Week of March 13, 2005

Surf’s Up!

Before grabbing your surfboard to head to the beach, first surf the net at Hanging Ten at www.exploratorium.edu/
. Maximize your surfing experience by checking out satellite feeds and climate information of the best places to catch waves at Weather and Surf Report Resources and Forecast Surf at Your Beach. To learn about tides, experiment with the activities in Dance of the Tides. Roy Earnest celebrates Surfing for Life, which complements his gerontology work. Now you’re ready to catch those gnarly waves.

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

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

The place where the beach drops off under the water is known as what?



What did the Celts call their homes?

Living Cabins


A lively
and cheerful tempo is called what?



Here Come the Celts

The Iron Age Celts are alive and well at www.bbc.co.uk/wales/
. In Stories and Games, you can watch short interactive cartoons about aspects of Celtic life. Learn about Celtic gods in Dream for a Druid or battles against the Romans in The War Chariot. Then, discover Celtic culture in Design a Torc, A Tale of Weaving and The Smartest Warrior. Where in Wales takes you through the geography of the country with real photos of historic Celtic sites. Don't miss Create a Celtic Cartoon to animate your own masterpiece. Enjoy becoming a regular Celtic historian.

Sounds of the Symphony

With SFS Kids the sights and sounds of music come alive at www.sfskids.org. In Instruments of the Orchestra, meet the string, woodwind, brass and percussion families. Learn about each instrument, the sound it makes, and where to find it on the orchestra seating chart. The fun really begins in the Music Lab where the Composerizer lets you play with measures and notes and even create your very own tune. Then, take a break and tune into the Radio. Just close your eyes and relax to the sounds of famous composers such as Bach, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin and Mozart.

What achievements of your own are you most proud of and why?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What is HTML? — Natalie, Cypress, Texas

Dear Natalie: HTML, or Hyper Text Markup Language, is the “secret code” used to create Web pages. The code gives hidden instructions that tell a Web page document exactly what to look like. This means that everything you see on a Web page, such as color, text and images, is controlled by HTML tags that work behind the scenes. KidSpace at the Internet Public Library at www.ipl.org/div/kidsweb has information about HTML that can help you to create your very own Web page.

Dear Amy: Is it dangerous to give your personal information to someone you do not know when writing an e-mail? — Nicole, Merrill, Wis.

Dear Nicole: Yes, giving your full name and address to someone you do not know is very dangerous. The only personal information you should give out is your username or your first name. You should never share your last name, your address, your phone number or where you go to school with anyone you do not know. Safe Surfing at the www.4kids.org/safesurf Web site has many more safety tips for you to read over. You can even print off your very own Surftificate.

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