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Week of June 11, 2001

Quote of the Week


"The most important fact about Spaceship Earth: An instruction book didn't come with it." -- Buckminister Fuller (1895-1983). Fuller was a U.S. architect and engineer who invented several revolutionary designs, including the Geodesic Dome in 1947.

Photo: Buckminster Fuller.

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Picture of the Week


Sacagawea spent the school year in this Second Grade class. She had a lot of fun and learned the basics. Soon, it's off to SUMMER VACATION! She can't wait to return next year for more excitement and learning. Learn more about Sacagawea or Read a book about Sacagawea

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da Vinci (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

This book is featured in King Hal's Books. A FUN and FACTUAL introduction to one of the world's greatest artists, Leonardo da Vinci. It tells da Vinci's life story and combines pictures of his works along with colorful cartoon drawings. Leonardo da Vinci's works include Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and Madonna and Child.

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Trivia Question


This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: What was the name of
Robert E. Lee's favorite horse?

Photo: Robert E. Lee and his horse.

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: What were the first words recorded on the phonograph?
Answer:
"Mary had a little lamb." In 1877,
Thomas Alva Edison experimented with a talking machine. He turned a crank on this talking machine and recited the nursery rhyme, "Mary had a little lamb." These words were successfully played back, and they were the first words ever recorded. The Talking Machine was known as the Phonograph, and today it is called the Record Player. Read a book about Thomas Alva Edison

Photo: Original Phonograph

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Did You Know…


Did you know Vasco da Gama was the first explorer to discover a sea route from Europe to Asia?

Yes, when the Ottoman Empire blocked the European trade route by land to the Far East, many explorers set out to find a new sea route. One of these explorers was Bartholomew Diaz. In 1488, Diaz discovered Africa's southern tip which is known as the Cape of Good Hope. Another explorer was Christopher Columbus. In 1492, Columbus sailed west and discovered the Americas. And then there was Vasco da Gama. In 1499, da Gama continued around the Cape of Good Hope and discovered a sea route to the Far East. Read a book about Vasco da Gama.

Photo: Vasco da Gama.

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Who's Your Hero?


"My family is my hero. I love my mom, dad, brothers, and sisters. I come from a big family, and there is always someone around to help each other. We are never lonely because there is always someone to play a game with, go the movies with, go to the beach with, or just hang out. Also, my mom and dad take us to get ice cream on Saturdays!"

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Your Question


Q: Why did the Emancipation Proclamation only free slaves in areas controlled by the Confederacy? (Mia W.)

A: The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, and freed the 4 million African-Americans held as slaves in the Confederate States of America. For political and military reasons, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves in the border states: Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri, and Delaware. These states, located between the North and the South, were the only slaves states still in the Union. To win the war, the Union needed the support from the border states. If slavery were banned in all states, the border states may have seceded and joined the Confederacy which may have given the Confederacy enough momentum to defeat the Union on the battlefield and become its own country. If the Confederacy had won the war, slavery would have continued in the border states and the southern states. Read a book about Abraham Lincoln.

Photo: Abraham Lincoln.

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