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Aviators use which three types of navigation?
Satellite, pilotage and radar
Radio, radar and satellite
Celestial, radio and dead reckoning

What planet in our solar system is closest to the sun?

What products were derived from whales?
Ivory, leather and musk
Oil, wax and whalebone
Leather, whalebone and tallow

Where Are We?

clock and compassHave you ever wondered how people reached their destinations before satellites and the Internet? The Smithsonian’s Time and Navigation exhibit, timeand
, will give you the chance to find out. Imagine the challenges faced by a pilot Navigating in the Air during darkness or bad weather. Read about Early Air Navigators like Charles Lindbergh, who was the first pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo. Meet navigator Peter Boyne in Navigation for Everyone. On his submarine during the Cold War, he had to know the ship’s position at all times.

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Planet Fun

solar systemIt’s time for Solar System 101, solarsystem.nasa.gov/
, games and activities to help you learn all about the planets. But first, let Homework Helper assist you with research for your upcoming report. You’ll find everything you need to get an A. In Planets, choose one, then click on the head and meet people with amazing careers, such as volcanologist Ashley Davies. Can you guess Your Weight in Space? See if you would be heavier or lighter on your favorite planet in Games. Try to learn enough to hit the target in the tricky Charge Control Game.

Life at Sea

ship sailsLaura Jernegan: Girl on a Whaleship, girlonawhaleship.org, describes the exciting three-year sea journey of a 6-year-old girl and her family in the 19th century. Can you imagine living and going to school on a boat for three years? Explore Laura’s Journal to learn about daily life on the ship. You can create your own Map of Whaling to see the sailing routes. Explore the Ship to see actual pictures of the inside of a whaler. Links throughout each story reveal real artifacts and vivid paintings. Read about the Whaling Disaster of 1871 in More About. Did Captain Jernegan and his crew survive?

Speak Out

Do you prefer to navigate with
a map or GPS? Why?

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Share the Joy of Reading

Enjoying a story is one of life’s simple pleasures. Unfortunately, many children do not have access to books. We Give Books, wegivebooks.org, is an initiative that is helping to change that fact and allow kids to have fun at the same time! When you have a parent or guardian sign up for a free account, you can read children’s books online for free. For each book you read on their website, We Give Books will donate a book to one of their partner charities that help build libraries and enrich public schools around the world.

Another way to share great books is to have a book swap with your friends. You can agree to trade books if you do not want your old books back, but sometimes it’s hard to let go of a favorite. If you want your friends to return your books after they are finished reading, adding bookplates inside the front covers can help everyone remember which books belong to whom. Custom bookplates also add a personal touch to your home library. For tons of free printable bookplates, visit myhomelibrary.org/bookplates.html.


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