[Surfnetkids: 28 Sep 2011] Writing Prompts

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#1. September 28, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Good news from the Harvard School of Public Health. Coffee-drinking women reduce their risk of depression with every cup. And women who drink four cups of caffeinated coffee a day, are 20% less likely to suffer from depression. Woo hoo!! Does this make my De’Longhi Espresso maker a deductible medical expense? Ha ha ha!!

Read this NPR article for all the deets: Caffeinated Women May Be Fighting Depression With Every Cup

To see a picture of the little espresso machine that I use to make homemade lattes for about fifty cents each, click on through to my blog:
Skip the Antidepressants, Just Bring on the Joe!

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

#2. Writing Prompts

by Barbara J. Feldman

Writing Prompts Printable (** for premium members only)

Like all skills, writing improves with practice. But often one’s idea engine needs a quick jump start. Whether for classroom journaling exercises, or to combat the terrifying blank page that stares back at you defiantly, these clever writing prompts are sure to inspire.

CanTeach: Writing Prompts
“What is something you do well?” “What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted?” “How do you feel when it’s your birthday?” “I wish everyone loved …” These fun questions and fill-in-the-blank statements make great writing prompts for all ages. They are organized by question type (what is, what if, which, when, why) and followed by a miscellaneous category. “Does it bother you to be around someone who has bad manners?”

Creative Writing Prompts
346 writing prompts on a single page! Simply hover your mouse over a number to view the prompt. “Write from the point of view of the only tree left standing in the forest.” “The best thing in life is ….” Although these prompts are specifically for grown-ups, many of them will be usable for high-school and middle-school classrooms. Publisher and author Sherry Russ has several other writing sites, whose links you’ll find at the very bottom of the page.

Education World: Writing Bugs
Education World calls their printable prompts for elementary and middle-school “writing bugs” and lists them by month. What a great idea! In October, there are three, each with a Halloween theme. Click on any of the titles to view the entire prompt and to access the printable PDF. The printable includes lines for the student’s writing, along with instructions to continue on the back if he runs out of room. “I was in the middle of reading a ghost story, when the lights flickered and went out. Then I heard a noise!”

… Click to continue Writing Prompts .

#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:

Writing Prompts Printable

Journal Writing Printable

How to Write an Essay Printable
Grammar Printable

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#4. Related Games

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#5. Surfing the Calendar

Pokemon Debuts in US
Sep 28, 1998

Rosh Hashanah
Sep 29-30, 2011

Archaeopteryx Fossil Discovery
Sep 30, 1861

British Black History Month

International Dinosaur Month

Diversity Awareness Month

National Book Month

National Cyber Security Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

National Popcorn Month

National Stamp Collecting Month

Computer Learning Month

Yosemite Park Established
Oct 1, 1890

Disney World Opens
Oct 1, 1971

China National Day
Oct 1, 2011

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
Oct 2, 1869

Mystery Series Week
Oct 2-8, 2011

East and West Germany Reunite
Oct 3, 1990

U.S. Supreme Court Opens
First Monday of October

Oct 3, 2011

Sputnik Anniversary
Oct 4, 1957

#6. Quote of the Week

“A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.” ~~ John Steinbeck ~~ (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968), American novelist. Click here for more John Steinbeck quotes.

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