Week of May 01, 2005

Theory of Gravity

Watch out for falling debris at From Apples to Orbits: The Gravity Story at http://library.thinkquest.org
. This site introduces you to the wonders of gravity, what it is and how it affects things all around the world. What Is Gravity gives you the basics on gravity, and History tells of its theories and how it was discovered. Drop by Small Scale Effects to learn how gravity affects things like weight, tides or the pull of the planets. Then dig a little deeper with Large Scale Effects to find out how gravity pulls on objects all over the universe. This site will really pull you in.

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What physicist began his study of gravity after getting hit by an apple?

Sir Isaac Newton
Nicolaus Copernicus


What is a rush to a gold field that proves unproductive called?

Duffer Rush
Dead Rush
Slipped Rush


Who wrote
the book
“Angel of Hope”?
Barbara Park
Lurlene McDaniel
Kathryn Lasky



Striking Gold Down Under

Good golly it's Gold at www.sbs.com.au/gold. Pack up your pickax and head to Australia to experience the gold rushes. In Literature, Ellen Clacy provides insight of what it was like to be a woman in the gold fields. For the real bling bling, check out Famous Australian Nuggets. The gold rush had a huge effect on the young colony of Australia. In Economy and Infrastructure, find out what those effects were. Then, follow the discovery of gold as you journey through Australia with the Look for Gold! Interactive Map. You'd be a fool to rush through this site.

Reel in a Good Read

Go fishing for a great book with Book Hooks at www.bookhooks.com. Sink your bobbin' mind into reviews for hundreds of books such as “My Brother SamIs Dead” or “The Lost Boy.” If you have recently finished reading a book, express your opinion about it by writing your very own book review. You can browse the Most Popular Genres or play the Feature Word Game. Then, improve your writing skills at the Elora School for Young Writers, which offers online courses for 12- to 19-year-olds. Catch you later. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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Be in the Know in H20

Summer is nearly here. After a hard semester at school, I am ready to kick back and relax. My favorite summer activity is swimming. I'm like a fish: Once I get in the water, I have a really hard time getting out. However, learning to swim took me a really long time. I remember my mom putting me in swim lessons every summer. Sometimes, learning to swim was frustrating. All I wanted to do was play around. But after a while, I didn't want to be hanging out in the shallow end by myself. Learning the strokes and how to dive took time, but I got much better after a few summers.
You don't have to be a pro, but learning to swim is important for your safety. It is also great exercise and a fantastic way to beat the summer heat. For important water safety tips, visit http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/water.html. Interested in swim lessons? Check out the Red Cross site at www.redcross.org/
to find out about lessons in your area. Remember, have fun and be safe!



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