Friday, December 15, 2006


Fri., Dec. 15, 2006 - Awesome Stories

“Charlotte's Web” and a Surprise for Students at AwesomeStories

Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006
Salutations! (To quote a spider)

Charlotte’s Web: The Story Behind The Movie
Shortened URL:

As our holiday gift to students and their parents, we are waiving the $9.95 annual subscription fee. There will be no “group access” for these memberships, but students (and their parents, if they wish) can receive free individual access to the site by simply requesting it with this form ( ). We recognize that many students, and their families, cannot afford “extras” like on-line subscription fees. In an effort to encourage children, and others, to read - and to assist them as they use the Internet to research topics and locate primary sources - we are saying "Happy Holidays!" Please feel free to “spread the word” to all.

From the site:
“AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, and government web sites…This educational learning tool also is designed to support state and national standards. Each story on the site links to online primary source materials which are selected and positioned in context to enhance reading comprehension, understanding and enjoyment.”

Awesome Stories Group Member Registration
“We provide free academic memberships to educators, including library media specialists and administrators. Schools, libraries and other academic organizations qualify for free group registration.”

[NOTE: Home page - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Dec. 15, 2006 - Experiencing War: War's End

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!

NEW THIS WEEK, August 31, 2006
Read This Online :

Experiencing War: War's End
This feature covers two events at the end of World War II in 1945: Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on May 8, marking the Allied victory in Europe, and Victory in Japan Day (VJ Day) on August 14 (and formalized on September 2), the day that Japan surrendered to the Allies. Features memoirs, videos of oral history interviews, photos, digitized documents, and more. Part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
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.


Fri., Dec. 15, 2006 - Carrie's War / Great American Voices

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: December 17 - 23, 2006
Masterpiece Theatre
"Carrie's War"
High School
Sunday, December 17, 2006
9 - 10:30 pm
A sister and brother leave war-torn London to live with a
troubled family in Wales, where they stumble on magical
adventures, in an adaptation of Nina Bawden's beloved
children's classic. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

Learn more about how many London families made the difficult
decision to send their children away in the hope they would
escape German air raids during World War II.


Great American Voices
Elementary / Middle / High School

This Web site, from the National Endowment of the Arts,
provides an introduction to opera and musical theater with
samples from "Carmen" and "Barber of Seville" to "South

From the site:
“This website includes information about the Great American Voices initiative and links to other online opera resources. Visit this website to learn about the NEA's tour to bring opera and Broadway to military installations nationwide. In addition, you will find resources to learn more about opera through an overview, timeline, glossary of terms, recommended recordings, books, and much more.”

Copyright 2006 PBS Online.


Fri., Dec. 15, 2006 - History of the Holidays

The History of the Holidays
The history and traditions of 20 holidays including;


[NOTE: Some holiday sites previously posed. – Phyllis ]

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Thurs., Dec. 14, 2006 - The Auto Industry's Family Trees

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Monday, September 4, 2006

The Auto Industry's Family Trees

If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in
your browser or use this TinyURL:

Today's web page, from The Detroit News, offers an informative look at some
of the memorable names in the history of the American automobile. Gentle
Subscribers, who have idly wondered why Chevrolet is pronounced with a
silent "T", along with other random car musings, will find many of the
answers in this article.

"Of the several thousand auto manufacturers who have operated in the United
States, only three remain. But many nameplates that were once well-known
are in the family trees of those three surviving auto makers." - from the

The feature covers the development of the auto industry, from its
beginnings in the late nineteenth century in Detroit. Among the prominent
names discussed are those of Dodge, Buick and Cadillac, along with those
who have passed into history. Not to be missed is the photo gallery of some
dozen pictures where visitors can put a face to some of the most familiar
names in American automotive history as well as viewing some of the
earliest vehicles built, including "Chevrolet" in a Chrysler.

Wheel over to the web page for a brief but illuminating survey of the
origins of the car industry at:

If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in
your browser or use this TinyURL:

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


Thurs., Dec. 14, 2006 - TryEngineering
From the site: is a resource for students (ages 8-18), their parents, their teachers and their school counselors. This is a portal about engineering and engineering careers, and we hope it will help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future.


Thurs., Dec. 14, 2006 - Science Museum Online Exhibitions / Electrons / Exhiblets

Science Museum of London
Online Exhibitions and Interactives
From the site:
“Discover more about science, scientific people and events through our collections of exhibitions and interactives.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

One of the exhibitions:
Life, the Universe and the Electron
From the site:
“An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the electron, supported by the Institute of Physics.”

From the site:
“Exhiblets are digital exhibitions which use the Museum's collections to describe important events, discoveries and personalities in science and technology.”


Thurs., Dec. 14, 2006 - Dream Anatomy / Booklist

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter #417 8/24/06

Dream Anatomy

Human imagination is a remarkable thing, as is human anatomy. Put the two
together and Dream Anatomy emerges, a collection of astonishing anatomical
representations from the collections of the National Library of Medicine,
from 1500 to the present.

The invention of the printing press in the 15th century and resulting print
technologies helped inspire the science of anatomy, as detailed, inspired,
whimsical even surreal anatomical imagery proliferated. In the late 1600s,
anatomists began to collect and exhibit real bodies and body parts that had
been preserved, colored, costumed, and arranged for display. See the
results in sections like Getting Real, Beautiful Ugliness and the Gallery.
At the Learning Station, find lesson plans and activities for educators and
students grades 6-12.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Booklist Online

If you can't trust your librarians, then whom can you trust? Published by
the American Library Association, Booklist has been helping public school
librarians decide what books to buy for their schools for over a century.

Booklist Online is updated weekly with loads of content from the Booklist
Journal, as well as other cool Web-only features. You can also subscribe
to the Booklist Database, which contains literally thousands of book
reviews to help librarians make educated choices.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Wed., Dec. 13, 2006 - The Literary Encyclopedia

The Literary Encyclopedia
From the site:
“The Literary Encyclopedia is an expanding global literary reference work written by over 1400 specialists from universities around the world, and currently provides over 3700 authoritative profiles of authors, works and literary and historical topics. We will publish at least 800 new profiles (1.6m words) in 2007. We also list nearly 19,000 works by date, country and genre, and provide advanced software tools. Membership costs only $17.95 for a full year…If you do not wish to subscribe, free searches for People, Topics and Works can be made using the menu bar and you can read the first 600 words of any entry.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Dec. 13, 2006 -
From the site:
“Release your Imagination - Explore thousands of art galleries, museums and artists sites from around the world. Browse by subject, medium, movement, nationality and more. Click the links below to begin your adventure.”


Wed., Dec. 13, 2006 - Beloit College Mindset / Best of Photojournalism 2006

Sites found in:

Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2010
The annual list of the way today's college freshmen understand the world.
From the site:
“Most 18-year-old students entering the class of 2010 this fall were born in 1988…Each August since 1998, as faculty prepare for the academic year, Beloit College in Wisconsin has released the Beloit College Mindset List. A creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and Public Affairs Director Ron Nief, it looks at the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of today’s first-year students.”
[NOTE: Some of the earlier editions previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Best of Photojournalism 2006 [NPPA]
Here are award-winning photos and photo series that capture a moment or
tell an important story in a variety of categories: international news,
natural disasters, environmental, the art of entertainment, individual
and team sports action, and more.
[NOTE: Award-winners from some other years previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Wed., Dec. 13, 2006 - From Don's Patch #53 Sept. 1, 2006

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #53 from
September 1, 2006


Good site for teachers
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]
From the site:
“ works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering FREE online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use.”

Sites of the Week
Find previous Sites of the Week:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Includes pages on Content Area Resources:
Social Studies

General Curriculum
Grants and Funding
Parenting & Community
Professional Development
Spanish Resources


American Folklore
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Cathay Williams, the only documented female Buffalo Soldier
Shortened URL:
[Scroll down for related links]

[NOTE: Home page Buffalo Soldiers & Indian Wars - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Ashes and Snow, an artistic media experience. Stunning.


Dinosaurs and Fossils

Prehistoric Life

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

All about heraldry
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Institute of Physics

Supporting Physics Teaching (11-14)
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“The Supporting Physics Teaching 11-14 initiative is intended to support non-specialist teachers who teach physics in the early years of secondary education.”

Welcome to Teaching Advanced Physics (TAP)
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“This website contains detailed ideas and resources for teaching physics to students aged 16-19.”

Teaching Resources: Online Resources
Shortened URL:


Made up words


Big Bands Database Plus
From the site:
“An ongoing project dedicated to Bands; to Jazz and to Swing History, and to the music now known to the world as "American Popular Song". This site is a "work in progress" and we hope that you will enjoy your visit here, and will return often to see what's new. For our part, we shall strive to make "The Big Bands Database Plus" the greatest source of Popular Music information on the World Wide Web.”
[NOTE: Be sure to mouse over their tabs for the Databases, Archives, and Resources – Phyllis ]


Old time radio
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Archives for this ezine are available online here:

The current issue is also available on our website.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Tues., Dec. 12, 2006 - Homework Help Sites

Sites to See:
Homework Help
From the site:
“Do your students often need help completing homework assignments, but don't know where to look or how to narrow down the available resources? Homework Help sites can make the task more manageable. Whether they're looking for information about a specific topic or more general tips for completing assignments, this list of sites will put them on the right track. Included: Five helpful homework sites for students of all ages!”


Tues., Dec. 12, 2006 - Research Resources

Sites found in:
Awareness Watch Newsletter V4N9 September 2006 Announcement
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006

The Awareness Watch Featured Report this month features Research Resources
on the Internet including related online research resources and sites.

September V4N9 Awareness Watch Newsletter
Shortened URL:
Shortened URL:

Research Resources

[NOTE: Earlier edition previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Tues., Dec. 12, 2006 - 2006 Kids Count

2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book and Online Database Now Available!
The 17th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book was released June 27, 2006. The entire report is available online with enhanced interactive features. The 2006 Data Book focuses on "Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care: Strengthening a Critical Resource to Help Young Children Succeed".

Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book are now available in our easy-to-use, powerful online database, "State Level Data Online", that allows you to generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles; or, download the entire data set as delimited text files. The pull-down menus to the left also allow you to read the book online or view the book in PDF format.
Additionally, you can order a free copy of the Data Book:

[NOTE: Earlier editions previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Dec. 12, 2006 - From Neat New Stuff, August 18, 2006

Sites found in:

50 Coolest Web Sites - Time Magazine
Time's picks for cool sites for entertainment, shopping, news, travel,
staying connected, and wasting time. Also, check out the previous
year's top 50, and 25 Sites We Couldn't Live Without.

The Kids and Family Reading Report
Shortened URL:
Children's librarians and school librarians take note. There's both
discouraging news (the falloff after age 8 in the number of children who
enjoy reading) and opportunity here (the top reason given for not reading
is being unable to find books that interest them).

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
This nonpartisan organization provides information (news, backgrounders,
polls and surveys), but takes no position on "issues at the intersection
of religion and public affairs," including bioethics, the death penalty,
religion in public schools.

Washington Monthly College Rankings
Ranks colleges on the basis of how much they contribute to the community,
to social mobility, and to the fostering of research. While you're at it,
check out the accompanying articles, particularly "Is Our Students

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

Monday, December 11, 2006


Mon., Dec. 11, 2006 - VH-1 Artists' Biographies

VH-1 Biographies
Browse Artists by Name
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“This Site is offered and made available only to users 13 years of age or older who reside in the United States of America, its territories and possessions.”


Mon., Dec. 11, 2006 - The Beatles

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Enjoy this collection of Beatles history, photos, audio, and video.
Listen to interviews and podcasts, or send a musical e-card.


Mon., Dec. 11, 2006 - Internet Resources for Music Educators

Internet Resources for Music Educators
Includes an alphabetical index of topics


Mon., Dec. 11, 2006 - From INFOMINE Email Alert Aug. 31, 2006

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006

El Dorado County Library's What's Hot on the Internet This Week
Record Id: 647803
Created: 2006-08-31 13:37:32
Categories: govpub

A weekly annotated list of notable new web sites.

Previous Hot Lists
From the site:
“(NOTE! - The Archive contains links to the past 4 months' worth of pages only!)”

Stephen Foster's Sketchbook
Record Id: 647795
Created: 2006-08-30 19:21:32
Categories: liberal

The Stephen Foster's digital sketchbook contains draft texts for
sixty-four different songs including several of his most popular ones
and several unpublished songs.

Gathering the Jewels : The website for Welsh cultural history
Record Id: 647794
Created: 2006-08-30 18:45:32
Categories: liberal

This site contains a collection of images and texts of Welsh life,
illustrating the natural and social history of Wales throughout the
ages. The collections can be searched or browsed and are broadly
categorized under these topics:

Agriculture and Food Production
Arts and Culture
Health, Welfare and Charity
Law and Order
Neighbourhood and Community
Physical Environment/Landscape
Protest and Politics
Religion and Belief
Sport and Leisure
The Domestic Sphere
This and That
Wales and the World
War and Rebellion
Working Lives

Medieval Studies
Record Id: 647785
Created: 2006-08-29 13:32:32
Categories: liberal

Research guide for medieval studies featuring print and online sources.
Directory points researchers to source collections, bibliographies,
encyclopedias, indexes, biographical sources, and manuscripts. Digital
texts, images, exhibitions, and other web sites are also presented.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Medieval Studies Web Resources


Sunday, December 10, 2006


Sun., Dec. 10, 2006 - Biographies of Historical People / essortment Internet Directory

Biographies of Historical People
From the site:
“Explore the biographies of some of the world's most notable people.”
[NOTE: For Internet Explorer users:
To Search: use the tool bar’s Edit command and select “Find on this Page” (Ctrl+F) ]

essortment Internet Directory
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Dec. 10, 2006 - Renaissance Links / Gr. 12 Pathfinder / Renaissance Biographies / Subject Research Links

The Renaissance
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. – Phyllis ]

The Renaissance: A Pathfinder for 12th grade
Select: Internet Sites

The Renaissance - Biographies

Research Links (select from menu by subject)


Sun., Dec. 10, 2006 - Renaissance Links / Gr. 6 Unit / Subject links by Dewey


Websites arranged by Dewey Numbers
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

6th grade IDS - Renaissance Unit
Shortened URL:

Websites arranged by Dewey Numbers
Click on Dewey Categories or numbers to access pages of links


Sun., Dec. 10, 2006 - Medieval Times for Gr. 4

Site found in:
September Busy Educator's Newsletter
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006


Teacher/Librarian Pat Elliott from Ferndale Woods Elementary School
Barrie, Ontario Canada shared these Medieval Times Internet sites for grade 4.

These pages are divided into the following categories: 1. General Information
2. Music / Entertainment 3. Games / Entertainment 4. Clothing/People
5. Medicine / People 6. Religion / People 7. Cathedrals and Architecture Castles and
Medieval Buildings 8. Castles and Medieval Buildings 9. Knights / Armour / Weapons
10. Foods & Feasting / Festivals

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