National Gallery of Art
Everybody quiet! Line up for the museum tour. But on this field trip you make the rules. Explore art in your own way at the National Gallery of Art online at www.nga.gov. Check out the tour of the week, see the special multimedia Web exhibitions (like the new memorial sculpture dedicated to the first African-American regiment of the Civil War), or maybe just explore the museum's collection without a guide. Is Picasso your pal, O'Keefe your obsession? Search the museum by artist names to see what the museum has by your favorite artists. Or maybe you want to head straight for the Renaissance room to see those famous Italian painters. (Browse by historical period.) This site offers many ways to satisfy the casual browser or the serious student with access to more than 100,000 art objects! The tour begins here.
Globe-Trotting For those who love to visit historical lands and nations, the University of Oregon's Historical and Cultural Atlas is a must-see on the Web. Take a journey out to http://mappinghistory.uoregon.edu to explore the ruins of Europe, the temples of Asia, or the natural wonders of Africa. You'll browse through paintings in southern Italy, walk through villages in Spain, and visit a Roman theater in France. For those who prefer to stay closer to home, the Atlas has a timeline of maps that span across the history of North America. And once you're finished visiting churches and military sites, you can relax by shopping along the streets of Pompeii or taking in a sporting event at the Coliseum.
Arrrgh, ye Surfin' Kids!
It's time for a pirate adventure on the high seas at National Geographic's Pirates World Wide Web site. Jump the next schooner out to www.nationalgeographic.com/ modules/ pirates and you'll catch a first mate's glimpse of these feared seamen. From Blackbeard to the Barbarossa Brothers, all of the great pirates and buccaneers are here. You'll sail from England to the Bahamas searching for gold, inspecting treasure maps and dodging flying musket balls. If you're ready to sail solo, you'll have the chance to name your ship and assemble your crew. And just in case you get seasick, they have links and books for some swashbuckling reading. Behave yourself while onboard, or you may have to walk the plank. (This site is no longer available.)
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1. In what city is the National Gallery of Art located?
Dear Pam: There is an awesome Web site at www.4Directions.org that would be a great place for resources. The 4 Directions site links up 12 Native American schools from all around the country. Since some of the schools are really remote, their teachers and students are using the Internet to share multimedia presentations, lesson plans and classroom activities with other Native American schools. These kids are learning about their culture and posting stuff on the Web for the rest of the world to see. Check them out. Maybe you could find some keypals there, too.
Dear Amy: Some of the Web sites I go to for kids make you fill out a form, but my parents say I'm not supposed to. What can I do?-Eric, Denver
Dear Eric: It's not smart to give out ANY personal information over the Web. It's not really bad, but lots of Web sites ask kids about themselves or their parents just to get sales information. I think a cool Web site should let you in without registering. :-) My rule is: If it makes me uneasy, just surf somewhere else. Check out an NPR story about it at www.npr.org/ news/ national/ 970610.privacyseries.html to get more details. (This site is no longer available.)