Week of May 15 , 2005

Justice for All

Do your democratic duty and visit The Democracy Project at http://pbskids.org/
Venture through a virtual town as you discover all the ways government affects your daily life in How Does Government Affect Me? If you've ever wondered what it was like to be president, apply for the job in Be President for a Day. Personalize your itinerary and see just what the president does every day. After each selection, view photographs of past presidents participating in the same activity. Step behind the curtain and Cast Your Vote in Step Inside the Voting Booth. Don't worry if you're not 18. This simulation is just for practice.

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Which Constitutional Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18?

26th Amendment
14th Amendment
3rd Amendment


What is the process of naming a species by two names called?

Primary Name Selection
Bi-Species Identification
Binomial Classification


What were stirrup pumps and sand buckets used for during WWII?
door blocks
water purification
put out house fires



A ‘Purr-fect’ Site

Pounce on the opportunity to discover Big Cats at http://dialspace.dial.
. Paw through History and Evolution to trace the links between the various species. In Species, use a world map or alphabetically view the list of big cats. Be sure to view the Flat-Headed Cat and the Spanish Lynx. Wild Cat Behaviour educates you on the hunting techniques cats use or the social behaviors needed to raise their young. Many of these big cats are facing the possibility of extinction. In Conservation, take a look at the endangered species list or the list of organizations that are helping out. Sink your claws into this site.

A Child’s Wartime View

With Vera and the Children of World War 2 at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/
, you'll learn all about the lives of British children from 1939 to 1945. Visit a Wartime Home and scroll around the rooms. Then, take the Rationing Challenge to discover the difficulties of grocery shopping during wartime. The Evacuees’ Letters allow you to find out how people felt about rationing, evacuation and their home life in 1943. In the Research Room, you'll find primary documents such as Photos & Posters, Letters & Documents and Radio & Sounds. Let history come alive through the eyes of children.

Should schools block gaming sites with firewalls? Why or why not?


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X Marks the Spot

As confusing as maps can be, they can also be extremely helpful. Learning how to read a map and use a compass is a necessary survival skill that can help prevent you from getting lost, wherever you are. Once you get a handle on your map-reading skills, you can even help navigate on a summer road trip. The following sites provide information about using a compass and explain how to read different types of maps.


National Geographic's Map Machine

Guide to Map Scale

How to Use a Compass

(The third site is no longer available.)


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