Saturday, December 17, 2005


Sat., Dec. 17, 2005 - Bridging the Transfer Gap

Bridging the Transfer Gap
From the site:
“We invite community college students, faculty, transfer and admissions advisors, and workforce counselors to begin using the many features available in NJ TRANSFER and to access the tools that will enable a seamless transfer from a community college to a four-year college or university.”

“We also encourage high school students, parents, and school counselors to use NJ TRANSFER to aid in the selection of community college courses that can be used to complete both high school graduation and four-year degree requirements.”


Sat., Dec. 17, 2005 - College Database

Found in:
THE Newsletter for September 14 , 2005
“This free, helpful, and easy-to-use reference tool from enables visitors to search its database of more than 2,200 colleges and universities to find both campus-based and online school programs in a specific major and/or geographical area simply by typing in a zip code, city, or state. Once a school is found, users can view additional information, including what courses and degrees are offered, and how to contact the institution, or view a satellite map that details exactly where the institution is located. The site also links directly to an institution's Web site so prospective students can find out about the school and its admission requirements. Additional features include free assistance to visitors through one-on-one e-mail and phone support; specialized articles; "ask the expert" columns; and links to online education, computer, and career courses.”

Copyright 2005 101communications


Sat., Dec. 17, 2005 - Information Literacy / College Rankings / Toxic Chemicals

Found on:
Aug. 19-25, 2005

Information Literacy
Source: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
21st Century Information Fluency Project (21CIF)
"Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically. DIF involves knowing how digital information is different from print information; having the skills to use specialized tools for finding digital information; and developing the dispositions needed in the digital information environment. As teachers and librarians develop these skills and teach them to students, students will become better equipped to achieve their information needs."

For complete review, see the ResourceShelf Post at


Source: The Princeton Review
Best 361 College Rankings 2006
From press release: "According to a survey by The Princeton Review that asked 110,000 students at 361 colleges to rate their schools and report on their campus experiences, Reed College (Portland OR) has the best academics. It also has the least religious students. Bowdoin College (Brunswick ME) serves up the best campus food and Loyola College (Baltimore MD) has the best dorms. Princeton Univ. (Princeton NJ) is the best administered school and the one at which students are happiest with their financial aid packages."


Toxic Chemicals--United States--Databases
Source: NLM
New Version of TOXMAP Available
"TOXMAP is an interactive web site from the National Library of Medicine that shows the amount and location of reported toxic chemicals released into the environment on maps of the United States. TOXMAP allows users to visually explore information about releases of toxic chemicals by industrial facilities around the United States as reported annually to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf

The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team

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Sat., Dec. 17, 2005 - Entertainment Software Rating Board / College Guides

Found in:
***Neat New Stuff, August 26, 2005

Entertainment Software Rating Board - ESRB
This game-industry-sponsored site evaluates games not only for the appropriate age range but for kinds of content parents may wish to restrict -- blood and gore, drug use, varying levels of violence or sexual themes and content, etc. Browse games by title, or search by rating, platform, publisher, or keyword.

Washington Monthly College Guide
The 2006 US News rankings are all about what the colleges will do for the student <>. The Washington Monthly rates colleges on how they benefit society. Their criteria: "Universities should be engines of social mobility, they should produce the academic minds and scientific research that advance knowledge and drive economic growth; and they should inculcate and encourage an ethic of service."
[NOTE: Previous editions posted. – Phyllis ]

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

Friday, December 16, 2005


Fri., Dec. 16, 2005 - Winter, Snow & Ice

Found in:
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 15:39:20 +0000
From: Walter
[Innovative-Teaching] ITN: Winter, Snow & Ice

December 2005 Newsletter - Volume 8, Issue 5
presented by Walter McKenzie
The One and Only Surfaquarium

[NOTE: Some of the sites listed have been previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Fri., Dec. 16, 2005 - Woodland Park Zoo

Found in:
Education World Site Reviews
Volume 9, Issue 35
August 30, 2005

Woodland Park Zoo: Multimedia

“Students will delight in this interactive way to explore animals in their habitats and teachers will find the information found here to be a great supplement to the science curriculum. The archive of video clips offers students the opportunity to view and learn about such animals as the brown bear, snow leopard, tapir or patas monkey. The interactive features area includes games and quizzes but the real attraction is the animal exhibits. Visitors can learn all about a Chilean Rose Tarantula by mousing over the body parts for a full description, view video clips of mating, molting, and capturing its prey or learn about the zoo’s first Asian elephant baby. Included in this area are an interactive animated map of the decline of the Sumatran tiger, a video of a Komodo dragon baby hatching and videos of the jaguar’s world. Students will not want to miss the miscellaneous goodies as they can view the bears in real time with the Bear Cam and experience the life cycle of the butterfly.”


Education World®


Fri., Dec. 16, 2005 - Food Chains (4) Elementary

Fish pond / ecosystem / food chain

Food Chain (elementary)

[NOTE: Home Page: EcoKids Online previously posted. - Phyllis

Life Systems: Habitats and Communities – Grade 4 (Includes links)
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Pond Food Chains
[NOTE: Shortened URL: ]
Other Science activities from
include Woodland Life, Farm Life, Materials and the Environment, and Weather.


Fri., Dec. 16, 2005

Found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: December 18-31, 2005

"Blazing Away" (part 2 of 3)
TV> PBSOL> High School
Friday, December 23, 2005
10 - 11:00 pm
By age 25, Dickens was considered by many to be the most famous
and best-loved novelist in the world. Episode two looks at the
early years of Dickens' fame, the effects of family life on his
work and how he used his writing, as well as his growing
reputation, to improve social conditions. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Test your knowledge of Dickens and explore his city in our
online Quiz and London Tour.
[NOTE: Episode one posted last week – Phyllis ]

"Terror to the End" (part 3 of 3)
TV> PBSOL> High School
Friday, December 30, 2005
10 - 11:00 pm
Dickens had written 11 novels by the time he was in his
mid-40s. Episode three details the author's growing fame,
increasing dissatisfaction with family life and deepening
affection for Ellen Ternan. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Read online essays about the celebrated author at the companion
Web site.
[NOTE: Episode one posted last week – Phyllis ]

"Encountering Sea Monsters" TV> PBSOL> MARC> Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, December 18, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
Join an extreme cameraman in his adventures with the planet's
most cryptic and clever monsters. Enter the world of squid and
octopus, where cannibalism is practiced daily, mating can
involve amputation, trickery is everywhere and size means
everything and nothing. (CC, Stereo, DVI, Presented in HD, 1

Take a virtual trip under the sea to learn more about squids
and octopi.
(Available December 15, 2005)

"Spies That Fly"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
The air war in Afghanistan showed that sometimes the hottest
pilots are sitting on the ground operating the remote controls
of UAVs -- or unmanned aerial vehicles. In newly declassified
footage, this program reveals the astounding capabilities of
UAVs and the ambitious plans for future models. (CC, Stereo,
DVI, 1 year)

From Civil War hot-air balloons to today's miniature flying
robots, log on to explore the history of unmanned aerial
[NOTE: Previously posted. Broadcast previously February 2004.
Teaching guide pasted at end- Phyllis ]

Alan Alda In Scientific American Frontiers "Hidden Motives"
TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High School
Friday, December 23, 2005
9 - 9:30 pm
If you think you know why you do things, you're probably wrong.
Tune in for this exploration of how our unconscious determines
our behavior -- including why we buy things that are "cool."
(CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our lesson plan in which middle school students give
mind mapping games a try.
[NOTE: Repeat broadcast. – Phyllis ]
"Big Red Roos" TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High School
Sunday, December 25, 2005
8 - 9:00 pm
The Australian Outback boasts spectacular blue skies and bright
red sands. However, the unrelenting sun often causes
temperatures to soar to more than 120 degrees in the shade and
water is in short supply. Tune in and find out how the kangaroo
is able to thrive in this harsh environment. (CC, Stereo, DVI,
1 year)

Download our lesson plan in which students build and activate
their background knowledge of the Australian Outback.
[NOTE: Repeat broadcast. – Phyllis ]

American Experience
"Patriots Day"
Middle / High School
Monday, December 19, 2005
9 - 10:00 pm
More than two centuries later, they're still fighting. This
program looks behind the scenes at the everyday Americans who
annually re-create the famous Revolutionary battle of Lexington
and Concord, then return to their lives as engineers, dentists
and bankers. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Download our teacher's guide in which students explore the
relationship between the history of an individual and the
history of an era.
[NOTE: Previously posted. Broadcast previously April 2004 - Phyllis ]


Online NewsHour EXTRA
"China Struggles to Recover from Toxic Spill"
Middle / High School

Entire cities in China are surviving on bottled water after a
main river was contaminated by a chemical spill that is heading
towards Russia.

KLVX -- Las Vegas, Nevada
"Island Mountain Days: Discovering Nevada's Chinese Miners"
Station> Elementary / Middle / High School

In the late 1800s, Chinese workers came to the United States as
cheap labor, sparking anti-Chinese sentiment and hostility. But
in the small Nevada town of Island Mountain, people lived in
unique harmony. This Web site, produced by PBS member station
KLVX, is the companion site to a film that tells the story of a
multi-ethnic mining community that thrived in northeastern Elko
County from 1873 until after 1917.

Secrets of the Sequence
High School

High school teachers can use 50 video segments and accompanying
lesson plans to teach genetic research in the classroom. Video
segments cover a range of topics including cancer, gender
determination, cloning, forensics, genetic engineering and many
health related issues.

Copyright 2005 PBS Online.

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005 3:14 PM
From: NOVA Bulletin

Next on NOVA: "Spies That Fly"

Broadcast: December 20, 2005 -- Repeat
(NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as
dates and times may vary.)

The U.S. Air Force claims that unmanned aerial vehicles like the
Predator, a 50-foot-wingspan plane that flies by remote control,
have recently been successful at locating missile launchers and
tracking insurgents' movements in Iraq. These are the same UAVs that
helped eliminate terrorist threats in Yemen and Afghanistan. In the
wake of Predator's success, the military is developing an incredible
range of "smart" robotic planes, from flyers small enough to fit in
a pocket to soaring jets that fly halfway around the world. The next
generation of pilotless planes will be capable of far more than
aerial spying and in time may revolutionize the way we fight all
future wars. In "Spies That Fly," NOVA presents the latest hot
designs and reveals some newly declassified chapters from the
exciting history of airborne spying.

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

Slide Show & Interview

Spy Photos That Made History
A surveillance image specialist examines photographs of Iraq,
North Korea, and other political hotspots.

Master of the Surveillance Image
Meet Dino Brugioni, formerly of the CIA, who analyzed the photos
that triggered the Cuban missile crisis.


Timeline of UAVs
From Civil War hot-air balloons to today's miniature flying
robots, explore the history of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Imaging With Radar
See what synthetic aperture radar can "see" with this picture of
Washington, D.C., taken on a snowy winter's day.

Thursday, December 15, 2005


Thurs., Dec. 15, 2005 - Textbook Revolution - Free Online

Textbook Revolution
From the site:
“Welcome to Textbook Revolution, the web’s source for free educational materials…[a] collection of the existing free textbooks and educational tools available online.” Listed by Categories.


Thurs., Dec. 15, 2005 - Essortment / Trivia-Library / Factopia

Religion, Culture, and Holidays
[NOTE: Other pages from posted. – Phyllis ]


Events in History
From the site:
"Trivia-Library is a collection of interesting and useful articles on
literally hundreds of different topics. These articles have been written
by Trivia-Library authors or have been licensed from published books, some
of which are quite old and rare. "

Articles reproduced with permission from "The People's Almanac" series of books.




Thurs., Dec. 15, 2005 - Treasure Chest of Web Resources

Treasure Chest of Web Resources
for Secondary English, Language Arts, and Reading Teachers
From the site:
“This award-winning site provides a gateway to the Internet for English,
language arts, and reading teachers.”

New Treasure Chest Resources for 2005-2006


Thurs., Dec. 15, 2005 - Best of the Web / Teaching with the Web

LEARN NC's Best of the Web
From the site:
“LEARN NC's Best of the Web collection provides a searchable, annotated
catalog of more than 3,000 top-quality educational websites.”
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Teaching with the Web

Grades K-2 Themes

Grades 3-5 Themes

Grades 6-8 - Middle School Teacher/Student Resources

Grades 9-12 - High School WWW Resources

Jerrie's Curriculum Hotlists (PreK-12)

Subject lists of links – extensive!

Some of these lists were previously posted, but all have been recently updated.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005


Wed., Dec. 14, 2005 - Hyper-Concordance: The Victorian Literary Studies Archive

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, September 15, 2005

Hyper-Concordance - The Victorian Literary Studies Archive

Today's site, from Mitsuharu Matsuoka, of the Graduate School of Languages
and Cultures, Nagoya University, Japan, offers a great boon to students and
interested members of the general public by offering many of the standard
works of English literature in a searchable database. Gentle Subscribers,
bemoaning the absence of such an asset during their own undergraduate days,
may feel compelled to bring this site to the notice of students and
literature buffs of their acquaintance.

"This Hyper-Concordance is written in C++, a program that scans and
displays lines based on a command entered by the user. The main advantage
of the C++ program is that it not only identifies the concordance lines but
the words occurring to the left and the right of the word or phrase
searched. It also reports the total number of text lines, the total word
count and the number of occurrences of the word or phrase searched. The
full text of the book is displayed in a box at the bottom of the screen." -
from the website

The site's strength is its ability to bring up, from a single word, the
instances where it is used, thereby providing the context. For those doing
academic essays, who can persuade their professors to allow the line
numbering to be used as reference or simply to track down an elusive
passage to support a thesis, this website is an invaluable tool. For those
thankfully past the essay writing stage, this site offers possibly the
easiest way to hunt for hazily remembered scraps of literature. Not only
are British authors, from the somewhat obscure, such as Walter Pater of the
Victorian era, to Elizabethan playwrights such as Thomas Kyd, collected in
this database, but American writers from Ambrose Bierce to Walt Whitman are
present as well. Needless to say, Shakespeare's complete works are
included, as is the incomparable King James Version of The Bible.

Note: the author cautions that Windows 2000/XP and the latest Microsoft
Internet Explorer are recommended, while Macintosh users are advised that
the concordance program may take some time to run.

Travel to the site for this remarkable literature resource at::

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Wed., Dec. 14, 2005 - Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator

Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator
From the site: “Confused by IM or chat room slang?
Translate the slang and acronyms today’s kids use.”


Wed., Dec. 14, 2005 - Word Lists (with free printable worksheets)

Word Lists from Personal Educational Press

From the site:
“Use the tabbed navigation bar to choose a topic (General topics include Reading, Writing, Math, Geography, Science, and U.S. Government; Languages includes Spanish, German and French). Each topic has its own set of predefined word lists.
Use the drop-down list boxes to select the list of words you want to print. This list is called the primary word list. The text box under the drop-down list boxes contains the words in the list….On the left side of the screen, choose a worksheet style. Note that holding the mouse over a style name shows you a thumbnail example of that worksheet style.”


Wed., Dec. 14, 2005 - Quotation Center / Phrontistery

Quotation Center
From the site:
“This facility allows you to search the Quotation Center for the quote(s)
you want... quickly, easily and effortlessly.”

The Phrontistery

From the Site:
“If you're looking for an online dictionary, a word list on a given topic, or the definitions to rare and unusual words, the Phrontistery is for you. Here, you will find my 15,500-word dictionary of obscure and rare words, the International House of Logorrhea, as well as many glossaries, word lists, and other English language and etymology resources.”

From the Glossaries List:
Sciences and Studies:
“This list defines over 600 sciences, arts and studies of various degrees of respectability and rarity, ranging from the common and esteemed (chemistry) to the obscure and quirky (peristerophily). Over the past century, the range and scope of scientific endeavours has expanded exponentially, so that practically any field of study has a name associated with it. Most of these terms end in 'ology', from the Greek logos, meaning 'word'.”

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Tues., Dec. 13, 2005

Found on:
Sept. 9-15, 2005


University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Clear a block of time in your schedule before you start browsing here because there is plenty to see….The Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture is only one section of a huge, fabulous digital collection….I commend your attention to: Chambers's Book of Days ("A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in connection with the Calendar"). Click on your birthday on the calendar here and enjoy.

Chambers's Book of Days

Much more to look at here. Poke around and find treasures of your own.

Direct LINK to the entire ResourceShelf Post

Source: University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
"Agripedia has been created to allow students to use resources across the country in an integrated, interactive learning resource on the Internet. As an "encyclopedia of agriculture", Agripedia presents facts, figures, demonstrations, examples, graphics, and more regarding the concepts, practices, and vocabulary of agriculture in a multimedia format using audio clips, graphics, text and animation. AGRIPEDIA not only provides ready access to instructional sites on the web, it also helps students navigate the tangle of the world wide web with ease." [NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL - Phyllis ]

Source: NGS
National Geographic Society Unveils "Student Edition" of MapMachine
"More than just maps, MapMachine Student Edition also has photos, facts, and fun. Here you can find the place you're looking for--or get lost in the cultures, sights, and sounds of the world."
[NOTE: Currently returning errors. – Phyllis ]
Source: EIA
New Edition, Energy Education Resources: Kindergarten Through 12th Grade
"Energy Education Resources: Kindergarten Through 12th Grade provides a list of generally free or low cost energy related educational materials available for students and educators. This is the 17th Annual edition." PDF.

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf

The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team

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Tues., Dec. 13, 2005

Harvest of History from The Farmers' Museum
Explore the Village to find out where your food comes from, how and where it grows, and compare life in 1845 with our modern world.

Primary Sources
Search or browse the Primary Sources database to find images and information about objects and documents related to agriculture and rural life.

Resources (includes websites)

Found in:
The Scout Report
September 16, 2005
Volume 11, Number 37


New Jersey Public Records and Archives [pdf]

The New Jersey Public Records and Archive, housed with the state's Division
of Archives & Records Management, contains thousands of documents related to
the state's history and development dating back to the colonial period.
Visitors interested in using their facilities will want to peruse the
various sections on the homepage that offer information about their services
and hours of operations. Most visitors will want to proceed directly to the
"State Archives" section, which includes a number of fine online digital
archives. Historians and others will enjoy such collections as those that
contain images of the Morris Canal in 1903 and state government offices in
Trenton from 1938. Visitors will also want to check out the current and
archived issues of the New Jersey Gazette made available on the site. Here
interested parties can learn about current and past history and preservation
projects initiated by the New Jersey State Archives, the New Jersey
Historical Commission, and the New Jersey Historic Trust. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Exploratorium: Science of Gardening [Macromedia Flash Player, Quick

"Like all great endeavors gardening is both a science and an art", and this
new feature from the Exploratorium uses video clips, interactives, photos,
and articles to make this point in way that will appeal to visitors of all
ages. For example, the interactive Garden Variety presents basic facts
(vitals), information on seeds, and lore, for vegetables and fruits such as
peas and carrots, corn, strawberries, and pumpkins. Visitors can also
virtually tour a hydroponic greenhouse located in the arctic, where fancy
lettuces and herbs are growing despite sub-zero temperatures, read a photo
essay about a pumpkin-growing competition in California, and learn how
grafting, hybridizing, and genetic engineering are used to develop new
plants. [DS]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

National Park Service: the American Civil War [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf]

The American Civil War remains a complex and interesting subject. The
National Park Service continues to offer a host of introspective
perspectives on this military conflict through their creative use of
interpretative facilities located on a number of important historic sites
across the country. This omnibus website provided by the National Park
Service provides a number of thematic sections that include "Civil War
Education", "Civil War Parks", and "African Americans in the Civil War". For
those who may be less familiar with the basic events and chronology of the
Civil War, there is a section titled "About the Civil War" which provides a
detailed timeline of events, an area of stories about the Civil War , and
information about the Sesquicentennial Initiative, which is designed to
prepare for the events that will happen from 2011 to 2015. Taken together,
this collection of materials will be of great interest both to educators and
the general public. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Realms of Gold

As one of the oldest learned societies in North America, the American
Philosophical Society (APS) is distinguished by its fine holdings, and as
users will find out at this site, also by their fine collection of
antiquarian and tremendously valuable maps. On this site, visitors will find
the digital version of the APS's map holdings, originally created by Murphy
D. Smith in 1991. Cartographers, historians, and geographers will appreciate
the detailed records here, each of which includes information such as the
date of creation, title, size, provenance, coloring, and call number. A
number of the maps themselves have been digitized for this project, and
there are quite a few fine documents here worth perusing. These maps include
a plan of Port au Price from around 1800 and a map of the British and
American troop positions in 1776 as rendered by the noted artist Charles
Willson Peale. [KMG]

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


Tues., Dec. 13, 2005 - MindZone / Vertical Farm

Found in:
The Scout Report
August 19, 2005
Volume 11, Number 33

MindZone [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf]

As incidences of mental health problems among teenagers increase, it is
important to make the general public aware of what resources are available
to help these individuals (and those who care about them) with such issues.
The MindZone site is sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at
Sunnylands with support from the Annenberg Public Policy of the University
of Pennsylvania. The site itself is divided into three separate sections:
Cope, Care, and Deal. Within each section, users can take quizzes about
mental health and learn about how to explore the feelings associated with
depressions, suicide, and a number of other conditions. In the MindZone
Machine area, users can learn about different anxiety orders and get answers
to frequently asked questions. Finally, the site is rounded out by an Ask
the Expert area, where visitors can find thoughtful responses to such
queries as: "Do people with schizophrenia have multiple personalities?".

Vertical Farm [pdf]

With the continued growth of the human population of the Earth, there is
increasing concern with the planet's ability to provide sustenance for all
of its inhabitants. This compelling website by Dickson Despommier and his
colleagues at Columbia University provides a worthy alternative to other
forms of agriculture: the vertical farm. As Dr. Despommier notes on the
site, "..they offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of
a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual
repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming." The
site offers a great deal of information about these vertical farms, a
detailed essay on the importance of such farms, a number of potential
designs, and a discussion forum. Finally, there are a number of plans that
indicate how this type of farm might be effectively created and sustained.

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


Tues., Dec. 13, 2005

Found on:
Aug. 11-18, 2005

U.S. Military Casualties
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)
American War and Military Operations Casualties: Lists and Statistics (PDF; 120 KB)
"This report is written in response to numerous requests for war casualty statistics and lists of war dead. It provides tables, compiled by sources at the Department of Defense, indicating the number of casualties among American military personnel serving in principal wars and combat actions. Wars covered include the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Persian Gulf War. Military operations covered include the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission, Lebanon Peacekeeping, Urgent Fury in Grenada, Just Cause in Panama, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Restore Hope in Somalia, Uphold Democracy in Haiti, and the ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom." (via DocuTicker)
World Hunger--Map
Source: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
WFP interactive map: Hunger in the Development World
[Shortened URL: ]
"Around the world people are battling hunger. Use this interactive map to find out where food crises threaten lives."

The Renaissance and Early Modern festival books
Festival books as history
From the site:
“View 253 digitised Renaissance festival books that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700 - marriages and funerals of royalty and nobility, coronations, stately entries into cities and other grand events.”

Sensing Technologies--Research Guide
Source: Library of Congress, Science Reference Services
Science Tracer Bullets Online: Remote Sensing
"This guide focuses on the technologies used for observation and data collection from a significant distance; satellite remote-sensing and imaging of the earth and other celestial objects. Major fields within which remotely sensed data are most frequently used include agriculture, archaeology, astronomy, climatology, engineering, environmental science, forestry, geology, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography, and soil science. Also inextricably linked with remote sensing are the disciplines of cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), surveying, and geodesy. Remote sensing is used in surveillance of human activities for everyday security purposes, as well as in biology and medicine. Some resources on these related topics are included."

[NOTE: Home page: Science Tracer Bullets - previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf

The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team

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Monday, December 12, 2005


Mon., Dec. 12, 2005 - Christopher Columbus / The Elizabethan Age

The Journey of Christopher Columbus

From the site:
Find out about who Columbus was and how he obtained support for his journey.
Link to maps detailing Columbus's 1492 journey and a Voyage Timeline.
Learn about the original inhabitants of the lands explored by Columbus.
Discover what happened to Columbus after he returned to Spain from his first journey.


The Elizabethan Age
From the site:
“This website has been written for Grades 6-12. The topics are not meant to go into great detail about any one subject, but rather give the student an overall view of the Elizabethan Age.”


Mon., Dec. 12, 2005 - Create a City / Historic Tale Construction Kit

Create a city
From the site:
“Choose a city (Medieval, Snoland, or Blankton) and click on the Build button to begin.
Drag and drop pieces from the palettes on the left onto the space on the right.
Clicking on a piece brings it to the front.
Arrange them to make your city. (It might help to start by adding the roads).”

Historic Tale Construction Kit

“The Historic Tale Construction Kit is based on the Tapestry of
Bayeux, a masterpiece of the Middle Ages. It is the narration about the
Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.”

You can create your own stories by dragging the images onto a blank
tapestry and can even add text.

[NOTE: Could not View the Gallery. It may be empty. – Phyllis ]


Mon., Dec. 12, 2005 - Draw On!

Draw On!
Fun online drawing tool that can be used collaboratively.


Draw On will keep kids of all ages entertained for hours. By simply clicking on the pen and dragging it around the screen, users can create a drawing online then save it, send it to a friend, invite a friend to collaborate in the drawing, or replay the drawing stroke by stroke. Users can use any of several tools such as the pen, stamps, shapes, lines and text as well as a variety of pen options plus colors to create their masterpieces. The drawing can be created using the grid or without and with or without background color. The site could be used in the classroom as a learning tool and as a means to collaborate with other classes and students for online projects.
[NOTE: You can “invite” one or two friends to draw with you by either sending them an AOL Instant Message or sending them an email. The link comes up in their email message and when they click on it you both draw on the same screen. – Phyllis ]

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Mon., Dec. 12, 2005 - Everyday Art

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Hi! It's Saturday, September 17, 2005 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Artist, Carolyn Holm, specializes in collage and assemblage art. She has
designed this website that offers an online gallery where you can view some
of her work. In addition, she provides an "Art Curriculum for Classroom
Teachers and Homeschoolers -- Designed for the Non-Art Specialist." Here,
you will find lessons for art projects using a variety of mediums as well as
guidelines for discussion about art appreciation. The activities here are
open ended and geared toward a wide range of ages and abilities.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu that

*Color Magic -- Ideas for teaching color theory.

*Drawing Skills -- Step-by-step instructions that will bring out the
"Rembrandt" in just about everyone.

*Pattern Fun -- Learn how to use sponges to create fun and artistic

*Paper Mache -- Easy-to-follow lesson on how to make bowls while learning
about Social Studies!

*What is Art -- Great guidelines for discussions on art appreciation.

*Celebrate Art -- Learn how to create your own Family Art Night! (Includes a
free, printable guide.)

Carolyn also provides resources for purchasing art supplies -- just in case
you are inspired to create more works of art. Have fun!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate 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 without written permission of Diane Flynn Keith.

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

Sunday, December 11, 2005


Sun., Dec. 11, 2005 - Primary Sources: Women Working 1800-1930 / Forthcoming: Emigration & Immigration 1789-1930

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Date Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 12:48 PM
Subject: Harvard's Open Collections Program Completes "Women Working, 1800-1930"
and Announces Forthcoming Collections

First Open Collection Now Complete!
"Women Working, 1800-1930"
Featuring ca. 500,000 pages and images documenting women's roles in the
U.S. economy between 1800 and the Great Depression, including working
conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health
and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the
workplace, and social issues.
_______________________________________________Second Open Collection Forthcoming, Spring 2006"Emigration and Immigration, 1789-1930"
A multifaceted historical view of immigration to the United States fromthe American Revolution to the Great Depression- 2,000 books- 8-10,000 manuscript pages- 8,000 photographs_______________________________________________

Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library
freely accessible digital collections of primary sources for teaching,
learning, and research

We welcome your inquiries and comments

Librarians Chatboard ----


Sun., Dec. 11, 2005 - Women of Protest / Frank Sinatra / Megaflood

Found in:

The Scout Report
September 2, 2005
Volume 11, Number 35

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

This new addition to Library of Congress' American Memory makes 448 images
culled from approximately 2,650 photographs in the Records of the National
Woman's Party, and held by the Manuscript Division at Library of Congress,
available online. The National Woman's Party was the militant wing of the
suffrage movement, whose members engaged in public protests, such as
picketing, pageants, parades, hunger strikes, and demonstrations, often
resulting in arrests and imprisonment, all to bring publicity to the cause
of women's right to vote. Pictures reflecting this broad range of tactics,
dating from 1875 to 1938 (the majority from 1913 and 1922) are showcased at
the website. The gallery entitled Suffrage Prisoners presents portraits of
roughly 60 National Woman's Party activists who were jailed for their role
in suffrage protests.

Sounds of Sinatra Sinatra [Free registration required]

Whether one knows him by one of his popular sobriquets ("Ol' Blue Eyes" or
"The Voice") or just through his distinctive vocal styling, Francis Albert
Sinatra remains one of the most popular singers ever. These two sites pay
tribute to his legacy through words and music, both of which are quite
apropos. The first link leads to the homepage of The Sounds of Sinatra,
which is a radio program hosted by Sid Mark. Here visitors can listen to the
program and learn about the persons who helped Sinatra along the way,
including noted arrangers, bandleaders, and composers. The second site leads
to a lovely page created by the Jersey Journal in order to offer a diverse
portrait of one of the Garden State's favorite sons. Here visitors can join
one of many discussion forums, peruse a photo gallery of Sinatra throughout
the years, and of course, material on his friends and colleagues, including
Dean Martin and Peter Lawford. [KMG]

NOVA: Mystery of the Megaflood [Macromedia Flash Player]

More than 75 years ago, Professor J. Harlan Bretz of the University of
Chicago began to explore the dusty scablands of eastern Washington in an
attempt to learn more about this rather unique area and also to determine
how this land was transformed over time. Bretz soon came to the conclusion
that the scablands were not the result of slow geological weathering, but
rather the result of a massive flood that moved across the region. The
response from the geological community was one of incredulity, and it took
many decades before his provocative thesis was widely accepted. This site,
created by the NOVA program on PBS, provides a number of complementary
online materials for those who are curious to learn more about the subject.
On the site, visitors can read an interview with scabland expert Vic Baker
of the University of Arizona on this fantastic region and also explore the
scablands through an interactive feature. [KMG]

[NOTE: See Guide from NOVA pasted below. – Phyllis ]

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

From: NOVA: "Mystery of the Megaflood"

One of the Earth's strangest geological riddles is the evidence for a
huge catastrophe that struck eastern Washington State thousands of
years ago. It took scientists decades to figure out that a colossal
flood had carved out bizarre landscape features strewn across
thousands of square miles. On "Mystery of the Megaflood," NOVA gets
to the bottom of what created this compelling detective story. The
program features a dogged geologist sticking to his bold theory for
decades despite virtual professional banishment. Eventually, other
geologists joined his cause and filled in the intricate details,
which NOVA recreates in stunning computer animation to show what may
be one of the most spectacular series of events ever to occur on
our planet.

Here's what you'll find online:

Interview and Article

Fantastic Floods
In this interview, learn what megafloods can tell us about Mars,
the nature of science, and more.
Ice Age Lake
What would Glacial Lake Missoula have looked like before its
disastrous emptyings? Find out here.


Explore the Scablands
Examine the evidence left by the violent floods

What on Earth Made This?
Try your hand at our gee-whiz geology quiz.

Also, Links & Books, the Teacher's Guide, the program transcript,
and more.


Sun., Dec. 11, 2005 - Women of Color Web / Timeline of Women's Rights Movement 1848-1998

The Women of Color Web
From the site: “The Women of Color Web is dedicated to providing access to writings by and about women of color in the U.S.”
The Women of Color Web - Research Resources

Timeline of Legal History of Women in the United States
A Timeline of the Women's Rights Movement 1848 - 1998
[NOTE: Home page - previously posted.


Sun., Dec. 11, 2005 - Story of Women told in Bookbindings 1820-1920 / American Women Through Time

Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books (PBO).
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the “Teaching Tools” page ( )
“The PBO project offers countless opportunities to learn more about aspects of American history, life and culture. In addition to developing a structured controlled vocabulary, we have developed several essays, galleries, lesson plans, and other resources. The resources listed below are ideal for the lifelong learner, as well as teachers and students in K-12.”

One example:
From Domestic Goddesses to Suffragists: The Story of Women Told on Bookbindings, 1820-1920

American Women Through Time
This site offers two approaches for the study of specific time periods in American women's history. Each section includes a timeline that links specific events with highly relevant online sources, followed by a guide to research sources (e.g., census, newspapers, secondary sources) that are appropriate for the specified time period.

Online Sources

[NOTE: Home Page:
Other pages from posted. – Phyllis ]

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