39. Websites On A Wednesday


New Visitor’s…Please read the two paragraphs at the end of this column before beginning your explorations in theater, poetry, children’s literature, movies, television, books, and the Arts. It will say New Visitor’s Greeting and be in boldface.

Educational Website…
Please, also, check out my educational website at aimtjp.wikispaces.com. No www. is needed. If you have any teachers or children in the family, they will enjoy it immensely. There are tons of immediately ready to use ideas in reading, children’s literature, Internet explorations, problem solving, and poetry on the opening screen and in the Public Dropbox.

Making A Difference Part II: Susanna’s Story Continues



I am running Susanna Manziaris’s story again with new photos. After spending forty-five minutes on the phone to Canada with her, she deserves more for the work she is doing. I am, presently looking for grants and scholarships for her to continue to make a difference in the lives of girls who need our help. While I am putting a light bulb in my garage, Susanna is building schools in Kenya. I have approached the Black Writer’s Association and the Black Newspaper Association on LinkedIn asking them to help get the message out.


Age 16 And Making A Difference…Most sixteen year old girls are on their iPhone, at the local basketball game, or giggling with their girlfriends. This is not the case with Suzanna Manziaris. She is too busy working on the charity she founded. It is called Girls Helping Girls. Her charity gives help to girls in Africa to obtain an education, receive learning resources, and enhance other tools these girls possess for a chance at a better life. Suzanna has sought help from authors and book companies across Canada.  Her efforts are very much like the Love of Reading Foundation’s efforts. That foundation has already given a million books to socially and economically challenged communities. If you are looking for a cause to support and a place for some of your donation dollars, Suzanna could use your help. By the way, I embellished the first two sentences for opening effect. She does have a phone, girlfriends, and she certainly supports her school’s programs in school to career, the arts, and athletics.

Website Wednesday…Whether you are a business person, teacher, or a parent; information, resources, and research at your fingertips makes an enormous part in making you successful. I have researched and categorized over two hundred websites on my portaportal. Go to www.portaportal.com; type tjpalumbo in the guest box in the bottom right corner and you will see twenty categories filled with the best choices in that category. Each week on Wednesday I will be highlighting four of my favorites in a number of different research areas.

Health…Medicine Net (www.medicinenet.com) is one of the most informative of the health websites. It is better than Medscape that ABC promotes each day. Any question you have on health issues is answered clearly if you need health advice or if you are doing a report on a medical or health topic. When you research a disease the site describes the disease, gives you causes for the disease, describes recent work,  and then clearly states courses of action.


Education…Sign up for the free www.surfnetkids.com newsletter. Barbara Feldman has been archiving great activities for every day of the school year for ten years. Every two weeks she sends you an email with the hot topics and ten ways to develop them in the classroom. Sign-up is great for students and parents, too. No matter what topic you are exploring she has a child-friendly file on the subject.

Creative Writing…Internal (www.internal.org) is a great place to research your favorite poet. If you need a piece from a poet for memory work or a mini-performance in the classroom, this is the place to go. Poets.org and a few other poetry sites give you more information, but this site will never be overwhelming and discouraging to the researcher.

Research…Fact Monster at www.factmonster.com continues to be the best kid friendly site for research on the Internet. Questia and Reference Desk are good, but not kid friendly. Delicious and (IPL) Internet Public Library are recommended by many for creative research. Fact monster is my pick. Do you have an all-encompassing, kid friendly, research site to recommend for student use? How about a good affordable restaurant?


Children’s Literature I…The Wreckers By Iain Lawrence follows ship salvagers who  place lights imitating lighthouses in the wrong places. This causes ships to crash into unseen rocks not avoid them. The plunderers, then, under maritime law remove everything they find on the ship…provided the captain is no longer on board. Guess how this happens? What would you do if this were your family’s doing and business? There are great many books on the history of lighthouses to extend classroom research before designing lighthouse t-shirts and murals.


Children’s Literature II…Senior Year: A Father, a Son, and High School Baseball by Dan Shaughnessy of ESPN’s Sports Reporters reminds us of the bonds between fathers and sons. The book follows the Shaughnessy twosome from their first catch to the big high school game. Boys who have and haven’t had the luxury of spending a good amount of time with or  knowing their fathers will bring amazing family lessons from this book to their children when they have them. The power of playing catch with a dad, mother, brother, or sister should be explored in a lively classroom conversation.

New Visitor’s Greeting…Welcome to Let’s Talk, a freewheeling column on movies, theater, television, books, educational practices, current events, and the Internet. If you are a first time visitor to the column, I recommend that you start with the About topic in the Index Bar at the top of the page. Follow About with the Let’s Talk column in archives. It was the first column of the New Year. Proceed to Let’s Talk II and then work your way up to today’s column. These columns will introduce a plethora (a better word choice than myriad) of new ideas and old delights you may have missed. It will give you a foundation for some of the issues we are introducing and following up in newer columns.

New visitor’s comments are welcome, too. They are immediately placed on this page in the contributor’s comment section or are shared with the column’s readers on Sunday. You are welcome, also, to suggest topics for discussion or enlist help from the site’s family of readers. I am a compendium of useless information. Challenge me, please, with great theater, travel, history, books, movies, and educational issues that would interest a wide audience of readers. The “compendium comment” was stolen from Orson Bean. Bean used the quote many times on television talk show interviews. Please recommend my column to your friends and other lovers of discussion.


About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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