Are you in charge of a website or blog for kids, teachers, or parents? If so, let me reintroduce the Surfnetkids Widgets. They are little snippets of daily fun facts, coloring pages, jokes, inspirational quotes, and a Surfnetkids Calendar. You can place a single line of code on your site or WordPress blog, and have fun, “of the day” content from Surfnetkids.
I first developed these widgets years ago, but this week I updated them, fixed a few bugs, and converted them to use the secure https:// format. This means that these widgets will run on both http:// and https:// websites. But you don’t have to understand whether or not your website page is SSL-compliant, the snippets will just work either way.
If you’d like to take a look, or update your code to the new secure https:// version, you can see the code snippets here: http://www.surfnetkids.com/widget-code/.
In other news, I finally wrote a short review of my sitting/standing Varidesk on my personal blog.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Rivers Printable(** for Premium Members only)
A river is a natural flow of water (usually freshwater) towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river. They are an important part of our ecosystem as a source of water, food, transportation, defense, energy, and recreation. Learn more at this week’s selection of sites.
American Rivers: Discover Your River
Learn about rivers with this collection of educational articles from American Rivers, a non-profit advocacy group. Topics include the water cycle, vernal pools, what makes a river, water conservation, migratory fish, and why rivers flood. “Rivers and creeks flood when pulses of rainfall and/or snowmelt move downstream. This causes water to overtop the channel’s banks and spill onto the neighboring floodplain.”
Fact Monster: Principal Rivers of the World
The Fact Monster almanac lists the fifty-five biggest rivers in the world, with links to additional articles about most of them. The Nile (the longest river in the world) tops the list with a length of 4,180 miles, and the Tigris is the shortest river on the list, with a length of 1,180 miles. A separate Rivers of the United States page annotates rivers 350 miles or longer, but is listed alphabetically, not by length.
Missouri Botanical Garden: Rivers and Streams
“From outer-space, the earth looks like it is covered with veins and arteries, similar to our bodies. The earth’s arteries, however, are really a vast web of rivers and streams that channel water across the planet, from mountains to oceans.” This excellent lesson for middle and high-school students covers watersheds, surface runoff, water pollution, how streams become rivers, river zones, river creatures (such as the Arrau River turtle) and hydroelectric power (dams).
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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:
Rivers Wikipedia Printable
Lewis and Clark Printable
Water Cycle Printable
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Quote of the Week
“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” ~~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~~ (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) American architect. Did you know Frank Lloyd Wright designed a house built over a waterfall? Belief is a powerful tool – check out more quotes about belief.
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