Week of Septemer 2, 2001

Order in the Court!

Become a junior crime fighter at the U.S. Department of Justice Kids & Youth site at www.usdoj.gov/kidspage. In the games section, you can transform into a special agent and go on a top secret assignment or play a sliding tile puzzle game. This site serves as a valuable tool in helping you surf the Web safely, so check out the Internet do's and don'ts. You can learn about the civil rights that people have fought for through the years, and find out about getting your driver's license and avoiding illegal drugs. Then meet the team of crime fighting canines: Annie, Axel and Atwood. Finally, let this page guide you on a field trip to the federal courts where you can learn about the federal justice system. Your first mission as a junior special agent is to visit this Web site. (This site is no longer available.)

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In order to stay safe, what "system" should you use?



What weather condition increases the mosquito population?



Statistics is the branch of mathematics that deals with what?
collecting, organizing and analyzing data
solving formulas
recording batting averages




A Case of the Itchies

Buzz with the bees and Lanakids at www.lanakids.com. This site, sponsored by Lanacane, reveals the secrets of staying itch free throughout the year. The summer brings a number of hazards, including mosquitoes, ticks, poisonous plants and bees. Load up on cool itch facts and swimming safety tips. Then learn how to avoid frostbite and why winter weather makes skin itchy. The winter "warm-ups" and the "freeze free" fun will keep you going all winter.

Stanley Stat and Pie Chart Pam

Join the National Agricultural Statistic Service at NASS Kids Agriculture & Math Fun Web site. Add www.usda.gov/nass/nasskids/kidpg.htm to your bookmarks. You'll find Stanley Stat ready to tell you all about statistics. Pie Chart Pam will sort out graphs and charts for you. There's even a History of NASS section and a map showing what NASS does in your state. Finally, don't forget to check out the fun games, jokes, coloring book and much more. (This site is no longer available.)

What was your favorite part about this summer?

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Constitution Day

September 17 is Constitution Day. Celebrating the signing of the Constitution in 1787 reminds us to appreciate the freedoms that we enjoy in the United States of America.

Thirty-nine men signed the document that has governed the United States for over 200 years. Before the writing of the Constitution, our country was organized under the Articles of Confederation. However, as the outline at http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/H/1994/ch4_p2.htm shows, the Articles didn't provide the government with the authority needed to rule the country.

George Washington and other American leaders decided to redefine the laws. In May of 1787, delegates from across the nation gathered in Philadelphia to debate the issues that were important to their states. After months of hard work, the Constitution was born.

Since 1787, 27 amendments have been added to the Constitution, adding to the freedoms that make America unique among all nations. This month, let's remember the liberties that we enjoy in America and appreciate those who established them for us.

-- Amy

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