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Fire Stoppers
Both kids and adults agree that understanding fire prevention and safety is important. Fire Pals, an organization dedicated to life safety awareness, is a great Web resource for young people looking to learn about fire safety. Keep yourself and your family safe at www.firepals.org. Does your family have a fire-escape plan in case of an emergency? Where should you place fire alarms in your house? The site answers all these questions to make sure you're well-informed. You'll also find information on earthquake safety and water safety. Listen to cool and funny fire safety songs, such as "Don't Touch That!" and "Ciggy Smokin' Blues." Game lovers can try their hand at "Two Ways Out," where you'll have to make an escape from a burning building. Also, test your knowledge on fire prevention by taking the Life Safety Quiz. And to stay informed on the latest news, be sure to join the Fire Pals Life Safety Club. At Fire Pals, safety is always No. 1. (This site is no longer available.)



Let's Talk About It From sign language to the spoken word, communication is crucial in our society. Now you can journey through this fascinating world at Reaching Out: The Evolution of Communication. Get ready to transmit your message at http://library.thinkquest.org/26451. This educational Web project covers everything from cave drawings and hieroglyphics to today's televisions, radios and advanced computer systems. With a great timeline, quizzes and video clips, this site touches on just about every method of communication. Dive into the world of the written word, investigate the alphabet and learn about famous documents such as the Magna Carta. Also, check out some communications inventions, such as Morse Code, the photocopier and even the pen. You'll discover that speech recognition software is coming soon to a computer near you. Whether you're a fast talker, a good listener or a body-language specialist, this site can be enjoyed by all communicators.






Stretch Your Wings
If the lion is king of the jungle, then the eagle must be king of the skies. So now's your chance to hang out with royalty. Go soaring with the Eagle Kids at www.eaglekids.com. From serious science to silly kid stuff, there's something around every corner. Learn about what eagles do to survive and why calling someone "eagle eye" is such a compliment. You (and your whole class) can join the Eagle Kids and get in on cool "members only" fun. You might even learn something really important, like what to do if you find a wounded raptor (the bird, not the dinosaur). Hunt around on the keyboard for a while and explore. There's a lot to learn and some high-flying activities, too. Oh, and don't leave without a visit to Tommy Talon, because he's hard to catch when he's migrating. (This site is no longer available.)

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Be a 4Kids Detective

When you know the answers to the questions below, enter your answers. If you are correct, you will become a "4Kids Detective of the Week." If a question is not answered it is considered wrong. Good luck.

1. Name a famous kind of Sea Eagle

ocean eagle
hairy eagle
bald eagle
2. What should you do if your clothes catch on fire?
stop, drop and roll
jump into a mud puddle
scream and run around
3. Which culture developed the first modern alphabet?
The Phoenicians
The Romans
The Russians





Ask Amy
Dear Amy: Where can I do school research on the Web? --Justin, Charleston, S.C.
Dear Justin: There are so many great Web sites for you to choose from to do school research. One particularly good one is B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper. It was started by a 12-year-old boy with help from his father. It has many different categories for you to choose from, such as math, science, social studies, English, history and more. It offers links to good Web sites where you are likely to find information for your schoolwork. Give it a try at www.bjpinchbeck.com. And if you find another good homework helper site, let me know.

Dear Amy: How do you say "hello" in Japanese? --Leslie, Missoula, Mont
Dear Leslie: Learning different languages sure is fun. In searching for an answer to your question, I found a Web site that teaches you how to say "hello" in more than 30 languages. It offers a pronunciation guide as well as Real Audio clips so you can hear someone say "hello" in those languages. The site also gives cultural information about the places where those languages are spoken. At the Internet Public Library's Youth section, Say Hello to the World at www.ipl.org/div/hello.

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