Saturday, March 17, 2007


Sat., March 17, 2007 - Bookmark Factory / Kids' Crafts (2)

Bookmark Factory
Create a bookmark using either their words or your own.
Add objects, borders, and print!
[NOTE: Other pages from previously
posted. – Phyllis]


Kids Crafts,2024,DIY_13763,00.html
Shortened URL:

Kids’ Crafts,1783,hgtv_3938_4911,00.html
Shortened URL:
“Site offers more than 75 different craft ideas for
kids to tackle, with photos, directions, and
materials lists for projects such as seashell
paperweights, colorful T-shirts, and collage rocks.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. Phyllis]


Sat., March 17, 2007 - How to Draw It

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, November 11, 2006 and time for art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
How To Draw It

List member Mary Burns suggested today's site when she wrote, "I was looking
for instructions on how to draw a goat, and found this site. It has cute
rhymes to go with the step-by-step drawing instructions."

The rhymes are mnemonic devices to help students remember how to draw the
creatures -- everything from mice and frogs to a phoenix and centaurs. For
example in "How To Draw A Rabbit" you are shown how to use pear-shapes to
make bunnies. The rhyme in this lesson goes...

pears can be hares
with pink in their ears
and long silky whiskers
and cottontail rears

Not only can you access free instructions on how to draw creatures, you can
read the book, "The Elements of Drawing" by John Ruskin for free at the
site. It includes:

*On First Practice -- Detailed exercises in shading, pencil drawing of
natural items, and watercolor practice.

*Sketching From Nature -- Extensive notes and practical tips on refining the
art of sketching nature.

*On Color -- Information about color techniques, tints, materials, and even
the art of black and white drawing. Get a list of the "24 Essential Colors."

*On Composition -- Learn the artistic "Laws" of interchange, consistency,
harmony, repetition, continuity, curvature, and more.

This is a wonderful site to begin to explore the art of drawing. Even if
you think you can't draw, this site will quickly convince you that anyone
can. Great for parents who don't know how to draw, but want to help their
kids learn. You can do it! :)

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.


Sat., March 17, 2007 - Albright-Knox Art Games

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, November 18, 2006 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

MaryAnna discovered today's website and prepared the following review...

Recommended Website:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Age Range: 4-11 (grades K-6)
Older students can explore more paintings on the following page, which also
includes notes for teachers and adults:

Bonus: Also available in Spanish! Just use the link below:

You may have to temporarily allow pop-ups to enter the site. Alternatively, you can
select the low-bandwidth option and enjoy a few fun games that examine the
work of artists such as Gris, Harnett, Delaunay, Seurat and Homer. However
(and unfortunately), you will miss out on more than half of the art games
available in flash. Some of the games described below are NOT available on
the low bandwidth option.

This is one of those delightful websites that your children will clamor to
try. Just click on the link to explore the games while you learn about
various painters and sculptors and their work. (Non-readers and younger kids
may need a little help here and there).

When you get to the site, click on "Games Gallery" to:

*Help a monkey find his way back to the painting where he belongs. (Along
the way, match pairs of leaves, play a hockey game, and put together a
necklace). This is the most exciting game here. To find it in "Games
Gallery;" click "more" in the lower right corner, and then click on the

*Let the computer generate a portrait based on information you supply about
yourself or some imaginary person (favorite color, aspirations for the
future, etc.) To get to this game, click on the picture of a cavalry soldier
on a horse. Select "Click to Start Learning," to learn about the portraits
featured here first, or you can simply click the link in the bottom left
corner that says, "Skip to Making Faces." (After a few times through the
game, you will be glad to know about this short cut.)

*Carve the parts of a statue to match a famous work of art. There are three
statues to try to match.

*Mix colors and learn about the color wheel. This game is set up to look
like a mad scientist's chemistry lab. :)

*View Niagara Falls from various angles and learn how different artists
paint exactly the same subject and yet convey entirely different messages.

*Compare similar still-life paintings by different artists. Although the
elements are the same, the overall appearance is entirely different. There
is also some discussion of the symbolic significance of the various items
included in the paintings.

*Play with various color combinations on one painting and learn about Andy

*Try to identify various objects portrayed in an abstract painting, and
learn why they were included.

*Create your own painting.

After trying the games several times through, try the art cards. Send one
that contains a picture of a painting featured on the site along with a
personal message to a friend by email. The link is at the bottom of the
page, or here:

Have a great time learning about art! :)

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.


Sat., March 17, 2007 - Native American Technology and Art (games)

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, December 7, 2004 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Site:
Native American Technology and Art: Games
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: K-12 (The younger ones can play the easier games; older ones can
research to their hearts' content!)

What a unique idea! This website offers a presentation of several
traditional Native American pastimes in the form of online flash games!
MaryAnna's family played the games (most of which use Java) and prepared
this review:

*Make A Virtual Wampum Belt! -- Learn all about the history of wampum belts,
how they were made, their significance, and much more! Making a good wampum
belt takes plenty of patience! With practice, you can improve your speed and
produce some very nice designs.

*Match Ojibwe Words with Corresponding Pictures -- As you play the match
game, you'll learn about this Michigan tribe's language and culture. (Note:
Click on "English" to see the translation.)

*Splint Basket Concentration Game -- Match pictures of specific Native
American basket designs. When you have developed your skill with this game,
be sure to click the link directly above the basket that says "Learn More
About These Native Designs" for in-depth information on this topic! :)

*Keep It In The Air -- Have your children been trying for years to convince
you that Pong was educational? Well, they're right! It's actually an
electronic version of an ancient Arizona Indian children's game called
Shuttlecock, or Kwaitusiwikut. So go ahead, enjoy playing, guilt free! :) Be
sure, of course, to click the link beside the game to learn more about its
history and how it was played by the Native Americans.

*Virtual Coloring Book -- Color pictures of a wigwam, pottery making, and
fishing, online!

*Interactive Bead Graph -- Create a design with glass beads and use the
links to learn more about the why's and how's of this handicraft.

*Chipmunk Maze -- Help a chipmunk find his way through a maze to his acorns!

*Virtual Paper Dolls -- Dress a southern New England Native American girl,
and learn more about Native American clothing!

*Guess the Word: Before I Hide -- Play hangman against a turtle; all the
words are names of plants common in North America and used by the indigenous
peoples. There is also a link at the bottom of the page to learn more about
the plants and their uses.

*And much more! Unfortunately, one intriguing game, "Match the Natural Dyes
and Porcupine Quills," didn't load when I tried it. You might have better
luck. Regardless, you can also learn a lot about natural plant dyes from the
links on this page:

Don't forget to leave some time to learn about real-life games and toys of
American Indian children that are listed in a menu below the online games.
Your child might like to try playing these games with friends at your next
homeschool park day.

One more thing... On the main site there is lots of information about Native
American heritage along with craft projects and you can even take a Virtual
Woodland Tour of a Native American village! Not only that, you'll find
resources for Native American powwows and festivals that you can visit with
your family. Here's the link:

MaryAnna Cashmore
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.

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Thur., March 15, 2007 - Free Science & Video Lectures Online / EarthEasy: Non-Toxic Home Care

Sites found in:

Free Science and Video Lectures Online
Searchable blog-based archive offers lectures and slides for introductory
science and math courses, and a wide variety of more specialized topics.


Non-toxic Home Care Not only environmentalists but parents of curious toddlers as well may especially appreciate this guide to non-toxic cleaning solutions, polishes, and other home care solutions you can make yourself. While you're there, check out other parts of the EarthEasy site, where you'll find recipes, tips on energy saving, gardening, lawn care and low- environmental-impact recreation.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. – Phyllis ]


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


Thur., March 15, 2007 - Science Cafe

Site found in:
The Scout Report
January 12, 2007
Volume 13, Number 1

The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:

Science Café [iTunes]

More and more, research institutes and specialized centers of learning are
turning to the world of podcasts, vodcasts, and other such multimedia
devices to reach out to people from Peoria to Patagonia. The University of
California, San Francisco recently opened up their own virtual science café,
and this website represents an attempt to provide lively and interesting
conversations about the “story of science.” As a statement on their website
remarks, “From stem cells and what sells to great ideas, yeasty trends and
budding controversies, we will be developing a menu for your mind.” They
have delivered on this intriguing promise quite well, as visitors to the
site will quickly discover. With close to a dozen talks online so far,
visitors can learn about the mysteries of aging from researcher Cynthia
Kenyon and how the world of basic science research differs in the United
States as compared with Germany. One can imagine that this program could be
used as a nice complement in science education courses for both high school
and college. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007.


Thur., March 15, 2007 - / Science Experiments
From the site:
“Learn and research science, chemistry, biology, physics, math, astronomy, electronics, and much more. is the internet science PORTAL to more than 20,000 science sites.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Science Experiments


Thur., March 15, 2007 - Visualizing Chemistry

Visualizing Chemistry:
The Progress and Promise of Advanced Chemical Imaging (etext)
From the site:
“Read This Book Online, Free!”
“Scientists and engineers have long relied on the power of imaging techniques to help see objects invisible to the naked eye, and thus, to advance scientific knowledge.”

National Academies Press
“Read more than 3,000 books online FREE!”

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Wed., March 14, 2007 - Poet's Corner

Poet's Corner
From the site:
“Welcome to the Poet's Corner free resource site. Thomson Gale has assembled a collection of activities and information to complement classroom topics. Within this site, teachers and students can:

Read biographies of well-received poets
Take a quiz based on these poets and their works
Follow a timeline of events that traces the poetry movement
Partake in activities
Discover the poems and the concepts behind them”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., March 14, 2007 - The Poetry Forge

The Poetry Forge
From the site:
“The Poetry Forge encourages exploration through poetry! We invite you to explore, collaborate and enjoy!

Developed at University of Virginia, Center for Technology and Teacher Education


Wed., March 14, 2007 - Spotlight on Voices & Visions

Spotlight on Voices & Visions

From the site:
“Voices & Visions, a video series from Annenberg Media, explores the lives and works of 13 of America's most famous modern poets…In this video instructional series on American poetry for college and high school classrooms and adult learners, the works of 13 poets are interpreted through dramatic readings, archival photographs, and interviews.”

Learn more about these poets by linking to other Web sites that explore their lives and work. You can also view the 13 one-hour video programs in the Voices & Visions video series.

[NOTE: You can view these videos online via Video on Demand.
There is no charge for this service. Free registration required.

Index of other available Videos on Demand
Browse A-Z, by discipline, or by grade level. Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., March 14, 2007 - From Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, January 18, 2007

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, January 18, 2007
Read This Online :

Women Working, 1800-1930: National Child Labor Committee (NCLC)
This article provides history of the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), which grew out of the Child Labor Committee in New York (formed in 1902) to the NCLC in 1904 and which "continues to ... uphold the general practice that underage children should not be full-time workers." Includes highlights from digital collections related to the NCLC and to other child labor topics, and links to relevant websites. From the Open Collections Program, Harvard University Library.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Home Page: previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Constitution Finder
"This database offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents [for countries around the world]. Nations of the world are linked to their constitutional text posted somewhere on the Internet." Browsable by country. Includes links to texts in languages other than English. From the University of Richmond School of Law.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Crime Library: Literary Forensics
These articles cover forensic document and handwriting analysis, and specific cases that involved literary forensics. Includes material on written communications related to the Lindbergh kidnapping trial, the Unabomber case, the JonBenet Ramsey murder, and the Hitler diaries. Written by a forensic psychologist for the CourtTV Crime Library.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Robert Burns, 1759-1796
This site provides brief illustrated essays about the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns. It "is based on material by or relating to 'Scotland's Bard' which is held by the National Library of Scotland. ... Special features are pages giving highlights of the Library's significant resources -- whether original letters or poems (see Manuscripts page) or important books (see Books page)." Includes links to related sites. From the National Library of Scotland.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The James Webb Space Telescope
Background and updates about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST, formerly called the Next Generation Space Telescope), a "large, infrared-optimized space telescope, scheduled for launch in 2013. JWST will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own Milky Way Galaxy." Covers technologies, scientific instruments, science themes, and other aspects of this telescope that "has been called the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope." From NASA.
LII Item:


Project website for the Pancam, "a high-resolution stereo camera that takes color pictures of the surrounding Martian landscape from the Mars Exploration Rovers." Features a large collection of images (including panoramas and Mars surface features), Pancam technical details, project information, a list of relevant publications, a data tracking database, and related material. From the Cornell University Department of Astronomy.
LII Item:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2006 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Tues., March 13, 2007 - The Science of Baseball

The Science of Baseball
Features include: How Far Can You Hit One?, The Time Machine, The Girls of Summer, Putting Something On the Ball, and Tools of the Trade.
Site also includes Exhibits, Articles, Activities and Links to Cool Sites
From the site:
“What's the science behind a home run? Why do curveballs curve? Learn about the game from players from the S.F. Giants & Oakland A's.”
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Tues., March 13, 2007 - Baseball's Secret Formula

Baseball’s Secret Formula
Interactive feature explores baseball statistics,
streaming video on a mathematical formula that
could predict a player’s contribution to winning
and losing, and more.


Tues., March 13, 2007 - Spring Traiing / Negro Baseball Leagues / Girls Pro Baseball League

Site found in:

Complete Guide to Spring Training 2006
If like Tom Boswell you believe that "time begins on opening day," this is the site for you, providing news, team rosters, spring training schedules, ticket information, maps to the ballparks, etc.

Site updated for 2007. From the site:
“For the 2007 season, we will be publishing the complete spring training information online, at this site.”

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


Negro Baseball Leagues
From the site:
“This website is dedicated to the generation of ballplayers who were denied the opportunity to play in the major leagues because of factors other than their ability to play the game of baseball.”

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
From the site:
“By the fall of 1942, many minor league teams had disbanded due to the war. Young men, 18 years of age and over, were being drafted into the armed services. The fear that this pattern would continue and that Major League Baseball Parks across the country were in danger of collapse is what prompted Philip K. Wrigley, the chewing-gum mogul who had inherited the Chicago Cubs major league baseball franchise from his father, to search for a possible solution to this dilemma. Wrigley asked his Chicago Cubs General Manager, Ken Sells, to head a committee to come up with ideas. The committee recommended a girl’s softball league be established to be prepared to go into the major league parks should attendance fall due to franchises losing too many quality players to attract the crowds.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., March 13, 2007 - The Irish in America

Site found in:
From: Classroom
Subject: This Week's Educational Programming Update
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007

The Irish in America
Saturday, March 17th at 3 PM/2c (2 hours)

This extraordinary documentary follows the history of the Irish
throughout the course of American history. The Irish in America, a two
hour special presentation, follows one of the nation's first and
largest immigrant groups from their early years in the Americas
through the present day. Following the path of both famous and
everyday Irish Americans, this program reveals how the Irish became
integrated into American society and the roles they played throughout
American history. Educators and their students will learn about the
contributions of Irish immigrants and Irish Americans in significant
events ranging from the American Revolution, to the Age of Jackson, up
through the Mexican American and Civil Wars. Highlighting the central
role the labor of Irish immigrants, this documentary follows the
pivotal role of Irish workers as indentured servants, miners during
California Gold Rush, and construction workers in the 19th and 20th

Dramatic footage, stirring readings from letters and journals, and
songs and interviews with leading historians offer insights into the
events that have made the Irish an integral part of the American
fabric. Discussions of how the Irish interacted with and were compared
with other ethnic groups lend complexity to these tales of struggle,
triumph, and cultural expression. Clips of the documentary could be
used for special course units and lesson plans connected with St.
Patrick's Day or the various aspects of Irish American history
throughout the centuries.

Curriculum Links:
The Irish in America would be useful for classes on American History,
American Culture, and Social Studies. It is appropriate for middle
school and high school. It fulfills the following standards as
outlined by the National Council for History Education: (1) Patterns
of social and political interaction and (2) Civilization, cultural
diffusion, and innovation.

Teacher's Guides Available:

Monday, March 12, 2007


Mon., March 12, 2007 - King Arthur and Camelot

King Arthur: Reality and Romance.
From the site:
“King Arthur is the most popular and most frequently revived Western hero from the Middle Ages to the current moment…examine the Arthurian story - Camelot, the knights of the Round Table, chivalry, and the Holy Grail - from its roots in the Middle Ages to its flourishing today.” Site includes:

Arthurian Multimedia
From the site:
“This section is a compilation of the images, video, and sounds.”

Arthurian Links
From the site:
“This section offers a plethora of links to Arthurian sites. They are a valuable resource to anyone interested in Arthurian lore.”


The Camelot Project
From the site:
“THE CAMELOT PROJECT is designed to make available in electronic format a database of Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information.” [NOTE: Previously posted. – Phyllis ]


On A&E:

Ancient Mysteries: Camelot, A&E, April 23, 4am ET/PT,

Biography: King Arthur: His Life and Legends, A&E, April 24, 4am ET/PT

Camelot Study Guide

“Separating fact from fiction in the tales of King Arthur is difficult,
even for scholars of the subject. While questions remain
regarding his actual existence, it is clear that King
Arthur is alive and well in the imagination of Western culture.
The themes of heroism, romance, loyalty, and betrayal
that permeate Arthurian tales ring as true today as they did
at the round table, and they provide terrific opportunities for
students to explore the characters, settings, and various
texts surrounding the man and the myth. A&E Classroom’s
Biography “King Arthur: His Life and Legends”
chronicles the rise and fall of the chivalrous commander
and discusses why his stories have had such an impact in the
Western world. Also airing on A&E Classroom this month, Ancient
Mysteries “Camelot” explores King Arthur’s legend through
depictions of his renowned court. Students can visit the University
of Rochester’s website The Camelot Project to view
images and compare and contrast various portrayals of King
Arthur throughout history. The images, streaming video, and
audio clips at Southern Methodist University’s website King
Arthur: Reality and Romance contribute to further examination
of Arthurian lore, including the evolution of characters
and the creation of new stories. The website’s interactive syllabus
also presents potential classroom resources for plot and
character analyses.”

From the site:
“Camelot looks at the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, separating fact from myth. Historians and archeologists analyze the legend for the light it sheds upon the code of chivalry as well as the role it has played in different eras of British history. Camelot is recommended for language arts, fine arts, and social studies courses.”


Mon., March 12, 2007 - The New Chaucer Society: Links to Chaucer Resources and Medieval Studies

The New Chaucer Society:
Links to Chaucer Resources and Medieval Studies


Mon., March 12, 2007 - Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" / James Joyce

Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
From the site:
“This lesson plan's goal is to examine the ways in which Miller interpreted the facts of the witch trials and successfully dramatized them… In this lesson, students will examine some of Miller's historical sources: biographies of key players (the accused and the accusers) and transcripts of the Salem Witch trials themselves. The students will also read a summary of the historical events in Salem and study a timeline. The students will then read The Crucible itself.”
[NOTE: Site includes links to resources. Other lessons from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


James Joyce Dies
History Channel Video Gallery: 01/13/1941:
A 52-sec. streaming video chronicles the life and death of
the famous Irish author, from his achievements
as a writer to the establishment of the James
Joyce Museum at his former residence in Dublin.


Mon., March 12, 2007 - Elements of Literature

Elements of Literature Internet site
NOTE: Although meant to accompany a textbook, “[T]he home page provides general access to all the site’s resources.”
From the site:
“…users can access all of the site’s Literature, Reading, Writing, Media, or Language resources through the buttons at the top of the screen.”

For example, the Literature tab takes you to:
Holt Literature Resources
Site includes: Middle & High School Author Biographies, Literary Elements, and Middle & High School Novel Guides,

Sunday, March 11, 2007


Sun., March 11, 2007 - H.I.P. Pocket Change

H.I.P. Pocket Change
From the site:
“The United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site was launched in July 1999. H.I.P. Pocket Change is a fun educational tool for students and teachers that generates interest in coins, the United States Mint, and U.S. history.

H.I.P. Pocket Change will continue to advance as technology advances, to expand its interactive features, and to offer you learning you can count on. So surf by often to see what we're up to!”

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


Sun., March 11, 2007 - The History of Money

The History of Money
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Uncover the fascinating history behind America's monetary system. Learn about the little-known facts surrounding economic exchange and watch video to find out what makes the world go around.”
Site includes sections on
Money and the Economy
Types of Money
Money Standards
Economic Importance
Early Monetary Regulations
Federal Reserve System
The Great Depression
Post-World War II Developments
Video Gallery
Mint Shots
Coined Phrases


Sun., March 11, 2007 - Tom Chao's Paper Money Gallery: The World of Paper Money

Tom Chao’s Paper Money Gallery: The World of Paper Money
From the site:
“This paper money website was first created on August 6, 1997. Over the years, it has been continuously updated and expanded. Currently this site has 987 pages and over 3600 pictures.…This site is all about paper money. Most people associate money with earning and spending. Very few consider money as an art object or a collectable item. Only in the last several years has paper money collecting as a hobby become more popular. Modern banknotes are very attractive and colorful, especially in uncirculated conditions favored by collectors.”

Selected Links
The links below are not meant to be comprehensive. They are my favorites, and many of them lead to other fine links.


Sun., March 11, 2007 - Start Here: Go Places in Business & Accounting

Start Here. Go Places. In Business and Accounting
From the site:
“If you're a high school or college student interested in a successful career in business and accounting, The Start Here. Go Places. Web site is a free resource that can help you get there. You may be unsure of the path you want to take, and where to find consolidated resources to help you determine your career choices. Now's your chance to learn about all that the study of accounting and the pursuit of CPA certification has to offer—it's a path to achieving a successful, rewarding and challenging career.

The site includes study information, simulation games, scholarship and internship listings, profiles of successful CPAs and career opportunities. It is brought to students and educators by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.”

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