Week of February 29, 2004

Just Canned

It is time for dinner, and you grab a can of food to eat. Before you cut the lid, prepare yourself with a little Australian Canned Food knowledge at www.cannedfood.org. Information about packaging, nutrition, recycling and manufacturers will spill into your brain. You can devour details of the 200-year history of canning. If you start to feel those hunger pangs, check out scrumptious recipes, such as Thai chicken meatballs. After your tasty meal, relax and play the puzzle game. (This site is no longer available.)

Nominate a cool Web site at http://www.4Kids.org/nominations/

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

How long can you keep canned foods?

six months
one year
two years


What is the rootlike bottom part of a kelp plant called?



Who established
the New York Infirmary in 1857?
Dr. Clara Marshall
Dr. Barbara J. McNeil
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell



Leafy, Green Giants

It’s big. It’s green. It’s giant kelp! Learn all about this plant that turns the sea into an underwater forest for creatures at www.geol.utas.edu.au/
. Kelp Watch takes you into Tasmania’s deep sea to explore a beautiful natural environment. You’ll learn basics in Kelp Facts. Kelp canopies shelter animals such as the Big-Belly Seahorse and Brittle Star. However, kelp beds are shrinking as biological factors and human encroachment alter the ocean, so help the kelp by becoming a Kelpie.

Women Doctors in America

Celebrate America’s women physicians Changing the Face of Medicine at www.nlm.nih.gov/ exhibition/changingthe faceofmedicine. In the 1800s, women fought for the right to attend medical schools, and they continue to transform the profession today. Biographies tell the stories of women who excel in spite of gender-based stereotypes, such as Dr. Florence Rena Sabin, the first woman employed at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. And with video interviews, you can meet great doctors who are women.

What do you think about
wearing uniforms in school?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What is TiVo?
— Ariel, Cherryfield, Maine

Dear Ariel: TiVo is a service that lets you digitally record TV shows. You can record entire shows to watch later, or you can record a show and start watching it from the beginning before it has finished recording. To use TiVo, you have to buy a digital video recorder, DVR, which usually stores about 80 hours of shows on its hard drive. Then you buy the TiVo service. If you want to check out the service, go to www.tivo.com.

Some people love using TiVo because they are not limited to recording only a few hours of TV at a time, as is the case when using videotapes. However, others get fed up with recording more shows than they have time to watch. It’s a pretty cool service, but it does cost a few bucks.

Dear Amy: What are some way cool sites?
— Karla, Grovedale, Victoria, Australia

Dear Karla: www.4Kids.org’s Cool Spots is a huge database of way cool sites. It has more than 1,000 sites for kids, so you’re sure to find something there. You can also search for sites on your own with Yahooligans, a rockin’, kid-friendly search engine at http://kids.yahoo.com.

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