Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Online World Book Encyclopedia

The PFC (Parent/Faculty Club) generously purchased a one year subscription to World Book Online!

The students in Mrs. Yollis' class are learning how to research!
1. Go to the school website.
2. Go to the Learning Links
3. Select:  World Book Web
4.  The username and password have been sent to each parent via email.

Learn and share some facts about Africa that can be used in the class movie.

  • How tall are the Pyramids? How old? What are they?
  • What is the source of the Nile River?
  • How many days does it take to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro? (on average)
  • What are some facts about the Sahara Desert?
  • How big is Lake Victoria?
  • Where is Victoria Falls?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I did some research and found out the following:

    The Nile is a major north-flowing river in North Africa and is generally regarded as the longest river in the world. It has two major tributaries, the White Nile and the Blue Nile. The White Nile rises in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, with the most distant source in Southern Rwanda. The Blue Nile starts at Lake Tana in Ethiopia.

    Lake Victoria or Victoria Nyanza is one of the African Great Lakes. It was named for Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. With a surface area of 68,800 square kilometers (26,600 sq. miles) Lake Victoria is Africa's largest lake by area and is the largest tropical lake in the world.

    Your student,

  2. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Once again another great post and it got me thinking for when I was at school,
    I had to do a project on the Pyraminds.

    From what I can remember was that the Pyraminds were built for the kings.
    For many ancient Egyptians did believe in an after life. So the pyraminds were built to enable the Kings to take them to the next journey.

    Also, well done Hannah on your reseach.
    I really enjoyed reading what you found out about Africa.

    From your blogging buddy,

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis
    Here is what I found out about Mt. Kilimajaro. It takes about 8 days to hike to the summit. Kilimanjaro has two mountaintops. The higher one, Kibo, rises 19,340 feet high at Uhuru Peak. It is always covered by snow and ice, even though it is near the equator. The other mountaintop, Mawensi, has no snow or ice.
    Yours truly,

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I did some research about the Egyption pyramids. As of 2008, there are 138 pyramids discovered in Egypt. The earliest Egyptian pyramids were built around 2630 BCE –2611 BCE. The tallest pyrimid, The Great Pyramid of Giza, was originally 146.5 meters tall.



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