Week of December 9, 2001

Tropical Snow Peak: Mount Kilimanjaro

Hiking shoes are a must for a trek up the mountain at the Crown of Africa Web site at www.altrec.com/ features/crownofafrica. You'll need the Flash 4 plug-in to see all the cool interactive material. Located in the heart of Africa in Tanzania, 19,341-foot Mount Kilimanjaro is a world treasure. The site will fill you in on all the details: the five climate zones, the four routes to the summit and fun historical facts. Find out the meaning of the Swahili word "Uhuru," the name of Kilimanjaro's summit. You can also learn about preparing for a trek up the mountain, from the equipment you'll need to a physical conditioning regimen. Enjoy the magnificent view from the highest point in Africa. (This site is no longer available.)

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Precious Porcelain

The Sultan's Lost Treasure is available for viewing at www.pbs.org/wgbh/ nova/sultan. This site examines seaborne commerce dating back six centuries and includes awesome animation of huge Chinese treasure junks. Journey with ancient Chinese explorers who traded porcelain and silk at ports around the Indian Ocean. Then play the Date the Dish game to learn about Chinese porcelain. You'll dig this site.

National Geographic for Kids

Some of the coolest stuff on the Web waits for you at the new National Geographic for Kids Classroom Magazine, Online Edition for 3rd- to 6th-graders. Check it out at http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngexplorer. There are articles, online adventures and a cool Poll Booth. For a break, play a game or take in a Quick Flick. You can even enter a contest right on the Web site. Have a parent help you with the permission form first. Explore the world with National Geographic.

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Social studies for everyone

Social studies encompasses many subjects such as history, cultural studies, government and geography, and the Web has lots of great resources about all those subjects. Here are four sites about social studies for you to check out.

ThinkQuest Library: History and Government

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Migrations in History

Xpeditions Atlas

-- Amy

(The third site is no longer available.)

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