Week of June 24 , 2007

Subject Showdown

Brush up on your favorite school subject while playing Bitesize Bingo at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/
. All language experts are invited to click on English for challenges involving poetry, grammar and more. Math muscle-heads unite to solve number stumpers that'll keep you guessing. Parlez-vous francais? Perhaps French will entice your bilingual mind. History buffs can test their knowledge of dates and facts, while geography whiz kids boost their rainpower as they interpret the lay of the land. Will you be the first to yell “bingo”?

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

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

What does "BEF" stand for?

British Explosive Force
British Expedition Force
Big Expedition Force


How many characteristics do living things have?



Where is Mount Kilimanjaro located?
North America
South America



Lovin' Life

Life Science Connections, www.vilenski.org/science
, bids you a warm welcome as you learn about life on Earth. Discover the commonalities that bond all living things as you browse. Clinging, breeding fungi exist in many fascinating forms, like yeast and mold. From zebras to chickens, animals are also plentiful in our world. Did you know scientists have named more than 1 million different species? Sort fruits from vegetables in Plants, or figure out how farmers grow seedless treats for us to eat. This site is sure to interest the scientist in everyone. (This site is no longer available.)

Erupt in Fun

Prepare for an adventure of volcanic proportions at Volcanoes Online, http://library.thinkquest
. Plate Tectonics introduces you to the powerful forces that have changed the landscape of our world. Volcanoes gives you a good look at how they work and the damage they can do. Prediction explains how scientists can tell when volcanic action is occurring and when to send out a warning to those in danger. The Gnomes of Volcano Village invite you to travel deep under the Earth in Comics. Test your volcanic knowledge in Games, where your skills are needed to Save a Village.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How are CD-ROMs made? — Daniel, Hazelhurst, Miss.

Dear Daniel: CD-ROMs, a type of data CD that holds software, provide a great way for a company to sell its software because CD-ROMs are durable and cheap to produce. CDs are made from layers of different materials. The base layer of the CD is made of plastic with little microscopic bumps impressed into the plastic. These bumps spiral around the CD and store the data on the disk. The plastic layer is then covered with a reflective layer of aluminum and is then coated with a protective acrylic layer. To learn more about how CDs are made, visit www.worldwise.com/reccdsanddv.
. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: How many people use the internet? — Bethany, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Dear Bethany: There is no way to tell exactly how many people use the Internet, although estimates have been made. Not all people with the ability to access the Internet actually use it. In September 2002, the total number of Internet users was estimated at over 600 million! You can find more Internet user statistics at www.sociosite.org/demography.php.

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