Week of September 9, 2001

The Scoop on Infection Protection

Clean up your act at the American Museum of Natural History's Infection Detection Protection site at www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/ infection. This squeaky-clean site tells all about microbes such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Varuni Kulasekera, a medical entomologist, shares important info about infections and how your body battles microbial invaders. Visit an online cafeteria to discover many of the places that germs and bacteria are found and what types of microbes are helpful in your life. Then learn how the flu virus originated and how flu shots can help you prevent catching the bug. And if you want to know how to avoid infectious diseases, the prevention convention section has 10 tips to help keep you healthy. Finally, play the infection game and see how microbes are spread from person to person. Go germ crazy at this awesome site.

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What is the first step to take when solving a microbe mystery?

Analyze the evidence at the lab
Gather information about the outbreak
Collect evidence at the "crime scene."


What racket game can you play at Casa de Casey?



What is the black -browed albatross's primary food?
small rodents




Jumpin' for Joy

Everyone needs a jumpstart now and then. At www.education.com/ jumpstart/ you'll find educational games galore. Toddler Town, Jumpstartville and Adventure World each offer fun, animated games. Play Go Fish or build a frosty fort at Pierre's Polar Pad. Or color and put together puzzles at Toddler Town. Get a jumpstart on learning at this great site. (This site is no longer available.)

Krazy For Kratts

Trek to PBS' zany Kratts' Creatures site at http://pbskids.org/
. The Kratts take you around the world to learn about odd, interesting animals. The Creature World section is the place to learn about flying foxes, study the meerkat or swim with stingrays. In the Creature of the Week section, use clues to discover the mystery animal. Then play some wild creature games before you head home.

Should parents supervise which shows kids watch on television?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What's a Venus flytrap? --Camren, Atchison, Kan.

Dear Camren: The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant that devours insects. It is found in North and South Carolina and is fairly simple to grow. It needs wet roots, high humidity, full sunlight and acidic soil. A fascinating Web site at www.ct.net/~crvny/ sa03005.html has info about what a Venus flytrap eats, how to grow your own plant and many other awesome facts. If you are interested in buying one, your local greenhouse may be able to help you. Just make sure it isn't a little shop of horrors!(This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: I'd like to see the White House, but I live far away. Are there any good Web sites about the White House? --Haley, San Antonio

Dear Haley: There is an official White House Web site at www.whitehouse.gov/about/tours-and-events. You can take a virtual tour and see many of its rooms, such as the Red, Blue and Green rooms. Also, the site has info about the presidents and every renovation made to the White House. Have fun touring our country's most famous house.

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