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Which artist painted with dots instead of brushstrokes?
William Harnett
Georges Seurat
Winslow Homer

In what year did Ben Franklin invent bifocal eyeglasses?

Which fish has its own bodyguard?

Art Games

Still LifeLearn more about works of art in a fun way at Art Games, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s interactive site, kids.albrightknox.org/html/
. William Harnett liked to paint still life, something you may enjoy in art class. It might look like an ordinary collection of objects, but many of them have special meaning. Some may be symbols of the artist’s perspective on life, such as a blown-out candle representing life’s short span. Other items may have simply been personally significant to the artist, as in Delaunay’s painting “Sun, Tower, Airplane.”

Play Dolphin Dash
Dolphin Dash

Cool History

MapHistory comes alive in Animated Atlas: Growth of a Nation, animatedatlas.com/
. This interactive map shows the expansion of the United States from the 13 original states along the Atlantic coast to 50 by 1959. Click on a year, such as 1800, for a timeline of important events. Details about states, presidents, territories, culture and science are included to make research a breeze. History goes beyond the textbook here, where you can see when famous works were written, such as Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” or Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Animal Facts

TeacherDo you have a favorite animal you like to see when you go to the zoo? Animal Needs, harcourtschool.com/activity/
, is a game where you will learn interesting facts about how animals adapt to the conditions they live in. For instance, did you know that the panda does not hibernate during the winter? Its fur gets thicker during the winter months to adapt to the colder environment. To play this game, choose a button on the projector and an animal will appear on the screen, along with a fact about it. It’s your job to figure out which need this characteristic meets. You can select from oxygen, climate, food, water and shelter/protection.

Speak Out

What is your favorite type of book to read in the summer? Why?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Now that school is out, I want to do some fun reading over the summer. How do I decide what to read? James S., Vancouver

Dear James: I like to read over the summer, too, when I don’t have schoolwork. Going to your local library is a good place to begin, because you can browse book covers and check out anything you want for free. You can also ask friends what they are reading.

Popular movies are often based on books, such as “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,” percyjacksonbooks.com, or “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” You can usually find out more details about the characters when you read the book that a movie was based on.

There are also reading lists online to help you find good books. DogoBooks, dogobooks.com, is one of my favorite sites because it allows me to find the newest books and search by genre and reading level. There are even reviews by kids my own age so I can find out what they recommend. One of my favorite mystery series is the “Sisters Grimm.” These are not your grandma’s fairy tales!


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