Week of June 15, 2008

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Is seawater safe to drink?

What is the most popular product of the Turner Farm?

What do you need to make the Flower Power Ring?
bouquet of flowers and glitter

You Sneaky Sailor

Set sail for the Pacific Ocean at A Stowaway’s Guide to the Pacific, www.abc.net.au/
. Sneak through a dark cave in preparation for your journey, but pay attention to your surroundings! There are historical clues everywhere you look. Creep aboard the ship and click on the blue bottle for a tip that might save your life. This story of adventure and mystery spans several centuries, with lots to learn about. With six full episodes to take part in, you are sure to get caught up in the secrets of the sea and beyond.
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From Global to Local

Discover the ins and outs of the benefits of organic farming at Think Globally, Act Locally, Go Organic, http://library.thinkquest.
. Check out Organic Basics for details on this popular, homegrown way of life. Read through personal stories at Farm Diaries, where you will learn all about the fun and responsibility that comes along with farming. If you have more questions, find answers in Interviews, where farmers tackle tough topics on organic farming.

Turn It On and Tune In

Chase the boredom blues away at Activity TV, www.activitytv.
. Future builders, jewelry makers, scientists, artists and many others will find projects designed with their interests in mind. Break out your wand and top hat in Magic, where you can find tricks to mesmerize your friends and family members. If your room needs a makeover, find cool projects like building a cork bar, making a fashion pillow or a pirate lampshade. With so many choices, you are certain to find the perfect way to keep yourself busy.
Speak Out

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Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: If I am on a teacher ‘s Web site and I click on a link, how do I know the link is safe? — Anthony, Lakeland, Fla.

Dear Anthony: Most likely, any links you find on a teacher’s Web site will have educational value and will be safe for students. If you're still not sure, you can look at the properties of the link by right-clicking on the link and choosing “properties.” The properties window will show you the full URL of that link. If the link's top level domain is .edu, .org or .gov, it is probably safe. The .edu domain is reserved for universities and other schools. The .org domain is for organizations and the .gov domain is reserved for government Web sites. However, you won't need to worry as much if your parents have Internet filtering software on your computer, which automatically blocks unsafe sites.

One good way to surf only on safe sites is to use kids' search engines and directories to find Web sites. A few of my favorites are http://kids.yahoo.com and www.askkids.com. Another option is to download free link-checking software such as LinkScanner or McAfee Site Advisor. You can find both at www.download.com, but be sure to ask your parents' permission before downloading any new software.


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