Cool Sites – January 16, 2013

Posted on Jan 13 2013 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Reading Plans–Again
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Cabbage Recipes
3.3 Preschool and Up: Games for Playground Balls
3.4 Math: Printable Play Money
3.5 Fun: Free Printable Word Search Puzzles (Adults and Kids)
3.6 English: Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker
3.7 History and Government: Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government (Franklin, That Is)
3.8 DIY: Free Family Handyman Newsletter and DIY Goofs Contest
3.9 Reference: Internet Archive Tutorial – Don’t Give Up on “Dead” Links

 

3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Reading Plans–Again

Did you select a Bible reading plan for the year? It’s definitely not too late. Just double-up each day until you catch up or jump in where you are–but do it!

George Mueller made it a practice to read the Bible through four times a year. If you are still searching for a plan (check the last few issues of the Update for more), Back to the Bible offers several choices of Bible reading plans, plus studies, challenges, and quizzes to make things interesting. They also have their famous classic devotionals. Subscribe free of charge to any of their newsletters (second link) to receive many of these items in daily e-mails. You can also listen to their daily radio show via the website.

www.backtothebible.org/index.php/Bible-Reading-Guides.html

www.backtothebible.org/index.php/E-newsletters.html

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Cabbage Recipes

Cabbage is a less common source of Vitamin C and a relatively inexpensive food, so this lady collected over 200 cabbage recipes. They require varying amounts of time, effort, and other ingredients to complete, but do use cabbage. Sort through the categories and find some you like. Steamed, sliced cabbage with a little butter, salt, and pepper is the cheapest form, and a super-easy veggie to serve!

www.cheriestihler.com/CC/recipes.html

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3.3 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Up: Games for Playground Balls

Find simple directions for at least 10 different games to play with old-fashioned playground balls. Parents and grandparents will be able to teach a variety of different games to their families and neighborhood children. Find your family favorites–and have a ball! (Sorry–we couldn’t resist.)

http://grandparents.about.com/od/projectsactivities/tp/Kids_Ball_Games.htm

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3.4 Math: Printable Play Money

Use these free printables that (legally) replicate U.S. currency to play store or bank, or to work out real world math problems.

www.printableplaymoney.net

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3.5 Fun: Free Printable Word Search Puzzles (Adults and Kids)

Choose from dozens of themes for word search puzzles. There are separate levels for adults and children. Some puzzles can be worked online without printing.

www.puzzles.ca/wordsearch.html

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3.6 English: Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker

Although students should know the basics without this handy gadget, it does make a good checker after they have done it on their own. It will come in very handy when you need to know how to correctly cite a rather obscure source such as a court case, online video, or digital file.

www.easybib.com

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3.7 History and Government: Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government (Franklin, That Is)

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. See biographical information on the homepage and find grade-appropriate U.S. government sections in the little kites at the top of the page (they’re a bit hard to see). At each grade level, you will note different sections of civics information–elections, glossary, games and activities, branches of government, etc. Click on them to reveal related links.

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/benfranklin

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3.8 DIY: Free Family Handyman Newsletter and DIY Goofs Contest

Get ideas and instructions for all sorts of indoor and outdoor projects. Select any of the free newsletters by clicking on “Free Newsletters” in the upper right corner. You can also read about others’ DIY goofs or enter your own for cash (if published).

www.familyhandyman.com/great-goofs–soap-on-a-slope

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3.9 Reference: Internet Archive Tutorial – Don’t Give Up on “Dead” Links

Did you ever click on a link only to be told the page was not found? If you encounter this, don’t give up yet! Go to the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive website and paste in the URL (http://www…). Note that the Archive already has “http” entered. Remove it if your link already includes it. If you are not familiar, try out this example:

Let’s use an example from Ben’s Guide in 3.7. In the K-2 section, under “Ben’s ABCs,” there is a link for the Yellowstone Online Animal Alphabet Book. Unfortunately, when you click on it you get the dreaded 404 error–”page not found.” Highlight “Yellowstone Online Animal Alphabet Book,” gently right click, and select “copy link address,” to obtain the URL to paste into the Wayback Machine. Paste it in, click “Take me Back,” and you will see some dates with blue circles indicating the page was archived on that day. Click on one of those and it will take you (in a moment) to a form of the page desired. As with many such pages, some images are missing, but the text is there. In this case, it is not too difficult to go to a paper encyclopedia, Wikipedia, or other site to see a picture of the animal. Print a picture from “free images” searches or the child could draw a picture if you are constructing a booklet.

Below are links to the Wayback Machine portion of the Internet Archive, the URL for the missing page, and the link to the archived page. Try the steps above before using the links below.

http://archive.org/web/web.php

http://www.nps.gov/yell/kidstuff/Alphabet/index.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20100213073719/http://www.nps.gov/archive/yell/kidstuff/Alphabet/index.htm

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