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Which waterway is shortest between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea?
Panama Canal
Bering Strait
Baffin Bay

What is the setting in Sci-Fi?
A castle
A pirate ship
Inside a spaceship

What is a pandereta?
A hand drum
A flute
A guitar

Attention Explorers!

colloseumNational Geographic Education lets you become an explorer when you jump into the map and solve the clues to reach your final destination. Choose your Family Adventure, education.nationalgeographic
. Do you prefer Land or Sea? Take the Ancient Cities Route to explore famous landmarks in Rome, Athens and Cairo. Then try the Arctic to Amazon Route and travel the seas from freezing to warmer climates.

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Typing Jets

Wacky Stories

story starterYour next writing assignment will be a breeze when you get creative at Scholastic’s Story Starters, scholastic.com/teachers/
. Choose Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Scrambler. If you’re looking for Adventure, board a pirate ship and click the Spin Lever to get started. You can choose a format such as letter, newspaper, notebook paper or postcard. Have you ever written a fairy tale? Now is your chance, when you enter the castle in Fantasy. In Scrambler, you never know what topic you’re going to get.

Latin Gallery

DrumThe Smithsonian Latino Center’s Kids Corner, latino.si.edu/KidsCorner, demonstrates how to find out more about a culture when you take a closer look at the details in portraits, listen to popular music and view priceless artifacts up close. Enter the Latino Virtual Gallery for Kids and examine the portrait of Bernardo Gálvez. His pose and the items in the picture tell us a lot about the type of person he was. The Son Clave Lounge is a music studio. Get up and dance as you listen to lively music and examine the instruments used to create unique Latin sounds. Take a virtual expedition to Mexico through videos and artifacts in Meso Time.

Speak Out

Which ancient city would you like to visit? Why?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where does my name come from? — Olivia, Surprise, AZ

Dear Olivia: That is a great question. There are many unique names from all over the world. Fortunately, there are websites that are designed specifically for research on names. For instance, Behind the Name,
behindthename.com, provides the origin and meaning of names through a searchable database. You may be surprised to learn that the name Olivia, as you spell it, was first used as a character name by William Shakespeare in the comedy “Twelfth Night.” Your name and its various spellings or derivatives is commonly used in 16 different countries and is ranked fourth in popularity in the United States.

It’s also fun to research other names, such as a sibling’s or a classmate’s. You may think that a name like Michael, for example, originated in the United States; however, it dates back to biblical times. As you are conducting your research, click the Show Family Tree link to find out just how old your name is. You can also click on See All Relations to view names that are similar to yours. You’ll have a lot of fun learning interesting facts to share with family and friends.


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