Saturday, July 21, 2007


Sat., July 21, 2007 - Plagiarism Tutorial

Plagiarism Tutorial
created by San Jose State University
Select Flash or non-Flash version of the tutorial.


Sat., July 21, 2007 - Elements of Style (Strunk)

Blythe Bennett's Recommended Site of the Week
Elements of Style

Browse a Classic!

When should you use a comma? When would you use a semicolon? To find out, link to this classic rule book for usage, composition and style. Browse online by chapter or search the text for answers to common questions.


Sat., July 21, 2007 - Everyday Spelling

---------Forwarded Message--------

Hi! It's Wednesday, March 14, 2007, and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website:
Everyday Spelling

Age range: 5-13

Scott Foresman, a publishing company, created this site to supplement their
textbooks; children can improve their spelling by means of the online games
and activities here. Even if you are not using the textbooks, you can still
access everything here for FREE. (For those who are interested, this is one
way to find out what kids in the public schools are expected to learn to

As everything on this page is keyed to grade level and chapter number (these
refer to the chapters in the textbook, "Everyday Spelling"), you will need
to do a little exploring to find the spelling list appropriate to your

The FIRST THING you will want to do is select from the menu "Spelling List
Files." A new pages opens with the spelling lists for grades 1-8 (available
to download in three different formats: Word, .rtf, and simple text). You
will need to know what the spelling words are in each grade level in order
to complete some of the activities on this site. Once you have that
information, you can easily explore the rest of the site from the homepage
menu that includes:

Click on any grade and a new page opens containing:

*A list of the 25 words most commonly misspelled by children at that grade
*Recommended spelling strategies for children at that grade level
*Audiotape Scripts: Text passages which contain spelling words for each
grade level. These audiotapes are included with the textbooks, but if you
don't have the textbook, you can read the passages aloud from this webpage.
Spelling words are highlighted in the passages.

Click on this link to find:

*Puzzle Place -- Word searches by grade level. Answers are provided in a
link below each puzzle, but the spelling list does come in handy. "Archives"
leads to past puzzles for that grade level.

*Words in the News -- Here you will find several news snippets which contain
the featured spelling word (the same for all levels). Search the archives
(linked at the bottom of the page) for more featured words.

*Writing Prompts -- Select your grade level and have fun writing. Be sure to
use words from the vocabulary list you printed out earlier! New prompts are
added a few times each year, so be sure to look in the archives (the link at
the bottom of the page) for even more ideas.

*Language Facts -- Interesting tidbit about a featured word, along with the
grade level and chapter in which that word can be found. Previous words are
archived, and new suggestions are welcomed.

Unique to this page are:
1) Links - Online dictionaries, an online library, information about the
spelling bee, and a humorous cartoon!
2) Research - Learn about the research behind the spelling words chosen by
Scott Foresman for this spelling program.

BUT there's more! If you click "About Everyday Spelling" you can select the
following from the drop-down menu:

*Blest Are We - complete free online Catholic-specific lessons by grade
*California History - Social Sciences
*Estudios Sociales (available in English as well as Spanish from this link)
*Lectura Scott Foresman (Scott Foresman Reading) - available in both
languages from this link
*Mathsurf Texas - Free online math activities by grade level, keyed to Texas
*Mathsurf - for everyone else :)

And much, much more -- far too many great sites to list here!

Happy surfing! :)

Mary Anna Cashmore
Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Sat., July 21, 2007 - PBS NewsHour Extra: Poetry Page

PBS NewsHour Extra Poetry Page
Scroll down for links

[NOTE: Only the Poetry Series Link from this page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Friday, July 20, 2007


Fri., July 20, 2007 - Social Explorer: U.S. Demographic Maps

Social Explorer
From the site:
“Social Explorer is dedicated to providing easy access to demographic information about the United States
We have hundreds of interactive data maps of the United States, including historical data back to 1940.
With Social Explorer you can visually analyze and understand the demography of the U.S. Zoom into a neighborhood.
Information includes age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, household relationship, whether residence is owned or rented, place of birth, education, employment status, income, value of housing unit, year structure built as well as other data.”


Fri., July 20, 2007 - Consumer Information Catalog, Summer 2007

Free Consumer Information Catalog
Summer 2007
From the site:
“…check out the more than 200 free and low-cost publications that the Federal government has available for you.”


Fri., July 20, 2007 - Gifted Students

Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School: Tips for Parents of Gifted Students
Volume 7 / Issue 3 / Spring 2007

Subscribe to free Duke Gifted Letter in your mailbox (four times per year).

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) – Grades 2-6, 7-8


Fri., July 20, 2007 - NOVA: ScienceNOW

Site found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: July 22-28, 2007
NOVA scienceNOW
On-Air & Online
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
It seems the environment in which we live makes small chemical
changes to our DNA without affecting our genes' overall makeup.
NOVA explores this new idea, interviewing top scientists in the
field and following what could be a shift in the way we think
about inheritance and our genes. (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

[NOTE: See guide from NOVA pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2007 PBS Online

--------Forwarded Message--------
Subject: [NOVA] NOVA scienceNOW, July 24, 2007
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 15:28:28 -0400 (EDT)

Next on NOVA: NOVA scienceNOW

Tuesday, July 24 at 8PM ET/PT on PBS
Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.

Learn how our lifestyles can change the way our genes work, examine a
yet-to-be-fully-broken code on a sculpture called Kryptos, see what
appear to be preserved dinosaur blood vessels, and meet cosmologist
Arlie Petters.

Preserved soft tissue, including possible blood vessels and red
blood cells, are turning up in dinosaur fossils.

Our lifestyles and environment can change the way our genes are
expressed, leading even identical twins to become distinct as
they age.

A coded sculpture at CIA headquarters has yet to be fully broken.

A boy from a rural village in Belize grows up to become a
world-class mathematician and cosmologist.

The journey continues on the NOVA scienceNOW Web site, where you can
watch the entire hour-long episode (starting July 25) and e-mail
scientists from the broadcast with your questions. Also, try your
hand at writing a secret message, hear and see why twins can be so
different, explore various examples of dinosaur tissue, tell us your
story of inspiration, and watch video extras.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Thurs., July 19, 2007 - Art and Architecture

---------Forwarded Message--------:
Site of the Day for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Art & Architecture

Today's site, designed by the Courtauld Institute of Art in the UK, offers
a vast compendium of art and architecture related material. Gentle
Subscribers will find an interesting collection of images and discourse
from respected and controversial members of the art community.

"The Art and Architecture web site is designed to be explored. There are
more than 40,000 images here, and a network of over half a million links.
There are amazing and wonderful things to find, and any number of ways of
finding them. ... The power of the web is that we provide the pictures and
make them searchable, [and] overlay them with a network of links ..." -
from the website

The site provides search capabilities of its extensive collection based on
criteria such as subject, artist, style or time period. Images are
presented in mid and full size, while some have a "zoom" capability,
encouraging a detailed look at the image. An interesting array of stories
are featured, including the intriguing, "When is a Titian a Titian; and
does it matter?" and "a parallel between wartime code-making and
code-breaking, and attributions in Florentine art". In addition, there are
quizzes, polls and a discussion form for registered visitors.

Drop over to the site for an enjoyable browse through the collection at:

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


Thurs., July 19, 2007 - American Experience: View Programs Online

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 18:18:43 -0400 (EDT)
News from American Experience

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is on vacation! Get your history fix


Watch your favorite programs -- or catch the ones you missed --
by tuning in to AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Online! These programs are
now available on the Web:
[NOTE: They have been previously posted. – Phyllis ]


The extraordinary stories of ordinary Americans -- Southern and
Northern, white and black -- as they struggle to shape new lives
for themselves in a world turned upside down.


A technological revolution in human reproduction.


Scientific, technical, and moral challenges in the race to
develop biological weapons.

NEW ORLEANS (2 hours)

The utterly original city at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi
and at the beating heart of the great American experiment.


1967. San Francisco. A notorious event at the peak of the Sixties
counterculture movement.

THE MORMONS (4 hours)

The history, richness, complexities, and controversies of the
Mormon faith. A special co-production with Frontline.


One of the most controversial men of his age, and the one
Founding Father who had a vision of what America could become.


Thurs., July 19, 2007 - If Trees Could Talk (Forest History Society)

If Trees Could Talk
From the site:
“If trees could talk and we could listen, would we be wiser? The Forest History Society believes that we must understand the history of forests and their people in order to shape the future of people and their forests.
This 9-module, middle school curriculum gives teachers the opportunity to download social studies activities that are based upon archival materials. The centerpiece of each module is a compilation of primary resources--documents, maps, newspaper articles, oral histories or photographs--from which students will be asked to gather, examine, and analyze information, and synthesize insights.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., July 19, 2007 - Portraits of Character

Portraits of Character
From the site:
“The Office of Education produces "Portraits of Character" as a newspaper feature in partnership with the Washington Times. This biographical feature includes a portrait from the permanent collection and a related story about the sitter. Portraits of Character can be viewed and printed online or downloaded as PDF files.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Wed., July 18, 2007 - From The Scout Report, April 6, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
April 6, 2007
Volume 13, Number 13
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:

New Jersey Environmental Digital Library [pdf]

Websites that function as clearinghouses of information on a given topic
(i.e. animal husbandry, ecology, and so on) have become much more common in
recent years, and they can be fine resources for finding specific documents
quickly. One such site is the New Jersey Environmental Digital Library
(NJEDL). The site brings together materials on New Jersey’s environment,
most of which is culled from state government agencies, non-profit
organizations, research institutes, and academic departments. First-time
visitors can just go ahead and type in words to the search engine, or they
may want to look at the “News and Features” area for some of the latest
additions. Also, the “Past Spotlights” area includes direct links to reports
on mitigating floods on the Delaware River and “Trout in the Classroom: A
Guide For Teachers”. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Introduction to Genetics [Macromedia Flash Player]

Keeping the world of base pairs straight can be a challenge, but fortunately
this well-developed introduction to the world of genetics will be a boon to
students and those members of the public who are craving a refresher on this
exciting area of science. Created by GlaxoSmithKline, the site includes a
number of interactive animations that illustrate the workings of DNA and
genes. Along with these animations, visitors can read over brief
introductory pieces on mutations and genetic disorders. The site also has a
brief multiple choice quiz that users can take after they make their way
through the different sections here. [KMG]
[NOTE: Kids Genetics [ ]
previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Kepler’s Three Laws of Planetary Motion

Four hundred years ago, the German astronomer Johannes Kepler described his
concept of the laws of planetary motion in his work, “Astronomia nova”.
These important laws remain important concepts for students of physics, and
those who work with such students will find much of interest on this
particular site. Created by David P. Stern (a retired physicist at the
Goddard Space Flight Center), the site consists of an overview of Kepler’s
laws, with examples, applications, problems and related history. The
material is based on a talk that Stern gave in Maryland, and visitors will
find that this resource is both accessible and very thorough. [KMG]
[NOTE: From the online book: From Stargazers to Starships – previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education: Resources

Located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Office for
Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education is primarily interested in
creating resources for educators working on these topics. First-time
visitors should definitely start by looking through the “Resources” area, as
they will find classroom tested exercises that cover basic topics in
algebra, trigonometry, and a number of related fields in math. Moving along,
the site also features teaching modules that will help educators explain
different concepts in technology, which can be most useful, particularly for
beginning students. Finally, if visitors to the site have questions, there
is a contact form and a place to make suggestions about material that might
be covered in future projects and modules. [KMG]


What Lived With Sue? [Macromedia Flash Player]
Shortened URL:

A few years back, a team of intrepid paleontologists came across the bones
of a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex in South Dakota. The dinosaur became known as
“Sue”, and visitors to the Field Museum in Chicago have flocked to see her
remains for the past seven years. This website, created by the Field Museum,
allows visitors to learn about the other species roaming around South Dakota
at the same time as Sue, some sixty-seven million years ago. Using this
interactive exhibit, visitors can explore the dig site where Sue was
discovered, and learn about some of her contemporaries, such as the
Thescelosaurus and Hadrosaur, both ornithopods (bird-footed) dinosaurs.
Overall, the site is a great way to learn about the very interesting world
in which Sue lived, and it is also a visually stimulating and engaging
experience. [KMG]


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


Wed., July 18, 2007 - Math Lessons / New Philadelphia

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
March 30, 2007
Volume 13, Number 12

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


Math Lessons

The creator of this site is one Gisele Glosser, who happens to be the “Mrs.
Glosser” referenced throughout the site. She is also an experienced math
teacher who has worked in New York and New Jersey. In an effort to assist
her fellow educators, she has created this delightful collection of math
lessons. Visitors will want to look over the lessons, which are listed in
full here. While some of the materials require a fee, there are a number of
lessons offered completely free of charge. In total, there are thirty free
lessons here, and they cover such topics as probability, symbolic logic,
understanding percent, and number theory. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

New Philadelphia: A Multiracial Town on the Illinois Frontier [pdf]

Born into slavery, Frank McWorter would become “Free” Frank McWorter when he
purchased his freedom in 1819. While living with his family in Kentucky in
the 1820s, McWorter decided to move to a free state as soon as possible, and
he left for Illinois in 1830. In 1831, he arrived at his new plot of land
about twenty miles east of the Mississippi River. In 1836, the founded New
Philadelphia, and it was the first town platted and registered by an African
American before the Civil War. This particular website is part of the
Teaching With Historic Places Lesson Plans series created by the National
Park Service, and it is concerned with telling the story of New
Philadelphia. On the site, visitors can look over historical documents such
as maps, deeds, and other items that tell the story of the community.
Educators will also appreciate the instructional materials offered here that
will help them craft an interesting lesson for students. Additionally, the
site also contains links to additional lesson plans and a primer on how to
use these materials. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Wed., July 18, 2007 - Johnnie's Math Page (K-8)

Johnnie’s Math Page
From the site:
“On this page you will find links to interactive math tools and activities for teaching and learning.
It is intended for students and their teachers grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. “


Wed., July 18, 2007 - Aunty Math (K-5)

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, March 26, 2007, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Aunty Math (Hosted by the DuPage Children's Museum of Illinois)

Age Range: 5 to 11 (Grades K to 5)

On this delightful website, Aunty Math ("Aunt Mathilda Mathews," retired
elementary math teacher and assistant math education professor in Illinois)
poses attractively illustrated math challenges for children couched in fun
stories about her nieces and nephews. Each daily challenge has three levels
(Easy, Regular, Hard). Try the problems and send in your solutions! Past
challenges and their solutions are also available.

Parents and teachers can view hints for solving the day's challenge, get
extension activities and presentation ideas, and see a detailed
correspondence between the challenge and the NCTM math standards! There is
also a section on adapting the challenges for different learners. Challenges
past and present can also be printed for offline and classroom use.

Note: Until recently, children could send in their solutions and receive
personal replies. But it looks like now parents and teachers are being
encouraged to protect the children's privacy by sending in the solutions
that the children come up with, instead of having the children send them in

Enjoy! :)

MaryAnna Cashmore
Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Tues., July 17, 2007 - Diseases & Conditions Index / Population

Sites found in:
Mar. 30-Apr. 5, 2007


Diseases and Conditions Index (DCI)
…the Diseases and Conditions Index (DCI). This new Web health index gives you a quick-and-easy way to get complete and dependable information about heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders. New topics will be added regularly…The NHLBI developed the DCI for patients and the public. The DCI contains health information, written in plain language, on diseases, conditions, and procedures related to:
+ Heart diseases
+ Lung diseases
+ Blood diseases
+ Sleep disorders
We continue to add new information to the DCI. When complete, the DCI will contain information on over 300 diseases and conditions. Registered users will receive email notices when new information is added.

Search or browse using a list of diseases and conditions or by category.
[NOTE: Heart diseases previously posted. – Phyllis ]
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


UPDATED: Topic Overview: Population: A Lively Introduction
[Shortened URL: ]
Demography, or more generally, population studies, is the study of human populations: their size, composition, and distribution, as well as the causes and consequences of changes in these characteristics. Demography is clearly a discipline because it is a field with its own body of interrelated concepts, techniques, journals, departments, and professional associations. It is also an interdisciplinary field because it draws from many disciplines, including sociology, economics, biology, geography, history, and the health sciences…In the newest edition of “Population: A Lively Introduction,” McFalls introduces the basics of population studies in a way that everyone can understand. He explains how to calculate the total fertility rate (TFR)—the average number of children a woman will have given current birth rates—but also reviews the social and biological factors that affect when women have children and how many they will have. Cultural attitudes—for example, about when young people can engage in sex, whether to use birth control, how long to breastfeed a baby, and when women should or should not have babies—affect the TFR.

Direct to Full Text
36 pages; PDF

Source: Population Research Bureau

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


Tues., July 17, 2007 - Kid's Channel Kid’s Channel
From the site:
“Hi everyone! I'm Tiki the Penguin. My website is specially for kids (but grown-ups can look too if they really want).

I've got loads of stuff for you here. Some is just fun (like jokes) and some is more serious... about things like pollution, climate change, life in danger and food.

I've made a special new feature all about the incredible Galapagos Islands where life is very special indeed.”


Tues., July 17, 2007 - Legendary Coins and Currency

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, March 22, 2007

Legendary Coins & Currency

Today's site, from the National Museum of American History's Numismatics
Collection, presents a sampling of some of the most noteworthy coins from
its holdings. Gentle Subscribers will find an informative and visually
striking exhibit of celebrated U.S. currency.

"History, at times, gives some coins or notes special significance, and
this money becomes legendary. Unlike money that changes hands daily,
legendary coins and currency are larger than life. ... This exhibition
explores ... rare and historically significant artifacts ... " - from the

The site features exhibits under the categories of legendary firsts and
beauties, unexpected and golden legends and those of the human spirit. Each
section of the exhibition provides historical background information about
specific items in the collection, as well as the facility of enlarging the
images to explore fine details, front and back. A useful search facility
and a helpful timeline will allow visitors to zero in on individual coins.
In addition, an interactive educational game geared to the upper elementary
school age group is available.

Wend over to the site for a splendid and enjoyable exhibit on U.S. currency

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

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. -
Phyllis ]


Tues., July 17, 2007 - Tower of London Tour

--------Forwarded Message--------

Hi! It's Thursday, March 22, 2007 and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Tower of London Tour
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: About 9 and up

We featured this site in 2003, but list member Suzanne Sparks reminded me
that it's worth another visit. Here, you can take a virtual tour of the
Tower of London, the oldest palace, fortress, and prison in Europe. As you
take the tour, you will learn about many famous historical people who were
connected with the Tower (in one way or another) including William the
Conqueror, Henry VIII, Sir Thomas Moore, Queen Elizabeth I, and many more.

Turn your speakers on to hear the music when you get to the site, and then
scroll down the page until you see the section labeled, "The Tour." Click
on the button that says, "Begin the Tour" to start, and then just follow the
"continue" arrows to take the entire tour. (Note: There is a button that
says "Kids Tour." However, it results in an error message after about 2
stops on the tour, so stick with the regular tour. :)

The first couple of pages of the tour get off to a slow start, but be
patient -- the tour gets better as you progress through it. The tour is made
up of interesting and brief text, along with illustrations and photographs.
Selected historical music is played to help define each era of the tour.

In addition to history, you will explore galleries with knightly armor,
learn how the Beefeaters received their name, discover the superstition of
keeping Ravens at the Tower, and see the home of the Crown Jewels.

This is a great way to introduce a little European history into your

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.

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