Saturday, September 15, 2007


Sat., Sept. 15, 2007 - Proofreading Practice (6-8, 9-12)

Glencoe Online: Proofreading Practice
Practice correcting passages online for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage.
Grades 6-8:
Grades 9-12:


Sat., Sept. 15, 2007 - Grammar Girl / Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation / Dr. Grammar

Grammar Girl's Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Technical writer Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, loves helping people
solve their grammar problems in her educational podcast. Scroll down the
home page to find the grammar topic that interests you. You don't need to
have an MP3 player to listen to Grammar Girl; simply turn on your
computer's speakers and click on the play icon. Topics include: "active
voice versus passive voice," "who vs. whom," "how to use 'myself' and
other reflexive pronouns," and the proper use of commas and semi-colons.
You can read the transcript of each podcast on the web site, too.

From the site:
“Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Whether English is your first language or second language, Grammar Girl’s punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer.”


The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
Based on her print publication of the same title, this Web site
"provides commonsense guidance to the grammatically
confused and the punctuation impaired." The grammar and
punctuation sections each offer about a dozen links to
appropriate subjects (for example, pronouns, adjectives,
adverbs, commas, quotation marks) with examples of correct
usage, in addition to practice tests and answers. Easy to use,
with links to other helpful resources for writers. - pr
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Librarians' Internet Index
Copyright 2000 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Dr. Grammar -
"Your Rx for Writing Ills." The doctor answers
questions about grammar, usage, punctuation,
spelling, and general language concerns. Other
features include links to grammar, English as a
second language, word origins, Fun With
Words, and plagiarism resources.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Librarians' Internet Index
Copyright 2002 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Sat., Sept. 15, 2007 - BibMe / MLA Citation Generator

“BibMe is your one-stop source for all your bibliography needs! Don’t remember all the information for the source you cited? No problem! BibMe allows you to search from a database of millions of entries to find your source and autofill in the information. Or, if you the source in front of you, you can enter your entries in manually. BibMe also offers resources to help you cite your work properly in the ‘Citation Guide’ section.”


MLA Citation Generator:
Choose the type of MLA source you have from the drop-down menu:
books, multi-author books, reference books, multi-volume sets, magazine
articles, web pages, or song. Does not auto-correct for capitalization.


Sat., Sept. 15, 2007 - Constitutional Virtual Field Trip: Philadelphia

The Constitutional Virtual Field Trip
From the site:
“For those who cannot travel to Philadelphia, The Constitutional provides free "virtual field trips" through our critically-acclaimed, interactive web site so that you can "walk" in the Founding Fathers' footsteps and learn about the birth of our Nation, including the creation of the U.S. Constitution, by taking The Constitutional's tour online. These field trips include The Constitutional's educational materials such as: narrative on historic sites, photos, illustrations, and written factual accounts.” Registration required to download the Virtual Field Trip in PowerPoint format:.

Friday, September 14, 2007


Fri., Sept. 14, 2007 - Author Interviews

Author Interviews
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Sept. 14, 2007 - Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott
From the site:
“Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) is an American author best known for "Little Women," a semi-autobiographical novel about four sisters growing up in New England during the Civil War. In addition to her books and short stories, Alcott worked for social reform such as suffrage (women's voting rights) and temperance (anti-drinking.)”
Site includes 9 links to related sites (5 Annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)


Fri., Sept. 14, 2007 - Jules Verne: Maps from Novels

Jules Verne
The maps from the Voyages Extraordinaires
From the site:
“On this page you will find scans of all the maps that were included in the original editions of Jules Verne’s novels.”


Fri., Sept. 14, 2007 - Scifipedia:'s Online Encyclopedia

From the site:
“’s free encyclopedia that anyone can add to.”
Site serves as an online encyclopedia that
explains science-fiction terms with entries
created by users themselves. The encyclopedia
covers a wide range of topics, including art,
literature, and paranormal activity.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Thurs., Sept. 13, 2007 - The Marshall Plan

Found in:
World Almanac E-Newletter June 2007 at:
Scroll down past the ads to What’s in this Issue?
Select: Special Feature: The Marshall Plan


Thurs., Sept. 13, 2007 - American History and Art from New England

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, May 31, 2007, and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
American History and Art from New England
[NOTE: Home page - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: All!

List member Christina Ellyson recommended this site, part of an online
American History collection by the Memorial Hall Museum of Old Deerfield,
Massachusetts. When you get to the site you will see a menu of interactive
activities that include:

*Dress Up - This one is fun! Select a person and learn all about his or her
clothing. Be sure to scroll the mouse all around the picture to get all of
the details. (In some browsers you may need to click in the blank white area
initially, then wait a few seconds for the picture).

*Guide to African American Historic Sites - A unique glimpse at the houses
along one street. Learn which properties housed slaves and what their lives
and treatment were like (or as much as is known about it). See where
emancipated African-Americans lived on this street. Learn about relevant
church teachings at the time regarding instruction, baptism, and more.

*Now Read This! Can you decipher the handwriting in these documents? Type
what you think they say, then compare your answer with that of the experts.

*Magic Lens - After trying the activity immediately above this one, you'll
appreciate this lens. Scroll it around on the document to see what the
writing says.

*Objects in the Round - Rotate some artifacts for a 3-D view. Wedding
dresses and chairs sure were different in colonial times!

*Video Demonstrations of Early American Tools - This may be your only
opportunity to see a "Niddy Noddy" in action! There are also about a dozen
other tools demonstrated here. Transcripts are provided below the videos.

*Exploring New England Architecture - Take a close look at three different
houses. Learn about their distinguishing features and the reasoning behind
their design. Next time you see homes like these, you can impress your

*Chronologies - A fun history project might be to visit the main museum
online and collect a number of artifacts, then go to this "Chronologies"
section and put them into a time line.

*Activities from Turns of the Centuries Exhibit - This leads to a huge list
of activities. You will definitely need to bookmark this and return later if
you want to explore it all.

Teachers and parents interested in lesson plans and extensions can find a
very extensive collection of lesson plans, resources, classroom activities,
and other information here: .
Someone obviously put a lot of work into this website.

If there's just too much here and you want to narrow down your options, try
this link to "Tailor Your Visit" : .
It contains a small number of suggested activities for each age group.

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.


Thurs., Sept. 13, 2007 - Independence Day: Primary Documents

Site found in:
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007
New resources at FREE, the website that makes
teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence


Independence Day
looks at the drafting of the Declaration of Independence,
primary documents from the Constitutional Convention, and how
July 4 has been celebrated since the day in 1776 the Second
Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration.

To view an archive of past messages


Thurs., Sept. 13, 2007 - History Now, September 2007: The Constitution

--------Forwarded Message--------
From: Gilder Lehrman Institute
New Issue of History Now: The Constitution
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007

The Institute is pleased to present the thirteenth issue of History Now, a quarterly online journal for history teachers and students, available at In this issue, our scholars and teachers examine the philosophical and political traditions that shaped the Constitution. As National Constitution Day projects and lessons begin across the country, these essays should prove an excellent starting point for students and teachers alike. Be sure to explore our newest feature: interactive book reviews, where you can discuss prominent books on the issue's theme: Click on the links below for each feature: Why We the People? Citizens as Agents of Constitutional Change by Linda R. Monk James Madison and the Constitution by Jack Rakove The Antifederalists: The Other Founders of the American Constitutional Tradition? by Saul Cornell George Washington and the Constitution by Theodore J. Crackel Ordinary Americans and the Constitution by Gary B. Nash Race and the American Constitution: A Struggle towards National Ideals by James O. Horton

Past issues are archived at:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Wed., Sept. 12, 2007 - EurekAlert!: Science Reporting for Kids

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Wednesday, May 16, 2007, and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website:
EurekAlert! Science Reporting for Kids
[NOTE Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Age Range: 8 and up

This website offers kid-friendly news stories submitted by universities and
researchers worldwide. The screened and approved stories cover current
events, science, and other news-worthy stories that interest youth and

When you get to the site, you'll find the most recent stories at the top, in
the "Especially for Kids" section. Scroll down a bit to find "More Kids
News." (You can also access them from the menu in the left column.)

Did you know that scientists have recently learned something amazing about
the core of Mercury? Can you imagine what the disadvantage might be to a
long-tongued bee with a monopoly on a certain type of flower? To see all of
the over 200 choices, click the little red word "more" just below the first
two articles. Wow! Can you believe there are this many current news stories
written just for kids? Pick a story that catches your interest and... start

Whether your student wants to be a news reporter someday or just be able to
produce high-quality writing, the best way to become a good writer is to
read, read, read. And if you can have fun and learn something about the
world around you while you're at it, so much the better!

When you're through reading, check out "Links for Kids" and "Featured
Organizations" on the menu. Both lead to other website resources with lots
of suggested activities for kids and families to learn more about science,
government, and current events.

Have fun!

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.


Wed., Sept. 12, 2007 - The World's Biomes

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The World's Biomes

Today's site, from the University of California at Berkeley's Museum of
Paleontology, offers an exhibit on the earth's biomes -- those generally
accepted six distinct ecological environments which comprise the planet.
Gentle Subscribers will discover a well-designed presentation informed by
accurate scientific data.

"Explore our planet's biomes - environmental divisions defined by the
community of organisms adapted to live within them. This includes forest,
desert, tundra and more. ... Biomes are defined as "the world's major
communities, classified according to the predominant vegetation and
characterized by adaptations of organisms to that particular environment"
(Campbell 1996). ... Biomes have changed and moved many times during the
history of life on Earth. More recently, human activities have drastically
altered these communities. Thus, conservation and preservation of biomes
should be a major concern to all." - from the website

The exhibit examines each of the six biomes, briefly delving into their
geological time development, as well as outlining their significance to
earth's overall environment. From the mangrove swamps of the wetlands to
the savannas of the grasslands, the biomes contain a variety of
sub-classifications as well. The characteristics of these smaller,
ecologically specialized areas are explored, while striking photos display
the natural beauty of these regions around the globe. Also noted are
current factors which may present a threat to the continued viability of
some of these ecosystems. Not to be overlooked are the stunning images in
the wetlands photo gallery.

Cycle over to the site for an informative exposition on the earth's biomes

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

[NOTE: Other online exhibits previously posted from: – Phyllis ]



Wed., Sept. 12, 2007 - Ask a Biologist

Found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences ===
======== April 30, 2004 ===
======== Volume 3, Number 9 ======

Arizona State University-Life Sciences Visualization Group:
Ask A Biologist
[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Teachers: Have you and your students ever come upon a question with no easy,
well-defined answer. If so, then this site from Arizona State University is
for you. Intended for K-12 teachers, users can submit a question and, within
three days, receive an answer. Also helpful are the Experiments and Stuff,
Articles and Profiles, and Web Links sections. The site's guidelines section
stresses that the scientists who answer questions for Ask a Biologist are
volunteers, but most are acting scientists. Due to volume of questions, or
how busy a given scientist is, response time may be a bit slower than the
promised three days. A great resource though for those times when you'd like
an explanation from an expert and you don't have one handy. [JPM]
[NOTE: Previously posted.

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Life Sciences, Copyright Internet Scout
Project 1994-2003.


What's New
From the site:
“This is the place to find out about new and future features at Ask A Biologist. If you would like to see what is on the horizon, stop by this page.”

The Mysterious World of Dr. Biology...
From the site:
“A comic book adventure that needs you to solve the mystery and maybe save the world!”

Web Links
From the site:
“There many wonderful sites on the Internet. Here are some links we have found to be helpful.”

- Phyllis ]


Wed., Sept. 12, 2007 - Charles Darwin's Letters / David Rumsey Map Collection

Sites found in:

May 18-24, 2007


New Database: An Online Archive Collects Charles Darwin’s Letters

The Darwin Correspondence Project, run by archivists at the University of Cambridge, makes almost 5,000 of Darwin’s personal letters available online. And the site provides summaries of an additional 9,000 missives — including some that Darwin wrote when he was just 12 years old.

Direct to Database


Browsable Directory Added to David Rumsey Map Collection
Thousands of digitized maps organized by letter, by list (What · Where · Who · When), by type, by location, publisher, year, and more.
Source: David Rumsey Map Collection
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Tues., Sept. 11, 2007 - Harry Potter Currency Converter

Calculators: Harry Potter Currency Converter
Site features an interactive calculator that
converts U.S. dollars to the currency found in the
Harry Potter books, with an explanation of how
the conversion system works.


Tues., Sept. 11, 2007 - Finance Freak

Finance Freak
From the site:
“Personal finance should really be part of every student's mandatory curriculum for middle and high school.”
Topics include: Banking, the Math of Money, Owing Money, Credit Ratings, Investing, Be Smart & Rich, and Financial Calculators.


Tues., Sept. 11, 2007 - CPI Inflation Calculator

CPI inflation calculator
From the site:
“The CPI inflation calculator uses the average Consumer Price Index for a given calendar year. This data represents changes in prices of all goods and services purchased for consumption by urban households. This index value has been calculated every year since 1913. For the current year, the latest monthly index value is used.”

[SEE ALSO: What's a Dollar Worth? - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Sept. 11, 2007 - Everyday Mysteries / Extra Credit / Afghanistan 2007 / British History Timeline

Sites found in:

May 25-31, 2007


Library of Congress Adds to their Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts Collection
A “must” link for your science bookmark list/ready-reference collection. Recently added to the collection is this page about the northern lights.

Source: Science Reference Services, Library of Congress
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta: Online Newsletter for Educators
Extra Credit
Shortened URL:

Extra Credit is an online newsletter, produced twice a year, designed to help teachers looking for timely information on economic and personal finance topics, lesson plans, and ideas for use in the classroom. Each issue also includes a calendar of upcoming teacher workshops or other events offered by the Fed or its education partners.
Download free lesson plans and order free DVD titled Katrina's Classroom.

Afghanistan 2007
Webliography and Bibliography


+ British History Timeline (Interactive)
Explore all of British history, from the Neolithic to the present day, with this easy-to-use interactive timeline. Browse hundreds of key events and discover how the past has shaped the world we live in today.

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

Monday, September 10, 2007


Mon., Sept. 10, 2007 - Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
From the site:
“Born on April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson is best remembered as the author of the Declaration of Independence. But Jefferson's interests and talents covered an amazing range. He was also a two-term president, diplomat, architect, violinist, inventor and a founder of the Democratic Party.”
Page includes 9 links to sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)


Mon., Sept. 10, 2007 - Black Contributions to the American Revolution

--------Forwarded Message--------
September 2007 Feature of the Month
Black Contributions to the American Revolution

Dear Feature of the Month Subscriber,

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

Acknowledging the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris (3 September 1783), this month’s Feature focuses on black contributions to the American Revolution.

By 1770, one-fifth of the population of the thirteen colonies was of African ancestry, and almost 95 percent of the African descendants were slaves. Beginning with the Boston Massacre in 1770 and lasting for the duration of the war, African Americans played a major role in the American struggle for independence. As such a large percentage of the American population, both slaves and free blacks were militarily vital to the American and British causes.

In addition to the brave individuals mentioned in this month’s Photo Essay, like Crispus Attucks and Salem Poor for example, black soldiers and sailors such as Austin Dabney, Joseph Ranger, Caesar Tarrant, and Oliver Cromwell proved themselves to be true patriots through their sacrifices in defense of their American homeland. Other blacks, such as Boston King, fought just as bravely on the British side, either out of loyalty or in the hope that a surer path toward liberty and racial equality lay with the British Crown. Indeed, the ideology of freedom that so characterized the American Revolution proved to be a galvanizing message.

To provide further background on contributions by blacks and African Americans to the American Revolution, this month’s feature also includes a number of free subject articles taken from the African American Studies Center on topics like Black Loyalists and Revolutionary War and Women. In addition, more than 20 free biographies about individuals who were associated with and/or contributed to the War effort. As a bonus, primary source documents such as the “Declaration of Independence” and the “Indictment for the Murder of Crispus Attucks” (13 March 1770) are included.


Art Lowe
Assistant Marketing Manager
Reference Division
Oxford University Press


Mon., Sept. 10, 2007 - U.S. History Timeline

U.S. History Timeline
From the site:
“Use the horizontal scroll bar below to go to different dates from 1780 to 2000.”
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Sept. 10, 2007 - Alexander Hamilton and the Creation of the United States

Site found in:
News from the Institute
Sun, 13 May 2007

Alexander Hamilton and the Creation of the United States
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has created an online exhibition entitled Alexander Hamilton and the Creation of the United States. To view the exhibition, which includes annotated documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection and other archives, visit:

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

Sunday, September 09, 2007


Sun., Sept. 9, 2007 - Climate Change / PENNSound

Sites found in:


Climate Change: a Guide for the Perplexed
New Scientist responds to 26 common questions and misconceptions,
like "It's been far warmer in the past, what's the big deal?" and "Many
leading scientists question climate change."


Downloadable audio recordings of the works of hundreds of poets.


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


Sun., Sept. 9, 2007 - Wild West / Walt Whitman / Rachel Carson / UCSB ScienceLine

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, May 24, 2007
Read This Online :


The Wild West
Collection of historical essays about the frontier-period in the western U.S., covering gunfighters and lawmen, shootouts, American Indian wars, women in the West, the Gold Rush, the Pony Express, and other topics from the time period. Some of the individuals profiled include Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday, Annie Oakley, and Chief Seattle. From a publisher of history magazines.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. Home page also previously posted. - Phyllis ]


One Life: Walt Whitman, a Kosmos
This exhibit about the poet Walt Whitman features a timeline of Whitman's life illustrated primarily with portraits of the poet. It also includes an introduction to the poet, an essay, audio excerpts from Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," audio of Whitman reading "America," and profiles of some of "Whitman's heirs" (such as jazz musician Charlie Parker and painter Jackson Pollock). From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
LII Item:


Rachel Carson: Pen Against Poison
Illustrated essays about scientist and writer Rachel Carson. "Her 1962 book 'Silent Spring' brought worldwide attention to the harm to human health and the environment wrought by mishandling of a powerful pesticide, fomenting the environmental movement." Includes a photo gallery and links to related websites. Also available in Spanish. From the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs.
LII Item:


UCSB ScienceLine
"UCSB ScienceLine is an innovative 'Ask a Scientist' program where students and teachers primarily from our local K-12 schools can submit science and engineering questions. ... The scientists usually send their responses back within one week. All questions and answers are posted in our archive." Archives are searchable, or browsable by topic such as astronomy, physics, and geology. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
LII Item:


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Sun., Sept. 9, 2007 - Writing Fun

Writing Fun
“Using text organizers to assist students in the writing process.”

Text types include: Information Report, Procedure, Recount, Explanation, Persuasion (exposition), Discussion, Narrative, Response, Description, and Poetry.


Sun., Sept. 9, 2007 - Children's Poetry Resources and Writing Guide

Children's Poetry Resources and Writing Guide
Site includes Children's Poetry Resources and a Poetry Writing Guide for Teachers

Common Rhyming Words

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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