Saturday, August 18, 2007


Sat., Aug. 18, 2007 - Balloon Animals (Twisting Instructions)

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Hi! It's Saturday, April 28, 2007 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
The Balloon Animals Blog

Age Range: All! (AS ALWAYS, parents should preview to determine suitability
of content. See notes under "Sculpture Review" below.

This is a blog (a weblog, or personal journal online for the world to see)
created by a talented young balloon twister, Michael Floyd of Southern

Before taking the kids to see this site, you might want to stock up on long,
thin balloons. :)
Using the multi-colored menu in the left column, here is what you will find:

*Balloon Twisting Instructions - Be sure to visit this section! Here you
can watch home video instructions for making everything from a dog to a
four-balloon guitar; you can even learn to tie a balloon with one hand!

*Balloon Art Gallery - See the amazing things this artist can make with

*Balloon Artist Photos - See the amazing things that other artists can make
with balloons! Each photo is accompanied by a link to the corresponding
artist's page. There is a whole world of unbelievable balloon creations out
there - far too many to see in just one day!

*Balloon Twister News - News of interest to professional balloon twisters,
such as winners of recent twisting competitions.

*Sculpture Review - This section includes two YouTube movies of other
artists making a life-size motorcycle and a working musical instrument.
These are simply incredible. Note: There is some mild swearing, as they
weren't filmed with small children in mind, so parents will want to use
their discretion in this section.

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.


Sat., Aug. 18, 2007 - Quilts

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NEW THIS WEEK, March 15, 2007
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Companion website to television documentaries on quilting, including "The Art of Quilting" (visiting quilt exhibitions and artist studios), "A Century of Quilts" (a search to find the most acclaimed American quilts of the 20th century), and "America Quilts" (exploring quilts and their stories). Features interviews, images, classroom materials, and other resources on quilting. From Wisconsin Public Television.
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Sat., Aug. 18, 2007 - Fun Paper Airplanes

Fun Paper Airplanes
From the site:
“At Fun Paper Airplanes you will learn how to make 15 of the best paper airplane designs, absolutely free. Each model has a template that you print right from your computer with clear, easy-to-follow directions and flying tips.”


Sat., Aug. 18, 2007 - 3D Papercraft

From the site:
“Nearly everyone has made paper airplanes or tried origami when they were children. Take these memories further when you download dozens of 3D-Papercraft projects for free.”

Friday, August 17, 2007


Fri., Aug. 17, 2007 - Science Update

Science Update
From the site:
“Quirky, entertaining and informative, Science Update is a daily, 60-second feature covering the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Produced by AAAS, the world's largest general science society, Science Update has reported on thousands of scientific and medical breakthroughs—and won dozens of national awards—since its inception in 1988.”


Fri., Aug. 17, 2007 - Everyday Mysteries

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Site of the Day for Monday, April 23, 2007

Everyday Mysteries: Why does hair turn gray?

Today's site, from the U.S. Library of Congress, offers a summary of the
science behind that inevitable sign of advancing years -- gray hair. Gentle
Subscribers will find that although scientific progress in exploring the
universe has made giant leaps, explaining exactly why hair turns gray still
has a few steps to take.

"It is well known that gray hair results from a reduction of pigment, while
white hair has no pigment, but why this happens remains somewhat of a
mystery. ... Parents often cite having teenagers as the cause of gray hair.
This is a good theory, but scientists continue to investigate why hair
turns gray." - from the website

The site provides several diagrams to illustrate individual new and old
hair follicles and the current scientific theories about why hair
experiences a slowing down of its melanocyte or color production. In
addition, the text notes a number of interesting observations about hair,
including why people, unlike many species, do not molt. Links to further
information about hair loss, the biology of hair and chemically altering
hair color are also available.

Totter over to the site for the latest scientific theories on why hair
turns gray at:
[NOTE: More Science Mysteries at
Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Fri., Aug. 17, 2007 - The Nile River

The Nile River
From the site:
“There is no better way to trace the course of Egyptian history than to follow the course of the Nile. The river has been Egypt's lifeline for millenniums, fertilizing the narrow strip of land along its bank with a deposit of silt after each annual inundation - now controlled by the High Dam at Aswan. Along its length Pharaohs, nobles and lesser mortals have all built monuments and tombs to immortalize themselves.”


Fri., Aug. 17, 2007 - PBS: Listen & Learn: On-Demand Lectures / Nureyev -- The Russian Years / Web Karaoke

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: August 19 - September 1, 2007

Listen and Learn
The WGBH Forum Network Offers On-Demand Lectures from World-Renowned Scholars
6-8 / 9-12

Educators have an audio and video library of scholars, authors,
artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders at
their fingertips with the WGBH Forum Network, a free resource
that offers audio and video streaming lectures from leading
authorities. With partners such as the Harvard Graduate School
of Education, the MIT Technology and Culture Forum and the
Boston Public Library, the WGBH Forum Network has recorded
hundreds of lectures that can be used in the classroom or for
your own professional development. In addition to subjects such
as history, literature and technology, the lectures include a
series on issues in education.


Great Performances
Nureyev -- The Russian Years
On-Air & Online
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
9 - 10:30 pm
Rudolf Nureyev is one of the enduring icons of the performing
arts in the 20th century, a figure whose fame reached far
beyond the ballet stage. This program traces his meteoric
career with fresh insight and candor. (CC, Stereo, HDTV, 1 year)

Learn more about the life and career of Nureyev at the
companion Web site.
(Available August 23, 2007)


Independent Lens
Web Karaoke
Interactive/Online Activity
6-8 / 9-12

Create a poem that becomes the lyrics to a song in this
interactive karaoke activity. Type in the lines of your poem,
listen to the melody while singing along and print your song.

[NOTE: From OFF THE CHARTS: The Song-Poem Story – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2007 PBS Online

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Thurs., Aug. 16, 2007 - FAFSA4caster (estimate federal financial aid for college)

Site found in:

The Department of Education created this tool to give students an early
estimate of their eligibility for federal financial aid for college.


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


Thurs., Aug. 16, 2007 - The History of Mexico

The History of Mexico
From the site:
“Mexico was the site of some of the earliest and most advanced civilizations in the western hemisphere. The first major Mesoamerican civilization was established by the Olmec, who flourished between about 1500 and 600 BC. During 1535 to 1821, known as the Spanish colonial period, military and exploratory expeditions eventually made present-day Texas, New Mexico and California part of New Spain.”


Thurs., Aug. 16, 2007 - The Mariner's Museum: Exploration Through the Ages

The Mariners’ Museum: Exploration through the Ages
From the site:
“Exploration has been a part of civilization for thousands of years. Retrace the steps of the great explorers from the far-off days of ancient Egypt, to 19th century expeditions of the harsh North and South Pole, and beyond…”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Aug. 16, 2007 - Mother Goose Rhymes / Magasaki Atomic Bomb Disaster / Inside the Courtroom / Beast of Loch Ness

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NEW THIS WEEK, April 26, 2007
Read This Online :

Mother Goose Rhymes
Ideas for using nursery rhymes to teach prekindergarten language arts skills. Features many photos illustrating activities such as a Mother Goose assembly, art projects, a nursery rhyme play, "silly rhymes," and child-illustrated nursery rhymes. From the Germantown Academy, Pennsylvania.
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[SEE ALSO: The Mother Goose Society Page --- Phyllis]


Scientific Data of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Disaster
This site, created on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the explosion of an atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945, describes and often graphs the "medical effects of the atomic bombing -- particularly the late effects of exposure to radiation." Topics include acute effects (such as burns and liver damage), and late effects (such as leukemia). In English and Japanese. From the Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University.
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Inside the Courtroom: United States Attorneys Kids Page
This site provides an introduction to the workings of U.S. courtrooms. It includes a description of federal prosecutors and U.S. Attorneys, an illustrated guide to a courtroom and its participants, and a glossary. From the U.S. Department of Justice.
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[NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]

The Beast of Loch Ness
Companion to a 1999 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Nova film that "follows a three-week expedition that used state-of-the-art sonar and sensitive underwater cameras in an attempt to track down and identify the elusive creature [the Loch Ness Monster]." Features an overview of legendary creatures, the birth and development of the legend of the Loch Ness monster, text and audio of eyewitness accounts, and a description of sonar techniques.
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[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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