Next week, Jews all around the world celebrate their freedom as Passover begins on at sundown on Monday night, April 10, 2017. For more of an explanation, and for fun Passover music videos, check out my Passover-Fun.com site.
My Passover Fun coloring book (download and print it yourself) is especially popular, and it’s 23 pages of coloring fun for only $3.97.
Hag sameach to my Jewish readers and friends!
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Kites Printable(** for Premium Members only)
Kites date back 3000 years, when the Chinese made them from bamboo and silk. Over the centuries kites have been used in religious ceremonies, scientific experiments, military maneuvers and, of course, for fun. In honor of April’s status as National Kite Flying Month, today’s sites explore the history, the science and the sport of kite flying.
Anthony's Kite Workshop
Visit Anthony’s Kite Workshop for dozens of kite plans suitable for families and classroom projects, along with General Kite Hints and Tips. “Many good parks have a fence to tie the kites to. But too often you don’t get that luxury. I get a coat hanger (with the thick wire) and cut off the hook. I then straighten this out, and cut it in half. Using one half I bend it into a rectangular and long U shape. Then I bend the top of the U over into a hook.”
“An excellent way for students to gain a feel for aerodynamic forces is to fly a kite. ” This NASA site starts with a short history of kites, and then introduces the forces that act on kites. “In fact, with the exception of thrust, the forces acting on a kite are also the same forces which act on an airliner or a fighter plane. Like an aircraft, kites are heavier than air and rely on aerodynamic forces to fly. ” To progress through the Guided Tour about Forces on a Kite, use the blue arrow at the bottom of each page.
National Kite Month: Kite History
You’ll find lots of great resources under the For Teachers link in the main horizontal menu. This page tells the history of kites, starting with the legend that a “Chinese farmer tied a string to his hat to keep it from blowing away in a strong wind.” Other links include “Why Kites Fly”, “How to Fly a Kite”, and kite games and projects for use in a classroom.
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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:
Kites Wikipedia Printable
Paper Airplanes Printable
Ben Franklin’s Kite Experiment Printable
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Quote of the Week
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” ~~ Dorothy Parker ~~ (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) American author, poet, critic, screenwriter. This is one of the sixty-six quotes with the theme of children on Lightafire.com; click the link to read them.
Surfing the Calendar
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Children’s Dental Health Month February
Pluto Discovered Feb 18, 1930
National Engineers Week Feb 19-25, 2017
Ansel Adams’ Birthday Feb 20, 1902
Presidents’ Day Feb 20, 2017
First American Orbits the Earth Feb 20, 1962
First Steam Train Travels 10 Miles Feb 21, 1804
George Washington’s Birthday Feb 22, 1732
Steve Irwin’s Birthday Feb 22, 1962
Siege of the Alamo Begins Feb 23, 1836
Wilhelm Grimm’s Birthday (one of the Grimm Brothers) Feb 24, 1786
George Harrison’s Birthday Feb 25, 1943
Tell a Fairy Tale Day Feb 26, 2017
First U.S. Chartered Passenger Railroad Service Feb 28, 1827