Week of April 1, 2012

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Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

What is Peppermint Patty’s real name?
Patrisse Jones
Patricia Reichardt
Patricka Lockhart

Who was the first person to record and play back the human voice?
Alexander Graham Bell
Charles Babbage
Thomas Edison

What happened to Eleanor’s ship on her journey from Germany to America?
It sailed off-course and ended up in Mexico
It almost crashed during a strong storm
The Germans torpedoed it

Young Artists

Snoopy catching a baseballGet to know Charlie, Snoopy, Lucy and the gang at Peanuts, peanuts.com/kids. Submit your original Peanuts drawing to be featured in Lil’ Artists. Watch classic Snoopy TV clips in Videos. Choose a scene in Where’s Woodstock? to find Snoopy’s canary sidekick. Are you an artist at heart? Visit the Gallery to find inspiration for your own drawing. Then paint online and print your work with Coloring Pages. Like to read the comics? Click Comic Strips to read the daily comic strips online and enjoy the antics of your favorite Peanuts characters.

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Uncover Physics

Download graphicIf you have an MP3 player, a smartphone or a GPS device, Thank Physics for That, physics.org/thankphysics, will explain how physics made these technologies possible. Guess how long it would take to download all the information on the Internet, and find out if the Internet will ever run out of space. Did you know a smartphone can measure brainwaves? Now see which Viking king the Bluetooth was named after, and discover how the powerful radiation released by explosive solar flares on the surface of the Sun can affect your GPS device here on Earth!

A New Life

immigrant girl holding grapesHave you ever wondered what it would be like to start a new life? Interviews with Immigrants, loc.gov/teachers/
, shares stories from people who immigrated to America from all over the world. Meet Gill from South Africa, who tried many times to board a ship to bring his daughter to a better life. Donnatella’s move from Italy wasn’t easy; discover how she persevered and made America her home. Find out which holidays Lim Wing celebrates each year to keep his Chinese traditions alive.

Speak Out

What’s your favorite cartoon show?

Speak Out Here!

Pranks and Poetry

While today might be April Fools’ Day, it’s no joke that April is National Poetry Month. A humorous poem is the perfect way to celebrate both holidays, since many poets like to jest and poke fun in their works. Even poets who are well-known for drama, such as Shakespeare, can have a comical side, too. Did you know that 16 of his plays are comedies? Find lots of funny poems at Giggle Poetry, gigglepoetry.com/poemcategories.aspx, and after you’ve read a few, try composing your own silly creation. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick limerick or a lengthy sonnet, as long as you have fun. For more ways to enjoy National Poetry Month, visit 30 Ways to Celebrate at poets.org/page.php/prmID/94.

While you’re browsing poetry, be sure to find a poem for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26. This holiday was started by the City of New York in 2002 as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. Simply carry a favorite poem in your pocket all day, and share it with your classmates and family.


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