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April 2015
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Happy Earth Day!
April 22

Try out some fun experiments for Earth Day to teach young students more about our incredible planet.

World Book Kids offers a section on Science Projects with some great activities to teach kids about our Earth including this one that demonstrates what soil is actually made of:

Almost all the land on our planet is covered by a layer of soil. Do you know what's in the soil? Soil is a mixture of living and non-living material. It includes the rotting remains of plants and animals tiny living things, air, water, and small bits of rock.

Procedures:

  1. Fill a glass jar halfway with water and then put in a handful of soil.
  2. Step one
  3. Use the stick to stir the soil into the water. Leave it to settle.
  4. Step one
  5. Watch as the soil settles in different layers. What falls to the bottom of the jar first? What settles above that? And what settles as the top layer?
  6. Step one
  7. Even if you wait a long time, the water will never become completely clear because some of the smallest pieces of clay will remain floating in it. Bits of plants and leaves will stay floating on the surface.
  8. Try this experiment with soil from different places.

 

Women Firsts in the
Modern Era


From the first patent awarded to an American woman in 1793 to the first Academy Award for directing awarded in 2010, this visual history celebrates women firsts in the modern era.

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A fun tool for discovering history in the classroom, the Visual History feature provides a tour through the past with facts you can trust from World Book Online.

 

 

This Month in History

graphicApril 1, April Fools' Day in many countries.

April 4, Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader, shot dead 1968.

April 12, Yuri Gagarin, Soviet astronaut, became the first person to orbit the earth, 1961.

April 15, British ocean liner Titanic sank after striking an iceberg, 1912.

April 30, Vietnam War ended, 1975.

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What's new?

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75 NEW ARTICLES covering a broad range of topics, including:

165 NEW PHOTOS including:

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The History of Baseball

Spring is in full swing, which means so is baseball season! Here’s a quick snapshot of the sport’s past:

1839: Abner Doubleday supposedly invented baseball in Cooperstown, NY.

1869: Cincinnati Red Stockings decided to pay all its players and became the first professional baseball team.

1912: Fenway Park, home of baseball's Boston Red Sox, opened.

1920: Baseball's Negro leagues began operation.

1935: Babe Ruth retired with a then-record 714 career major-league home runs.

1943: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League formed.

1962: National League increased the number of games played by each team yearly from 154 to 162.

1973: Baseball's American League established the designated hitter rule.

Sep. 6, 1995: Cal Ripken, Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive baseball games played streak when he played in his 2,131st consecutive game.

2014: San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner allowed only one run in 21 innings as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series.

Find a complete history of America’s favorite pastime by visiting World Book’s Timelines.

 

 

 

Featured Creature: Sea Otter


Did you know that sea otters seldom leave the water? They often sleep in masses of floating seaweed called kelp. They can weigh up to 80 or even 100 pounds!

Learn more about this featured creature and watch an animation of the sea otter swimming!

 

 

This Month in History

graphicApril 8, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career major league home run record, 1974.

April 8, Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival) in Japan celebrates the birth of the Buddha.

April 14, Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary, 1828.

April 15 Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, and scientist, born 1452.

April 30, Television first publicly broadcast, from the Empire State Building in New York, 1939.

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