Week of January 13, 2008

Breathe Easy

Take a deep breath and pay a visit to AIRNow, at the Air Quality Index for kids at http://airnow.gov/index.cfm
. Join chameleons K.C., Kool and Koko for insider info on our need for clean air. Air pollution can really affect your health. Check out the AQI color index for colors that signify dangerous conditions. If you have asthma, you’ll want to be extra careful so that outside pollutants don't find a way into your lungs. This means you might have to play inside if the air is not clean. If you have to stay indoors, play the AQI Game Show or the AQI Color Game.

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

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

Which health word goes with the color green?



Who created “The Virgin and Child with St. Anthony Abbot and a Donor”?

Hans Memling
Ron Remming
Paul Silas


When did President Wilson announce his support of women’s suffrage?



A New Perspective

Deconstructing Art,
.ca/ cybermuse/youth/
, invites your right brain to take a new look at some famous images. Choose a work of art, like “Skeletons in the Studio” or “The Drive” to begin your study. Click on Perspective for new understanding of the artist's point of view when he or she was creating the piece. Sections explains how the art was executed. Is it horizontal? What is it suggesting? The deeper meaning and themes of the painting are unveiled in Elements.

Historic Highlights

PBS kids go Way Back at http://pbskids.org/wayback/
to explore important events in U.S History. Stand Up for Your Rights will help you understand pivotal moments that changed American lives. Women and the Vote introduces you to Alice Paul who picketed for women's suffrage outside of the White House so that female voices would be heard. Then, take a front seat at Little Rock Central High School and learn all about the Little Rock Nine, who challenged school segregation. Our lives will never be the same thanks to those brave enough to demand progress.

Did you make any New Year's resolutions? If so, what?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Can you give children e-mail advice? — Kailani, Bronx, N.Y.

Dear Kailani: The first thing you'll need to get started is an e-mail account. Kids who are 12 years old or younger can't register online without an adult. If you're 12 or under, have your parents let you use their e-mail or sign up for an e-mail account that they can share with you. A basic e-mail has a sender, a receiver, a subject line and a message, or body. Some e-mail providers have cool features like colored fonts. Ever wonder what cc or bcc means? You can find out how to use these features as well as more complicated tasks such as adding an attachment when you visit http://web.mit.edu/braintrust/tet/email/9.html.

E-mail attachments let you add pictures, documents and other files to your messages. Sometimes my friends and I like to share pictures through e-mail, but we're always careful never to open pictures or other kinds of attachments from anyone we don't know. Viruses can be spread through attachments. There are ways to spot a suspicious e-mail attachment. Learn how to identify the dangeorus ones by checking out the tips at www.netsafe.org.nz/kids/email_
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