Saturday, August 13, 2005


Sat., Aug. 13, 2005 - Math League Help Topics

Math League Help Topics

From the site:
“This is a help resource for 4th through 8th grades”
Some of the topics covered are: Numbers, Decimals, Statistics,
Fractions, Geometry, Percent and Algebra.


Sat., Aug 13, 2005 - Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics

Found on: – Site of the Day, May 24, 2005

Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics
“Rice University's Virtual Lab in Statistics offers detailed help for the statistics student, plus statistics applets on topics of general interest. One section of this site contains a complete statistics text, so no matter what your statistics question, you can find an answer here. Case studies with real data and some basic analysis tools are also included. And those who really enjoy statistics (and even those who do not) should not miss the links to 'humor in statistics' sites.”

David M. Lane, Associate Professor, Rice University

Website Content:
• Learning Games
• Pictures and/or Illustrations

Grade Appropriate:
• High School


Sat., Aug 13, 2005

Found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology ==
======== May 20, 2005 ===
======== Volume 4, Number 10 ======

NASA: Engine 101

NASA's Ultra-Efficient Engine Technology program offers this website with
links to online resources that provide basic information about the science
of aeronautics and about jet engines. The various resource websites are
organized by topic and address questions students might have about
aeronautics as a discipline in general, the basic principles of aeronautics,
how engines work, the different types of engines, current technologies used
for designing engines, careers in engineering, and the history of engine
development. The site also provides links to various test facilities and
tutorials on a range of topics, such as wind tunnels, materials and
structures, and emission reduction. [VF]

Web Interface for Statistics Education

Web Interface for Statistics Education (WISE) is a project out of the School
of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University,
which "aims to develop an on-line teaching tool to take advantage of the
unique hypertextual and presentational benefits of the World Wide Web
(WWW)." The tool is intended to serve as a supplement to traditional
teaching materials and to assist teachers in addressing specific topics. The
online tutorials, which students can use to learn and review concepts at
their own pace, address topics such as Sampling Distributions of the Mean,
Central Limit Theorem and Hypothesis Testing. Other sections of the website
provide links to numerous other online resources for learning statistics.
The Glossary section offers links to online glossaries, although not all the
links were working at the time of this report. [VF]
[NOTE: Links: - Phyllis ]

National Building Museum [pdf]

National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., has developed Educator
Resource Packets, which it makes available for download free of charge from
this website. The three packets available at the time of this report were:
Patterns that Thump, Bump, and Jump; City by Design; and Bridge Basics. The
first packet is intended for students in pre-kindergarten through second
grade and aims to increase students' awareness of patterns, their ability to
predict patterns, and understanding of ways "to examine and interpret
patterns that are found in the built environment." The City by Design packet
is intended for kindergarten through sixth-grade students and aims to
increase students' awareness of the communities in which they live, promote
an understanding for how people's use of land and buildings affects the
environment, and to explore the implications of various transportation
options. Finally, the packet on Bridge Basics provides instructional ideas
for teaching students in grades four through eight about bridge construction
and the environmental impact of bridges. Each packet offers a review of key
concepts, suggests a few activities and offers some resources for further
exploration, along with information on visiting the National Building
Museum. Hard copies of the packets are available upon request. [VF]

NPR: Math in the media [RealPlayer, Windows Media Player]

On April 29, 2005, NPR's Science Friday, hosted by Ira Flatlow, featured
"fun with numbers." The guest interviews addressed topics such as how math
is turning up in shows like "The Simpsons," "Futurama," and "Numbers" and
ways these references might be able to reduce math anxiety and motivate
students. They also discuss "the clash of cultures between mathematicians
and TV writers behind-the-scenes" as well as "the natural instinct people--
and animals--may have for math." The radio program is available to download
from the NPR Audio Archive. They also provide links to related articles and
other online resources. [VF]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

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


Sat., Aug. 13, 2005 - Making Better Use of Stats

Found on:
Web Tips
Posted, May. 4, 2005

Time for the Numbers
Making better use of stats.

By Sree Sreenivasan's The Numbers Guy
(,,2_1125,00.html), the online edition of The Wall Street Journal, continues to
garner paid subscribers. But the site does offer a certain number of articles and
columns without charge, in an effort to showcase its content and entice
new subscribers. You can find each day's free stuff at
(,,2_0323,00.html ) . One of the free
gems is "The Numbers Guy," a column by Carl
Bialik, a former staffer (who also co-writes "The Daily Fix," an excellent
roundup of sports news), available at

In his columns, Bialik looks at how "numbers are used, and abused, in the
news, business and politics." In describing the column, he says on the
site: "Some numbers are flat-out wrong, misleading or biased. Others are
valid and useful, helping us to make informed decisions." He does a great
job of taking one statistic that shows up on, say, cable news, and tearing
it apart. He often traces the path of misleading numbers and, in the
process, offers lessons all journalists can use. Unlike some blogs that
attempt to debunk media items, Bialik's approach is calm, lucid and backed
up by -- gasp! -- facts. ( )
You can't accuse this site of not being ambitious. Here is its
description: "STATS monitors the media to expose the abuse of science and
statistics before people are misled and public policy is distorted. Since
1994, STATS has sought to hold U.S. journalists to the highest standards
of reporting accuracy, while providing them with concrete assistance to
help them better understand the complexities and limitations of scientific
and statistical material."

It's a nonprofit, non-partisan organization affiliated with the Center for
Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University (full disclosure: the
site's editor, Trevor Butterworth, is a former student of mine). It
regularly looks at how the press gets numbers wrong, occasionally creating
public panic. A good example of how effective a job does is this
examination of the recent story that certain antibacterial soaps produce
chloroform. Butterworth concludes his piece this way: "This is a
well-established trend when it comes to publicizing academic studies:
hook the press in with a catchy synopsis or headline, and then leave it to
the reporters to find out that things aren't quite so clear cut in the study itself.
Except that they don't."

Copyright © 1995-2005 The Poynter Institute

Friday, August 12, 2005


Fri., Aug. 12, 2005 - Maps of Nuclear Power Reactors

Maps of Nuclear Power Reactors

From the site: "This web page is an index to all the maps of power reactor locations available from this site. You may start with the world map or with any other map listed below. Please be aware that all maps contain information on power reactors only. Experimental reactors and other nuclear facilities are not included in this set of maps. A list of reactor units is shown on each page, indicating their operational status. Some of the reactors that are shown in the maps have never reached construction status, but are shown as a reference.”


Fri., Aug. 12, 2005 - Geo-Literacy Project

Found in: newsletter #78
Date Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:42 AM

The Geo-Literacy Project: Finding Your Place in the Universe

This project, funded by the George Lucas Educational Foundation,
supports and spotlights projects involving geo-literacy. In such
projects students build an in-depth understanding, or “literacy,” of
geography, geology and local history through visual learning and
communication tools. Through this local and personal experience,
students will gain a better understanding of the world in general. The
site spotlights exemplary projects and serves as an inspiration for
teachers who want to implement this type of learning experience for
their students.

***** Newsletter
Linda Brandon
Visit my website for more on Instructional Technology


Fri., Aug. 12, 2005 - Cultural and Historical Maps in American Studies

Cultural and Historical Maps in American Studies

From the web site: “We have begun building an historical geography of America.”
Scroll down for a list of Map Collections Online


Fri., Aug. 12, 2005 - Cartographical Map Projections

----------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Cartographical Map Projections

Today's site, from Carlos A. Furuti, offers an excellent introduction to
cartography, complete with a generous number of helpful diagrams. Gentle
Subscribers who may have casually assumed a Gertrude Stein position (a map
is a map is a map) about the science of cartography may be surprised to
discover that the subject bristles with pitfalls and controversies. Armed
with the startling variations in representing the earth by different
projections, Gentle Subscribers may never look at a map of the world in the
same way again.

"Cartography is the science of map-making. It comprises many problems and
techniques ... One important concern of cartography is solving how to
project, i.e. transform or map points from an almost spherical lump of rock
(our Earth) onto ... flat sheets of paper. ... Here are informally
described important cartographic concepts, how maps are drawn and why there
are so many different kinds of projections for world maps." - from the

The site provides definitions and concepts about the earth and maps;
requirements inherent in cartography such as preserving distances,
directions, shape and area; and cartographical math for creating different
types of projections. Exploring the main types of projections, the
presentation examines Azimuthal, Cylindrical, Pseudocylindrical, Conic and
Pseudoconic, among others. It explains the difficulties of transcribing or
projecting a representation of a sphere to a flat surface, the inevitable
distortion which occurs and the necessity of different projections for
specific requirements, for example, nautical navigation. The "Gall-Peters
Projection" ("Peter's World Map") controversy is briefly considered,
complete with diagrams to illustrate the limitations of this projection.

Plot over to the site for an excellent primer on cartography at:

A.M. Holm

view the List archives on the web at:

Thursday, August 11, 2005


Thurs., Aug. 11, 2005 - Find Articles


From the site:
“Search millions of articles from leading academic, industry and general interest publications.”
“FindArticles has articles from thousands of resources, with archives dating back to 1984.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Aug. 11, 2005 - Sports Reference

From the web site:
“A combination of sites providing top notch statistics and resources for
the sports fans everywhere.”
“Find statistics from 1871 to the present for major league players, teams,
and leagues. Complete post-season and managerial data is included as well
along with other interesting features including The Baseball Travel Guide
where you can find all the baseball close to you from Akron to Yuma.”
“Football stats and game results for most of pro football history.
Games scores for each team, pro bowlers for each season and a list of
notable non-skill players for each team in NFL history.”
“Basketball stats from Wilt to LeBron Team stats, coaching records,
and game results as well.”


Thurs., Aug. 11, 2005 - Currency Converter

Currency Converter

From the site:
The FXConverter (Foreign Exchange Currency Converter) provides a multi-lingual Currency Converter with up to date exchange rates provided from leading market data contributors and is filtered for validity. To get the exchange rates for any of the 164 currencies, select the desired currencies from the lists below, as well as the date, language, and amount for which you would like to conduct the currency conversion.”


Thurs., Aug. 11, 2005 - Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

From the site:
“From the one-volume desk reference, this reference resource is for information on the people, places, and events of yesterday and today.” “A one-volume encyclopedia that includes 25,000 short entries.”

[NOTE: Brief summaries only. 2005 ed. Full articles are not free.
The 1911 edition is free online and previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Wed., Aug. 10, 2005

Found on:
ENC Monthly Update for Math and Science Teachers (05/2005)

May Classroom Calendar Features Biographies and More

Rachel Carson,1819,87,00.shtm?ls=eu

The following are just a few of the web resources listed:

Rachel Carson: Biologist, Writer, Ecologist
This site is dedicated to the life and work of Rachel Carson. You'll find a brief biography and information about her books, as well as links to articles and special collections of Carson's writings.

The Balance of Nature: Food Chains & Webs
This site from Penn State explains the concepts of food webs and food chains in a forthright, clear style. This is a good place for older students to read background information or to begin an investigation.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Environmental Protection Agency: The Birth of EPA
Written in 1985, this site recounts the history of the U.S. EPA from its beginnings in 1970, paying tribute to Rachel Carson for Silent Spring. [NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Bioaccumulation & Biomagnification
Here you will find a good explanation of bioaccumulation and biomagnification. And if you click on "Review Basic Ecology," you will find equally good material that serves as a crash course on subjects such as food chains and food webs and energy flow through ecosystems, in case you need to brush up.


Wed., Aug. 10, 2005 - History Trail / Eye of Science

Found in:

The Scout Report
May 20, 2005
Volume 11, Number 20

History Trail [RealPlayer]

For some, becoming more interested in history may be somewhat of an uphill
battle. Sometimes it may be due to preconceived notions about the way the
subject was presented when they were young, and others may find the material
a bit dry. This website offered by the BBC presents a variety of historical
perspectives that are both engaging and informative, and as such, the site
is well worth a look. The various sections address such powerful themes as
"Church and State", "Victorian Britain", and "Conquest", which affords
visitors the opportunity to learn about the nature of the Norman invasion in
1066. The "Local History" section is quite helpful as it teaches visitors
how to explore their own communities through historical clues, documents,
and visual evidence. Each section contains brief articles, activities, and
quizzes that help flesh out the material. [KMG]

Eye of Science

The wonderful Eye of Science project began in 1994, and is currently under
the direction of Oliver Meckes and Nicole Ottawa. As their philosophic
statement on this website states, "Our aim is to combine scientific
exactness with aesthetic appearances, and thereby help to bridge the gap
between the world of science and the world of art." In order to help serve
this mission, they have placed numerous examples of their work online in a
series of galleries on this site. Using electron microscopy and a host of
other equipment and techniques, the pair has created these fine images of
such things as parasites, cross-sections of a lavender leaf, and a rather
harrowing photograph of an itch mite. Along with viewing these images,
visitors can also learn about the awards they have received and learn about
the equipment they use in their work. [KMG] [Select: English]

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


Wed., Aug. 10, 2005 - Ansel Adams

Found on:
Date Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 5:22 PM
Subject: Get Outside with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

News from American Experience

Summer's here! Explore the great outdoors with ANSEL ADAMS.

On a blazing summer day in 1916, a teenager named Ansel Adams first
encountered the awesome beauty of Yosemite Valley. "From that day," he
later wrote, "my life has been colored and modulated by the great
earth-gesture of the Sierra." This youthful awakening to the sublime
power of the wilderness was the beginning of a lifelong journey for
Adams -- a quest in which he would discover the power of photography
to reveal mankind's place in the natural world.

More than any other artist of the twentieth century, Adams helped
transform the meaning of wilderness in America; his greatest images of
the American West changed forever what Americans thought about their
own land.


Inside a View Camera

An accordion-like bellows... sheets of film in strange-looking
holders... and a mysterious dark cloth. Ansel Adams used a view camera
to create his iconic photographs of American landscapes. Find out how
it works.


For over six decades, Ansel Adams turned his camera on the American
wilderness, becoming one of the most recognized photographers in the
world. Browse some of Adams's most beloved images in this photo

One Favorite Place

William Tweed is the chief park interpreter for Sequoia and Kings
Canyon National Parks. A member of the park's staff since 1976, he
answers questions about Kings Canyon, a place that Ansel Adams helped
make a national park.


Wed., Aug. 10, 2005 - Best of Photojournalism

Found in:
*** NEAT NEW STUFF, APRIL 15, 2005

Best of Photojournalism, 2005
[Shortened URL: ]
If you believe a picture's worth a thousand words, you'll enjoy exploring these photojournalism feature articles telling stories about sports, international news, nature and environment, the arts, the spirit of America, and more. If you don't believe that, the photos here might just convince you.

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

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Tues., Aug. 9, 2005

Found on:
=======NobleEdNews – August 2005
The kid zone of this site is dedicated to teaching our youth about amphibians and reptiles. Included here are links to educator resources such as handouts, classroom projects, links and even a short list(4) of professional educators that will come and talk with your class. This website even sells reptiles which make a great classroom pet. You'll find everything you need to know about how to take care of a variety of reptiles CARESHEETS section. The site does off quite an interesting array of information including movies of snakes eating and striking, a turtle eating a worm and a fish.

Illinois First Amendment Center
As you explore the Voices for the First Web site, you will discover the First Amendment in a whole new way... how it really affects you and your rights! The First Amendment is a protector of American Freedom. Preserving freedom is dependant on your ability to understand, value, and embrace the First Amendment.

CaseStudiesPrenticeHall--from the ForgeFX Website
These are really neat Macromedia Flash Interactive educational activities. They present a great way to get students gently back into learning even before they step foot in the classroom.

A well organized selection of links to kid’s sites across the Internet.

More Website Recommendations:

Understanding Genetics
"Find out how genes work and how they can affect your health and well-being. Learn the basics of genetics, how genes are inherited, genetic testing, ethics, new therapies, and much more." This site has great images and two great online exhibits--Zooming In on DNA and What color eyes will your child have?
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Tues., Aug. 9, 2005

Found in:
Librarians' Index to the Internet
NEW THIS WEEK for May 12, 2005

Children's Book Sense Picks, Summer 2005 ---------------------------------------
Summer reading suggestions for children and teenagers. Includes
picture books, poetry, and stories featuring the Crusades, llamas,
dogs, pigs, monsters, forests, peas, rubber ducks, baseball,
wizards, peach orchards, and more. From, a site from
a group of independent booksellers.
* Children
* Teenagers
* Children's literature
* Young adult literature
Created by: je
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Summer Reading Recommended by Horn Book Editors -------------------------------
Suggestions for picture books, easy readers, intermediate and
young adult fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for children. From the
editors of the children's literature review publications, Horn
Book Magazine and the Horn Book Guide.
* Children
* Teenagers
* Children's literature
* Young adult literature
Created by: je


Summertime Favorites ------------------------------------------------------
A list of recommended readings, representing "NEH's [National
Endowment for the Humanities] long-standing effort to highlight
classic literature for young people from kindergarten through high
school." Browsable by grade level.
* Children
* Teenagers
* Children's literature
* Young adult literature
Created by: je
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The End of War: 60 Years ----------------------------------------------------
A discussion of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second
World War, observed May 8, 2005. "[O]ur dossier looks into the
question of how the culture of commemoration in Germany has
developed in recent decades. Authors from Russia, England, France
and Poland describe the significance of the end of the war for
their countries." Also includes "forms of remembrance in film,
literature and the fine arts." Available in several languages.
From the Goethe-Institut.
* World War, 1939-1945
* Special days
Created by: mcb


Genetic Disorders & Birth Defects Information Center ------------------------
This site provides links to information about genetic diseases and
birth defects. It covers the basics of genetics, including ethics,
forensic uses, and career possibilities. Features information
about adult genetic risks, resources for genetic testing and
counseling, and pages for parents, students, teachers, and health
professionals. Searchable. From the Indiana University School of
Medicine Library.
* Genetic disorders
* Abnormalities, Human
* Human genetics
Created by: bb


Hindenburg (LZ-129) --------------------------------------
Information about this German passenger airship, which was
"destroyed in a tragic fire on May 6, 1937" at the Navy Air
Station at Lakehurst, New Jersey. The site features images of the
Hindenburg's construction, interior, and artifacts. Also includes
audio from a broadcast made at the time of the tragedy. From the
Navy Lakehurst Historical Society.
* Airships
* Hindenburg (Airship)
* Aircraft accidents
Created by: mcb
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
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!


Tues., Aug. 9, 2005 - Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front Links

Found on:
Don's Patch Issue #2005-05-15 from

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter & World War II Home Front Links
Scroll down for the World War II Home Front Links


Tues., Aug. 9, 2005 - Live Science

Taken From:
30 April 2005 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"
"LIVE SCIENCE, Imaginova Corporation,(suggested by Cheryl Dodes, Weber
Middle School, Port Washington, NY), discover a website devoted to
current science topics in the news. The website provides links to
current news about the animal world, human biology, forces of nature,
the environment, technology, science of fiction, history and other news."

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography

Monday, August 08, 2005


Mon., Aug. 8, 2005

Found in:

======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences ===
======== May 13, 2005 ===
======== Volume 4, Number 10

Gateway Community College: Muscles Tutorial [Java]

This interactive tutorial on the human muscular system was developed as part
of a series of Anatomy & Physiology Tutorials (reported on in the January
21, 2005 NSDL Scout Report for Life Science) by Dr. James Crimando of
GateWay Community College. The online tutorial utilizes great graphics to
illustrate such muscular regions as the face, anterior forearm, posterior
shoulder, and leg. The tutorial will help students locate numerous
superficial muscles including the Palmaris longus, Sartorius, Iliopsoas,
Trapezius, Deltoid, and many more. The tutorial allows students to test
their anatomical knowledge with several quizzes on different muscle regions
as well. [NL] [NOTE: Previously posted.
See Also:
Home Page: Human Biodyssey: Exploring Anatomy & Physiology
More tutorials available at:
- Phyllis ]

Science Friday Kids' Connection-An Octopus's Garden: Deep Sea
Hydrothermal Vents RealPlayer, Macromedia Shockwave Player]

>From Science Friday Kid's Connection, this website is about deep-sea
hydrothermal vents, and the fascinating animals that depend on them. The
site is designed for use by middle school teachers; and is based on a radio
program from NPR Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. The archived March 2005
radio program is available via an NPR link, and features guests in the
fields of oceanography, biology, and marine biology. This website also
contains a collection of links to related news stories, and educational
activities for students. The site provides an Academic Content Standards
section with related standards and benchmarks for grades six to eight as
well. [NL] [NOTE: Other programs from
previously posted. – Phyllis ]

San Diego Natural History Museum: Reptiles and Amphibians

>From the San Diego Natural History Museum, this Reptiles and Amphibians
Field Guide section provides students and others with information about a
variety of interesting animals. In the Illustrated Guides, visitors will
find profiles of different types of Frogs and Toads, Salamanders, Lizards,
and Snakes such as the Arroyo Toad, Garden Slender Salamander, Long-nosed
Leopard Lizard, and Black-tailed Rattlesnake, just to name a few. Profiles
contain photographs and brief information sections on Description, Range and
Habitat, Breeding, Behavior, and more. The site also offers budding
herpetologists a Glossary of Reptile Terms, a list of Recommended Books, a
FAQ section, and a few tips on finding snakes. For those residing in
southern California, the site contains checklists of Amphibians and Reptiles
of San Diego County and Baja California. [NL]

Entomological Society of America: Education & Careers [pdf]

Do you enjoy studying insects? From the Entomological Society of America,
this website provides "information about obtaining an education and career
in entomology." The site features a lengthy hyperlinked list of entomology
programs at colleges and universities across the United States. The site
also links to information about a number of scholarships for undergraduate
and graduate students from The Entomological Foundation, and the
Entomological Society of America. In addition, the site provides transcribed
interviews with a medical entomologist, conservation entomologist, military
entomologist, and plant protection entomologist. A downloadable,
introductory brochure about entomology is available as well. [NL]

The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing: Altweb

>From The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Altweb is
intended for use by biomedical researchers, animal welfare community
members, students, veterinarians, and others "as a gateway to alternatives
news, information, and resources on the Internet and beyond." Resources on
Altweb include an international Directory of Funding Sources for Scientific
Pursuit of Alternatives in Animal Research, Testing, and Education; a
Calendar of Upcoming Meetings; and links to related Databases, Publications,
Statistics, and News Headlines. Links are also provided to websites of
Altweb Project Team members including the Canadian Council on Animal Care;
the European Resource Centre for Alternatives in Higher Education; the
National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in
Research; the University of California Center for Animal Alternatives; and
more. A link is provided to the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal
Use in the Life Sciences as well. [NL] [NOTE: See Also: History of the use of
animals in experiments: - Phyllis ]

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


Mon., Aug. 8, 2005

Found in:
"Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education
publications & more."
Date Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 10:20 AM
Subject: New Teaching Resources

NEW RESOURCES have been added to FREE, the website
that makes teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find:

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

provides resources for learning about genetic diversity,
species diversity, & ecosystem diversity. Explore databases
on amphibians, birds, corals, fish, fires, invasive species,
plants, oceans, watersheds, & wetlands. Examine genetic
information on flies, worms, mice, & trees. (NBII,USGS)

[NOTE: Other pages from
National Biological Information Infrastructure posted. – Phyllis ]

"Botany for Kids"
offers activities for learning how leaves change color, how
flowers grow, how plants fight disease & insects, why plants
come in so many colors, tips for growing plants, & facts about
fungi. Learn about seeds, composting, endangered plant
species, fire, lichen, & "plant hunters" -- scientists who
collect plant samples from around the world to trace a plant's
evolution. (NBII,USGS)

[NOTE: Other pages from
National Biological Information Infrastructure posted. – Phyllis ]

"Earth Explorers Series"
profiles an atmospheric scientist who flies through
hurricanes, an engineer who operates a spectro-radiometer (an
instrument on a satellite), an ocean scientist, high school
students whose science fair project took them to Croatia, &
other "Earth explorers." (NASA) From the web site:
“This monthly series will introduce you to NASA Earth Explorers,
young and old, with a variety of backgrounds and interests.”


Mon., Aug. 8, 2005 - Portrait Detectives

[NOTE: Part of the more extensive site that offers activities from
all eight National Museums Liverpool. - Phyllis ]

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, April 23, 2005 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Portrait Detectives

The Walker Museum provides this fun website for kids that lets them learn
about art history through the study of portraits. The site explains that a
portrait is a treasure trove of clues and ideas. It can tell you who a
person was, how they lived and what they thought about themselves. It can
even tell you about the painter and their life.

Using paintings from the Walker Museum, the website provides a tutorial on
how to find and interpret clues in a portrait. You can take a virtual
"Guided Tour" of three portraits in which the museum explains the portrait
to you, or you can visit the "Explore" section where you do the detective
work and find the clues yourself.

To begin your investigation go to the website where you will see a menu of
six portrait icons. Click on any of the three portraits in the top row, and
a new page opens with instructions for how to take the "guided tour" through
pictures and text. Click on any of the three portraits in the bottom row,
and a new page opens that allows you to begin your own exploration of the
portrait by finding clues that answer the questions provided.

Be sure to click on the button" Something To Do" right above the portrait
menu. It offers activity suggestions to enhance learning offline.

The site is designed so that your whole family can enjoy doing a computer
activity together.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appro
priate for general audiences. Parents should also preview the sites for suitable
content, and then review the sites together with their children.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Registered Trademark and may not be used w
ithout written permission of Diane Flynn Keith.

Planning a family road trip? For FREE educational car games visit:


Mon., Aug. 8, 2005 -
1200 Years of Sculpture, 40 centuries of Architecture,
Botany, Entomology, Art, Mineralogy and much more

[Click on British flag for English]

Sunday, August 07, 2005


Sun., Aug. 7, 2005

The National Center for Public Policy Research
Links to Current Issues on the Home Page

Historical Documents Collection

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Sun., Aug. 7, 2005 - Eye of the Storm

Found on: – Site of the Day, May 13, 2005

Eye of the Storm

“Imagine being a museum curator who is presented with four tattered scrapbooks. Turning the pages gingerly, you realize that you are looking at a "remarkable collection" of "enormous significance." This website is a beautiful exhibit of Civil War watercolors from those scrapbooks. There are also excerpts from the diary that accompanied the drawings . Excerpts from this diary, along with the watercolors of Civil War scenes and battlefields, provide an excellent source for Civil War study. To add to the romantic mystique of this 19th Century war, students can sift through wrinkled sepia photos of defiant generals and fog encased battlefields. Short videos of the drawings and explanatory narrative add to the interest of this multimedia site.”


Website Content:
• Learning Exercises
• Audio
• Pictures and/or Illustrations
• Biographical Information

Grade Appropriate:
High School Middle School

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Sun., Aug. 7, 2005 - World War Two: Causes

World War Two: Causes

From the web site:
“World War Two began in September 1939 when Britain and France declared war on Germany following Germany’s invasion of Poland. Although the outbreak of war was triggered by Germany's invasion of Poland, the causes of the war are more complex. Click on the topics below to learn more about what caused World War Two.”

[NOTE: Main page previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Sun., Aug. 7, 2005 - History Explorer

Found on:
The Scout Report
April 29, 2005
Volume 11, Number 17

History Explorer [Macromedia Flash Player]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

There are many ways to explore the various facets of history, and some of
the world's leading museums have come up with a host of online multimedia
tools to bring people into this subject that is sometimes erroneously
perceived to be dry and uninteresting. The inventive people at the National
Museum of American History have recently developed the History Explorer
which allows those surfing the Web to browse through an interactive timeline
of American history. The interface is composed of items from the Museum's
various online collections, exhibitions and programs, such as Plymouth Rock
and a world map from 1511. Visitors can zoom in and out through the timeline
and its objects and also elect to toggle on or off various themes, such as
"Arts and Culture", "Peopling America", and "Politics and Reform". Overall,
this is a very well-thought-out tool for learning about American history and
one that will engage a wide range of persons. [KMG]

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