[Surfnetkids: 09 Jan 2013] Haiku

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#1. January 9, 2013

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Welcome back to school and Happy New Year! I decided to start today with a quote. This one speaks to me because of the many changes I see ahead for Surfnetkids.com and the rest of my sites. It is from Regina Brett, Plain Dealer newspaper columnist.

“When in doubt, just take the next small step.”

You can read more Regina Brett quotes at my Light a Fire site, While there you can also sign up for the daily quote newsletter, or choose to follow us on Twitter. Hope you enjoy them!

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

#2. Haiku

by Barbara J. Feldman

Haiku Printable (** for premium members only)

Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry consisting of seventeen syllables in three lines. The first line contains five syllables, the second has seven, and the third returns to five syllables. Traditionally, they also have some reference to the seasons and nature, but many times this requirement is ignored in English-language haiku. Here’s one from a Threadless.com t-shirt that I can’t seem to get out of my mind. “Haikus are easy / But sometimes they don’t make sense / Refrigerator.”

The Four Seasons of Haiku
Beatrice van de Vis is publisher and host of this haiku blog, where all poets are welcome to submit family-friendly haiku. You’ll find the seasons listed in the horizontal navigation at the top of the site, along with a link to What is Haiku? “Traditionally haiku are rooted in natural history and the seasons, and make us conspirators with wildlife, as nature half-writes the haiku before we’ve even put pen to paper.”

Haiku (.com) is another site where you can publish your own haiku. “Once you have posted at least five original haiku in your personal page, our editorial staff may contact you to publish your haiku in ?Favorites’ or across selected pages of the directory.” Start your exploration with Favorites, then give the Twaiku links (haiku on Twitter) a try. You’ll find them in the right-hand navigation column.

KidZone Poetry: Haiku
“Here’s a Haiku to help you remember: I am first with five / Then seven in the middle / Five again to end.” The KidZone haiku section includes printable worksheets, sample haiku, and a haiku starter exercise for elementary classrooms. “Haiku poems can act almost like a riddle. Try writing a haiku poem about a certain animal but don’t mention the animal’s name. See if your friends can guess what you wrote about!”

… Click to continue Haiku .

#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:

Haiku Printable

Haiku Wikipedia Printable
Types of Poetry Printable

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

#4. Related Games

Virtual Poetry

The Poem Machine

#5. Surfing the Calendar

International Thank You Day
Jan 11, 2013

Ratification Day
Jan 14, 1784

Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley’s First Snowflake Photograph
Jan 15, 1885

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
Jan 15, 1929

Dr. Dian Fossey’s Birthday
Jan 16, 1932

#6. Quote of the Week

“Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.” ~~ John Dewey ~~ (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer. Click here for more education quotes.

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