I’m home! I’m still jet lagged, but coffee is my friend, and I’m loving being back. Travel is wonderful, but so is coming home!
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Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Gorillas Printable(** for Premium Members only)
Gorillas are the largest of the apes and have no natural enemies except for man. They make their home in the rain forests of Africa, near the equator. I was amazed to learn they were not discovered by man until 1847. Can you imagine seeing a six-foot 450 pound gorilla for the very first time?
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Dr. Dian Fossey began studying mountain gorillas in Africa in 1963. Four years later, she founded the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda and lived there among the gorillas for almost eighteen years. Although she died in 1984, her foundation continues her work. Best clicks are found in the Learning & Fun section. “Typically, mountain gorillas live in groups that contain one or two adult males (ages 12 years or older, called silverbacks), several younger males (called blackbacks), adult females, juveniles and infants.”
Koko.org: Gorilla Foundation
In 1971, Francine ‘Penny’ Patterson began teaching Koko, a newborn lowland gorilla, American Sign Language. Koko proved an able pupil, and her vocabulary has grown to 1000 words. First stop for elementary-age students should be the excellent Koko4Kids, which can be found on the Education menu. “Gorillas can live more than 50 years. Newborn gorillas are very small, weighing only about 4 1/2 pounds. They are helpless at birth and depend on their mothers for at least 3 years, and they usually stay in their family group as they grow up.”
National Geographic Kids: Mountain Gorillas
“Mountain gorillas spend much of their time eating. Their food includes a variety of plants, along with a few insects and worms.” Visit for a photo slide show, quick gorilla facts, and links to videos and other related stories, such as Gorilla Rescue and Gorilla Adoption. More National Geographic gorilla features can be found here.
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Gorillas Wikipedia Printable
Rainforests Quiz and Worksheet
Endangered Species Printable
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Quote of the Week
“It is a rare privilege to watch the birth, growth, and first feeble struggles of a living mind; this privilege is mine.” ~~ Anne Sullivan ~~ (April 14, 1866 – October 20, 1936) American teacher, famous for teaching Helen Keller. There are more quotes about teaching to be found at Lightafire.com.
Surfing the Calendar
International Thank You Day Jan 11, 2017
Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday Jan 11, 1755 or 1757
Ratification Day Jan 14, 1784
American Revolutionary War Ended 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
No Name-Calling Week Jan 16-20, 2017
Ben Franklin’s Birthday Jan 17, 1706
Martin Luther King Day Jan 16, 2017
Operation Desert Storm Begins Jan 17, 1991
A. A. Milne (Author of Winnie-the-Pooh) Birthday Jan 18, 1882
Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday Jan 19, 1809
Paul Cezzane’s Birthday Jan 19, 1839
NASA Launches New Horizon Spacecraft Jan 19, 2006