Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you for your dedication. Where would we be without you?
On a more somber note, these last two weeks have been exceptionally difficult. Just days before Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), a terrorist entered a synagogue in my community and gunned down four Jews. One of the victims, Lori Gilbert Kaye, died on the spot. The other three are recovering from their wounds. Meanwhile, our daughter was in Poland participating in the March of Living, where she had the opportunity to pay homage to family members that were murdered during the Holocaust. For those of you not familiar with March of the Living, it is an annual walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau that is part of an educational experience that “examines the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hatred.” We still have so much to learn.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Limericks Printable(** for Premium Members only)
Limericks are five-line poems that pack a funny punch line or a humorous twist. Because they are short and follow a familiar thirteen-beat rhythm, they can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. The following sites include classic limericks by well-known authors such as Edward Lear, limericks by authors not yet famous, and tips on how to write your own limericks.
Brownielocks: Limericks for (and by) Children
“It is said that rhyme did not exist until the 14th century. (Guess they were pretty grouchy up until that time?)” Visit Brownielocks to learn about the origin of the limerick, and to enjoy a collection of 83 fun limericks. If you scroll all the way down the long page, you’ll see a link to another page with limericks both for and by kids, titled (no surprise here) Kids Limericks.
Edward Lear’s Nonsense Work
“There was an Old Man with a beard / Who said, ‘It is just as I feared! / Two Owls and a Hen / Four Larks and a Wren / Have all built their nests in my beard!'” Edward Lear’s “A Book of Nonsense”, first published in 1846, is a collection of 112 limericks for children. This fan site, created by an Italian high-school teacher (he actually teaches English, but he does it in Italy) includes all of Lear’s limericks as well as biographical notes and commentary.
KidZone Poetry: Limericks
Visit Kidzone for a short limerick lesson, lots of limericks to read, and a printable worksheet with space to write your own limerick. Here’s a classic from Edward Lear. “There was a Young Lady whose bonnet / Came untied when the birds sat upon it / But she said: ‘I don’t care! / All the birds in the air / Are welcome to sit on my bonnet!'”
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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:
Limericks Wikipedia Printable
Funny Poems Printable
Nursery Rhymes Printable
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Quote of the Week
“It is the teacher – what the teacher knows and can do – that is the most significant factor in student achievement.” ~~ Harry K. Wong ~~ a former high-school science teacher, now an education speaker and trainer. Read more quotes about teachers by clicking the link.
Surfing the Calendar
National Youth Traffic Safety Month May
National Flower Month May
Sudoku First Published as Number Place in Dell Puzzle Magazine May, 1979
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Premiere May 7, 1824
World Password Day May 7, 2019
International Migratory Bird Day May 8, 2019
Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) May 8, 1945
Central and Union Pacific Railroads Meet May 10, 1869
Richard Feynman’s Birthday May 11, 1918
International Astronomy Day May 11, 2019
Edward Lear’s Birthday (Celebrated as Limerick Day) May 12, 1812
Edward Lear’s Limericks May 12, 1812
Start of California Gold Rush May 12, 1848
Mother’s Day May 12, 2019
Mother’s Day Cards May 12, 2019
Mother’s Day Poems May 12, 2019
Frog Jumping Day May 13, 2019
First permanent British colony Established in Jamestown, Virginia May 14, 1607