Saturday, April 01, 2006


Sat., Apr. 1, 2006 - British Museum: World Cultures / Online Collections

The British Museum: World Cultures
From the site:
“the Museum exists to illuminate the histories of cultures,
for the benefit of present and future generations.”

The British Museum COMPASS – Collections Online
COMPASS currently features around 5000 objects from the huge range of
periods and cultures represented in the Museum.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Children’s COMPASS
Visit Alfred the lion for resources and activities for teachers and children.


Sat., Apr. 1, 2006 - The Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot: Parliament & Treason 1605
From the site:
“Assassination, intrigue, persecution, spying, mass murder and finally a plot to blow up Parliament. Before Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed, a chain of events and influences all over Europe led to the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.

This website traces the background of the Plot using original material from the period held in the archives of the Houses of Parliament and in other archives, museums and libraries. Archivists and historians look back to the Reformation to find clues about those explosive times.”


Sat., Apr. 1, 2006 - Sherlock Holmes / Victorian England
Sherlock Holmes site, currently contains all of the original stories that
are within the public domain

Scroll down for links to information on Victorian England, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
and more. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sherlock Holmes Audio
From the site:
“Each day the Geek reads 10 to 20 minutes from a Sherlock Holmes story and posts it as an mp3 audio file. Think of it an old time radio serial in a more modern format.”


Sat., Apr. 1, 2006 - Children of Victorian Britain

Children of Victorian Britain
From the site:
“The ‘Children in Victorian Britain’ website looks at the lives of children in the age of Queen Victoria.” The site is divided into 3 sections: Children at work, Children at play, and Children at school. There are also sections for Teachers and Parents.

[NOTE: Other subject pages from previously posted.
Ages 18 mos. to 5:
Ages 4-11:
Ages 11-16:
Ages 16+ : - Phyllis ]

Friday, March 31, 2006


Fri., Mar. 31, 2006 - Irene Sendler Project / Raoul Wallenberg

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project
From the site:
“…the powerful story of Irena Sendler, Holocaust heroine, who saved 2,500 children in the Warsaw Ghetto and the Kansas students who re-discovered her.”

See Also:
Irena Sendler: An Unsung Heroine
Home Page: The Holocaust: Crimes, Heroes and Villains

In the Name of Their Mothers: The Story of Irena Sendler (film)

A Saintly Smuggler
Interview - 10/27/03

Irena Sendlerowa, Poland
Home Page:
From the site:
“The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation is a Non Governmental Organization. Its mission is to develop educational programs and public awareness campaigns based on the values of solidarity and civic courage, ethical cornerstones of the Saviors of the Holocaust.

Raoul Wallenberg is the Swedish diplomat missing since January 1945 after saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews and other persecuted by the Nazism during World War II.”


Fri., Mar. 31, 2006 - WW II Commemoration

World War II Commemoration
From the site:
“World War II ended on September 2, 1945 with the formal surrender of Japan aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, we have put together what we believe to be the definitive collection of World War II historical materials on the Web.”


Fri., Mar. 31, 2006 - World War II in the Aleutians / WW II Database

World War II In The Aleutians: A Brief History
From the site:
“…It was clear to the Allied Forces that the Japanese occupation in the Aleutians provided a continuing threat to America's (and possibly Canada's) security. Any plans for Allied Forces to seize the offensive in the Central Pacific would be difficult to execute while Japan maintained flanking positions in the Aleutians. One should also consider that every day Japan's troops remained on American soil was beneficial to Japanese morale (especially after the losses incurred at the Battle of Midway), while it was deleterious to that of the American's. Perhaps this was the primary reason for what became the total blackout of news relating to events in the keep the American public from becoming too overly concerned about events in Alaska that were perceived by some higher military and government authorities to be of not much importance considering the scope of WWII. Would the American public panic if they knew that Japan had actually occupied American soil at this time? Because of America's commitments elsewhere, the means of quickly resolving these issues were far from adequate…”
[NOTE: see site for complete article. See also:

The U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II: The Aleutians Islands

United States Navy Combat Narrative
The Aleutians Campaign June 1942--August 1943

The Battle for the Aleutians: A Graphic History, 1942-1943

The Aleutians Operations 1942-1943
The World War II Multimedia Database

– Phyllis ]


Fri., Mar. 31, 2006 - Meth Epidemic / Titan / Ocean Adventures

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: April 2-8, 2006
"The Meth Epidemic"
High School
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
9 - 10:00 pm
Crystal meth has spread across the U.S. and is now more potent
and destructive than ever. Tune in as "Frontline" investigates
meth in America: its appalling impact on individuals, families
and communities and the difficulty of controlling its essential
ingredient. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Log on and learn how the body reacts to meth and the
consequences of long-term abuse.

"Voyage to the Mystery Moon"
Middle / High School
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
Chronicling a bold voyage of discovery -- the Cassini/Huygens
mission to Saturn and its enigmatic moon Titan -- this program
delivers awe-inspiring images of these fascinating planetary
bodies nearly a billion miles from Earth. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1

Listen online to what the Huygens probe recorded during its
nail-biting descent through Titan's atmosphere and find out how
space sounds differ from those on Earth.
[NOTE: Teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
"Voyage to Kure"
Middle / High School
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
In this pioneering exploration, the Cousteau team sails to the
Northwest Hawaiian Island archipelago, the most remote island
group in the world. There, they discover diverse wildlife
populations above and below the sea and investigate these
species' fight against extinction and the devastating effects
of pollution, mining, fishing and development. (CC, Stereo,
DVI, 1 year)

Download our ecology and earth science classroom activities.
(Available March 29, 2006)

Copyright 2006 PBS Online

---------Forwarded Message--------
Wed, Mar 29, 2006 at 4:30 PM
To: NOVA Teachers
Hello Educators,

Next week, journey with NOVA to Saturn in "Voyage to the Mystery
Moon," a program that reveals what the Cassini-Huygens mission
learned about the gas giant's rings and its enigmatic moon, Titan,
one of only four solid planets or moons with a significant
atmosphere. (Subjects covered: space science, life science, evolution)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Voyage to the Mystery Moon"
Broadcast: April 4, 2006
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

Life on a Tiny Moon?
Read the latest on Enceladus, the tiny Saturn moon that appears
to have reservoirs of liquid water beneath its south pole.
(Grades 9-12)

How to Get an Atmosphere
Discover why only four planets or moons with solid bodies --
Earth, Mars, Venus, and Titan--have substantial atmospheres.
(Grades 9-12)

Sounds of Titan
Find out what sound is and how space affects it, listen to what
it sounded like when Huygens approached Titan's surface, hear
what a human voice would sound like on Titan, and more in these
six audio features. (Transcripts of audio available.)
(Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Anatomy of the Rings
Click on questions to learn more about Saturn's rings, such as
how old the rings are, how they formed, what they are made of,
and how many rings there are. (Flash plug-in required.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
Find a program overview and viewing ideas to accompany this
program. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Links and Books.

* * * * * * * *

Thursday, March 30, 2006


Thurs., Mar. 30, 2006 - Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary / Word Central

Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary
"Developed to provide a forum for word lovers to share words they haven't
yet seen in the dictionary, the new feature invites visitors to submit their
lexical discoveries with definitions, example sentences, and documentation
of words used in context. Though still in its development stages, the
interactive Open Dictionary is already providing an informative and often
amusing look at the latest words and phrases catching the attention of
Merriam-Webster's online community."

[NOTE: See Also: Word Central - previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Thur., Mar. 30, 2006 - Rainforest Math / Rainforest Links

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, December 5, 2005 and time for Math at

Recommended Website:
Rainforest Math

This website offers fun, easy-to-use interactive math activities for
grades K-6 -- all presented within a colorful, rainforest theme.
When you get to the website you will see a menu of grade levels,
click on the one that interests you and a new page opens with a menu
of grade-appropriate math activities that teach and/or reinforce
skills in numbers and operations from counting to multiplication to
calculating fractions and percentages, as well as strategies and
processes for algebra, geometry, probability, data analysis and

This is an engaging way to practice math skills, and the addition of
colorful rainforest creatures in the displays may result in your
kids wanting to learn more about the rainforest. If so, try:

Rainforests for Kids

This website offers all kinds of FABULOUS working links to websites
that are designed to educate kids and students about the rainforests
of the world. Bookmark it -- as you'll want to return often to check
out all of the amazing websites. :)

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 ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Thurs., Mar. 30, 2006 - Sudoku Tips / Sudoku Puzzles

Found on:
Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter
March 29, 2006

Sudoku Tips


Sudoku Puzzles


Thurs., Mar. 30, 2006 - Poetry Archive

Poetry Archive
From the site:
“Some actors read poems effectively and poets sometimes read other poets' work with intelligence and sympathy. But writers have a particular right to their own work and we are taken to a deeper level of understanding by hearing how they speak it. To students of poetry and to all lovers of literature, such a reading is a powerful source of insight, understanding and enjoyment.

Using state-of the-art technology, the Poetry Archive restores poetry to its roots. It preserves for future generations uniquely valuable voices which might otherwise be lost. And it will re-energise, enliven and enhance the teaching of poetry at all levels.”

Copyright © 2005 Poetry Archive

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Wed., Mar. 29, 2006 - Yellow Pages -- Popular Culture

The Yellow Pages--Popular Culture
From the site:
“The serious, scholarly study of mass or popular culture is a fairly recent phenomenon, although sociologists have long found the materials with which Americans amuse themselves fascinating for what they reflect about the people and the world around them. Popular culture therefore serves as a mirror wherein society can better see itself. This directory is a handbook for study of several major areas of popular culture.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Mar. 29, 2006 - Library of Congress: Images on Popular Topiccs

Library of Congress
Lists of Images on Popular Topics
From the site:
“Prints & Photographs Division staff have selected sets of images on frequently requested topics, focusing on images for which there are no known restrictions.” Includes Architecture, History and Events, People (portrait lists), and Related Resources. [NOTE: Some of these image collections have been previously posted. - Phyllis


Wed., Mar. 29, 2006 - Slaves & the Courts, 1740-1860

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
From the site:
"Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 contains just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. The documents, most from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, comprise an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, journals, a letter, and other works of historical importance. Of the cases presented here, most took place in America and a few in Great Britain.”


Wed., Mar. 29, 2006 - Montgomery Bus Boycotts & Rosa Parks

The World Almanac E-Newsletter
Volume 05, Number 12 — December 2005
Special Feature: Montgomery Bus Boycotts, and Rosa Parks, Remembered

© World Almanac Education Group

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Tues., Mar. 28, 2006 - American Indian Social Studies Curricula / Above the Influence

Sites found in:

The E-Line
Volume 5, No. 8
18 November, 2005
To view this newsletter on line:

American Indian Social Studies Curricula
These curricular resources about Native Americans include reproducible copies of primary source documents, plus lesson plans and activities. They were created by participants in America's First Nations: American Indians in Social Studies Curricula, a summer teacher institute hosted by Marquette University and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Above the Influence
Edgy and clever, this informational website is a service of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy). It's aimed at middle and high school students, and besides online streamed versions of the TV ads., offers a handful of activities aimed at students staying "above the influence" of peers and other pressures for drugs, sex, and other problems.


Tues., Mar. 28, 2006 - Helping America's Youth

Helping America's Youth -- a Guide for the Community
From the site:
“Helping America's Youth is a nationwide effort, initiated
by President George W. Bush and led by First Lady Laura
Bush, to benefit children and teenagers by encouraging
action in three key areas: family, school, and community.
The Community Guide to Helping America's Youth helps
communities build partnerships, assess their needs and
resources, and select from program designs that could be
replicated in their community. It walks community groups
through the steps necessary for building strong supports
for youth.”


Tues., Mar. 28, 2006

Sites found in:
HLN Newsletter: Citizenship and Community Service
Week of 12-05-05

Newsletter Archives

National & Global Youth Service Day
From the site:
“Millions of youth will participate in National & Global Youth Service Day,
the largest service event in the world, on April 21 - 23, 2006.”


Kids in the House
“The Clerk is an officer in the United States House of Representatives, and Kids in the House is the Office of the Clerk's official Web site for kids, parents, and teachers. On this site you will explore the role the Office of the Clerk plays in the U.S. House of Representatives and learn about the legislative process and its effect on you.”


How Laws Are Made
“Laws may be initiated in either chamber of Congress, the House of Representatives or the Senate. For this example, we will track a bill introduced in the House of Representatives.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Tues., Mar. 28, 2006 - A Bill in Congress

A Bill in Congress (column by Paul Jenks)
From the site:
“An introduced bill in Congress is highly overrated. Most civics classes will not tell you that…
In the 108th Congress (2002-2004) 8,621 bills were introduced, 498 were enacted into law.”

Monday, March 27, 2006


Mon., Mar. 27, 2006

Sites found in:

ResourceShelf Newsletter
Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2005


Gardens--Literature--Online Exhibition
Source: The British Library
Online Gallery: The Writer in the Garden
"Enter a world of real and imaginary gardens portrayed by writers through the ages. See how gardens have inspired authors and how authors in their turn have shaped notions of the garden. This website, which is associated with a previous British Library exhibition, looks briefly at some of the ideas associated with the garden, from the middle ages to the present day. Using the work of poets, novelists, essayists, philosophers, designers, and scientists, it explores the interrelationship between writers, writing, and gardens."
[NOTE: Other features from
previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Julius Caesar--Database
Source: askSam (William Shakespeare)
Free Searchable Version of Julius Caesar Now Available

[NOTE: Links to other ebooks from askSam
(some previously posted, some offer on-line access, some must be downloaded) - Phyllis ]


Legal Reference--Open Source
Source: Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute
"Wex is an ambitious effort to construct a collaboratively-created, public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia. It is sponsored and hosted by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School. Much of the material that appears in Wex was originally developed for the LII's 'Law about...' pages, to which Wex is the successor."


Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
Bloggers' FAQ - Student Blogging
"The Bloggers' FAQ on Student Blogging addresses legal issues arising from student blogging. It focuses on blogging by high school (and middle school) students, but also contains information for college students."
See Also: Legal Guide for Bloggers -


Hate Crimes--United States--Statistics
Source: FBI
Hate Crime Statistics, 2004
"Published annually since 1992, Hate Crime Statistics is the byproduct of the joint effort between the FBI and the law enforcement agencies that identify and report hate crimes. This partnership and, ultimately, this publication serve as the cornerstone in raising the Nation's awareness about the occurrence of bias-motivated offenses. The publication has also become a statistical tool for those involved in the advocacy or the study of persons persecuted because of their inherent traits, such as the color of their skin, or the personal decisions they make, like what church they attend."

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


Mon., Mar. 27, 2006 - PLANTanswers / Wildflowers in Bloom

Sites found in:
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2005 03:56:47 -0800 (PST)
INFOMINE Alert Service: update

Record Id: 643714
Created: 2005-11-24 03:21:32
Categories: bioag

Questions and answers, growing information, videos, crop variety trials
data, and gardening guides for flowers, fruits, house plants,
vegetables, trees, shrubs, and ground cover.

Wildflowers In Bloom
Record Id: 643701
Created: 2005-11-23 05:22:32
Categories: bioag

More than 20 topics related to planting, growing, and caring for
wildflowers, an image database, range maps, suggestions for regional
planting mixes, and links to other resources.

[NOTE: Another page from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Mar. 27, 2006 - Global Climate Change Resources

Site found in:

26 November 2005 Earth Science Sites of the Week
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice
Sheets, (suggested by Theresa Schwerin, IGES), Links are organized by
the following categories: Data & Images; Information; Lessons ­
Elementary; and Lessons - Middle School. The entry for each resource
includes a short description, link, and identifies national science,
geography, and math education standards that are supported.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Mon., Mar. 27, 2006 - Earth Day (3) / Great Green Web Game

Innovative Teaching Newsletter, March 2005
Earth Day - April 22
[NOTE: Although this newsletter is from 2005, most of the links are still valid. – Phyllis ]

Debbie's Unit Factory – Elementary Level Theme Units
Special Days: Earth Day
[NOTE: More monthly themes at - Phyllis ]

Sites found in:
April 2006
Access Learning

Kaboose Kids Domain: Holiday Fun: Celebrate
Earth Day Every Day
Adopt a virtual rainforest animal and explore
ways to affect the environment in a positive way
through online games, a clip-art gallery, and a
collection of Earth Day activities. This site also
provides teaching guides, lesson plans, and informational
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Great Green Web Game
Play a virtual board game, created by the Union
of Concerned Scientists, that tests players’ knowledge
of the effects of consumer behavior on the
environment. Players’ answers to questions and
consumption choices create a score measuring
their impact on air, water, and climate quality, and
online scoring compares their impact to that of
previous players.

Sunday, March 26, 2006


Sun., Mar 26, 2006 - History of Fuel Cells

Collecting the History of Fuel Cells
From the site:
“Explore the history of fuel cells, especially developments of the past 30 years.”


Sun., Mar. 26, 2006 - Tissues of Life / Histology

Tissues of Life
From the site:
“Learn about the 4 tissue types that make up the human body!”



From the site:
“Histology is the science concerned with the study of the microanatomy oftissues and their cellular structure.”


Sun., Mar. 26, 2006 - Rocks and Minerals

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, December 1, 2005 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Website:
Rocks And Minerals

Have you got a rockhound in the family? Do you collect rocks and
minerals? Are you fascinated by rocks? If so, today's website is
sure to please. It offers all kinds of information about rocks and
minerals presented in a really simple Question and Answer format
complete with colorful pictures. This site is geared to novices and
provides a great introduction to the whole subject of geology.

When you get to the site, you'll immediately find out what the
difference is between rocks and minerals and learn how to identify
them. You will also get answers to intriguing questions such as:

What are elements?
What is under the earth's crust?
How do rocks get here from outer space?

To learn more, click on "More about Rocks" and "More about Minerals"
near the bottom of the page.

If you click on "More About Rocks" a new page opens with info on
rocks presented in a Q&A format. Learn about rocks that erupt, rocks
that keep records, rocks that change, and underground rocks.

Click on "More About Minerals" and you'll learn through a Q&A format
what the difference is between a plain mineral and a precious
mineral. Find out how to measure minerals and the medicinal uses for

Again, this is a very basic introduction to rocks and minerals that
can easily springboard you to further studies.

If you find your kids want more, then visit the Rocks For Kids
website (recommended by list member MaryAnna) at:
It's a Canadian-based website with all kinds of info on rocks. In
fact, you could probably assemble a complete unit study or even a
rock curriculum based on the resources, lesson plans, activities,
and links to further learning about rocks, minerals, and geology
that are housed at the site. 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.

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Sun., Mar. 26, 2006 - Chemistry, Earth Science & Physics PowerPoint Presentations

Sites found in:
3 December 2005 Earth Science Sites of the Week

SCIENCE POWERPOINTS, CFAT, (suggested by LeMon F. Baker, Director
Math, Science, Business Arkansas Virtual High School ), Find a variety
of PowerPoint presentations for a number of different science topics in
chemistry, earth science, biology, and physics.

Chemistry Powerpoint Presentations

Earth Science Powerpoint Presentations

Physics Powerpoint Presentations

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:

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