Week of February 5, 2012

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

What material is the Roosevelt Inaugural Medal made of?

What letter do you draw in Mirror, Mirror?
The letter E
The letter S
The letter Z

How did Leonardo
see the Earth?
As a playground for creation
As a living entity in a state of flux
As a colorful mural

Coin Collector

gold coinLegendary Coins and Currency, americanhistory.
, will have special significance to anyone interested in money. History often dictates which legends will carry on forever in gold, silver and copper forms. Search the Collection if you know what you want to find. You can research by time period, metal and denomination. Scroll through the interactive Online Exhibition where important pieces in history await your discovery. Take a virtual museum trip in the Legends Game and search through a top-secret coin vault.

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Simple Science

moldy breadTry Home Demos at billnye.com/for-kids-
with Bill Nye, The Science Guy. These awesome experiments are great to keep on hand for a rainy day. Choose one that strikes your fancy to begin. Earth's atmosphere is no mystery in Barometer in a Bottle. Now find an adult and try Blow Out, where a birthday candle challenge awaits. Watch out for an Acid Attack when lemon juice and vinegar are used to demonstrate erosion. Share a cool Eggs-Speriment with your science class for extra credit.

Understanding Leonardo

Mona LisaUniversal Leonardo, universalleonardo.org, is ready to introduce you to Leonardo da Vinci, one of history’s great geniuses. Click on Explore to begin your journey into Leonardo's world as you discover how he connects elements such as water and the human body. Did you know there are secret stories behind his famous works? Browse through Discover to find out what the Madonna of the Yarnwinder is keeping from you! Be sure to play great games where you can work on mirror images, create a Mona Lisa smile and fly like a bird.

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What do you collect? Why?

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Jazz It Up

Most people celebrate Black History Month by honoring civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois, but I also take time to appreciate the musical side of black history. Blues and jazz have had a tremendous impact on the history of American music, so take a little time to learn about some of the greats.

A good place to start is the History of Jazz with Wynton Marsalis at teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/history_of_jazz.htm. You'll learn how jazz developed from blues and follow its evolution into modern forms. Of course, learning about jazz requires listening to jazz, so be sure to play all of the audio clips as you go.

Once you've completed your mini-course in jazz history, check out more music at Pandora, pandora.com/#!/genres/jazz. Pick a station such as Cool Jazz, Swing or Bebop to get started. After you've explored the different kinds of jazz, make your own custom radio station based on your new favorite artists and styles.


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