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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Attention Teachers and Homeschoolers
3. Weekly Topic: Moon
4. Link to Moon
5. Note from a Subscriber
6. Related Games
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management
#1. July 20, 2005
As I started writing this week’s column, I realized that I did not know the capitalization rules for “moon.” After a brief search online, I learned both the rules and an argument for changing the rules. Here’s the scoop.
As proper nouns, the names of celestial bodies should be capitalized: Mars, Saturn, Venus. But do not capitalize earth, moon, sun unless they are used as proper nouns in context with other capitalized planets.
So we have:
“The Moon is closer to Earth than Mars is.”
“Jupiter’s four largest moons are Ganymede, Io, Europa, and Callisto.”
“The moon is earth’s closest neighbor.”
I know that first example ended with a preposition. Don’t get me started on that again:)
But Sam Dinkin, a columnist for “The Space Review,” argues “The way we think about the Moon and the amount of money we are willing to invest in the Moon are tied up in how it appears in writing and how we emphasize it when talking… Once the Moon is redefined as a place to enjoy and not just to explore, the money will follow with a capital M.”
For your comments, and a link to Dinkin’s article:
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Attention Teachers and Homeschoolers
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by Barbara J. Feldman
Moon Printable (** for premium members only)
The moon is our closest neighbor, and the only space object ever visited by man. In commemoration of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the moon in 1969, July 20th is celebrated as Moon Day. Although I’ve never had anyone wish me a Happy Moon Day, I have found e-cards you can send to friends: http://www.timelydecisions.net/holiday/moon.html.
Enchanted Learning: The Moon
Nicely illustrated and appropriately hotlinked, Enchanted Learning’s The Moon is perfect for elementary students. In addition to links within the article, you can visit related topics (such as Lunar Eclipses and Tides) listed in the horizontal menu. But don’t leave until you scroll down the page to the Activities section to find two moon coloring pages and two moon quizzes (one interactive, the other printable.)
Exploring the Moon
>From Apollo (manned American flights from 1969 to 1972) to Zond (unmanned Soviet Union missions from 1965 to 1970), the research staff at the Lunar and Planetary Institute covers man’s exploration of the moon. Each of the major missions is summarized, and even possible future missions are discussed. Since I was a teen during the Apollo 11 mission, I found The Decision to Go to the Moon (with oodles of links to speeches and other primary sources) fascinating.
Before stepping out to observe the moon tonight, take a moment to find out what’s visible. Click on Lunar Tours, then select today’s date on the monthly calendar. “The Moon is the most easily observable astronomical object, and also the most rewarding. For the beginner, it is a breathtaking spectacle through even a modest optical instrument, and as the knowledge and resources of the astronomer increase, it will continue to provide fascinating new challenges and insights. Inconstant Moon is intended as both an introduction to lunar astronomy for the beginner, and an ongoing reference point for the more experienced observer.”
… to continue reading, visit Surfnetkids: Moon.
#4. Link to Moon
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#5. Note from a Subscriber
HI. I READ YOUR LETTER AND I THINK THAT IF YOUR SON REALLY LIKE THE GIRL THEN YOU SHOULD JUST LEAVE HIM AND HE WOULD BE REALLY HAPPY IT WOULD BE THE BEST GIFT THAT HE EVER HAD. I THINK YOU CAN TALK TO HIM BUT I WOULD NOT. BUT IF YOU HAVE GREAT STUFF TO SAY THEN IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOU CAN TALK TO HIM.
It was a joke. Irene’s an asteroid, not a girl.
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#6. Related Games
Current Moon Phase
Printable Planet Word Search
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#7. Quote of the Week
“I’ve no idea where ideas come from and I hope I never find out, it would spoil the excitement for me if it turned out I just have a funny little wrinkle on the surface of my brain which makes me think about invisible train platforms.” ~~ J.K. Rowling, author of best-selling Harry Potter books, and the richest woman in Britain.
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