Surfing the Net with Kids PREMIUM Newsletter
for Printables Club Subscribers
Table of Contents
2. Quick Links to Printables
3. Weekly Topic and Printable: U.S. Constitution
4. Related Games
5. Related Video
6. Related Books
7. What Did We Miss? Submit Site or Link To Us
8. Web Search for More U.S. Constitution Sites
9. Internet Tip of the Week: Understanding Internet Speed Tests
10. From My Mailbag: flashCHESS3
11. Quote of the Week
12. Surfing the Calendar
13. Membership Management
#1. September 3, 2008
This is a sample of the PREMIUM newsletter Surfnetkids Club members get every week. Take a look at the Table of Contents, and you'll notice all the educational content. First of all, this PREMIUM newsletter contains six to nine site recommendations on the weekly topic (instead of three included in the free version.) Members also get an Internet Tip of the Week (because we're never too old to learn something new!), From My Mailbag, and Surfing the Calendar.
And, since this is called the Printables Club, don't overlook the links to the two-page Internet enrichment printable that members can use in their classroom. Members tell me they just love this newsletter format because it's easy on the eyes, and preserves the URLs when they print out a copy. Try it yourself with a risk-free trial at http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables-club.htm
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Quick Links to Printables
U.S. Constitution Printable
U.S. Constitution Wikipedia Printable
Bill of Rights Printable
Bill of Rights Printable Word Search
Declaration of Independence Printable
#3. U.S. Constitution
by Barbara J. Feldman
U.S. Constitution Printable
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." This famous sentence is known as the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Learn more at the following sites.
Congress for Kids: Constitution
Published for grades four through twelve by The Dirksen Congressional Center, Congress for Kids tells the story of the Constitution starting with the Constitutional Convention of 1787. "It includes information about the writing the Constitution, the Great Compromise, the Constitution's signers, the Bill of Rights, the Amendments to the Constitution and what they mean to Americans, and much more." In addition to the illustrated lessons, each section includes a related quiz or a game.
National Constitution Center: Interactive Constitution
Based on Linda R. Monk's book "The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution", the Interactive Constitution offers four unique views of the iconic document. First, an annotated Constitution is organized into articles and amendments. Next is three search functions: keyword search, topic search and court case search. For example, in court case search, "Brown v. Board of Education" returns Article III, Amendment X, and Amendment XIV. Fascinating stuff.
NARA: Constitution of the United States: A History
This illustrated history of the Constitution by Roger A. Bruns is available in web and print versions. "May 25, 1787. Freshly spread dirt covered the cobblestone street in front of the Pennsylvania State House, protecting the men inside from the sound of passing carriages and carts. Guards stood at the entrances to ensure that the curious were kept at a distance. Robert Morris of Pennsylvania, the financier' of the Revolution, opened the proceedings with a nomination -- Gen. George Washington for the presidency of the Constitutional Convention."
U.S. Constitution Online: Constitution for Kids
"The Constitution says how the government works. It creates the President. It creates the Congress. It creates the Supreme Court." Steve Mount's U.S. Constitution Online organizes Constitution for Kids into three grade-levels. This link takes you to the page for kindergarten through third grade. At the top of this page, you'll find the links to the fourth through seventh grade, and eighth through twelfth grade sites. Highlights include grade-appropriate overviews of the Constitution, coloring pages, and pictures of the Constitution.
White House for Kids: Constitution
"Instead of amending or changing the Articles of Confederation, the fifty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention rewrote the Articles and created a new Constitution." Best clicks at the WhiteHouse.gov Constitution site are the ten-question quiz, printable word scramble, and the pages listed under Facts. The Facts pages include a hyperlinked transcript of the original Constitution and a transcript of the Bill of Rights.
Archiving Early America: The Constitution
Library of Congress: Documents from the Continental Congress
NEH: Consitution Day
Our Documents: Constitution of the United States
#4. Related Games
Bill of Rights Word Search
(Learn how to make kids games just like these with my How to Add Games to Your Site step-by-step manual.)
#5. Related Video
Founding Fathers: U.S. Constitution
#6. Click on Book Cover for Related Books
#7. What Did We Miss? Submit Site or Link To Us
Do you know of a great U.S. Constitution site that we didn't include? Click here to submit a site review.
Click here to browse the most recent site reviews written by our readers.
Do you have your own website? Here's the code to link to this week's topic:
For more link options (including daily content applets and RSS feeds) see:
#8. Web Search for More U.S. Constitution Sites
#9. Internet Tip of the Week: Understanding Internet Speed Tests
There are many Internet speed tests that will measure your download and upload speeds. Speedtest.net ( http://www.speedtest.net/ ), CNET Bandwidth Meter Speed Test ( http://reviews.cnet.com/internet-speed-test/ ) and PC Pitstop ( http://www.pcpitstop.com/internet/bandwidth.asp ) are a few. But before using them, you need to understand terms such as "k", "m", "bits" and "bytes." For that, I recommend reading Ask-Leo ( http://ask-leo.com/just_how_long_should_a_download_take.html ).
#10. From My Mailbag
"Free, online classic chess game. Tutoring features. Intended for beginners. No registration needed." From Liviu, a parent, from Hermannstadt, who is affiliated with the site.
#11. Quote of the Week
"It's not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive." ~~ Louise Bourgeois (born December 25, 1911) French artist and sculptor.
Click here for more Art quotes.
Daily Education Quote via Email
#12. Surfing the Calendar
Treaty of Paris Ends American Revolution
Sep 3, 1783
Little Rock Nine greeted by National Guard at Central High School
Sep 4, 1957
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Died
Sep 4, 2006
First Electric Light Installed in Manhattan
Sep 4, 1882
"Wonderful Wizard of Oz" Published
Sep 8, 1900
#13. Membership Management
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