[Surfnetkids: 15 Feb 2012] Black History Month



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#1. February 15, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

With Black History Month and Valentine’s Day (and my Dad’s birthday!) February seems to have an extra helping of holidays and celebrations. And now, fast on the heels of Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day is just around the corner. To help you prepare, here’s a big serving of resources we’ve created over the years.

Presidents’ Day Fun: a collection of coloring pages, quizzes, biographies and videos all about Presidents Washington and Lincoln.
Presidents’ Day: recommended sites and games from Surfnetkids
Abraham Lincoln: site recommendations from Surfnetkids.com
Abe Lincoln Quiz: a 10-question interactive quiz
Presidents Coloring Pages: printable coloring pages for all the presidents
George Washington: site recommendations from Surfnetkids.com
George Washington Quiz: interactive quiz at Surfnetkids.com
Presidents’ Day Activities: recommended activity sites, from Surfnetkids.com
Interactive Coloring: Presidential Seal: color the Presidential Seal with your mouse

And for even more, here is a search results page that includes more Presidents’ Day resources from the Feldman Publishing network.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
http://www.surfnetkids.com

#2. Black History Month

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

Black History Month Printable (** for premium members only)
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/black_history_month.pdf

In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson proposed a “Negro History Week” to honor the history and contributions of African-Americans. Nine years later, his dream became reality. Woodson chose the second week of February to pay tribute to the birthdays of two Americans that dramatically affected the lives of Blacks: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14). The week-long observance officially became Black History Month in 1976.

Biography.com: Black History
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“African-American history is filled with the tales of inspiring individuals ? many of whom overcame great odds to leave their mark on the United States.” A good number of these heros are featured on Biography.com’s Black History mini site, their stories told through videos and photo slideshows. The biographies are organized (in the left-hand menu) by field of accomplishment, such as inventors, scientists, athletes and entertainers. An interactive history of America’s black community is provided in a timeline (don’t miss it!) and there are study guides for educators and parents.

Encyclopedia Britannica: Guide to Black History
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Encyclopedia Britannica has been providing comprehensive guides to just about everything since 1768. Their Guide to Black History begins with a short summary. “The story of African Americans in the United States is one of both immeasurable suffering and soaring hope.” Next, peruse the topics in the left-hand menu: Source Documents, Biographies, Timeline, Image Gallery, and an Internet Guide of related links. For the classroom, there are five learning activities for middle-school students.

PBS: African American World
*****
PBS’ African American World is divided into four channels: History, Arts & Culture, Race & Society, and Profiles. In addition to features on specific African Americans, this highly interactive site offers quizzes, games, free e-cards, screensavers, and computer wallpaper. For K-12 teachers, there are dozens of lesson plans. And on the right-hand side of the main page, be sure to read the daily tidbit about an interesting event “On This Day” in Black American history.

… Click to continue Black History Month .

#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:

Black History Month Printable

Martin Luther King, Jr. Printable

Rosa Parks Printable
Tuskegee Airmen Printable
Black History Month Printable

*** Are you curious? Get your own ten-day trial membership:
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables-club.htm

#4. Related Games

Black History Month Quiz
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/black_history_month_quiz.htm

Martin Luther King, Jr. Crossword
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/king-cw.htm

Rosa Parks Quiz
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/rosa_parks_quiz.htm

#5. Surfing the Calendar

Galileo Galilei’s Birthday
Feb 15, 1564

Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday
Feb 15, 1820

Pluto Discovered
Feb 18, 1930

National Engineers Week
Feb 19-25, 2012

Ansel Adams’ Birthday
Feb 20, 1902

Presidents’ Day
Feb 20, 2012

First Steam Train Travels 10 Miles
Feb 21, 1804

George Washington’s Birthday
Feb 22, 1732

Steve Irwin’s Birthday
Feb 22, 1962

#6. Quote of the Week

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” ~~ Plato ~~ (400 BCE) Greek philosopher. Click here for more inspiration quotes.

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