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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Surfnetkids Printables Club
3. Weekly Topic: Transit of Venus
4. Note from a Subscriber
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. June 2, 2004
After booking our flight to London, I immersed myself in finding hotels. To aid in my travel planning, I went to the library, the bookstore and, of course , the Internet. I really like the Frommer books ( http://www.surfnetkids.com/cgi-bin/books.cgi?Frommer+Great+Britain ) and the travel site Trip Advisor ( http://www.tripadvisor.com ) where you can read reader reviews on everything from hotels to tourist sites.
My saga continues online …
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#3. Transit of Venus
by Barbara J. Feldman
Transit of Venus Printable (** for premium members only)
On Tuesday, June 8, 2004, many of us will get to see an astronomical performance not seen in 122 years. Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun, visible as a small black dot moving across the face of the Sun. Called a “transit” by astronomers, this six-hour event will be seen in the eastern states, Europe and most of Asia. The following picks include maps showing exactly when and where, and instructions on viewing the transit safely. Never look directly at the sun.
Exploratorium: Transit of Venus
“Only six Venus transits have occurred since the invention of the telescope in the 1600s.” And this is the first since the invention of live, Internet webcasts. Tune in during the transit, or come back an hour later, to view the event as seen from Athens, Greece. Before then, visit to learn what a transit is, and why it is important. Follow the Teacher’s Guide link in the lower-left hand corner for printable handouts (in Word and PDF) for grades five through twelve.
Smithsonian: Chasing Venus
“Chasing Venus tells the story of astronomers’ pursuit of this phenomenon, through rare books and articles written on the subject over the last four centuries.” In 1761 and 1869, astronomers attempted to use the Venus transit to compute the Astronomical Unit, the distance from the Earth to the Sun. At that time, they narrowed it down to between 94 and 96 million miles. In addition to the fascinating history of astronomical knowledge as seen from the vantage of six Venus transits, this Smithsonian site offers nineteen Venus-related lesson plans for grades K through twelve.
Nasa: Sun-Earth Day2004 Venus Transit
Whether you are a student, educator, or amateur astronomer, Nasa has a Venus Transit website just for you. Enter through the student gateway, choose your grade, and you’ll be rewarded with concentration games, crossword puzzles, word searches, vocabulary lists, and feature articles on the history, science, and art of Venus’ transit. To hear the John Phillips Sousa “Venus Transit March,” composed in 1883, follow the Music link from any of the Background Reading sections for grades seven through twelve.
#4. Note from a Subscriber
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#5. Related Games
Transit of Venus Word Search
Transit of Venus Printable Word Search
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/Word_Searches/transitvenus-ws.pdf (** for premium members only)
Planet Word Search
(Learn how to make games just like these with my step-by-step manual. )
#6. Quote of the Week
A Minute of Inspiration: Light a Fire Movie
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“If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” ~~ Ludwig Wittgenstein ( 1889 – 1951) Austrian philosopher
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