The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids is a free, online almanac. This almanac has a lot to offer. There is a calendar with fun engaging icons in which you can click on and learn more about those dates from history. For example, there is a baseball icon on September 17th. When I scan over this icon I learn that on September 17th, 2004 Barry Bonds hit his 700th homerun. Another example, is an icon with a girl hula- hooping. When I scan over the icon I learn that on September 6th, 1958 Georgia Gibbs sang, “The Hula-Hoop Song” on the Ed Sullivan Show. The homepage of the Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids shows today’s weather forecast for your area. There is also an astronomy section to see sky sights for the month. This section tells the sunrise and sunset and the phases of the moon. This page has an exciting link to a NASA website that allows you to drive a Mars rover.
There is also a history section of the webpage. I find this section very interesting and I can see this part of the almanac being used by students that write and produce their own morning news show for the school. Students could look at the date’s history and report on each day as a segment of the morning news show. This would also be useful for students researching a particular date and creating a report to present about this date in history. There is a section where celebrities' birthdays are shown for the date you are searching. You can even find out if a celebrity has your same birthday in the search window. For example, I learned that the actor, Judd Nelson, and I share the same birth date.
Grades: 3 and up. Subject(s): All. Overall rating: 7.
Almanac, O. F. (n.d.). History from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids. Retrieved September 23, 2016, from http://www.almanac4kids.com/history/index.php NASA’S M2K4:Roaming the Red Planet. (n.d.). Retrieved September 23, 2016, from http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/m2k4/driverover/frameset.html
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