Friday, June 22, 2007


Fri., June 22, 2007 - ADMIN: It's Vacation Time!

Blog Readers,

I will be away until mid-July. Postings will resume when I return.

- Phyllis


Fri., June 22, 2007 - GovStandard: History of Legal Systems

Information on legal history, including the Code of Hammurabi,
Roman, Greek, and Babylonian law, and the Magna Carta.


Fri., June 22, 2007 -
From the site:
“ is the official benefits website of the U.S. government,
with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.”
Many ways to search. Available inn English and in Spanish.


Fri., June 22, 2007 - Daily Dose of U.S. Political Trivia

Sites found in:

March 23-29, 2007


Daily Dose of U.S. Political Trivia from CQ
CQ Politics Blog (free).
Interesting, fun, and potentially useful for current events discussions in the classroom.

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


Fri., June 22, 2007 - PBS: Caravaggio / NOVA: Great Inca Rebellion / Bald Eagles

Sites found in:****************************************** PBS Teachers Newsletter: June 24 - 30, 2007 ******************************************

Simon Schama's Power Of Art
On-Air & Online
Monday, June 25, 2007
9 - 10:00 pm
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio's tumultuous life and career
led to his final self-portrait in "David With the Head of
Goliath." (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Tell us about the "power of art" in your life and win a trip to
Washington, D.C., where Simon Schama will lead a special guided
tour of the National Gallery.

[NOTE: Other shows previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Great Inca Rebellion
On-Air & Online
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
Using a mix of crime-lab science, archeology, and history,
NOVA, in collaboration with National Geographic Television,
reports on new evidence that is changing what we know about the
final days of the once-mighty Inca Empire. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1

In our online interactive feature, compare Inca and
conquistador soldiers to see how markedly their dress and
weaponry differed.
(Available June 19, 2007)
[NOTE: See Teacher’s Guide pasted below – Phyllis ]


Online NewsHour EXTRA
Bald Eagle May Fly off Endangered List
6-8 / 9-12

Once on the brink of extinction, the bald eagle has rebounded
and may soon be removed from the list of endangered species.
Shortened URL:
Copyright 2007 PBS Online

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Subject: [NOVA] The Great Inca Rebellion
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 16:33:35 -0400 (EDT)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 8 p.m.
Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.

Through a mix of crime-lab science, archeology, and history, this
NOVA/National Geographic special presents new evidence that is
changing what we know about the final days of the once-mighty Inca
Empire. This probing story of archeological discovery begins in a
cemetery crammed with skeletons that offer tantalizing clues about a
fierce 16th-century battle between warriors of the collapsing Inca
Empire and Spanish invaders. Now, the long-accepted account of a
swift Spanish conquest of the Inca -- achieved with guns, steel, and
horses -- is being replaced by a more complete story based on
surprising new evidence, including what may be the first gunshot
wound in the Americas.

Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:

The Producer's Story
Graham Townsley explains why this project restored his faith in
documentary filmmaking.

Rise of the Inca
How did the Inca Empire become as vast as the Roman in just over
a century?

Outfitting for Battle
Inca and conquistador soldiers had very different gear -- and
that made all the difference.

Grave Analysis
Take a close look at an Inca burial thought to be from the Siege
of Lima.

Also, Links & Books, the Teacher's Guide, the program transcript,
and more:

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Thurs., June 21, 2007 - Robotics

Robotics: Sensing, Thinking, Acting
About the Exhibition:
“Robotics was designed to introduce the science behind the design and operation of robots…

Universal Robots: History and Workings of Robotics

Machines and Man: Ethics and Robotics in the 21st Century

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., June 21, 2007 - The Global Warming Survival Guide / Garden-Based Learning / UNICEF - Voices of Youth

Sites found in:

51 Things We Can Do - The Global Warming Survival Guide - Time
People often feel individually helpless to affect major world problems,
but Time Magazine has some suggestions on how we can reduce our personal
contributions to global warming.

Garden-Based Learning
Includes activities and projects through which children can learn not
only gardening, but biology, chemistry, cooking, landscaping, marketing,
and the making of practical products as well. Also provides links to
other useful resources and organizations.

UNICEF - Voices of Youth
Mission: "To offer all children and adolescents, including the hard-to-
reach, a safe and supportive global cyberspace within which they can
explore, discuss and partner on issues related to human rights and social
change, as well as develop their awareness, leadership, community
building, and critical thinking skills through active and substantive
participation with their peers and with decision makers globally."
Available in English, French and Spanish.

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2007.


Thurs., June 21, 2007 - Mushrooms

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Site of the Day for Tuesday, April 3, 2007


Today's site, from California's Poison Control System, zeros in on one
particular hazard -- mushrooms. Gentle Subscribers, even those not
residents of the state, will find interesting and valuable information
about the fungus in this straightforward fact sheet.

"There are no non-scientific tests or rules that can accurately determine
the safety or toxicity of a mushroom. ... 'poisonous mushroom' means any
mushroom or toadstool that causes an adverse or negative reaction when
eaten. Symptoms can range from 6 hours of vomiting to lethal liver or
kidney failure. ...There is no antidote for mushroom poisoning!" - from the

Noting that 5000 varieties of mushrooms can be found in the U.S., the site
points out that a mere 100 of these account for most of the incidents of
poisoning from mushroom ingestion. The fact sheet offers an interesting
series of facts and fallacies surrounding mushroom identification and why
it is extremely difficult for the non-scientist to accurately identify a
specific species. Because of the multitude of mushroom varieties, the
fungus is biologically divided into eight categories, each with its own
list of warning symptoms. The site concludes with precautionary advice on
protecting young children and pets from accidental mushroom ingestion.

Hop over to the site for a sound guide on the dangers of mushrooms in the
wild at:

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


Thurs., June 21, 2007 - DNA

From the site:
“DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a long, spiraling molecule that carries the genetic codes that enable cells to reproduce. Although DNA was first isolated by Friedrich Miescher in 1869, it's double helix structure wasn't discovered until 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. For their groundbreaking work, Watson and Crick shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine with Maurice Wilkins.”
Site includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)
[NOTE: Some of these sites were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Wed., June 20, 2007 - Educators' Resources on the WWW / Student Resources on the WWW

Educators' Resources on the WWW; "Only a beginning......."
Version XIX; January '07
Sections: Teachers Lesson Plans One Computer Curriculum Projects
Research Skills & Tools Tutorials Publications Parents Searching Web Creation

Student Resources on the WWW


Wed., June 20, 2007 - Back to Bataan / Library History Buff / CIA: Electronic Reading Room / Beatrix Potter / Sports: Breaking Records

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, April 5, 2007
Read This Online :


Back to Bataan: A Survivor's Story
Transcript of a 1999 interview with a U.S. World War II soldier who "survived an infamous Bataan Death March" and who "as American troops landed at Leyte to reclaim the Philippine Islands, ... sailed in captivity to Japan in the notorious 'Hell Ships.'" Topics addressed include the 80-mile Bataan Death March in April 1942, prisoner of war camps, liberation, and homecoming. Includes a map of the route of the march.
LII Item:


The Library History Buff
This site promotes the appreciation, enjoyment, and preservation of library history. It features illustrated commentary and links to related sites in the areas of "librariana" (about collecting library artifacts and memorabilia, with a list of collectible items), library history (such as Carnegie libraries and membership libraries), and postal librariana. From retired librarian Larry T. Nix.
LII Item:


Central Intelligence Agency: Electronic Reading Room
This site provides "an overview of access to CIA information, including electronic access to previously released documents. Because of CIA's need to comply with the national security laws of the United States, some documents or parts of documents cannot be released to the public." Includes collections in areas such as Vietnam and China, and specific documents such as a report on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD). From the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
LII Item:


Miss Potter: The Life of Beatrix Potter is the Most Enchanting of All
This travel and tourism site is a companion to the 2006 movie about the life of British children's author, illustrator, and conservationist Beatrix Potter. Features a brief biography (which describes some of her literary characters such as Peter Rabbit and a frog called Jeremy Fisher), details about attractions and locations in the Lake District, and touring itineraries. Includes links to related sites. From England's North Country.
LII Item:


Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
Companion to a traveling exhibit that "portrays athletes, focusing on their participation in significant events and the social contexts that influenced them. ... [T]hese undaunted individuals broke records for themselves and broke barriers for us all." Features images of artifacts and background about athletes in categories such as firsts, Olympians, "More Than Champions," and "Barrier Removers." Also includes a bibliography, filmography, and games. From the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Wed., June 20, 2007 - Leo Tolstoy / Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust

Sites found in:
ConnectEng, the newsletter of Web English Teacher
April 3, 2007


Leo Tolstoy
Lesson ideas for “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” and Anna Karenina


Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust
No lesson plans here, just background information and recommendations about how to approach this subject. This 23-page document comes from the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research. Adobe Acrobat Reader or compatible application is required for access.


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2007, Web English Teacher.


Wed., June 20, 2007 -

--------Forwarded Message--------
Free Resource for Learning English as a Second Language (ESL)
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 17:29:22 +0000 Free Resource for Learning English as a
Second Language (ESL)
Over the past few years Nelson Lauver's nationally syndicated radio
feature, The American Storyteller Radio Journal has established a
dedicated US listener base. Fans refer to his stories as unique,
timeless, and great radio - and have likened his style to that of
Charles Kuralt and Mark Twain. As the online companion to the radio
feature, website, offers hundreds of free
mp3 stories for listening/download. Now these mp3 audio stories have
also become a bonanza for those wishing to learn to speak English. The
site has been inundated by visits from American immigrants as well as
individuals around the globe. In response to this new fan base and to
make this site an even better learning tool, printable text versions
are being added to enable the listener to follow along with each
story. "It was completely unintentional but welcome," said Nelson
Lauver, host and creator of The American Storyteller Radio Journal.
"It has added an even greater sense of importance to our work as we've
come to realize free resources for learning English as a second
language are almost non-existent." Besides the obvious benefit of
aiding in learning English, the stories convey the culture and history
of everyday America and the American dialect.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Tues., June 19, 2007 - Primary Activities: Young Animals, Animal Homes, Body Parts

Young Animals
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“This activity can be used to explore life processes and living things. Match the animals to their young.”

Animal Homes: Description,view_resource&id=170
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“This is a fun activity to help develop pupils' understanding of habitats.”

Body Parts: Description:,view_resource&id=242
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“This is a simple drag and drop activity which matches words with pictures and is aimed at supporting EAL speakers.”


Tues., June 19, 2007 - Baseball Almanac / Major League Baseball

Baseball Almanac
From the site:
“Baseball Almanac has dedicated itself to preserving the history of our national pastime and has rapidly grown into an interactive baseball encyclopedia filled with more than three-hundred thousand pages of in-depth baseball facts, original baseball research and baseball statistics not found anywhere on the Internet. Repeatedly recognized as THE online source for baseball related information, Baseball Almanac has something for everyone — guaranteed.”

The Official Site of Major League Baseball
In English and Spanish

[NOTE: Both of these baseball sites were previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., June 19, 2007 - Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball / How Pigeons Find Their Way Home

Found in:
World Almanac E-Newsletter April 2007
The World Almanac E-Newsletter can be found online at:

Special Feature: Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball

Science in the News: Animal Magnetism: How Pigeons Find Their Way Home


Tues., June 19, 2007 - Black Women Entrepreneurs

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AASC Feature of the Month: June 2007
Feature of the Month Email
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June 2007 Feature of the Month

Dear Feature of the Month Subscriber,

The Oxford African American Studies Center's Feature of the Month has been updated!

This month, the editors of the Oxford AASC celebrate the extraordinary achievements, past and
present, of black women entrepreneurs.

This month's featured content is a featured photo essay that honors some of the most innovative and
courageous African American women in our history -women who unchained their energies to create
dressmaking businesses and hair-styling colleges, to run banks and restaurants, and to become
astronauts, producers, and CEOs. Overcoming both racial and gender discrimination, these women truly
embodied the promises of democracy. From Eleanor Eldridge -the daughter of a freed slave-who created
a profitable whitewashing, painting, and wallpapering business to Oprah Winfrey, whose media empire
would have been unimaginable just a few decades ago, this photo essay offers vivid examples of women
who proved that talent, drive, and imagination are more important than skin color or gender.

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To help you get a deeper sense of the groundbreaking achievements of African American women, the
editors have included a number of subject articles that explore the history of black women
entrepreneurs as it relates to such topics as Hair and Beauty Culture, Music Industry and Women,
Occupations, Economic Life, Urbanization, Black Uplift, Biographies, Primary Documents, and more.
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Monday, June 18, 2007


Mon., June 18, 2007 - Global Warming / Recycling

Sites found in:

Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007
Volume 9, Issue 4
April 2007



The World View of Global Warming Project,
is "documenting this change through
science photography from the Arctic to Antarctica, from glaciers to the
oceans, and across all climate zones." You can view the photographs, read a
discussion of the Paleoclimate and Ancient Temperatures (to help answer
questions about what caused the Ice Ages or when the tropics became
tropical), and click on the link to the Actions Page to read "10 Myths About
Global Warming" and "15 Very Important Things to Do About Global
Warming...from the individual to the national."
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Global Warming International Center,, is the
international body "disseminating information on global warming science and
policy...and sponsors unbiased research supporting the understanding of
global warming and its mitigation." Its projects include The Global Treeline
Projects, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Benchmark, The Himalayan Reforestation
Project and The Extreme Event Index. It is also the sponsor of the annual
Global Warming International Conference & Expo. This site is an excellent
source for the latest news on, and suggestions for, reducing global warming.


You can also read up-to-date news on global warming at the Union of
Concerned Scientists (UCS),, the "leading
science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer
world." At the top of the homepage you can click on the tabs for global
warming, vehicles, energy, invasives, security and food for overviews or
more in-depth coverage of topics ranging from hybrid cars and sustainable
food choices to nuclear safety and clean energy policies, etc. Sign up for
email newsletters and online action networks.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

A comprehensive government site is Climate Change,, where you can find information on how
climate change affects "communities, individuals, business, states,
localities and governments." Categories are broken down into Basic
Information, Science, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Health & Environmental
Effects, U.S. Climate Policy, What You Can Do and Other Resources. A Quick
Finder at the top of the page provides links to: Climate Change & Waste, 30
Actions to Reduce GHS, Voluntary Programs, and more.


Other sites for concerned citizens are World Wildlife Fund's Climate
Science, Solutions for Global Warming,,
and StopGlobalWarming,, a "non-partisan
effort to bring citizens together to declare that global warming is here now
and that it is time to demand solutions."



For detailed recycling information, The Internet Consumer Recycling Guide,, has a series of Guides--The World's
Shortest Comprehensive Recycling Guide, Guide to Recycling Common Materials,
Beyond the Curbside, Reducing Unwanted Mail, and Links: EcoWeb handy
recycling factoids and USA Recycling Prices.

Provided by Hara Cohen from the Commack Public Library.



Mon., June 18, 2007 - PBS: Savage Earth

Savage Earth:
Companion site to the PBS special. Features articles by writers
Daniel Pendick and Kathy Svitil examining our ever-changing
planet and the forces behind tsunamis, volcanoes, and
earthquakes. Offers numerous animations and QuickTime
video clips to illustrate the destructive power of these
phenomena, including images from an erupting volcano and
a helicopter view of the devastation from the 1989 Loma Prieta


Mon., June 18, 2007 - Karst Topography / NASA's Earth Observatory

Sites found in:
24 March 2007 Earth Science Sites of the Week

Cheryl Dodes, Weber Middle School, Port Washington, NY), after a good
introduction into karst processes, the site illustrates, through
computer animations and a paper model, why caves develop in limestone.
By studying the animations and the paper model, students will better
understand the evolution of karst topography. The paper models may be
downloaded in .pdf or Macintosh Hypercard formats.


EARTH OBSERVATORY FEATURES, NASA, find first rate, media rich brief
articles of how NASA scientists are trying to "unravel the mysteries of
climate and environmental change."
[NOTE: Site includes: Atmosphere, Oceans, Land, Life on Earth, Heat & Energy,
and Remote Sensing. Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Mon., June 18, 2007 - Estuaries / Lightning / Physical Environment

Sites found in:
31 March 2007 Earth Science Sites of the Week

(suggested by Elizabeth Rogers Joyner, COSEE-SE), "The (Estuary)
Discovery Kit describes the scientific principles underlying the applied
science and activities of NOAA's National Ocean Service. It "contains
interactive tutorials, roadmaps to data resources, and formal lesson
plans." Additional kits are available on Corals, Geodesy, Nonpoint
Source Pollution. Tides & Water Levels.
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


of the processes producing lightening. Students will be surprised that
the most visible stroke is from the ground up to the cloud.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT BLOG, Mike Ritter, (suggested by Mike
Ritter, University of Wisconsin), this site is a companion web site to
"The Physical Environment" online textbook
( ).
"The blog is used to connect current events and research to textbook
content. This linkage provides students with a means of connecting
classroom learning to the world around them. Instructors and students
are free to use the blog or textbook for their courses."
[NOTE: Textbook previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University

Sunday, June 17, 2007


Sun., June 17, 2007 - America's HomePage / Historic Documents / Virtual Tour of Washington, D.C.

America's HomePage
From the site:
“America's HomePage is an educational resource of American history. Its goal is to consolidate information relating to American history in a form easily usable in the classroom, allowing students and educators to access the information they need without having to search far for it. All content has been researched to insure its accuracy, and suitability for viewing by students.”

Historic Documents of the United States
From the site:
“America's HomePage features the writings and speeches of the men and women who have helped to shape our nation: historic documents that have structured our beliefs in Liberty and the freedom of the individual to pursue his or her potential.”

The Virtual Tour of Washington, D.C.
An interactive fieldtrip to our nation's Capital.

Educator’s Resources

Lesson Plans


Sun., June 17, 2007 - Civil War / Juan Ponce de Leon

Civil War
From the site:
“More than 600,000 Americans gave their lives for their country in the Civil War (1861-1865), more than any other war in our history. Although the North prevailed over the South, the grief and bitterness caused by such violence healed very slowly. Learn more at these fine sites.”
Page includes 9 links to sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)
[NOTE: Some of the sites listed were previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Surfing the Net with Kids: Juan Ponce de León.
From the site:
“Juan Ponce de León (1471 - 1521) was a Spanish explorer that led the first European expedition to Florida in 1513. Popular legend is that Ponce de León was looking for a magical water source called the Fountain of Youth that could restore youth to anyone who drank it. Did he find it? Most historians say Ponce de León was more interested in finding new territory he could govern.”
Site includes 9 links to related sites (5 Annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)


Sun., June 17, 2007 - "Old Ironsides": U.S.S. Constitution Timeline

Old Ironsides: USS Constitution Timeline
For detail, click on the Historical Events


Sun., June 17, 2007 - France in America / A Civil War Soldier's Letters / Historic American Newspapers / Civil War

Sites found in:
Library of Congress Learning Page Newsletter: April 2, 2007

Collection Connections...
*France in America:
This bilingual collection contains books, maps, prints, and other documents that illuminate the role France played in exploration and settlement, the French and Indian War, and the American Revolution. Offering teaching strategies for viewing history from different perspectives, this Collection Connection will be useful to both World and American History teachers.

A Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment: Selections from the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers:
The collection documents the Civil War experience of a Union soldier, primarily through letters written between 1861 and 1865. The Collection Connection encourages making personal connections with history by considering the lives of this young Union soldier and his family during the Civil War -- drudgery of life in military camps, details of troop movements, experiences of a prisoner of war, a soldier's view of politics, and feelings of homesickness and familial love.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
A partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities
Read the news BEFORE it became history in this rich resource. View newspaper pages from 1900 to 1910 from California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, and Virginia (initial pilot states), and find information about other newspapers published in the United States from 1690 to the present.


United States Civil War
Resources about the United States Civil War from the Library of Congress Web sites.
Using the American Memory Timeline to Learn about Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877 The Gettysburg Address Selected Civil War Photographs Does the Camera Ever Lie?

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