Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter
#1. November 12, 2008
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but about six months ago I got my first Apple computer: a Mac Book. I don’t use at my desktop (which is still a Dell Windows XP machine) but I do
use it when I travel and also when I work on the sofa, on the bed, etc. So, it’s somewhat of a natural progression that the popular Surfnetkids Widgets are now available (TA DAH!) on the
Mac OSX Dashboard:
What’s a widget? It is a free content applet that can go on your homepage, your organization’s website, your iGoogle homepage, your blog, or your Apple desktop. You’ll get a variety of free daily content to choose from such as
Daily Joke, Daily Coloring Page, Daily Factoid or a Daily Education Quote.
If you’ve got images turned on in your email, here’s a screenshot of one of them:
You can see ALL of our widgets, and all the platforms (which include iGoogle and Widgetbox) at:
Please give a few of them a try and let me know what you think. Your comments welcome at:
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Instant Print ‘n’ Play Thanksgiving Games
by Barbara J. Feldman
Geography Printable (** for premium members only)
Geography, the study of the Earth’s land and inhabitants, is divided into two main branches. Physical geography includes landforms, natural resources, weather and the environment. Human geography covers populations, political systems and religion. When choosing today’s sites, I tried to cover both areas, although most sites focus on either one or the other.
Geography 4 Kids
Andrew Rader Studios serves up another winner with Geography 4 Kids. The site introduces physical geography and basic earth science including Earth’s structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. In addition to the topic tours that start on the homepage, the site includes interactive quizzes, a gallery of panorama photos, links to live cams and monitors, and a collection of wallpapers for your computer desktop.
“Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky.” After viewing the short tutorial video, and downloading the free software, I recommend starting with a worldwide Sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Eiffel Tower, Beijing’s Forbidden City and Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Look in the left-hand Places menu for the Sightseeing folder. Select it with a check mark, and then click play.
Lizardpoint: Test your Geography Knowledge
Web designer Lyndsey McCollam has built a fun collection of thirty-six map quizzes covering continents, countries, states, and capital cities. For each question, you get three tries to correctly identify the answer on a map with a mouse click. Some of the maps, such as the one on the USA state quiz, can be toggled between a mutli-colored map (where each state is a different color) to a single-color map, making the quiz a tad bit harder. Can you identify Iraq on a map? Take the Middle East quiz and find out.
… Click to continue Geography.
#4. 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:
Printable 50 States Word Search
Geography Wikipedia Printable
World Maps Printable
Geography Games Printable
State Maps Printable
*** Are you curious? Get your own ten-day trial membership:
#5. Related Games
United States Geography Game
50 Countries Hangman
World Flags Quiz
Middle East Geography Game
#6.Surfing the Calendar
Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Birthday
Nov 12, 1815
Nellie Bly Begins Her Trip Around the World
America Recycles Day
Nov 15, 2008
Lewis & Clark Expedition Reaches Pacific Ocean
Nov 16, 1805
Mickey Mouse’s Birthday
Nov 18, 1928
#7.Quote of the Week
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ~~ Albus Dumbledore, in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling (b. 31 July 1965) British author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.
Click here for more J.K. Rowling quotes.
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