Week of January 28, 2007

Race Days

Rev your engines and join the greatest amateur racing event in the world at www.aasbd.org, when you compete in the Soap Box Derby. Step one: Make your Soap Box Derby car. Getting Started is the place to find out the rules and more information on car kits and parts. Then you need to find a race near you and decide which division you should compete in. There are three separate divisions for racers of different skills, weights and ages. To learn more about this youth racing program, check out About Us. Hop behind the wheel for a great time today!

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How many inches long is the Bible?



What animal's tail is featured in Totally Twisted?



Math Mogul

You will have a great time playing math games and sharpening your number skills at Count On, www.counton .org. New games are added regularly like Sudoku, a cool puzzle where you can pick your level for a super fun challenge. Click on Numberland and choose any number to find out some unique facts about that particular figure. Geometry enthusiasts will not want to miss The Third Dimension, where a new interactive program is in its beginning stages. Do you have an upcoming math exam? Send good luck wishes to classmates with Cards Online.

Games Galore

If you are in the mood for a gob of games that are sure to tease your brain, visit What in the World? at http://kids.
. Embark on a cyber Hawaiian adventure to see beautiful photos, and unscramble letters to discover the images' true identities. Are you an expert on all things green? Play “Going Green” to put your eyes to the test! View small pictures of board games and see if you can guess which game is being featured in “Games People Play.” Eye to Eye gets you up close and personal to several animals. Unscramble their names to see the whole picture.

Do you think drinking soda pop is bad for you? If so, why?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: I heard that 2007 is the Year of the Pig. What does that mean? — Sheena, Philadelphia

Dear Sheena: The Chinese New Year is based on an ancient calendar. In 2007, the Chinese New Year is February 18. The ancient Chinese calendar is based on a 12-year cycle, and each year in the cycle is associated with an animal. The animal for 2007 is the Pig, sometimes called the Boar. You can find out more about the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig at www.jackiechankids.com/files/Chinese_New_Year_Main.htm

Dear Amy: What is the best way to learn how to spell? — Jeremy, Buffalo, N.Y.

Dear Jeremy: The best way for me to learn the spelling of a word is to see it often. Sometimes I will write a word on a sticky note and put it on my mirror or somewhere that I will see it. Whenever I see the note, I stop and spell the word out loud. Ready to get started? Check out http://sut1.sut.ac.th/strunk/strunk4.html for a list of commonly misspelled words. You can also visit www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0903395.html for tips on learning to spell. (The first site is no longer available.)

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