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2. Sponsor’s Spot: An Easy Way to Use the Internet in the Classroom
3. Weekly Topic: Tsunami
4. Note from a Printables Club Member
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. January 5, 2005
How important is geography? Well, just ask any of the hundred tourists saved by ten-year old Tilly Smith. While vacationing on the beach in Phuket, Thailand, Tilly recognized the early warning signs of a tsunami, and told her parents. Luckily, the adults listened. The beach was cleared, one-hundred lives saved. The British school girl from Oxshott, Surrey, credits her geography teacher, Andrew Kearney, of Danes Hill Prep School.
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My son Matthew turns seventeen today. He is celebrating with a small party of friends and is asking that in lieu of presents, donations be made to any of the international relief organizations that are helping tsunami victims. For those of you who also might want to help, here is a short list of relief organizations:
American Red Cross
Doctors without Borders
CNN.com has a more extensive list here:
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. An Easy Way to Use the Internet in the Classroom
If you know the right sites, the Internet can be a powerful
blessing that sparks a passion for self-directed learning.
But which sites do you recommend? How do you find them?
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by Barbara J. Feldman
Tsunami Printable (** for premium members only)
On December 25, 2004, a powerful 9-magnitude earthquake struck beneath the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra. It was followed by a series of smaller quakes. The resulting tsunami caused massive damage across eleven countries in southern and Southeast Asia. Check the following sites for current news, and to learn more about the science of tsunamis.
CNN.com: Waves of Destruction
This special report from CNN.com has the latest news about the disaster and the rescue effort. It also has an excellent selection of educational features. There is a sidebar feature explaining earthquake magnitudes, an animation showing how a tsunami forms, and a chronology of previous tsunamis, going back to 1755. For a more personal take on the tragedy, read the eyewitness accounts.
FEMA for Kids: Tsunami
FEMA presents a colorful introduction to tsunami science and safety for elementary-age kids. “A tsunami (pronounced soo-nahm-ee) is a series of huge waves that happen after an undersea disturbance, such as an earthquake or volcano eruption. Tsunami is from the Japanese word for harbor wave. The waves travel in all directions from the area of disturbance, much like the ripples that happen after throwing a rock. The waves may travel in the open sea as fast as 450 miles per hour.”
National Geographic News: Tsunami
>From the National Geographic news desk, this one page article about the recent disaster explores tsunami causes and important warning signs. “Many people were killed by the Indian Ocean tsunami because they went down to the beach to view a retreating ocean exposing the sea floor. Apparently they were unaware that this phenomenon precedes a killer wave. Experts believe that a receding ocean may give people as much as five minutes’ warning to evacuate the area.”
#4. Note from a Printables Club Member
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#5. Related Games
Tsunami Word Search
Printable Tsunami Word Search
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/Word_Searches/tsunami-ws.pdf (** for premium members only)
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#6. Quote of the Week
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