[Surfnetkids: 12 Dec 2012] Samurai

[Surfnetkids Free Newsletter] Samurai


Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter

#1. December 12, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

I hope your holiday season is shaping up nicely, and that you are able to find some calm amid the usual madness. Over the weekend I enjoyed latkes amid family and friends, as we celebrated Hanukkah. Yum!

When wrapping up a present for my six-year old niece, I had a moment of inspiration and printed out some coloring pages from HanuakkahFun.com. As my own kids are WAY PAST the coloring stage, it was so much fun to watch her enjoying them. And, of course, her pretty pictures were soon adorning our walls, making the house a bit more festive.

For your own printing pleasure, here are some links:



Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

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

#2. Samurai

by Barbara J. Feldman

Samurai Printable (** for premium members only)

Japanese samurai warriors lived in medieval castle towns, and were paid by their local lords or governors as both military men and administrators. They were an important part of society, and at times accounted for about ten percent of the population.

Asian Art: Lords of the Samurai
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco presents an excellent online companion to their Samurai exhibition of 2009. It includes an introduction to “Who Were the Samurai?”, a gallery of selected museum pieces, and a directory of modern samurai movies, books and manga. For teachers, there are lesson plans and iTunes lectures for grades K-12. Look for them under “Educator Packets,” then enter the keyword “samurai” in the search box.

Kids Discover: Samurai Vocabulary
This PDF from Kids Discover is a free handout that accompanies their very inexpensive Samurai issue. The vocabulary packet includes word cards and suggested activities, a crossword puzzle, a word search puzzle, a word matching worksheet, sentence completion handout, and answer keys. “MARTIAL: having to do with war; suitable for war. Samurai begin their martial training at a young age.”

National Geographic: Photo Gallery: Samurai
Part of its Japan travelogue, this Samurai photo gallery features historical reenactments and present-day samurai sightings. For example, with a photo of a fully-dressed samurai warrior in a convenience store, the caption reads, “Today becoming a samurai costs just a hundred dollars for rented gear and the courage to appear in public.” Be sure to see the Kyoto Fire Department photo, where the trainees don “warrior-like headgear to practice their skills.”

… Click to continue Samurai .

#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:

Samurai Printable

Samurai Wikipedia Printable

*** Are you curious? Get your own ten-day trial membership:

#4. Related Games

Samurai Slider

Little Samurai

#5. Surfing the Calendar

Geminids Meteor Shower
Dec 13-14, 2012

Bill of Rights Anniversary (Celebrated as Bill of Rights Day)
Dec 15, 1791

Ludwig von Beethoven’s Birthday
Dec 16, 1770

Boston Tea Party
Dec 16, 1773

Beatrix Potter self-published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
Dec 16, 1901

Wright Brother’s First Flight
Dec 17, 1903

Slavery Abolished by 13th Amendment
Dec 18, 1865

#6. Quote of the Week

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” ~~ Abigail Adams ~~ (November 11, 1744 – October 28, 1818) wife of John Adams, second president of the United States. Click here for more learning quotes.

#7. Subscription Management

To get your own free weekly subscription:

Need help? Get support at:
Copyright © 2012 by Surfnetkids.com, Inc.
991C Lomas Santa Fe Dr #415, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Publication in any medium is strictly prohibited without prior
written permission. This means you are NOT allowed to post this
newsletter on your website, in your school publication, nor distribute
it to an email list. You are however, allowed and encouraged to forward
this newsletter to a few friends. Thank you for your help in protecting my

ISSN 1520-4588