Week of January 11, 2009

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Beautiful Ballet

Celebrate tutus, toe shoes and tights when you meet The Dancers and Degas at
. Take a tour of the art gallery in Look Closely and zoom in on works featuring ballet. Get to know the man behind the art in Who Was Edgar Degas? which is full of fun facts about his life. If you are looking for something fun and creative, don't miss Things To Do, where you can make your own dance scene, send an e-card to a friend or create a poseur to replicate bodies in motion.
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Your Land, My Land

Explore America's amazing history when you visit Our America, http://teacher.
. Browse through the timeline and choose an important moment in history. Check out the Revolutionary War and read diary entries from a young girl or a patriot soldier. Move on to the Civil War and play architect as you design a functional floor plan for a period home. You can also flex your green thumb with the World War II Windowsill Victory Garden or tag along with Lewis and Clark's expedition. The options are endless!

Banishing Prejudice

Time for Tolerance will teach you all about what acceptance means at http://library.thinkquest.org/
. See what you can do to stop bullying at your school when you brush up on bullying basics, and then take the quiz to discover what you can do to better your own behavior. You can find inspiration from famous Tolerance Superheroes like Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and others in Promote Tolerance. Now it is time to Take Action, inside and outside of your home, with cool projects that will get everyone to do the right thing.
Speak Out

Whose kindness inspires you the most? Why?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: When you're chatting online with people and you ask them who they are, how do you know that they are telling the truth? I know that some people on the Internet are fakes. — Kiara, Wichita, Kan.

Dear Kiara: There's no way to know exactly who you're chatting with online. One time I was chatting with a friend, but then she started to say some weird stuff. Later, I found out it was her younger brother pretending to be her. Not everyone pretending to be someone else online does it to be funny. Sometimes strangers online will try to hurt children, so it’s important to stay safe online. For a quick course in online safety, go to www.4kids.org/safesurf.

Dear Amy: Next year I will be going to middle school. What is it like?
— Victoria, Davie, Fla.

Dear Victoria:
Middle school is a little different than elementary school. Instead of having a single teacher all day, you will get to take different classes with different teachers. Before moving up to middle school, my class went to orientation day. Older students showed us around the school and answered questions we had. To learn more about middle school, check out http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/middle_school.html.


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