Week of August 22, 2010

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

What kind of animal is being taken care of by a teacher in Malaysia?
Orangutan Tiger

What can The Gorgons turn people into?


What does laser stand for?
Light Arrow by Similar Effects of Radiation
Light Administered by Simulated Emission of Radiation
Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

Show Her Some Love

mountainsTake time out of your busy schedule to show the Earth how much you care at PlanetFesto, http://planet
. We only have this one planet, so start by searching through the ribbon full of declarations of love and appreciation for our Mother Earth. You can add your own promises and renew your commitment to treat our home right when you Do Your Piece. Be sure to look and see if anyone at your school has added to the ribbon. This site helps us all, kids and adults, remember how to be good to the land we get so much from.

Nominate a cool website at:

A Big Fat Greek Tree

Greek goddessTrace the branches at Family Tree of the Greek Gods, www.webexhibits.org/greekgods, and discover the gods and goddesses who brought order to ancient Greek life. Begin your journey in “Chaos” with nothingness, and then click on the gods such as Erebus (darkness) or Gaia (earth) and learn about their roles in Greek mythology. Each click will let you zoom in to the branches of the tree as you link to more information and uncover new relationships. What an amazing resource for mythology projects!

Zap It!

girlNobelprize.org's Laser Challenge, http://nobelprize.org/educational_
, invites you to arrange an amazing laser party. Ready for the challenge? Let's begin. Watch out for the sticky-fingered Slackers who are out to steal your party tunes, and keep a close eye on the Snack Crackers who will make a quick meal of the yummy treats you plan to serve. Once you know what you are up against, choose your character and create a style all your own. Keep your eyes on the prize as you use your arrow keys to navigate though the game. Have fun!

Speak Out

What makes your best friend awesome?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How do you find websites for kids? — Gretchen, Glendale, Mo.

Dear Gretchen: The Internet is a huge place, and most websites are made for adults. Luckily, there are tons of cool kids sites out there if you know where to look. The easiest way to find sites made just for kids is to use a kid-friendly search engine such as www.askkids.com or http://kids.yahoo.com. To get started, think of descriptive words, called keywords, which describe the kinds of information you're looking for. For example, if you want to learn about how to take care of your new pet, you would search for “pet care” or something more specific like “dog care.” There are also some cool tricks you can do to improve your search results. For a list of search engine tips and tricks, visit http://kids.britannica.com/help_student?topic=search_tips.

Another way to find sites is to use a directory. Directories are lists of websites that are selected and sorted into categories and subcategories by moderators. You can find directories for kids at www.ipl.org/div/kidspace and www.dmoz.org/Kids_and_Teens. To find sites, browse through topics or use the search bar. If you find something really cool, share it by sending it to 4Kids.


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