Week of July 31, 2005

Creating Music

Discover your inner composer when you visit Creating Music at www.creatingmusic.com. Here's your chance to defame a classic. In Playing (With) Music, you can change the direction and tempo of a Beethoven masterpiece. March to the beat of your own drum as you instruct the percussion section in Rhythm Band. Then, manipulate the band in Musical Sketch Pads, where every note is drawn to your specifications and you control the tempo. Tune your ear in Games and Puzzles to see if you can place pieces of a song in the correct order. Get in sync with the music.

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Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

Which Beethoven classic is featured in Playing (With) Music?

First Piano Sonata
Moonlight Sonata
5th Symphony


Who created the stories about the Weird Beast Bunyip?

Native Americans


What is Galileo's most famous invention?
The microscope
The telescope
The telephone



Raiders of the Kids Ark

Attend a meeting of great young minds with Kids Ark at http://web.ukonline. co.uk/conker. Here, kids from all over the world have contributed pictures, stories and information on all sorts of cool topics. Are you into science? Check out Fossils or Pond Dipping for neat facts and drawings. If your fancy is fantasy, read folktales about Conkers and Ghosts. The Young Arts Centre is for creative minds. Visit the Art Room or Gallery to see completed art projects, or read poetry written by kids in Words. Kids Ark loves to display work done by kids. Submit yours, and you could be featured too. (This site is no longer available.)

The Life and Times of Galileo

The Galileo Project at http://galileo.rice.edu brings the life and work of famous scientist and astronomer Galileo Galilei to life. Explore Galileo and Biography to get an in-depth look at Galileo’s life and some of his best-known inventions. In Family, meet Galileo's three children, and check out Galileo's Daughter: Letters and Essays. In Science, learn about Galileo's astronomical observations and instruments. To wrap up your tour, visit Chronology to view a Galileo Timeline to get your facts and dates in order.


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Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Are there Web sites where you can chat without being a member? — Danny, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Dear Danny: Monitored chat rooms for kids require you to be a member for different reasons. Some sites ask you to sign up for membership so that you must get your parents’ permission to chat. Other sites offer memberships so that you can take advantage of different games and activities. However, for a site monitered by adults and open to anyone without registering, visit www.head bone.com/hbzchat. In addition, check out Safe Surfing at www.4kids.org to make sure you know how to be safe when in an online chat room. (The first site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: How can I create buttons on my Web page? — Bassem, Saudi Arabia

Dear Bassem: Geocities at www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/ Park/7531 offers buttons for you to use on your personal HTML sites. It also offers a tutorial, which explains how to add text to your buttons and create 3D effects. For complete sets of buttons, try Free Web Buttons by Sage at www.photoshopgraphics.co.uk/buttons/
. If you want to make a cool 3D button, head over to www.buttongenerator.com. Good luck! (The first site is no longer available.)

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