Week of December 14, 2003

This Puppy Never Feels Blue

Hang out with Clifford The Big, Red Dog at www.scholastic.com/ clifford/flash.htm. In Play and Learn, twin kitties Flo and Zo need your help sorting things out after making a big mess. See and Hear is the place to play London Bridge on the xylophone while Clifford plays a drum or shakes maracas. The Lonely Lighthouse story is in Read and Write. It may sound sad, but it has a sweet ending. For a blast from the past, visit Clifford the small red puppy, a fun tribute to Clifford’s Puppy Days. Be sure to write Clifford so he can write you back. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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What is the Lonely Lighthouse’s name?



What are the first names of the Howes brothers?

Marshall, John and Wilber
Alvah, Walter and George
Herman, Herald and Hank


What do detrivores eat?
rotting leaves and twigs
insects and small rodents
insects and fruit



American Roots

Take a look at the American Centuries View From New England at www.americancenturies. mass.edu. From natives to newcomers, the Turns of the Centuries Exhibit tells about changes in America from 1680-1920. In Activities, dress people in colonial and battle clothing, or explore vernacular architecture. In People and Places of History, you’ll learn about key points in New England history, such as when Eliza Starr became the first woman to win the Laetare Medal.

Where the Waters Divide

Bridging the Watershed, at www.bridgingthewatershed.org/
, is an interactive lab where you learn about creatures in and around water. The Plant ID Decision Tree and Macroinvertebrate ID activities will teach you to recognize plants and small creatures by their unique combination of traits. Follow the fish journey game “Go Fish.” Your school of fish will grow from fertilized eggs to mature fish as they travel downstream. Then they return to reproduce. Just watch out for hazards such as antifreeze and bridge construction.

When are rivalries between schools helpful, and when are they harmful?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can I learn about women in the field of technology?
— Melissa, Colby, Kan.

Dear Melissa: The school of Computer Science at Yale University created a site at www.cs.yale.edu/homes/tap/past-women.html that tells about women who played roles in the development of mathematics and computers. The site is full of interesting information about some pretty important ladies. Check it out. Both boys and girls can find someone to inspire them to do great things with technology.

Dear Amy: Where can I play games on the Web?
— Neena, Toronto

Dear Neena: You’ll find Centipede and other old-school games at www.games.com. Sports fanatics can check out Sports Illustrated for Kids games at www.sikids.com/games. For some unusual fun with Flash, check out Orisinal at www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal. If you want to become a smarty-pants and have fun at the same time, go to Fun Brain, at www.funbrain.com/kidscenter.html. The games there are educational, but don’t let that keep you away. A little fun and learning won’t hurt anyone.

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