Week of July 9, 2006

Starry Night

Gaze up into Your Sky at www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky. This interactive planetarium gives you a personal look at your local heavens and produces maps of your surroundings. Sky Map allows you to see the entire sky from anywhere in the world, then zoom in for a closer look by clicking on the map. Horizon Views shows the stars as they appear above the horizon. The Virtual Telescope allows for custom settings and controls to track objects in space. Your sky will never look the same to you again.

Nominate a cool Web site at www.4Kids.org/nominations

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What information do you need to search for your sky?

Latitude and longitude
Street address
Local businesses


How long has the American Composers Forum commissioned projects?

Since 1973
Since 1983
Since 1987


What planet is the “Angry Red Planet”?



Come Together in Harmony

Become a masterful musical expert when you join the Continental Harmony Project at www.pbs.org/harmony. Enter the Sound Lounge for an interactive experience where you can compose and hone your musical skills. To get your creative juices flowing, check out new projects across the United States in Communities in Harmony and learn what others are doing. Is your town in need of some musical genius? Community Toolkit can help local organizations commission a new piece of music. Stay tuned.

Mystery Master

If you love solving mysteries, The Mystery Spot at www.accessexcellence.org/
is for you. These crazy quandaries will have you racking your brain, searching for solutions. Discover why frogs are dying in Croak, a cool, interactive science mystery, or become a detective in Yellow Jackie as you set sail in the Pacific. You are a Science sleuth in River of Venom, but be sure to watch out for the “killer” bees! If you think you are ready to challenge yourself, strap on your “gumshoes” and search for clues. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Do you think it is important to write thank-you notes? Why or why not?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What is graduation like? — Matthew, Minot, N.D.

Dear Matthew: Graduation is a time when students celebrate finishing school. It may be elementary school, middle school, high school or college. After years of hard work in classes and extra-curricular activities, students are recognized with a diploma. The diploma is a piece of paper certifying completion of a course of study and achievement of an education level. Typically, students wear a cap and gown during the ceremony. Friends and family are invited to participate in the activity and show their support. For more details about graduation, check out www.brownielocks.com/graduation.

Dear Amy: Where can I find census information for class? — Kayla, Detroit

Dear Kayla: You can find census information at www.censusscope.
. This site is loaded with census facts. Censusscope is a tool used to research U.S. trends in population growth and demographics such as sex, race and age. Good luck with your research!

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