Week of September 11, 2011

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

What percentage of watermelon is water?

Who insulted Nermal in Self-Esteem?

Who was the grandmother in “The Witches” based on?
Roald Dahlís mother
Roald Dahl's teacher
Roald Dahl's aunt

A Foray Into Fitness

girl holding orangesYou’ll be energized in no time with WebMD's Fit Kids, http://fit.webmd.com/kids. Begin with Food to figure out what fuel will benefit your body the most by checking out activities and taking stock of your meals. Now shake it up in Move, where you can play Bubble Rubble and browse through the Fit MOVE Handbook to create your new fitness regime. Are you tired yet? Recharge with a slide show featuring ways to unwind and then make sure to get a good night of sleep. Stay healthy and be happy!

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Learn it All

Professor GarfieldThe Infinite Learning Lab, http://learninglab.org, has a little something for everyone no matter what your interests are. Digital learning is the wave of the future, so take a few minutes to scroll through the lessons before you begin. Help Nermal learn Self-Control as he struggles with his emotions. Peer Pressure hooks you up with Odie as he faces tough choices when he tries to be cool. The Kool Kat Karl Show will help you think about media in new ways, too. So learn about Giving Back, Diversity, Online Safety and more with the famous Garfield cast.

Reading With Roald

boy readingWelcome to the wonderful world of Roald Dahl, www.roalddahl.com, where you can take part in a celebration of imagination. Click on The Man to learn all about this famous author and cool creative thinker. If you are in the mood for some first-class story-telling, move over to Books and Stuff, where you can learn about “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and more spell-binding tales. Take a break with Treats, where you can fill your brain with great games such as The Wonkalator and George's Mixups. Share and enjoy.

Speak Out

What is your favorite way
to relax after school?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Why are there leap years? Why isn't February the same number of days every year? — Denis, Crompond, N.Y.

Dear Denis: We all think of a year as being 365 days long, but actually it takes about 365 and 1/4 days for the Earth to make a complete orbit around the sun. The Egyptians figured out that we needed to add a day to the calendar every four years to keep it on track with the solar year. The Romans adopted this idea for their own calendar and designated February 29 as the leap day. To learn more, visit Fact Monster's Leap Year 101, www.factmonster.com/spot/leapyear2.html. Enjoy the extra day next year!

Dear Amy: Where does Bigfoot live? — Lauryn, Jackson Center, Pa.

Dear Lauryn: The original Bigfoot tracks were found in a California forest in 1958. The footprints measured 16 inches long and were assumed to be left by a large, hairy beast. Years later in 2002, it was announced that Bigfoot was a hoax. The prankster used large wooden feet to create the tracks. Many Bigfoot fans believe that he’s real and still out there. What do you think? Find out more about Bigfoot at www.timeforkids.com/TFK/class/wr/article/


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