Week of September 10, 2006

Explore Big

Visit the cool creatures of the Big Big World at
. Snook welcomes you into the World Tree. Help Burdette design her tree house as you choose furniture and pick colors. Join Ick the fish down at the pond for some coloring fun. Oko is ready to dance and show you the butterfly’s life cycle. Madge waits to share some interactive stories at the base of the tree, and if you are musically inclined, Smooch and Winslow, two crazy monkeys, will help you record your own song. (This site is no longer available.)

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Who is Deep Thought's secretary?



Who was the first clerk of the House?
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Secret Agent Kid

Use your smarts and become a secret agent when you join forces with the Anti-Villainy Unit, AVU, at http://villainyinc.thinkport.org. You are now a double agent working at evil Dr. Wick’s Villainy Inc. Choose your team and begin your mission. In case of emergency, call on Deep Thought, a resident AVU member, who can lead you in the right direction. Attend the AVU and Villainy Inc. briefings for important insider information. Get to know who's who before you venture out. Small details regarding your friends or foes can save the day. Good luck!


Join the Kids in the House at
http://kids.clerk.house.gov as you get the goods on the House of Representatives. Before you surf through this jam-packed site, check A. Bill's bulletin board for new games and awesome activities. Then follow A. Bill on his journey to become a law and discover what it takes to put legislation into action, or learn about Congress and the role it plays in our government. Fun and Games are a click away where you can play Tic Tac Toe or Capitol Trivia. Time travel to explore art, events and people in congressional history. Have a capital adventure!

How do you deal with writer’s block?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How do people make coins?— Bethany, Berryville, Ark.

Dear Bethany: Nickels, quarters, dimes and pennies are made by the U.S. Mint, which distributes coins to the Federal Reserve banks and branches. The Mint buys metal strips that are rolled in a coil. The coil is then put in a blanking press, which shapes and presses the metal into a disk. The disk is later stamped at the coining press. For more details about the process, please visit www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint and www.factmonster.com

Dear Amy: What instruments can I play in the orchestra?— Natalie, Cheyenne, Wyo

Dear Natalie: There are many instruments you can play in the orchestra. They include wind and reed instruments such as the flute and clarinet that you blow into. There are also string instruments such as the cello, viola and violin. Percussion keeps time with different types of drums, while trumpets, trombones and tubas help make up the brass section. More information on orchestral instruments can be found at www.classicsforkids.com.

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