Week of April 8, 2007

Ahoy Mates!

Avast ye lads and lasses! Get to know the real life of pirates when you explore the shipwreck of the Whydah at www.nationalgeographic.com
/whydah/main.html
. Black Sam Bellamy's shipmates give curious kids a glimpse of truth behind the pirate tales we all know and love. Meet Dr. Ferguson, the ship's surgeon. Then find out how love turned Bellamy into the Whydah's captain. These men all have stories to tell through their biographies and, at last, their fate. Too late to save his life, John King learned an important lesson: Always listen to your mother!

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When did The Whydah sink?

April 1717
May 1711
November 1710

 

What is the average monthly income for watch repairers?

Over $2000
Over $3000
Over $5000

 

What do leeches drink?
Acid
Water
Blood

 

 

Check, One, Two

It may seem like eons away, but you will become a grown-up and Reality Check at www.cdr.state.tx.us
/realitycheck/start.htm
can help prepare you for what's in store. Find out how much money you will need to live and what careers might interest you as you browse through this super site. Career Direct shows bright minds what paychecks look like from different jobs. In Get a Reality Check, make your lifestyle choices and see how much money you'll need to make it happen. Regardless of your passion, discover this valuable resource for future planning.


Aquatic Adventures

Water is an essential element in life. Learn all about plants, animals and environments that thrive in aquatic environments when you visit www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca. Did you know plant life begins the food chain for all creatures? View cool life cycle visuals when you browse Food Webs. Funky Fish is a must-see if you want to learn how many weird creatures swim the seas. Explore Aquaculture for a look into ocean wonders and the critters that stay alive thanks to their wet habitat. Many important people play a role in Research. Browse them by name or subject for more information on current discoveries and future projects.


How do you keep up on current events?

 

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: What is virtual memory in a computer? — David, Kuching, Malaysia

Dear David: Virtual memory is a feature that allows a computer to use more memory than it physically has. Most computers come with a certain amount of megabytes of RAM (random access memory) available for use. Having too many programs open at the same time causes your computer to use all of its available memory and will not allow any more programs to be opened until another is closed. With virtual memory, your computer can look for areas of RAM that have not been used and automatically copy them onto a hard disk, allowing you to work with as many programs as you want. For more information on virtual memory, visit http://computer.howstuffworks.
com/virtual-memory.htm

Dear Amy: What are some good news Web sites for me to find current events for a class? — Nicole, Merrill, Wis.

Dear Nicole: For news just for kids, try CNN StudentNews at www.cnn.com/studentnews. You can also find current event headlines at Yahooligans! News at http://kids.yahoo.com/news. Be the nose for news at your school. (The last site is no longer available.)


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