Saturday, July 09, 2005


Sat., July 9, 2005 - Kid Search Engines

-----------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 12:55:09 -0700
From: Sybil Finemel
Subject: [LM_NET] GEN:Kids Search Engines from Search Day newsletter
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Kids Search Engines reviewed from Search Day newsletter
By Danny Sullivan, Editor
April 4, 2005
"Looking for the best ways of discovering kid-friendly content on the web?Check out our just-updated listings and reviews of Kid Search Engines"
Sybil Finemel
Library Director MLIS.CIO.

All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Sat., July 9, 2005 - Knowledge Bears

Taken From:
Family First
June 29, 2005
Knowledge Bears

One of the benchmarks I have used when looking for sites for the Family First Site of the Day is the edutainment factor that it has. That means sites that are both entertaining as well as educational. It is easy for site to be fun to visit and play at, but visitors don't learn much. It is also easy for sites to be educational but be so boring a person could fall asleep while visiting them (much like reading a history or math text book). Today's site is one that has a high edutainment factor, made better with the latest Flash technology.

The name of the site is Knowledge Bear. It is a site that is dedicated to helping young cyber visitors learn about animals. It started on the Internet in 2000, and has claimed first place in Google searches for "best animal sites". The entire site was recently overhauled/upgraded to the latest Flash and XML technology. This has allowed them to increase the size of their pages, yet still have pages load in seconds on 56k dial-up connections (after all, not everyone has broadband).

The site currently has over 300 pictures with information on over 50 animals. You access the animals by choosing the first letter of the animal name, which takes you to it. For example, with C for Camels, you have pictures of them along with interesting facts that describe them, such as "As long as a camel has food, it can live several months without water".

There are games that can be played here as well. In "Turtle's Revenge", you have to help Tom Turtle fight off sharks. They are easy to play, and quite fun for all ages. In addition to games, there is an online coloring book, where you can color animals on the computer and print them out, or print them out and color them with your own crayons. Visitors can also go to Sound Island or Sound Farm and hear the actual noises that the featured animals make.

One nice feature is the Network tab on the main page. Here you are taken to links for other Knowledge Bears sites, such as Ask-a-Bear, A2zKB (an online book with lots of information, games and things to do), and Eraoke (an online karaoke site). In the Ask-a-Bear section, you can ask questions of the bears on a wide range of subjects, such as history, science, and sports.

This is a wonderful entertaining and educational site. It helps children of all ages learn about animals, and have so much fun in the process that they don't even know they are learning. That is the mark of a great edutainment site, and the Knowledge Bears has that mark.


Sat., July 9, 2005 - IvyJoy: Kids' Sites

Taken From:
June Web-zine

"Print and color dinosaur and prehistoric animal pictures. Click on the picture to make it bigger and then print it for coloring." These pictures are detailed and look like fun to color. The page also contains numerous links to websites that contain information about dinosaurs. Also included are dinosaur activities such as pasta fossils, dinosaur crafts, dinosaur themed puzzles, greeting cards to color, a dinosaur quiz and even a dinosaur screen saver.
[See Also: Several pages of Links: Bookcase
Educational Sites For Kids
Environmental Sites for Kids
Homework Helper Sites

- Phyllis ]


Sat., July 9, 2005 - Finding Useful Sites

Taken From:
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 22:05:03 -0500
From: Donna Cook
Subject: Re: [LM_NET] Target: Credible Web Sites
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

How Can You Find Anything on the World Wide Web That's Actually Useful?
A Guide to Finding Academic and Research Oriented WORLD WIDE WEB sites
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Friday, July 08, 2005


Fri., July 8, 2005 - Net Generation Students and Libraries

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Date Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 3:50 AM
Subject: [LibraryLink] Library Link of the Day for 2005-03-29

Net Generation Students and Libraries [Educause Review]
[NOTE: The Library Versus the Web: Written about college students,
but applies to all students. – Phyllis ]
Library Link of the Day


Fri., July 8, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2005 11:55 PM
Subject: HLN Newsletter: Women's History Month
Week of 03-21-05
Women's History Month

National Women's History Month Project
Official site for the National Women's History Month Project. Find information about events celebrating the achievements of women, learning activities and more. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

National Women's Hall of Fame
Web site for National Women's Hall of Fame located in Seneca, New York.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Women Who Made a Difference
Find information about courageous women and a few general statistics on women in the 20th century.

Women Who Changed History
An across the grades teaching resource from Scholastic focusing on five American women who made a difference in the 20th century. [NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Women in World History
Comprehensive resource containing historical information and lessons about women.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Women's International Center
Links to biographies of numerous women in history from various fields.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

International Women's Day
Questions and activities for International Women's Day, celebrated annually on March 8.

Gifts of Speech: Speeches by Year
Links to speeches made by famous women from the 1800s through the 1970s. (Ages 14 and up)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Women's Suffrage
Chart listing dates women received the vote in various countries.

Georgia O'Keeffe
Detailed biography of O'Keeffe. Includes quotes from the artist and some of pictures of her work.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Georgia O'Keeffe
Brief biography of O'Keeffe with links to examples of her paintings and drawings from the National Gallery of Art
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Amelia Earhart
This is the official Amelia Earhart website.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Amelia Earhart Biography
This website has biographical information of Amelia Earhart, including the early years, the celebrity, and the last flight.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Ninety Nines
The Ninety Nines is an international organization of women pilots that "was founded in 1929 by 99 licensed women pilots for the mutual support and advancement of aviation."

© Copyright Home School Learning Network, 2004. All Rights Reserved.



Fri., July 8, 2005

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

Chambers's Book of Days ------------------------------------
"A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in connection with the
Calendar." Browse this electronic reprint of the original book
(published in 1879) page by page, or select a date from a calendar
to see who was born and died on that date and other significant
events. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.
* Calendars
* Special days
Created by: smb
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) -----------------------------------------
Includes a database of all executions since 1976, searchable by
name, year, age, race, gender, location, method of execution, and
special factors. Also provides reports on issues such as
innocence, juveniles, mental illness, and costs, as well as facts
about death row, sentencing, data for individual states, and the
history of the death penalty. Portions of the site also available
in Spanish.
* Capital punishment
* LII classic content
Created by: rs
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Pop Culture -----------------------------------------------------
This site provides a compilation of links to information about
popular culture, cultural history, and fads in the United States
during the 20th century. Browsable by decade or by topic, such as
movies, popular music, and television. From the Deerwood Center
Library at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville.
* Popular culture
* United States
Created by: mcb

Resources for School Librarians ---------------------------------------------------
This site provides a compilation of links for school librarians in
the areas of learning and teaching, information access, program
administration (including library management policies and
procedures), technology, education and employment, and continuing
education. Searchable, or browsable by topic. "This site is
maintained by Linda Bertland, retired school librarian,
Philadelphia, PA."
* School libraries
* School librarians
Created by: mcb
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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Fri., July 8, 2005 - Women in Combat / A History of Public School Libraries

Taken From:
ResourceShelf Newsletter
Number 204
ISSN 1746-563X March 17, 2005

Source: Air University Library
New/updated bibliographies; Internet resources, books, documents, periodicals
Women in Combat


School Libraries--United States
Source: National Center for Educational Statistics
Fifty Years of Supporting Children's Learning: A History of Public School Libraries and Federal Legislation from 1953-2000
"Drawn from more than 50 sources, this report presents descriptive data about public school libraries since 1953. Along with key characteristics of school libraries, the report also presents national and regional standards, and federal legislation affecting school library media centers. Data from sample surveys are presented at the national, regional, and school levels, and by state." Full Report (PDF; 820 KB)

Gary PriceEditor, ResourceShelf

Thursday, July 07, 2005


Thurs., July 7, 2005 - Annual Credit Report

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Annual Credit Report

This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You can also request your report by phone or mail. Monitoring and periodically reviewing your credit report is an effective tool in fighting identity theft.
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Thurs., July 7, 2005 - Understanding Taxes

Taken From:
Date Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 8:07 PM
Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter
Issue #250

Understanding Taxes
The IRS has developed an interactive, instructional tax program called
Understanding Taxes to provide high schools, community colleges, and
the general public with a technology-based instructional tool.


Thurs., July 7, 2005 -
“…to improve the financial literacy and education of persons in the United States.”


Thurs., July 7, 2005 - Fighting Back Against Identity Theft

Taken From:

USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
03/16/2005 - Updated 10:10 AM ET

Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft
Revamped since the last time we visited, but possibly now more important than ever: The Federal Trade Commission wants to help you protect your identity. While they’re off dealing with the likes of the ChoicePoint debacle, you should spend some time reading over this site and taking its advice to heart. — HSS [NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY

Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Wed., July 6, 2005

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for April 14, 2005-

Buddhist Art and the Trade Routes ---------------------------------------
"Trade routes, both maritime and overland, were the primary means
by which Buddhist thought and imagery were conveyed from India,
the birthplace of Buddhism, to other Asian countries." This online
exhibit provides an overview of the trade routes and the Buddhist
religion, and images of Buddhist art from Korea, Japan, China,
Mongolia, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, and Sri Lanka. Also
includes a bibliography. From the Asia Society.
* Art, Buddhist
* Trade routes
* Buddhism
Created by: mcb


Fairies & Ghosts Special Issue ---------------------------------------------
This collection of articles focuses on fairies, ghosts, and other
mythical creatures. It includes definitions of fairies, literary
references to fairies, a discussion of medieval fairies,
interpretations of ghosts and haunted houses, and related
articles. From At the Edge, a now-defunct magazine "exploring new
interpretations of past and place in archaeology, folklore and
* Fairies
* Ghosts
* Folklore
Created by: je
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Fairy Faith -----------------------------------------------------
This companion site to a documentary film of the same name
"explores the magical 'otherworld' of fairies." It features brief
information about fairies in various cultures and about the
Cottingley fairies, "fairy facts," places where fairies are
believed to live, information about the director, and related Web
* Fairies
* Folklore
* Celts
Created by: je


Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books -----------------
This site provides a database of images of thousands of bookbindings. Browse by subject (including items such as color of binding or stamping), or search by keyword to see front and backcovers, a spine image, endpapers, and a physical description of each book. Also includes brief biographies of selected designers.The project is a partnership of the University of Alabama University Libraries and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.
* Bookbinding
* Book covers
* Publishers' bindings
Created by: smb

Small Ball: A Little League Story ----------------------------------------
Companion site to a documentary about the journey of an Aptos,
California, Little League team to the 2002 Little League World
Series. Features facts and figures about Little League, a timeline
of Little League history, a bibliography, a home run derby
animated game, and questions and answers for Little League
players, parents, and coaches. From Penn State Public Broadcasting
and the Center for New American Media.
* Baseball
* Baseball for children
* Little League baseball
Created by: je

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Wed., July 6, 2005 - Book Terms: Take a Term for the Verse

Taken From:

*** NEAT NEW STUFF, MARCH 25, 2005

Take a Term for the Verse
"a brief listing of some of the more commonly used terms within the book community." A handy resource for those who don't know a Beveled Board from a Half Binding.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2005


Wed., July 6, 2005 - BookFinder4U

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

BOOKFINDER4U, BookFinder4U, this website compares book prices among
75 bookstores so it may be quite useful for buying books online.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography and Earth Science
Central Michigan University


Wed., July 6, 2005

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

Body Art --------------------------------------------
This site is a companion to an exhibit about "the many different
ways, both temporary and permanent, in which people modify,
change, decorate and adorn their bodies." The site provides images
and information about painting, piercing, scarring, tattooing, and
shaping. From the Australian Museum.
* Body art
Created by: mcb

Gone With the Wind Exhibit -------------------------------
An online exhibition telling the story of the planning and making
of one of the most popular films in American history. The search
for the actress who would portray Scarlett O'Hara, how the
costumes and makeup were selected, and the struggle to purchase
the rights to the book are told using images, memos, and other
primary sources. From the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center,
University of Texas at Austin.
* Gone with the wind (Motion picture)
* O'Hara, Scarlett (Fictitious character)
* Motion pictures
Created by: dlm


In Search of Giant Squid ------------------------------------------------
Discusses the myths and legends behind this great sea creature and
provides information about habitats, body structures,
characteristics, and behavior, through numerous pictures and
illustrations. A companion site to an exhibit of the Smithsonian's
National Museum of Natural History.
* Squids
* Giant squids
* LII classic content
Created by: tc
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Women and the Holocaust: A Holocaust Education Resource for Teachers ----
This collection of curriculum resources covers topics related to
women and the Holocaust, such as women's survival in concentration
camps, women artists in the Warsaw Ghetto, and resistance
activities of women in camps. Resources are for middle and high
school classrooms, covering history, social studies, literature,
and art history subjects. Many of the topic areas include
bibliographies. From the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
* Women and war
* Jewish women in the Holocaust
* World War, 1939-1945
* Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Created by: je

Women of Ravensbruck: Portraits of Courage -----------------------------------
This exhibit looks at the history and background of the
Ravensbruck camp, a World War II concentration camp for women. It
features stories from several inmates, images of the camp and of
prisoner art, and essays on topics such as children, medical
experiments, spiritual resistance, and concentration camp
cookbooks. Based on an exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum,
this is part of virtual museum of the University of Minnesota
Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
[Shortened URL: ]
* World War, 1939-1945
* Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
* Women prisoners
* Ravensbruck (Concentration camp)
Created by: je

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005


Tues., July 5, 2005 - Read180 / Dragons / Science Base / Sounds

Taken From:
Date Sent: Sunday, July 03, 2005 9:25 AM
Subject: NobleEd News July Edition

Website Recommendations

Mrs. Henk's READ180 Webpage for Parents, Students, and Teachers
This is a web site for teachers, parents, and students involved in the researched-based reading intervention READ180 Program. The web site explains how the READ 180 program works and how students are chosen. The site provides classroom organizers, bulletin boards, forms, ideas, and projects Teachers, parents, and students are authorized to duplicate the PDF files for instructional purposes. The site also includes links to favorite reading, writing, and resource web sites for teachers, parents, and students “To the best of my knowledge the dragon images used in these web pages are from free web sites.”

Dragon Websites

" is a portal to science articles in biology, chemistry, physics and other areas of scientific discovery researched and written by David Bradley BSc CChem MRSC. The site also features external news feeds and help sections for science fair projects and chemistry assignment help and other related science education matters. For visitors in education, homeschoolers and students' parents, Sciencebase has new sections on ideas for your science fair project, science lab projects, and chemistry homework help."

Sounds Amazing
Welcome to Sounds Amazing, a learning resource for GCSE / Key Stage 4 Science. This site is designed to help you to understand sound and waves. You can also access acoustic and audio related web demonstrations and experiments

NobleEd News


Tues., July 5, 2005 - Dragons (from Mythology and more...)

Taken From:
Hi! It's Thursday, April 7, 2005 and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Discovery Channel/Animal Planet: Dragons
[Shortened URL: ]

The Discovery Channel site: a little movie of dragons!

I wasn't sure what to expect, but when I got to the website I discovered a series of short video clips that provide a brief history of the mythology of dragons. Using paintings, illustrations, and photographs of sculptures created by artisans throughout history, small vignette films were made that depict:

*Early Dragons
*Classical Dragons
*Dragons of the North
*Medieval Dragons
*Chinese Dragons
*Dragons of the Americas

When you get to the site, wait a few seconds for the first film on the "Earliest Dragons" to load. Then click on "Play" under the picture on your screen to begin the film and narration. At the end of each segment, you must wait for the next segment to load (a matter of seconds) and then click "Play" to watch the video. This is by no means an in-depth history of the mythology of dragons but it does provide a nice overview that may inspire further research. Plus, dragons are fascinating imaginary creatures and it's interesting to see how they have been depicted by various cultures
throughout time.

Parents, as always, should preview the material before showing it to their children to determine suitability. Some of the artistic images used in the video clips could be shocking or frightening to some children. Parental discretion advised.

Diane Flynn Keith
For ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved


Tues., July 5, 2005 - Milestones in Environmental Protection

Taken From:
ResourceShelf Newsletter
Number 207 April 7, 2005

Environment--United States--Timelines
Source: Info Please Almanac
New Timeline, Milestones in Environmental Protection

[NOTE: Timelines Archive
- Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf


Tues., July 5, 2005 - Information

Taken From:
Family First - Information Please (3/8/05)
March 8, 2005

In the golden age of radio (when your parents and grandparents were young), there was a program called Information Please. It was a game show, similar in some regards to Jeopardy and other television game shows. It, along with Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life, is the forerunner of today's games shows that we are all addicted to. Information Please was noted for the variety of questions asked, and was popular for many years. Today's Family First site looks at an Internet location that has the same variety of information, but is intended to provide data, not prizes.

The site is called and, as you can see, uses one of the new Internet extenders that are intended to explain what the sites are used for. Here you can get the latest news and information on a wide variety of topics. As I look at it now, there are sports scores (yes, the Yankees did beat the Red Sox today, but it was about 5 months too late) and a story about skiing in China. One feature that is really interesting is the ability to go to different countries using the sidebar menu. For example, click on Countries, click on Brazil, and without any delay, you have the latest headline from that country. There are other geographic options as well.

There are topical selections as well, called the Hot 50 Topics. It is a very eclectic collection of topics, from Cupid to Clay Aiken to the Westminster Dog Show. Movies, television, music, politics, the Internet, all have their topic areas as well. Ebay auctions are listed here as well, for those who need their daily eBay fix (present company included). You never can tell when that latest item that you-gotta-have-but-don't-really-need will pop up!

Sites such as today’s are showing how the Internet can be used as an information clearinghouse. This site's forte is up-to-the-minute information from the major news and paper services, as well as reference resources such as the CIA World Factbook. It is an excellent site and well presented and maintained.


Monday, July 04, 2005


Mon., July 4, 2005 - Patriotic Songs / If You Like Harry Potter...

Taken From:
Date Sent: Sunday, July 03, 2005 2:48 PM
NET-MOM NEWS--July 4 and Harry Potter

Sing Along Midis and Lyrics
A little hazy on the words to "This Land is my Land" and additional verses to "America the Beautiful"? Complete lyrics (and histories to some of the songs) are found at this site. Sing along to these songs and many other patriotic tunes. You can also print a U.S. flag for display! (All ages.)

If You Like Harry Potter
Newsflash! There are other books to read while waiting for the latest Harry Potter book to be released. This list was created by the Los Angeles Public Library. Here's another from the Monroe County Public Library in Indiana and one more from Salt Lake County Public Library in Utah. (All ages.)

Copyright 2005 Jean Armour Polly. All rights reserved.
Net-mom is a registered service mark of Jean Armour Polly.
Web site:


Mon., July 4, 2005 - Featured Documents

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 2:18 PM
From: Gilder Lehrman Institute
Subject: News from the Institute

Featured Document

The GLI website regularly features documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection so that scholars and teachers may have access to them. This document is George Washington’s last circular to the states as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. The broadside is titled "His Excellency General Washington's Last Legacy." Learn more about this document at:
Archive of Past Featured Documents
Current Document


Mon., July 4, 2005 - Celebrate Our Independence

Taken From:
Family First - 4th of July (7/4/05)

July 04, 2005
Happy 4th of July

Here it is, the birthday of our country. For better or worse, it is still here, 229 years after the Declaration of Independence. A lot of things have happened over those years, and today is a time to put the differences aside, and reflect on what we truly enjoy.

Today's Family First site is called Celebrate Our Independence, and is a celebration of the holiday. From the midi background music, to the poem on what our flag means to one person, to the tremendous collection of links, with a recipe for the All-American Desert. This is a site that reflects the values of our country; simple with a deep meaning and respects for the heritage we all share.

So visit it, and some of the links. This is a holiday, so don't miss the fireworks, but enjoy your stop here to see these fireworks first.


Mon., July 4, 2005 - Charters of Freedom / Symbolism of The Great Seal

Taken From:
Today's Cool Site of the Day - 7/4/2005

Charters of Freedom
Symbolism of the Great Seal
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Sunday, July 03, 2005


Sun., July 3, 2005

Taken From:
Don's Patch Issue #2005-04-01

The code that was never broken.
The main site is very media intense and slow loading but may be
worth the wait.

A site created and maintained by the National Energy Foundation.

A learning resource on energy efficiency that looks like it wasintended for young people.

Website of the Edgar Allen Poe museum.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Thomas Alvin Edison was a very interesting person.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Educational Java Programs
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Sun., July 3, 2005 - Return to Iwo Jima

Taken From:
Family First - Return to Iwo (3/14/05)

Return to Iwo

When Steven Speilberg made the film "Saving Private Ryan", one of the reasons he did so was to honor the men who fought in that war. He used the D-Day invasion as his topic for that honor. But World War II was a global war, fought on many fronts by many people of all ages and races. This past week there have been ceremonies on an island in the Pacific that was the location of one of the most famous pictures taken during that conflict. It has been the suject of movies, television shows, books and even was on a postage stamp. The battle I am referring to was fought on the island of Iwo Jima, and part of the legacy of that battle is the subject of today's Family First Site.

The is called Return to Iwo. It is the journey of Teddy Draper, a Navajo Codetalker from Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, to the islands of Iwo Jima, Guam, and Hawaii. Early in his life, he was one of the few Native American soldiers who served in the United States Marine Corps utilizing his native Navajo language to become one of the greatest weapons used in World War II. This historical visit brings Mr. Teddy Draper back to Iwo Jima where he was wounded as a soldier.

"Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima."
-Major Howard Connor,
5th Marine Division Signal Officer

At this site, you will learn about not only the battle at Iwo Jima, but you will also learn about the Code Talkers and their success in World War II. You will also learn about the "Dine", or the "People", as the Navajo call themselves. Their culture and beliefs are deep rooted in the history of the Southwestern United States, and are a part of our nations history. You also find about Mr. Draper and his service in World War II. But what is most exciting is his return to the island where he was wounded.

As you follow Mr. Draper’s journey, the complex social forces that the Navajo American Indians faced during WWII will be investigated. The re-traced crossing from familiar, sacred land to strange, brutal warfare will expose students today with a personal experience 60 years in the past. This passage will help them connect with a war that is becoming more history and less reality as fewer and fewer of America’s warriors remain. Mr. Draper is a true American hero, and you will be able to follow his journey here, both in real time, and on a delayed basis on the website. There is also a film being prepared that will focus on his journey on a more personal level.


Sun., July 3, 2005 - Alaska

Taken From:
EduHound Weekly for February 24, 2005

Alaska's History & Cultural Studies
This site provides students, teachers and others interested in the state access to a rich source of facts and viewpoints about Alaska and its history.

Alaska: The Greatland from National Geographic
As geographer Henry Gannett, a founder of the National Geographic Society, predicted in 1904, Alaska's “grandeur is more valuable than the gold or the fish or the timber, for it will never be exhausted.” Explore Alaska's land, wildlife, history and people.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Copyright © 2005 A Division of ETC Group LLC. All rights reserved.



Sun., July 3, 2005 -

Taken From:

"We bring together the latest news and views from over 1,600 organizations promoting human rights awareness and fighting poverty worldwide." Includes country guides, topic guides (child labour, microcredit, migration, etc.). Searchable.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2005

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