Saturday, December 11, 2004


Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004 - Primary Research

Taken From:
[LIFE of Florida] Learning is For Everyone, Inc.
General Education > Online Projects and Resources

Original source documents: Primary Research
Posted: 09-29-2004 11:44 PM
Primary Research

About this website

Primary Research is the Internet presence of a number of projects involving high school students and local history. Central to all of these projects is collaboration among research institutions such as historical societies, libraries, archives, and museums. We are based in Beverly, Massachusetts, which serves as a starting point for students learning the process of local history research. went online in 1999, then funded by a Documentary Heritage Grant from the Massachusetts Historical Records Advisory Board. Originally the website for Project Apprentice to History (PATH), it has grown to include projects such as Primary Research Through the History of Beverly (taught by W. Dean Eastman at Beverly High School), the Nathan Dane Collaborative (an electronic exhibit of documents and research related to Nathan Dane), African Americans in Antebellum Boston, Puritan Gravestone Studies, and more.

The aim of this website is to serve the research community by providing free access to original source documents and databases, as well as to provide a vehicle for the publication of original primary research by high school students. Collections of local history documents such as the Beverly Educational Archives, and Historic Postcards of Beverly are presented on this website free of charge. Student research projects using these documents show a sampling of some of the remarkable results possible from asking thoughtful questions.

The student articles published at are the product of research by students of W. Dean Eastman, social studies teacher at Beverly High School. The projects featured on this site originate from ideas conceived by Eastman's Primary Research Through the History of Beverly class, along with the extracurricular Project Apprentice to History (PATH). PATH is taught by Eastman, Kevin McGrath, high school library media specialist at BHS, and Thomas Scully, library director of Beverly Public Library. This website is designed, edited and updated by Kevin McGrath.

We encourage you to explore this website and make full use of the material provided. You can use the menu at the top of the page to access most areas of the site. Our goal is to inspire creative thinking and open possibilities for historical research.


Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004 - / Tuskegee Airmen

Taken From:
[LIFE of Florida] Learning is For Everyone, Inc.
General Education > Online Projects and Resources
Online resource:
Posted: 09-29-2004 11:19 PM
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Created by South Carolina ETV for K–12 students and teachers, is a free, online collection of resources designed
for classroom use. This educational portal contains image
collections, videos, virtual tours, narratives, documents, and
interactive games and stories to support and provide quality
learning experiences for students using the Internet as an
information tool.

Celebrate Freedom —Tuskegee Airmen 60th Anniversary
Includes: The Story, Quick Facts, Lesson Plans and Related Links


Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004 - From TechLearning

Taken From:
TechLearning News

TechLearning’s Teachers’ Page
Oct. 14, 2004

America's Attic & Archives
Collection Guides and Webliographies: Check out these topical lists of electronic resources compiled by the Library of Congress Digital Reference Team. Subjects include African American Sites, Congressional Information, Primary Documents in American History and more.

Collection Guides & Bibliographies

Bibliographies produced by the Digital Reference Team of the Library of Congress

African American Sites in the Digital Collections - Contributions by African Americans to the arts, education, industry, literature, politics and much more as represented in the vast collections of the Library of Congress.

Brown v. Board of Education: a chronological listing of related materials from the Library of Congress - March 17, 2004 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1955 Supreme Court decision to end segregation in public schools throughout the United States. This presentation explores the question, What historical events led to this decision?

Congressional Information on the Library of Congress Web Site - Access to Congressional information available on the Library of Congress Web site. The primary focus is to connect the user to full-text Congressional publications.

Guide to Poetry & Literature Streaming Video is a resource for locating streaming video of poets, fiction writers, and critics as they read and discuss their own and each other's work.

Primary Documents in American History - The Library of Congress is home to many of the most important documents in American history. This Web site provides links to materials digitized from the Library's collections that supplement and enhance the study of these crucial documents.

A Guide to World War II Materials - This guide gathers in one place links to the wide and diverse selection of materials relating to World War II from throughout the digital collections of the Library of Congress.

Researching the Wreck of the RMS Titanic - A guide to the many resources in the Library's collections that relate to the epic maritime disaster.

TechLearning’s Site of the Day: Sept. 23, 2004

Present at the Creation: Spin

When politics are concerned teaching students the difference between lies, the truth, and spin is not an easy task. The National Public Radio's exploration of American cultural icons focuses on the evolution of "spin," the "deliberate shading of news perception; attempted control of political reaction" that became a part of our vocabulary during the Reagan vs. Mondale election of 1984.

National Public Radio

Website Content:
Pictures and/or Illustrations

Grade Appropriate:
High School

TechLearning’s Site of the Day: Sept. 27, 2004

Encounter: From Silence to Symphony

From the Melbourne Symphony, this wonderful Web site provides a great interactive way to learn about the symphony orchestra. There are audio and video clips covering instruments, the act of conducting, musical themes, music history, arranging and more. Students will enjoy the "90 Minutes Circling the Earth (Hymn to Freedom)" that was commissioned to aid students and their families in exploring individual instruments. Clicking on a graphic of a symphony orchestra shows the individual instruments and the sound they produce.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Grade Appropriate:
High School Middle School Elementary School



Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004 - K-5 and 6-12 Social Studies Resources

K-5 Social Studies Resources

6-12 Social Studies Resources
Select additional pages of links from subject list buttons

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Teaching With Documents
includes: Homefront America in WW II and Work, Culture
and Society in Industrial America

Friday, December 10, 2004


Friday, Dec. 10, 2004

Taken From:
Thursday, September 23, 2004 2:40 AM
INFOMINE Email Alert Service

Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Society in the Western World
Record Id: 403532
Created: 2004-09-21 11:28:32
Categories: arts,liberal

This is an exhibit documenting the concept of Utopia in the Western world from ancient ideas to modern ones, and from utopias to distopias. There are more than fifty images and some text on-line. The exhibit is organized chronologically and takes the viewer from Adam and Eve to the internet. There are close to 200 items in the bibliography of secondary sources.
Numerous links to online resources relating to the themes of the exhibition.

Man Ray Trust
Record Id: 379037
Created: 2004-09-21 10:50:32
Categories: arts

Man Ray Trust has over 1200 items in their archive. The imagebase is searchable by date, title or description, theme, such as fashion or landscapes, and category, such as painting or object. The images are not enlargable. There is a short biography, a timeline of Man Ray's life and a listing of exhibitions that are showing his art.

African Wildlife Foundation
Record Id: 403526
Created: 2004-09-20 16:30:32
Categories: bioag

The Site includes a range of information about the African Wildlife Foundation, its services and wildlife conservation efforts. It also includes a wildlife library where people can find information about individual animals.

The Skyscraper Museum
Record Id: 294152
Created: 2004-09-20 13:25:32
Categories: arts,liberal

"Founded in 1996, The Skyscraper Museum is a private, not-for-profit, educational corporation devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future." This site contains eight exhibitions and a core of four databases.

The Bankers Trust has 200 photographs, dating from 1910-11 and the early 1930s, of the demolition and construction of what became the Bankers Trust building. The photos are organized in chronological order and are searchable by date or category, such as excavation. The images can be enlarged and annotation revealed by clicking on the photograph.

There is an exhibit called Manhattan Timeformations. "The project uses computer models and interactive animations to depict the dynamic relationship between Manhattan's skyscrapers and other layers of urban information such as geologic formation, settlement patterns, landfill, transportation and communications infrastructure, zoning laws and real estate cycles."
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Another exhibit The Downtown New York Web Walk "offers four interactive virtual walking tours through Lower Manhattan's skyscraper canyons and more than a century of high-rise construction. In addition, four downloadable versions, featuring text and photographs in Adobe PDF format, are also available for touring on foot."

"Visual Index to the Virtual Archives, an innovative visually-based interface that uses a 3-D computer model of Manhattan as a click-on map, allowing Web visitors to view the city, present and past, and to access the Museum's collections through an on-line, searchable database."

Also available here is a timeline of tallest towers.

The New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Record Id: 293146
Created: 2004-09-20 13:00:32
Categories: arts,liberal

The New York Public Library Digital Gallery is a collection of thirty-seven exhibits including images as well as text. The subject matter ranges from black culture to an introduction to civil engineering. Images can be enlarged by clicking. This site should be significantly expanded in the fall of 2004. "NYPL Digital Gallery will provide free and open online access to more than 400,000 digital images from NYPL collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, rare prints and photographs, and more."

Some exhibitions:
Black Culture and Experience

History & Literature

Performing Arts

Science & Technology

Olympus Microscopy Resource Center
Record Id: 393700
Created: 2004-09-20 12:39:32
Categories: arts,bioag,physci

The Olympus Microscopy Resource Center is an extensive site "... designed to provide an Internet-based educational forum on all aspects of optical microscopy, photomicrography, and digital imaging." Basic concepts are covered as well as special techniques such as flouresence and confocal microscopy. We find here sixteen image galleries, with about fifty images in each, generally organized by imaging technique and dozens of interactive Java tutorials. We also find a section of web resources which includes K-12 Educational Microscopy & Science Sites and Glossaries of Optical Microscopy Terms among other subjects.

Internet Public Library: Pathfinders
Record Id: 304343
Created: 2004-09-20 09:26:32
Categories: arts,liberal

"This guide provides a number of resources to help make decisions about digitizing a collection. There are both print-based and Internet-based resources that provide information about scanning, preservation, copyright, metadata and file formats. This is a rapidly developing area of technology that continues to change every few years." There are six books cited and reviewed, a tutorial, several background papers, a glossary, copyright information and sample sites for starters. More miscellaneous and specialized relevant information is also touched on in this brief, but comprehensive site.

U.C. Berkeley Library Collections in Latin American Studies
Record Id: 275405
Created: 2004-09-19 12:47:32
Categories: arts,culture,liberal

U.C. Berkeley Library Collections in Latin American Studies includes a variety of research tools. We find here electronic resources, bibliograqphies and indexes to things Latin American. News, video and film, politics, history, art and literature are all covered. Internet resources as well as reference collections located in libraries are listed.

There are about twenty links to sites with Latin American collections of interest to scholars. These include the Latin America Data Base, an online news and educational service, and Internet Resources for Latin America.

African Americans in the Visual Arts: A Historical Perspective
Record Id: 403485
Created: 2004-09-19 11:44:32
Categories: arts,culture

We have at this site an overview of African-American's contribution to the visual arts concentrating on artists active before 1960. Folk artists, printmakers, photographers, painters, sculptors and cartoonists are all covered, from Scipio Moorhead (1773) to Floyd Sapp. Included are twenty-four short biographies There is a list of about 60 important black artists, many contemporary. About 100 articles, books and catalogs, some with links, are cited in reference to the particular artist. There are also about 80 links to other African-American art sites in the internet.

Lewis Wickes Hine: The Construction of the Empire State Building, 1930-1931
Record Id: 294211
Created: 2004-09-17 12:39:32
Categories: arts,liberal

Lewis Wickes Hine, best known for his photographs of child labor which helped lead to child labor laws, was commissioned to document the construction of the Empire State Building during the 1930s. "... Hine photographed the workers in precarious positions while they secured the iron and steel framework of the structure. In order to obtain the best vantage points, Hine was swung out in a specially designed basket 1,000 feet above Fifth Avenue."

This exhibit consists of twenty-seven photographs of work on the Empire State Building and a short biography of L. W. Hine. There are also some facts about the building itself, which was the tallest building in the world until the first tower of the World Trade Center was completed.


Friday, Dec. 10, 2004 - National Geographic Education Network

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Friday, Dec. 10, 2004 - The Unfortunate Tourist of Helvellyn

Taken From:
PBS Teacher Previews: November 28 - December 11, 2004

The Unfortunate Tourist of Helvellyn and his Faithful Dog
High School

If you like a good detective story, especially a true one,
explore this site about an unfortunate hiker who died in the
Lake District of England 200 years ago. Charles Gough probably
fell to his death hiking the peaks of Helvellyn and his dog
stayed by his body for three months.

Copyright 2004 PBS Online


Friday, Dec. 10, 2004 - Reindeer Sites

Taken From:
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 2:23 AM
From: [sharinglinks] Reindeer

The Facts:
Reindeer Facts

The Reindeer People

Thursday, December 09, 2004


Thurs. Dec. 9, 2004 - Project Gutenberg Consortia Center

Taken From:
Date: 13:04 11th Nov 2004
Subject: PR New Project Gutenberg eBooks

November 4, 2004

Today, on the one-third of a century anniversary date of
Project Gutenberg, it is my pleasure to announce a site
designed for the exchange of entire eBook collections--

The first of the Project Gutenberg Consortia Centers is
located at a site designated by its initials:

The mission of the Project Gutenberg Consortia Centers:
to help people legally exchange eBook collections under
the various new copyright laws.

As you may know, different countries had copyright laws
change drastically over the last few years, and we hear
even more changes are coming at the end of this year.

Therefore, we are making this effort to help those whom
these copyright extensions will effect, to insure their
continued abilities to provide free eBooks within rules
of their new copyright laws; such as many EU countries,
and apparently Australia at the end of this year, along
with various other changes we will try to help everyone
keep up with.

We hope to be making similar announcements next year to
let you know about more such sites under the laws of an
assortment of countries worldwide.

PGCC's current eBook and eDocument Collections holdings:

Alex-Wire Tap Collection 2,036 HTML eBook Files
Black Mask Collection 12,000 HTML eBook Files
DjVu Collection 272 PDF and DJVU eBook Files
eBooks@Adelaide Collection 27,709 eBook Files
Himalayan Academy 3,400 HTML eBook Files
Literal Systems Collection 68 Mp3 eBook Files
Logos Group Collection 34,000 TXT eBook Files
Poet's Corner Poetry Collection 6,700 Poems
Project Gutenberg Collection 14,300 Files
Renaisscance Editions Collection 561 HTML eBook Files
Swami Center Collection 78 HTML eBook Files
Tony Kline Collection 223 HTML eBook Files
Widger Library 2,600 HTML eBook Files
CIA's Electronic Reading Room 2,019 Reference Files


Thurs. Dec. 9, 2004 - ConnectEng Update

Taken From:
November 1, 2004
New Pages at Web English Teacher

* Chris Van Allsburg Ideas for teaching Jumanji, Polar Express, Two Bad Ants, and others.
* Victor Hugo Lesson plans and more for Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables
* Richard Wright Lesson plans for Black Boy, Native Son, and more.

Sites to Check Out

* Digitales - The Art of Telling Digital Stories
Traditional storytelling meets the Internet. Lots of classroom
possibilities here!

* Perfect Editing Solutions
This site offers proofreading and editing services FREE for
up to 500 words. (Other services are available at a reasonable rate.)

* Repeat After Us
Created by a high school student, is an award-winning
online library with the best collection of copyright-free English texts
and scripted recordings. Free audio clips provide an excellent resource
for students and literature lovers of all ages.

Carla Beard
Web English Teacher


Thurs. Dec. 9, 2004 - Online Magazines for Kids

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Date Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 4:28 PM
Subject: Online Magazines for Kids

***Library Hot Five #241: Online Magazines for Kids***

Many popular print magazines have companion Web sites. Students will love using computers for pleasure reading at school and at home.

How Stuff Works Express
This free online magazine is for grades 4 through 8. "The idea behind How Stuff Works Express is to bring the interesting, fun, educational articles and ideas of the How Stuff Works Web site right onto each student's desk. The magazine is full color and 24 pages long, and it has a companion Web site that lets students dig even deeper."

National Geographic for Kids
Features on this online magazine include Amazing Animals, Wild and Wacky, What in the World?, World News, and a daily Fun Fact.

Weekly Reader
Express your views, share poems, and check out the articles.

ChickaDEE Magazine
For children ages 5-9, these puzzles, games, and activities offer colorful photos and unusual stories about animals and people.

American Girl
This online magazine for girls has puzzles, games, and quizzes.
Visit School Smarts to read a tip or send a tip.

Classroom Connect Mailing Lists


Thurs. Dec. 9, 2004 - Poetry of Henry Reed

Taken From:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 316 9/16/04
The Poetry of Henry ReedLovers of literature and poetry will enjoy this complete biography of Henry Reed. Learn about and pay tribute to the life and work of this highly-regarded poet and radio dramatist, who authored the critically-acclaimed "Naming of Parts" and other works. To read his best work, simply click on one of the many Selected Poems by Mr. Reed. In addition to his poetry, the website also includes transcripts of his plays, translations, criticism and an in-depth biography.

A complete archive of previous Cool Tricks can be viewed at

Wednesday, December 08, 2004


Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004 - 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica / Death Mask Gallery

Taken From:

USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
09/21/2004 - Updated 11:04 AM ET

1911 Encyclopedia
A cult centered around an encyclopedia set? Well, the 1911 edition of the Britannica is revered among those who care about such things. Featuring an all-star lineup of writers doing their work at more or less the last moment in human history when we believed that everything could be “known,” the 1911 volumes are pinnacles of Western intellectual achievement – and thanks to the miracle of the copyright-free public domain, you can browse the whole darn thing online. And you know what? You’ll enjoy that. — HSS
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Death Mask Gallery
The notorious Machiavelli had a remarkably kind mouth. John Keats looked a bit like Jude Law. Mary of Scotland was gorgeous. Isaac Newton didn’t look crazy, and we didn’t notice a bump on his head from the apple, either, as we perused this not-exactly morbid online exhibit of death masks of the famous and sort-of-famous. Death masks are, of course, the truest possible representation of how a person “really” looked; you’ll be amazed at how real these masks make history’s figures seem to you. — HSS

Copyright 2004 USA TODAY


Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004 - Media Library

Taken From:
Blue Web'n Update: Updates 24 Sept 2004
Learning Technologies Media Library
[Shortened URL: ]

This is a library of multimedia clips created in Windows Media or
Microsoft Producer. Content areas include English-Language Arts,
Mathematics, History-Social Science, Science, Visual and Performing Art,
Foreign Language, Physical Education, and Health. Also searchable by
keyword and target audience. Main page located at . Some media available in
Spanish. Created by the Imperial County Office of Education, Imperial
County, California.

Grade Level: High School, Adult/Professional
Content Area: Education (Counseling), Education (Distance Learning),
Education (Educational Technology), Education (School Management),
Education (Teaching and Learning) [Dewey #370]
Application type: Information Resources

SBC's Blue Web'n Library located at

An archive of all messages is located at


Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004 - Printing Templates

Taken From:
Date Sent: Friday, September 24, 2004 4:29 PM

ReadWriteThink Printing Press
The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, flyers, and booklets. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. The tool allows for multiple pages as appropriate. Text added to the templates can be modified using a simple toolbar, which allows students to choose text features, such as font size and color. Documentation for the Printing Press includes folding and printing instructions, as well as an extensive Guide to using the tool. Customized versions of the tool, which include additional instructions and more focused choices, are included with some lessons.

Visit this interactive tool at: .
[NOTE: Other pages from ReadWriteThink site previously posted. – Phyllis ]

© 2004 MCI Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

© 2004 by MarcoPolo Education Foundation


Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004

Teach the Children Well

From the site:
“Teach the Children Well is a collection of links to sites carefully selected
by a teacher for students as well as their parents and teachers. The site was
designed for elementary grades but many of the sites will also be of
interest to older students.”

Tuesday, December 07, 2004


Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004

Taken From:
E-Mail Reminder Week 182
September 23, 2004

Economics--United States--Databases
Source: Federal Reserve, St. Louis
Say Hello to Fraser
First there was ERIC. Then EDGAR came along. And FRED. Now there's FRASER, the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research, which provides access to scanned image PDFs of historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents.

The site currently features material from seven publications:
+ All Bank Statistics 1896-1955 (published 1959)
+ Annual Statistical Digest (issues from 1970-2000)
+ Banking and Monetary Statistics 1914-1941 (published 1943)
+ Banking and Monetary Statistics 1941-1970 (published 1976)
+ Business Statistics Supplement to the Survey of Current
Business (issues from 1932-1965)
+ Concordance of Statistics (issues from 1978-2000)
+ Economic Indicators (issues from 1948-present, some missing)
Plus statistical releases for Productivity and Costs from 1985-2003. Browse access is straightforward.

Search works pretty well, though there isn't an advanced page. It would be helpful if a date limit was added; compare this search for tables of gold reserves with this one, with the year 1930.

Our only real problem with the site is that some of the PDFs are quite large, >5Mb, so non-broadband users will probably experience frustrating load times.

This ROTW annotation was written by ResourceShelf Contributing Editor, Dan Giancaterino.

Source: Air University Library
Just War Theory
New bibliography includes Internet resources, books, documents, periodicals.

Educational Resources--Energy
Source: EIA
New Edition, Energy Education Resources: Kindergarten Through 12th Grade
"This is the 16th Annual Edition of this publication. It lists public and private organizations that offer free or inexpensive materials dealing with energy matters."

Global Warming--Glossary
Source: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Global Warming Basics: Glossary
"This glossary is by no means all-inclusive -- it is intended to provide a basic understanding of some of the more commonly used climate change terms."

Reference Books and Databases
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Will Be Published This Week
A MAJOR reference work, 12 years in the making, will be published this week. According to the publisher Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the largest reference project ever undertaken in the humanities.
+ 60 Volumes (280 lbs. of books)
+ 50,000 biographies, "...lives of the men and women who shaped all aspects of British history, from the explorer Pytheas of the fourth century BC to modern figures who died before 31 December 2000."
+ 10,000 portrait images
+ Searchable online version

+ Free "Life of the Day" Biography Email!

"50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2000. Site includes remarkable people in any walk of life who were connected with the British Isles—excluding living people. It includes not just the great and good, but people who have left a mark for any reason, good, bad, or bizarre. "
[NOTE: Fee for subscription, however there is no charge to view Lives of the Week at - Phyllis ]

ResourceShelf is Compiled and Edited by Gary D. Price, MLIS
Gary Price Library Research and Internet Consulting

Contributing Editors
+ Shirl Kennedy, MLIS
+ Dan Giancaterino, MLIS
+ Steven Cohen, MLS


Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004 - Plagiarism / Homefront

Taken From:

Plagiarism nice set of annotated links to articles, resources for both teachers and students, plagiarism-checker sites, and term-papers-for-sale sites ("included to provide insight into the number, types and mode of operation of some of the sites easily accessible to students").
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated November 21, 2004 - Phyllis ]

Homefront Confidential: How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public's Right to Know report from the Reporters' Committee on Freedom of the Press.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week


Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004 - Writing / Climate

Taken From:
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 17:35:48 EDT
Subject: Education World Site Reviews Vol. 8 Issue 39
Volume 8, Issue 39
September 28, 2004


Sites to See: Writing
Writing sites offer resources and information for students and teachers on teaching and learning the writing process. Additionally, users will find examples of good writing, and information on writing poetry, research papers, and essays.
Included: Twenty sites that offer students and teachers great resources for writing
[NOTE: Some of these sites have been previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Investigating the Climate System
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Investigating the Climate System, part of NASA’s Spacelink materials, provides problem-based lessons for learning about the climate system.

This site has a simple design and is easily navigated. Links to the lesson modules are listed on the main page. Lessons are in .pdf format so Acrobat Reader is required.

This site offers science teachers a set of five classroom modules: Clouds, Energy, Precipitation, Weather and Wind. Each of the downloadable 20-30 page booklets contains five to six learning activities that include objectives, key terms and concepts, ideas for extensions, assessment rubrics and prerequisite knowledge. The modules begin with a scenario and then students investigate to find answers to the questions. The investigations are correlated to national standards in language arts, geography, mathematics, science and social studies and include diagrams to help students understand the concepts. The modules are geared toward grades 5-12 and although they are written under one title, “Investigating the Climate System,” they can be used as stand alone modules.
Education World®


Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004 - Writing Research Papers

Taken From:
Date Sent: Friday, September 24, 2004 11:38 AM
***Library Hot Five #242: Writing Research Papers***

Students can use these guidelines to master the art of writing research papers.

Indian Prairie School District Style Guide for Research Projects
Examine this school district's guidelines for student research reports, grades 6 through 12.

Guide to Writing Research Papers
Based on Modern Language Association (MLA), this is a very comprehensive guide to writing a research paper. Learn to select a topic, gather information, write the drafts, and make proper citations.

Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers
This site lists excellent strategies for preventing and detecting plagiarism.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

OWL Handouts
Search this site for student handouts on mechanics, usage, the writing process, and research papers. Use this site to individualize student learning or to review your own skills
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Write a Research Paper
Use this step-by-step approach that includes Discovering and Choosing a Topic, Looking For and Forming a Focus, and Gathering Information.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Classroom Connect Mailing Lists

Monday, December 06, 2004


Monday, Dec. 6, 2004

Taken From:
Date Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 3:42 AM

INFOMINE Alert Service: update
Scholarly Internet Resource Collections

National Child Labor Committee Collection : Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
Record Id: 389724
Created: 2004-08-31 12:56:32
Categories: govpub,liberal
"Working as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), Lewis Hine (1874-1940) documented working and living conditions of children in the United States between 1908 and 1921. The NCLC photos are useful for the study of labor, reform movements, children, working class families, education, public health, urban and rural housing conditions, industrial and agricultural sites, and other aspects of urban and rural life in America in the early twentieth century." View images online or order copies. Select [New Search] to search or browse an online catalog of the collection.

American Women's History : African-American Women-
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]
Record Id: 389719
Created: 2004-08-30 15:52:32
Categories: culture,liberal
Research guide for sources in African American women's history, including bibliographies, biographical sources, encyclopedias, journals, associations, discussion groups, and many sets of primary sources. Guide links to online collections and also provides abstracts and citations of print materials.

Science Daily
Record Id: 389715
Created: 2004-08-30 14:28:32
Categories: bioag,physci
"ScienceDaily -- the Internet's premier science news portal -- brings you the latest discoveries in science, health & medicine, the environment, space, technology, and computers, from the world's leading universities and research institutions. Updated three times a day, Monday to Friday, ScienceDaily also offers free search of its archive of more than 15,000 stories, as well as related links, books, encyclopedia articles, jobs, and more, in hundreds of different topics, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, and more."

Norman Matloff's Immigration Forum
Record Id: 389713
Created: 2004-08-30 13:43:32
Categories: culture,liberal
The site "assembles a collection of articles on various aspects of immigration, written by specialists in the field. The aim is to have a balanced, diverse set of viewpoints on this important topic." In addition to locally hosted articles, the page offers links to other articles and organizations with related immigration topics.

Ancient East Asia
Record Id: 270418
Created: 2004-08-29 10:51:32
Categories: liberal
This web site is devoted to the archaeology and prehistory of China, Japan and Korea. Here we find reports, news, articles from Korean journals such as Journal of the Honam Archaeological Society and Journal of the Korean Ancient Historical Society. There is a link to The Society for East Asian Archaeology. This site also contains a bibliography with 3,293 references.

New York, NY, Ellis Island: Immigration, 1900-1920
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Record Id: 298787
Created: 2004-08-27 13:08:32
Categories: arts,liberal
Immigration, Ellis Island consists of twenty-four images of stereoscopic photographs from the early 20th century presented as one dimensional, standard, black and white photographs. These include views of New York and Ellis Island as well as pictures of immigrants and customs inspectors. The photographs are annotated.


Monday, Dec. 6, 2004

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Date Sent: Friday, September 24, 2004 1:23 PM
Subject: U.S. Participation in the United Nations: Financial Contributions
From: STATE.GOV statelists

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
September 9, 2004

U.S. Participation in the United Nations: Financial Contributions

U.S. Engagement in the United Nations
The United Nations provides the United States with an international forum where
we can enhance national security, advance foreign policy objectives, and
promote American values. The United States seeks to uphold the UN's founding
principles. We share a commitment to foster international peace and security;
to fight poverty through development; to eradicate pandemic diseases; and to
advance freedom, human rights, and democracy.

U.S. leadership in the UN is critical to making the world more secure, more
democratic, and more
prosperous. At the same time, the United States is committed to ensuring good
stewardship of UN resources so these universal goals are met effectively and

U.S. Financial Contributions to the United Nations
The United States is the largest financial contributor to the UN, and has been
every year since its creation in 1945. U.S. contributions to the UN system in
2003 were well over $3 billion. In-kind contributions include items such as
food donations for the World Food Program.

The U.S.-assessed contribution to the UN regular budget in 2003 was $341
million, and to UN specialized agencies was over $400 million. The United
States also contributed $686 million in assessments to the peacekeeping budget;
$57 million for the support of the international war crimes tribunals for
Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia; and $6 million for preparatory work relating
to the Capital Master Plan to renovate the UN Headquarters in New York.
Moreover, each year the United States provides a significant amount in
voluntary contributions to the UN and its affiliated agencies and activities,
largely for humanitarian and development programs.

Benefits to Americans
The United States benefits from membership in the UN and other international
organizations by being part of a multilateral approach to address a wide range
of serious global issues. Through
the UN, the United States can build coalitions and pursue multilateral programs
that advance
U.S. and international interests. U.S. priorities include: countering global
terrorism; preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction;
encouraging nuclear safeguards, arms control, and disarmament; promoting peace
in the Middle East and an end to anguish in other regions such as Africa;
promoting economic growth; treating those with HIV/AIDS and preventing new HIV
infections; and bringing an end to trafficking in persons. The United Nations
provides the forum for the U.S. to address these and other key objectives.

The United States is a generous supporter -- in many cases the largest
supporter -- of key UN programs. In 2003, the U.S. contributed:

* 57% to the budget of the World Food Program to help feed 104 million people
in 81 countries;
* 17% to the budget of the United Nations Children's Fund to feed, vaccinate,
educate, and protect children in 158 countries;
* 14% to the core budget of the United Nations Development Program to
eradicate poverty and encourage democratic governance;
* 33% to the budget of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

See for all State Department Fact Sheets


Monday, Dec. 6, 2004

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Date Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 9:00 AM
From: STATE.GOV statelists

Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Organization Affairs
Washington, DC
August 31, 2004

United Nations

Profile of the United Nations: Beginnings, Purpose, and Structure


Monday, Dec. 6, 2004

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Subject : [LIFE of Florida] Social studies & cultural geography: Mali, Ancient Crossroads of Africa

Mali, Ancient Crossroads of Africa

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Sunday, December 05, 2004


Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 00:46:25 -0500
Reply-To: EDTECH - Educational Technology
Subject: Re: Internet Resources on 'The Pearl'
From: Thomas Daccord

In reply to:
>I'm looking for Internet resources related to Steinbeck's The Pearl. My
>hope was that other Literature teachers in your school might have
>developed student related resources for the middle school level. Please
>feel free to send these off list.

The SCORE CyberGuide to The Pearl was developed by Linda Taggart-Fregoso.
This unit asks students to consider the following questions:

* Why do good writers use symbolism in their writing?
* Why is point of view an important technique to consider when
* Who is John Steinbeck?
* What are the important things in life?
* How does the author create an interesting character?

"Understanding The Pearl" is an internet lesson plan for 8th graders
developed by Joanie Hedge. Go to the following link to download the lesson

John Dumicich has developed several techniques for teaching The Pearl. He
is an adjunct Associate Professor at the American Language Institute at
New York University and has done extensive teacher training in language

Please consult Teaching Literature and Writing with Technology for more
language arts lesson ideas:

Tom Daccord
Academic Technology Advocate/History Teacher
Noble & Greenough School (Dedham, MA)

President - Center for Teaching History with Technology

Webmaster - Best of History Web Sites

Teaching Literature and Writing with Technology


Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004

Taken From:
LII: Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for September 23, 2004

Historic Figures: Leif Erikson -----------------------------------------
This profile of explorer Leif Erikson summarizes the variousaccounts of his journey to North America, and notes theproclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 of LeifErikson Day (October 9) "in commemoration of the first arrival ofa European on North American soil." Provides related articles andmultimedia features about the Vikings. From the BritishBroadcasting Corporation (BBC).
* Leiv Eiriksson, d. ca. 1020
* Explorers
* Vikings
* America
* Special days
* People
Created by: je
[NOTE: Other “historic figures” previously posted. See also
Index to Historic Figures
- Phyllis ]


Kimono, Kimono Fabric & Japanese Clothing --------------------------------
This site provides images and information about "Japanese kimono,
Japanese clothing, kimono fabrics, patterns and Japanese yukata
robes. How to tie an obi sash, how to wear yukata robes, make a
kimono, wear hakama pants, types of Japanese shoes including,
zori, geta sandals and tabi socks." Features information about
kimonos for children, wedding kimonos, happi coats, and more.
* Kimonos
* Clothing and dress
* Costume
Created by: mcb


Leif Ericson Viking Ship ----------------------------------------
This nonprofit organization is "dedicated to the study, education
and promotion of the fact that Leif Ericson was the first European
to set foot upon and explore the North American Continent and of
Vikings in general, their times and travels throughout the world."
This site includes brief historical information about Ericson and
the Vikings, and information about Leif Ericson Day (October 9).
An interactive drawing shows elements of a Viking ship.
* Leiv Eiriksson, d. ca. 1020
* Explorers
* Vikings
* Viking ships
* America
* Special days
* People
Created by: je


Schlage: History of Locks --------------------------------------------------
A brief illustrated history of locks, including information about
knotted ropes, padlocks, treasure chest locks, and key locks. From
the Schlage lock manufacturing company.
* Locks and keys
* Locksmithing
Created by: mcb


Sea Turtle Migration-tracking Education Program ----------------------------
This site explains how satellite telemetry tracks migrating
animals, provides photographs of how transmitters are attached to
sea turtles' shells, and gives details about species projects,
with maps showing the migrations of tagged turtles (species
include loggerhead, hawksbill, and leatherback turtles). From the
Caribbean Conservation Corporation & Sea Turtle Survival League.
* Sea turtles
* Endangered species
* LII classic content
Created by: hh
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Treasures in Full: Shakespeare in Quarto --------------------------
"On this site you will find the British Library's 93 copies of the
21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto before the theatres were
closed in 1642." The site allows page-by-page comparison of
different quarto editions and copies of the plays and provides a
glossary and background information about Shakespeare, his works,
and Elizabethan theater. From the British Library.
(From the site:
“You will find this site useful if you are interested in:
Elizabethan and Jacobean England
English drama
The history of books and reading
The history of printing and publishing
Theatre history”)
* Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
* Theater
Created by: wh

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Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004

Taken From:

ResearchBuzz #302 -- September 23, 2004

Biographical Database: Who2
I have seen many almanac reference-type biography resources on the Internet. I have never seen one which bothered to assemble a fact list of actors and famous people who have been attacked by lions. This is your introduction to biographical database Who2 ( ).Who2 is browsable alphabetically (from A-Rod to Daphne Zuniga) and by city, state, and country, and is searchable. A search for Fred found 40 results (Fred Flintstone and Michigan J. Frog are both in here.) Listings include a brief biography, sometimes extra credit (an extra fact), famous people in the same field/era, vital stats (birth, death, etc.) and "four good links" pulled from various parts of the Web.In addition to these browsable and searchable options, the site also has Who Loops, collections of famous people. Examples include the aforementioned attacked-by-lions example, but also people who have disappeared, actors who have done cartoon animation voice work, celebrity beekeepers, etc. A fun resource.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Big Collection of Roger Ebert Movie Reviews

A giant archive of reviews to go through as the Chicago Sun-Times gives Roger Ebert his very own section with thousands and thousands of reviews: .

The front page has a bunch of recent reviews but I had fun rooting around in the archives. Use the power search to specify genre, star rating, release date, etc. Searching for movies with zero-
star reviews got 70 results. Search listings provide the title and a brief excerpt; click the title for the whole review. Unfortunately there's a couple of snags somewhere; The Great Dictator has a search result but no review, not even a one-sentence summary.

ResearchBuzz is copyright 2004 Tara Calishain. All rights reserved.


Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004

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Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 06:47:52 -0400
Subject: HIT: Books into Movies
Sender: [LM_NET] School Library Media & Network Communications

Based on the Book
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ] - Books Made Into Movies

Books Made into Movies @ Unverse

Plymouth Library Teen Zone Booklists - Books Made into Movies
All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004

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Date Sent: Monday, September 13, 2004 11:52 PM
Subject: Cable in the Classroom Subject Alert

Animal PlanetMap of the World Biomes with links to more information.
Click on a region on the map or key to learn more
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Geometry of Quilting,,HGTV_3299_1392405,00.html
[Shortened URL: ]
(From Home and Garden Television )
Site illustrates a real-world application of geometry, with photos and step-by-step instructions on how to create quilted patterns using squares and triangles.


Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004

Taken From:
T.H.E. Newsletter for September 29, 2004

Rainforest Action Network launched a new Web site created especially for kids. Currently attracting as many as five million hits a month during the school year, features creative activities designed to empower a new generation to protect the Earth. To help celebrate the launch of the site is introducing an interactive new feature, “Sappy Says,” in which the animated character will present a rainforest quiz to viewers, challenging them to answer three questions about the importance of caring for rainforests. The first 250 kids to correctly answer Sappy’s three stumping questions and sign up to be a member of the Rainforest Heroes Action Team will receive a free DVD copy of Forests Family Forever! On the site, students and teachers can explore an interactive library with important information about saving Earth’s last remaining endangered rainforests. Also included are creative activities like the Rainforest Heroes art gallery, crafts and recipes, rainforest books, crossword puzzles, e-greetings, games, a coloring book, and wallpaper and screensavers — all designed to help bring endangered rainforests to life in the imaginations of students everywhere. For educators, features a special Teacher’s Lounge, a resource center which includes lesson plans, resources and worksheets to help bring the biologically rich world of imperiled rainforests into the modern classroom.

Global Issues Gateway
Whether studying global issues or teaching them, an impressive new resource lies at educator’s fingertips. On the Fairleigh Dickinson University’s new Global Issues Gateway Web site, educators can find out the latest facts and figures about the global economy, see what international scholars are saying from different corners of the globe, check out videos of lectures by United Nations ambassadors and discover educational materials on global subjects. The site features original content from the FDU community and articles and reports from a wide range of sources, selected by faculty editors. The editors regularly pull articles and features relating to their fields of expertise and post them, or links to them, on the site. The site also highlights global education for K–12 teachers, and provides content and maintains links to lesson plans and other educational materials related to global affairs for primary and secondary school teachers.



Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004

Taken From:
[donspatch] 2004-09-15

Global issues that affect everyone.

From the website:
Trade-Related Issues
Causes of Poverty
Free Trade
Consumption and Consumerism
Sustainable Development
Fair Trade
Arms Control
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Conflicts in Africa
International Criminal Court
The Middle East
War on Terror
Foreign Policy
Military Expansion
The Need for NATO
NATO and Kosovo
Children, Conflicts and the Military
Crisis in East Timor
Crisis in Chechnya
Human Rights Issues
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Mainstream Media
Women's Rights
Environmental Issues
Genetically Engineered Food
Global Warming
Animal and Nature Conservation

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