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inQuiry Almanack

[ Spotlighting | Minutes from ME | Wired@School | inQuiry Attic | Great Dates ]

April, 1999
volume five, issue four

It just doesn't seem right to enter the month of April without Spotlighting April Fool's Day. How on Earth did this day of joking come about? Find out how some people were "Tricked by the Calendar."

This month's "inQuiry Attic" takes a look at some early currency of the American colonies. Ben Franklin had a hand in printing these Pennsylvania bills; he was "Making...Money."

"Minutes from ME" demonstrates some Silly Putty possibilities in "A Pre-Reader's PC Primer." "Stretching and Skewing" skills help create a world of distorted fun!

The Wired @ School educators have prepared three resources on three very different topics:

Tammy Payton presents a unit on China. Study slide shows on the ABC's of China, making paper, and writing Chinese numbers, and then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Paulette Dukerich features a resource all about "Sound." Discover how sound is made, how we hear sounds, and who uses sound. Listen to some interesting sounds that will have your eardrums picking up vibrations!

Michael Lipinski gives us "Sim City 2000," a look at how students use this computer simulation software to build their very own cities. Some "mayors" in Massachusetts take the program one step further by building scale models of the towns.

April is a busy month for Great Dates. Learn about Earth Day, Arbor Day, Passover, and Easter, and join in the celebration of Thomas Jefferson's birthday.


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