Week of August 14, 2005

Down "Fun"der

G'day, mate! Get a look at life down under when you meet Kip and Co. at www.kipandco.com.au. Begin in Wildlife Facts to learn about Kip the koala and his other Aussie animal friends. Then unfold Kip's Map of Australia to see his buddies located all over the continent. Follow Kip's Adventure Track for some real excitement as Kip takes part in cool Australian activities and writes postcards for you to read. Become Kip’s friend, too, by sending him an e-mail and reading what other kids have to say in Dear Kip. Don't miss this Kip trip. (This site is no longer available.)

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Who sits with emu eggs until they hatch?

Mother emu
Father emu


Who were the first Europeans to settle in Illinois?

The Dutch
The Spanish
The French


Albert Einstein swept aside the theories of which famous scientist?
Francis Bacon
Isaac Newton



In the Heartland

Enjoy a warm welcome in Illinois with At Home in the Heartland at www.museum.
. Travel through time and find yourself among the earliest settlers in 1700. From the first settlements to the growth of industry and suburbs, Maps show the historical changes in Illinois. Clues to the Past helps viewers visualize domestic life, and Timeline lists dates, info and pictures. The heart of America beats strong and proud in Illinois.

In the Name of Science

Strange Science at www.strangescience.net proves that science doesn't always have to make sense. Throughout time, scientists have come up with some pretty weird ideas. Goof Gallery houses a collection of mistakes made by early scientists in their ideas about Dinosaurs and Dragons, Mammals, Hominids and Sea Monsters. Visit Timeline for a look at some of the significant events in paleontology and biology history. Without the misguided attempts of scientists, science wouldn't be where it is today. Venture to Biographies to pay homage to some of these individuals. This science will leave you thinking outside the box.


What extra-curricular activities do you like to do?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Why do you have to type “www” and “.com” to access a Web site? — Amy, Poland, Ohio

Dear Amy: Web site addresses uniquely identify content on the Web much like how your postal address identifies your place of residence. Each Web address, or Universal Resource Locator (URL), has a particular pattern that makes finding places on the Web easy. There are a lot of different codes in a URL, so it can get confusing. For instance, “.com” is the designation for “commercial” Web sites, whereas “.org” stands for “organization” and is usually used for non-profit sites. To learn more about Web addresses, check out Understanding Internet Addresses at www.woodlands-junior.kent.

Dear Amy: Where can I find out about fats, carbohydrates, minerals and proteins? — Veronica, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Dear Veronica: Learning about nutrition can be lots of fun. Each food contains different combinations of vitamins, minerals, fats and more. Visit www.kidshealth.org/kid and follow the Staying Healthy link to learn all about nutrition.

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