#1. May 12, 2010
In a bold move, middle-school principal Anthony Orsini asked his students’ parents to cancel their kids’ Facebook accounts. Quoted on CNN.com, he says “There is absolutely no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site! Let me repeat that – there is absolutely, positively no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site!”
The main reason for his stance is that kids twelve to fourteen don’t have the emotional strength to handle the mean spirited bullying that permeates much of these young teens’ social networking experiences. According to Orsini, sites such as Facebook and newcomer Formspring make it easy for bullies to say hurtful things anonymously.
Read the rest of the story and participate in a poll about social networking for middle school students at my blog:
Facebook Ban for Middle School Students?
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Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Barn Owls
by Barbara J. Feldman
Barn Owls Printable (** for premium members only)
The barn owl is a pale-faced, long-winged and long-legged owl with a short tail. When seen in flight, it’s flat, heart-shaped white face and black eyes can look like a mask. Unlike the calls made by other owls, it does not “hoo hoo” but rather has a shrieking scream or a shrill twitter. Learn more at this week’s sites.
Barn Owl Trust
The Barn Owl Trust is a British conservation group dedicated to reversing the decline of “one of the most beautiful birds on earth.” Their site is chock full of articles, web cams, photos to download as computer wallpaper, and fast facts (“Barn Owls hunt at night, and although they have very good eyesight, they rely mostly on their sense of hearing.”) Advice on building a nest box is filed under “Information & Downloads.” For coloring pages and craft projects, look for the kids section under “About the Barn Owl.”
“Barn owls are one of the world’s most common birds, especially in temperate climates – yet many of us have never seen one of these awesome raptors because they live by night.” Although the primary purpose of this site is to sell a DVD, there is plenty of free information here, as well as snippets of the video to enjoy. Visit for barn owl facts (“A barn owl is about the size of a small cat, but only weighs a pound.”), and an excellent explanation of how the barn owl hunts, what he eats and how much he eats.
Kidwings Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection
Don’t have an owl dropping pellets in your backyard for you? No worries! You can perform a virtual pellet dissection online at KidWings. Start with the great Pellet Information section (“Are Pellets Important?”) then move on to read the directions about how to perform the virtual pellet dissection. Then, last but certainly not least, is the actual Virtual Pellet Dissection. Click, click, enjoy! Other worthwhile sections of the site are the Teacher Materials and the Owl Crossword and Word Search listed under Just for Fun.
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#5. Surfing the Calendar
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“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” ~~ Sam Levenson ~~ (December 28, 1911-August 27, 1980) American humorist, writer, television host, journalist. Click here for more wisdom quotes.
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