Week of November 6, 2005

Braille Bug Byte

The friendly Braille Bug at www.afb.org/braillebug tells how more than 10 million people use their sense of touch to read what they cannot see. At What Is Braille, you can decipher the code and print out your own Braille alphabet key. Prove that you are smarter than the Braille Bug in a trivia game at Games and Secret Messages. Also, learn about Louis Braille and Helen Keller, who helped raise awareness for the visually impaired. The Braille Bug is a site you’ll want to see.

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How old was Louis Braille when he invented the Braille code?

10
15
25

 

What is a family history called?

treediagram
genealogy
general history

 

What can you find at KV1?
KingTut
Ramses VII
Nefertiti

 

Girl Power

Celebrate 140 years of girlhood with Girls Incorporated, a national nonprofit youth organization, at www.girlsinc.org. Buff up at Strong Girls and exercise your emotions, mind and body. In Smart Girls, design your future and find out about the female power in the Supreme Court. Explore Bold Girls where you can voice your choice or run your own presidential campaign. Fun Stuff offers quizzes, games and surveys as well as good advice about taking care of yourself. In the News will keep you up-to-date on all things girls. Girls rock.


Dig Up Egyptian History

Discover the wonders of the Theban Mapping Project at www.thebanmapping
project.com
. Thebes is one of the world's most important archaeological zones, where thousands of tombs and temples are located. Atlas of the Valley of the Kings is a multifaceted compilation of information about each tomb. Also, view thousands of images, interact with a 3D model and experience a narrated video tour. In Articles, you’ll find lots of info about modern-day Thebes, ancient practices, tomb development and much more. Take part in this piece of history and plunge into the underworld of Thebes.


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Holidays in Japan

Withthe holiday season here, I was thinking about my family's traditions, such asbaking fall cookies and eating turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. I have been learningabout Japanese culture from an exchange student at my school this year and findingout what Japanese holidays are like.

My friend told me that they celebrate a few holidays that are similar to ourssuch as New Year’s Day. They also have celebrations and festivals thatare different from anything in America. For example, the Japanese have holidaysjust for children, such as a boy's day, a girl's day and Shichi-go-san, a dayto celebrate the healthy growth of children ages 3, 5 and 7.

I think it is important to recognize how other cultures celebrate their holidaysand what they mean. Learning about similarities between cultures helps us tobe tolerant of our differences. I found a neat site where you can learn moreabout Japanese holidays at http://web.
mit.edu/jpnet/holidays/index.shtml
. Letthe festivities begin!

 

—Amy

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