Week of March 28, 2004

Oceans Alive

Are Oceans Alive? Find out for yourself at www.mos.org/oceans. Get into the flow of things and travel through the rugged mountains, active volcanoes, vast plateaus and seemingly bottomless trenches in the ocean. Satellite images of the ocean will make your exploration easy. Be on the lookout for members of the three groups of sea creatures that lurk about in the waters. For a fun science project, make a simple model of the water cycle using a sealable bag.

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Who was the first person to map the Gulf Stream?

Vasco da Gama
Benjamin Franklin
Ferdinand Magellan


According to The Frugal Housewife, what improves hot chocolate?



How often should sprinters lift weights?
every day
3 days per week
5 days per week



Northern Exposure

Minnesota Territory’s colorful history comes to life at www.mnhs.org/
. If you like trivia, visit the 1850s and try to spot important Minnesotans in Territory Trivia. Do you have good bartering skills? If so, try The Fur Trader, which takes you step-by-step through the hurdles of the tricky trade. Be sure to stock up on gunpowder and rat spears. And stay warm with old-fashioned hot chocolate from The Frugal House-wife cookbook.

Go Speed Racer!

Sprint to your Personal Best at http://library. thinkquest.org/CR0212240, but be sure to warm up properly. The Runner’s Database tells how to be a safe runner. Learn correct stretching and posture techniques from high school track members. They answer questions on long- and short-distance running that can help you decide which is right for you. The students who created the site included their resources, so you can check them out for more information about running.

What would life be like
if we built houses out of
all of the trees?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Should I use more than one anti-virus program to protect my computer?
— Ernest, Labuan, Malaysia

Dear Ernest: As long as you have a good anti-virus program, your system should be safe. If you use two programs, they might interfere with each other and cause problems. Both McAfee and Symantec make reliable anti-virus programs. Review them at http://home.mcafee.com/Store and www.symantec.com/norton. To protect yourself against new viruses, set up your program to download the latest patches from the software company every day.

Dear Amy: Where can I read books online?
— Kirk, Wesson, Miss.

Dear Kirk: Here are two Web sites with online books. The Online Books Page, at http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu, has more than 20,000 works. You can search by title or by author. The Online Literature Library at www.literature.org lists 30 literature authors, from Aesop to Voltaire. Click on the authors’ names to read online versions of many of their works.

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