Saturday, December 09, 2006


Sat., Dec. 9, 2006 - Downsized Solar System

Downsized Solar System
From the site:
“Suddenly Pluto has been demoted from being a true planet to being a dwarf planet. Discover why the solar system just got smaller, how Pluto differs from the "big eight" planets, and what a planet is after all. Look at the solar system in a fresh way as you examine Pluto's new place in it.”


Sat., Dec. 9, 2006 - The New Solar System

Astronomers: Pluto just a dwarf
From the site:
“The New Solar System”


Sat., Dec. 9, 2006 - What Makes a Planet?

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, August 24, 2006
Read This Online :

What Makes a Planet?
Brief introduction for the layperson about the definition of what is a planet and about the 2006 controversy about whether Pluto is a planet. This site notes "there are many things that make Pluto quite different from the [other eight] planets," so that it is "very hard to classify Pluto with the rest of the major planets." From a professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University.
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.


Sat., Dec. 9, 2006 - Thai Students Online

Thai Students Online
From the site:
“Just about every topic about Thailand is covered. From culture to music and from language to books.”

Friday, December 08, 2006


Fri., Dec. 8, 2006 - Information Literacy / Education Wiki

Information Literacy

Part of:
From the site:
“This wiki is provided as a service to the education community. WikEd is a community-developed resource. Opinions expressed are those of the contributors,”

Have a look at Special:Allpages to get an idea of what you can find here.
Index to All Pages in this Wiki


Fri., Dec. 8, 2006 - Wired Safety

Wired Safety: Helping to Make You Cyber Safe and Information Literate
Evaluating Information
From the site:
“Information Literacy is the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information efficiently and effectively. The Internet has a wide range of information. The quality and purpose of the information spans the spectrum from garbage to top notch and from expert to intentionally misleading.

Being able to evaluate the quality and purpose of information you encounter online can prevent a bad grade, but in the case of information you encounter through contacting people online evaluating the quality of that information can prevent a bad or life threatening experience. The activities contained in this section will help you develop critical evaluation skills in your students that will make them Cyber Safe and Information Literate.”

See Also:

Wired Safety: Helping to Make You Cyber Safe and Information Literate
Activities and Lessons

Wired Safety: Information for educators and librarians

Wired Safety: Information for kids, tweens and teens


Fri., Dec. 8, 2006 - From INFOMINE Email Alert Service Aug. 24, 2006

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Thu, 24 Aug 2006

Asia for Educators
Record Id: 647770
Created: 2006-08-22 14:15:32
Categories: liberal

Resource guide for high school and undergraduate instruction in East
Asian, Japanese, and Chinese history, culture, art, literature, and
society. Reading units, multimedia modules, exhibits, video, and primary
sources are presented along with recommended websites for each subject
area. Resources can also be selected by material type or time period.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Colonial Williamsburg Journal
Record Id: 647768
Created: 2006-08-22 00:58:32
Categories: liberal
Journal published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation with feature
articles on Williamsburg's history and people. "The online version of
the journal highlights several stories from each issue, offering
additional images, and occasionally audio and video clips."
Coverage: 1992-current

Colonial Williamsburg : Research
Record Id: 647766
Created: 2006-08-22 00:29:32
Categories: culture,liberal

Articles, reports, bibliographies, and collections on the following
research pursuits at Colonial Williamsburg:
--- archaeological research
--- architectural research
--- historical research
--- architectural collections

This research section also provides a link to the John D. Rockefeller,
Jr. Library of Colonial Williamsburg, with its related online
collections, catalog, and reference sources.

Principles of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence and the American
Record Id: 647767
Created: 2006-08-22 00:30:32
Categories: govpub,liberal

An interactive timeline on the origins of the Declaration of
Independence and American Revolutionary history. Each section includes
primary source document images, presented in a window which allows site
users to examine the documents in closer detail.

CARRIE : An Electronic Library
Record Id: 647762
Created: 2006-08-18 09:49:32
Categories: liberal

CARRIE is a full-text electronic library with links to collections of
documents and single titles. The site contains access to:

The Carrie Eurasia Collection (CEC)
Donated e-books under copyright
Reference - Robert Helmerichs: Rob's Norman bibliography Lynn
H.Nelson: World History Syllabus (1998)
Special Collections belonging to the Carrie network: AMDOCS: Documents
for the Study of American History EuroDocs: Primary Historical
Documents From Western Europe Jon J. Crump: Wales and the Marches,
1230 CE: Llywelyn Fawr, Prince of Wales, and the Execution of William de
Braose KanColl - The Kansas Collection LÄpez MartÀn Collection
Medical Front WWI Medieval Tournai The Planctus for William
Longsword The World War I Document Archive
[NOTE: Some sections of this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Advanced Placement Digital Library
Record Id: 647761
Created: 2006-08-18 01:58:32
Categories: bioag,liberal,physci

The APDL offers resources for teachers and students in Advanced
Placement English, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. Resources are
reviewed (on content, graphics, format, ease of use) and annotated by a
panel of AP teachers and College Board consultants.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Dec. 8, 2006 - Pearl Harbor

--------Forwarded Message--------
Subject: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE remembers Pearl Harbor
Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 18:12:38 -0500 (EST)
News from American Experience

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE remembers Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941 -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared
it "a date which will live in infamy." The Japanese launched a
devastating attack on the U.S. Naval fleet at Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii, killing nearly 2,500 Americans and wounding more than
1,000. The following day, FDR would ask Congress to declare war
on Japan, setting off some of the most brutal fighting the world
had seen.

Explore this decisive day in history:

"There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory
and our interests are in grave danger," FDR said to Congress on
December 8, 1941, when he asked that they declare war on Japan.
Read his speech:
Shortened URL:

In her "My Day" syndicated newspaper column, Eleanor Roosevelt
wrote of the attack on Pearl Harbor, "None of us can help but
regret the choice which Japan has made, but having made it, she
has taken on a coalition of enemies she must underestimate ..."
Read the entire column:

Pearl Harbor was the first stop on American advance across the
Pacific. See the animated map of the strategic moves:


Fri., Dec. 8, 2006 - Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, Dec 06-Jan 07

Classical Archives

Classics Unveiled

CollectBritain: Collections Overview

Endangered Species

Extreme Science

The Greatest Places

Investigate Biodiversity

Literary Resources on the Net

Math Playground

The Monologue Archive

National Civil Rights Museum Gallery

RESGI: Resources for Earth Sciences and Geography Instruction

Virtual Skies: Aeronautics Tutorial

Phyllis Anker

Thursday, December 07, 2006


Thurs., Dec. 7, 2006 - Quotations / Federal Agencies' Web Pages for Kids

Together We Teach
From the site:
“Together We Teach began as a collection of over 1000 favorite sayings, quotes, and expressions from teachers throughout the United States. The "Fountain of Wisdom" collection of sayings expanded the original collection to also include over 6000 favorite sayings of America's attorneys, nurses, counselors, engineers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, members of our military, ministers, sales people, mothers, and even retired people.”

Federal Agencies' Web pages for Kids
From the site:
“These web pages include fun facts, games, project ideas, and career information for elementary through high school students.”


Thurs., Dec. 7, 2006 - Stone Age / Ancient Egypt / Virtual Library: History / DailyMed

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006

Stone Age Reference Collection
Record Id: 647754
Created: 2006-08-16 16:21:32
Categories: liberal

The Stone Age Reference Collection provides access to information and
images about the raw materials, weapons, technology, and tools used
during that period of time.. Links to other sites are available, as well
as a bibliography and several publications

WWW-VL : History - Ancient Egypt
Record Id: 647751
Created: 2006-08-16 11:50:32
Categories: liberal

The Ancient Egypt site is part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library and
has extensive links with topics organized alphabetically by site title,
era, region, and subject.

[NOTE: See Also: for additional history sites.
Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

DailyMed : Current Medication Information
Record Id: 647743
Created: 2006-08-14 21:19:32
Categories: bioag,govpub

The National Library of Medicine provides the information from package
inserts and drug labels of FDA approved prescription medications.
Includes description, clinical pharmacology, indications and usage,
contraindications, warnings, precautions, adverse reactions, dosage, and
supplemental material.


Thurs., Dec. 7, 2006 - Year in Medicine From A to Z

Time Magazine, December 4, 2006
The Year In Medicine From A to Z,9171,1562958,00.html
From the site:
“It was a year of old scourges and new drugs, from the first vaccine that prevents cancer to a bug that spoiled an entire crop of California spinach.”


Thurs., Dec. 7, 2006 - Drug Information / Matthew Henson / Lobsters

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, August 17, 2006
Read This Online :

DEA: Drug Information
Fast facts and news about illegal drugs and drugs that are abused in the U.S., such as OxyContin, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, LSD, steroids, methamphetamine, ecstasy (MDMA), ketamine, and other "club drugs." From the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
LII Item:


Profile: African-American North Pole Explorer Matthew Henson
Biography of explorer Matthew A. Henson, who "accompanied polar explorer Robert E. Peary on a U.S. expedition to the North Pole on April 6, 1909." Includes a photo gallery and links to related stories on topics such as the 2000 event where Henson was "posthumously awarded the National Geographic Society's highest honor -- the Hubbard Medal." From the National Geographic Society.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:


Lobster Institute: Education
Educational materials about American lobsters (covering anatomy, diet, life cycle, and habitat) and the lobstering industry. Also features a page for children, teacher resources, and instructions for cooking and eating lobsters. From the Lobster Institute, a group founded by jointly by Maine's lobster industry associations and the University of Maine.
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.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Wed., Dec. 6, 2006 - History in Pictures: Great Northern Plains 1880-1920

The Fred Hultstrand History in Pictures Collection
From the site:
“The subject content of the collection is very diverse, ranging from early sod homes, to farming scenes, to small town life, to social events, and to education on the prairie. Subject strengths include: sod buildings, farming, one-room schools, women, children, and stores & shops in small town America. There are images of plowing, threshing, steam engines, and horses. Weather, always a major concern, includes blizzards, snow, and winter. Other images contain scenes of eating & drinking, hunting, celebrations, and women's organizations. The ethnic diversity of the region is evident with the numerous images of Norwegian Americans, Icelandic Americans, Canadian Americans, British Americans, and others. Through this collection you will witness the transformation of a part of the American frontier in the short span of forty years, from the early 1880s to the 1920s.”

Special Presentations: Schooling, Women, Sod Homes, Immigrants


Wed., Dec. 6, 2006 - Web Gallery of Art / Crockett Johnson

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #415 8/10/2006

Web Gallery of Art

Art lovers, students, and teachers will want to bookmark this cool
site. The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum of European painting and
sculpture from between the 12th and 19th Centuries.

Browse this stunning collection of work alphabetically by artist,
nationality, time-line, or stylistic period. Visitors can also choose one
of the guided tours, send a virtual postcard with a Botticelli on it to a
friend, and listen to music from the artistic period they are studying.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Crockett Johnson

Welcome to the Crockett Johnson Homepage, a tribute site to one of the 20th
Century's great cartoonists. In addition to being a gifted storyteller,
Johnson was the creator of the legendary "Barnaby" character.

Read about the interesting life of Crockett Johnson, view cool old photos
of the New York author and his wife Ruth Krauss, and brush up on every
character he ever created. While Johnson's body of work spans decades,
highlights include "Who's Upside Down", "Terrible Terrifying Toby", "The
Frowning Prince", and "Gordy and the Pirate".
[NOTE: As well as one of my favorites, Harold and the Purple Crayon! – Phyllis ]


Wed., Dec. 6, 2006 - From The Scout Report, Aug. 18, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
August 18, 2006
Volume 12, Number 33

Boston African American Project

Several years ago, the Boston Athenaeum received a generous grant from the
Institute of Museum and Library Services to create an online digital archive
of materials related to the lives of African Americans in the 18th, 19th,
and early 20th centuries. Drawing on their own holdings, along with those of
The Massachusetts Historical Society and The Bostonian Society, they proved
up to the task, and this lovely website is proof of their substantial
labors. First-time visitors will want to look at the project overview
description to get a sense of the materials that are available here, and
after that, they should dive right into the "Collection at a Glance" area.
Here they can look over abolition-era broadsheets, political cartoons,
illustrations, and some rather evocative portraits of urban life. [KMG]


The Vincent Van Gogh Gallery

Not many websites can claim a dispensation or official approval from the Van
Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, but this site can claim just that. Created by
David Brooks of Canada, this site contains not just some of Vincent van
Gogh's oeuvre, but all of it. That’s an impressive amount of material, and
it includes 874 letters, 133 letter sketches, and all 10 of his graphic
works. Visitors are most welcome to scroll through the homepage to find
sections that contain all of the aforementioned material organized by
subject matter, date of creation, and a smattering of works inspired by Van
Gogh as well. Brooks has also added a set of brief commentaries on Van
Gogh's paintings and his own "InSites" into such classic pieces as "Orphan
Man with Top Hat" and his 1887 "Self-Portrait". [KMG]


McKinley Assassination: A Documentary History of William McKinley's

To some, President William McKinley may disappear into the ranks of those
American presidents whose accomplishments are little-known, if they are
known at all. Drawing on the work of recent scholars (and their own keen
interest in McKinley), the creators of this website seek to provide
information about McKinley (and his assassination, obviously). In this
process, they have transcribed a host of important resources, including
articles, essays, editorials, news columns, sermons, and so on. These
resources serve both as a lens into McKinley's life as well as American
history and culture. With a homepage that features a crisp design, visitors
can look over such sections as "Quotes About", "Documents", and "Resources".
For those uninitiated into the world of McKinley, the "Quotes About" area is
a good place to begin. Here they will find quotes about the man himself, his
assassin Leon Czolgosz, his successor Theodore Roosevelt, and the
assassination. The "Documents" area is a section that is well worth
visiting, as it contains a wide range of materials related to McKinley's
assassination, and a number of pieces of reporting from the time that are
quite valuable. Finally, the site also has a series of indexes, which will
help users structure their time on the site in an efficient manner. [KMG]


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


Wed., Dec. 6, 2006 - Supreme Court Discussion Guide / NATURE: Comic Book Offer

Found in:
Thirteen Ed Online Bulletin -- December 2006
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006

THE SUPREME COURT Discussion Guide
Thirteen's Educational Publishing group has created a Discussion Guide for educators to accompany the SUPREME COURT, a four-part series scheduled for broadcast nationwide in January and February. The Guide, designed for grades 9-12, includes background information, an essay, "Why the Supreme Court Is Important - to You!", and a look at how the Court's decisions have influenced the way young people live. Also included is a DVD with segments from the four programs that relate to the activities. To request copies of the Guide, please contact us at Tell us how you plan to use the Guide, your school name and class, and your mailing address. Supplies are limited.

NATURE Special Comic Book Offer The new NATURE comic book is still available and is being distributed free of charge to schools, museums and nature centers around the nation. This NATURE comic book is targeted at pre-teens and teenagers. The 12-page comic includes stories related to three new NATURE programs -- Christmas in Yellowstone; Penguins of the Antarctic; and Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History. To order quantities of the comic book, please e-mail Please tell us your class, school, and how you plan to use them. You may request up to 200 copies. Supplies are limited.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Tues., Dec. 5, 2006 - Show Music Database

Site found in:

INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2006

Show Music on Record Database : Library of Congress
Record Id: 647729
Created: 2006-08-08 01:31:32
Categories: arts,govpub

Database and discography of American musicals, theatre productions and
films and their recordings on cylinders, records, and compact discs.
Entries include recordings from the late 19th through the 21st
centuries, and feature original cast recordings, original soundtracks,
and related commercial releases. Information includes cast, composer,
and producer credits, record label and catalog number, and song



Tues., Dec. 5, 2006 - British Icons / Videos / Rollyo / MediaMax / Domesday Book

Sites found in:
Aug. 4-10, 2006


Icons: A Portrait of England
Twenty new Icons of England are unveiled in the new list as the ICONS’ Portrait of England. The latest announcement brings the total number of official Icons of England in the ICONS collection to 54 - with themed in-depth features, quizzes, video clips and interviews on the site.

Last week we mentioned that video search engine, SearchforVideo (a ResourceShelf fave) had just launched a new “channel” aggregating Spanish language content ( ). Well, a week has gone by and this time around SearchforVideo now offers videos in German ( ) aggregated from across the web. I would bet that more non-English versions are on the way. Since SFV is based in Canada, can a French channel be far off?


Rollyo is a wonderful tool (perfect for educators) that allows any user to quickly create domain specific search engines by simply entering and as time moves forward by just pointing and clicking to a url. Rollyo’s ease of use is a big plus. The service is so wonderful in fact, that Yahoo came out with something similar yesterday. Again, similar but nowhere as robust as Rollyo. Complete review available at:
Shortened URL:

If nothing else, it’s worth getting your feet wet with the free service. Btw, MediaMax allows users to mail/host files of any size.
From the site:
“gives you a private and secure place to upload, store, access, and share your personal videos, photos, movies, music, and files.”

Free: 25 GB of secure online storage.
Download or share 1GB/month

Premium: $4.95/month 100 GB of secure online storage.
Download or share 10 GB/month

This page lists all of the MediaMax pricing plans

921 years after the hard copy was commissioned, the digital version of the Domesday Book has become available
The National Archives published the Domesday, one of England’s oldest surviving public records, online on 4 August 2006.
It has set up a special website that also contains background information on the document. It was commissioned in 1085 by William I, as part of his campaign to squeeze the Saxon population after the Norman invasion of England.

From the site:
“At Christmas 1085 William the Conqueror commissioned a great survey to discover the resources and taxable values of all the boroughs and manors in England. He wanted to discover who owned what, how much it was worth, and how much was owed to him as King.
There is still some debate about the exact purpose of Domesday Book. One theory suggests that Domesday might be the first written tax document. However there is no question that it was a massive enterprise, and that the record of that survey, Domesday Book, was a remarkable achievement.”

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


Tues., Dec. 5, 2006 - Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen & the Ancient Incense Trade

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, August 10, 2006

Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade

Today's site, from the Smithsonian Institute's Freer and Sackler Galleries,
presents the online companion to their fascinating exhibition on the
ancient routes which brought much sought after incense to eager buyers.
Gentle Subscribers will discover an exhibit which explores the caravan
kingdoms and the artistic output resulting from the contact of cultures
along the caravan route.

"For over a thousand years, from around 800 B.C.E. to 600 C.E., the
kingdoms of Qataban, Saba (biblical Sheba), and Himyar grew fabulously
wealthy from their control over the caravan routes and ... from the
international trade in frankincense and myrrh. ... Drawn from the
collections of the Republic of Yemen, the American Foundation for the Study
of Man, the British Museum, and Dumbarton Oaks, this exhibition ...
explored the unique cultural traditions of these ancient kingdoms." - from
the website

An excellent orientation point for the exhibit is the map section, which
offers visitors the opportunity to highlight the trade route itself, along
with the specific areas where myrrh and frankincense were grown, as well as
displaying the region of modern day Yemen. Themes of the presentation
consider the desert and mountain kingdoms; temples and gods; writing and
literacy; burials and funerary monuments. Each topic is accompanied by
annotated examples of sculpture or writing carved into stone. A modest
timeline at the bottom of each page relates the periods of various kingdoms
with famous ancient events, such as Alexander's victory over the King of

Travel to the site to explore the fabled incense route of ancient days at:

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


Tues., Dec. 5, 2006 - Renaisssance

Sites found in:
Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter
[Surfnetkids: 09 Aug 2006] Renaissance

Renaissance page includes annotations of 5 sites and 4 Honorable Mentions.

Investigating the Renaissance

Italy Guides: Virtual Travel in the City of the Renaissance: Florence

The Renaissance Connection
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Renaissance: What Inspired this Age of Balance and Order?
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Web Museum: La Renaissance

Renaissance: The Elizabethan World

Mr. Dowling: The Renaissance
[NOTE: Other "electronic passports" previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Idea of the Renaissance
[NOTE: Other pages from
previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Virtual Renaissance
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Monday, December 04, 2006


Mon., Dec. 4, 2006 - From Don's Patch Newsletter #52, Aug. 15, 2006

Sites found in:
Don's Patch Newsletter #52
August 15, 2006


The International Carnivorous Plant Society
From the site:
“Here you may learn about the ecology, cultivation, conservation, and taxonomy of carnivorous plants.”


Archaeology, anthropology, & ancient civilizations. Vast, comprehensive site
From the site:
“The Amazing Worlds of Archaeology, Anthropology, & Ancient Civilizations - History, Social Studies and More
This place is designed to provide students and others interested in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and ancient civilizations a one stop resource for homework help or other projects. While that is still the main theme of the site, it is now expanding into other realms and disciplines ranging from gardening to astronomy and much more. You will find numerous resources (currently over thirty thousand and climbing) divided by topic.”

Lesson Plans
From the site:
“Americana & American History Lesson Plans - American Civil War Lesson Plans - American Presidents Lesson Plans - Ancient China Lesson Plans - Ancient Civilizations/General Resources Lesson Plans - Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans - Ancient Greece Lesson Plans - Ancient Rome Lesson Plans - Anthropology Lesson Plans - Archaeology Lesson Plans - Australia & Australian History Lesson Plans - Australian Aboriginal People Lesson Plans - Canada & Canadian History Lesson Plans - Medieval Civilization Lesson Plans - Multiculturalism & Tolerance Lesson Plans - Native Americans/First Nations Lesson Plans - World Religions Lesson Plans”

New Jersey: People, History, Social Studies

[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Collective Nouns (as in "a pride of lions")


Fourmilab Switzerland
Some sections: Computing, Astronomy and space, Mathematics, and Physics
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sounds of the World’s Animals
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Native American Traditional Storytelling
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Archives for this ezine are available online here:

The current issue is also available on our website.


Mon., Dec. 4, 2006 - Drama in Education Site

The Drama in Education Site
From the site:
“This website is meant to be a useful resource for both teachers and students and "jumping-off" point to interesting theatre and drama sites on the web.”

Some sections of this site:

Drama Links Page

Theatre Arts Lesson Plans

Literature / Language Arts Lesson Plans and Resources
encompassing the study of the play as literary genre

[NOTE: Some links may not be active. Site has not been updated recently. – Phyllis]


Mon., Dec. 4, 2006 - Marco Polo Teacher Resources & Lesson Plans

Browseable Lesson Plan Index K-12 (by grade and/or subject)
Shortened URL:


Mon., Dec. 4, 2006 - From NEAT NEW STUFF, Aug. 11, 2006

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, August 11, 2006

Core Knowledge Foundation
If you were impressed with E.D. Hirsch's book Cultural Literacy,
you'll be interested in his movement to make cultural literacy part
of the curriculum. Includes lesson plans for pre-K-8, guides for
home-schoolers, and a list of schools that are using the curriculum.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


FlightStats: Worldwide Flight Status Tracker with Historical
Performance Data
I suspect that the era of on-time flights that allow you to make your
connecting flights may be over, so the information here will be
increasingly valuable. You can exchange experiences on specific flights
and airlines, compare ontime performance for flights you're considering,
compare fares for specific routes, find info on airports (weather,
security wait times, etc.), airlines, etc. Register for free to benefit
from all the features.


Library Tourguide to Technology
A blog from Sandra Stewart, a branch manager at San Jose Public Library,
who says "I keep up with about a dozen technology and library blogs
daily. You, gentle readers, get the condensed, cream of the crop, what
I think applies info."


Science in Your Backyard [US Geological Survey]
Choose a state and find links to real-time information on that state's
water, drought, and earthquake activity, to biological, mineral and
recreation resources, and Geological Survey news releases
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


WorldCat [OCLC]
At last the full database of the world's largest library network is
freely available! Search many libraries at once for a particular item,
then check to see what nearby libraries hold it. You can also download
a WorldCat toolbar, and add its search box to your own web site.

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

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Sun., Dec. 3, 2006 - The Solar Guide

The Solar Guide
From the site:
“…website that makes solar energy accessible and understandable to you.”

Sections include: Solar Systems, Solar Power Uses, Wind Power, Micro-Hydro, Geothermal, FAQs, and:

All About Energy,
From the site:
“quick tour of some basic concepts”

From the site:
“want to learn about energy, renewable energy and electricity?
Want to know how to make a solar cell at home or learn what micro hydro is?
Welcome to Solar4Scholars, the students' guide to solar and renewable energy.”

How to Make a Good Science Project
From the site:
“Here's some straightforward advice on making a good science project”

The Solar Guide's Complete Glossary of Solar and Renewable Energy

Links to Solar Resources


Sun., Dec. 3, 2006 -
From the site:
“ takes no political stance and will only offer information and links to information that we hope will be useful to everyone.”

Some sections:

Fast Facts about Cuba
Shortened URL:

Western Provinces
Shortened URL:

Eastern Provinces
Shortened URL:


Sun., Dec. 3, 2006 - From Librarians' Internet Index, Aug. 10, 2006

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, August 10, 2006
Read This Online :

Archimedes Palimpsest
A palimpsest is "a manuscript written on a surface from which one or more earlier writings have been erased as completely as possible." The tenth-century Archimedes Palimpsest is a source for two Archimedes Treatises, "The Method" and "Stomachion," and for the Greek text of "On Floating Bodies." Find background on the manuscript and its conservation, scholarship activities of the Walters Art Museum, and related news items. From the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.
LII Item:

This site is a resource for teachers of American government and civics that "provides information about the U.S. Congress -- how it works, its members and leaders, and the public policies it produces." It includes "lesson plans and historical materials and up-to-the-minute information about Congress." Also find a glossary, and links to related sites. From the Dirksen Congressional Center.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Cuba Documentation Project
Collection of declassified U.S. government documents related to Cuba, covering the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the death of Che Guevara, relations between Fidel Castro and John F. Kennedy, and U.S.-Cuba "baseball diplomacy." Part of the National Security Archive at George Washington University Library.
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The President Benjamin Harrison Home
Website for the museum in Indiana located in the former home of the "23rd president (serving from 1889-1893), ... [who] was also the centennial president, inaugurated 100 years after George Washington." The site features illustrated essays about his early years, activities during the Civil War, legal career, and presidency. Also includes a virtual tour of the museum and online exhibits on topics such as "Death in the White House" and Ellis Island.
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Online Exhibits:
Death in the White House: A Nation Mourns

Coming to America: The Opening of Ellis Island

Campaigns Though the Centuries: A Collector, Buttons, and the Vote!

JFK: A Forty-Year Reflection

More Past Exhibits

Virtual Tour (allow pop-ups)


Cuba Maps
Digital maps of Cuba, including country maps, city maps for Havana, and detailed maps of Guantanamo Bay and Santiago de Cuba. Also provides historical maps, and maps showing economic activity, land utilization, population, and sugar industry operations. From the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
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[NOTE: Other maps from this collection previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Rethinking School Lunch
Collection of resources for developing school lunch programs "to address the crisis in childhood obesity, provide nutrition education, and teach ecological knowledge." The "Rethinking School Lunch Guide" addresses food policy, curriculum integration, finances, facility design, waste management, and other school lunch topics. Site also includes "A Visual Guide to Integrated School Lunch Curriculum," a model wellness policy guide, and a food policy essay series. From the Center for Ecoliteracy, a grantmaking foundation.
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[NOTE: Home Page for the Center for Ecoliteracy

Sustainability and Schools
From the site:
“CEL has also identified a number of qualities and practices that characterize schools that are most effective in educating for ecological literacy”

Links to resources related to work in education and sustainability.
- Phyllis ]

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

Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Sun., Dec. 3, 2006 - From the Scout Report, Aug. 11, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
August 11, 2006
Volume 12, Number 32

With a longtime presence on the web, Professor Jim Swan of the University of
New Mexico has created a fine set of online anatomy and physiology resources
that he uses in his courses on a regular basis. Students of the human body
will also want to avail themselves of these materials, which include sets of
pathology images and slides that cover such conditions as coronary artery
thrombosis, atherosclerosis, and so on. One rather handy section includes
weblab modules that introduce acolytes to the world of the heart, the lungs,
and the digestive system through slides and interactive photos. The site is
rounded out by the "Virtual Microscope" area, which includes detailed slides
and explanations of cartilage, bone, blood, and muscular tissue. [KMG]
[NOTE: See Also: Tutorials, Images, and Links Related to Anatomy & Physiology - Phyllis ]


Physics Flash Animations [Macromedia Flash Player]

How does one exactly illustrate the principle of chaos? Well, fortunately
for budding physicists and other interested parties, a very nice animation
demonstrating chaos (and other such processes and phenomena) are made
available at this website. Created by David M. Harrison of the Department of
Physics at the University of Toronto, the site contains Flash animations
that illustrate principles in such categories as optics, sound waves,
vectors, and relativity. Visitors are welcome to click on each category, or
to scroll down to the specific processes such as the Lorenz Attractor or
such principles from classical mechanics as displacement and distance. It is
worth noting that the animations are also available in Catalan and Spanish.
[KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Center for Public Integrity [pdf]

Since the rise of investigative journalism in the 20th century, teams of
journalists have brought the general public some of the most important
stories surrounding the government and its activities. Not surprisingly, a
number of organizations and centers have sprung up in order to support such
efforts on a full-time and sustained basis in the past few decades. One of
the best is The Center for Public Integrity, which is "committed to
transparent and comprehensive reporting both in the United States and around
the world." There is some engaging and helpful material here, especially
when one considers just their "Featured Projects" by themselves. Here
visitors can look at data on state-by-state investigations into legislators'
private financial interests and also look at one of their most recent
reports titled "Power Trips", which looks at which lawmakers take free trips
from private interests and lobbyists. Additionally, users can enter their
"News Room" section to learn about their latest work. [KMG]


Mapping History

Queen's tantrums? Children's puzzles? Those might not be the first things to
come to mind when thinking about maps, but when one is considering the
British Library’s online Mapping History exhibit, both those curious
subjects and others are definitely present. Given that the Library has
thousands of maps spanning the known world, this collection helps remind
users "there is often more to a map than meets the eye." The collection is
divided into four areas, including "Worlds at war" and "Wealth and poverty".
Each section contains four to seven maps along with a brief essay that
explains the importance of each document. Perhaps the most delightful
section is titled "Deception, lies, and made-up lands". Here visitors can
wander across a Chinese map of the world from 1644 and a map of Wellington
in New Zealand from 1840 that gives the city an orderly appearance that bore
only a partial resemblance to actual conditions on the ground. [KMG]


John Muir National Historic Site

John Muir was a man who liked to wander, but with a purpose. His affinity
for the natural world in all of its manifestations was omnipresent in his
writings as well as in his efforts to assure that future generations would
be able to see some of the landscapes that he surveyed in the 19th century.
While Muir spent some of his formative years in Wisconsin, after leaving the
University of Wisconsin, he journeyed west, and for the remainder of his
life he lived with his family in Martinez, California. Muir did not build
the home himself, but he and his family took up residence in 1890, and many
decades after his death, the John Muir Historic Site was created to preserve
this unique place. Recently, the National Park Service created this website
to pay homage to the man and his legacy, and in doing so, they have also
crafted a site that can also be used to educate young and old alike about
Muir's work. Within the various sections, users can learn about Muir's
family through slide shows of historic images, and also about his writings.


Kheel Center Labor Photos

Cornell University's Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and
Archives holds approximately 350,000 images that document labor and
management history in the 20th century. Pictures from one of the Center's
major collections, the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU)
Photographs (1885-1985), are now searchable at the Kheel Center Web site,
with plans for more images to be added on a continual basis. The Garment
Workers collection is particularly rich in images of workers at home, in
garment shops, and at strikes, pickets, and demonstrations. A search on
"sewing" will retrieve about 70 images of workers in garment shops, guiding
fabric through sewing machines, and teaching each other. There are many
depictions of labor leaders, meetings and conventions as well. There is also
a series of 40 or more photographs on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire,
the tragedy that lead to the formation of the ILGWU. [DS]


Resources for Writers: George Mason University [pdf]

Writing centers at colleges and universities have been around for decades,
and most of them have placed some resources for their students online.
George Mason University's writing resource center has had an online presence
for years, and it is one that college students and persons generally
interested in improving their writing will want to look at. The site
includes a number of specialized writing guides dealing with issues of
style, grammar, and writing for specific disciplines, such as psychology,
biology, and management. Their virtual reference library is notable for its
collection of well-organized links to other online sites, such as Webster's
Online Dictionary. The site is less overwhelming than some like-minded
sites, and is a good fit for students looking to get some basic assistance
with writing college-level papers. [KMG]

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