Saturday, July 22, 2006


Sat., July 22, 2006 - Animal Bytes

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Site of the Day for Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Animal Bytes

Today's site, from the world famous San Diego Zoo, offers brief but
fascinating facts on animal species from around the world. Gentle
Subscribers looking for a quick answer on whether zebras are white with
black stripes or the reverse will find the answer and a great deal more at
this great collection of animal information.

"Facts, photos, sound clips and videos ... Grab a byte and discover
something new!" - from the website

This hugely engaging as well as informative site provides great photos,
animal trivia and pertinent facts on a broad range of species. On the
serious side are explanations on the conservation status of various
animals, the technical meaning of the term "endangered" and the purpose of
taxonomic names. On the lighter side, visitors will encounter panda, polar,
ape and elephant cams and the not-to-be-missed TV spot for Robert the
Zebra. Additionally, a lively selection of collective nouns for animal
groups, including the memorable "congregation of alligators" and the
evocative "unkindness of ravens" has also been included.

Prowl over to a well-designed site that offers a smile along with its
informative animal snapshots at
[NOTE: Select from Animal Categories, Habitats and Ecosystems, or Where in the World?
Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

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


Sat., July 22, 2006 - NATURE: Elephants

NATURE: The Elephants of Africa
From the site:
“Learn all about the life cycle of the African elephant.”
The page on The Poaching Problem has information on how the ivory trade has devastated some elephant populations.

NATURE: Echo of the Elephants
From the site:
“Echo, an African elephant, is a true matriarch, a wise and experienced mother who has guided and protected her family for many years. In the NATURE program ECHO OF THE ELEPHANTS: THE NEXT GENERATION, she and her family give us a glimpse into the close-knit, complicated world of the elephant.”


Sat., July 22, 2006 - Insects

Sites found in:
Teacher Tip Newsletter #306- Insect Issue
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006

Insects Teaching Theme

Insects - Links
Shortened URL:
A listing of 44 annotated links


Sat., July 22, 2006 - Rainforests, Orangutans, Butterflies & Bugs

Earth’s Birthday Project.: Educating Children About the Earth

The Earth Day Science Symposium
From the site:
“The Earth Day Science Symposium is a three year project to improve science literacy in middle school classrooms. EDSS materials are provided free to middle-school classrooms through generous funding from the Toyota USA Foundation. By supporting the Earth Day Science Symposium, the foundation is working to foster creativity and inquiry, as well as to improve math and science education in schools across the nation.”

See Also:

Rainforest Exploration

Rainforest Links

K-12 Lessons

Hands-On Science: Butterflies & Bugs

Bug Links

Friday, July 21, 2006


Fri., July 21, 2006 - Military Words / Artists / Keyboard Shortcuts / / Mercury Theatre on the Air

Sites found in:
Don's Patch Issue #2006-05-01

Military Words
Over 5,700 US Department of Defense terms and over 100,000
military and government acronyms and abbreviations.


Artists (Commercial site)
From the site:
“Database of close to 2,000 Japanese, Chinese and a few Western artists - many with a short biography.”

Index to articles


Keyboard shortcuts for leading Microsoft products.


From the site:
“Students at formal educational institutions use our resources to supplement their studies and prepare for entrance exams. Teachers, homeschoolers, and parents use Free-Ed.Net as a source of study guides, learning materials, and teaching ideas.”


The Mercury Theatre on the Air
Listen to the original shows
[NOTE: previously posted. Updated URL. - Phyllis ]


Archives for this ezine are available online here:


Fri., July 21, 2006 - New Words

Google Enters the Dictionary as a Verb
From the site:
“…But the most prominent entrant -- at least for tech junkies -- is the term google, which has become synonymous with the concept of carrying out a search on the Internet, said Mukul Krishna, a Frost & Sullivan analyst. "People say to each other, 'I googled that restaurant' or 'I googled you.'"

One problem with this word trend, said Krishna, is that when people use the term google, they might not necessarily mean that they used the Google search engine.

"It may be that they used Yahoo," he observed. "But in everyone's mind, googling has become the generic term. This is good for Google, but it has the downside that its brand might become diluted."

New Words
From the site:
“A sampling of new words and senses from the new 2006 update of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition.”
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., July 21, 2006 - American-Storytellers

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Hi! It's Wednesday, April 26, 2006 and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website:

List member MaryAnna recommended today's website. She wrote, "Although this
is a commercial site, it is well done. Learn about the art of storytelling
throughout American history, including the written word, radio, tv, and

Not to be confused with live storytelling performance art, this site
explores the great authors, artists, and actors of past generations whose
stories have left a rich legacy of American fiction starting from the
pioneer works of Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe through the advent of Dime
Novels and Pulp Fiction, to old-time radio serials and early television, and
ending with modern science fiction, mystery, and fantasy.

This site is presented in book format with six chapters. When you get to the
home page you will see a brief introduction and an invitation to take a
guided tour of the site. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and you'll
see a menu that includes all 6 chapters. Each chapter is devoted to a
particular genre, and there are subsections within them.

Click on Chapter 1, for example. It's titled "The Written Word" and includes
information about American fiction authors of the 19th century, science
fiction, detective stories, classic literature of the early 20th century and
more. Click on any subsection and you'll find descriptions of the genre and
brief biographies of the authors. (Book titles link to so you can
purchase the books, if desired.)

The rest of the chapters follow the same format providing a fascinating
overview and/or introduction to the history of celluloid heroes of the early
silver screen, legendary radio & TV programs, comedy classics, and small
press publishers.

Exploring one section could easily spark enough interest to springboard
students in about grades 6 and up to further investigation of any genre.

Because this site is quite extensive, I didn't have an opportunity to see it
all. As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW this site to determine suitability of
content, especially for young children. In fact, MaryAnna suggested an
alternative website for kids in K-5 that contains some fun American legends
and stories at:


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2006, 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.

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Fri., July 21, 2006 - Sites to See: William Shakespeare

Sites to See: William Shakespeare
From the site:
“These sites are among the best on the Web for integrating Shakespeare into your curriculum!”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site recently updated. - Phyllis ]

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Thurs., July 20, 2006 - Playing with Time: Time-Lapse Photography

Playing With Time
From the site:
“Playing With Time is an exciting, new project that looks at how the world around you is changing over many different time periods.” “Learn about photography and what goes into making a time-lapse video clip.” Will lead you “through the steps of making a time-lapse movie.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., July 20, 2006 - Trick Photography

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Hi! It's Saturday, March 25, 2006 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

List member MaryAnna suggested today's websites about the history of trick photography. The American Museum of Photography offers this exhibit called "Photographic Fictions: How The Camera Learned To Lie" that documents the history of how photographers used the camera to create pictures that tampered with reality. This online exhibit is really a companion to a book by the same title. The exhibit is set up like a book -- you simply click your way through the chapter pages to see great pictures and read text that illustrates the progress of trick photography from altered daguerreotypes to composite photographs designed to fool the eye. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

*Introduction: Tampering With Perfection -- Find out how early photographers used embellishment to improve upon reality.

*Montages, Multiples & Mischief -- Discover the secrets of double exposures and the art of creating photomontages.

*Do You Believe? Spirit Photography, 1868-1935 -- In early photography a person who moved out of camera range after only a portion of the exposure was completed would appear as a see-through blur or a "ghost." One photographer claimed he had taken actual photographs of ghosts, starting a fad of spirit photography and a scientific controversy that lasted well into the 20th century. See the images and read the story in this section.

*Seeing Double: Creating Clones With a Camera -- In the 1860s, photographers developed techniques to duplicate people --- causing them to appear twice in the same photograph. These double-exposure novelties were popular for more than three decades.

*Faux Snow: Climate Change In the Studio -- See how photographers created Winter climate conditions in their studios.

*"Did You Ever Have a Dream Like This?" -- Check out the home-grown surrealism of trick photographer "Dad" Martin.

This online exhibit provides a really fascinating peak at the development of an artform of illusion. It makes one question the belief that "the camera doesn't lie." If your children want to see more modern versions of trick photography, check out these National Geographic websites containing a few photos kids can examine for inconsistencies. They include tips on how to spot a fake, and some explanations on how professionals get just the right trick shot.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Note: Today's featured website houses other exhibits by the American Museum of Photography as well. I have not previewed the other exhibits, so my suggestion (as always) is for parents to review the content for suitability before sharing it with your children.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2006, 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., July 20, 2006 - ISBN-13 / Rembrandt 400

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, April 27, 2006
Read This Online :

Are You Ready for ISBN-13?
"On January 1, 2007, the book industry will begin using 13 digit ISBNs [International Standard Book Numbers] to identify all books in supply chain," rather than 10-digit numbers. The site explains why this change is being made, and provides a free online tool to convert an ISBN-10 to an ISBN-13. Also find related material for publishers and librarians.
LII Item:

Rembrandt 400
Official website for the commemoration of the 400-year anniversary of Dutch artist Rembrandt's birth in 1606. Features a biography (for his birthplace of Leiden and for Amsterdam), discussion of themes and techniques in his works, images of selected paintings and prints, and listings of anniversary events in Holland. Available in several languages.
LII Item:


Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Thurs., July 20, 2006 - Cezanne in Provence

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Cezanne in Provence
Companion to "the principal international exhibition marking 2006 as the centenary of the death of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). ... This exhibition, by focusing on the works Cezanne painted in and around his native Aix-en-Provence, will celebrate the landscape and the rich associations it had for him." The site features a chronology, discussions of themes in his art, maps with associated paintings, and images of dozens of his paintings. From the National Gallery of Art.
[NOTE: Other exhibitions from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Wed., July 19, 2006 - American Left Ephemera Collection

Site found on:
April 21-27, 2006
Resource of the Week
By Shirl Kennedy, Deputy Editor

Our regular ResourceShelf readers know we have a weakness for unusual digital library collections. This week, we’ll introduce you to one such collection and take a look at what else is available from the same institution.

Left Wing Politics–United States–Ephemera
Source: Richard Oestreicher, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh (hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Digital Research Library)
American Left Ephemera Collection
Shortened URL:
“The collection of American Left ephemera on this website reflects the personal collection of Richard J. Oestreicher, Associate Professor within the History department at the University of Pittsburgh. The material primarily documents three of the largest and most influential left-wing organizations in the twentieth century in the U.S.: Socialist Party of America (SPUSA), Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA), and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Digitized items include flyers, leaflets, pamphlets, posters, postcards, illustrations, photographs, pins, ribbons, and miscellaneous objects.”

A good place to start browsing here at Oestreicher’s overview of the collection. It talks about left and right “political designations,” which first came about during the French Revolution “when the Jacobins sat on the left in the National Assembly and the Girodins on the right.” (Who knew?) He describes major left-wing organizations in 20th century America, and some background on the collection itself.

The collection comprises 125 objects; you can search by keyword or browse thumbnails. Alternately, you can browse by organization:
+ Communist Party USA
+ Social Democratic Party
+ Socialist Labor Party
+ Socialist Party USA
+ Students for a Democratic Society

You can also browse by topic:
+ African-Americans and the Left
+ Ethnic Radicalism
+ The New Left
+ Spanish Civil War
+ Vietnam War

Each image record includes its title, creator, description, format, date, rights, and other information. You can view images in several sizes and/or zoom in and out on selected parts by using on-screen button options. You’ll also find annotated links to related collections.

Editor, ResourceShelf
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Wed., July 19, 2006 - Educating the Public About Immigration

American Immigration Law Foundation
Educating the public about immigration.
From the site:
“The Public Education Project's goal is to provide the public with accurate, fair information about immigrants and immigration; to highlight the contributions of immigrants to America; and to help create a positive public perception about immigrants and immigration issues, through multimedia educational materials and dialog with news media and community leaders. One new initiative of the project will be the development of curriculum materials for school classrooms on immigration history and the impact of current immigrants on society.”

Teacher’s Corner

Appreciating America's Heritage: Immigration Resource Guide for K-12 Educators
From the site:
“AILF's newest resource guide for primary thru secondary level school teachers is now available. This resource guide provides lesson plans, book reviews and other valuable tools for educators.”
Download: .
Order via postal mail: .


Wed., July 19, 2006 - Women in History / Women Inventors / Women in Science

Places Where Women Made History
From the site:
“Introduces… anyone interested in American history to the wide range of historic places associated with the many varied aspects of women's history.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Famous Women Inventors: Exploring the Contributions of 20th Century Women Inventors
From the site:
“Throughout the 20th century, and now into the 21st, famous women inventors have played a vital role in the world of innovation. In fact, women have become increasingly prevalent in the field and are responsible for such momentous advances as windshield wipers, disposable diapers, the first computer language and the Mars Rover.
Ignoring the gender stereotypes and discriminatory barriers that stood at every turn, these female inventors displayed an iron will and unwavering perseverance.”


Exploring the History of Women Inventors
From the site:
“[B]y 1910, inventions by women accounted for less than 1% of all patents issued in the United States. Why? The answer lies, in part, in women's position in the social order. During the 19th century, the idea that "a woman's place is in the home" prevailed. Society's view of women's role limited their opportunities for a technical education or career…”
Site includes downloadable Teacher Resource Guide: Women Inventors and Their Inspirations:

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

4000 Years of Women in Science
This site includes biographical information on about 125
women astronomers, physicists, mathematicians,
chemists, natural philosophers, inventors, writers, etc.
The information ranges from just the type of science
and birth and death dates to several paragraphs with
photo and links.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., July 19, 2006 - 30,000 Feet: Aviation History

Thirty Thousand Feet
From the site:
"Thirty Thousand Feet is an aviation directory with thousands of links to
aviation web pages, aviation news, FAQs, and other sources of commercial,
military, and general aviation information."

Monday, July 17, 2006


Mon., July 17, 2006 - 1906 San Francisco Earthquake / Animations for Physics / Math Puzzle

Sites found in:
29 April 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week


1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Visualizations, SERC, (suggested by John McDaris, SERC), SERC has just released a new collection of visualizations in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906. There are links to a number of animations, maps and diagrams, films, and photos of the events surrounding this great natural disaster in American history.
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: Home page: Collections of Visualizations on Geoscience Topics
previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Length of Planet Earth's Day and Night, (suggested by Brian
Hugick, Somers HS, NY), this Flash animation shows the seasonal
variation in the circle of illumination viewing the north pole. An
inset shows the earth's revolution around the sun. This is an
excellent way to explain for changes in daylength with season.

[NOTE: See other Flash Animations for Physics - Phyllis ]


Power Cards: a Mathematical Puzzle, (suggested by Virginia
Malone, educational consultant, Hondo, TX), Cynthia Lanius, Rice
University, presents a card trick your students can play on-line. This
is followed by an explanation of how it works and an explanation
for developing cards.

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Mon., July 17, 2006 - WebGeology / Population Growth & Resource Depletion

Sites found in:
22 April 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week


WEBGEOLOGY, University of Tromso, Norway, (suggested by Suzanne O'Connell Wesleyan University) discover Flash formatted courses from Norway dealing with dating techniques, an intro geology course, and a carbonate course.


POPULATION GROWTH AND RESOURCE DEPLETION, SERC, (suggested by John McDaris, SERC), this section of the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences website deals with concepts that students struggle with when learning about population growth and the relationship of population to geological resource use including exponential growth of populations, positive feedback between population growth and resource use, and the environmental impacts of increase resource use by large populations. This module provides a geologic context in which to engage students in discussions of big numbers and exponential growth and decay.

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

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Mon., July 17, 2006 - Empire State Building

The Empire State Building
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Go to The Empire State Building Tourism Page for links to its history and history timeline, facts & trivia, virtual tour, see list of famous visitors, send an e-postcard, view the live streaming video from the top, and more.
Shortened URL:


Mon., July 17, 2006 - PreK-12 Engineering

PreK-12 Engineering
From the site:
“This website is a free resource for educators and administrators who are looking to integrate engineering concepts and activities into prek through twelfth grade classrooms.”

Resource Links


Sunday, July 16, 2006


Sun., July 16, 2006 - Childhood in the Time of War / Auschwitz-Birkenau

Childhood in the Times of War
A Hungarian Holocaust Survivor Tells His Story

A Virtual Tour of Auschwitz/Birkenau
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
From the site:
“All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust.”


The History of Auschwitz Concentration Camp



Sun., July 16, 2006 - Silent Witness: The Story of Lola Rein and Her Dress

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Site of the Day for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Silent Witness: The Story of Lola Rein and Her Dress

Today's site, from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, offers an
exhibit dealing with a single artifact, a silent witness to the survival of
one little girl. Gentle Subscribers will find an evocative and poignant

"... Lola (Rein) Kaufman ... told the story of her lonely survival during
the Holocaust. ... [A] tiny dress ... [was] the only item directly linking
her to her mother. Lola had spent seven months hiding in a hole in the
ground, wearing this dress sewn by her mother. She had no other
possessions. ... Learn more about this silent witness." - from the website

This flash site recounts Lola Rein's story, with a spoken narrative
although the sound may turned off and text as well. With fading photographs
of some of her relatives and two video clips of Lola's recollections of
that time, this haunting tale comes to life. The highlight of the exhibit
is the embroidered dress itself, which can be viewed in close-up detail and
includes images of the restoration work carried out by the Museum.

Journey to the site for a moving account of endurance and love at:

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


Sun., July 16, 2006 - Dime Novel Project / Committee on Conscience

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #400 4/27/06


The Dime Novel Project

This is an interesting website taking a look at a neglected group of women
authors who wrote a specific fiction genre known as the dime novel. These
were written specifically for working class women between 1870 and 1920.

Visitors will enjoy learning about these novels, which were far ahead of
their time. If you love literature and want to investigate a little known
genre, then this is the site for you.

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

Committee on Conscience

The United States Holocaust memorial museum has created this site to inform
and increase awareness about both past and current world genocide
campaigns. Its Committee on Conscience provides historical facts and
statistics alongside expert geopolitical opinions and predictions for
genocide danger zones such as Darfur in the Sudan.

This site also provides the platform and materials to make a
difference. Those who want to help, will find the information and tools to
do so.

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


Sun., July 16, 2006 - ConnectEng Newsletter: New Pages & Sites to Check Out

Sites found in:
ConnectEng, the newsletter of Web English Teacher
April 24, 2006

New Pages:

W. H. Auden
Lesson plans for “Musée des Beaux Arts,” more.

Agatha Christie
Lesson plans for The ABC Murders, And Then There Were None, more

e e cummings
Lesson plans, links to online poems

W. E. B. DuBois
Souls of Black Folk, more

Film Study
Ideas for using feature films to develop literacy skills

Sarah Orne Jewett
Ideas for teaching “A White Heron,” more

Nikki Giovanni
Lesson plans, links to online poems

Kahled Hosseini
Resources for teaching The Kite Runner

Margret and H. A. Rey
Resources for teaching the Curious George books, including a biography of the Reys


Sites to check out:

The Atlantic Ideas Tour
“Looking for nonfiction to use in the secondary classroom? Start here: an archive of essays from The Atlantic Monthly. With authors from Frederick Douglass to Annie Dillard, you’re sure to find something that will appeal to your students.”

The Atlantic Ideas Tour: Arts & Letters

Idealism & Practicality

The Atlantic Ideas Tour: Women’s Empowerment

The Atlantic Ideas Tour: Nature & Environment

Markets & Morals

The Atlantic Ideas Tour: Civil Rights

The Atlantic Ideas Tour: Politics & Presidents


The Holocaust
“ways to teach students about this far-reaching event”
Last Updated April 2006

Great Sites for Teaching About the Holocaust
Links last updated 03/28/2006


Old-Time Radio
You say you’d like to use some old-time radio programming in your lesson? You’ll find them here:

Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2006, Web English Teacher.

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