Imagination Adventure Imagine yourself as big as a building or as small as a marble. At www.nikolai.com. 8-year-old Nikolai and his feline friend Neow-Neow show you how. Scroll down to Story Time and read their latest adventures in "Neow-Neow Gets His Way." Click on the word "Thunderstorm" and go to Chapter 2. Check out "Activity Chapter 2" to become whatever size you want to be! Read about dragon-slaying in Neow-Neow's Diary, or create your own story called "The Haunted Bedroom." For more fun, print and color Nikolai and Neow-Neow bookmarks, try recipes like peanut-butter facewiches, or make a cardboard cut-out of Neow-Neow costumes. There's no more purr-fect way to use your imagination! (This site is no longer available.)
Sports Illustrated for Kids Did you ever want to coach a basketball team with Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan? At Hoop-O-Matic, you can do just that, by drafting and coaching your very own NBA team. Even if you're not a hoops hero, you can still test your skills and savvy in sports areas such as the Girl's Zone, the SI Kids Poll and Home Run Fever. Whether you're a football fanatic or an Olympics trivia buff, Sports Illustrated for Kids provides every young sports fan with enough action and instruction to fill an entire season with cheers and jeers. Once here, you'll get the latest news from your favorite athletes and professional teams. There's even a sports zone created by kids! It's time to win one for the team at www.sikids.com. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.) Abracadabra, Hocus-Pocus Abracadabra, Hocus-Pocus It doesn't take any secret magic spells to get to JINX! However, it is more magical if you use Netscape 3.0. With just a click of the mouse you can explore the Do-It-Yourself Magic Kit: Learn how to perform great tricks like floating illusions and "mummy finger," and pick up stylish magician phrases to add flare to your magic show like "Flaming El Caminos!" You can also play "Whodunnit?" and look for clues throughout the site to help Officer Tim find out who is trying to mess up JINX! Don't forget to ask the all-knowing Swami a question. Just type www.jinx.com and ala-kazam -you're there! (This site is no longer available.)
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1. What does the stylish magician say magic is?
Dear Cathy: Whenever you see stars twinkling, letters flying into mailboxes, and company logos spinning on the Web, you're probably looking at an animated gif. They are kind of like little movies. Basically, they are created the same way that cartoons are made. When a series of pictures (each picture is just a little different) is displayed really fast, you think the image is moving. If you want to learn how to do it yourself, go to http:// iawww.epfl.ch/ staff/ Yves.Piguet/ clip2gif-home/ GifBuilder.html. (This Web site is no longer available.) Dear Amy: At my school, my reading class has to do a report on a desert animal. I found some information on my animal on my computer. If I copy it, would it be plagiarism? --Summer, Middletown, PA
Dear Summer: That's really an important question, and it's hard to figure out, too. If you just copy someone else's writing to your computer, that's OK. But, it's called plagiarism when you say that the writing is yours, and it's not. When you find words that describe exactly how you feel from the Web or from a book, you should say in your report who wrote it and where you got it. It is important that you tell who did the hard work. Ask your teacher or librarian how to give credit to a writer or go to www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml for more information.