Harriet Tubman
Sure, those dusty old encyclopedias are important for learning about American history. But the Web makes using that knowledge a whole lot more fun! Check out what one second grade class did with their voyage into the world of the Undergound Railroad. Make your stop at www2.lhric.org/ pocantico/ tubman/ tubman. html to see how these kids put history into action. After reading about the life of Harriet Tubman, they put together a great interactive site. Learn all about this conductor of the Underground Railroad through the eyes of kids, with illustrated timelines, fun quizzes and crossword puzzles. Even better, maybe this great class project will inspire you to start a Web site of your own. There's a lot you can do with history-why not share it with other cyberkids?

Explore and Experiment
Interact with the sights and sounds of science at Explore Science, a Shockwave-induced laboratory where the laws of science meet real life. Follow the prism's light to www.explorelearning.com and enter into a world of science gone mad. Mouse genetics, the physics of golf and the forces on an airplane wing are just some of the far-out theories you'll observe. There's also an orbit simulator for the space set, a terminal velocity freefall lab, and a see-saw torque experiment. Explore Science also has some cool games to play, like Black Hole and the Snowflake Designer. From 2D collisions to harmonic motion, this is no ordinary science site. Just remember to bring your lab coat!

Wide World of Sports
The sporting ghosts from years past come to life at Hickock's Sports History, the Web site dedicated to the greatest athletes and games of our times. Carry the Olympic torch out to www.ultranet.com/ ~rhickok and dive into sports as diverse as figure skating, yachting, horse racing and gymnastics. Go back to baseball's origins, playing with the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, or meet the heavyweight greats of the boxing world, from Muhammad Ali to Sugar Ray Leonard. For fans of the Olympics, the site digs up many great memories, from ice hockey's 1980 "Miracle on Ice" to the antics of Italy's Alberto Tomba. Let the games begin! (This site is no longer available.)

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1. Which group of people first played the sport lacrosse?

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