[Surfnetkids: 17 Feb 2010] Presidents’ Day Activities

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#1. February 17, 2010

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Yikes! My Presidents’ Day topic is being published AFTER Presidents’ Day! In an effort to get ahead of my work, I’ve been writing the weekly topics in advance. But obviously I goofed on the timing of this one. Reminds me of “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!”

Moving on … I finished two books this week. On my iPod, from Audible.com, I just finished listening to The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. There were many times during the book, that I just didn’t “get” the characters and some of the philosophical rants were a bit off-putting (as the British would say.) But in the end, I was totally captured and the surprise ending was very touching. When I hopped over to Amazon, to get the link for this writeup, I was blown away by the selection of “Frequently Bought Together” which included The Help and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because I ABSOLUTELY LOVED both of them.

And, there lies the crux of the Amazon magic, and why I rely on their recommendations. After liking one book, I frequently look at Amazon to find out what other books are liked by readers who enjoyed the one I just finished. Amazon has found me an anonymous book club! I read the same books as these anonymous Amazon customers, without ever knowing who they are. Fascinating, isn’t it? Netflix’s movie recommendations work the same way, except they are a bit more laser-targeted because I rate every movie I see. At Amazon the recommendations are just based on purchase history.

Anyway, I digress. Back to books, on my Kindle I just finished Saving CeeCee Honeycutt which reminded me of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Steel Magnolias which all revolve around Southern matriarchs.

What’s next in my reading queue? On the Kindle, I’ve started the syrupy romance The Crossroads Cafe and on my iPod, I’m listening to Seth Godin’s Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?. A bit eclectic, I know, but aren’t we all?

So, my eclectic friends, what’s on your night stand this week? Post your picks and pans here:

http://www.barbarafeldman.com/hedgehogs_and_ceecee_honeycutt.html

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#3. Presidents’ Day Activities

by Barbara J. Feldman
http://www.surfnetkids.com/presidents_day_activities.htm

Presidents’ Day Activities Printable (** for premium members only)
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/presidents_day_activities.pdf

Although the federal government calls the holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February, Washington’s Birthday, most people (and many states) call it Presidents’ Day. Presidents’ Day become popularized in the mid-1980s as a holiday honoring both Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Over the years it has evolved into a day commemorating all U.S. Presidents.

Apples 4 Teacher: President’s Day Activities
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Apples4Teacher is the mother lode of Presidents’ Day activities for elementary age kids. The activities include interactive coloring pages, stories, biographies, word searches, reading lists, articles about all the presidents, and presidential poems. Here’s the opening of one by Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr, to help you memorize the order of the first twenty-eight presidents. “George Washington, Adams and Jefferson three / First rulers of Uncle Sam’s land of the free / Then Madison, Monroe and Adams again / All clever and upright and good honest men.”

Enchanted Learning: Activities for Presidents’ Day
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For Presidents’ Day and Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays, Enchanted Learning offers fifteen crafts for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary ages. All can be made with common craft supplies, such as paper, scissors, glue, string, pencils and Popsicle sticks. Projects that caught my eye include a Lincoln stovepipe hat made from a toilet paper tube, and the Tree of Presidents, where each U.S. president is represented by a leaf. Some of the printable worksheets require a paid membership, but there are plenty of craft projects that are free.

Family Education: Presidents’ Day Activities and Printables for Kids
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Family Education has done a smashing job with their Presidents’ Day resources for elementary and middle-school students. First recommended stop is Positively Presidential, a six-question interactive trivia quiz about the everyday lives of Washington and Lincoln. Next comes printable games and activities, which include crafts (Egg Carton Uncle Sam), coloring pages, and simple writing exercises ( “I Cannot Tell a Lie” Cherry Pie). Some of the activities require free registration.

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#4. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:
Presidents’ Day Activities Printable
Presidents’ Day Printable
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#5. Related Games

Presidential Crossword
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/president-cw2.htm

American Presidency Game Show
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/quiz/president/

Color the Presidential Seal
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/president-cb.htm

Presidents’ Day Coloring Pages
http://www.freekidscoloring.com/holiday/presidents_day/

Presidential Parade Crossword
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/president-cwpp.htm

#6.Surfing the Calendar

National Engineers Week
Feb 14 – 20, 2010

Galileo Galilei’s Birthday
Feb 15, 1564

Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday
Feb 15, 1820

Presidents’ Day
Feb 15, 2010

Pluto Discovered
Feb 18, 1930

Ansel Adams’ Birthday
Feb 20, 1902

First Steam Train Travels 10 Miles
Feb 21, 1804

George Washington’s Birthday
Feb 22, 1732

Steve Irwin’s Birthday
Feb 22, 1962

Scientists Announce Dolly, Cloned From an Adult Sheep
Feb 23, 1997

Seige of the Alamo Begins
Feb 23, 1836

Wilhelm Grimm’s Birthday (one of the Grimm Brothers)
Feb 24, 1786

#7.Quote of the Week

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”~~ George Washington ~~ (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) First American president. Click here for more friendship quotes.

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