Week of October 2, 2005

Chichén Itzá

Scale the steps of Chichén Itzá at www.exploratorium. edu/ancientobs/chichen. Chichén Itzá is an ancient Mayan city found in the Yucatan peninsula. Explore History for a detailed account of the founding of Chichén Itzá and what it looks like today. In Alignments, check out the two structures of Chichén Itzá, El Castillo and El Caracol, and The Sun’s Path to view the impact of Mayan astrology on the structures. Finally, in Activities, try the Mayan Calendar Round and Breaking the Mayan Code. You’ll be awed by these ancient ruins.

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Story Guns, Germs and Steel

Journey 10,000 years through history and across the continents of the world to Guns, Germs and Steel, at www.pbs.org/
. Variables tells the story of crops, animals, germs, technology, geography, and how they all play a vital role in shaping global history. Welcome to the World and navigate around Earth’s continents and climate zones. Find out about the continents and regions and what they offer in terms of location, climate and wildlife. Get excited about history.

A Colony of Your Own

The Jamestown Online Adventure at www.historyglobe.com/jamestown wants to know if you can do a better job than the real colonists did in settling the first colony. Settlement begins when you become the captain of the Jamestown Colony. Make decisions regarding your settlement, and consult with your fellow colonists and Native Americans. Receive a report on the state of your colony based on food, health, wealth and morale, and then compare your colony to the historical Jamestown in Now We Know. Don’t become another lost colony.

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Rock On

Growing up in the house of a musician has been enjoyable. Ever since I can remember, my dad has played the guitar. He would play me lullabies when I was a kid, and now he rocks out with my musician friends. He has performed with different bands as a full-time job and now as a side job.

Ever since he was a kid, my dad has been interested in the guitar. He taught himself how to read music and practiced every day. He can play any type of music, and he can play by ear, which I think is really cool.

When I was 14, he tried to get me to play the bass while my brother was learning to play the drums. I guess the idea was to start a family band or at least add some musical accompaniment to his own music. I didn't quite have the knack for music that my father had, and I stuck with it for only a year.

As with anything else, if you practice playing an instrument, you will get good at it. If you want to add music to your life, check out www.onlineguitarlessons.co.uk to learn the basics of how to play guitar.



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