That's Amazing!

Introduction

This month, read all about unbelievable world records, daring careers, and wild pursuits. Prepare to be amazed!

Internet Links
Build Your Wild Self
This fun site of the New York Zoos and Aquarium will amaze your friends and family--you can design a picture of yourself where you grow wings, a trunk, or anything else that turns you into part-human, part-animal. Go wild!
 
FactMonster
This is a free reference site for students, teachers, and parents. Get homework help and find amazing facts on thousands of subjects!
 
FAQ Kids
From facts about animals, the earth, the human body and science to interesting information about people, cultures and our language, FAQ Kids has the answers.
 
Guinness World Records
This is the official site of Guinness World Records, the ultimate authority on record-breaking achievement, providing information about superlative facts and feats all over the world.
 
National Geographic Kids
This website features different people, animals, and places each month with facts, games, activities, and related links.
 
Science News for Kids
This website has interesting science news for kids, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources and other useful materials. You can comment on and grade the subject matter, get ideas for science projects, and try out mathematical puzzles.
 
Articles & Databases
What is the lowest temperature in history on record for New York? (Hint: it was REALLY cold) To find the answer to this question, we will use the datatbase called America the Beautiful. Click on the tab that says "Almanac" on the top right side. Then, scroll down to "Geography: State Highlights" and click on "Lowest Temperatures on Record". From there, you'll see a list of the lowest recorded temperatures in history for each state. Scroll down the alphabetical list of states until you find New York. Brrrrr...
 
Print Resources
Every minute on Earth : fun facts that happen every 60 seconds
Steve Murrie and Matthew Murrie ; illustrated by Mary Anne Lloyd
This mind-blowing guide reveals all of the incredible things happening around the world in a minute, from eating 2,137 pounds of popcorn to 750,000 gallons of water tumbling over Niagara Falls!
 
Extreme scientists : exploring nature's mysteries from perilous places
by Donna M. Jackson
From flying into the eye of a hurricane to sleeping in canopies high in the redwoods, this book offers a look at the exciting, dangerous, and important jobs extreme scientists do around the world, the reasons they do it, and the benefits the world has gained as a result of their research.
 
Guinness world records fearless feats : incredible records of human achievement
compiled by Laurie Calkhoven and Ryan Herndon
From juggling chainsaws to bathing with rattlesnakes, here's a collection of amazingly true records that are recorded in this illustrated collection of fact-based tales about amazing people and their incredible skills from all around the globe.
 
Guinness world records. To the extreme
compiled by Lisa L. Ryan-Herndon
From the smelliest flower to the highest skydiving dog, this book provides a look at some of the wildest records ever recorded, enhanced with full-color photos and unique chapters such as Extreme Skills, Extreme Appetites, and Extreme Speed.
 
Henry's freedom box
by Ellen Levine ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
When his family is sold during the era of slavery, a determined young boy who dreams of freedom ships himself in a wooden box to a place up north in the hopes of living the life he always wanted, in an inspiring story about one of the Underground Railroad's most amazing escapes.
 
James and the giant peach
Roald Dahl ; illustrated by Quentin Blake
When a mysterious old man gives James some magical, tiny green things, he certainly never imagines that they will grow...into an enormous peach!
 
Scholastic's The magic school bus kicks up a storm : a book about weather
TV tie-in adaptation by Nancy White and illustrated by Art Ruiz
When Ralphie imagines that he's a superhero named Weatherman, the Magic School Bus becomes a glider riding an updraft into the storm clouds.
 
The man who walked between the towers
Mordicai Gerstein
This book tells the incredible and true story of French aerialist Philippe Petit who walked, danced, and performed tricks for more than an hour on a tightrope set up between the two towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.
 
Wonders of the world
Philip Steele
This book reveals the greatest statues and structures that the world has ever seen. Combining the latest computer-generated images with breathtaking photographs and engaging text, readers can peer into the world's marvels, such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the unforgettable Taj Mahal, and the extraordinary Three Gorges Dam in China.