Week of October 10, 2004

Miss Anne Frank

Anne Frank is best known for her diary about her experiences during WWII. But many do not know that Frank’s written words extend beyond her diary. You’ll find her writings compiled at Anne Frank the Writer: An Unfinished Story at
. Watch as her personal thoughts spark new life through sound and images, and listen to an interview with Frank’s cousin. Then share your thoughts on this tribute to a girl with great ambition.

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How many languages has “The Diary of Anne Frank” been translated into?



What does the little dragonfish look like?

A piece of shell
A dragonfly
A crab


What mood does John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” evoke?



Under the Sea

You’ll swim with sharks and reel in the rays at Fish, the Australian Museum Fish site, at http://australianmuseum
. Australia has a lot of beach, a lot of ocean and a lot of fish, so there’s plenty to pore through here. Try to snag a spindly seadragon and apprehend an anglerfish in the Fish Memory Game in Student Stuff. When you find the treasure trove of fishy flicks, you can watch short movies of fish swimming freely in their natural habitats. Be sure to catch the pineapplefish. It really lives up to its name!

Keeping Score With Tchaikovsky

Classical music might seem old and stuffy, but at Keeping Score, it’s easy to experience the emotion and meaning that composers intended. Flit over to
www.keepingscore.org to get caught up in a tangle of beautiful sounds. You’ll explore the intricate movements of Piotr Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. His music goes from calm and serene to pounding and playful. Learn how the notes on his sheets reflect the ups and downs of his life. Then make some Primal Moves to find out how composers can mimic the emotions of anger, happiness, sorrow and wonder.

Should schools enforce dress codes if they don’t require uniforms?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What is the difference between RAM and ROM?
—Melissa, New York City

Dear Melissa: ROM stands for Read-Only Memory, which is a small portion of the memory in your computer. Information stored in ROM is relatively permanent, such as data that tells the computer how to boot up and locate the operating system, or OS.

RAM is Random Access Memory. It’s what people are referring to when they talk about needing more memory for their computers. RAM stores the OS and other programs that you have open temporarily so that the computer can access it quickly. It’s like going to the library and gathering all of the books you need before sitting down to work. If you had to get up to find a book every time you needed to look up something, you’d be up and down all day long. The same goes for memory. Instead of taking lots of time repeatedly accessing information, your computer stores the information in RAM when you open a program or file, keeping everything within easy reach.

The ultimate difference between the two is that data does not remain in RAM when you turn off the computer, but it is saved in ROM. Go to www.mydesignprimer.com/equipment_programs/
for more about RAM and ROM.

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