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April 18, 2001

ABOUT THIE SECTION: Reading by 9 is a project aimed at helping Baltimore-area students learn to read well by third grade. This section will offer advice, resources and stories designed to help parents and children have fun reading together.

4Kids: Featured site of the month


Spring is here. Flowers are blooming and birds have returned, so it's time to dust off the binoculars and start bird-watching again. What better way than to build a birdhouse? The Birdhouse Network at http: / / birds.cornell.edu / birdhouse / offers a citizen-science project that you can participate in. Ask a parent before you join. Then start collecting valuable info about the birds you watch. You'll learn how to build a birdhouse for the kinds of birds you want to watch.

Nominate a cool Web site at www.4Kids.org / nominations /

Kid quest: What color are the eggs of the Eastern Bluebird?


Hike up Mount Olympus to visit the gods, goddesses and heroes of Mythweb at www.mythweb.com. Check out exciting animated stories, such as Hercules and his 12 labors, Odysseus' 20-year journey to get home and much more. See how the Greek stories survive in our language today. There is even an encyclopedia of all the major Greek characters.

Kid Quest: Who was the father of Theseus?


Grab your lab coat and head to DNA: The Instruction Manual for All Life at www.thetech.org / exhibits_events / online / genome / . Discover DNA, the tiny strands of info that are stored in every cell of the human body. Learn about some of its functions in the human body.

Kid Quest: What letters are used to stand for the four chemicals called bases in DNA?

To complete the Kid Quest Challenge, visit the Web sites in this issue to find the answers to the questions, then go to www.4Kids.org / kidquest / .

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