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Week of June 4, 2001

Quote of the Week


"Making a decision to have a child -- it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." -- Elizabeth Stone. (Sent in by Margie)

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Picture of the Week


Where's Galileo??? Galileo
and friends head for a hill-top view of full moon rise over the mountains in the east. The next full moon is this Tuesday, June 5. It's a spectacular site. Watch the full moon rise, and then write Galileo and let him know what it was like! Read a book about the Moon

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Elizabeth Blackwell: The First Woman Doctor UNDER $5.00

This book is featured in Florence's Books. Elizabeth Blackwell was raised differently than most girls in England in the 1820's. Find out how in this book about her life as a young girl, student, teacher, and find out how she became the FIRST WOMAN DOCTOR! And it's UNDER $5.00!

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Trivia Question


This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: What were the first words recorded on the
phonograph?

Photo: Original Phonograph

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: Put the following wars in chronological order: Mexican War, World War II, Korean War, the American Revolutionary War, and the American Civil War.
Answer:
1) American Revolutionary War, 2) Mexican War, 3) American Civil War, 4) World War II, and 5) Korean War. The
American Revolutionary War was fought from 1775-1783 between the American Colonies and the British. The Mexican War was fought from 1846-1848 between the U.S. and Mexico. The American Civil War was fought from 1861-1865 between the North (Union) and the South (Confederate). World War II was fought from 1939-1945 between the Allied Forces (49 countries, including U.S., Britain, France, and the Soviet Union) and the Axis Powers (including Germany, Italy, and Japan). The Korean War was fought from 1950-1953 between South Korea (supported by the US) and North Korea (supported by China).

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Did You Know…


Did you know Sacagawea's name has been spelled many different ways?

Yes, in the journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Sacagawea's name is pronounced "Sah-ca-gah-we-ah" and "Sah-kah-gar-we-a." In 1814, the Lewis and Clark journals were first printed, and the editor spelled her name "Sacajawea." This is how her name was spelled for many years. Recently, historians and official publications have changed the spelling of her name to "Sacagawea." "Sacagawea" is a Hidatsa name. Since the Hidatsa Indians gave her the name, it is more likely they spelled it with a "g." Also, Sacagawea's nickname is Bird Women. "Sacagawea" means Bird Woman, and "Sacajawea" means Boat Launcher. Read a book about Sacagawea.

Photo: Sacagawea

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Who's Your Hero?


"Melanie Benn. Melanie lost her limbs to a horrible bacterial disease her first year of college. She was my student in second grade at Sundance Elementary in San Diego. She has since gone on to graduate from San Diego State University and is working on her master's degree at UCLA in social work. Melanie participated in the Paralympics in swimming and helped the USA win a silver medal. At 24 years old, Melanie has received the Eagle Spirit Award from Sharp Hospital. She is my hero, and her spirit grows in me."
-- Meg Goffredo from Escondido, CA

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Your Question


Q: Why did the King and Queen of Spain finance Christopher Columbus' voyage to the Americas if Columbus was Italian? (Peter)

A: Christopher Columbus wanted to find a new trade route from Europe to the Far East by sailing west. This was considered a dangerous voyage in the 1400's, and it took him many years to acquire a financial backing for his adventure. Many people denied Christopher's request, including John II of Portugal, Charles VIII of France, and Henry VII of England. In 1486, Christopher asked King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain to finance his voyage. At this time, Spain was fighting a war with the Moors, and the royal treasury did not have any money to spare. Finally Spain won the war, and in January, 1492, Ferdinand and Isabella agreed to finance Christopher's voyage. Christopher was given 90 men and 3 ships (Niña, Pinta, and Santa María). Read a book about Christopher.

Photo: Christopher Columbus

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