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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Attention Teachers and Homeschoolers
3. Weekly Topic: Christopher Columbus
4. Link to Christopher Columbus
5. Note from a Subscriber
6. Related Games
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management
#1. October 12, 2005
It’s October, and Halloween is just around the corner. I can tell by looking at what’s popular at my site. Here’s a short list of Halloween goodies you’ll find at Surfnetkids.com:
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See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Attention Teachers and Homeschoolers
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#3. Christopher Columbus
by Barbara J. Feldman
Christopher Columbus Printable (** for premium members only)
“In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” And his arrival in the West Indies led to enduring links between Europe and the Americas. In the early years of our nation’s history, Christopher Columbus was raised to hero status by writers and historians wishing to create a common memory for our new nation. Five hundred years later, by the quincentennial of 1992, Columbus’ name had become somewhat tarnished. Is Columbus a hero worth celebrating, or was he a cruel imperialist? Discover the debate, and decide for yourself.
BBC: Famous People: Christopher Columbus
This BBC Famous People site is one of my picks for lower elementary grades. First click your way through Learn for a slide show of Columbus facts. Then test your knowledge with the four-question illustrated multiple-choice quiz. For more Columbus, mouse over to Journeys in the left-hand menu. Other Famous People to explore include Henry VII, Pocahontas, and Florence Nightengale.
Columbus Navigation Homepage
In Columbus’ day, sailors navigated by dead reckoning: calculating their position by measuring the course and distance sailed from some known point. In order for this method to work, the navigator needed a way to measure his course, and to measure distance traveled. This fascinating site explores the details of Columbus’ navigational techniques, including his unsuccessful experiments with celestial navigation. Be sure to visit its sister site, The Columbus Landfall Page, which reviews all the current evidence and lets you conclude where Columbus first landed.
Discovery Channel: Columbus: Secrets from the Grave
Secrets from the Grave explores historian Charles Merrrill’s theories about Christopher Columbus’s origins. “One theory is that if Columbus was from Catalonia and not Genoa he had good reason to hide his origins.” Learn about the forensic techniques used on bones believed to be those of Columbus and find out what handwriting analysis has revealed. Other reasons to visit include a video preview of the television special, three jigsaw puzzles, and a Christopher Columbus quiz.
… to continue reading, visit Surfnetkids: Christopher Columbus.
#4. Link to Christopher Columbus
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#6. Related Games
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Printable Christopher Columbus Word Search
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Columbus Word Search
#7. Quote of the Week
“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.” ~~
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British politician
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