[Surfnetkids: 14 Mar 2012] St. Patrick’s Day

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#1. March 14, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Did you see the unusual animal tooth necklace I found in my mother’s curio cabinet? Unfortunately, Mom has dementia, and can not tell me the necklace’s story. Fans of my Surfnetkids Facebook wall got a few laughs trying to guess what kind of animal these came from.

Facebook fans will also get a chance to view pictures from my exciting spring break trip to Paris, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that starts this weekend. Join me there now, and I will post snapshots whenever I find my way to a Wifi hotspot.

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

#2. St. Patrick’s Day

by Barbara J. Feldman

St. Patrick’s Day Printable (** for premium members only)

Since we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a wee bit of history about our patron saint. St. Patrick was a Christian missionary credited with converting Ireland from paganism to Christianity. He lived at the end of the 4th century, and because that was so long ago, it is often difficult to separate St. Patrick facts from legends. Learn more about St. Patrick, leprechauns, and lucky shamrocks at the following St. Patrick’s Day picks.

Enchanted Learning: St. Patrick’s Day
For St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas and printable worksheets, Enchanted Learning is a must see. Some of the best clicks are only for paying members, but among the free pages are instructions on making a kissable Blarney Stone, a template for cutting out a tiny leprechaun hat, an Ireland map and quiz, and my personal favorite Green Things. Green Things is an entire page devoted to all things green, from alligator to zucchini, including a green leprechaun marionette you can make from cardboard and paper connectors.

History.com: St. Patrick’s Day
Start your History Channel visit with the History of St. Patrick’s Day video clip, then peruse the menu on the left-hand side. I had always wondered why St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated with corned beef and cabbage. Under “History of the Holiday” I learned that around the turn of the century, Irish immigrants in New York learned about corned beef from their Jewish neighbors, and paired it with their traditional cabbage as a low-cost alternative to Irish bacon.

Ireland First: Irish Clipart
With 264 Irish-themed images, the Ireland First clipart archive is a great find. All the art is “royalty free and may be saved/downloaded and printed/used freely by anyone in any way.” Enjoy the shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, rainbows, Irish hats, and page borders. The page also includes images of beer, so it is probably not classroom-friendly and parents and teachers will need to use discretion.

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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:

St. Patrick’s Day Printable

St. Patrick’s Day Wikipedia Printable
St. Patrick’s Day Clipart Printable

Ireland Printable
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts Printable

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#4. Related Games

St. Patrick’s Day Word Search

St. Patrick’s Day Scrambler

St. Patrick’s Day Coloring

St. Patrick’s Day Dress Up

#5. Surfing the Calendar

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Pocahontas’ Death Anniversary
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Birthday
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Race Relations Day
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#6. Quote of the Week

“When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.” ~~ George Bernard Shaw ~~ (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) Irish playwright, critic, political activist. Click here for more experience quotes.

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