Saturday, July 16, 2005


Sat., July 16, 2005

Taken From:
Teaching Literature & Writing with Technology Newsletter
March 2005

Teaching Literature & Writing with Technology
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Beloved: Teaching Resources(High School, College)
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved by Toni Morrison is set several years after the Civil War and is acclaimed for its experimental style as well as its powerful subject matter. Follow this link to a blend of online literary, historical, and biographical resources about Beloved.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Teaching Resources(High School, College)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was a major literary and motion picture success and is set among patients and workers in a mental institution. The story revolves around a combative inmate who battles a dictatorial Nurse and is punished severely for his individualism. Find discussion questions, vocabulary, and biographical information on author Ken Kesey.

Kindred: Teaching Resources(High School, College)
Octavia Butler's Kindred is the story of a twentieth-century black woman who is mysteriously transported back to the antebellum South. Reminiscent of a slave narrative, Kindred is a powerful examination of slavery's oppressive nature and prompts readers to deal with slavery's long-term consequences.

Walt Whitman & Leaves of Grass: Teaching Resources (High School, College)
Whitman's treatment of race and slavery in "Song of Myself" -- the first untitled poem in Leaves of Grass (1855) -- reflects prejudices of his culture despite his era but also his efforts to rise above them. Discover critical essays, biographical and historical context, a bibliography, quotations, and various other teaching resources.

What is Creative Non-Fiction and How Does One Write It? (High School, College)
Use these internet resources to learn about the art of writing creative non fiction and discover anthologies, collections of short works, and more.
Tom Daccord
Webmaster - Best of History Web Sites


Sat., July 16, 2005

Taken From:
Newsletter of Web English Teacher
April 11, 2005

New Pages:

* Charlotte Bronte
Lesson plans and teaching resources for Jane Eyre

* Emily Bronte
Lesson plans and teaching resources for Wuthering Heights

* Albert Camus
Lesson plans and ideas for teaching The Stranger.

* Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lesson plans for "I Have a Dream" and "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

* William Steig
The author of Shrek wrote several children's books. Here
are links to Brave Irene, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, and others.
Oddly, I couldn't find lesson plans to Shrek online.

Carla BeardWeb English Teacher
This newsletter is copyright 2005, Web English Teacher.


Sat., July 16, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2005 11:30 PM
HLN Newsletter: 20th Century Biographies, Part 2

Week of 04-11-05

The Tolkien Society
All Things Tolkien are found on the pages of this Website. A wonderful biography and in-depth articles round out the high informative site.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien
This Web site is easy to navigate and simple to understand.

The Tolkien Trail
This is a fun site! Games and colorful graphics create a light atmosphere to learn more about Tolkien, the Shire and Middle Earth! [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Tolkien Timeline
A web site that looks at the the life of J.R.R. Tolkien as an author and scholar.

John F. Kennedy
Presents Kennedy's life and his short term as president, including his perspective on domestic and foreign affairs and his family life.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

JFK's Inaugural Speech
RealAudio of Kennedy's inaugural address.
[NOTE: Other pages from - previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The History Place
Photo history of John F. Kennedy from the early years through the presidency.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Online Picasso Project
Created by a professor at A&M University, this comprehensive site includes a detailed year-by-year biography of Picasso's life and thumbnails of his works. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Pablo Picasso
The National Gallery of Art presents many examples of Picasso's work housed there, including paintings, drawings, and prints. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

NOVA Einstein Revealed
An excellent Web site for gaining insight to Einstein's Theory of Relativity. There are five sections: Genius among Geniuses, Timeline, Time Traveler, Relativity and the Cosmos and The Light Stuff. Most sections are designed for grades 6-12, however one section, The Light Stuff, is appropriate for grades 3-8.

Einstein - Image and Impact
An exceptional exhibit on line, created by the American Institute of Physics, exploring all the aspects of Albert Einstein's life. The image map displays entrances to different "Halls" dedicated to various aspects of Einstein's life. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Everything's Relative Einstein: Still Right After All These Years
An outstanding biography of Albert Einstein that investigates his contribution to science. It is divided into three segments, The Theories, The Proof, The Man. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

TIME: Person of the Century: Albert Einstein
An excellent article explaining why Albert Einstein was voted the "Person of the Century". The site contains numerous articles about Einstein and the top contenders for the prestigious title Person of the Century. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Sat., July 16, 2005

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for March 24, 2005

End-of-Life Choices: Feeding Tubes and Ventilators -------------------------
This fact sheet discusses two common decisions facing families of
chronically ill people: using feeding tubes when the person cannot
swallow, and ventilators when the person cannot breathe on his or
her own. Topics include artificial hydration and nutrition, and
pneumonia and ventilators. Provides a link to a fact sheet on
"Holding On and Letting Go," and related resources. From the
Family Caregiver Alliance, an education and advocacy organization.
* Terminal care
* Life support systems (Critical care)
* Respirators (Medical equipment)
* Artificial feeding
Created by: je

Jorge Luis Borges: The Garden of Forking Paths -------------------------------------
"Here you will find access to the garden planted by [Jorge Luis]
Borges, the Argentine writer, poet and philosopher." Includes
biographical information, bibliographies, reviews, interviews,
criticism, and links to other resources on the author. Part of the
Modern Word, a site dedicated to "twentieth century writers who
have pushed the envelope of traditional narrative and structure."
* Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986
* Authors, Argentine
* Literature, Modern
* People
Created by: ne
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
The Authors:
- Phyllis ]

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Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, LII.

Thank you for using Librarians' Index to the Internet!

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Websites you can trust!

Friday, July 15, 2005


Fri., July 15, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 2:20 PM
Subject: THWT newsletter online

The April Teaching History with Technology Newsletter is online at:

Ancient China: Resources and Lesson Plans (Middle School, High School)
The Chinese have shared a common culture for almost 4,000 years, longer than any other group on Earth. The ancient Chinese dynastic system was established as early as 221 BC and over centuries the Chinese developed a distinctive system of writing, philosophy, art, and political organization. Discover a valuable array of internet resources for teaching about ancient China to middle school and high school students.
[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Debate Activity : Truman's Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb (Middle School, High School)
President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima is an excellent topic for a web activity and class debate. After all, the atomic bomb completely changed the world. After 1945 humans come to hold a weapon capable of destroying mankind. Do your students agree with Truman's decision to drop the bomb? Follow this link to several excellent resources and activities that help students understand and evaluate Truman's momentous decision.
[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Making Sense of Films (Middle School, High School, College)
Offered by History Matters in association with Visible Knowledge Network, the Making Sense of Films guide offers an overview of early film and how historians use it, tips on what questions to ask when watching early films, an annotated bibliography, and a guide to finding and using early film online. It is written by Tom Gunning, Professor in the Art Department and the Cinema and Media Committee at the University of Chicago. He has written numerous essays on early and international silent cinema, and on the development of later American cinema, in terms of Hollywood genres and directors as well as the avant-garde film.

Teaching World War II: Select Resources and Lesson Plan (Middle School, High School, College)
World War II was the seminal event of the 20th century. Under the banners of democracy, communism and fascism, powerful national armies marched into battle and left tens of millions dead and many more traumatized. The world was left in a nuclear age and dominated by two mutually-suspicious superpowers, The United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. There are many fascinating WWII topics for your students to study: The Rise of Fascism, Pearl Harbor, Holocaust, D-Day and the War in the Pacific, The Home Front, Atomic Bomb, Personalities, Propaganda, Women in the War, and more. Our annotated list leads you to excellent teaching resources.
[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Library of Congress: James Madison Papers (High School, College)
The Library of Congress announces the release of The James Madison Papers: The James Madison Papers consist of approximately 12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images. They document the life of the man who came to be known as the "Father of the Constitution" through correspondence, personal notes,
drafts of letters and legislation, an autobiography, legal and financial
documents, and miscellaneous manuscripts. The series moves through Madison's years as a student, and as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and include extensive notes of the debates during his three-year term in the Continental Congress (1779-82). Other materials reflect the nine years that Madison spent in the House of Representatives and his tenure as Secretary of State during Thomas Jefferson's presidency. Correspondence and notes trace his two terms as the
fourth president of the United States, illuminating the origins and course
of the War of 1812 and the post-war years of his presidency and subsequent
retirement. The collection also includes a complete copy of Thomas
Jefferson's notes from the Continental Congress of 1776.

AwesomeStories (Middle School, High School) is an educational learning tool designed to support state and national standards. Stories link to organized primary and secondary source materials found principally at U.S. and other worldwide national archives, museums, libraries, universities, news organizations and government websites. In this interactive learning experience students see relevant maps, pictures, artifacts, manuscripts and documents in context within each story. Relevant sections include Click2History, Click2Biography, Click2Religion, and Click2Disasters. The service is free to schools and libraries.
“To continue providing a free site license to schools and libraries, as we grow the site's content, we charge a modest annual subscription fee ($19.95) for individuals.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

EASE History (Middle School, High School)
A group at Michigan State University has created a new website called EASE History that features videos and photographs from 1900 to the present. Their videos could easily be incorporated into a lesson plan. Ease History connects historical events, campaign ads and core democratic values. Users can view over 600 videos and photographs three entry points: Historical Events, Campaign Ads, and Core Values.

Educational Curriculum on the Death Penalty (Middle School, High School)
The non-profit Death Penalty Information Center has expanded the resources related to Michigan State University's award-winning Educational Curriculum on the Death Penalty. The Center now offers a listserv for educators who teach about capital punishment, free teacher training workshops, and free brochures for distribution to schools and teachers. DPIC's Educational Curriculum is an Internet-based classroom tool that offers flexible lesson plans, teacher overviews, separate teacher and student curriculum Web sites, and learning objectives that meet national educational standards. The new e-mail listserv provides educators with timely updates on significant death penalty news and events for classroom discussion and offers access to death penalty experts.

Resources for Teaching History With Technology

AP History Resources

Jay Harmon's History Web Sites: AP European History & AP World History
Mr. Harmon is a veteran teacher of AP European History, AP US History and AP World History and is the creator and former moderator of the e-mail discussion groups in several AP disciplines. He has been an AP exam essay reader in AP US and AP European History and is a table leader at AP World History exam essay readings. His site links to teacher-created AP sites, research sites, documents sites, art and music history links, publisher web sites, offers ideas for AP teachers and has an internet forum.

U.S. History for AP Students
Has notecards, outlines, historical documents, test tips, and AP Student Forum

Educational Technology Tutorials and Resources

Tom Daccord
Webmaster - Best of History Web Sites


Fri., July 15, 2005 - Harlem History

Taken From:
=======The Scout Report
April 15, 2005
Volume 11, Number 15
Harlem History [RealPlayer]

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Harlem is perhaps the most famous African-American neighborhood in the United States (though over history it has been host to a number of ethnic groups), and hundreds of its residents have gone on to major positions of prominence in politics, the arts, and a host of other areas. This multimedia website, designed by the Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures group (in conjunction with The Institute for Research in African-American Studies) brings together a number of archival highlights and scholarship from a number of sources at Columbia University.The thematic areas on the site include "Arts and Culture", "TheNeighborhood" and "Politics". Visitors can delve into each of these areas and read essays on the architecture and growth of Harlem, its former Jewish identity, and the recollections of the famed labor leader A. Philip Randolph. Finally, the site also contains a number of photo essays of note.[KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.


Fri., July 15, 2005

Taken From:
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 20:12:04 -0500From: Debbie Reese Subject: [LM_NET] Problematizing Westward ExpansionSender: School Library Media & Network Communications

I hope the students are learning that there were well-established societiesof American Indians all across the continent, that it wasn't empty land theexpansion was venturing into.

Two sites that speak to this are:
Native American Displacement Amid U.S. Expansion
A Conversation With R. David Edmunds
[NOTE: Home Page for The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)

Manifest Destiny: Clash of Cultures
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Debbie A. Reese, (Pueblo)
Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Fri., July 15, 2005 - The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott

Taken From:
PBS Teacher Previews: June 26-July 2, 2005
Louisiana Public Broadcasting
"Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott"
Station> High School

This companion Web site, produced by PBS member station LPB,
recounts the events that led to the nation's first large-scale
boycott protesting segregation. Learn more about the boycott
and its impact on the evolution of grassroots civil rights
activism across the country during the early years of America's
Civil Rights Movement.
[NOTE: Resources page includes a link to:
Louisiana State University, Bus Boycott Project - Phyllis ]

Copyright 2005 PBS Online


Thursday, July 14, 2005


Thurs., July 14, 2005 - WebGarden

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, April 12, 2005

WebGarden - Ohio State University

Today's site is widely recognized as one of the most extensive and user
friendly of online gardening information sources. Gentle Subscribers, about
to throw themselves into the peak season of their horticultural activities,
be it a charming balcony garden or a sweeping vista, may find this
comprehensive site an invaluable reference.

"PlantFacts has merged several digital collections developed at Ohio State
University to become an international knowledge bank and multimedia
learning center. ... Web - Internet search engine - Most concentrated
search engine dealing strictly with plants. Over 260,000 pages of
information ... Images - (formerly Plant Dictionary) - A searchable
database of high quality images featuring Ornamental plants, Turf, Plant
Diseases, and Insects. ... Videos - Collection of 200 short gardening
how-to videos, ranging from tips on basic landscaping to lessons on
deadheading roses." - from the website

This all-encompassing gardening site offers information on every
conceivable topic. A search, using the "PlantFacts" omnibus database,
returns information from the Images, FAQ's and Insect & Disease Images
databases, as well as scouring the related web pages of the land-grant
universities and a number of Canadian government institutions. A separate
FAQ or "Tips" database handles over 800 questions, many with colored
illustrations, dealing with those desperate queries, like why aren't my
peonies blooming. The illustrated glossary uses great photos to explain
horticultural terms in addition to their standard definitions.

WebGarden's excellence makes it worth bookmarking as a permanent reference.

Dig over to the site to explore the range of horticultural information
available at:

A.M. Holm


Thurs., July 14, 2005

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for March 31, 2005

"Doing the Pan" ---------------------------------------------------
The Pan-American Exposition, held in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1901, "was a
concentrated snapshot of ... people, their attitudes about
everything and everyone, their social classes, their conflict
between religious observances and commercial opportunities, and
their happy surrender to the not-so-cheap thrills of the Midway."
This personal site features tours of the fair, documents and
stories (on topics such as tourism, design, women, and children),
images of souvenirs, information about costs and the weather, and
* Exhibitions
* Pan-American Exposition (1901 : Buffalo, N.Y.)
* Buffalo (N.Y.)
Created by: dlm


African American Archaeology, History and Cultures ------------------------------
"This web site is designed to provide convenient access to online
presentations and resources concerning the subjects of African
American archaeology, history and cultures, and broader subjects
of African diaspora archaeology." Includes links to
bibliographies, research institutes, and heritage sites. From a
University of Illinois anthropology professor.
* African Americans
* African diaspora
* Excavations (Archaeology)
* Black History Month
Created by: sf


Guys Read --------------------------------------
"A literacy initiative for boys" started by Jon Scieszka (author
of "The Stinky Cheese Man," among other fun titles) to encourage
reading among boys all of ages. The site includes tips on
promoting reading for parents, librarians, booksellers, and
educators; reading lists for boys; and an area for site users to
add recommendations of "favorite books for guys."
* Literacy programs
* Boys
* LII classic content
Created by: ls


The Helpful Gardener ------------------------------------------
An abundance of gardening tips are presented in this collection of
articles on topics such as bonsai, native plants, roses,
perennials, and other gardening subjects. Includes a message
board. From a garden designer who specializes in Japanese and
native gardens.
* Gardening
Created by: jh


MedlinePlus: Child Abuse --------------------------------
A compilation of links to information about child abuse and
neglect. Topics include diagnosis, treatment, prevention,
research, organizations, law and policy, and statistics. Some
material available in Spanish. From the National Library of
Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
* Child abuse
Created by: mcb


Trapp Family History --------------------------------------------
Brief history of the Austrian von Trapp family, which was featured
in the Broadway musical "The Sound of Music." The site includes
information about Maria von Trapp, the musical, and the German and
Hollywood movies. Includes photographs. Also includes links to
related sites. From a lodge in Vermont, the president of which is
the youngest of the Trapp children.
* Trapp Family Singers
* Folk singers
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!

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


Thurs., July 14, 2005

Taken From:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences =====
====== April 1, 2005 ======
===== Volume 4, Number 7 ======

World Wildlife Federation: Education-Middle School [pdf]

Middle school students will enjoy surfing the pages of this WWF website
about animals, habitats, conservation, and more. One section of the site
offers information about different types of carnivores, omnivores, and
herbivores such as sharks, giraffes, bears, and zebras. There is also a
Remarkable Animals subsection that features short descriptions of animals
like the Sidewinder Rattlesnake, Mallee Fowl, Red Piranha, and Snapping
Turtle. The Habitats section profiles Grasslands, Mountains, Oceanic
Islands, and Tropical Forests, to name a few. Other site offerings include
underwater photographs of coral reef dwellers; ideas for projects like
making a compost heap or a solar oven; downloadable factsheets; and links to
conservation-related websites organized by topic. [NL]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Wildflowers and Weeds: Learning to Identify Plants by Families

This plant identification site is featured in naturalist Thomas J. Elpel's
Wildflowers and Weeds website (first mentioned in the March 18, 2005 NSDL
Scout Report for Life Sciences). The site introduces creative plant
identification techniques covered in Elpel's publication, _Botany in a Day_.
His system is based on learning to recognize characteristics common to
different plant species in the same family. The website introduces "seven of
the largest and easiest-to-recognize families of plants, which are found
worldwide." The families include are: mustard, mint, parsley, pea, lily,
mallow, and aster. Each family section contains diagrams, a concise
overview, and a collection of clear, explanatory photographs. [NL]

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


Thurs., July 14, 2005 - Plants and Botany

Taken From:
HLN Newsletter: Plants & Botany
Week of 03-28-05
Plants & Botany

Gardens for Beginners
This site contains information on how to select flowers and grow them.
There is also a good section on gardening terms.

Michigan's 4H Children's Garden Tour
A virtual tour of the Michigan 4H Garden where your children can learn sign language! It requires QuickTime version 5. There are fun activities as well as plant identification and quizzes and games. It also includes QuickTime movies of American Sign Language signs for most aspects of the garden.

Suite 101 Home and Garden
A great site set up in the format of a table with information on all areas of gardening. Divided into 46 categories, covering every aspect you can think of.

The Creative Gardener
At this site you can take virtual tours of various gardens. The site is devoted to stimulating and developing your own personal creative gardening ideas.

Plants and Our Environment
Learn from this student-made Web site the ways in which plants are the basis of life on earth. The parts of the plant and their functions, how plants reproduce, life cycles, photosynthesis, and various plant usages.
This site is a fourth place award-winning entry created by children to explain photosynthesis. It is simple to understand and good for younger children.

Photosynthesis: The Most Important Process on Earth?
This site allows you to click on words for explanations. It has activities for advanced biologists as well.

Get the detailed low down on chlorophyll at this site. It explains the role of chlorophyll and presents a history on those who discovered the process of photosynthesis.

The Great Plant Escape
An interactive way for children to learn all about plants and their needs. It was designed for fourth and fifth graders, but is appropriate for all ages, with the help of an adult for younger children.
[NOTE: From: Just for Kids – previously posted. – Phyllis ]

NATURE: The Seedy Side of Plants
Explains the unique ways that seeds travel, and how plants learn to live in unlikely environments. Includes a section on controversial genetic engineering and how it is altering the natural seed production of plants.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Natural Perspective: Plant Kingdom
A brief Introduction to the plant kingdom with information on some of the divisions, which make up this group.
[NOTE: Other “Kingdoms” from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

PBS Teachers Source: Mathematics and Nature
Lesson plans for grades 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12 on topics including plant growth and surface area of a leaf.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Mathematics in Nature
A fairly advanced lesson in physics and math, for the older students.

Ptolemy's Ptools
Projects for measuring the altitude of a cloud, the height of a tree, the width of a creek, and so on. Designed by students for students.

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


Wed., July 13, 2005

Taken From:
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 13:13:03 -0700
From: Lori Lombard maryjane13148@YAHOO.COM
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

Try the hotlist on our school website
Maltby Middle School
Brighton, Michigan

1.Click on the research button on the left
2. Click on Online Reference Source
3.Click on Maltby Hotlists (at the top)
4. Click on Science
5. Second choice down Rare and Endangered![

NOTE: Other Hotlists for Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, & The Arts. – Phyllis ]
All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Wed., July 13, 2005 - ISTE Educator Resources

ISTE Educator Resources > Curriculum > K-12

[Shortened URL: ]


Wed., July 13, 2005 - The School Network

The School Network
“Our primary goal is to serve high-school students with their school assignments and essays.”


What is Literature?

[NOTE: This site MAY be from the U.K. I don’t know who put it up. – Phyllis ]


Wed., July 13, 2005 - Web Sitings: 70 Top Web Sites

----------Forwarded Message--------
Date: 05-11-2005 04:54 PM
Subject: [LIFE of Florida] Scholastic Web Sitings: 70 Top Web Sites

Scholastic Web Sitings: 70 Top Web Sites

Here are lively, lesson-planning links packed with tips,
activities, great reproducibles and much, much more

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Tues., July 12, 2005 - Water Cycle

Taken From:
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 14:24:57 -0700
From: Diane Van Gorden
Subject: [LM_NET] New USGS Water Cycle Web site -- MULTI-LANGUAGE
Sender: School Library Media & Network Communications

-----Original Message-----
From: Howard Perlman []
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 9:02 AM
To: Feaver, Eric [MT]
Subject: New USGS Water Cycle Web site;


I am Howard Perlman, a hydrologist with the U.S.
Geological Survey (USGS), Water Resources, in Atlanta, Ga.
We have recently released a Web site about the water cycle.
It is very comprehensive with a wonderful diagram of the
water cycle, which we have in 57 languages.

The URL is
The site is part of the existing Water Science for
Schools Web site

My problem is trying to inform science teachers
that this very useful site exists.

Do you have any suggestions on how I can get this
information out to the Nation's science teachers?

Howard Perlman
US Geological Survey

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

All LM_NET postings are protected by copyright law.


Tues., July 12, 2005

Taken From:

======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences ===
======== April 15, 2005 ===
======== Volume 4, Number 8 ======

NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory [pdf, jpeg]

The NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory (ETL) presents its weather,
climate, and air quality investigations. Visitors can discover ETL's
theoretical and field observations and sensor and model developments to
address complex environmental issues. The website provides detailed
descriptions of the Study of Environmental Artic Change (SEARCH), the Rain
in Cumulus over the Ocean Experiment (RICO) project, and other 2005
programs. Teachers can find educational resources for elementary, middle,
and high school. [RME]
[NOTE: See Also: Clouds and Climate - Phyllis ]

BBC: Supervolcano [jpeg, Macromedia Flash Player]

As a follow-up to a recent television broadcast, the BBC offers fascinating
articles and interactive modules about supervolcanoes. Students and
educators can learn about the supervolcano in Yellowstone that erupted 2.1
million years ago and produced 2,500 times more ash than Mount St. Helens.
Users can play an interactive game to learn how they should respond to a
disaster. The website describes how volcanoes and other natural disasters
occur and how people and the environment are affected. After reviewing the
materials, students can test their knowledge about natural disasters. [RME]

NASA: Kids [Macromedia Flash Player, gif, QuickTime]

Through this NASA website, kids will enjoy learning about astronomy through
fun games, articles, and activities. Through online storybooks, users can
learn about ancient sundials and our sun. The website offers matching games,
a short video about Earth's daily cycle, and crossword puzzles. Students can
learn how to make sundials, models of planets, solar oven, and many other
space science-related tools and phenomena. The website furnishes links to
kids' websites for many of NASA's missions, where users can find numerous
additional activities, interesting stories, and fun facts. [RME]

EDF Energy: Power Up! [Macromedia Flash Player]

This website, developed by the UK's EDF Energy Company, offers Macromedia
Flash Player-enhanced tutorials to educate students about the key concepts
of electricity. Through fun games and modules, the wizard Celldric teaches
seven- through eleven-year-old students about the objects that use
electricity, the properties of batteries, circuits, the National Grid, and
much more. Students eleven through fourteen years old can learn about
electricity's affects on human bodies, electricity consumption of different
appliances, fossil fuels, Faraday's experiment, and much more. [RME]

The Center for Earthquake Research and Information [gif, pdf]

The Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University
of Memphis offers an assortment of educational materials about earthquake
causes, impacts, and safety. Educators and students can find science fair
ideas, lesson plans, earthquake survivor stories, and much more. Within the
technical information link, users can find seismic data, information on
recent earthquakes, and materials on the seismic networks. The Public
Awareness link furnishes interesting earthquake myths and folklore, facts
about the New Madrid Fault System, and tips on how to survive an earthquake.
The website also presents the many research projects at CERI. [RME]

National Geographic: SpaceShipOne [jpeg, QuickTime]

The National Geographic presents Burt Rutan's accomplishments with his
rocketship, SpaceShipOne. Users can learn about the preparation and flight
through a series of fascinating images and a concise article. The website
features photographer Jim Sugar's experience covering the event. Visitors
can find interesting facts and links to outside resources. For those who
would like to discuss the topic, individuals can join in the online forum.
Everyone should visit the Multimedia link to take a closer look at
SpaceShipOne's cockpit. [RME]

The Geological Society of London [gif]
The Geological Society of London promotes "the geosciences and the professional interests of UK geoscientists." The website offers media, geological, and society news. Researchers can find out about upcoming conferences covering a variety of geological topics as well as information on a series of journals. Everyone interested in geology can find materials on geological careers, including required education, qualifications, and funding. The website provides teaching resources on volcanoes, geologic hazards, and other geological phenomena.

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


Tues., July 12, 2005

Taken From:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences =====
====== April 1, 2005 ======
===== Volume 4, Number 7 ======

National Geographic Xpeditions [Macromedia Flash Player, jpeg]

"Xpeditions is home to the U.S. National Geography Standards--and to
thousands of ideas, tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to
life." While the countless lesson plans cover a wide variety of geography-
related topics, the ones involving the physical sciences include: Mars
Mobiles, Oil and Water in the Middle East, River Sources and Stories, and
How are Islands Formed?. The Activities link offers numerous stimulating
interactive modules and articles. Because the materials are sorted by
standards and grade level, parents and teachers can easily find applicable
resources. [RME] [NOTE: Previously posted.
See Also: Blue-Ribbon Links
Nature’s Fury: Volcanoes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Wildfires and Earthquakes
Nature’s Fury: Resources and Links

Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

====== Topic In Depth ====
[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Cambridge Cosmology: Galaxies [gif]
Galaxies Galore, Games and More [QuickTime, Macromedia Shockwave Player]
Active Galaxies and Quasars
Galaxies and the Universe
Active Galaxies Newsletter [postscript, pdf]
Classifying Galaxies [Java, jpeg]
Distant Galaxies and Cosmological Models [gif]

This Topic in Depth presents the science and research of galaxies. First,
the University of Cambridge offers clear, logical descriptions and images of
the Milky Way, spiral and elliptical galaxies, clusters, and dark matter of
the Universe (1). Users can also find educational tutorials on many other
cosmology topics. Next, the Space Telescope Science Institute's "Galaxies
Galore, Games and More is a learning module designed to allow elementary
students to use their observational skills, recognize patterns, and learn
how galaxies are classified" (2). Through the fun, interactive materials,
students can learn about spiral, elliptical, and irregular galaxies. The
third website, developed by NASA, introduces students to Seyfert Galaxies,
quasars, and blazars (3). Visitors can find cool facts about the topic,
quizzes, an advanced-level article on galaxies and pulsars, and additional
resources. Next, Professor Bill Keel at Leiden University and the University
of Alabama supplies graduate level virtual lectures on the topic of
extragalactic astronomy (4). While the website is only updated to the most
recent class he taught (Spring of 2003), the wealth of high-quality
information offered on topics such as star formation, environmental effects
on galaxies, and galaxy interactions and mergers makes it worth the visit.
The fifth website, produced by the Jodrell Bank Observatory, is "an
electronic publication dedicated to the observations and theory of active
galaxies" (5). The newsletter promotes new papers, conferences,
dissertations, employment opportunities, and more. Sixth, the Science Museum
of Virginia educates users about the differences among galaxies through a
series of images and clear text (6). Visitors can view images collected by
the Hubble telescope and can test their skills at classifying galaxies. The
seventh website, produced by National Academy of Engineering member Edward
Barlow, presents concepts of general relativity and the new developments and
tools used to study galaxies and other cosmological phenomena (7). The
complex materials offer great examples of how models are used to help
scientists understand facets of the universe. Lastly, Wikipedia offers
concise explanations of the characteristics of galaxies, their history, and
etymology (8). Throughout the text, visitors can find links to more
information on the concepts discussed. [RME]

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


Tues., July 12, 2005 - Geology Links by State

Taken From:
26 March 2005 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"

U.S.A. GEOLOGY LINKS BY STATE INDEX, Roger Welder, Cochise College,
(suggested by Roger Huff, University of Cincinnati), find an impressive
collection of geology links (over 3600) sorted by state. The number of
links per state ranges from 14 for Rhode Island to 600 for Arizona.
There is an average of around 50-100 links for most states.
[NOTE: Geology Home Page - Phyllis ]

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography and Earth Science
Central Michigan University

Monday, July 11, 2005


Mon., July 11, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 2:48 PM
"Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education publications & more."
Subject: New Learning Resources

have been added to FREE, the website that makes finding
federal learning resources easier:


"Gilbert Stuart"
examines the life & career of early America's most successful
portraitist. The son of a Rhode Island snuff miller, Stuart
(1755-1828) mastered portraiture in London & Dublin. Upon
returning to America in 1793, he demonstrated a talent for
conveying the likeness & personality of his subjects. He is
known for his portraits of famous people of early America,
including the first five Presidents of the U.S. (NGA)


"Toulouse-Lautrec & Montmartre"
focuses on paintings, posters, & other works by Lautrec
depicting the decadent spirit & bohemian life of this hilltop
working-class district on the outskirts of Paris at the turn
of the 20th century. A special web feature discusses
Montmartre celebrities, cafes & cabarets, brothels, & circuses
portrayed by Lautrec (1864-1901), as well as his first
lithograph -- the poster that made him an overnight sensation.


"Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
Education (ESTEME) Week" is April 11-15, 2005.
Visit the gallery of award-winning
sites to learn about numbers in everyday life, cell biology &
evolution, earth & the environment, what's in toothpaste, how
molecules affect us, & the science behind the headlines.
Design a virtual roller coaster, watch an ancient Mesoamerican
ballgame, compose music, & explore tombs in the Valley of the
Kings. (MA)

"National Science Digital Library"invites students to try its "ask an expert" service to getanswers to questions about math, science, technology, &engineering. A portal for middle school math & scienceteachers features hands-on experiences with measurement, howenergy moves & changes, & the basics of aerodynamics. (NSF) [NOTE: Previously posted. A few sites listed are fee-based.
Browse By Subject
Middle School Portal – Phyllis ]

Past messages:


Mon., July 11, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Monday, April 04, 2005 2:07 AM
Subject: About Private Schools

B. J. Berquist's Public Home Page - ArtsSites
A collection of most useful fine arts links.
Berquist is one of the TappedIn educators.

© 2004 About, Inc.


Mon., July 11, 2005

Taken From:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for April 7, 2005

1930's Dust Bowl -----------------------------------------------------------
A brief description of the Dust Bowl in the Oklahoma Panhandle
community of Boise City, Cimarron County, with pictures of "Black
Sunday April 14, 1935. The dust storm that turned day into night."
Excerpted from The Dust Bowl, Men, Dirt and Depression by Paul
Bonnifield. On the Web site of the Cimarron Heritage Center in
Boise City.
* Dust storms
* Depressions
* Droughts
* Agriculture
* Great Plains
* LII classic content
Created by: mg


Digitized Juvenile Literature Collection -------------------------------------------
This collection of full-text scanned images of over 30 children's
books includes ABC books, holiday stories, and other examples of
19th century picture books. From Florida State University
Libraries Special Collections.
* Children's literature
* Illustrated children's books
* Illustration of books, Victorian
Created by: mg


P.O.V.: Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story --------------------
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary about
Fred Korematsu and his court case claiming the forced internment
of Japanese-Americans during World War II was unconstitutional.
The site provides an introduction to the Korematsu story, video
clips, and links to related sites (including those for the Supreme
Court opinion, internment camps, and other PBS programs).
* Korematsu, Fred, 1919-
* World War, 1939-1945
* Japanese Americans
* Civil rights
* People
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Educating to Eliminate Hazing -----------------------------
The main purpose of this site "is to serve as a resource for
accurate, up-to-date hazing information for students, parents, and
educators." The site features a definition, state laws, and
information covering many aspects of hazing, including fraternity,
sorority, athletic, high school, and military hazing. Also
includes links to articles, discussion boards, a group of e-mail
comments in favor of hazing, an evaluation of why hazing does not
work, and more.
* Hazing
* Initiation rites
Created by: mcb


Working in the Theatre Seminars ---------------------------------------
"The American Theatre Wing's panel discussion series brings
together performers, directors, playwrights, designers,
choreographers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the Broadway
theatre. Streaming video recordings of these seminars, produced by
CUNY-TV, may be viewed here in Real Player format." Subjects
include puppetry, performance, humor, specific productions, stage
design, unions, and critics; panelists include Matthew Broderick,
Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Julie Harris, Anne Meara, Sigourney
Weaver, and Gregory Hines.
* Theater
Created by: wh

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
Websites you can trust!


Mon., July 11, 2005

Taken From:
Date Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 8:24 PM
Subject: March edition teachers@work newsletter

This month’s web site reviews are available at

Bellini: Feast of the Gods
Around 1512 the Duke of Ferrara commissioned Giovanni Bellini to paint this masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance, which now hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Subsequently Dosso Dossi decorated a Gallery for the Duke and 1522 painted over half of Bellini's canvas. Seven years later Titian repainted the Feast of the Gods again. What do the earlier versions look like? How much of the artists work do we see today? Welcome for investigative web site which looks at uncovering the mysteries surrounding this wonderful piece of work . . . . in three parts. Ideal for year levels 11-12
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Draw & Color with Uncle Fred
The focus of this web site is to assist students in drawing their first cartoons. The good thing about drawing cartoons is that it provides a technique for getting proportion and notions of movement embedded in the students art. Uncle Fred will take students through a step-by-step process through this web site. Ideal for year levels 3-8

Living with Washi (paper)
Invented in ancient China, paper made its way to Japan where it became Washi (Japanese paper), adapted by unique materials and new manufacturing methods. The web site traces the discovery of pare and the development of Washi and the continual improvement in the quality and range of paper products that are available today. An excellent introduction and background information on paper. Ideal for year levels 8-12

Rembrandt: Pictorial History
Rembrandt was a prolific artist and this web site features a collection of thumbnails which can be enlarged to show good quality images of Rembrandt's work. The site also has a concise biography of the artist. Ideal for year levels 9-12
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Free Online Dictionaries
At this location you can find free online dictionaries which will translate Afrikaners, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, and Italian, Japanese, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish into English. Ideal for year levels 8-12

Scenes for High School Drama Students!
If you have been searching the web looking for a monologue or a scene you can perform in your drama class then you will find an excellent collection here. The scripts range from very good to excellent and range from recently straightforward to quite difficult. An excellent resource. Ideal for year levels 8-12

Symphony Orchestra Instruments
Students will find here a brief overview of the origin of the Symphony Orchestra along with descriptions of the instruments found in the Symphony Orchestra including sound examples. The site also provides the classroom musical terms and other unfamiliar words that students may come across when studying music. Ideal for year levels 4-10

Seismic Monitor
This excellent online visual map of the latest earthquakes from around the world provides a wonderfully graphic view of the activity of the earths plate boundaries. Different colours and sizes of circles are used to refect the locations and magnitude of the earthquakes and the concentration of earthquakes in some regions renders some countries almost invisible! Ideal for all year levels

Sunday, July 10, 2005


Sun., July 10, 2005 - Famous Birthdays

Taken From:

USA Today Web Guide Hot Sites
04/14/2005 - Updated 10:21 AM ET

Famous Birthdays
It really doesn't get any more self-explanatory than this: an online resource for finding out what famous individuals share the same birthday as you. But discovering who else was born on your special day never seems to get tiring, and that is why this nine-year old site hasn't cooled off quite yet. The pages have a very "early-Internet," nostalgic feel to them, which seems rather appropriate for a page dedicated to birthdays. — MB

Copyright 2005 USA TODAY


Sun., July 10, 2005 - Name Voyager

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, March 14, 2005


Today's site, by author Laura Wattenberg, offers her slick program on the
frequency of use of thousands of first names in the U.S. from the 1900's to
2003. Gentle Subscribers will discover a delightful way to consume an
inordinate amount of time checking out the information provided by this
presentation's attention-grabbing interface.

"Explore the sea of names, letter by letter... watch trends rise and fall,
and dive in deeper to see your favorite name's place in the historical
tides. The Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager is an interactive portrait of
America's name choices. Start with a "sea" of nearly 5000 names. Type a
letter, and you'll zoom in to focus on how that initial has been used over
the past century. Then type a few more letters, or a name. Each stripe is a
timeline of one name, its width reflecting the name's changing popularity.
If a name intrigues you, click on its stripe for a closer look." - from the

The java software, using names compiled by the Social Security
Administration, ranks usage, not mere popularity and ranks a name in terms
of its use per 1,000,000 babies. Displaying each name as a stripe, which
varies in thickness according to the frequency of its use, visitors can
track its record over the past century, with mouseovers. Alphabetical
positioning points to the interesting feature of sound clusters during
specific periods. An FAQ is available to clear up any queries about the
program and data, while the author's blog brims with brief but noteworthy
articles on naming trends.

Breeze over to the site for a great, interactive program which traces and
ranks thousands of names over the course of a century at:

A.M. Holm


Sun., July 10, 2005 - Odds of Dying

Taken From:
9 April 2005 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"

THE ODDS OF DYING, Live Science, `According to the National Center
for Health Statistics, the leading causes of death in the United States
are, in this order, heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower
respiratory diseases, and "accidental injury," a broad category that
includes a lot of stuff that just happens. You are more likely to commit
suicide or fall to your death than be killed by a tsunami or any natural
disaster, the odds say.`

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography and Earth Science


Sun., July 10, 2005 - Last Words

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2005 4:21 AM
Subject: [Refdesk site-of-the-day] Last Words

Last Words

Collection of famous last words, epitaphs, obituaries, farewells, and last stands.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Refdesk Home Page:

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