Saturday, February 18, 2006


Sat., Feb. 18, 2006 - Maps (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress Geography & Map Division
Reference Web Resources
Includes links to Outline Maps, Current and Historic Maps, and Geographic Information.


Sat., Feb. 18, 2006 - Maps / Women in Science / Climate System

Found in:

5 November 2005 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"

EXPLORING MAPS, USGS, (suggested by Holly Devaul, DLESE), The site is an interdisciplinary set of materials on mapping for grades 7-12. Students learn basic map making and map-reading skills and will see how maps can answer fundamental geographic questions: "Where am I?" "What else is here?" "Where am I going?". The map images and activities in this packet can be used in various courses, including geography, history, math, art, English, and the sciences. The images and the educational activities have been selected both to enrich knowledge of mapping itself and to present maps as representations of reality.

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

I WAS WONDERING.A CURIOUS LOOK AT WOMEN’S ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE, (suggested by Theresa Schwerin, IGES), This resource is a National Academy of Sciences project that showcases the accomplishments of contemporary women in science. Through interactive articles, comics, games, and resources, the Website highlights for young people (grades 7-9) the varied and intriguing careers of some of today's most prominent scientists. The site draws from and accompanies the publication of a ten-volume series of biographies entitled Women's Adventures in Science. The Website experience includes interactive articles, games, comics, and other resources.

INVESTIGATING THE CLIMATE SYSTEM, (suggested by Cheryl Dodes, Weber Middle School, Port Washington. NY and Michael Passow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory), NASA has published five problem-based teaching modules online for the study of various topics about weather and climate. The modules utilize information gathered by the NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM,) and include Energy, Precipitation, Weather, Winds, and Clouds. The modules are suitable for students in grades 5 - 8.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Sat., Feb. 18, 2006

Found on:
Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2005

Exploring Weather & Climate Change
“Studying what went on, climatologically, in the past can help scientists make better predictions about what will occur in the future...Before you dig too deeply into this site, you may want to have a look at the Paleoclimatology Primer, which provides an overview and perspective ( ).

For the complete review go to the Direct Link to This ResourceShelf Post:


Civil War--United States--Maps
Source: National Geographic
National Geographic Society Releases New Interactive Civil War Map
"...interactive map of over 5,200 U.S. Civil War battlefields and historic sites. Get detailed descriptions of 384 major battlefields, and view the 25 sites most in danger of being lost."


Reference Reviews
Peter's Digital Reference Shelf, November 2005, Is Now Online
Peter reviews:
Review One: CiteSeer
"This more than evolutionary service started as a pilot project in 1997 on autonomous citation indexing. Finally, it has received some well-deserved National Science Foundation funding which makes it feasible to enhance and run this superb service for at least four more years."
Editors Note: CiteSeer ( ) is an amazing resource and one we've been writing about since the very beginning. Kudos to Lee Giles at Penn. State University for developing this great seach tool. Almost forgot. Like CiteSeer, check out SmealSearch. ( )

Reviw Two: TIME Archive
"The three largest general-interest magazines (Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and TIME) offer archives, but the latter has the longest time span--covering all issues from the first. It has the best price for non-subscribers, and subscribers to the print edition have free access to the whole archive. TIME also offers the best search options and navigation features, as well as a superb gallery of all of its covers." ( )
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily Content - RSS Feed
"Encyclopædia Britannica presents people and events from this day in history."

Looks Too Good To Be
From the announcement: "the FBI joined the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the online job search company Monster Worldwide, and other partners in launching a new website-- educate the public about Internet schemes and to provide a central place for consumers to file complaints."
From the site:
“While the Internet can be a safe and convenient place to do business, scammers are out there in “cyber world” targeting unsuspecting consumers. The Looks Too Good To Be website was built to educate you, the consumer, and help prevent you from becoming a victim of an Internet fraud scheme.”

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


Sat., Feb. 18, 2006 - NOVA: Avalanche

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, November 8, 2005 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
NOVA Online: Avalanche!

Snowfall is being reported in various locations throughout the United States and Canada. Lots of snow brings the potential for an avalanche, when an entire mountainside of snow breaks loose and falls with great speed and force, burying and/or destroying everything in its path. Scientists estimate that there are more than 1 million avalanches each year. Today's website is a companion to a PBS original broadcast called "Avalanche!" The website contains information about avalanche research that includes scientists from many disciplines who combine knowledge in geophysics, atmospheric sciences, and snow science to understand the properties of snow, snow crystal formation, snow mechanics, and the interaction between the environment and the snowpack.

When you get to the site you will see a photo of a helicopter and a welcome message below it. Underneath the welcome message is a video clip link. Click on it to get a one-minute sample of what this site offers. When the video is over use the menu (that is superimposed over the picture on the homepage) to investigate the rest of the site that includes:
*Capturing it on Film - This section contains information on how the videographer captured avalanches on film. Not only that, you can watch video clips of:
-a helicopter over an avalanche
-a house destroyed by avalanche
-a massive mountain avalanche
-and more! You may have to wait a few minutes for the video clips to load, but the films are worth every minute of wait-time.
*The Making of Avalanche -- Find out the trials and tribulations facing producers of a natural disaster film.
*Elements of a Slide -- Discover the conditions needed for an avalanche. Don't miss the "Snow Sense" segment at the bottom of the page and get a few tips for snow safety.
*Resources -- One of the best parts of this site are the fabulous links to other resources about avalanches, snow, crystals, weather and more. Many offer interesting activities that further learning.
*Teachers' Guide -- Here you'll find the program overview (if you are planning to get the video and watch it), some viewing ideas (designed for classroom use), a classroom activity that will intrigue your kids (it can be tweaked for home use), and ideas from teachers to further the learning.

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:

Friday, February 17, 2006


Fri., Feb. 17, 2006 - Germany

Germany: an exploration of the people and the culture.
From the site:
“Welcome to Germany: an exploration of the people and the culture. This site is dedicated to German culture and ways of life. Throughout this site you can learn about many aspects of German culture, customs and daily life such as; their holidays and celebrations, the school system, the states, and the food.”
[NOTE: This site was created in 1999 and many of the outside links are no longer active. – Phyllis ]


Fri., Feb. 17, 2006

Found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, November 3, 2005

Dresden: Treasures From the Saxon State Library
Companion to an exhibit from 1996 of items from the Saxon State Library. "The most precious holdings of the Saxon State Library were moved [in 1939]. ... Because of this, they largely survived the bombing raids of February and March 1945." The site features a brief chronology of Dresden, Germany, through 1919, photographic views (mainly 1930-1949), and images of materials, including medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and Romantic era items. From the Library of Congress (LOC).
LII Item:

Far and Wide: The Golden Age of Travel Posters
"The 1920's and 1930's ushered in an unprecedented era of travel to exotic and romantic destinations. And nowhere was this more clearly expressed than in the travel posters of that time. The Los Angeles Public Library's collection of travel posters perfectly captures this era. With this exhibition, the Library shares its bounty with the public for the first time." Includes images of almost four-dozen posters. From the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL).
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National Museum, New Delhi
This Indian museum "has in its possession over 200,000 works of exquisite art, both of Indian and Foreign origin covering more than 5,000 years of our cultural heritage." The site features images of items from the collection in areas such as arms and armor, jewelry, manuscripts, paintings, and sculpture. In English and Hindi.
LII Item:

The Rosa Parks Bus at the Henry Ford Museum
"On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African American woman who worked as a seamstress, boarded ... [a] Montgomery City bus to go home from work. On this bus on that day, Rosa Parks initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality." This site provides information about the restoration of this historic bus and images of the bus. Also includes a chronology, a bibliography, and links to additional information. From the Henry Ford Museum.
LII Item:


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, Librarians' Internet Index.


Fri., Feb. 17, 2006 - Civil Rights

--------Forwarded Message--------

Jan. 31, 2006
Resource: Civil Rights Documentation Project

The landmark civil rights legislation of the mid-1960s has attracted
considerable scholarly attention, deservedly so. Much of the analysis of
this legislation has centered on the social and cultural conditions that
gave birth to such laws as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting
Rights Act of 1965.

As valuable as the emphasis on the civil rights movement has been, an
equally vital chapter has been neglected -- the story of the legislative
process itself. The Dirksen Congressional Center has posted a new
feature on "CongressLink" that provides a fuller accounting of
law-making based on the unique archival resources housed at The Center,
including the collection of then-Senate Minority Leader Everett McKinley
Dirksen (R-IL), widely credited with securing the passage of the bills.

The Civil Rights Documentation Project
[ ]

Intended to serve the needs of teachers and students, The Civil Rights
Documentation Project demonstrates that Congress is capable of
converting big ideas into powerful law, that citizen engagement is
essential to that process, and that the public policies produced forty
years ago continue to influence our lives.

The project takes the form of an interactive, Web-based presentation
with links to digitized historical materials and other Internet-based
resources about civil rights legislation created by museums, historical
societies, and government agencies. We hope to provide resources
teachers can use to create lesson plans and materials to supplement
their teaching of the legislative process, of recent American history,
and of the civil rights movement, among other social studies topics.

Cindy Koeppel
The Dirksen Congressional Center
2815 Broadway
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: (309) 347-7113
Fax: (309) 347-6432


Fri., Feb. 17, 2006

Found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: February 19-25, 2006

"Animals Behaving Worse"
TV> PBSOL> Middle / High School
Sunday, February 19, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Theft, assault, destruction of property and disturbing the
peace -- with a rap sheet like that, it's no wonder that some
people are fed up with their wild animal neighbors. But what is
causing all this bad behavior? Tune in to find out what we can
learn from these conflicts. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Learn more about animal behavior at the companion Web site.
(Available February 16, 2006)

"The Ghost Particle"
TV> PBSOL> MARC> Middle / High School
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
The cosmos has a secret ingredient: a swarm of invisible
particles that fill every cubic inch of space. Trillions of
them zip through our bodies, but we don't notice a thing. Yet
without these particles known as neutrinos, the elements that
make up our world wouldn't exist. This is the story of a
discovery that changes scientists' understanding of what the
universe is made of and could bring us closer to understanding
how the universe was formed. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Log on to follow the history of daring proposals and meticulous
experiments that led to a surprising breakthrough in physics.
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

High School

Advice on dealing with friends, body image, healthy eating and
people skills can be found at this site for high school

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.


---------Forwarded Message--------
Wed, Feb 15, 2006 at 2:12 PM
To: NOVA Teachers
Hello Educators,

Next week, join NOVA for "The Ghost Particle," a film that explores
the 70-year struggle so far to understand the most elusive of all
elementary particles, the neutrino. (Subjects covered: physics,
atomic theory)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "The Ghost Particle"
Broadcast: February 21, 2006
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

The Producer's Story
Read filmmaker David Sington's seven rules for how to make
science documentaries about complex topics. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Dancing With Neutrinos
Learn about the career-long quest of two scientists to determine
the sun's neutrino production in this interview with one of them,
the late astrophysicist John Bahcall. (Grades 9-12)

Awesome Detectors
Take a tour of some of the most intriguing neutrino experiments
around the globe. (Flash plug-in required; printable version
available.) (Grades 9-12)

Case of the Missing Particles
Follow the history of neutrino research in this time line that
spans 1920-2002. (Grades 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students collect evidence to make
inferences about an object hidden inside a sealed box.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Links and Books.

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Thurs., Feb. 16, 2006

Found in:
Date Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 10:14 AM
From: "Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education publications & more."
Subject: New Teaching Resources at FREE

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

"From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Roads"
is a curriculum guide for exploring China's inner Asian
frontier and one of the world's oldest and most important
trade routes. The 350-page guide features five independent
units. Each examines the geography, ethnic relations and
political history, exchange of goods and ideas, religions, or
art along the Silk Roads (beginning in the second century
BCE). Each includes a lesson plan, documents, maps, and board
game. (ED)

"Bonneville Power Administration's Resources for Teachers" (K-12)
includes lessons on energy conservation, energy efficiency,
geothermal energy, water and electricity, stream environments
and stream health, aquatic macroinvertebrates, and the life
cycle of salmon. High school students can conduct an energy
audit of their school. (DOE)

"ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education"
provides reviewed collections of resources and interactive
learning environments for teaching physics and astronomy.
Topics include motion, forces, energy, heat, wave energy,
electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, particles, asteroids,
dark matter, cool stars, big bang theory, robotic exploration
of space, and many more. (NSF)


"Physics of Sports"
provides lessons for helping students learn math and science
concepts from analyzing activities in track, baseball,
basketball, frisbee throwing, golf, skateboarding, and pool.

Past messages:


Thurs., Feb. 16, 2006

Found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust.

NEW THIS WEEK: October 13, 2005
Are You Wearing Woolies? Medieval Knitting, Naalbinding
Annotated links to websites about period knitting. Includes sites about medieval Muslim knitting, Egyptian socks, hand-knit stockings from the 1500s, Viking-age yarnwork (naalbinding), and more. From, a website "offering news, information, and discussions ... to members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)."
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Looking Back at the Crash of '29
Special feature from 1999 recounting the history of the U.S. stock market crash in October 1929. Provides images of The New York Times front page and archived articles from the time period. From the website for The New York Times.
LII Item:

Stock Market Crash [1929]
Concise summary of the U.S. stock market crash of 1929, including the events leading up to the crash and the effect of the crash on the economy. Also includes links to interviews with two history professors about the 1929 crash and related topics. From the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) special program "The First Measured Century."
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1918 Influenza Pandemic
"In 1918, a highly virulent form of the influenza virus [known as the 'Spanish Flu'] killed at least 20 million people worldwide." This site features information about an October 2005 report that scientists in the U.S. reconstructed the 1918 flu virus. Includes links to related articles, some of which are only available to subscribers. From Nature magazine.
LII Item:

Fact sheet on the biology of leeches, which "are commonly found in lakes and ponds and many of [which] provide food for vertebrates such as fish, ducks, turtles and some other birds." Also discusses the history and current use of leeches for medicinal purposes. Includes related links. From the King County (Washington State) Department of Natural Resources.
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Senator E.L. "Bob" Bartlett: Architect of Alaska Statehood
This site uses a statue of Senator Bartlett (Alaska Territorial Delegate 1945-59, senator 1959-1968) as a "gateway into an abridged account of the historical and political context of Alaska's long struggle from neglected colony to 49th state." Features a brief illustrated history of Alaska statehood (admitted January 3, 1959) and information about the role of Edna Ferber's novel "Ice Palace" in Alaska's quest for statehood. Part of the Capitol Project from American Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA).
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
Wasn’t connecting today. – Phyllis ]

Baseball as America
This site is a companion to a traveling exhibit featuring artifacts from the Baseball Hall of Fame. The exhibit "reveals how baseball has served as both a public reflection of, and catalyst for, the evolution of American culture and society." The site features commentary and images of exhibit highlights, an exhibit overview (topics such as ideals and injustices, enterprise and opportunity, and sharing a common culture), and a tour schedule (2002-2006).
LII Item:

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, Librarians' Internet Index.


Thurs., Feb. 16, 2006 - This Great Game / Sports Superstitions

Found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 362 8/4/04

This Great Game

America's "Favorite Pastime", the game of baseball, will love this
website. ThisGreatGame.Com is a virtual compilation of mostly oral history
about the last century of baseball.

There is so much for baseball fans to see on this site, but the "Yearly
Reader" is definitely the main attraction. It represents the last 105 years
of baseball history, including statistics, final standings, memorable
moments, and oral interviews with players who "were there". Play Ball!

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-A complete archive of previous Cool Tricks can be viewed at


Here are some common superstitions in the world of sports.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted – Phyllis ]


Thurs., Feb. 16, 2006

Baseball and Jackie Robinson:
Jackie Robinson & Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s


Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
From the site:
“Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers portrays athletes from more than a dozen sports. Highlighting artifacts from the Smithsonian's sports collection, the exhibition spotlights the pioneering men and women who dominated their sports; championed their country, race, or sex; and helped others to achieve.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Wed., Feb. 15, 2006 - Presidents' Day

Found in:
Date Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 12:02 PM
From: "Information from & about the U.S. Department of Education publications & more."
Subject: Presidents' Day

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

==> PRESIDENTS' DAY learning resources are featured at FREE.
Learn about the job of a president, the balance of power with
the Supreme Court and Congress, and ways presidents have
communicated with the public. See letters, diaries, and other
papers from the lives and presidencies of George Washington,
Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.


Wed., Feb. 15, 2006 - Presidents' Day

Found in:
[Surfnetkids Newsletter: 15 Feb 2006] Presidents' Day

U.S. President coloring pages: from George Washington to George W. Bush.

Presidents’ Day
From the site:
“Presidents' Day began as a holiday honoring George Washington and then both Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and has evolved into a day commemorating all U.S. Presidents.”


Wed., Feb. 15, 2006 - Letter from a Civil War Black Soldier / Lincoln

Found in:
Date Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 5:02 PM
Subject: News from the Institute
Gilder Lehrman Collection of Featured Documents

Letter from a Soldier in the 54th Massachusetts

“…a letter from Francis H. Fletcher, a black soldier in the renowned 54th Massachusetts Regiment of Colored Troops. Fletcher offers a rare view of the discrimination faced by black soldiers during the Civil War.

[NOTE: Archive of Past Featured Documents - previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History


The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presents
History Now – Issue Six – December 2005


Wed., Feb. 15, 2006 - Julia Ward Howe

Found in:
The World Almanac E-Newsletter - November 2005

Links of the Month

Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), was famous in her lifetime as poet, essayist, and reformer, who along with her husband Samuel Gridley Howe edited and contributed to the Boston Commonwealth, an antislavery paper. After the Civil War, Howe was active in the women's rights movement as a founder of both the New England Women's Club and the Association for the Advancement of Women.

© World Almanac Education Group

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Tues., Feb. 14, 2006 - Don's Patch 11/1/05

Found on:
Don's Patch Issue #2005-11-01 from

The Big Read
A BBC list of the top one hundred books chosen by their
audience. How many of these have you read?

Ethanol (alternative fuel)

The Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mapping the universe
For Kids (Old Time Astronomy, Constellations)

Information on El Nino and La Nina.
Winter Weatherlore and Folklore Forecasts.

From the site:
“Our goal is to create the world's largest and most functional lyrics site, period.”

The Wonders of Physics
A collection of 22 videotapes.
From the site:
“If you have the Windows Media Player 9 or later installed, you can videostream the shows directly to your computer for free by clicking on the links below:”

Theodore Roosevelt
Links to More Roosevelt Research Resources

The blues [NOTE: Sites not checked – some previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Poisons, toxins of various descriptions
[NOTE: Sites not checked – some previously posted. – Phyllis ]
the next two seem to be a sort of yin-yang pair.

Gypsies in past history
[NOTE: Sites not checked. – Phyllis ]

Primary Sources for the Study of World Civilizations

William Blake Archive
A hypermedia archive sponsored by the Library of Congress
Sites Related to William Blake

The American Eugenics Movement
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
“Eugenics was an effort to breed better human beings - by encouraging the
reproduction of people with "good" genes and discouraging those with
"bad" genes.”

Life in Ancient Egypt
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL. - Phyllis ]

Ancient Egypt: the Mythology
From the site:
“Ancient Egypt: the Mythology is dedicated to providing the most detailed and accurate information about the gods, goddesses and religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptian people.”

Shakespeare and the Early Modern English Theatre
From the site: “An online resource for students”

Archives for this ezine are available online here:


Tues., Feb. 14, 2006

Found on:
Date Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 6:55 AM
Subject: [sreetips] SreeTips Newsletter, Nov. 2005

Virtual Pedometer terrific new site that uses Google Maps to help calculate walking distances and estimate calories burned. Zoom into the map and find your starting point. Then hit "start recording" on the left-hand pane. Then double click on your starting point, followed by double clicks as you mark your walking or running route. You will see the distance traveled displayed. If you turn on the calorie counter and put in your weight, it will give you a guess about your calories burned as well. Am very excited about this.
The free home inventory software on this site from the Insurance Information Institute is very useful. It's a great way to know what's in your home. Everyone should get this and use it, especially after seeing all that happened in New Orleans.

Flashface those police sketch artists who help witnesses identify suspects? Now you can play one, through this site. It allows you to create faces with innumerable variations and fine detail, then save and share them. Try making the face of someone you know well.

Time's Top 100 Novels
Time magazine critics' list of the 100 top novels in English from 1923 to today. Such lists are always controversial, but always worth a look. You can rate each title yourself and suggest titles they might have missed. You can also read excerpts from original Time reviews of many of the books (eg, "Grapes of Wrath" from 1939)

This is a monthly mailing list of tips from


Tues., Feb. 14, 2006 - Aesop's Fables

Aesop’s Fables
Also includes “The Life of Aesop” and a primary character index.


Tues., Feb. 14, 2006 - ConnectEng 10/22/05

Found on:
ConnectEng, the newsletter of Web English Teacher
October 22, 2005

New Pages:

Aesop's Fables
Lesson plans for Aesop's fables

Paula Danziger
Lesson plans for Amber Brown is not a Crayon

Pat Frank
Lesson plans for Alas, Babylon

Deborah Howe and James Howe
Lesson plans for teaching Bunnicula.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The number of links grew so large that I created a page
just for this play.

Conrad Richter
Lesson plans for The Light in the Forest

George Bernard Shaw
Lesson plans for Arms and The Man, Pygmalion

Sites to Check Out:

AP Strategies
Teachers working AP and pre-AP students will appreciate
the variety of resources available here.

History and Culture
This National Geographic site has links to 6 short online videos
entitled "Start Writing" (history of writing), Start Recording,
Start Researching, Start Producing, Start Calling, and Start
Flying. These could serve as excellent prereading or prewriting
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis [

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

Monday, February 13, 2006


Mon., Feb. 13, 2006 - Database of Notable Women Ancestors / Women's History Links

Database of Notable Women Ancestors
Scroll down for database by category

Alphabetical listing of Database of Notable Women Ancestors

Women’s History Links

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


Mon., Feb. 13, 2006 - Women's Biography Sites

Women's Biography Sites


Mon., Feb. 13, 2006 - Winter Olympics 2006

Found on:
[Surfnetkids Newsletter: 8 Feb 2006] Winter Olympics

The Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles: Olympic Information Center
From the site: “This site contains a variety of Olympic resources including digitized historical documents, primers and curriculum guides for school teachers, oral histories, and Java-based Web games for kids of all ages.”


The Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles: Olympic Games Primer
From the site: “The Sports Library of the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, has created this Olympic Games Primer for teachers, students, and interested individuals who want to learn and teach others about the world's great celebration of sport and friendship: the Olympic Movement.”


US Olympic Team


KidsVillage Torino 2006
Select: Kidsvillage Area Fun for sections on Sport and Interculture, Environment, Health Education, Sports Culture, and Technology. Click on British flag for English.


Mon., Feb. 13, 2006 - Echoes of Africa

Echoes of Africa
From the site:
“Dance music, pop, jazz, rock, rap, blues - there aren't many genres which don't carry an element of African 'DNA' somewhere in their make up. The music we love has its foundation in a blend of African and European sounds. We look at the influence of the continent known as the ‘birthplace of humanity’ ”.

Sunday, February 12, 2006


Sun., Feb. 12, 2006 - New York Times: Science Q & A

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Science Q & A - New York Times

Today's site, from the New York Times Learning Network, features the
answers to hundreds of science oriented questions submitted by visitors.
Designed primarily with teachers and students in mind, Gentle Subscribers
will nevertheless discover a fascinating range of thought-provoking queries
and their well-written explanations.

Among the browsable categories in the archives are Animals, Microscopic
Life, Human Mind and Body, Manufactured Things, Weather, Earth, Sea, Space
and Spaceships and "Everything Else". In the latter section, find out what
causes hair loss in cancer chemotherapy; and what causes the color in
fireworks. In the animal category, discover why it is possible to breed
dogs in various sizes and shapes, but not cats and look up how 3-D pictures
work -- the ones which a particular eye focus will find hidden images, in
the Human Mind and Body archive. See if antibacterial treatments for
household items work; and why asbestos doesn't burn, in Manufactured
Things. The site has the additional advantage of offering an optional
direct link capability to the Merriam-Webster Atlas and Dictionary sites
for geographical references and word definitions.

Leap over to the site for an informative ramble through numerous perplexing
science questions at:

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


Sun., Feb. 12, 2006 - Educators' National Science Standards & Lesson Bank

Educators’ National Science Standards and Lesson Bank
From the site:
“,,,a comprehensive bank of science lessons for grades pre-K through high school. The lesson plans meet national science standards and can be downloaded online at This new resource is free to educators, and new lessons will be added periodically throughout each year.” Free registration required to access complete Lesson Bank.”


Sun., Feb. 12, 2006 - Introduction to Biomes

Introduction to Biomes
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Sun., Feb. 12, 2006

Found in:

The Scout Report
October 28, 2005
Volume 11, Number 43

The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University [pdf]

A number of digital initiatives have been started in an attempt to
disseminate new and important material about the late Malcolm X, and this
remarkable site from Columbia University’s Center for Contemporary Black
History is worth several visits. Under the direction of Professor Manning
Marable and with significant input from the Shabazz family, the website
contains a number of multimedia presentations that offer various
perspectives and informed insights into Malcolm X’s life and broader
cultural and historical legacy. On the project’s homepage, visitors can
learn about the initiative, peruse a number of helpful resources (such as a
listing of related websites), and take a look at the project’s journal. The
project journal is offered in the form of a weblog, and is a terrific way to
learn about the research the project has uncovered over the past five years.
Embedded in the weblog are a number of recent video interviews on one of
Malcolm X’s important projects, the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

Exploratorium: Digital Library [pdf, Real Player]

Over the past decade, the Scout Report has reported on many of the websites
created by the Exploratorium, and as each one is truly a delight, this one
was a welcome find as well. Their Digital Library site brings together
digital media and digitized museum materials related to interactive exhibits
and scientific phenomena, such as images and a host of educational
activities. Two good places to start exploring are the Asset Archive and the
Learning Resources Collection. In the Asset Archive, visitors can find many
of these materials quite easily, and they include demonstrations of physical
properties of objects and images that deal with biological exploration. The
Learning Resources Collection is a resource for K-12 educators that will
surely delight both due to its broad ambit and the quality of the materials.
The site is rounded out by a number of special collections, such as the
Microscope Imaging Station, which contains media created from living
organisms. [KMG]

National Geographic: WildCam Africa [Real Player]

In 1985, Pete Le Roux dreamed of a wildlife reserve in Africa. Twenty years
later it is a successful reality, as the pond he built from an old
irrigation system is alive with the sounds of elephants and impalas.
Visitors to this site established by National Geographic Magazine can view
“Pete’s Pond” via a live webcam offered here. Of course, that’s just one of
the many highlights that visitors may enjoy. They may also want to read
through the weblog authored by researchers Jeanette Selier and Villiers
Steyn. Here they post highlights of their work, complemented by a selection
of high-quality images of the animals they are studying, such as the African
wild cat. Those who are cartographically minded may want to take a look at
the map of the Mashatu Game Reserve, which is home to Pete’s Pond and its
thousands of different animal residents. Overall, this is a fine educational
site, and one that warrants several visits. [KMG]

Independent Lens: Interactive [Macromedia Flash Player]

Over the past few years, Independent Lens has produced a number of well-
received documentaries that have aired on PBS and other places. They have
also created some very nice websites in an attempt to enhance the viewing
experience of their programs. The Independent Lens: Interactive site offers
some additional web-original projects for the interested public. Some of
these features include Beyond the Fire, which introduces visitors to the
stories of fifteen teenagers living in the US, who have survived war in
seven different regions. One very compelling highlight of the site is the
Off the Map feature. Here visitors can learn about the visionary art
produced by a selection of persons working in various media, such as bottle
caps, matchsticks, and chewing gum. For those looking for something with a
unique perspective on the world and its inhabitants, this website will
definitely bring a smile to their eyes. [KMG]

Jane Austen Centre

While for a number of centuries Bath was home to numerous noble Romans,
perhaps the ancient city’s most notable resident was Jane Austen, the author
whose novels continue to fascinate and delight readers today. The Jane
Austen Centre website is designed to provide information on the interpretive
center on Gay Street in that fair city, and no doubt potential visitors will
want to use the site to plan a potential visit. Other visitors will want to
look through The Jane Austen Magazine, which contains articles on Regency-
era fashion, biographies of Austen and her contemporaries, and a host of
media reviews of film and theater adaptations of her works. For those
looking for a bit of material off the track of such works as Pride and
Prejudice, the minor works area contains some miscellaneous writings by
Austin, including some of her earliest plays, such as Frederic and Elfrida.
[KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

====== In The News ====
Amazon Forests Depleting Rapidly
[NOTE: Sites not checked – Phyllis ]

Amazon “stealth” logging revealed

Does Brazil have to choose between economic growth and preserving the
endangered Amazon?

Deforestation patterns in the Amazon

The causes of Deforestation are Complex

New highways drive accelerating deforestation in Amazon

Stanford scientist develops satellite to study Amazon

Amazon drought emergency widens

Despite earlier claims by the Brazilian government that the rate of
deforestation in the Amazon had fallen by as much as 50%, scientists from
the U.S. and Brazil have found that the Amazon Rainforests are being
depleted more rapidly than previously thought. The deforestation is so
rapid and expansive that the only effective means by which to measure is by
using satellite imagery. Satellite imagery not only detects vast tracts of
clear cutting, it is also able to detect selective logging. Selective
logging is a process in which loggers only cut down valuable trees, leaving
the remainder of the forest alone. Logging companies claim that this
process is much more environmentally friendly than clear cutting. While
this may be true, environmentalists believe that tree removal of any kind
can be detrimental to an ecosystem. They claim that the process of building
roads and bringing heavy equipment into these forests is disruptive and
damaging. The scientists producing this study claim that deforestation of
the Brazilian Amazon has been underestimated by as much as 60%. The
Brazilian government stated that although they welcomed the research the
numbers were exaggerated. Deforestation is only one of many environmental
calamities causing harm to the Amazon. A severe drought, coupled with
severe cases of industrial pollution, is making the Amazon a severely
endangered ecosystem. [CMH]

The first link is to a BBC News article on the new evidence on “stealth”
logging as well as the new deforestation numbers based on the satellite
images. The second link is to an article studying the economic issues of
deforestation. The third link illustrates the deforestation patterns in the
Amazon using the satellite images. The fourth is a link, which examines the
many issues surrounding deforestation in social, economic, and environmental
terms. The fifth link is an article discussing issues of highway
construction and its connection to deforestation and pollution. The sixth
link is to an article detailing the satellite developed at Stanford
University designed to study the Amazon. The final link is an article by the
BBC with information on the severe drought plaguing the Amazon. [CMH]

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

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