Saturday, May 07, 2005


Sat., May 7, 2005 - Species Fact Sheets

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Woodchuck (Groundhog): Mammal Fact Sheets

With tomorrow's Groundhog Day festivities in mind, today's site offers some
down-to-earth facts on this furry woodland creature under his proper name,
the "Woodchuck", from a source familiar to every Canadian Gentle Subscriber
-- the Canadian Wildlife Service's, "Hinterland Who's Who". Other Gentle
Subscribers may enjoy a brief stop at the home page, simply to listen to
the haunting call of the loon which has heralded the ever-popular broadcast
spots for more than thirty years.

"Woodchuck ... This animal is sometimes completely black or completely
white; is one of Canada’s largest true hibernators and the subject of a
great deal of medical research; spends much of its time eating and sunning
when not hibernating or caring for young; is the major hole-digging mammal
over much of eastern North America, and in some places in the west,
providing all sorts of animals with shelter." - from the website

This single page features a description of the woodchuck and information on
its habitat and habits, including images of if its tracks and burrows.
Noting its unique characteristics, the web page describes the legend of the
groundhog's shadow. There are also notes on its range, breeding and
conservation concerns.

Burrow over to the site for an engaging look at this heart-warming woodland
creature at:

A.M. Holm

]NOTE: Other Species Fact Sheets ( )
Amphibian & Reptile Fact Sheets
Bird Fact Sheets
Insect Fact Sheets
Mammal Fact Sheets
Species at Risk Fact Sheets
- Phyllis ]


Sat., May 7, 2005 - Lord Byron

Taken From:

Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

Crede Byron
A collection of original essays on the cult of Byron, his animal menagerie, Newstead Abbey, the reverberations of his death in London, and other subjects. Also offers selected poems and links.

Lord Byron: a comprehensive study of his life and work [NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]
Features a Byron biography, bibliography, chronology of life events, images, selected poetry, and both contemporary and historical analysis and commentary by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Matthew Arnold, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Gustave Flaubert, T. S. Eliot, and others.

Neurotic Poets - Lord Byron
This biographical essay explores Byron's inner demons and sensitivity to criticism, his relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the "depraved" and extreme lifestyle which would ultimately lead to his death.
[NOTE: Other poets from Neurotic Poets previously posted.- Phyllis ]

Copyright 2000-2005. Today in Literature. All rights reserved.


Sat., May 7, 2005 - Library of Congress Manuscripts: An Illustrated Guide

Taken From:
Date Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 7:33 AM
Subject: February Busy Educator's Newsletter

Library of Congress Manuscripts: An Illustrated Guide


Sat., May 7, 2005 - Student Health / Scholarships / Internships

Taken From:
Date Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 8:24 AM
Subject: [STUDENTS-GOV] InfoSource - February 2005

Featured Sites: Student Health
Great web resources from

HealthFinder (US Dept of Health and Human Services) – HealthFinder is an award-
winning government site, and a key resource for finding the best health information
on the Internet. Provides interactive information and carefully selected links to over
1700 health-related organizations.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ] (US Dept of Health and Human Services) - The Department of Health
and Human Services created to provide info on diet and exercise that
can help you make improvements in your health through incremental changes in
various habits.

Student Mental Health (National Institute of Mental Health) - College offers new
experiences and challenges, but it can also be stressful and make you feel sad. If
the blues persist, you can get help. Find out more about clinical depression, its
causes, how to recognize signs, and where to seek treatment.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Bob Quits Smoking (American Legacy Foundation) - Introducing the latest hit reality
show. No one gets voted off. No one gets married. And no one gets a million bucks.
But if the contestant doesn't win, quite possibly he'll die. Join Bob on his journey to
quit smoking. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

College Drinking (National Institutes of Health) - The Task Force on College Drinking
provides research-based information about the nature and extent of dangerous drinking
to students, parents, high schools and colleges, communities, and others. Get the
facts at their website! has several other resources dedicated to health and well-being...and
to careers in this field! Check them out at the link below.

Finding Scholarships

Scholarship Search (US Dept of Education) - Use this fast and free search available
from the Department of Education to find scholarships for which you may qualify.

e-Scholar – Scholarship Programs (Office of Personnel Management) - e-Scholar
offers information about a variety of federally-sponsored scholarship programs.

Scholarships for Military Children - Sons and daughters of U.S. military personnel
may qualify for the Scholarships for Military Children Program from the Defense
Commissary Agency.

Scholarship Search (The College Board) - Locate scholarships, loans, internships,
and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match your education
level, talents, and background. An excellent resource from the College Board.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Scholarship Scams (Federal Trade Commission) - The Federal Trade Commission
cautions students and their families about scholarship scams, and how to avoid
becoming a victim!
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Scholarships and grants
Use for your scholarship-finding needs! Information on
locating many more opportunities is available at:
Learn about government grant programs and search for grants and
scholarships of all kinds on the web sites in this section.


Internships– More than 100 web resources with information about internships,
including links to a wide selection of federal agency internship programs.
Check it out!
Learn about many exciting internship opportunities, both within
the government and with other organizations and companies.

Friday, May 06, 2005


Fri., May 6, 2005

Taken From:
Don's Patch Issue #2005-02-01

Protecting endangered species and wild places through science,
policy, education, and environmental law.

Links and information to explore biodiversity.

A Genealogy portal.

The LyricsBox
A good place to find song lyrics.

The Ultimate Loch Ness Monster Site.



Fri., May 6, 2005 - Combat Letters / American Colonization Society

Taken From:
Date Sent: Friday, May 06, 2005 11:57 AM
From: Gilder Lehrman Institute
Subject: Combat Letters

Don't miss the fourth installment of Battle Lines: Letters from America's Wars, which looks at correspondence from some of America's most famous battles. Chapter Four: Combat features personal accounts from Yorktown, Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, and other battle scenes. Listen to readings, see transcripts, and examine original letters at:

The Institute regularly features documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection on its website, so that scholars and teachers may have access to them. This week's featured document is a signed certificate from the American Colonization Society, written in 1833. To examine this document and read about the origins of this organization, go to:

The American Colonization Society
When James Madison signed this membership certificate as president of the American Colonization Society in 1833, the organization’s effort to repatriate America’s free black population to Africa had been underway for over a decade.

If you access this document after it is no longer current, it will
be available at:
Archive of Past Documents


Fri., May 6, 2005 - The Star Spangled Banner

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 3:28 PM
Subject: Family First - The Star Spangled Banner (1/31/05)

The Star Spangled Banner
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]

It is one of the most well known songs in our nation's history, yet one of the most taken for granted. It is such a good song that it brings people to their feet when they hear it. It is one that I am sure you have heard before. Today's FamSite looks at a site that is dedicated to the Star Spangled Banner.

The site, called the Star Spangled Banner, is about the history of the nation's anthem, and about the historical events that surround it. Here you can learn about the project that has as it's goal to preserve the actual flag that is the source of the song's inspiration. You can learn about the person (or persons) who made the flag, plan a visit to see it, take a test to find out how much you know about it (i.e., what is fact and what is fiction), and an online educators area, including a free resource materials from the History Channel.

The message of this song is a very important one, and one that is often forgotten. It more than a song that is played at the beginning of ball game. It represents the sacrifice and dedication of our ancestors that have helped truly make this "the land of the free and the home of the brave". Sites like today's go a long way to getting that message out.


Fri., May 6, 2005 - Colombia

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
01/31/2005 - Updated 10:40 AM ET

The Other Look of Colombia
America may have a PR problem in many parts of the planet today, but think what it must be like to be Colombia. The South American country works to shed the less savory aspects of its image at this charming site, which reminds us all that the nation’s very best exports – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, coffee, emeralds, great biological diversity, stunning actress Catalina Sandino Moreno and a bevy of world-class scientists – are neither powdery nor illegal. — HSS

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY

Thursday, May 05, 2005


Thurs., May 5, 2005 - 9th Annual Webby Awards

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences,
announced the winners of The 9th Annual Webby Awards
on May 3, 2005.

You can find the list of five nominees and winners in each
of the 60+ categories here:


Thurs., May 5, 2005 - Cycles: African Life Through Art

Taken From:
[TI-Science] Museums and the Web 2005 ** Best of the Web Awards
Wed, May 4, 2005 at 7:38 AM

** Museums and the Web 2005 **
** Best of the Web Awards **

_Best On-line Exhibition_
Cycles: African Life Through Art
Institution: Indianapolis Museum of Art

Judges' Comments:
The design of this online exhibit is a piece of art itself. Beautiful and fun to
explore. ... A highly visually appealing and thought provoking site which provides
a rich user experience through interactivity, text and images. A particular
highlight is the 'context' link that a user can click on when viewing an object.
The graphic elements also nicely enhance the content and navigational options
available to the user.


Thurs., May 5, 2005 - A Million Lives

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, January 27, 2005 and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

This site offers the largest directory of links to the biographies of the famous, infamous and not-so-famous on the Net. The biographies are posthumous -- that is, the people who are profiled have died, but left a legacy you can explore through the links provided. Not only will you find links to thousands of biographies -- but you will also find links to autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, narratives, oral histories and more.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. To the right of your screen there is a menu that allows you to search for an individual's last name alphabetically. You can also search for interesting bios in any of the following categories or collections:

*Professions (Art, Music, Dance, Entertainment, Sports)
*Eras (From Ancient Times through Modern Day)
*Regions (Countries of the World)
*U.S. Civil War
*The Holocaust
*Australians & New Zealanders
*Latin Americans/Latinos/Hispanics

Simply click on a selection and a new page opens with pages of links to the biographies of people who have made an impact on the history of the world.

Because this site links to so many other websites, they cannot take responsibility for the content on those sites. While the links I visited were very educational in nature and contained suitable content, the nature of the Web makes it impossible to guarantee that every site will follow suit. So, as always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITES BEFORE VISITING THEM WITH CHILDREN.

Do bookmark this site, as it's a great reference resource that can inspire or supplement social science studies.

Diane Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved


Thurs., May 5, 2005 - Nellie Bly

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 9:00 AM
Subject: [Surfnetkids Newsletter] Nellie Bly

Born May 5, 1864 as Elizabeth Jane Cochran, Nellie Bly was a pioneering female newspaper reporter. She became a celebrity in 1889 at the age of twenty-five when she traveled around the world in just seventy-two days, breaking the fictional record created in Jules Vernes' 1873 novel "Around the World in 80 Days."

CUNY: Nellie Bly: Best Reporter in America

In 1998, Rosemary Gazzillo was a student in Professor Catherine Lavender's Women's Studies class at City University of New York, where she wrote this one-page Nellie Bly biography. More than just dates and events, Gazzillo examines the circumstances that influenced Bly's "passion for women's rights." Reports on other famous New York women, including Lucille Ball, Dorothy Parker and Bella Abzug, can be found by following the link to the Women's Biography Hub.

[NOTE: for more biographies of True Women, New Women: Women in New York City, 1890-1940 - Phyllis ]
Copyright © 2005 by, Inc.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Wed., May 4, 2005 - Unsolved Mysteries of Human Health

Taken From:
Date Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 10:59 AM
Subject: SBC Blue Web'n Weekly Updates Digest Number 5 - 14 Jan 2005

Unsolved Mysteries of Human Health: How Scientists Study Toxic Chemicals

The Unsolved Mysteries features cutting edge research and tools currently used by environmental health scientists in the Environmental Health Sciences Center and Marine and Freshwater Biomedical Sciences Center at Oregon State University. Users of the website are challenged with an environmental mystery that they need to solve by using specialized analytical equipment. The website includes interactive lab tours, on-line quizzes, interviews and links to scientists, glossary, and additional resources. This website was created by the Community Outreach and Education Programs (COEPs) of the Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Center and Marine and Freshwater Biomedical Sciences (MFBS) Center at Oregon State University.

Grade Level: Middle School, High School, College
Content Area: Education (Alternatives), Science (Chemistry), Science (Earth Science), Science (Physics) [Dewey #550]
Application type: Information Resources, Tutorials, Activities
Blue Web'n Weekly Updates are available online at


Wed., May 4, 2005 - Element

Taken From:
Exploratorium Ten Cool Sites March-April 2005

ELEMENT - Use your brain. Find science news sources and links to the world's top research groups, scientific databases, educational resources, science research opportunities, jobs, funding, scholarships, fellowships, internships, conferences, and science chat forums on chemistry, earth science, life science, mathematics, physics, space science, and technology.
[Shortened URL: ]
Science Links for Kids (K-12)

Cool Site: March/April 2005

© Exploratorium


Wed., May 4, 2005 - How Cryonics Works

Taken From:
What's New at HowStuffWorks!
January 24, 2005

How Cryonics Works

It may seem like pure science-fiction, but cryonics is being
practiced today: Dozens of people are frozen in cryogenic storage
facilities, waiting to be revived when science is able to cure
whatever killed them. But if they're dead, how can they be revived?
And is revival from a frozen state even possible? Learn all about
this controversial practice.
Copyright ©1998-2004 by HowStuffWorks, Inc. All rights reserved.


Wed., May 4, 2005 - Cremation

Taken From:
More New This Week,
December 23-29, 2004

Cremation — Everything You Need to Know about Cremation

"Cremation is just one form of preparing the body for final disposition. It's a process that reduces the body to its base elements." This site provides an explanation of the process of cremation, final resting place options, burial-at-sea rules, images of cremation urns, and more. Also includes a funeral home locator. From a "consumer information site about funeral planning and the funeral industry."
Subjects: Funerals Cremation

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


Tues., May 3, 2005 - September 11, 2001 - Documentary Project

Taken From:
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2005 17:02:30 -0500
From: Laura Gottesman
Subject: [LM_NET] LC: American Memory Collection: September 11, 2001,
Documentary Project
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

The Library of Congress's American Folklife Center announces a new
presentation: The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project, available on
the Library's American Memory Web site:
This presentation captures the heartfelt reactions, eyewitness
accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months
that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the
Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Patriotism and unity mixed with
sadness, anger and insecurity are common themes expressed in the sound
and video recordings, written narratives, poetry, photographs and
drawings that comprise this online presentation.
The day after the attacks, the American Folklife Center called upon the
nation's folklorists and ethnographers to collect, record and document
America's reaction.

This project is modeled on a similar initiative,
conducted sixty years earlier, when folklorist Alan Lomax was serving as
"assistant in charge" of the Archive of American Folk Song. On
December 8, 1941, Lomax sent a telegram urging folklorists around the
United States to collect and record man-on-the-street reactions to the
bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war by the
United States. These field recordings were sent to the Library of
Congress where they were used in a series of radio programs that were
distributed to schools and radio stations around the country. This
unique documentary collection is still housed at the American Folklife
Center and is featured in the American Memory collection: After the Day
of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl

The online presentation includes almost 170 audio and video interviews,
41 graphic materials (photographs and drawings), and 21 written
narratives and poems. The complete collection, available at the American
Folklife Center Reading Room, comprises about 800 audio and video
interviews, 421 graphic materials, as well as news clippings, written
narratives, and artifacts. The voices of men and women from many
cultural, occupational, and ethnic backgrounds are represented. Some of
the interviews are from people who were in the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon during the attacks. The majority of the interviews,
however, are from other parts of the country-from those who first heard
the news on television or radio, and from teachers, friends, family, and
other members of their communities. In all, materials were received from
27 states and a U.S. military base in Naples, Italy.

Laura Gottesman
Reference Specialist
Digital Reference Team
The Library of Congress
All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Tues., May 3, 2005 - Archpedia: Architectural Encyclopedia
This online architectural encyclopedia explores the people,
history and philosophy behind the man-made world around us.


Tues., May 3, 2005

Taken From:
Date: Sun, 01 May 2005 10:27:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: TeachersFirst Update - May 2, 2005

Recent Additions to TeachersFirst

About Your Heart - Grades 4 to 8 - Science Museum of Minnesota
This animated and interactive site explores the structure and function of the human heart. Students can watch the flow of blood to and from the heart, use a virtual stethoscope, and watch heart valves at work. Includes a heartbeat calculator and nearly a dozen lesson plans. The site also offers some very graphic videos of surgical procedures involving the heart and lungs, so you might want to screen these carefully before using with students. Check out the "Lungs" link for some equivalent pulmonary activities.

Al-Islam - Grades 9 to 12 Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project
Use this searchable resource to foster understanding of Islamic history, law, and practice. The "Discover Islam" section provides a beginner's introduction to understanding Islam and Muslim traditions, as well as essays addressing similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity. The site includes a Shi'ite encyclopedia, photos of sites sacred to Islam, examples of Islamic artwork, and a collection of downloadable fact sheets - available in numerous languages - covering a range of topics.


Child Labor in America - Grades 7 to 12 Library of Congress

Child Labor in History

Child Labor and Labor Reform in American History
Offers two moving, illustrated stories: Mr. Coal's Story, an appeal to end child labor in coal mines. (Originally told by the National Child Labor Committee to persuade Americans to support the regulation and elimination of child labor.) and The Story of My Cotton Dress (scanned from The Child Labor Bulletin, August, 1914.)

Child Labor in New York City Tenements
A brief report of a 1908 investigation.

Child Labour: Spartacus Educational
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Includes biographies on both sides of the issue as well as primary sources and statistics relating to child labor in 19th-century Britain.

Factory Rules from the Handbook to Lowell, 1848

History Place: Child Labor in America 1908-1912 The Photographs of Lewis W. Hine
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
An impressive collection of photographs organized by type of work

Life of the Industrial Worker in 19th-Century England
A collection of documents on the conditions of industrial workers in 19th-century Britain.

Modern History Sourcebook: Harriet Robinson: Lowell Mill Girls

National Child Labor Committee (Library of Congress)
Selected images from the special collection.


Foregrounds and Apprenticeships: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman - Grades 9 to 12 University of Nebraska
This site thoughtfully examines two significant literary relationships in America - that between Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, and that between Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Emily Dickinson. Through a series of letters written between the aspiring young writers and their celebrated mentors, visitors can explore the effect of encouragement and praise on the development of a poet. Includes a chronology of the early lives of Whitman and Dickinson, suggested questions ("Investigations") to guide class discussions, and a bibliography of printed and electronic resources.
[NOTE: from The Classroom Electric -
“The Classroom Electric is a constellation of web sites on Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and nineteenth-century American culture.” - Phyllis ]

Gala-Salvador Dali - Grades 8 to 12
Learn more about Dali and his works with this site maintained by the Gala-Salvador Foundation - an organization the artist founded in 1983. In addition to biographical information, the site offers interactive, virtual tours of the three museums managed by the Foundation.

MoOm: The Museum of Online Museums - Grades 6 to 12 Coudal Partners
You'll be enlightened, amazed, and even mystified by this eclectic collection of online museums that tout the bizarre, the practical, and the mundane. Interspersed among the "traditional' exhibits featuring the likes of Van Gogh and Ansel Adams are those covering a dizzying array of interests and obsessions. Check out the Gallery of Stove Burners, Ephemera Now, or the Museum of Norwegian Manhole Covers (we're not kidding). In addition to making some interesting cultural statements, the exhibits provide great ideas and insights for art and photography students.

The Grapes of Staph - Grades 10 to 12 Community College of Baltimore County
This set of online biology tutorials are organized under three main sections: Eukaryotic Cell Structure, Metabolism, and Genetics. While not fancy, the tutorials contain concise information, hyperlinked definitions of unfamiliar terms, animated illustrations, and short quizzes. Tutorial titles include: Energy Conversions; Polypeptides, Protein, and Enzymes; DNA and RNA; Protein Synthesis; Cellular Respiration; and more.

WildWorld - Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World - Grades 6 to 10 National Geographic Society
This site examines the plants, animals, and environmental concerns found throughout the earth's 867 land-based ecoregions. Students can click on the interactive map of the world to visit each region and explore the ecological features, communities, and climate found there. Additionally, visitors can learn about the very real environmental concerns that threaten these regions. Also includes a downloadable "Educator's Guide," glossary, and links to related resources,
Note: This site only supports Netscape and Internet Explorer browsers.

Copyright © 2001 by the Network for Instructional TV, Inc.
All rights reserved


Tues., May 3, 2005 - Eastern Studies Database

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Sun Jan 30, 2005 4:32 pm Subject: [LIFE of Florida] Eastern Studies Database has expanded from 5000 to 15,000 pages with a
completely new comprehensive Social Studies section that now includes U.S.
and global history, in addition to Asian Studies. Included are every
major historical document in the history of the United States and every
major case of the Supreme Court. In addition, a full English Instruction
section has been added with the complete works of Shakespeare, Eastern and
Western Literature, "The Writing Process" and English instruction aides
from ESL and special education through college-level writing. The site’s
membership has expanded from 300 teachers to over 4,400 and 20,000
students to over 350,000. At this point in time, registration is still
free, and one of the best bargains on the Internet for teachers with its
5000 lesson plan outlines, critical questions, images and Internet
resource links.

Home Page
Educational Links

Source: Public Education Network:

Monday, May 02, 2005


Mon., May 2, 2005 - Tsunami

Taken From:
29 January 2005 Earth Science Sites of the Week

SUPERCOURSE TSUNAMI, University of Pittsburgh, (suggested by Randy Schaetezl, Michigan State University), the purpose of this PowerPoint lecture is to synthesize the best possible scholarly information on the South Asia tsunami disaster and make it available to educators. This presentation represents the efforts of four disaster experts from Iran, Russia and the United States.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography and Earth Science
Central Michigan University

--------Forwarded Message--------
[TI-Science] workshop on Tsunami's.
Sat, Apr 30, 2005 at 10:06 AM

[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some may have been previously posted. – Phyllis ]

This was posted on another list to which I belong. These links were too good not to share! Enjoy. Please send in yours if you have more to add.

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Science List Moderator

am enrolled in an online workshop on Tsunamis.

A part of the course is sharing links and thought people here would be

They include.
Science Education Solutions and SpiNet:
Science Education Solutions is a small research and development company
invested in promoting science and technology literacy, with program
development and management expertise.

The On the Cutting Edge
Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations site has put together a
collection of tsunami visualizations created by researchers around the

Earthquake Slip Classroom Exercise:
Explores elastic rebound.

Tsunami for Kids:

Tsunami: the Great Waves (NOAA)

Information relating to the submarine earthquake inbetween Aceh,
Indonesia and Sri Lanka of the 26th of December, 2004 has been compiled

Information about the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach,

This page has a world map of recent earthquakes with magnitude greater
than 2.5 where one can click on a point to go to a region map.

Chart of largest earthquakes in the world and contiguous U.S.

Subduction zone volcanism explained with text and diagrams.

This page provides a definition of the Richter Magnitude Scale.

This simulation shows the motion of P and S waves generated by a single
[Shortened URL: ]
"Sedimentary Deposits from the 17 July 1998 Papua New Guinea tsunami"
A study of deposits that can aid in determining characteristics (e.g.,
wave height, flow strength, number of waves) of the tsunami.

Here is a link suggested by Susan Snyder and Joshua DeMello for the
Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo, Hawaii.

NOAA's site with a great simulation of the DART system
Includes a good article of explanation, animations, Teacher's Guide,
Quiz & Word game.

Nasa is a great place for information and pictures:
Put what you want to find in their search area and voila! tons of info!
It is called Science News and has articles written specifically for
teachers and kids.

Major Caribbean Earthquakes and Tsunamis a Real Risk

You might want to check out the Icelandic Institute of Earth Sciences
for some interesting articles and pictures:

I have only mined a few but thought I would share. I have TONS of
reading to do. I will try to share more later.

It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think education
is expensive, try ignorance."

Bob Sharp
Science mailing list


Mon., May 2, 2005 - Chase Day

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
12/27/2004 - Updated 03:27 AM ET

Chase Day

We owe a lot to the meteorologists and tornado chasers who have dedicated their lives to understanding storms — tough work and occasionally highly dangerous. This fascinating site, by chasers and for chasers, carries you through the excitement of tornados and thunderstorms via the camera lens — colorful cloud formations at sunset, intense lightning strikes and tornadoes whirling across the plains. The shots, both frightening and beautiful, capture the essence of summer's worst storms. — MN

Copyright 2004 USA TODAY


Mon., May 2, 2005 - Hurricane Names

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
09/29/2004 - Updated 10:06 AM ET

Hurricane Names
As you probably know, really big hurricanes have their names retired, on the
theory that no one really wants to know if, say, an Andrew is even nastier when
he's Andy Jr. But how do they get their monikers in the first place? This FEMA
sites for kids lists names slated for possible use in both the Atlantic and
Pacific regions, and gives a full list (not counting the Class of 2004, yet) of
those storms that have had their figurative jerseys retired. - HSS

Copyright 2004 USA TODAY


Mon., May 2, 2005 - NOVA: Hunt for the "Supertwister"

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 8:57 AM
Next on NOVA: "Hunt for the Supertwister"`
[NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Broadcast: May 3, 2005
(NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as
dates and times may vary.)

The spring and early summer of 2003 was one of the most severe
tornado seasons on record, and NOVA's cameras have captured
breathtaking footage of scientist stormchasers in action. Our story
focuses on the first-time efforts of a team at the University of
Oklahoma to test a groundbreaking technique for predicting severe
storms. With the help of powerful supercomputers and radar arrays,
the team believes it can achieve an unprecedented degree of
forecasting. But another scientific team takes a very different
approach, laying their lives on the line to chase violent twisters
across the fields of Oklahoma. NOVA takes a thrilling ride with
these tornado hunters and investigates the ingenious new approaches
that may one day help the forecasters stay one step ahead of a
devastating twister.

Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:

Inquiry and Article

Tornado Country
How is it that with nearly 200 nations in the world, just one --
the United States -- gets up to three quarters of all tornadoes?

Forecasting Then and Now
The remarkable story of 17-year-old Dale Larson and 29 Nebraskan
schoolchildren shows how far tornado warning has come since 1928.

Interview and Interactive

Shelter From the Storm
Tornado-damage expert Tim Marshall explains why conventional
building practices and sprawl may make for ever graver twister

Rate Tornado Damage
Use the Fujita Scale of tornado intensity to assess the level of
destruction left in the wake of actual tornadoes.

Also, Links & Books, a video preview of the program, the program
transcript, and a teacher's guide.

Sunday, May 01, 2005


Sun., May 1, 2005 - George Orwell

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for January 27, 2005

George Orwell Materials at Brown University Library -----------------------
This site presents information about "one of the largest and most
important gatherings of ... material in private hands" relating to
author George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair). The site features
commentary about and images from texts by Orwell, including "Down
and Out in Paris and London," "Animal Farm," and "Nineteen
Eighty-Four." From Special Collections at Brown University
* Orwell, George, 1903-1950
* Authors, English
* English literature
* Libraries
* People
Created by: mcb


George Orwell's First Century 1903-2003 ------------------------------
This site is a companion to a 2003 exhibit commemorating the
centennial of author George Orwell's birth. The site includes
brief biographical information and annotated images of works by
and related to Orwell (such as "Homage to Catalonia," "Animal
Farm," and "Nineteen Eight-Four"). From the Hoover Institution
Library and Archives at Stanford University.
* Orwell, George, 1903-1950
* Authors, English
* English literature
* People
Created by: mcb

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Sun., May 1, 2005 - Simon Wiesenthal Center / Ballerina Gallery

Taken From:
======== The Scout Report =====
===== January 28, 2005 =======
===== Volume 11, Number 4 ======

Simon Wiesenthal Center: Multimedia Learning Center Online [pdf]
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has done the Web-browsing public a great serviceby placing this extremely comprehensive and authoritative multimedia archiveonline. Online since 1999, the Multimedia Learning Center provides accessto some of the past virtual exhibits sponsored by the Center's Museum ofTolerance (including a fine one dedicated to Polish Jews), a host ofteacher's resources, and a helpful frequently-asked-questions area. The FAQarea may be most helpful for students, as it contains an interactiveglossary of the Holocaust, a timeline of the Holocaust, and answers to 36commonly asked questions about the Holocaust. The special collections areaof the site contains a number of relevant primary documents related to theHolocaust, though it should be noted that the majority of them are availableonly in German and Hebrew. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Ballerina Gallery

The art and skill involved in performing a well-executed pas de deux may be
difficult to convey on a website, but in lieu of that, this site does serve
as a nice homage to great ballerinas of the past and present. Created by
Jorgen Wilhelmsson, this site provides photographs and brief biographical
information about dozens of ballerinas, ranging from Diana Adams all the way
to Svetlana Zakharova. For these profiles, Wilhelmsson has drawn on a number
of sources, including The Encyclopedia of Dance & Ballet, The Oxford
Dictionary of Dance, and the Russian Ballet Encyclopedia. Along with a
selection of photographs, some of the profiles also contain links to
official and fan-sponsored websites for each dancer. Finally, visitors may
also want to peruse a collection of Wilhelmsson's own personal collection of
ballet memorabilia. [KMG]

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Sun., May 1, 2005 - Arts Connection

Arts Connection
Ovation has collected a large listing of arts-related websites. You can search this database by
Category by clicking "Simple Search". You can search using keyword by clicking on "Advanced Search".
Categories include art, dance, film, literature, museums & galleries, music, and theater.


Sun., May 1, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 3:00 PM
Subject: A&E Education Update

A&E Classroom Programming:
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great American Dreamer
Monday, May 2nd

F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. In novels such as Tender is the Night, This Side of Paradise, and The Great Gatsby, he captured the mood and manners of his time. He and his wife, Zelda, enjoyed a fast-paced expatriate life as they split their time between New York, Paris and the Riviera. The characters and plots Fitzgerald created with ethereal lyricism and social accuracy mirrored the glamorous lifestyle he led in the madcap excess of the Roaring Twenties. Through interviews with family members and confidantes, this program presents an intimate portrait of a literary giant whose life was touched by tragedy. Authors such as Tobias Wolff and Joseph Heller reflect on Fitzgeraldís legacy and lasting influence. Join Biography® for an insightful look at F. Scott Fitzgerald, the man who gave the Jazz Age its name. Educators may want to use clips from this program as a supplement to course readings and lectures on Fitzgerald and his place in the American literary tradition.

Curriculum Links:
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great American Dreamer would be useful for classes on American History, Literature, Drama, and American Culture. It is appropriate for high school students.

Teacher’s Guide:

Biography Channel Programming
Victoria and Albert (Two Parts)
Tuesday, May 3rd & Wednesday, May 4th at 2PM/1c

Queen Victoria reigned over the British Empire for nearly sixty-four years, returning dignity and popularity to the British crown. Victoria assumed the crown in 1837, an inexperienced and seemingly unqualified girl of eighteen. For most of her life, Victoria had been controlled by her mother, with whom her relationship was very strained. Victoria married her cousin, Prince Albert of Germany, and quickly grew deeply devoted to him. Following the ouster of her first prime minister, Lord Melville, Victoria also became heavily dependent upon Albert as an advisor.The Queen often referred to her husband as king in everything but name. This story of Victoria and Albert's life together traces their evolving relationship within the context of a modernizing British civilization. This is a colorful and entertaining program which would be a useful companion for course readings on Victorian history and culture.

Curriculum Links:
Victoria and Albert is suitable for high school students in European history and literature classes.

Teacher’s Guide:

Biography Channel Programming
Lusitania: Murder on the Atlantic
Saturday, May 7th at 3PM/2c

On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, with World War I raging in Europe, the luxury liner Lusitania was hit by a torpedo from the German submarine U-20. Just 20 minutes later, the mighty ship sunk beneath the waterís surface. Over 1,000 passengers on board the Lusitania perished in this tragedy. Lusitania: Murder on the Atlantic chronicles the final voyage of the doomed vessel and the aftershocks of the disaster, exploring many of the questions that have troubled scholars for decades. Why did the captain hold the ship on a steady course when he knew they were in dangerous waters? Is it possible that Winston Churchill, then First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy, allowed the sinking in the hopes that it would draw America into WWI? This one hour investigation examines the evidence history has revealed on this critical historical event. With rare photos, period documents, and interviews with experts, this in-depth investigation sheds light on one of the most famous disasters of all time.

Curriculum Links:
Lusitania: Murder on the Atlantic would be useful for classes on World History, World Culture, and Global Studies and would be particularly useful for course units on World War I. It is appropriate for middle school and high school.

Teacher’s Guide:

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