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How much public debt did the U.S. have in 2010?
Over $10 trillion
Over $12 trillion
Over $15 trillion

What is a sinkhole?
A large hole filled with quicksand
An underwater hiding place for animals
A deep pond formed after a cave collapses and fills with water

In what year
was the Sesquicentennial celebrated?

Investing in America

soldier pig characterTreasury Direct Kids, treasurydirect.gov/kids/
, is the place to go if you want to learn how the U.S. government manages money. The government has borrowed money at times to finance public services and wars. Have you ever received a savings bond as a gift? Savings bonds are one way the government raises money to decrease the national debt. Check Videos for Bugs Bunny’s savings bond message, then test your MoneyMemory in Games. Play Perry’s Pennies and help piggy save as much as he can. Think fast – you only have 10 seconds!

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Turtle Dash

Into the Deep

bottom dwelling sharkHave you ever wanted to take a camera into the ocean and just explore? Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, blueworldtv.com, is a collection of adventures captured on film by Jonathan and his team. Deep underwater caves can be scary, but they are home to interesting sea life. Watch Webisodes such as The Blind Cavefish, where veteran explorer Christine Loew leads the search for a tiny fish that is the top predator in dark cave waters. Did you know that Humpback Whales travel 2,000 miles to the warm waters of the Caribbean to give birth to their calves?

The Fight for Freedom

bust of George WashingtonThe American Revolution Center, timeline.americanrevolutioncenter.org, brings history to life with priceless artifacts. Reading about history is not always exciting, but examining amazing items, such as the Havana Powder Horn from the end of the Seven Years’ War, is a different story. Hessian Headgear worn by soldiers was recovered from a ship that sank in 1778. How is it different from military headgear worn today? The Podcast will tell you more. Have you ever wondered how soldiers cooked in the 18th century? Travel to 1782 to see interesting cookware labeled Did Lafayette Cook Here?

Speak Out

Would you invest in U.S. Savings Bonds? Why or why not?

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Dear Amy: Is there a way to block spam text messages? — Hannah, Omaha, Neb.

Dear Hannah: You’re not alone – many people receive unwanted text messages. Although you may not be able to stop spam texts completely, there are several things you can do to reduce them. A good place to start is by adding your number to the National Do Not Call Registry, donotcall.gov, which makes it illegal for telemarketers to call or text you.

If you have AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon, you can report spam messages free of charge by copying the text and sending it to SPAM (7726). Many phone carriers will allow you to block certain numbers or emails that send spam. For more information, visit nyti.ms/18IP8ek.

Android phone owners might consider downloading a spam-blocking app. Some of these are free, and each one blocks spam in different ways. For example, some apps will block all text messages that come from senders who are not on your contacts list. Be sure to read the entire app description and ask a parent or guardian before you download it.


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