Category Archives: Around The World

Dambulla Cave Temples

Buddha statuesin Dambulla cavetemple, Sri LankaDambulla Cave Temple is the largest and best-preservedcave temple system in Sri Lanka. Buddhism has been apopular religion in Sri Lanka for centuries, and this cavesystem is one of the oldest sacred sites for Buddhism inthe country. It dates back to the third century BCE. Overmany years Buddhist monks carved […]

Measuring and Predicting Earthquakes


An earthquake is when an area of Earth’s crust suddenly starts to shake. This shaking is caused by seismic waves — energy that travels through Earth’s layers. 

Earth’s crust is broken up into large pieces called tectonic plates. These plates push against each other and store large amounts of energy. When the plates suddenly […]

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Women in America have been doing hard and important work for as long as the United States has existed, but their work does not always make it into the history books. Here are two important women in America’s history who did hard work that changed the world.

Sybil is known as the […]

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Several faiths have significant holidays in December. Christmas falls on Dec. 25. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Many people exchange presents at Christmas, too. Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration that lasts eight days. Some Hanukkah customs include eating potato pancakes, or latkes, and playing with a dreidel, a spinning top with Hebrew letters […]


When the colonists in America started fighting the British in April of 1775, they weren’t looking to break free from Britain. They were fighting for their rights as British citizens. By October, King George was furious at what he saw as their rebellion. He ordered more troops and more ships to head to America to […]



Colonization is a complicated topic, but it shaped North America as we know it. The European empires had a lot of people and a lot of money, but not a lot of land. The European rulers decided to send out explorers to find new land. They hoped this new land […]

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February 14 & 19

For many Americans, February means Valentine’s Day, and Valentine’s Day means giving cards and gifts and eating a lot of chocolate. Every year on Feb. 14, Americans spend billions of dollars on candy, cards, flowers and other gifts to give to their loved ones, but the reason this tradition started is […]

Around The World | January 2018

While the gold found in North America was usually in the form of dust or very fine grains, it was commonplace in Australia to find nuggets of gigantic size and value. The largest of these, the “Holtermann Nugget,” weighed more than 600 pounds (290 kg)!

In America, a common form of gold mining was called […]

Christmas Around The World

When we think about exploring other cities or countries, we often compare our lives to the lives of people who live in these other places. Are they similar or different to us in values, entertainment or tastes?

Close your eyes and think about December. What do you see in your mind’s eye? Maybe you see […]

Around The World | Peanuts

Maybe you’ve eaten a few peanuts and seen elephants at the circus or in a movie pick up peanuts with their trunks to eat them. You may have even learned in school that George Washington Carver made many, many foods and products from peanuts. But do you know what connection China has to peanuts?