Saturday, November 04, 2006


Sat., Nov. 4, 2006 - Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter Nov. 2006

Phyllis' Favorites from the CJRLC Newsletter, Nov. 2006, Pg. 3

American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank

BioEd Online

Chickscope: EggMath

EDSITEment: The Best of the Humanities on the Web


Guardian’s Egypt

King's List of On-line Math Activities

Music Education

Physical Geography.Net

Pilgrim Story

Shakespeare: Subject to Change

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Online Exhibitions
Shortened URL:

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

- Phyllis Anker


Sat., Nov. 4, 2006 - Peoples Archive

Peoples Archive
From the site:
“Peoples Archive is a company dedicated to filming for posterity the detailed life stories of the world's greatest thinkers, creators and achievers exactly as they remember it. The people whose stories you watch on this site are leaders of their field, whose work has influenced and changed our world as we know it.” [NOTE: From Great Britain]


Sat., Nov. 4, 2006 - StateMaster

From the site:
“StateMaster was developed in order to provide a free educational resource for people looking for updated and essential information about the United States, giving people a greater insight into the study of our country.”


Sat., Nov. 4, 2006 - The Capitol

The Capitol on C-SPAN
From the site:
“Join C-SPAN for a special series looking into the history, art and architecture of the United States Capitol. Through interviews, tours, and unprecedented access into the building's public and private spaces, C-SPAN presents a groundbreaking look inside the building that both houses and symbolizes American democratic government here and around the world.”

Virtual Tours of the Capitol
From the site:
“Explore and learn about the many different areas of the Capitol.”


Sat., Nov. 4, 2006 - Veterans' Day

Veterans’ Day
From the site:
“This U.S. holiday stretches back to the end of World War I and commemorates the nation's thousands of combat veterans who fought in the service of their country.”
Contents of site: The History of Veterans’ Day, Timeline of America’s Wars, Did You Know?,Veterans' Experience Videos, Battle Maps, and Resource Links.

Friday, November 03, 2006


Fri., Nov. 3, 2006 - Amelia Earhart

The Amelia Earhart Papers
From the site:
“documents the personal life, aviation career, and business activities of pilot Amelia Earhart.

Amelia Earhart Biographical Sketch

Time Line of Amelia Earhart's Life

Other Web Sites on Amelia Earhart


Fri., Nov. 3, 2006 - World War II Multimedia Database

World War II Multimedia Database

Prelude to War
From the site:
“The nations of Europe and North America were wary of another war after the millions of dead of the Great War. Each nation entered the 1920’s with different problems and goals. Few people though tthe world would fight an even bloodier war just 21 short years later.”

Some of the other sections include overviews by year (1939-1945), The Holocaust, Occupation and Resistance, Internment of Japanese-Americans, The Post War World, Germany Under the Nazis, World War II Virtual Radio, and World War II Then and Now.


Fri., Nov. 3, 2006 - Federal Aviation Admin. Educator Resources

Federal Aviation Administration: Educator Resources
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL - Phyllis ]

Federal Aviation Administration: Curriculum
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Aviation Education Curriculum is: history, geography, language, art, science, and mathematics; it’s learning about our world and how aviation affects us all. K-3, Elementary, Junior High, High School, K-12”

Federal Aviation Administration: Educator’s Corner
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Educator's Corner is a fun page for all. It includes activities for the classroom, fun experiments and much more.”


Fri., Nov. 3, 2006 - From PBS Teacher Previews: Nov. 5 - 11, 2006

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: November 5 - 11, 2006

"Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History"
Middle / High School
Sunday, November 5, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
An entire population of captive chimpanzees has been left
behind by science, entertainment and the pet trade, their care
neglected, their stories forgotten, their records lost. Tune in
to learn about a few dedicated individuals who are working hard
to give these long-suffering creatures the freedom and
sanctuary they so richly deserve. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our lesson plans that encourage students to examine
the issues around animal testing and treatment of chimpanzees.


"Wings of Madness"
High School
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
On October 19, 1901, the people of Paris turned out by the
thousands to watch a dashing Brazilian-born inventor, Alberto
Santos-Dumont, conquer the skies. His gas-powered balloon made
an astounding half-hour flight over the city and later he
piloted Europe's first-ever airplane flight. NOVA reveals the
daring flights and dramatic life of this neglected genius. (CC,
Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Download our classroom activity guide in which students
experiment with a paper airplane model to determine how various
wing angles affect flight characteristics.
[NOTE: See teaching guide from NOVA pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Secrets of the Dead
"Dogfight Over Guadalcanal"
Middle / High School
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
In the summer of 1942, two ace fighter pilots -- one American
and one Japanese -- faced off during a dramatic dogfight in the
skies over Guadalcanal. This episode examines and re-creates
every anxious second of the showdown, revealing just how evenly
matched the two men were and how they both survived. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)

Log on to read clues and evidence related to the construction
of the two planes and to why both men survived the battle.

American Experience
"The Gold Rush"
High School
Monday, November 6, 2006
9 - 11:00 pm
"Gold! Gold from the American River!" Men from every inhabited
continent arrived in California to try their luck at America's
most popular game: striking it rich. But tolerance between
groups lasted only while the gold was plentiful. Learn more
about how the Gold Rush turned California into a place
synonymous with risk, riches and reinvention. (CC, Stereo, DVI,
1 year)

See if you have what it takes to strike it rich in the gold
rush! Choose a character and try to strike it rich in our
online role-playing game.
[NOTE: See teaching guide from AMEX pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.

---------Forwarded Message--------
[NOVA Teachers] Wings of Madness airs Nov. 7
NOVA Teachers
Wed, Nov 1, 2006 at 1:32 PM
To: NOVA Teachers

Hello Educators,

In next week's "Wings of Madness," NOVA profiles Alberto
Santos-Dumont, a legendary inventor who, at the turn of the 20th
century, inspired a generation of aeronauts to push the limits of
their courage and imagination. (Subjects covered: physics, flight)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Wings of Madness"
Broadcast: Tuesday, November 7, 2006
(NOVA airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings as
broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be used up to
one year after it is recorded off the air.)

My First Balloon Ascent
Read about Santos's first flight in 1897 in this excerpt from
his memoir, "My Airships." (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Tale of the Damselfly
Learn more about Santos's #14 bis, the first powered,
heavier-than-air flying machine to successfully take to the
air. (Grades 9-12)

Tour the Demoiselle
Explore a replica of a 1909 Demoiselle #20 and discover the
unique design features of the world's first ultralight sport
plane. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Radical Designs
View influential planes of Santos's era as well as a few odd
designs that never quite made it in this slide show of 12
aircraft. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students experiment with a paper
airplane model to determine how various wing angles affect
flight characteristics. (Grades 6-8)

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

Plus Links and Books

* * * * * * * *

---------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2006 17:31:06 -0500 (EST)
News from American Experience

Monday, November 6 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

In Madagascar, sapphires are transforming a poor nation. People
are flocking to mines on the island, which sits off the southeast
coast of Africa, to dig for the gems or to make their fortune by
supplying the miners.

Here in the United States, we're wrestling with questions of
immigration. Should we be building fences? Who deserves to be an
American citizen?

It seems not much has changed since 1848, when James Marshall and
Peter Wimmer first glimpsed gold in the rushing waters of the
American River. Their discovery sent a ripple around the world
and set the stage for an event that would forever change a city,
a fledgling state, and a nation.

For some, gold brought tremendous wealth, for others, devastating
financial ruin. But its ramifications went well beyond the
economic sphere -- it also changed the face and shape of America
at breakneck speed. In 1850, California became the thirty-first
state, and the newest destination for thousands of immigrants
from around the world. In 1852 alone, 20,000 Chinese newcomers
passed through the San Francisco Customs House. Chilean and
Mexican miners also descended on the new state and jockeyed with
Anglo Americans for the riches the gold rush promised. But with
the shift in racial balance, came unthinkable acts of racism.

Tune in to THE GOLD RUSH for a look at this seminal event in our
nation's -- and the world's -- history.


Strike it Rich!

Should you start a newspaper? Open a store? Or simply pan for
gold? See if you have what it takes to strike it rich in the gold

Native Stories

Historian James Rawls states in the film, "California entered the
Union shining with gold, but also dripping with blood." The gold
rush was the impetus for some of the most atrocious attacks on
America's native population. Read their stories.

Major Strikes in the California Gold Rush

In 1852 alone, $80 million worth of gold was pulled from the
ground -- that would be $1.9 billion today! Scout some of the
important mines of the gold rush.

Podcast: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Stories (and video!) to Go

Subscribe and get AMERICAN EXPERIENCE stories to go every week!
Or find these podcasts on iTunes by searching for AMERICAN

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Thurs., Nov. 2, 2006 - World of Mathematics

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index

World of Mathematics

Also known as MathWorld , this site is a "comprehensive, and interactive mathematics encyclopedia intended for students, educators, math enthusiasts, and researchers." The subject index includes algebra, applied mathematics, calculus and analysis, discrete mathematics, the foundations and history of mathematics, geometry, number theory, probability and statistics, recreational mathematics, and topology. In addition, there is a complete alphabetical index and a good search engine. Developed in parallel with the CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics , in print and on CD-ROM.
Topics: Mathematics
Last updated May 12, 2005

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Internet Index



Thurs., Nov. 2, 2006 - A Maths Dictionary for Kids

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, July 24, 2005 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
A Maths Dictionary for Kids
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

List member Angela from Pennsylvania recommended today's website that offers
"an animated, interactive math dictionary that explains over 500 common
mathematical terms in simple language." When you get to the site, simply
click on "Enter Here" to access the dictionary. Then, search for terms in
alphabetical order from "Abacus to Zero." Click on any term and you are
provided with a definition, an explanation, and an illustration to help you

Angela wrote: "This is just educational FUN! I enjoyed playing with the
Chinese abacus. I could play through the math vocabulary all day. The site
author deserves an award! I love it."

I agree that this site is a very useful resource. Bookmark it to return

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 200 6 , 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., Nov. 2, 2006 - Mudd Math Fun Facts

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, June 26, 2006 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Mudd Math Fun Facts
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's website was originally designed as a warm-up activity for calculus
courses taught at Harvard. In an effort to help college students see the
interesting stuff that motivates mathematicians to study the subject, a
professor began to tell his students "Fun Facts" -- or daily mathematical
tidbits from all areas of mathematics (not just calculus), meant to arouse
their curiosity and fascination with the subject. The students loved it.
That motivated the professor to archive the "Fun Facts" that he and his
colleagues collected at today's website. Even though this is designed for
college level students, there are ideas and math patterns that will
fascinate and challenge students of many grade levels and abilities.

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. Then, use the
combination menu and search engine on the left to get "Fun Facts" about:

-Number Theory
-and more!

A nice feature is that you can search by difficulty level from "Easy" to
"Advanced" in any of the subject categories. Once you make your selection a
new page appears with a menu of "Fun Facts" to choose from. Click on any
one and a new page opens that explains and illustrates the concept. "Fun
Facts" not only challenges those skilled in mathematics, but it provides a
way to give less skilled students a glimpse of advanced mathematics.
Students will become familiar with math vocabulary and "buzzwords" even if
they don't fully understand what it means. It might just spring-board their
curiosity to do some further research that will enhance their math

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., Nov. 2, 2006 - Basic Arithmetic

Sites found in:
Tips for Teachers #316- Basic Arithmetic Issue
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006
To view this week’s newsletter, visit the following web address:

Arithmetic Theme

Arithmetic Links

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Wed., Nov. 1, 2006 - Tsunami Teaching Theme and Web Sites

Tips for Teachers #317- Tsunami Issue
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006's- Weekly Tips for Teachers Issue #317
This week's teaching theme is Tsunamis.

To view this week’s newsletter, visit the following web address:

Tsunami Teaching Theme

Tsunami Web Sites
Shortened URL:


Wed., Nov. 1, 2006 - Ways of Knowing Trail (African Rain Forest)

Ways of Knowing Trail
From the site:
“Visit a rain forest in the village of Epulu in central Africa to get to know the people and animals who live there. Some local kids will help you learn the secrets of the Ways of Knowing Trail. Click on the red dot in central Africa.”


Wed., Nov. 1, 2006 - Volcano World

Site found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences ===
======== Date June 28, 2002 ===
======== Volume 1, Number 12 ======

Volcano World

Maintained by the University of North Dakota, the Volcano World Web site
(last mentioned in the December 9, 1998 _Scout Report for Science &
Engineering_ ) has had several additions, including the Teaching and
Learning and Kid's Door Page. Educators will find lesson plans and volcano-
building projects, while kids can explore games, virtual field trips,
adventures with "Rocky" and more. [JAB]

From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet
Scout Project 1994-2002.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Nov. 1, 2006 - Wildflower Information Lookup

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, May 25 , 2006

Wildflower Information Lookup

Today's site, from American Meadows, Inc., provides an excellent resource
for North American flower information. The "Wildflower" appellation may be
slightly misleading since Gentle Subscribers will find primarily garden
flowers in the database as opposed to non-cultivated, wild species.

" is a resource for wildflower enthusiasts and
gardeners. With a growing interest in the environment and natural
gardening, our objective is to offer comprehensive information that is easy
to use and accessible for those from the casually interested to the expert.
Our staff and resource consultants include many highly experienced
professionals in the world of wildflowers who have given generously of
their time to make the site complete and accurate. Authors, photographers,
naturalists and many gardeners have contributed to the information and
images." - from the website

The site offers various browse options for exploring the flower database.
These include perusing by common or botanical name, color or height,
growing region or U.S. Department of Agriculture zone, sun, soil or
moisture requirements and perennial or annual. For each plant, information
on growing procedures, soil and shade preferences, bloom time, origin, as
well as its status as an invasive, medicinal, edible or endangered species
is presented. Vivid images accompany most flowers in the database.

Stroll over to the site for a convenient reference for garden flower
information at:

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Tues., Oct. 31, 2006 - From Scout Report, 7/21/06

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
July 21, 2006
Volume 12, Number 29

Knowledge Media Laboratory [pdf]

How do students learn in the classroom? How can teachers best utilize new
and emerging technologies in the classroom? What can teachers do to
seamlessly incorporate technology into the learning experience? These are
all questions that are asked by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement
of Teaching’s Knowledge Media Laboratory. On their website, users can learn
about their work with communities of teachers, faculty, programs, and
institutions over the past several years, and also look over some of their
informative case studies. The Gallery of Teaching and Learning is a good
place to start one’s exploration of the site, as it contains a number of
exhibitions that look at how web-based tools can be used in teaching and how
scholarship may change as a result of an increasingly networked milieu. One
seminal resource on the site is the KEEP Toolkit. With the Toolkit, teachers
and others can create engaging knowledge representations on the web for
their own use. For visitors who might feel a bit overwhelmed by this, there
is also a nice tutorial that explains how the Toolkit can be used. [KMG]
[NOTE: KEEP Toolkit previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Algebra: In Simplest Terms

The Annenberg Foundation has been an active part of creating educational and
professional development tools and instructional aids for teachers for many
years. To reach the broadest audience possible, their Annenberg Media
website also contains many of their programs in their entirety. Math
educators and aspiring students of algebra will be delighted to learn that
their popular series “Algebra: In Simplest Terms” is one of those programs
found on their site. All told, there are a total of 26 episodes in the
series, and they deal with such topics as linear relations, the ellipse,
rational functions, and geometric sequences. Narrated by Sol Garfunkel, the
series uses practical examples as illustrations of various principles and
axioms. It should be noted that to watch the videos, visitors will need to
fill out a free online registration form. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other videos from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Jonko Auto Repair Online

In the twentieth century, humans began to explore the outer boundaries of
the known university, delving further into the realm of cosmology, string
theory, relativity, and other such heady and uncharted waters. One area of
inquiry remains elusive to many mortals: car repair. Fortunately, there is, which is a nice way to learn more about auto repair, whether one
is a practicing mechanic or mere curious neophyte. The site is easy to
navigate, and the sections include repair forums, photo galleries of classic
cars, and full-length articles. The “Auto Diagnosis Center” can be used to
answer such basic questions about strange smells emanating from cars or
problems encountered with starting the engine. The site also includes a
number of basic tutorials that can help users change their car’s thermostat
or check their coolant system circulation. [KMG]


Panda, Inc. [Macromedia Flash Player]

Pandas have captured the imagination and interest of millions of people in
the United States over the past several decades, and a number of well-
publicized visits to some of the nation’s zoos have helped fuel this
interest. Despite the fact that pandas are tremendously expensive to care
for, many zoos continue to argue that the visits are important in terms of
the cultural exchange opportunities they offer for Chinese and American
scientists to work together. This online feature created by National
Geographic explores the scientific and financial aspects of hosting pandas
in the United States, and includes a photo essay, an essay on the subject,
and an online discussion forum. Accompanying the photo essay are “Field
Notes” written by photographers Fritz Hoffmann and Michael Nichols. These
are a real treat, as they both talk about photographing these shy creatures,
and also about the politics of doing such work in China. Finally, the site
also includes a “Learn More” area which features answers to a number of
questions (such as “Are pandas really bears?”) and a host of related links
and suggested readings. [KMG]

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


Tues., Oct. 31, 2006 - Analytical Problems & Puzzles

Analytical Problems And Puzzles
Problems and solutions can be printed.

From the site:
4 groups of Lateral Thinking Problems: problems that challenge your preconceptions, problems that are based on fact. problems that require a little imagination to solve, and problems that require you to pay close attention to the exact wording of the problem.

4 groups of Logic Problems: Very Easy - Easy - Difficult - Very Difficult


Tues., Oct. 31, 2006 - Science Spot

Science Spot: Science Sites for Educators
From the site:
“a resource for junior high teachers and students”

Science Links for Elementary Educators

Kid Zone

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


Tues., Oct. 31, 2006 - ESA Kids (Universe, Space Travel, Earth Science)

ESA Kids (European Space Agency)
Sections are: Our Universe, Life in Space, Liftoff, Useful Space, and Earth Science

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