Saturday, June 10, 2006


Sat., June 10, 2006 - The Learning Page Primary Source Sets

Primary Source Set: Women's Suffrage
From the site:
“This Primary Source Set includes images, sound files, song sheets, political cartoons and maps and charts to help teach about women’s suffrage in America.” See Also: Online Resources and Lesson Plans (scroll down)


Primary Source Set: Civil War Music – Music in America
From the site:
“This Primary Source Set includes sound files, images, maps and documents to help teach about the Civil War era through music.” See Also: Online Resources and Lesson Plans (scoll down)


Primary Source Set: Jim Crow in America – Civil Rights
From the site:
“This Primary Source Set includes images, sound files, song sheets and a political cartoon to help teach about Jim Crow in America.” See Also: Online Resources and Lesson Plans (scroll down)


Primary Source Set: Found Poetry – Literature and Poetry
From the site:
This Primary Source Set includes images, newspaper articles, written drafts, oral history interviews and original play manuscripts to help teach a found poetry activity.” See also Online Resources & Lesson Plans (scroll down)


Primary Source Set: Thanksgiving – Early America
From the site:
“This Primary Source Set includes image and documents to help teach about the origins and celebration of Thanksgiving in the United States.” See also Online Resources and Lesson Plans (scroll down)


Primary Source Set: Dust Bowl Migration – The Great Depression
From the site:
“This Primary Source Set includes images, sound files and a map to help teach about the ravages of the Dust Bowl.” See also Online Resources and Lesson Plans (scroll down)


Primary Source Set: Assimilation through Education - The People…Native Americans
From the site:
“This Primary Source Set includes images, documents, maps, sound files, motion pictures, political cartoons and analysis tools to help teach about attempts to "assimilate" Native Americans by replacing their traditional ways with those sanctioned by the U.S. government.” See also Online Resources and Lesson Plans (scroll down)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Constitution Toolkit – We the People
From the site:
“This Primary Source Toolkit includes images, documents, maps, sound files and analysis tools to help teach about the United States Constitution.” See also Online Resources and Lesson Plans (scroll down)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., June 10, 2006 - History Now, March 2006: Women's Suffrage

History Now, March, 2006: Women’s Suffrage
History Now: Women’s Suffrage – Lesson Plans

[NOTE: Past issues previously posted.
Past Issues: - Phyllis ]


Sat., June 10, 2006 - Proposed Slavery Constitutional Amendment, 1861

Found in:
News from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 11:50:50 -0500
Gilder Lehrman Collection of Featured Documents

Copy of Proposed Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (pamphlet)
Year: 1861/04/30
From the site:
“Description: Amendment to the Constitution concerning slavery. "...No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions, including that of persons held to labour or service by the laws of said State." Transmitted to the Maryland House of Delegates.”

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

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History


Sat., June 10, 2006 - AMEX: Eyes on the Prize / Steroid Abuse

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: June 11-17, 2006
To be rebroadcast in the Fall, 2006:

American Experience: Eyes on the Prize
"Share Your Teaching and Learning Story"
Middle / High School

"Eyes on the Prize" returns to PBS in Fall 2006. When the
program premiered in 1987, educators recognized it as a
powerful tool for engaging students in learning about the civil
rights movement. When the series airs again in Fall 2006, a new
generation of teachers and students will be able to experience
this landmark documentary. Join us in building an online
library of great teaching and learning ideas by sharing your
experience and insight. When you send your idea you will become
eligible to win a $100 certificate good for PBS VIDEO products.

Steroid Abuse
Middle / High School

Steroid abuse in athletes is in the news recently. Anabolic
steroids are synthetic variants of testosterone, generally used
to achieve short term building of muscle tissue. There are
several informational brochures posted at the Office of
Diversion Control from the US Department of Justice. The
brochures address steroid use in school age children, law
enforcement personnel and by the general public. The risks to
using steroids are listed in these brochures.

[NOTE: See other brochures printable brochures: - Phyllis]

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Thurs., June 8, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
February 24, 2006
Volume 12, Number 8

National Institute of Justice [pdf]
Beyond the immediacy of crime and criminal acts, there is a concern among
those involved in the justice system with analyzing and investigating all
aspects of criminology and related subjects. The National Institute of
Justice (NIJ) as the research, development, and evaluation agency of the
U.S. Department of Justice is particularly concerned with these issues. On
their website, visitors can learn about the NIJ’s mission, research
priorities and their strategic goals. Scholars and the general public will
appreciate the rather large database that includes the institute’s
publications, annual reports, and speeches. Browsing through the
publications area is quite easy, and visitors will find such recent reports
as “DNA Analysis for ‘Minor’ Crimes: A Major Benefit for Law Enforcement”
and “Predicting a Criminal’s Journey to Crime”. Finally, visitors also can
access the NIJ Journal’s current issue, as well as browse every issue back
to 1995. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Go Ask Alice!

Some readers may be wondering aloud: “Who is Alice, and why do I want to ask
her anything?” Well, “Alice” is in fact a team of Columbia University health
educators, health care providers, and specialists from health-related
organizations worldwide. “Alice” was created in 1993 at Columbia, and is one
of the longest-running health question and answer websites. As one might
surmise, the site provides intelligent, informed, and lively answers to a
number of pressing health issues, such as drug use, body image, and various
aspects of emotional health. Visitors can search the archive of answered
questions, and also look through topical sections that cover subjects such
as alcohol use and relationships. The site also includes a weekly poll and
an area where visitors can sign up to receive each week’s question (and
response) in their email inbox. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Poetry Foundation [Real Player]

The Poetry Foundation, established in 2003, was created through a fund
provided by Ruth Lilly. Since its creation, the Foundation has grown by
leaps and bounds, and one of their best public outreach efforts is this
website. With a well-thought out visual design, their homepage is a great
starting point for learning more about the world of poetry. Sections on the
homepage include “Publishing”, “Features”, “Dispatches”, and “Archive”.
Visitors may wish to go back to the past and examine the archive, which
includes thousands of poems, several lists of “favorite” poets, and a visual
archive that features cartoons that address the subject of poetry. Visitors
looking to delve into some current material will definitely appreciate the
“Cover Story” feature. Here visitors can listen to Paul Giamatti and Alfred
Molina read Browning’s “Fra Lippo Lippi” and “My Last Duchess” respectively,
as well as read a historic piece from Poetry magazine where Carl Sandburg
offers solid praise of Ezra Pound. Overall, the site merits numerous visits
and is quite a gem. [KMG]


General Sherman’s Memoirs
[Shortened URL: ]
… leads to an online version of Sherman’s extensive memoirs,
where he recounts his vast military experiences and expeditions.

[NOTE: The Civil War - Phyllis ]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.


Thurs., June 8, 2006 - Microbial Life: Educational Resources

Microbial Life - Educational Resources
From the site:
“Teaching and learning about the diversity, ecology and evolution of the microbial world; discover the connections between microbial life, the history of the earth and our dependence on micro-organisms.”

Microbial Life: Resources for K-12 Teachers and Students
From the site:
“Explore the amazing world of microbes using our WebQuest guided discovery exercises. For teachers, discover a wealth of related resources, teaching strategies, and activities that have been developed by collaborating projects.”


Thurs., June 8, 2006 - Tree of Life / Historical Topographical Maps / Earth Science Animations

Sites found in:
25 February 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week

TREE OF LIFE, Tree of Life Project, (suggested by Mark Helibrunn,
Frank Sinatra High School, Long Island City, NY), "The basic goals of
the Tree of Life project are to provide a uniform and linked framework
in which to publish electronically information about the evolutionary
history and characteristics of all groups of organisms. To present a
modern scientific view of the evolutionary tree that unites all
organisms on Earth. To aid learning about and appreciation of biological
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

HISTORICAL USGS TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS, MapTech, (suggested by Marion O.
Weaver, Educational Consultant, Alfred, NY), this growing online
collection of more than 2000 USGS topographic maps covers states from
Maine to West Virginia, and dates generally from the 1890s to the 1950s.
The maps are catalogued by Quad Index, Town Index, and Image Map. The
maps are useful not only for documentation of population growth and land
use changes, but also for their lack of color washes for woodland and
built-up areas.
Shortened URL: .

ANIMATION: Norton Earth Science Animations, Norton, (suggested by
Eric Cohen, Westhampton Beach High School, NY), I've stumbled across
yet another fine web site with many ES Flash animations. Got to hand it
to these folks that have the time to produce all of the animations we
find. Make sure they get the credit they deserve. .
Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Thurs., June 8, 2006 - Medieval Atlas / Cartographic Images: Ancient to Renaissance

The Medieval Atlas
From the site:
“The Medieval Atlas is a directory of maps, charts, geographic drawings and illustrations, illuminations, and other cartographic representations of the world in general, and the geography of Europe in particular, during the Middle Ages. Both historical maps and period or "antique" maps are included.
The directory links to maps on the web as well as to maps right here at the Medieval History site. Many maps are in the public domain and may be downloaded and used freely; however, please check each individual page for copyright notices and any terms of use for the map it displays.”

A few from the Medieval Atlas:

Cartographic Images Home Page
Scroll down for links to “other great Web Sites that deal with cartography”

Ancient Maps 6,200 B.C. - 400 A.D.

Early Medieval Maps 400-1300

Late Medieval Maps 1300-1500

Renaissance Maps 1500-1700

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Wed., June 7, 2006 - #1 Song on This Date in History

Site found in:


#1 Song on This Date in History
Shortened URL: .
Based on charts Billboard published from 1940 on. Select your month of birth and then the day of the month, and scan down until you come to your year of birth.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2006.


Wed., June 7, 2006 - National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center / Bullying

Site found in:
======== The Scout Report ==
======== February 16, 2001 ====
======== Volume 7, Number 4

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center [Flash]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

Sponsored by the White House Council on Youth Violence, the National
Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center is a collaboration between
the Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and
other federal agencies. The Resource Center Website is offered as a
portal to federal information on youth violence prevention and
suicide. The heart of the site is a sizable collection of annotated
links, organized alphabetically by topic. The site also explores a
number of "Hot Topics," such as Youth Suicide, After School Programs,
and Intimate Partner and Family Violence, with background and
overviews, publications, and annotated links. Additional content
includes a teens-only section, links to related organizations, and an
internal search engine. [MD]
>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001.

Includes Fact Sheet on Bullying

From the site:
“The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center offers access to hundreds of brochures, fact sheets, reports, posters, and other print publications about youth violence prevention at no cost…You may order up to 10 items. Multiple copies of the same item count toward this limit.
Free publications are also available from:


Wed., June 7, 2006 - InterviewsRus / Abraham Lincoln Cartoons

Sites found in:
February 17-23, 2006

Pop Culture--Multimedia
Was one of your favorite celebs recently interviewed on U.S. television? This site (searchable) lets you download and view high-quality copies of many of those interviews from a variety of programs. The database is updated regularly. You'll need to register to download content but it's free and easy. At the moment, access to over 430 interviews are available.


Abraham Lincoln--Historical Cartoons
Source: HarpWeek (Harper's Weekly)
Abraham Lincoln Cartoons
"This collection of more than 400 Lincoln-related cartoons is derived from HarpWeeks Lincoln and the Civil database of 49 Civil War era periodicals. The cartoons have been scanned at high resolution and come from 21 illustrated journals that varied in type and allegiance. They include the three prominent American weeklies of the period-Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Harper's Weekly, and New York Illustrated News; campaign newspapers such as The Rail Splitter, Campaign Plain Dealer, and Strong?s Campaign Pictorial; satirical publications such as The Comic Monthly, The Phunny Phellow, and Vanity Fair; and pro-Confederate journals published in the American South-Southern Illustrated News and Southern Punch?and in Britain-Fn and Punch. The vast majority of the cartoons include images of Lincoln, but a few only reference him textually. In all, Abraham Lincoln spans the period from his presidential campaign in 1860 through the major events of the Civil War to his assassination in 1865."

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Wed., June 7, 2006 - Smithsonian: Heritage Months / Teaching American History

From the Smithsonian:

Heritage Months
“In honor of our nation’s richly diverse cultural heritage, the Smithsonian
celebrates five heritage months each year with hundreds of films,
performances, exhibitions, family programs, and more.”
Includes resources for celebrating Black History (February), Women’s
History (March), Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May), Hispanic
Heritage ( September 15 - October 15), and American Indian Heritage (November).


Resources for Teaching American History
“Find teacher-selected resources that allow you to peer over the historian’s
shoulder and share the excitement of discovery.” (primary sources)

Monday, June 05, 2006


Mon., June 5, 2006 - Ethnologue: Languages of the World

Ethnologue: Languages of the World
From the site:
“An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the
world’s 6,912 known living languages.”
Includes country index with maps.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., June 5, 2006 - Guide to the Orcherstra

Guide to the Orchestra
Sections on the woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, keyboards, and
one on the conductor. Includes audio samples of the orchestra as well
as the individual instruments.


Mon., June 5, 2006 - Dogs: Wolf, Myth, Hero & Friend

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

Site of the Day for Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Dogs: Wolf, Myth, Hero & Friend

Today's site, from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County,
presents an engaging exhibit on canines. Gentle Subscribers will discover
an informative overview of the evolutionary development of dogs and their
special relationship with humans.

"Today, dogs enhance the lives of millions in countless ways, but they are
also some of humans' oldest friends. Ancient clues like cave paintings and
burials reveal that dogs and people have lived together for thousands of
years. But why have humans formed such close relationships with dogs, and
not cows or chickens? DOGS: Wolf, Myth, Hero & Friend sniffs out the facts
on dogs and explores what makes the human/dog relationship so unique." -
from the website

From its ancestors in North America to its travels around the world, dogs
have been the subject of both natural and artificial selection. Beginning
with a section on evolution and diversity, the site traces the phylogeny of
the canine over 40,000,000 years, highlighted by a chart outlining its
development. Additional topics include canine communication through
vocalization and body language, and information on dogs' hearing, sight,
sense of smell and endurance. Information is also provided on research and
conservation, caring for dogs and the role of service dogs.

Pad over to the site for an enlightening look at man's most devoted animal
companion at:

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


Mon., June 5, 2006 - Global Education Issues / Outreach World

Sites found in:
InfoBytes - Teaching with a Global Perspective
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006

Teaching in a Global Context
“Andrew Smith and Frederick Czarra describe the critical need
for effective teaching about international perspectives and
offer important guiding questions for schools to consider as
they develop and refine their global education curriculum.”
c2006 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development


“Issues in global education: Global education checklist for teachers,
schools, school systems, and state education agencies”

[NOTE: Previous posting:
Site found in:
======== The Scout Report for Social Sciences ==
======== January 25, 2000 ====
======== Volume 3, Number 9 ======
The American Forum for Global Education

The American Forum for Global Education is a private, nonprofit
organization dedicated to "promoting the education of our nation's
youth for responsible citizenship in an increasingly interconnected
and rapidly changing world." The site provides information about its
activities and resource materials relevant to its mission. Educators
here can find out more about programs to improve teaching about China
in New York public schools and to enhance collaboration between
university scholars and teachers in the development of
globally-focused curriculum. They can also participate in "The Global
Exchange" -- an online forum for teachers to share their experiences
on the Internet. The materials section features dozens of planned
units on topics in Area Studies & Culture, Global Connections, Global
Issues, Conflict & Conflict Resolution, Environment, and
International Organizations. Recent examples include units on
Literature and the Chinese Diaspora, Democracy as a Value, and Around
the World in Ten Days, a ten-day whirlwind unit on major trends in
world history. Appropriate grade levels are indicated for each unit,
ranging from K-12, but with an emphasis on junior high and high
school levels. [DC]

From The Scout Report for Social Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout
Project 1994-2000.
- Phyllis ]

Outreach World
A comprehensive resource for teaching kids about the world.
Click on the Resources tab to locate a treasure trove of
lesson plans, searchable by country, region, subject, and
grade level.

Sunday, June 04, 2006


Sun., June 4, 2006 - Seven Wonders of the Modern World

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Seven Wonders of the Modern World

Today's web page, from the American Society of Civil Engineers, presents
its list of the seven most remarkable engineering achievements of the last
century. Gentle Subscribers may discover among these spectacular triumphs
of 20th century engineering, a few that may be unfamiliar.

"As a tribute to modern society's ability to achieve the unachievable,
reach unreachable heights, and scorn the notion of "it can't be done," in
1994 ASCE sought nominations from across the globe for the Seven Wonders of
the Modern World. The chosen projects pay tribute to the greatest civil
engineering achievements of the 20th century." - from the website

Itemized in alphabetical order, the web page provides a summary of each
"wonder", highlighting its salient features to explain why it made the
list, with photos of most of these amazing engineering feats. From the
beloved Golden Gate Bridge to the less well-known Dutch Protection Works,
the list is a testimony to man's quest for surmounting the boundaries of

Sweep over to the web page to view the Wonders of the Modern World at:

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


Sun., June 4, 2006 - Britannica's Interactive Timelines

Britannica's Interactive Timelines
A chronological review of the history of several subjects
demonstrating changes and developments throughout history.
Chose from Encyclopaedia Britannica or Student Encyclopedia
Subjects from Encyclopaedia Britannica are: Ecology, Exploration, Literature,
Medicine, Music, Religion, Science, Sports, Technology, and Women.
Subjects from Student Encyclopedia are: Architecture, Art, Childhood,
Daily Life, Ecology, Exploration, Literature, Medicine, Music and
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., June 4, 2006 - Studio-Mozart

Click the English tab and then select site options:
(Concerts, Compositions, Biography, and Media Library)
Media Library includes paintings of Mozart, sheet music and MP3 audio files.


Sun., June 4, 2006 - Connect for Kids: Weblinks

Connect For Kids Weblinks
From the site:
“CFK links to research, reports and analyses from other organizations that are concerned with children’s lives and the issues and policies that affect them…..Use CFK Topics to help you in your search. Select a topic from the top menu. Depending on what you choose the subtopic menu will populate. You can choose from any of the Topics or Subtopics to view related content.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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