This is Not Joust Another Site
What would ever possess two people to strap on 40 pounds of metal, jump on a horse and charge full speed toward each other carrying a long, sharp stick? Although rare in our day, jousting matches were common in the Middle Ages. You can find out about the lifestyles of knights, peasants, lords, ladies and others at www.burbank.k12.ca.us/ ~luther/ midages/ beginhere.html The best part, it's all written by classes at Luther Burbank Middle School, Burbank, California. They've done their research and have written essays and drawn pictures about medieval life and times. The site is also linked to many other great sources. Charge on over - they've lowered the drawbridge for you. (This site is no longer available.)
Imagine Life in Outer Space
The Inquirer's Guide to the Universe wants you to be an investigator and explorer by digging up facts to come up with your own conclusions about life in outer space. Star-hop out to http://sln.fi.edu planets/planets.html and you'll soon embark on your space adventure by checking out the facts and fiction of outer space. You'll find more aliens, space monsters and black holes here than in the movies! Once you've circled the galaxies and seen asteroids and comets firsthand, you'll have the opportunity to share your experiences and thoughts with your fellow astronauts. The Guide's Space Story Studios allows you to choose an imaginary planet, look it over and write a story about it. Next, check out the stories of your fellow adventurers. Ready to explore? (This site is no longer available.)
Build Your Own Submarine
Too young to join the Navy? That's OK, because you can start your own fleet of submarines right at home. With just a few household items-a pen cap, some modeling clay and an empty plastic bottle-your nautical laboratory is under way. The step-by-step instructions are at http:// unmuseum.mus.pa.us/ exsub.htm After you've set sail with your pen cap submarine, click the "home" icon at the bottom of the instructions, then look for the "Mad Scientist's Laboratory." You'll find hours worth of unusual science, and all the experiments are safe and easy.
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1. Which grade are the authors of the Middle Age site in?
Dear Amelia: It's awesome to check out sports, music and other events in your town right on the Web. To get the URL call your local library, local newspaper, chamber of commerce or city hall and ask for the URL of a city directory of events. My dad likes to find out what's happening in a city if we are going to drive through there on a vacation. If your parents say its OK for you to use a search engine like Webcrawler or Alta Vista, you can type in the name of the city and the state to see if it has a Web site. But be prepared to look through all the Web pages that mention the city-it could be a lot!
Dear Amy: What kind of software can I get to restrict my 14 year old while she is on the Internet? Do you know where I can download it?-Gretchen, South Bend, IN
Dear Gretchen: There are lots of programs such as Net Nanny, Cyberpatrol, CyberSitter, SmartAlex and Info Scan that filter out or block unwanted URLs or adult words from kids when they surf the Web. To find out more, check out one of the parent sites like www.parenttime.com or www.parentsplace.com or check out LION (Librarians Information Online Network) at www.libertynet.org/ ~lion/ filtering.html. (These sites are no longer available.)