Friday, December 01, 2006


Fri., Dec. 1, 2006 - Scope This Out: Science is Everywhere

Scope: TeacherZone
From the site:
“Scope this out: Science is everywhere! It's behind the technology we use, the food we eat, the houses we live in, the clothes we wear, the medicine we take, the bridges we cross, the roads we travel, the athletes who become our sporting heroes and the health of the planet we call home.”

So far, there are 53 episodes archived on the site. All episodes are available on video clips and have an accompanying webpage with links to activities and more resources.

Home Page
(Network Ten Australia & CSIRO Australia)


Fri., Dec. 1, 2006 - How the U.S. Customs Service Works

How the U.S. Customs Service Works
From the site:
“In this edition of How Stuff Works, we'll answer these questions and others designed to help you prepare for your next international trip by explaining how customs works. Since customs laws vary so much from one country to the next, we'll focus on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and some of the laws that govern what you can and cannot bring back into the U.S.”


Fri., Dec. 1, 2006 - Food and Nutrition

Sites found in:
Tips for Teachers #319- Food and Nutrition Issue
Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2006's- Weekly Tips for Teachers Issue #319
This week's teaching theme is The Food and Nutrition.
To view this newsletter, visit the following web address:

Food and Nutrition Teaching Theme

Food and Nutrition Links


Fri., Dec. 1, 2006 - Teaching Resources from F.R.E.E. 08 Aug. 06

Sites found in:
Subject: Teaching Resources
Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2006
new resources at FREE, the website that makes teaching
resources from federal agencies easier to find:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

"Congress, Law, and Politics"
presents papers of members of Congress, Supreme Court
justices, and key federal law cases. Learn about the creation
of the U.S. by investigating the papers of our earliest
lawmakers -- Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and others. See
Calhoun's speech against the Compromise of 1850 and Webster's
notes for his speech in favor of it, General MacArthur's "Old
Soldiers Never Die" address to Congress (April 1951), and
more. (LOC)

offers stories from Pennsylvania's history, information about
the state's regions, and more than 60 lesson plans. (Many are
keyed to the state's 1,800 historical markers.) Learn about
William Penn, religious communities, the French and Indian
War, the Revolution, the Philadelphia Campaign, agriculture,
crossing the Alleghenies, the Underground Railroad, the
politics of the Civil War, Gettysburg, railroads, mining,
striking oil, baseball, the arts, and jazz. (MA)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

"The Presidency"
offers 40 documents from 23 Presidents -- Washington's first
inaugural address, Adams' description of his reception by King
George III as America's first minister to Great Britain,
Adams' letter ordering the relocation of government offices
from Philadelphia to D.C., Lincoln's instructions to the
commander at Fort Sumter, Roosevelt's letter thanking
Oppenheimer and his colleagues for their ongoing secret atomic
research, and more. (LOC)

examines the convergence of three realities -- the spread of
the Internet, the shrinkage of computers, and the accumulation
of databases -- that has led researchers to envision a planet-
wide grid of computing, information, networking, and sensor
resources. Learn about projects to develop the emerging
cyberinfrastructure. Find out how researchers are beginning
to depend on it. Discover resources for teaching and learning
about information technology. (NSF)

"Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Competitions"
focuses on designing and building solar and hydrogen fuel cell
cars. Explore components of solar cars. Conduct experiments
to improve car performance. Find activities for measuring
solar cell output, tips on vehicle construction and
transmission design, and formulas for calculating vehicle
performance. See a list of regional competitions sites. Find
out how to integrate solar vehicle activities into the
curriculum. (DOE)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

"Medicines in My Home"
helps middle school students learn about the safe and
effective use of over-the-counter medicines. It is designed
for use in health education courses. (FDA)

"U.S. Antarctic Program"
aims to understand the world's coldest, windiest, driest, and
harshest continent -- its ecosystems and its effects on global
processes such as climate. Read breaking news from a
newspaper written in McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Learn about
important discoveries. See articles about a killer crater
found under the ice and the melting of polar ice sheets.

Past messages:

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Thurs., Nov. 30, 2006 - Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles

World Chelonian Trust
“The Mission of the World Chelonian Trust (WCT) is to promote the conservation and assure the survival of all tortoises and freshwater turtles.”

From the site:
“Because of the huge number of reptile sites on the internet we have attempted to break them down into the following categories. Some sites may qualify for inclusion into two or three different categories.”
We now have Links to 339 related web sites

Organizations, Institutes, Publications and Databases

Web Portals

Private Pages


Thurs., Nov. 30, 2006 - Pearl Harbor

Sites found in:
Surfing the Net with Kids: Pearl Harbor
From the site:
“The Pearl Harbor Naval Station on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is the hub of United States Pacific naval power. Most of the Navy's major commands have headquarters there. Yet even after sixty-five years, its name is still synonymous with the surprise Japanese attack of "December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy." The United States suffered 3,700 casualties, along with damage to twenty-one ships and 300 planes.”

Links to 9 sites about Pearl Harbor:

Eyewitness to History: Attack At Pearl Harbor, 1941
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

MSNBC Interactive: Pearl Harbor

National Geographic: Remembering Pearl Harbor
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Pearl Harbor Remembered: “The Day”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

“Day of Infamy”, December 7th, 1941
[NOTE: Home page:
Voices of World War II: Experiences From the Front and at Home
( ) previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Pearl Harbor Links: Honorable Mentions

Home of Heroes: Pearl Harbor
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today in History: December 7: Air Raid on Pearl Harbor

The Attack on Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona Memorial: Pearl Harbor

[NOTE: The following sites were previously posted.
See Also:
Pearl Harbor Attack Hearings


USS Arizona -- "that terrible day"
- Phyllis ]


Thurs., Nov. 30, 2006 - The Internet: Fact or Fiction: Website Evaluation Strategies

The Internet: Fact or Fiction: Website Evaluation Strategies
presented by librarians from the Library of Congress on November 8, 2006.

Streaming audio
Streaming audio, text chat, and webpages visited about web site evaluation strategies (Playback time: 51 minutes)
Also available as original WMA audiorecording about web site evaluation strategies (7.8 MB file; playback time of 51 minutes) or as a converted MP3 audiorecording about web site evaluation strategies (20.6 MB file; playback time of 51 minutes)

Web Site Evaluation for Research
From the site:
“Checklist compiled by the Library of Congress of web site evaluation criteria and tools, as well as verification resources.”

Sites for Discussion and Exploration
From the site:
“List compiled by the Library of Congress of web sites to explore when practicing how to evaluate web sites.”


Thurs., Nov. 30, 2006 - Global Warming

Sites found in:
Public Agenda Alert -- Nov. 30, 2006

* Supreme Court Hears Global Warming Case
Shortened URL:

The U.S. Supreme Court entered the debate over global
warming for the first time this week as it heard
arguments on whether the EPA has the authority to
regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide
is considered a greenhouse gas. A coalition of states
and environmental groups say the agency has the
authority to limit carbon dioxide under the Clean
Air Act, but the Bush administration says the gas isn't
covered by the law.

Surveys show most Americans believe in the theory of
global warming. In our Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy
Index, nearly seven in 10 (68 percent) say they're at least
somewhat worried about global warming, with one-third
saying they worry "a lot." That's about the same number
who say the government can do "a lot" to address the
problem (35 percent). Even larger numbers, 58 percent,
think it's realistic to believe that international
cooperation can prevent global warming.

Yet other surveys show climate change ranks below other
environmental concerns for the public, such as water pollution.
Much of the debate over global warming centers over the
economic cost of cutting emissions, but it's important to
note that the public resists making choices between the
environment and the economy. In surveys, the public doesn't
believe this has to be an either-or situation.

Find out more in our Red Flags on the Environment:

Read The New York Times story about the court case:

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Wed., Nov. 29, 2006 - Physical Sciences / General Chemistry / Ancient Writings Revealed!

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
August 4, 2006
Volume 12, Number 31

The Physical Sciences Resources Center [pdf] (Last reviewed in the
November 30, 1999 edition of the Scout Report)

Created as part of a collaborative effort by such organizations as the
National Science Foundation and the American Association of Physics
Teachers, the Physical Sciences Resource Center (PSRC) serves as a
clearinghouse of information and resources for physical sciences education
for grades K-20. Visitors to the site can browse the collection by topic,
object type, or grade level, and may even organize the materials they need
into a personalized electronic "filing cabinet". To utilize such features,
visitors will need to complete a free registration, but they will also gain
the ability to submit materials, personalize searches, and add comments. To
get some basic sense of the materials here, visitors will want to look at
the "Featured Items" on the site's homepage, which in recent times has
featured the Open Source Physics collection and a workshop manual titled
"Teaching About Energy". Finally, visitors can also engage in lively
discussions about the world of physical science education here, courtesy of
their online forums. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


General Chemistry Online (Last reviewed in the Scout Report on February
18, 1998)

Chemistry, like many of the hard sciences, can be an uphill battle for
students who are making their first foray into the world of ions, gases,
redox reactions, and polymers. Fortunately, there is the General Chemistry
Online site, created by Professor Fred Senese of Frostburg State
University's chemistry department. The site contains companion notes and
guides that will help students as they navigate the world of first semester
chemistry, as well as a toolbox of interactive graphing devices and a
glossary of over 1000 chemical terms, complete with audio pronunciations.
For those who cannot find answers to their queries here, the site has the
"Ask Antoine" section, where they can ask about anything chemistry they so
desire. Visitors can also peruse a list of 400 questions that have already
been answered since the site's inception. And last, but not least, the site
also has an exam survival guide that will be of great comfort to students
who find themselves anxious about such affairs. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Ancient Writings Revealed!

Sometime in the 3rd century BCE, the noted scholar and scientist Archimedes
composed a series of diagrams and passages of text on a manuscript that was
subsequently written over in the Middle Ages by a monk. Long thought to be
lost forever, the document was given new life in 1906 when a Danish
professor identified this item. Eventually the document found its way to The
Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and it now appears that scientists and
researchers will be able to uncover Archimedes’ original writings. This
delightful saga will unfold courtesy of this website, created by the
Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco. Working in tandem with researchers at
the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, they will use an intense X-
Ray to reveal the original letters and diagrams. Visitors will be able to
watch all of this happen in real time on a webcast (or take a look on the
archived webcast after the event is over), and learn about the original
document, and how researchers read such ancient texts. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]


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


Wed., Nov. 29, 2006 - Aspects of Transport

Aspects of Transport
Includes sections on Ship, Animal Powered, Human Powered, Rail, and Road Transport
From the site:
“Transport or transportation is the movement of people and goods from one place to another. The term is derived from the Latin trans ("across") and portare ("to carry").” The field of transport has several aspects: loosely they can be divided into a triad of infrastructure, vehicles, and operations. Infrastructure includes the transport networks (roads, railways, airways, waterways, canals, pipelines, etc.) that are used, as well as the nodes or terminals (such as airports, railway stations, bus stations and seaports). The vehicles generally ride on the networks, such as automobiles, bicycles, buses, trains, airplanes. The operations deal with the control of the system, such as traffic signals and ramp meters, railroad switches, air traffic control, etc, as well as policies, such as how to finance the system (for example, the use of tolls or gasoline taxes).”


Wed., Nov. 29, 2006 - Showroom of Automotive History

The Showroom of Automotive History
From the site:
“The Showroom of Automotive History features significant automobiles of the American experience. Each vehicle has made a substantial contribution to the auto industry in design, production, or engineering.”
[NOTE: Other online exhibits previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Henry Ford Museum Collections
Collections include: Agriculture & Rural Life, Business & Professional, Clothing & Personal Effects, Library & Archives, Music & Sound, Politics & Society, Toys & Games, Transportation, Buildings & Architecture, Craft & Art, Entertainment & Leisure, Household, Industrial, and Utilities.
[NOTE: Some pages from the collections previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Nov. 29, 2006 - Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Transportation History

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Transportation History
The history of air, sea, road, and rail transportation.

Part of the Encyclopedia Smithsonian.
Encyclopedia Smithsonian helps answer frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian with links to resources on subjects from Art to Zoology. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Tues., Nov. 28, 2006 - Neptune Project

Site found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 414 8/3/2006
Current Issue


A joint project between Canadian and American institutions called Neptune
is scheduled for installation in 2007, with the aim of giving scientists,
geologists, engineers, and educators an unprecedented insight into the
ocean's depths. The underwater observatory will be located on the Juan de
Fuca tectonic plate off the coast of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

Neptune is a regional cabled ocean observatory unlike any other, a complex
network of instruments, sensors, fiber-optic cables, and robots that will
extend from the surface to the sea floor. Check out the site to learn more
about this amazing ocean observatory, the importance of our planet's
oceans, and much more about the mysteries of Earth's "final frontier".

[NOTE: See also: Education and Public Awareness
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“NEPTUNE offers rich educational opportunities for learners of all ages. Because the network's Internet connections will provide real-time data and images from very dynamic earth-ocean systems, NEPTUNE products will be useful and accessible to classrooms, laboratories, and even homes. Programs will include K-12 curricula and activities, exhibits for science museums and aquaria, undergraduate and graduate research, and a real-time web interface for all users.” - Phyllis ]



Tues., Nov. 28, 2006 - eGallery

The eGallery: Fine Art Presentations
From the site:
“In the belief that the appreciation of art enhances the quality of life, we have collected these images from Usenet and other public archives in order to make them available to a wider audience. We hope you enjoy your tour through the galleries here.”
Search or browse by:


Tues., Nov. 28, 2006 - Scanned Images from Old Books

Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books
From the site:
“Over 1490 images scanned from more than 100 different old books.”


Tues., Nov. 28, 2006 - Face2Face: Portraits from the Past

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, July 29, 2006 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Face2Face: Portraits from the Past
[NOTE: Other pages from posted – Phyllis ]

We've featured this site previously, but it's worth another look.

When you get to the site, you will immediately begin to read a story about a character who has activated a time machine that has brought people from famous art portraits to the present. Your job is to help get these people back to their own time. You do that by investigating the painting they came from, and entering information about it (everything from the history of the period to the
artistic medium employed to create the portrait) into a time machine control panel that will appear at the bottom of your screen as you move through the activity.

NOTE: Avoid clicking on the rainbow colored menu bar on the screen as you move through the story -- it takes you to other parts of this immense website - that have nothing to do with this story. (You can always explore the menu bar when you are through with this activity.)

There are 12 famous portraits to choose from as you try to match the people out of time with the correct portrait. You'll discover works by artists such as Piero della Francesca, Marsden Hartley, and Dorothea Lange. You won't believe the detailed information you will learn about the artists, the era, the history, the techniques used to create the work, and much more. Not only that, but a comparison of that work with others is among the strategies available here, providing a remarkable art history learning experience.

While the story is written to appeal to elementary grade children, the detail provided as you investigate the artwork is more suited to middle school aged students and beyond. Parents will need to explore the site with younger children to help them maneuver through the text to play the game and enter facts into the "time machine control panel." Allow about an hour the first time you visit the site -- it provides incredible art content and is a fun and excellent use of the Internet to promote art education.

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.

Monday, November 27, 2006


Mon., Nov. 27, 2006 - Chekhov / Expressions & Sayings / Ms. Hogue's English Resources

Sites found in:
ConnectEng, the newsletter of Web English Teacher
August 3, 2006

Anton Chekhov
Resources for teaching “The Bet,” The Cherry Orchard, more


Expressions and Sayings Index
Why do we say something “went by the board” or “down the primrose path”? You’ll find the origins to these and many other English idioms here.


Ms. Hogue’s Online English Resources
High school teachers everywhere are in for a treat: Dawn Hogue has decided to post her resources online. Visit this site to see a talented and generous master teacher at work.

This newsletter is copyright 2006, Web English Teacher.


Mon., Nov. 27, 2006 - The People History

The People History
From the site:
“Find Information from the Year You Were Born"
including cost of living, events, technology and popular culture for each year from 1930 – 2006. Find prices, events
and many more examples from each decade by going to those decades from the 30's to the 90's”
Cost of Living: Each decade includes food, furniture, cars, electrical items and clothing

“The People History is a site dedicated to preserving our memories for future generations. Many of the things we accept as part of our way of life did not exist just 30 years ago, and many of the events that occurred before the coming of the Internet are well documented historically but do not have many memories from the people who lived through those events and changes. As each generation passes more memories will be lost and we hope with this site to create a social history from the last 50 years created by the people who lived through those events and changes.”


Mon., Nov. 27, 2006 - Consumers Union Guide to Environmental Eco-labels

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, August 4, 2006

Consumers Union Guide to Environmental Eco-labels
What does it mean when labels certify foods and other products
as "humane," "free-farmed," "residue-free," "fair trade certified,"
produced sustainably, etc.? Consumers Union tells you who is doing
the certifying, what standards they use, and whether they test a
company's compliance. Searchable by label or label category, by
certifying agency, and by product. Includes a glossary.


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


Mon., Nov. 27, 2006 - Union Women's Alliance / Multimedia Reporting

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, August 3, 2006
Read This Online :

Union Women's Alliance to Gain Equality (1971-1982)
An exhibit of photographs of people and activities of the Union Women's Alliance to Gain Equality (Union WAGE), "an organization of socialist and progressive women from 1971 through 1982. It supported women organizing in the work place and included struggles for democratic rank and file unions." The photographs were taken by Cathy Cade from 1970 through 1975; many include images of workers on strike. From the Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley.
LII Item:

Five Steps to Multimedia Reporting
"This site is for journalists who want to learn how to do a multimedia story." These stories are defined as a "combination of text, still photographs, video clips, audio, graphics and interactivity presented on a Web site in a nonlinear format." Provides guidelines for completing a story (choosing, storyboarding, fieldwork, editing, assembling). Includes equipment and software tutorials, and tips on voice-over and standup narrations. From the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley.
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.

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