[Surfnetkids: 05 Jan 2011] Ellis Island

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#1. January 5, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Happy New Year! 2010 was a pretty big year for the Feldman family, with one college graduation, one high school graduation, and our youngest starting college. It also was a pretty prolific year for new sites in the Surfnetkids.com family. Here are a few of them:

Seasonal Fun
This will be a place to focus on holidays and seasonal celebrations. The fun part of the design for me, was that the logo, the background image, and the games on the front page will change 4 times a year, as the seasons change.

Preschool Fun
My early childhood education resources have also been pretty popular, and now they have a home to call their own!

St. Patrick’s Day Fun
Because on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone’s Irish!

Dot-to-Dot Puzzles
I always loved these as a child!

Back-to-School Fun
Will be a place to gather all my back-to-school resources.

Mother’s Day Fun
An ode to mothers everywhere.

Hanukkah Fun
Finally! My own Hanukkah site.

In addition, these old sites got new looks in 2010.

Valentine’s Day Fun

Halloween Fun

Santa Claus Fun

Now, I now why I feel tired!! Ha ha!

In the spirit of the holidays, we skipped a newsletter last week, but you can catch up on last week’s topic by going to the website: Internet Magic.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Ellis Island

by Barbara J. Feldman

Ellis Island Printable (** for premium members only)

Today’s online field trip takes us to Ellis Island, which served as the portal to almost all American immigrants arriving between 1892 and 1954. Although some were turned away, 98 percent of those examined at Ellis Island were allowed into the country. In 1938, my mother, along with her mother and father, were among the new arrivals.

Ellis Island Foundation
Under the leadership of Lee Iacocca, the nonprofit Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation restored the Ellis Island Main Building and created the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. “The Museum tells the inspiring story of the largest human migration in modern history. Between 1892 and 1954, twelve million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island. Today more than 40 percent, or over 100 million, of all living Americans can trace their roots to an ancestor who came through Ellis Island.” Are you the descendant of an Ellis Island immigrant? Search the Ellis Island/Port of New York Records for your family. The search function is free, but registration is required to view the results.

History.com: Ellis Island
Ellis Island is explored from many different perspectives in this collection of twenty-two videos. Topics covered include The Statue of Liberty, Taking the Citizenship Oath, as well as tours of Ellis Island, and a look at the “dark underbelly” of Ellis Island as seen through the eyes of photo journalist Stephen Wilkes. The front page only shows thumbnails of a few of the videos. To see the complete set, first click “Videos (22)” then select “Show All.” The interactive exhibit Then and Now, shows side-by-side photos of Ellis Island (one hundred years ago and present day) taken from the inside, the outside, and from the air.

NYPL Digital Gallery: Ellis Island Photographs
“William Williams (1862-1947) collected these photographs while he was Commissioner of Immigration for the Port of New York at Ellis Island, 1902-5 and 1909-13; they came to the [New York Public] Library with the bequest of his papers.” Photographers were drawn to Ellis Island because of the variety of human stories found there. To view the pictures, click “See all Images.” From the first thumbnail view, you’ll need to click twice to see a full-size photo. Now you can use the Next and Previous buttons to scroll through the entire collection.

… Click to continue Ellis Island .

#3. 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:
Ellis Island Printable
Ellis Island Wikipedia Printable
Statue of Liberty Printable
*** Are you curious? Get your own ten-day trial membership:

#4. Related Games

Ellis Island Quiz

Statue of Liberty Scrambler

Statue of Liberty Jigsaw

Statue of Liberty Quiz

#5. Surfing the Calendar

Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Jan 3-4, 2010

Sir Isaac Newton’s Birthday
Jan 4, 1643

National Trivia Day
Jan 4, 2010

Elvis Presley’s Birthday
Jan 8, 1935

War On Poverty Anniversary
Jan 8, 1964

International Thank You Day
Jan 11, 2010

#6. Quote of the Week

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” ~~ Malcolm Forbes ~~ (August 19, 1919 February 24, 1990) publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B.C. Forbes and today run by his son Steve Forbes. Click here for more education quotes.

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