Week of May 3, 2009

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What is a calabash?
A bowl
A cloth pouch
A gourd

Who authored ”Shadowmancer”?
David Almond
G. P. Taylor
Catherine Fisher

How much
of the world's energy usage is from fossil fuels?

In Africa's Web

African King and QueenJoin Anansi, a little spider who needs your help, at Kid's Africa: Explore Africa with Anansi, www.pbs.org/
. Begin with The Quest for the Magic Calabash, where a good king and queen invite you to piece together the broken calabash for fortunes untold! Anansi warns you that this adventure will be a real challenge, but he will guide you on your journey. You will have to answer riddles from different African animals, and if you answer correctly, you will get a portion of the calabash. Good luck putting it all together!
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Finding the Words

hand writing on notepadYoung writers of the world will feel right at home when they click on BBC's Blast Writing, www.bbc.co.uk/
. See what other kids are writing when you scroll down through Showcase. If you feel like sharing some of your stellar works, you can easily upload them to help inspire others. Whether you are an aspiring poet or want to publish your own screenplay, this site has great tips and tricks you need to know. Lastly, browse the message board and see if any of the expert advice applies to you.

A Meeting of Eco Minds

pineconeFind other eco-minded kids like you at EcoKids: Canada's Environmental destination for kids, www.ecokids.ca/pub/
. This planet-friendly place will get you in the mood to do good while having fun. Top 10 Games is a surefire bet for earthly entertainment as you help control garbage, create a food chain and more. Jump into Homework Help for some facts and figures on many of the environmental issues confronting us today, including land use and waste management. Mother Earth thanks you and the other EcoKids of the world!
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Under Pressure

Feeling a little stressed? You're not alone. A lot of kids feel stressed over schoolwork, extracurricular activities or personal problems. Not to worry, though. There are lots of things you can do to deal with your stress! The first thing I do when I'm stressed out is to figure out why I'm feeling this way. A lot of the time, I feel stressed because I'm really busy with schoolwork or worried about a big test. When this happens, I take a few minutes to plan how I'm going to spend my free time. I plan to have plenty of work and study time, but I also schedule in breaks. Working for hours can get tiring if you don't let yourself take breaks from time to time.

Learning to relax is important for dealing with stress, too. Different people relax in different ways, so find something that you like. Some people find exercise helpful and go for a walk. Other people prefer to relax with music. Not sure where to start? You can learn about different ways to relax and deal with stress at www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?


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