[Surfnetkids: 21 Mar 2012] Geography

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#1. March 21, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

If all has gone according to plan, I am in Amsterdam as you are reading this. I am hoping to see my childhood girlfriend Cass, who lives just outside of the city. It’s been 10 years since I’ve seen her, and I am bracing myself. I recently learned that she has been suffering from Early Onset Alzheimer’s for six years now. When I learned this, I was devastated. Besides the obvious reasons for being upset upon learning of a friend’s illness, this hit me particularly hard for a couple of selfish reasons. First, Cass is my age. And second, ever since my Mom has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I’ve been worried about my own fate. Will I end up like Mom? Losing all one’s memories and living in a state of emptiness?

But none of us can see our future, and I am grateful for the life I am living today with the family and friends that surround me. On the topic of living fully in the here and now, here’s a quote (from my educational quote site Light a Fire, by newspaper columnist Regina Brett:

“Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.”

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

#2. Geography

by Barbara J. Feldman

Geography Printable (** for premium members only)

Geography is the study of the earth, including land and countries, features, phenomena, and the people who live there. Today’s itinerary is a virtual tour around the world, learning about all the ways the land and the people are both similar and unique.

Lizard Point: Geography Quiz
Kids needing to learn countries, states, and capitals will find this site a helpful tool. Lizard Point features interactive map quizzes with a “practice” option that gives hints, as well as a “test” option without the hints. With the variety of geography quizzes available, you’ll be able to find a helpful quiz even if your child is studying something very specific, like Irish or Welsh geography. “Repetition reinforces memory, so do these quizzes often.”

National Geographic: Map Maker
Visit National Geographic’s Map Maker site to explore interactive world maps with a variety of interesting themes, such population density or volcanic eruptions. There are also printable maps in black and white for use in the classroom. Be sure to explore the top menu bar for variety of unique content, including satellite imaging of islands and glaciers, and a cartoon explaining geography (with a vocabulary list and a short quiz.)

Rader: Geography 4 Kids
This outstanding site from Rader focuses on physical geography, which encompasses all the earth sciences, such as geology and climatology, but does not cover countries and people. The site is navigable via the graphics at top of the page, by following site tour, or (for those who like text-based navigation) by jumping to the site map. Each illustrated section concludes with a ten-question quiz. “Which of these is NOT a renewable energy source? Oil, wind, solar energy or hydrothermal?”

… Click to continue Geography .

#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:

Geography Printable

Geography Wikipedia Printable
Geography Games Printable

World Maps Printable
50 States Printable
State Maps Printable

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#4. Related Games

Geography Games

United States Geography Game

50 Countries Hangman

World Flags Quiz

US Outline Maps Coloring Pages

#5. Surfing the Calendar

Pocahontas’ Death Anniversary
Mar 21, 1617

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Birthday
Mar 21, 1885

Race Relations Day
Mar 21, 2012

Randolph Caldecott’s Birthday
Mar 22, 1846

Tuskegee Airmen Activated
Mar 22, 1941

World Water Day
Mar 22, 2012

National Puppy Day
Mar 23, 2012

Harry Houdini’s Birthday
Mar 24, 1874

Robert Frost’s Birthday
Mar 26, 1874

Vincent van Gogh Birthday
Mar 30, 1853

U.S. Agrees to Purchase Alaska From Russia for $7.2 Million Dollars
Mar 30, 1867

Eiffel Tower Opened
Mar 31, 1889

#6. Quote of the Week

“If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness.” ~~ Carl Rogers ~~ (January 8, 1902 – February 4, 1987) American psychologist. Click here for more knowledge quotes.

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