[Surfnetkids: 22 Feb 2012] Winter Weather

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#1. February 22, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Did you know that not only is today George Washington’s birthday, but also Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s birthday! On September 4, 2006 Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin (1962 – 2006), an Australian naturalist and television personality, died unexpectedly in a freak sting ray accident. Irwin and his wife Terri Irwin owned and operated the Australia Zoo in Queensland, which Irwin inherited from his parents. But he is best known for his fearless antics on his Discovery Channel television program “The Crocodile Hunter.”

You can keep up with all the Surfnetkids holiday and anniversary resources with our (newly redesigned) Surfnetkids Calendar: http://www.surfnetkids.com/calendar/.

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

#2. Winter Weather

by Barbara J. Feldman

Winter Weather Printable (** for premium members only)

All over the world, winter means cold weather. In many places, it is so cold that special types of weather, like frost, snow, and ice, are common. But winter fun doesn’t have to be limited to building snowmen and riding on sleds. Every snow day is an opportunity to learn something new and exciting about the science of winter weather.

How Stuff Works: Winter Experiments
“Measuring, recording and charting daily, weekly or monthly rainfall is a fun winter experiment. In this winter experiment, you’ll make your own rain gauge, and learn how to chart your results.” The Learning Channel’s How Stuff Works presents four winter weather experiments: making frozen bubbles, how to measure rainfall, how to calculate wind chill factors, and how to assess the affects of hail. For more indoor winter fun, check out the links to winter crafts and snow games.

Jill Britton: Snow Science
“It is said that no two snowflakes are the same, but they can be classified into types of crystals.” Learn how to capture snowflakes, view them with a magnifying glass or microscope, and differentiate between the different types of snow crystals. “Don’t expect to easily find a perfect six-sided snowflake. They occur less than 25% of the time. Why? Because a snowflake has a bumpy and difficult journey on it’s way to earth. Each flake is buffeted by wind, water and other snowflakes.”

National Snow & Ice Data Center: All About Snow
“The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) supports research into our world’s frozen realms: the snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and climate interactions that make up Earth’s cryosphere.” That’s why this site is a great resource for high-school students writing reports. Sections include snow facts, Q &A, and a photo gallery of historic blizzards, unusual snow formations and avalanches. For further study, there are links in the right-hand column to more snow science sites.

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#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:

Winter Weather Printable

Snow Printable

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#4. Related Games

Snow Game Show

Winter Coloring Pages

Winter Games

#5. Surfing the Calendar

George Washington’s Birthday
Feb 22, 1732

Steve Irwin’s Birthday
Feb 22, 1962

Siege of the Alamo Begins
Feb 23, 1836

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

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

George Harrison’s Birthday
Feb 25, 1943

First U.S. Chartered Passenger Railroad Service
Feb 28, 1827

Jim Watson and Francis Crick Discover the DNA Double Helix
Feb 28, 1953

Irish American Heritage Month

National Craft Month

National Nutrition Month

Music in Our Schools Month

Women’s History Month

National Cheerleading Safety Month

#6. Quote of the Week

“Don’t set your wit against a child.” ~~ Jonathan Swift ~~ (November 30, 1667 – October 19, 1745) Irish cleric, Dean of St. Patricks, Dublin, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet. Click here for more intelligence quotations.

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