Saturday, May 28, 2005


Sat., May 28, 2005 - Howard Hughes

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
MORE New This Week
May 26, 2005

Welcome Home, Howard!
This exhibit features excerpts of writings and conversations and annotated images of Howard Hughes as an aviator and aeronautics innovator. Topics include Hughes and the around-the-world flight in 1938, the XF-11 airplane, the Spruce Goose (also known as the Flying Boat), and Hughes in Las Vegas and Hollywood. From Peter Michel, director of the Special Collections Division at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries.
Subjects: Hughes, Howard, 1905-1976 Air pilots Businesspeople Aeronautics People

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Sat., May 28, 2005

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for February 17, 2005

Best Dressed: 250 Years of Style ----------------------------------------
Companion to an exhibit highlighting items from the collection of
the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including "regional dress;
18th-century and early 19th-century high-style from Europe and the
United States; a selection of important late 19th-century gowns
designed by great Parisian couturiers, ... works by renowned
20th-century fashion designers" and more. Also include
behind-the-scenes images from the exhibit preparation.
* Fashion
* Fashion design
* Women's clothing
Created by: je


Guillotine Headquarters -----------------------------------
Information about the guillotine, which was named after Dr.
Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, who proposed "that mechanical
decapitation be used to replace older more crude forms of
execution." The site features a timeline of this device, best
remembered for its role in the French Revolution. Includes
pictures, lists of people associated with this machine,
descriptions of the mechanics involved, and animations. From an
* Guillotine
* Executions and executioners
Created by: smb


History of the US Income Tax -----------------------------------------
"If, in the midst of sorting receipts and studying the latest
changes in the US income tax laws, you suddenly wonder 'What is
the origin this annual ritual in the weeks leading up to April
15th?' here are some places you can go for answers." Features
links to information from the Internal Revenue Service and other
resources, images from Library of Congress collections, and
reading suggestions. From Ellen Terrell, Library of Congress
Business Reference Services.
* Income tax
Created by: je


Works of Art: The Costume Institute ---------------------------
"The world-renowned Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum
[in New York] possesses more than 75,000 costumes and accessories
from seven centuries and five continents." This site provides a
brief overview of the collection and images of 50 specially
selected items. Also includes images and information about
exhibits on topics such as fashion and furniture in the 18th
century, rock-and-roll style, and "Extreme Beauty: The Body
Transformed" (about items such as corsets, bustles, and lotus
* Costume museums
* Costume
* Clothing and dress
* Museums
Created by: mcb

Collection Highlights: fifty specially selected works of art.
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Sat., May 28, 2005 - Countries & Capitals / Russian Language Tutorial

Taken From:
Hi! It's Thursday, February 17, 2005 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Website:

This site is obviously designed for kids to help them learn where different
countries and capitals are located in the world. When you get to the site, you
will see a menu. Simply click on the continent name that contains the countries
or capitals you want to learn and a new page opens with a map. Next to the map
is a question box that prompts you to click on a particular country or capital on
the map. It keeps track of your score as you proceed through the quiz.

A bonus at this site is that it also has an interactive Russian language
tutorial. Through a series of interactive lessons it teaches the Russian
alphabet and vocabulary. You use your keyboard to interact with the program,
and you can hear a native speaker pronounce letters and words. Bookmark the
site so you can return to access all 5 vocabulary lessons. The site is
planning to add Spanish, German and Estonian in the near future.

Diane Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved


Sat., May 28, 2005 - Industrial Revolution

Taken From:
Date Sent: Monday, February 14, 2005 4:41 PM
Subject: HLN Newsletter: The Industrial Revolution

Week of 02-14-05
The Industrial Revolution

The Origins of the Industrial Revolution in England
A site that discusses the conditions that helped the Industrial Revolution to occur
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Developments during the Industrial Revolution
Discussions about the scientific management that was developed during the Industrial Revolution

Samuel Slater, father of the American Industrial Revolution
Samuel Slater had the first factory in Massachusetts. At first he employed only children aged 7-12. Read all about this man and the child labor he enacted in his mill

The Industrial Revolution of the 18th Century
The introduction of a capitalist economy
[NOTE: World Civilizations Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]
Copyright Home School Learning Network, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, May 27, 2005


Fri., May 27, 2005 - Microbes

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 9:00 AM
Subject: [Surfnetkids Newsletter] Microbes

Microbes in Action
For teachers and homeschoolers, Microbes in Action provides dozens of microbiology activities for grades three through twelve. Each unit (in PDF for easy printing) contains both a teacher's guide and student worksheets. Topics include bacterial fluorescence (for high schoolers) and fungi growth (for elementary students.) Other sections (also in PDF) offer instruction on basic lab techniques ( methods for sterilizing glassware) and backgrounders on microbes that have been in the news, such as anthrax, E.coli, and smallpox. An excellent link section completes the site.

Microbes: In Sickness and Health
Online booklet from The National Institutes of Health

PBS: Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth

Copyright © 2005 by, Inc.


Fri., May 27, 2005 - Middle School Links

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Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 16:25:56 -0800
From: Vicki Builta
Subject: [LM_NET] MIDDLE: Science and Math Links
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

I am involved with a web portal that I believe might
be of interest/use to some of you. PRISM (Portal
Resources for Indiana Science and Mathematics)is
designed for middle school teachers of these subjects.
The site can be found at (the
project is hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana and funded by a
grant from the Lilly Endowment).
The links on the site have been evaluated by trained
reviewers and found to be of value in the instruction
of topics covered in Indiana's Academic Standards. The
links are indexed using these standards and
cross-indexed using specific concepts. These can be
sorted by subject and grade level.

Many of the topics covered in Indiana's standards for
these subjects and grade levels could be of use to
your teachers! Maybe some of them even have some
sites they have found that they could suggest for
inclusion in PRISM. (There are forums for discussion
and an area for contributing links that are for
members only; but membership is FREE and easy!)
PRISM is growing with future plans for web
conferences, threaded discussions, etc. Are you doing
things like this in your area? We can all learn from
each other! Hope you have a chance to check PRISM
Vicki Builta, Library Media Specialist

[NOTE: Library home page has links sorted by subjects. - Phyllis ]

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Fri., May 27, 2005 - Laura Ingalls Wilder

--------Forwarded Message--------
Family First - Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society (2/14/05)

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society

Little House on the Prairie. Little House in the Big Woods. By the Shores of Silver Lake. These book titles, along with others, are the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder. They are books that have been read by countless children and young adults over the past seventy years or so. They are not only interesting reading, but they are based on the author's life. The books are so well written that schools use them to teach students about life in the midwestern United States during the late-19th century. They were also the subject of one of the most popular television shows of the 1970's and 1980's. Today's Family First Site visits the site of the author of these books.

The site is called The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society. It is an organization devoted to continuing the interest in not only the works of Mrs. Wilder, but all aspects of her life as well. Here you can visit the Surveyors house, as well as the Ingalls house, the one where Ma and Pa Ingalls spent their final years. It has been restored by the society, and tours are given daily. There are links to the stories, as well as the houses themselves. Especially interesting is the map of the town, with links to the buildings that have connections to the Wilder family. Information on the Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant, held on weekends in the end of June and in early July. There are educational sections, one for students, one for teachers. In the students section, you can see a one room school house or washday at the Ingalls. There are are also printer friendly coloring pages.

This is a nice site to visit both on the Internet and in person. If you are ever going through De Smet, South Dakota, be sure stop in and see it in person. Otherwise, enjoy your cybertour and visit.
[NOTE: Includes links other sites. – Phyllis ]


Fri., May 27, 2005 - Author Sites

Taken From:
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 19:04:13 -0500 (EST)
From: Steven Patnode
Subject: [LM_NET] HIT: Your favorite author sites
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Bound to Stay Bound
or - click on Library Corner
and you'll find the Author Showcase. You can choose by
birthday, state and alphabetical listings.
You don't need a log in to access it.

Language Arts: Novel Guides
Language Arts: Novel Guides: Author Profiles
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

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Thursday, May 26, 2005


Thurs., May 26, 2005 - Women's History Sites

Women’s History
We celebrate women with sites that cover their history and accomplishments. These sites can be used by students all year round to find information on some of the important people who are often left out of the history books.


Thurs., May 26, 2005 - Yalta Conference

Taken From:

May 19, 2005
MORE New This Week:

Yalta Casts Its Shadow 60 Years On
February 2005 article that notes that "the dark memories" of the Yalta Conference still linger in the "60 years since the three major allied leaders, Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, met to divide up the world in the old summer palace of the tsars in the Crimean resort of Yalta." Includes links to related articles. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Subjects: Cold War World politics Yalta Conference (1945) World War, 1939-1945 -- Territorial questions

Copyright © 2004, Librarians' Index to the Internet, All rights reserved.


Thurs., May 26, 2005 - Tuskegee Airmen (5)

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2005 9:00 AM
Subject: [Surfnetkids Newsletter] Tuskegee Airmen ...

Honor Thy Father: A Tuskegee Airman
Originally created in 1997 as a Christmas gift for her father, the public's reaction was so overwhelming, that Phyllis Gomer-Douglas decided to not only keep the site online, but to continue to update it. With first-person stories and photos, Gomer-Douglas pays tribute to her father, Joseph P. Gomer, and his fellow Tuskegee airmen. "During World War II, black fighter pilots fought the Germans abroad and racism in the ranks ... may we never forget ... and may future generations understand the way it was."

Legends of Tuskegee
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
"Tuskegee is more than a town located in Macon County, Alabama. It is an idea and an ideal. It was a bold experiment and a site of major African-American achievements for over 100 years." This National Parks Service web exhibit honors three legends: Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and the Tuskegee Airmen. Washington was the first principal of the African-American college that became the Tuskegee Institute. Carver was a teacher there for forty years. The Tuskegee Airmen (America's first black pilots) were named after the Institute where they began their Air Force training.

Lonely Eagles
"They said we didn't have the intelligence, the demeanor, the courage to be combat pilots. They learned differently. It was never about color; it was always about education and opportunity. All we needed was a chance and training. And we seized it when it came," explains fighter pilot Frank McGee, a retired colonel. This illustrated article from Airman magazine includes interviews with four Tuskegee Airmen, who explore the obstacles they overcame, and their accomplishments.

National Home of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. is a national organization created in 1972 after several "well-attended Tuskegee Airmen reunions." It includes articles, photos, and a long page of stats. Best read is found at the very bottom of the Missions page (look under Briefing) which summarizes the combat record of the Tuskegee Airmen. It is too long to reproduce here, but includes the amazing fact that no bombers escorted by 332nd Fighter Group were lost.

Tuskegee Angels of World War II
Frank Ambrose is a professional photographer who began his career as an Air Force photographer in 1943. So it is not surprising that the highlight of his Tuskegee Angels page are the photos. Visit for a an easy-to-read overview of the Tuskegee story, an explanation of why they were called the Red Tails, and of course, the photos.

Copyright © 2005 by, Inc.


Thurs., May 26, 2005

Taken From:
PBS Teacher Previews: May 29 - June 4, 2005
American Masters
"Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For" TV> PBSOL> MARC> High School
Wednesday, June 1, 2005
9 - 10:30 pm
From orphaned days on Harlem streets to the upper stratosphere
of musical fame, Ella Fitzgerald's life was the quintessential
American success story. Join us for this Grammy Award-nominated
film, narrated by Tony Bennett, which features the most Ella
Fitzgerald performance footage ever compiled. (CC, Stereo, 1

Log on to on June 2 at 12 pm ET
to chat with jazz critic Gene Seymour and executive creator and
series producer Susan Lacy.

"A Jew Among the Germans"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
9 - 10:00 pm
As a young boy, Marian Marzynski survived the Holocaust in
Poland. But his father and most of his relatives did not. Join
Marzynski as he sets out on a personal quest to find out how
Germans are going to design a memorial to the murder of six
million Jews. He encounters artists, architects and planners
who struggle with the big questions of guilt, responsibility
and memory. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Learn more about the controversy and unveiling of Germany's
"Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe" at the companion Web
(Available May 31, 2005)
Copyright 2005 PBS Online.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Wed., May 25, 2005 - Geographical Dictionaries

Taken From:
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 05:23:06 -0800
From: Robert Joyce
Subject: [LM_NET] HIT: Geographical dictionary FREE online sources
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

The Worldwide Gazetteer

GIS Dictionary

Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms in Geographic Information
Systems, Cartography, and Remote Sensing

[See also: - Phyllis ]

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Wed., May 25, 2005

Taken From:
Don's Patch Issue #2005-02-15

Experiencing chemistry

[NOTE: Home Page: Online Science Activities

The Periodic Table of Poetry
“For those who like to learn in literary style. Each element has a poem associated with it. The poems are submitted by readers, so the selection varies widely.”
- Phyllis ]

Periodic Table of Rejected Elements


Wed., May 25, 2005 - Cosmological Evolution

Taken From:
12 February 2005 Earth Science Sites of the Week

Western Washington University, (suggested by
Charles Burrows, Spring Valley, NY), “one of the principal goals of this
web site is to develop and make available to science educators the
resources necessary to teach the history of nature using the concept of
evolving historical systems. This page is devoted to cosmological
evolution and takes advantage of the explosion of information about
astronomy and astrophysics on the Internet as shown in the following web
papers. Find sections for The Evolution Of The Universe, The Origin Of
The Elements, The Life History Of Stars, Stellar Nursery In The Orion
Nebula, The Formation Of Stars, And Solar Systems.” (.pdf)
Mark Francek
Professor of Geography and Earth Science
Central Michigan University


Wed., May 25, 2005

Taken From:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences ===
======== February 4, 2005 ===
======== Volume 4, Number 3 ======

Lunar and Planetary Institute [pdf, jpeg, gif]

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), located in the Universities Space
Research Association (USRA), concentrates on research dealing with the
current state, evolution, and formation of the solar system. At the website,
users can find a technical report about the Forum on the Impact Cratering
Process, a summary of the Oxygen in the Solar System Initiative, and other
resources regarding the Institute's research foci. Visitors can view the
educational Digital Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon. The site
offers materials on upcoming meetings, a schedule of the seminar series, and
many of the Institute's publications. Teachers and students should check out
the Education link where they can find fun activities and fascinating images
about the evolution of the solar system, lunar phases, seasons, and much
more. [RME]
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted.
See Also: The Evolution of Our Solar System - Phyllis ]

The Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Astronomy, and Spaceflight

Visitors can learn astonishing facts in historical astronomy, astrobiology,
astrophysics, space missions, and many more space science topics at this
comprehensive website. David Darling, a British astronomer and science
writer, provides straightforward explanations of seemingly difficult
concepts. In addition to an easily navigable alphabetical list and a keyword
search, the encyclopedia is interlinked so that users can easily progress
through the materials. The website also features the latest space science
news stories as well as archives of exciting events. [RME]

YES Mag: Science Projects, are you looking for a way to excite your children about science?This website developed by YES Mag, Canada's science magazine for kids, mayjust have the answer. Users can find numerous fun science activitiesaddressing many of the basic science principles and phenomena includingNewton's third law, lightening, wind, and chromatography. Each activityincludes pictures to assist in the implementation of the project as well asa convenient printable version. With over thirty-five activities, childrenare sure to have a fun learning experience. [RME]

Weather Activities [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf]
[NOTE: Other activities from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

This entertaining, interactive website is the perfect tool to educate users
about the basics of weather forecasting and reporting. The two educational
modules, created by EdHeads, each contain three levels and are designed for
grades four through nine. While discovering how to predict a three-day
forecast, students learn about warm and cold fronts, wind direction and
speed, high and low pressure systems, isobars, and humidity. Teachers can
find a helpful guide discussing how best to use the site as well as
providing an overview of science standards, lesson plans, and pre- and post-
tests for students. [RME]

The Mission-A Great Scientific Adventure [Macromedia Flash Player]

At this interactive website, enhanced by Macromedia Flash Player, students
can perform 19 creative scientific missions, including three super-missions.
The missions include interesting clues, fun games, and stimulating quizzes.
Users obtain chemical elements as an award for each mission they
successfully complete with the ultimate goal of filling the Periodic Table.
Through the activities developed by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB),
students can learn about lightening, cloud types, electricity, simple
machines, atoms, inertia, and much more. In the Secret Library, students can
find out about famous scientists and experiments. [RME]

PSRC: Physical Sciences Resource Center

Developed by the American Association of Physics Teachers, "the Physical
Sciences Resource Center (PSRC) is a web-based databank that provides K-20
teachers links to a wide range of teaching and learning resources in the
physical sciences." Users can search the numerous resources by topics, type,
or keyword. With each entry, the website provides a description, information
on the author, subjects covered, level, intended users, resource types,
possible costs, and other useful facts. Interested individuals can register
at the website in order to store their search preferences, join discussion
forums, submit materials, and store resources. [RME]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet
Scout Project 1994-2005.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Tues., May 24, 2005 - Overdue

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[LibraryLink] Library Link of the Day for 2005-02-12


Tues., May 24, 2005 - Keep Schools Safe

---------Forwarded Message--------
Family First - Keep Schools Safe (2/7/05)

Keep Schools Safe

One of the most important responsibilities of a parent is to ensure that our children are safe. That means in our homes, in our car, on the streets, and in our schools. Recent events have drawn attention, and prompted discussions about the safety of students in school. It seems that every day we hear on the news about children (yes, children) bringing guns to school, or violence in our classrooms.

Today's Family First Site is one that is a must have resource for any educator or school administrator to have knowledge of. Called Keep Schools Safe, it is a site with a wealth of information about how it can be accomplished, with involvement by parents and students. Here are some great plans and common sense ideas that can go a long way towards raising awareness to situations, so that they don't escalate into violence.

A site such as this is a great example of the power of the Internet. It serves as a clearinghouse for information, and a conduit to promote discussion among users. The information here is truly relevant to the issues facing our schools today. If we all work together, then we can help make our classrooms a place to learn and grow.

From the site:
Your School Violence Prevention, Safety and Security Resource
“We hope this site helps you deal with the many issues related to the safety and security of our schools.”


Tues., May 24 - Columbia Encyclopedia

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Date Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 3:34 AM
Subject: [Refdesk site-of-the-day] Columbia Encyclopedia

Columbia Encyclopedia

Containing nearly 51,000 entries (marshalling six and one-half million words on a vast range of topics), and with more than 80,000 hypertext cross-references, the current Sixth Edition is among the most complete and up-to-date encyclopedias ever produced.


Tues., May 24, 2005

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for February 10, 2005

Aboriginal Peoples ------------------------------------------------
This site provides information about the four peoples of
Aboriginal ancestry who live in the Canadian province of
Newfoundland and Labrador today: the Inuit, the Innu, the Micmac,
and the Metis. Also includes information about prehistoric peoples
who lived in the province, history and culture, and
bibliographies. Provides links to general information about the
province. From the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
* Indigenous peoples
* Indians of North America
* Prehistoric peoples
Created by: mcb

Africa Revisited/Nouveaux Regards sur L'Afrique -------------------------------
This site "aims to reveal the richness, the diversity, and the
fragility of this great heritage and thereby encourage us all to
preserve and enhance it." It features annotated images on topics
such as African nomads, Swahili culture, the Medina of Marrakesh,
colonial architecture in Cameroon, and Christians in Ethiopia. In
English and French. From the United Nations Education, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Heritage Committee.
* World heritage areas
* Africa
* Cultural property
Created by: mcb

Google Maps ---------------------------------------------------
Drag-and-drop online mapping from Google. Provides options to
search for locations, businesses, and driving directions, and a
general search box to key in your destination. Results may be
printed or e-mailed.
* United States
Created by: kgs


Gypsy Collections at the University of Liverpool ----------------------------------
The main focus of this collection "is the period from the mid 19th
to the mid 20th century." The site includes an overview of the
collection, and information about specific topics, such as the
gypsy wagon (or vardo), the Irish Travellers, and Galician gypsies
in England. Includes images, suggested reading, and links to
related sites. From University of Liverpool Library Special
* Romanies
* Irish Travellers (Nomadic people)
Created by: mcb


Irish Republican Army (IRA) -----------------------------------
Questions and answers about this "organization dedicated to ending
British rule in Northern Ireland and unifying the province with
the neighboring Republic of Ireland." Discusses the Northern
Ireland conflict, the composition of the IRA, attacks carried out
by the IRA, leaders and members, and involvement of the United
States in the conflict and peace process. From the Council on
Foreign Relations.
* Northern Ireland
* Irish Republican Army
* Sinn Fein
Created by: je

Teens: The Forgotten Face of Black History ----------------------------------
Brief information about teenagers involved in the Civil Rights
Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Includes information about
Claudette Colvin (a 15-year-old who was arrested, months before
Rosa Parks, for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white
passenger), Barbara Johns (who was involved with school
desegregation), and the Greensboro, North Carolina, freshmen who
instigated the sit-ins at a Woolworth's lunch counter. From
Teenwire, a Web site from Planned Parenthood.
* African Americans
* African American teenagers
* Civil rights workers
* Civil rights movements
* Black History Month
Created by: mcb

Use of the annotations from this list must be accompanied by:
Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.
Thank you for using Librarians' Index to the Internet!

Karen G. Schneider,
New This Week Listowner, and Director, Librarians' Index to the Internet
Reliable, librarian-selected Internet resources you can trust!

Monday, May 23, 2005


Mon., May 23, 2005 - Math Academy: History of Infinity

Taken From:

======== The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology ========== February 11, 2005 ======
===== Volume 4, Number 3 ======

Math Academy: History of Infinity

This article from the MiniTexts section of the Math Academy/Platonic Realms
website discusses the history of the concept of infinity. The author begins
with a reminder of some of the common questions people ask, such as "How
could you get bigger than infinity?" and proceeds to explain why this
mysterious concept was once taboo among mathematicians. He begins the
history of infinity with a discussion of how Aristotle taught about the
possibility of infinity and highlights other key figures, such as the
English mathematician John Wallis who introduced the "love knot" or "lazy
eight" symbol for infinity that we use today. The article includes a nice
explanation of Cantor's Set Theory and Cardinal Numbers. [VF]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright
Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.


Mon., May 23, 2005 - Wonders of Mathematics

Taken From:
Date Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 7:15 PM
Subject: Education World Site Reviews Vol. 9 Issue 6

The Wonders of Mathematics
Inquiry-based math activities K-12.


[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

This site offers a series of inquiry-based mathematics activities that were created by teachers through staff development workshops delivered by the Galileo Educational Network Association (GENA) in conjunction with Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

This site is part of the much larger Galileo Educational Network. The left side menu offers easy access to the areas of particular interest to math teachers; Investigations, Puzzles, and Resources.

Math teachers will appreciate the carefully planned math lessons and activities in the investigations section. More than a dozen thought provoking investigations are available for both elementary and secondary students that cover such topics as statistics, finances, area, geometric models and more. If you really want to challenge your students to do some creative thinking, click on the Puzzles link to find more than sixty puzzles that can be printed and used in the classroom. Each puzzle includes the area of mathematics and the objectives that it addresses. There is an extensive list of online and print resources available to help improve mathematics instruction. Also worth a look is the “Classroom Examples” (found in the top menu) that features completed inquiry-based projects in grades K-12. This is a great place to spark your thinking in creating your own projects in the humanities or science.
[NOTE: Useful Links: ]

Education World


Mon., May 23, 2005 - Consumer Price Index Calculator

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Consumer Price Index Calculator -- What Is a Dollar Worth?
[NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated.- Phyllis ]

Today's web page, from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, offers a
handy tool to determine the cost of goods over time. Of particular interest
to Gentle Subscribers in the U.S, the calculator uses the Consumer Price
Index to find out how prices have changed over the years.

"What would an item or service purchased in 2004 be worth in 19?? dollars?
.. What would an item or service purchased in 19?? be worth in 2004
dollars?" - from the website

The calculator can be used for any year, from 1913 onwards. The results
show how much the goods and services purchased in year "X" would cost in
year "Y". In addition, using the included Consumer Price Index and
Inflation Rates table with the handy formula provided, the cost of a
service or product can be determined relative to the increase in the price
of other goods and services over the years.

March over to the web page for this handy reference for tracking the cost
of essentials over more than 90 years at:

A.M. Holm


Mon., May 23, 2005 - Fields of Hope / Jumpstart

Taken From:
Lesson Planet Newsletter 2/04/05

Subject Area: Social Studies
Title: Fields of Hope
Grade Level: 6-12
Rating: * * * * *

This site is intended to enhance student knowledge of worldwide child
labor issues. There are lesson plans, maps and tables, legislation
reviews on child labor by country, population and education statistics
and on-line slide shows available. It sometimes seems as if the world
shrinks a bit every day and Fields of Hope is a great resource to help
promote social responsibility and global awareness in our students.

Subject Area: Mathematics
Title: Jumpstart
Grade Level: K-12
Rating: * * * * *

Jumpstart is a partnership of Federal and State agencies, public and
private businesses, educators and financial institutions dedicated to
improving crucial financial literacy skills of our students. This
organization has many opportunities for involvement and some great on-
line resources. You can browse curriculum reviews and criteria
suggestions, an on-line database of financial teacher training
programs and guest speakers, articulated financial literacy benchmarks
and summaries of related state and federal legislation.

Sunday, May 22, 2005


Sun., May 22, 2005 - The Lionfish Invasion!

Taken From:
T.H.E. Newsletter for February 9, 2005

NOAA’s National Ocean Service
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. – Phyllis ]
The Lionfish Invasion!
Invasive species, a species which purposely or accidentally appears in an area foreign to their natural habitat, can cause environmental or possibly human harm when they reproduce and begin to rapidly spread. One type of invasive species, the Lionfish, a native of the coral reefs in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, has begun to spread throughout the mid-Atlantic waters off the east coast of the U.S. Although it is not yet known what the affect of this spread will be, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has launched this Web site to document their case study of the Lionfish. It includes detailed educational information on the biology of the lionfish, its invasion of U.S. coastal waters, the role of the aquarium trade in the invasion, and whether the invasion can be curbed.

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Sun., May 22, 2005 - Great Amateurs in Science

Taken From:
USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
02/09/2005 - Updated 02:21 PM ET

Great Amateurs in Science
Science has long relied on its amateurs – amateur in the doing-science-for-sheer enjoyment-sense, not in skill set. Some fields, such as astronomy, are better about acknowledging the debts than others, but this fine NOVA page gives a terrific overview of some of the giants that were in the game strictly for the love of it. — HSS

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY


Sun., May 22, 2005

Taken From:
Hi! It's Tuesday, February 8, 2005 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

What Tree Is It?

This site is designed to help visitors identify trees commonly found in
Ohio. Fortunately, many trees there are found throughout the United States.
You can use the site to identify a tree by leaf, fruit or name. If you find
a leaf, for example, you can go to this site and search it for images that
closely resemble your sample. After viewing the images and reading the
descriptive text you can narrow down your choices to one tree. This site
acts as sort of an interactive field guide and contains good illustrations
and easy to understand text that allows you to understand some of the subtle
difference in leaves, bark, and fruit that makes a particular species

website by the National Wildlife Federation. We've featured this site
previously on ClickSchooling but I thought you might like a reminder. While
the site is vast and is truly a comprehensive, interactive field guide for
plants and animals, you will find the Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Guide
for wildflowers, trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, cacti, and grass-like plants
at this section of the site:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
Includes the following Online Field Guides: Amphibians, Birds, Butterflies,
Fishes, Insects, Mammals, Native Plants, Reptiles, Seashells, Seashore Creatures,
Spiders, Trees, and Wildflowers – Phyllis ]

Diane Keithfor
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved


Sun., May 22, 2005

Taken From:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences ===
======== February 4, 2005 ===
======== Volume 4, Number 3 ======

Sea and Sky: The Ocean Realm

The Ocean Realm is part of Sea and Sky, an award-winning, nonprofit website
created by J.D. Knight, an Orlando-based Web designer, amateur astronomer,
and marine aquarium hobbyist. The Ocean Realm offers two features: Reef
Life, a presentation of animals who inhabit corral reefs; and Monsters of
the Deep, an exploration of animals found in deep zones of the ocean. Reef
Life contains gorgeous photographs; and basic information about a variety of
sponges, corals, echinoderms, mollusks, sharks, and more. Monsters of the
Deep contains profiles for a collection of fascinating creatures including
the sizeable sixgill shark, the tiny vampire squid, the large-mouthed gulper
eel, and the fierce viperfish to name but a few. The site also provides
straightforward descriptions of ocean layers, deep sea bioluminescence, and
hydrothermal vents. [NL]
[NOTE: Home page ( ) previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Searching Wolf

This impressive wolf information website was created by retired biology
professor Dr. Bill Forbes. Notably, the site contains a multitude of links
to both recent and less recent wolf-related articles appearing in such
publications as _Paleobiology_, _Wildlife Biology_, _Animal Science
Journal_, and _Molecular Ecology_. The site also offers a collection of
other useful wolf resources such as an archived Bibliography of European
Wolf Literature; a list of suggested wolf education materials; an extensive
bibliography of books about wolves and related subjects; and links to an
abundance of wolf organizations and websites. In addition, the site contains
links to howling and growling clips, great wolf skull images, a list of
places to see wolves, quizzes, and even an interactive crossword puzzle.

Oracle Education Foundation-ThinkQuest Library: Crocodilians

One of the many benefits of the Internet is that it serves as a place for
kids to create educational websites for other kids. Following in this
tradition, this website (winner of the April 2004 ThinkQuest contest for
students 12 and under) was created by a team of fifth-grade students--with
help from their teachers--to educate other kids about Crocodilians. Although
not heavy on content, the site offers basic information about this
fascinating order of reptiles, and at the same time provides elementary
school students with a model for what kids are capable of creating and
sharing with their peers. The website provides brief summaries of all 23
crocodilian species. The site also showcases original artwork; and briefly
addresses habitats, communication, conservation efforts, and physical
features. The site also includes a glossary, and an interactive crossword
puzzle. [NL]

National Health Information Center-Health Information Resource Database[pdf]

The National Health Information Center (NHIC) was created by the Office ofDisease Prevention and Health Promotion at the U.S. Department of Health andHuman Services in 1979. A primary NHIC service is the Health InformationResource Database which "includes 1,400 organizations and government officesthat provide health information upon request. Entries include contactinformation, short abstracts, and information about publication and servicesthe organizations provide." Site visitors can link to the Resource Databasesearch engine with fields for Title, Keyword, City, and State. Visitors canalso locate organizations by linking to an extensive, alphabetic keywordlist with subject categories for Arthritis, Child Care, HIV, Nutrition,Public Health, and many more. [NL]

CalPhotos: Animals

>From the University of California-Berkeley Digital Library Project (first
mentioned in the April 16, 1999 Scout Report), this CalPhotos website
connects visitors to 17,812 images of different animals. Site visitors can
locate animal photographs using a search engine with free text fields for
Scientific or Common name, Location, and Picture's ID, and drop-down menu
fields for Photographer, Country, US State, Collection, and more. Visitors
can also peruse extensive, hyperlinked listings of animals grouped under the
following categories: Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Invertebrates, Mammals, and
Reptiles. Animals are listed by both common and scientific name. The
photographs come from a variety of sources, and are accompanied by usage
guidelines. CalPhotos collections are also available for Fungi, Plants,
People & Culture, and Landscapes & Habitats. [NL]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet ScoutProject 1994-2005.

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