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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Panic Attacks Can Be Cured
3. Weekly Topic: Pluto
4. What Did We Miss? Submit Site or Link To Us
5. Note from a Reader
6. Related Games
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management
#1. September 6, 2006
For seventy-six years school children remembered the order of the nine planets with the following mnemonic: “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.” (My-Mercury, Very-Venus, Educated-Earth, Mother-Mars, Just-Jupiter, Serve-Saturn, Us-Uranus, Nine-Neptune, Pizza-Pluto)
Now that Pluto is no longer classified as a planet (see today’s site reviews) … are we ditching pizza and switching to nuts? “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nuts!”
School children everywhere will need to relearn the eight planets (and forget the nine planets.) What do YOU think? Is this fair? Should we pity poor Pluto?
Should Pluto retain its status as a planet? Vote in my poll:
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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Pluto Printable (** for premium members only)
On August 24, 2006, astronomers declared that Pluto is no longer a planet, thereby downsizing the solar system from nine planets to eight. After a week of debate, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of planetary status because its orbit crosses Neptune’s and therefore fails one of three planetary requirements. Instead, Pluto (along with Ceres and Xena) is now classified as a dwarf planet.
MSNBC: Pluto: Our New View of the Solar System
In conjunction with Newsweek, MSNBC reports on the new view of the solar system. Features include an audio interview with Michael Brown, the Caltech professor who discovered Xena (a nickname for the dwarf planet 2003 UB313), a multimedia solar system map, and related articles (scroll down and look in the right-right column near the bottom of the page.) When you get to the New World Order graphic, be sure to click on Detail to enlarge the map. Do you think Pluto
should still be a planet? Vote in the poll to see how others responded.
NASA: New Horizons
Although NASA hasn’t updated this website to reflect Pluto’s demotion, I didn’t think any discussion of Pluto would be complete without including the New Horizons spacecraft (launched January 19, 2006) on its way to a 2015 date with Pluto. Mouse around in the Education section to discover printable classroom activities, printable fact sheets, and introductory lessons about Pluto, Charon (Pluto’s satellite) and the Kuiper Belt (a “swarm of bodies” beyond Neptune.)
NASA: Solar System Exploration: Pluto
“Discovered by American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930, Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the Sun. Pluto’s most recent close approach to the Sun was in 1989.” This NASA site is a must visit for anyone writing a school report. It includes fact and figures, an image gallery, and a Kid’s Eye View section with a scale that calculates how much you would weight on Pluto.
… to continue reading, visit Surfnetkids: Pluto.
#4. What Did We Miss? Submit or Link To Us
Do you know of a great Pluto 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.
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#5. Note from a Reader
I completed my bachelor’s degree in business at the age of 40, my master’s degree in education at the age of 50 and now I am enjoying my third year as a middle-school math teacher.
Teaching is the hardest, yet most fulfilling job I have ever had. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to do something important and meaningful in my life. I encourage everyone who is seeking to make a difference in the world to set a goal to become a teacher.
Thanks for sharing your success story. You can join our conversation at the
Going Back to College Forum.
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#6. Related Games
Planet Word Search
Printable Planet Word Search
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/Word_Searches/planet-ws.pdf (** for premium members only)
Solar System Word Search
#7. Quote of the Week
“There is no harm in doubt and scepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made.” ~~ Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988) American physicist and educator
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