Week of June 10, 2001

Groovin' To The Beat

Keep your feet tappin' and your fingers snappin' at http://pbskids.org/jazz. At this swinging site you can discover the history of jazz with the Interactive Time-line. Visit the Improvisation Station to test your skills on the groove machine. Play Repeat the Beat, a memory game, with an animal band. In the Now and Then section, learn about famous jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and more. You can also read about kids your own age who love to play music. Tell your teachers about the Lesson Page, which has suggestions for using the site in class. This is one site that will surely keep you groovin'.

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When did radios and record players become widely available in stores?



What are three unusual types of lightning?

ball, wall, blast
marble, plume, crawler
ball, cloud, spider


What year was gold found in Yale, British Columbia?




"Lightning" Up The Night

It's thunderstorm season, and National Geographic has the scoop on lightning at www.nationalgeographic.com/
features /96/lightning
. You can learn about the science of lightning, including Ben Franklin's kite experiment. Then read stories about people who have survived being struck by lightning. The site has some way-cool photos of lightning strikes and a fun static-electricity experiment you can do at home. When you're done, take the lightning quiz. This site is totally electric!

There's Gold In Them Thar Hills

Mine your way over to the Gold Rush Town of Yale at www.tbc.gov.bc.ca/ culture/schoolnet/yale. Take a tour of the old outpost and check out important landmarks such as the Shilson House and the Hudson Bay Co. store. Meet the many people of Yale, such as the Barnard family and Johnny Ward. Finally, have some fun with the games in the Just for Kids! section. (This site is no longer available.)

What are some ways to make school safer for everyone?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can I learn a foreign language that isn't offered at my school? -- Angela, Lancaster, S.C.

Dear Angela: Many kids enjoy learning to speak Spanish, French and German, but not every language in the world is offered at school. Lots of great foreign language info is at www.languages-on-the-web.com. From Greek to Indonesian to Mongolian, you can choose from almost 200 languages. The site also has translations of the same stories so that you can learn more than one language if you want to. Arrivederci, for now. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: What is Windows ME? -- Tan Mei, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dear Tan Mei: Windows ME is an upgraded version of Windows. It has all sorts of new options that will make your computer even cooler. Windows ME allows you to splice and edit video or work with pictures from digital video cameras. You can even use Windows ME to play games with other people in your house if you have more than one computer and they're networked together. You can find more info about Windows ME at www.microsoft.com/windowsme.

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