Week of February 13, 2005

The Healthy Way

Experience the fun and easy way to teach and learn nutrition by traveling to Nutrition Explorations at www.nutritionexplorations. org. The Food Guide Pyramid tour has tips for supplying your body with the daily nutrients it needs. You can learn how to cook from recipes for tasty treats such as the Vanilla Hot Shot. Then, discover the health benefits of each ingredient in your recipe. Now that you're a food expert, you can submit an entry to the Nutrition Riddle Contest. Yours just might be posted on the site!

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How many servings of milk should a 9-year-old drink daily?



What did Native Americans in early New England use as money?



How many
types of proto-writing are there?



Show Me the Money

The digital world has dramatically changed finance. Join the host of PBS’s Electronic Money as he explores the history of currency from Before Computers to the E-Money Revolution at www.pbs.org/opb/electricmoney. You can see how money has evolved by viewing the Money timeline. Put your monetary knowledge to use with a stock-trading simulator in Fun Stuff. Money has come a long way from the shells and stones used in primitive times to the paper, coin and electronic transactions of today. Visit this site and save a buck.

Communicating With the Ancients

Analyze accents and alliteration at www.ancientscripts.com. At this site, you can learn about the history of written language and its many forms. Check out the origins of writing with awesome illustrations of Cuneiform and Hieroglyphs in Writing Systems. Phonetics has information on the sounds and tones your voice makes when you read different letter combinations. You can learn how to say a few basic words in lots of languages and see how closely related languages are when you explore Historical Linguistics. No matter how you say it or write it, this site is guaranteed fun.

What kinds of healthy food do you like to eat?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How long does it take a box turtle to hatch? — Stacy, Lakeland, Fla.

Dear Stacy: Generally, once laid, box turtle eggs will hatch in two to three months. However, even after the eggs have been fertilized, a female box turtle can store them inside her body for up to four years before laying them. Most turtles lay anywhere from two to eight eggs throughout the months of May, June and July, with the exception of turtles held in captivity. To learn more about the box turtle, visit www.hilltopanimalhospital.com/boxturtle.htm.

Dear Amy: What are gargoyles used for?
— Abigail, London

Dear Abigail: In medieval times, when Gothic architecture was at its peak, the gargoyle was a popular form of ornate rain spout attached to the roofs of churches and cathedrals. The word “gargoyle” is derived from the French word “gargouille,” which means “throat.” However, don’t confuse gargoyles with chimeras, which are used solely as statues and do not function as water spouts. For more information and fun facts on gargoyles, visit Gargoyles Galore at www.students.dsu.edu/brashier/gargoyles/gargoylehistory.htm. (This site is no longer available.)

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