Saturday, February 11, 2006


Sat., Feb. 11, 2006 - SparkEd Educational Outreach / Multiple Intelligences

Spark “…is a weekly television show, an educational outreach program and a Web site. More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, Spark takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art.”

Spark Educator Guide
From the site:
“SparkEd provides educational materials about the Spark program content for K-12 and post-secondary educators, offering media resources, Educator Guides, and other tools to make contemporary arts an integral part of learning.
Each week one of the Spark stories are chosen to be the educational focus and a corresponding educator guide is created. All of the available guides are listed below in chronological order -- use the drop-down menu to see guides listed by discipline.”
Videos can be viewed online or purchased.

Also on the same page:
Arts Basics: Vocabulary for teaching and learning in the arts
Includes: Dance, Literary arts, Music, Theater, and Visual arts vocabulary.

and a link to:
Multiple Intelligences Theory: A complete explanation of Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences
From the document:
“In all of its Educator Guides, SPARKed offers a diversity of content and activities addressing a variety of student intelligences. These designations refer to Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, described in the document below.”


Sat., Feb. 11, 2006 - Hambone

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Hi! It's Saturday, October 22, 2005 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Websites:

List member, MaryAnna, wrote, "I tried to find a website about something we did as kids -- making music by hand clapping, finger snapping, and slapping various body parts using various rhythms. (One part of it sounded like a galloping horse.) Cheerleaders did a variation of it, and some of the guys did it as recreation in the school yard -- many were incredibly talented... "

Turns out the style of music she describes is called Hambone. It originated with African-American slaves who were deprived of drums and created a way to make music through body percussion. Here are some websites that expound on this unique form of musical expression:


Derique is one of the consummate Hambone performers. At this PBS website you can watch a video (approximately 15 minutes) about how he got started playing Hambone and hear about his passion for passing down the African-American history of Hambone through his performances. Watch Derique perform Hambone -- and see how he has combined Hambone with high-tech! If you like the sample clip, you can purchase the video from PBS. You can also download a free "educator guide."

Then, if you are inspired to learn more, check out....

Body Percussion: Hambone
At this website, you'll find a lesson plan for how to teach Hambone. View the 2-3 minute online video that demonstrates Hambone. Then read through the lesson plan components that offer some ideas and activity suggestions for how to encourage classroom students to try their hand at Hambone. The ideas can be tweaked for homeschool use.
[NOTE: Glossary pages are linked under Resources for each area: Dance, Visual Arts, Drama and Music. – Phyllis ]

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:


Sat., Feb. 11, 2006 - Songfacts

From the site: “Songfacts is a searchable database of song information compiled by radio professionals, music enthusiasts, and visitors to this web site. We hope using this site will help you better understand and enjoy the songs you listen to, and invite you to share your knowledge with us so that others may benefit. We provide the album, year the song was released, highest US and UK chart position, and "Songfacts" about each song. The "Songfacts" are interesting tidbits like what the song is about, who wrote it, and what makes it different. Songfacts is free.”


Sat., Feb. 11, 2006 - It's Not Just a Bill, It's an Amendment / SchoolHouse Rock

CongressLine, by
It’s Not Just A Bill, It’s An Amendment
By Paul Jenks,
Published October 15, 2005
From the site:
The bill you are tracking “may not make it through Congress as a bill, instead as an amendment to another bill.

with a link to “I’m Just a Bill”
at School-House-Rock
They’re all here!—with the lyrics from the 70's: America Rock, Grammar Rock, Multiplication Rock, Science Rock, and Computer Scooter and Mr. Chips.

Friday, February 10, 2006


Fri., Feb. 10, 2006

Found in:
29 October 2005 Earth Science Sites of the Week

GLOBAL VOLCANISM PROGRAM, Smithsonian Institute, (suggested by Warren Huff, University of Cincinnati), This well organized, image rich site documents the Holocene eruption history of the world’s major volcanoes. Be sure to explore the pull down menus on the red title bar beneath page titles to see all the information this site has. A special feature of this site is a GIS-like mapping tool. To access the tool, select a region of the world, then pick a particular volcano. Once on an individual volcano page, select the “Maps” option. The "Map Tool" button links to the UNAVCO Jules Verne Voyager mapping application and displays a map centered on the current volcano. Java must be enabled in your browser to display the maps. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

HURRICANE TRACKER, MSNBC (suggested by John Moore, Burlington County Institute of Technology, Meford, NJ), Interested in the history making 2005 hurricane season? The site is a quick way to visualize storm development and history based on NOAA data. With a simple click of the mouse, visualize these meteorological oceanographic events as they unfold via animated hurricane tracks! There is an interactive Hurricane Guide where students can review basic facts and FAQ’s. The 2004 season is also available. If you want to teach about the element of unpredictability, click on “Jeanne” and have a look! The Hurricane Tracker is an easy to use visualization tool appropriate for all age groups.

CASE STUDIES IN SCIENCE, National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, (suggested by Virginia Malone, educational consultant, Hondo, TX), Find a variety of case studies on different subjects. In geology you will find high interest case studies on the dams, landslides, sinkholes, and the killer Lake Nyos. There are cases in Astronomy, Meteorology, Environment and many more. Sections to help you use case studies include "Guidelines for Using Our Cases," "Guidelines for Submitting a Case," which actually provides more information on how to use case studies in addition to submission requirements.

LEARN: ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE EXPLORES CYCLES OF THE EARTH AND ATMOSPHERE, UCAR, (suggested by Holly Devaul, DLESE), This on-line teaching module is for middle school science teachers. While some students may find portions of this site useful, the primary audience is classroom teachers and it has been developed with that target audience in mind. The site provides background information and supporting classroom teaching materials. The content focus is climate change and issues related to both stratospheric and tropospheric ozone. There are seven sections, each with activities for classroom use. Each section provides background information, general learning concepts, and a list of activities. These seven sections are: "Introduction to the Atmosphere", "Introduction to Climate", "The 'Greenhouse' Effect", "Global Climate Change", "Introduction to Ozone", "Stratospheric Ozone", and "Tropospheric Ozone".

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Fri., Feb. 10, 2006

Found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, October 27, 2005
Read This Online:
Documents From the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
"The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (253 titles) and the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) contain 274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence." Includes a related essay and timelines. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
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Federal Reserve Board: About the Fed
Background information about the Federal Reserve System, which "serves as the nation's central bank. ... The System consists of a seven member Board of Governors with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and twelve Reserve Banks located in major cities throughout the United States." Covers the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 (which established the system), the structure of the system, purposes and function, the board of governors, the banks and bank presidents, and more. From the Federal Reserve Board.
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[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Beat Goes On: A History of Cardiology
Companion to an exhibit from 1990 about the human heart that "traces the interwoven history of medical knowledge and technological advance from Galen's early description of the circulatory system to modern breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment." Includes images and information about bloodletting, blood pressure, stethoscopes, surgery, pacemakers, EKG machines, pharmaceuticals, and more. Also includes a bibliography. From the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Medical Museum.
[Shortened URL: ]
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[NOTE: The exhibit on The Illuminated Body previously posted.
Links to past exhibits - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks Dies
Radio program about Rosa Parks (1913-2005), known as the "'mother of the civil rights movement' ... [for turning] the course of American history by refusing in 1955 to give up her seat on a bus for a white man." Includes audio of past interviews with Parks, images, and links to related stories. From National Public Radio (NPR).
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[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Rosa Parks Library and Museum
The website for this library and museum contains information about Rosa Parks (1913-2005), the black woman whose refusal to give her seat on a public bus to a white man inspired the 1955 civil rights movement event known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Includes biographical information, photos, and links to more information about Parks and Montgomery, Alabama, history. From Troy University, Montgomery, Alabama.
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Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights
Rosa Parks, "The Mother of the Modern-day Civil Rights Movement," describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott [of 1955-56]. Includes the transcript of an interview with Parks, a brief biography of Parks, and an essay about being arrested, the boycott, and the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. (Select from sections list) From Scholastic Inc.
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Lawrence of Arabia: The Life, The Legend
Companion to a 2005 exhibit at the Imperial War Museum (London) about British military leader T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). Features brief essays (accompanied by photos) about his childhood and youth, war years (1914-1918), peace and diplomacy, his book "Seven Pillars of Wisdom," his time in the Royal Air Force (RAF), retirement and later years, and his legacy and reputation after his death.
LII Item:

When Does Daylight Time Begin and End?
As of 2005 daylight time begins "on the first Sunday in April and ends on the last Sunday in October. ... These dates were recently modified with the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. ... Starting in March 2007, daylight time ... will begin on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November." Includes a brief history of daylight saving time in the U.S. From the U.S. Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications Department.
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Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names
Lists of tropical cyclone names for various regions throughout the world. "Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. ... Six lists [of 21 names] are used in rotation." If "more than 21 named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet." Also includes a list of retired hurricane names. From the National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center.
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The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
Information about this earthquake that hit at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906. Includes information about the size of the quake, casualties and damage from the earthquake and fire, information about other notable quakes in the San Francisco Bay Area after 1906, and links to photo collections and eyewitness accounts. From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
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[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Revelations From the Russian Archives
This companion website to a 1992 Library of Congress exhibit contains documents made available by the Russian Archival Committee, covering "the entire range of Soviet history from the October Revolution of 1917 to the failed coup of August 1991." Exhibit topics include Joseph Stalin, the murder of Sergei Kirov, the secret police, Gulag labor camps, the Ukrainian famine, Chernobyl, perestroika ("Mikhail Gorbachev's program of economic, political, and social restructuring"), relations with the U.S. (including the Cold War), and more.
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General Elevator and Escalator Information
This site provides a brief overview of the history of the development of the elevator, including the gearless traction electric elevator. Also includes descriptions of how elevators and escalators work. The "About Otis" section of the "Our Company" portion of the site provides images and more information about the history of escalators and elevators. From the Otis Elevator Company.
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Thank you for using Librarians' Internet Index.

Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Fri., Feb. 10, 2006 - Marian Anderson

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Site of the Day for Thursday, February 9, 2006

Marian Anderson: A Life in Song

Today's site, from the University of Pennsylvania Library, honors the
legendary singer Marian Anderson. Gentle Subscribers will discover a range
of materials and music documenting her early struggles and the winding path
which brought her home to the Met.

"This exhibition celebrates the artistic development and musical career of
Marian Anderson. Renowned throughout the world for her extraordinary
contralto voice, she is also remembered for her dignity and grace under
pressure. Through the mechanism of recorded sound, we can continue to enjoy
Ms. Anderson's renderings of Lieder and spirituals . Through the reflected
light of photographs, we can glimpse the preparation and performance of her
repertoire. And through the papers that she left behind, we can investigate
and understand how, when, where, and with whom her life took shape, was
enriched, and became enriching not only for her audiences but also for
others in need." - from the website

The site features the singer's biography, focusing on her musical journey,
from the early years of church singing, through the formal training she did
not begin until she was seventeen, to the European concert tours which
established her reputation as one of the great voices of the period.
Included in the exhibit are audio clips of Lieder and spirituals, along
with a browsable collection of more than 4000 images, the link for which
may be found in the body of the introduction. In addition, a number of
video clips of interviews and music are available.

Glide to the site for an informative presentation this great singer at:

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


Fri., Feb. 10, 2006

Found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: February 12-18, 2006

"True Adventures of the Ultimate Spider-Hunter"
TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Sunday, February 12, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Mild-mannered water treatment engineer by day, tarantula
obsessive and arachnid guru by night, Martin Nicholas is the
real Spiderman. And he's out to find the most amazing spiders
in the world. Nicholas travels the world in pursuit of exotic
spiders, including the goliath bird-eater of Venezuela and a
small South American spider that creates the biggest web in the
world -- up to 30 feet long. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log on to to chat with Martin
Nicholas on February 13 at 2 pm ET.

"Jewel of the Earth"
TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Sir David Attenborough explores that intriguing possibility of
dinosaur DNA suspended in time millions of years ago. The
celebrated naturalist's starting point is a piece of amber that
he was given as a child and that he was fascinated to discover
contained ancient insects buried within it. Join Attenborough
for this memorable time-traveling detective story. (CC, Stereo,
DVI, 1 year)

Log on and trace a bee's journey from its brief life 20 million
years ago down through the ages within fossil resin.
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Alan Alda In Scientific American Frontiers "Hot Planet -- Cold Comfort"
TV> PBSOL> Elementary / Middle / High School
Friday, February 17, 2006
9 - 9:30 pm
So you think global warming won't affect you? Wait until the
great Atlantic Conveyor shuts down. And find out what's already
happening in Alaska. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our lesson plan in which students investigate light
absorption and temperature rise.
[NOTE: Originally broadcast October 2005]

American Experience -- Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
"Revolution" (part 1 of 2)
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Monday, February 13, 2006
9 - 10:30 pm
This three-hour series tells the stories of key political
players and of ordinary people, black and white, Republican and
Democrat, in the North and South, who were caught up in the
era's turbulent struggles. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Explore our online interactive map and see what happened state
by state after the war.
[NOTE: Originally broadcast January 2004. See guide pasted below – Phyllis ]

Lighting a Revolution
Elementary / Middle School

This web site accompanies an exhibition at the National Museum
of American History exploring the process of invention. Learn
about the five steps of innovation: the preconditions, the
invention itself, promotion, competition and consequences.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.
Found in:
Wed, Feb 8, 2006 at 2:26 PM
To: NOVA Teachers

Hello Educators,

Next week, join David Attenborough as he probes the mysteries of
ancient life-forms perfectly preserved in amber in NOVA's "Jewel of
the Earth." (Subjects covered: life science, ecology, entomology,

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Jewel of the Earth"
Broadcast: February 14, 2006
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

Bitten By the Bug
Find out from one newly minted aficionado what makes insects in
amber so fascinating. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Amber Time Machine
Learn what amber researcher and author George Poinar infers
about the life and ecology of a stingless bee trapped in amber,
and follow what happened over the eons after the bee became
entombed in the resin flow. (Grades 9-12)

Stories in the Amber
Take a look at 17 photos of flora and fauna -- including pollen
grains, a mushroom, a moth fly caught in a spider's web, and a
pseudoscorpion attacking an ant -- discovered in amber from the
Dominican Republic. (Flash plug-in required; printable version
available.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Amber Around the World
Learn about where amber is found worldwide, how old each type of
amber is, and the approximate number of recorded fossil pieces
that have been found throughout the world. (Flash plug-in
required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students set sticky traps to collect
organisms, identify and classify what they find, and determine
when their organisms first evolved. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Program Transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Links and Books.

Found in:
Date Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 8:57 PM

News from American Experience

The Second Civil War
Two consecutive Mondays, February 13 and 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS
(check local listings) [NOTE: Originally broadcast January 2004]

On a misty April evening in 1865, a jubilant crowd packed the
White House lawn to hear Abraham Lincoln's first speech since the
end of the Civil War. They expected a stirring celebration of the
Union victory -- but instead got harsh reality. Even with the
South defeated, Lincoln warned, the future would be "fraught with
great difficulty." He called the task ahead reconstruction -- a
word that returned to American headlines nearly a century and a
half later, in the aftermath of the war in Iraq.

Some Americans saw Reconstruction as a chance to build a new
nation out of the ashes of war and slavery. Others vowed to wage
a new war to protect their way of life, and a racial order they
believed ordained by God. Bitter enemies, North and South, had to
be reconciled. And four million former slaves had to be brought
into the life of a nation that had ignored them for centuries.

Spanning the momentous years from 1863 to 1877, RECONSTRUCTION
tracks the extraordinary stories of ordinary Americans --
Southern and Northern, white and black -- as they struggle to
shape new lives for themselves in a world turned upside down.



The entire film is available on the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Web site.
Watch all or parts of the documentary online.

Black Legislators

John Roy Lynch was one of seven black men elected to the U.S.
Congress in 1873, soon after black men were given the right to
vote. See his story and learn more in this special feature.

Slave to Sharecropper

After Emancipation, freedmen sought rights as workers while
landowners forced many ex-slaves to sign unfair labor contracts.
Hear from freed slaves and historians about labor relations.

Teacher’s Guide

Thursday, February 09, 2006


Thurs., Feb. 9, 2006 - Preposterous Headdresses and...

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, October 14, 2005

Preposterous Headdresses and Feathered Ladies: Hair, Wigs, Barbers, and

Today's site, from the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University, presents a
remarkable collection of images from an era when having a bad hair day
really could be a cause for alarm and dismay. Gentle Subscribers may pat
their own tresses with quiet complacency while viewing the spectacular
heights of fashionable eighteenth century coiffures.

"These images of preposterous hairstyles give evidence of the increased
economic prosperity that made possible such extreme fashions as well as the
luxury goods necessary to them. At the time of publication, the prints also
served to communicate and disseminate the latest styles to a broader
public. ... [H]ere is a selection of prints focused on hair and wigs, and
on the hairdressers and barbers who created and tended them." - from the

The exhibit highlights the more extravagant and thus highly satirized
excesses of the wealthy, fashionable class of the period in England. Among
the more flagrant examples are lampoons of French hairdressers, their own
locks hardly an advertisement for their skills and the Macaronis, who
defined the cutting edge of fashion. Along with the illustrations of such
easy targets for ridicule, are nuggets of historical factoids which had
their own impact on fashion, such as the introduction of a tax on hair
powder and the growth industry of hair stylists, from a nominal few at the
outset of the 18th century to more than 50,000 in London alone, by its

Totter over to the site for an enlightening perspective on hair styles at:

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


Thurs., Feb. 9, 2006 - Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette Online
From the site:
“Welcome to the world of Marie Antoinette. She was the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, and was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789. This site celebrates her life and times in words and pictures.”

See Also: Links
“The following is a list of links we have found useful in our own research of Marie Antoinette. They are a reasonably diverse collection dealing not only with Marie Antoinette but also with the revolution in general, Louis XVI, fashion and lifestyle in the 18th century.”


Thurs., Feb. 9, 2006 - Mary Kingsley / Susan B. Anthony / Marian Anderson

Found in:

The Learning Calendar Newsletter Online

Mary Henrietta Kingsley

Susan B. Anthony
]NOTE: National Women's Hall of Fame previously posted
View a complete list of the 217 inductees – Phyllis ]

Originally published in the New York Times March 13, 1906
Susan B. Anthony Obituary [Shortened URL: ]

Marian Anderson
[NOTE: Historical Figures
Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2006 The Learning Calendar


Thurs., Feb. 9, 2006 - Black History Month

Found in:
Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter

[Surfnetkids: 1 Feb 2006] Black History Month

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Wed., Feb. 8, 2006 - Bureau of Printing and Engraving

Found in:

Lesson Planet Newsletter 10/21/05

Title: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Grade Level: 2-12
Rating: * * * * *

When was the first U.S. paper currency used? Whose portrait was first
featured on the two-dollar bill? Who decides about those portraits,
anyway? What does counterfeit law say and what is the National
Treasury doing to protect consumers? Check out these interesting
currency facts at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

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


Wed., Feb. 8, 2006 - History of the Supreme Court / Identity Theft

The History of the Supreme Court
From the site:
“This site presents educators and students with new resources and teaching ideas on the history, character, and drama of the U.S. Supreme Court.”


Identity Theft: Outline of Federal Statutes and Bibliography of Select Resources
Sara R. Paul's guide includes key resources such as: statutes, treatises, free and fee based journals and newsletters, websites, blogs and RSS feeds, selected news articles, and white papers.


Wed., Feb. 8, 2006 - Children's Web Searching Skills / US Government Manual 2005-6

Found on:
Oct. 14-20, 2005

Information Retrieval
Source: IR
October 2005 Issue of Information Research
Articles include:
+ The development of children's Web searching skills - a non-linear model.

Resources, Reports, Tools, Lists, and Full Text Documents
United States Government
Source: GPO
U.S. Government Manual, 2005-2006 Edition
"The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations; and boards, commissions, and committees.”
[NOTE: Earlier editions previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Gary PriceEditor,
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
for even more resources visit


Wed., Feb. 8, 2006 - Elections and Voting

Found on:
EduHound Weekly for October 27, 2005

Vote: The Machinery of Democracy
From the site:
“This exhibition looks at the history of voting methods in the United States, which are as varied as the individual states and their local election districts. “Vote: The Machinery of Democracy” explores how ballots and voting systems have evolved over the years as a response to political, social, and technological change, transforming the ways in which Americans vote.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Voting and Elections
Includes tutorials and links to web sites and articles on voting and elections.


Commission on Federal Election Reform
From the site: “The purpose of the Commission is to study the
electoral process in the U.S. and make recommendations
for improvements.”

The Commission issued its report with 87 recommendations on September 19, 2005.
Building Confidence in U.S. Elections Report
“We urge all Americans, including the legislative
and executive branches of government at all levels, to
recognize the urgency of election reform and to
seriously consider the comprehensive approach outlined
herein.” Available in both .html and .pdf:


A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and Transparent Elections (ACCURATE)
From the site:
“…we will develop technologies that could be used to make future voting systems more reliable, secure, usable, accessible, trustworthy and transparent.”


Elections...the American Way: Teacher Resources Feature
Use the primary sources from the American Memory collections to investigate the history of candidates, the voters, the party system, the election process and both historical and current issues.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Tues., Feb. 7, 2006 - Sputnik

The Times Looks Back: Sputnik
From the site:
“The Soviets launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, on October 4, 1957…This special presentation of The New York Times on America Online includes articles and photos from the first week following Sputnik's launch, coverage of the U.S. response and the early days of the space race, and a directory of related websites.” (Free registration may be required)


Tues., Feb. 7, 2006 - Interactive Physics Simulations

Interactive Physics Simulations
From the site:
“Fun, interactive simulations of physical phenomena that make bridges to the real world, from the Physics Education Technology project at the University of Colorado.”


Tues., Feb. 7, 2006 - Virtual Microscope / Ocean Systems

Found in:
22 October 2005 Earth Science Sites of the Week

A VIRTUAL MICROSCOPE, University of Delaware, (suggested by Floyd McCoy, University of Hawaii), Simply click and drag on various knobs and the image is focused; or adjust the oculars; control brightness; adjust the iris diaphragm; pick a slide, then move it around on the stage - and everything else that can be done with a binocular fixed-stage microscope can now be done on your computer screen. Impressive and promising for doing labs on line, although of limited use for geology until a virtual microscope is created for a petrographic rotating stage. But that seems closer now with this remarkable step forward. The site also comes with a seven minute instructional video. Requires the Flash 6 plugin.

TEACHING THE OCEAN SYSTEM: RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS, SERC, (suggested by John McDaris, SERC), The oceans play a pivotal role in climate, hold a rich array of life’s diversity, and are the setting for much of the earth’s active tectonic processes. This web collection is a part of the “On the Cutting Edge Faculty Development Program” and will help undergraduate faculty and students use a new approach to teaching and learning oceanography. Resources in the collection include activities, data sets and tools, visualizations, teaching materials and links to internet resources.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Tues., Feb. 7, 2006

Found in:
Date Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 8:30 AM
From: "Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education publications & more."
Subject: New Science Teaching Resources at FREE

New resources at FREE, the website that makes
teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

features reviewed resources for teaching about asteroids,
astrobiology, the big bang theory, black holes, cosmology,
dark matter, galaxies, the Milky Way, telescopes & satellites,
planet formation, planetary atmospheres, space exploration,
stars, the sun, & more. (NSF)

"Astrophysics Science Project: Integrating Research & Education
offers lessons for exploring cosmic rays, force, gas
particles, kinetic energy, lunar phases, machines, momentum,
the night sky, refraction, the scientific method, scientific
notation, seasons, seismic waves, stars, the angle of the sun,
tides, & waves. Find out about careers; read interviews with
scientists. (NSF)

"Engineering Is Elementary"provides lessons & overviews on acoustical engineering,agricultural engineering (insects), civil engineering (balance& forces), environmental engineering (water), industrialengineering (simple machines), materials engineering (earthmaterials), mechanical engineering (air & weather). (NSF)“Engineering is Elementary (EiE) promotes learning and
teaching of engineering and technology by elementary
school students, grades 1-5, and their teachers.”
[NOTE: See Also: Educator Resource Center
“Search through our hand-picked selection of the best standards-based science, technology and engineering resources for your classroom, including Museum’s exhibits, programs, and K-12 technology and engineering curriculum resources for educators.” Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

"Oceans Alive"
explores the mountains, abysses, & other physical features of
the ocean floor, as well as the movement of the continents,
the water cycle, the four oceans, waves & wind, currents,
tides, marine life near the surface, & ocean predators & prey.
Activities are provided for learning about the water cycle,
water currents, web of life, & tides. (NSF)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


"The Physics Front"
provides selected resources for teachers of high school
physics. Hundreds of lessons, labs, & activities can be found
in four categories: conceptual physics, algebra-based physics,
AP physics, & K-8 physical sciences. They can be accessed
also by topic: measurement, motion, forces, momentum, energy,
springs, heat & temperature, wave energy, electrostatics,
electricity & circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism, optics,
particles & interactions, & astronomy. (NSF)

Past messages:

Monday, February 06, 2006


Mon., Feb. 6, 2006 - Winter Olympics 2006

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Date Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 9:30 AM
Subject: [Innovative-Teaching] ITN: Turin Winter Olympics Resources

Turin Winter Olympics Resources

The Winter Olympics begin in a week, and with it comes many opportunities for applying the skills in the curriculum in many real world situations. There's measurement in both U.S. and metric standards, elapsed time, the physics of skiing, skating and sledding, political and physical geography, history, civics and politics of the games, economics of the dollar and the Euro, a variety of world languages and cultures,” the list of possibilities goes on and on.

For the most ardent followers of the Olympics, having classroom Olympic games that make use of skills across the curriculum is a great way to motivate students in the gray days of February. You can find units and strategies for setting up such an event, designed to last a day, a week or a month, right online; just Google classroom Olympics.

Technology makes following the games and integrating them into instruction incredibly easy. All the data you need is right on the Web. Couple that with the excellent coverage you can find on television and you have a winning recipe for rich content. Consider these resources in making the 2006 Winter Games your own:


Mon., Feb. 6, 2006 - Winter Olympic Fun for Kids

[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some were previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Found in:
Date Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 9:42 PM
Subject: NET-MOM NEWS--

Winter Olympic Fun for Kids
Olympics--Enchanted Learning
Quick facts on the Olympics, including the significance of the logo's five interlocked rings, and a host of printable activities kids can try offline. (6+)

Time for Kids--Winter Olympics,6260,1136751,00.html
Fascinating close-up look at the new medals designed for the Turin games. Are they some kind of Italian doughnut? Find out what they actually represent! (8+)

Brainpop: The Olympics
Tim and Moby sprint through a brief tutorial on Olympic history, from the ancient games to the modern ones. Think you know it all? Try the quiz! (Hint: "curling" is not an Olympic hair-braiding contest!) (8+)

Sports Illustrated for Kids XX Winter Olympics
Meet the athletes, see who's ahead in the medals, and play awesome skiing and snowboarding games online! (8+)

Official Site for the Torino Olympic Games
Check out the events, the sports celebrities, and the odd little mascots, Neve and Gliz. One is a snowball, the other an ice cube: both ingredients are needed for the winter games! (10+)

Fact Monster's 2006 Winter Olympics
Fascinating preview of the Games including what to expect and who to watch--be sure to look for an athlete called The Flying Tomato! There's also a history of the Games plus gold-medal quizzes and crossword puzzles. (12+)

TTYLJean Armour Polly. AKA Net-mom
Web site:
Copyright 2006 Jean Armour Polly. All rights reserved.


Mon., Feb. 6, 2006 - Winter Olympics Teaching Theme

Found in:
Date Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 6:59 PM
Subject: Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter 294- Winter Olympics Issue

Teacher Tip Newsletter #294 Online

Free Winter Olympics resources
Scroll down for Winter Olympics Teaching Theme

**** newsletter. © 2006 Teachnology, Inc. All rights reserved


Mon., Feb. 6, 2006 - Olympics: Science of the Sporting Life

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Olympics: Science of the Sporting Life

Today's topical site, from the always active folks at the Why Files, brings
together a number of sporting related themes under the umbrella of the
relationship of science to sport. Gentle Subscribers may discover a number
of surprising athletic facts revealed by scientific exploration.

"Turin's Winter Olympics inspire a Why Files examination of sports
medicine, psychology and even a little ancient history." - from the website

The site examines the role of biomechanics and computer modeling to assist
and enhance athletic performance, and the debilitating effects of
"staleness" caused by over-training. Casting a net beyond olympic class
athletes, the presentation also considers the consequences of aging on
muscle mass and how to slow its effects, as well as the dispiriting
statistics on those who fall off the exercise wagon and suggestions on how
to stay on. In addition, the impact of the mind on physical achievement as
well as the effects of alcohol on the mental processes of adolescents are
also considered. Concluding sections explore the conflict in medicine and
sport and take a brief look at the ancient olympics.

Jump over to the site for a wide-ranging presentation on science and sport

[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

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

Sunday, February 05, 2006


Sun., Feb. 5, 2006 - Best Selection of K-12 WWW Resources

Best Selection of K-12 WWW Resources


Sun., Feb. 5, 2006 - Internet Public Library Kidspace: Reference

Internet Public Library Kidspace: Reference
From the site:
“Here's the place to go for all your general reference needs! There are links to dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, and other sites for homework help or just looking things up.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Sun., Feb. 5, 2006 - Educational Links / Kid's Page Archive

Great Educational Links

Kid’s Page Archive


Sun., Feb. 5, 2006 - Net's Educational Resource Center

The Net's Educational Resource Center
From the site:
“This site has links that will help students, parents and teachers access a universe of information from the web. The sites listed are safe for all ages to view.” Hotlinks are listed in each category under General Resources, American History, Ancient World History and World History. [NOTE: Some pages from this site were previously posted. - Phyllis


Sat., Feb. 4, 2006 - Calculus on the Web

Calculus on the Web
From the site:
“The principal purpose of COW is to provide you, the student or
interested user, with the opportunity to learn and practice problems in calculus”


Sat., Feb. 4, 2006 - Wonders of Math

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, October 3, 2005 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Wonders of Math
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

We have featured the comprehensive website in the past. But list member, MaryAnna, found a page there titled "Wonders of Math" that you just shouldn't miss. It contains the following description:
"Cool.... Beautiful... Amazing... Fun...Does this sound like math to you? Click on a topic below and we promise you will agree - math can be all that and more."

Who can resist such a promise? When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes the following topics:
*Fractals - Learn about fractals and create your own fractal images by visiting an array of fractal websites.
*Spirograph - A Spirograph is formed by rolling a circle inside or outside of another circle. At this site you can create your own and select random values for the radii and color with interesting results.
*Conway's Game of Life - Invented by the mathematician John Conway in 1970 this is not a game in the conventional sense. There are no players, and no winning or losing. Life is an example of a cellular automaton, which is any system in which rules are applied to cells and their neighbors in a regular grid. Once the "pieces" are placed in the starting position, the rules determine everything that happens later. In most cases, it is impossible to look at a starting position (or pattern) and see what will happen in the future. The only way to find out is to follow the rules of the game. Here, you can play the game and experience this field of mathematical research.

*Roman Numeral Calculator -- A fun online calculator that translates numbers to numerals so you can solve all kinds of numerical problems -- whether you're building a road, designing an aqueduct, or counting your gladiators.
You'll also find fun and challenging games that deal with Chaos Theory, Knots, Mazes, Tessellations, Origami and even a Lissajous Lab! Have fun exploring the wonders of math!

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:



Sat., Feb. 4, 2006 - Numb3rs / Writing a Newspaper Story

Found in:
The E-Line - a newsletter of Internet resources
Volume 5, No. 5
30 September, 2005


"We All Use Math Every Day"
Capitalizing on the popular CBS TV show, TI (Texas Instruments) has collaborated with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the show's researchers, to provide meaningful content and activities tied to each NUMB3RS episode. The registration and basic materials (including a poster) are free, and the activity worksheets are posted as downloads on the site.

Math Education Program Activities
From the site:
“Each activity has been derived from the math used in the TV show and created by practicing classroom teachers and mathematicians especially for grades 7 - 12…View the new classroom activities coordinated with each show episode on this website, a week prior to the show.”

Register for We All Use Math Every Day Program
Submit form to receive the free Teacher Kit, including a classroom poster, for the "We All Use Math Every Day" educational outreach program.


Let's Write a Newspaper Story!
This excellent, fully and freely available for download site has all the materials you'll need to do an elementary-level unit on writing a newspaper story. It's offered by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory! (If we had to guess, I'd say someone there has a child in elementary school!)



Sat., Feb. 4, 2006 - Math Archives

Math Archives

Math Archives - K-12 Teaching Materials

POP Mathematics

[NOTE: Home page previously posted. Some dead links.
Site has not been undated recently. – Phyllis ]

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