One of the most explosive interactive games on the World Wide Web is Minesweeper. Your goal is to uncover all of the squares that do not contain mines. Sweep away at www.head-crash.com/mines. Be careful where you click or you'll set off dangerous dynamite! If minesweeping doesn't keep you on your toes, then maybe tics and tacs will. WWW tic-tac-toe gives an interactive edge to those x's and o's you're so used to lining up. Three in a row is the way to go at http://boulter.com/ttt. But if you're looking for a real challenge, then maybe it's time to take on the WebCube. Rotate the cube any way you can to make the colors on each face the same. It's the dizziest game on the Internet! Spin and win at http:// info.gte.com/ gtel/ fun/ cube/ cube.html. (The first and third sites are no longer available.)
If you've played "Hangman," you'll love the Web's ghoulish twist to this favorite. Keep Zeppie the Zombie intact with your intellect and play Letter R.I.P. at http:// www.dtd.com/ rip/ Keep track of all the words that Zeppie gives you and take them along to http:// www.hmco.com/ school/ tales/ Write a Wacky Web Tale by filling in the blanks with a noun, an adjective, a verb. Pretty soon, you, too, can be the author of such great lines as: "One of the mummy cases climbed open. Out ran an enormous hat covered with grapes. Just as I was about to run from the room, the hat threw off the grapes and howled, 'April Fools.'" Playing these word games has never been so much fun! (The first site is no longer available.)
Look for the CyberEd Truck
This 18-wheeler is full of technology and ready for hands-on demonstrations. This "classroom on wheels" is scheduled to visit 14 cities throughout the United States. Find out when the CyberEd Truck will be in a city near you at http:// www.ustc.org/ CyberEd/. (This site is no longer available.)
Dear Shayna: I know it's hard to decide on an idea for a book report, but here's what I did for my biography book report. I asked my school librarian to help me find a book. I decided on the biography of Thomas Jefferson. Then, I went to Yahooligans at http://kids.yahoo.com and did a search using his name to find more information about him. When I did my report, I used the classroom computer to show pictures of the house he lived in and pictures of Paris, France. When Jefferson was there, the Eiffel Tower wasn't built yet. Everyone said that my report was really interesting.