Week of June 20, 2004

Entrenched in War

Hunker down in the trenches, fight as a Canadian World War I soldier and make careful decisions in “Over the Top,” at www.warmuseum.ca/
cwm/games/overtop/index_e.shtml
. In this game, your goal is to dodge the flying bullets that come your way. You’ll take orders from Lieutenant Jarvis, the platoon commander, but your on-the-spot decisions may save a life or cost one. Glance at the key terms in the glossary to prepare for your role. You’ll find out that war is serious and scary, and there’s rarely a clear right or wrong.

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What did the soldiers call meat that was canned or pickled?

bully beef
spam
chuck

 

Who organized a large rebellion of slaves in 1831 in Virginia?

Nat Turner
Denmark Vesey
President Jean Jacques Dessalines

 

Which popular presidential family was the subject of a 1963 board game?
Lincoln
Roosevelt
Kennedy

 

 

Africans in America

Follow the history of Africans in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the Civil War, at www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/home.html. Slavery existed in Africa before Americans arrived, but slavery in America was more oppressive than in Africa. Learn about this difference in The Terrible Transformation. The American Revolution changed the way slaves and other Americans worked together. People challenged slavery for decades. The end of the Civil War was the biggest step toward equality for all.


What a Tough Job

Many kids dream of being president someday, but it can be a pretty tough job. At The American President: A Glorious Burden, at http://americanhistory.si.edu/
presidency
, you’ll find out just how hard it can be. If you’re wondering exactly what the president does, head over to Foundations to get an idea of the duties involved. A scrolling timeline lets you see how presidents’ lives changed with history. You can also explore objects that belonged to past leaders, such as the hat Abraham Lincoln wore the night he was shot.


Why is it sometimes
hard for parents and
teens to get along?

Speak Out Here!

Climates Around the World

What’s the weather like where you live? In my hometown, summer is beginning, school is out, and I’m goofing off outside as much as I can. In some parts of the world, it’s wintertime, and kids may be having snowball fights this very second. So what’s the deal? There are tons of different climates around the world. Even places that are the same distance from the equator have different climates. The first three sites listed below are about locations that are at similar latitudes, and the fourth is about all the different climates around the world.

The Everglades Ecosystem
www.nps.gov/ever/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm

Climate and Weather in the Serengeti
www.naturalhighsafaris.com/knowledge/naturalhistory/
climateweather.html
(This page is no longer available.)

Himalayas: Where Earth Meets Sky
http://library.thinkquest.org/10131/ff.html

World Biomes
www.blueplanetbiomes.org/world_biomes.htm

--Amy

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