avon




Turtles Of the Sea

Grab your scuba gear and dive deep to Turtle Trax at www.turtles.org. You'll find tons of cool images of these underwater marvels. Younger kids can visit Kidz Korner for stories about individual turtles, such as Polzbarney, Huffy and Adelita. There are sections about families of turtles and their habitats as well as about illnesses that turtles get. There's even a comic strip called Turtle Trax Toon. This is a one-stop place on the Web to find out all you've ever wanted to know about sea turtles.

Interactive History

Join the BBC for Walk Through Time, a history Web site for kids ages 7 to 9 at www.bbc.co.uk/history/walk. The Time Strip features 2,000 years of history. What Came First? is a fun game in which you order objects according to time period. Then play the Odd-One-Out games where you send objects through a time tunnel from a Viking house, a 1950s living room or a Roman, Victorian or Tudor street. History comes alive at this engaging Web site!

Should kids be required to take physical education in school?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: My mom doesn 't want a cat or dog, but I want a pet. Can you help us? -- Vikky, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dear Vikky: Since your mom isn't excited about cats and dogs, you might want to consider animals like frogs, turtles, hamsters, gerbils, birds and fish. Caring for your pet is the most important thing to think about. The cost of a cage or tank and food are important to consider. Also, be aware of what sort of bedding or other housing needs the animals have. For example, some fish require treated water. You can find additional help with selecting a pet online at www.avma.org/care4pets. Pick a good one!

Dear Amy: Can you give me some tips on making a Web site? -- Larry, Oshkosh, Wis.

Dear Larry: Web sites are fun and easy to create at www.matmice.com. To get started, decide what you want your site to be about. Once you have an idea for your site, start playing around with different layouts and style designs. Visit other sites for help and inspiration. Ask your friends to check out your site. Their encouragement will feed your creativity. Most of all, enjoy yourself. (This site is no longer available.)

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