Saturday, October 06, 2007


Sat., Oct. 6, 2007 - "Spreading Homework Out So Even Parents Have Some"

Spreading Homework Out So Even Parents Have Some
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: May require free registration. – Phyllis ]


Sat., Oct. 6, 2007 - Family Genealogy and History: Internet Education Directory

Family Genealogy and History Internet Education Directory
From the site:
“worldwide humanities and social sciences mega portal, connected directly to numerously
related sub-sets.”


Sat., Oct. 6, 2007 - WQAD: Select a Candidate, 2008

WQAD Select a Candidate 2008
From the site:
“Answer the 11 questions below to find out which candidates are most aligned with your views and opinions. You may skip questions if you do not want them factored into the results. This quiz is not meant to pick your candidate for you. It is designed to inform the public of the various stances candidates make. Results are not scientific.”


Sat., Oct. 6, 2007 - Synoptic Map of Billion Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters, 1980-2005

Synoptic Map of Billion Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters -1980-2005

The National Climatic Data Center is the 'Nation’s Scorekeeper' in terms of addressing severe weather events in their historical perspective. As part of its responsibility of monitoring and assessing the climate, NCDC tracks and evaluates climate events in the U.S. and globally that have great economic and societal impacts. This web page/report describes those events that have had the greatest economic impact since 1980.


Sat., Oct. 6, 2007 - Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, Oct. 2007

Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, Oct. 2007, Pg. 3
Newsletter Archives

Discoverers Web

Eduweb: Educational Web Adventures:
Art, Science, History and Technology - Search by subject or grade

Fossils, Rocks, and Time

How Products Are Made and Inventor Biographies

Inventing Modern America: from the Microwave to the Mouse
Invention Dimension

Jules Verne

MENC: The National Assn. for Music Education

Outline of American History

Renaissance: The Elizabethan World


Teaching with Primary Documents

Traditions of the Sun

"We Didn't Start the Fire"
Double click "Lyrics?" to identify images

- Phyllis Anker

Friday, October 05, 2007


Fri., Oct. 5, 2007 - Sea Turtles (2)

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!

NEW THIS WEEK, June 14, 2007
Read This Online :

Sea Turtles: Ambassadors of the Ocean
This series of essays discusses conservation of endangered sea turtles, covering reasons for conserving them (including "explanations that are valid even to 'anti-environmentalists'"), health assessment of sea turtles, turtle tracking, and related topics. Includes links to other sea turtle content and activities. From the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:


Turtles in Trouble
This short presentation centers on the protection of endangered sea turtles. It includes photos of sea turtles and of the danger they face (such as nets and excessive seaweed), a map showing one sea turtle's migration and a related video clip, and website links. From National Geographic Kids Magazine.
LII Item:


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


Fri., Oct. 5, 2007 - Coral Realm

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Coral Realm

Today's site offers an extensive presentation devoted to all things related
to life in the coral reefs. Gentle Subscribers will discover information
covering a range of species and the habitat they call home.

"We're a community of members from more than 60 countries and 48 states
that come together to share a passion for coral reef marine life ... learn
and see more!" - from the website

The site features a Fish Encyclopedia, searchable by name or by a click on
a global map, which provides photos, brief descriptions of distinguishing
characteristics and habitat for over 1000 species. An entire section
focuses on sharks and rays, including the "Shark of the Day", a guide to
hammerheads and a selection of articles. Additional sections cover travel
tips, life lists and virtual dives.

Paddle over to the site for a look at life in coral reefs around the world

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


Fri., Oct. 5, 2007 - Sites Found in: The Scout Report June 22, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
June 22, 2007
Volume 13, Number 24

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


The Calculus Page
>From time to time over the past several centuries, the word “calculus” has
caused more than a few college students to break out into a sweat and become
a bit anxious. These potentially embarrassing moments can be alleviated by a
visit to The Calculus Page. The site is under the direction of Professors
Joel Hass and Duane Kouba, and it features dozens of links to valuable
online resources that deal with this branch of mathematical inquiry and
discovery. The first section of the site is dedicated to providing materials
for students of calculus (including calculus animations and sample exams)
and a number of resources for instructors follow. The site is rounded out by
links to other relevant websites and online portals, so interested parties
will definitely want to make several return visits. [KMG]



Online portals that take on policy issues in different parts of the world
are increasing in popularity and the Centre for Economic Policy Research
(CEPR) recently created just such a portal. Working in tandem with a number
of existing sites, the Vox site is designed to feature “research-based
policy analysis and commentary from Europe’s leading economists.” As such,
the site consists of original columns that range in length from 500-1500
words in length, which are written at an analytical level that lies between
what one might find in a newspaper article and a scholarly journal. Recent
pieces that have appeared on the site include “Does financial globalization
help?” and “Do Americans really pay too much for pharmaceuticals?” Visitors
can post comments on different pieces of writing and also sign up to receive
RSS feeds. [KMG]


NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Education [pdf, Quick Time, Real

>From Monterey to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the United States has a
coterie of marine sanctuaries and habitats that are quite rich in their
diversity of marine life. Teachers will particularly appreciate the National
Marine Sanctuaries Education site as it offers up a number of instructional
materials for use in the classroom, including lesson plans and video clips.
Much of this material can be found in the “For Teachers” area, and
instructors can make use of the “West Coast Field Guide” and specialized
materials on humpback whales. For those looking for more specific data,
there is also an “Ocean Data” area that features GIS materials on the
various marine sanctuaries, along with instructional materials that make use
of satellite images. Finally, visitors can sign up to be notified via email
when new materials are added to the site. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Academy of Natural Sciences [pdf]

Like many great institutions in Philadelphia, the Academy of Natural
Sciences has a long and storied history. The Academy was started in 1812,
and in no time at all, the members of this institution were making
expeditions to all corners of the globe. Today, they still sponsor such
scientific expeditions, and their website is a great way to learn about
their educational outreach activities as well as their museum. As with many
institutions in this vein, the Academy’s online exhibits
( ) are rather
compelling, and visitors can access them through the “Museum” tab from the
homepage. Exhibits include a photographic tour of Thomas Jefferson’s famed
fossil collection and an overview of the work of Joseph Leidy, a noted 19th
century paleontologist and anatomist. If that wasn’t enough, the “Scientific
Research” area of the site provides copious amounts of printed literature
(including reports and briefs) based on research done at the Academy.
Overall, the site will be of great use to the generally curious and to those
working in science education and instruction. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other online exhibits:
Digital Collections
Know Your Environment - Phyllis ]


Harlem Hospital WPA Murals [Real Player]

In 1936 the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project joined the
Harlem Renaissance, when the WPA commissioned a set of murals designed for
the Harlem Hospital Center. In an era where African American visual artists
had a particularly difficult time finding work, this project represented a
unique opportunity. While the murals fell into disrepair over the decades,
they were finally restored to their original glory in the 1990s. Created by
the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia
University, this site tells the story of these murals, their creators, and
the controversy surrounding their subject matter. The site contains a number
of video clips that talk about the artwork, along with some nice
biographical portraits of the artists, who included Charles Alston, Vertis
Hayes, and Georgette Seabrooke. Of course, the murals can also be viewed in
their entirety here, and they are simply wonderful to behold. [KMG]

The Great War

As many historians know, the Great War was meant to be the “war to end all
wars”, but this was regrettably not the case. During this period, many
artists and members of the literati offered their impassioned feelings about
the conflict and its aftermath in the form of poetry. Created by the scholar
Harry Rusche, this site was designed as a resource for courses in World War
I poetry. The site contains sections such as “Poetry”, “Postcards”, and
“Links”. Visitors will want to begin their journey through the site by
clicking on the “Poetry” area, where they will find digitized versions of
rare poetry volumes that address various aspects of this world conflict.
Specifically, they might do well to look over the “Flower of Youth: Poems in
War Time” volume, which contains the poems “A Girl’s Song” and “To One in
Grief”. The “Postcards” section offers a number of postcards created during
World War I that deal with different aspects of nationalism, the military,
and life on the homefront. [KMG]

====== In The News ====
After another veto, supporters of increased funding for embryonic stem
cell research regroup

Bush vetoes stem cell funds bill

Bush’s second veto frustrates supporters of stem cell research
(Link no longer active)

NIH Stem Cell Information Home Page [pdf]

Key Moments in the Stem-Cell Debate
[NOTE: If link does not work, enter entire title in search box – Phyllis ]

NOVA: Stem Cells [Real Player, Quick Time]

Embryonic Stem Cell Research at UW-Madison [Quick Time]

Research that draws on embryonic stem cells has been the subject of a very
passionate debate over the past several years. Some have claimed that using
embryonic stem cells for research purposes involves the destruction of
potential human life, and others maintain that the promise of using these
cells for research could possibly lead to cures for diseases from
Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s. Since 2001, President George W. Bush has
effectively limited funding for this type of stem cell research to those
stem cell lines that were in existence as of August of that year. This
Wednesday, President Bush once again vetoed another bill that would have
eased the existing restraints on providing additional federal funding for
embryonic stem-cell research. Bush commented, “Destroying human life in the
hopes of saving human life is not ethical. And it is not the only option
before us.” Bush continued on in his remarks to note that there had been
several important discoveries made in this area which utilized adult stem
cells, umbilical cord blood and amniotic fluid. This was only the third
presidential veto exercised by President Bush during his time in office, and
a number of politicians who are greatly upset by this decision (along with
their constituents) are calling for a veto override. [KMG]

The first link will take visitors to a news article from the BBC, which
reports on President Bush’s veto of the stem cell research bill, along with
a number of helpful visual illustrations and links to several “Q&A” features
on the subject of stem cell ethics. The second link is no longer available.
Moving along, the third link whisks
users to the National Institute of Health’s Stem Cell Information Site.
Here, visitors can learn more about stem cells and about the existing
federally funded stem cell lines. The fourth link will lead interested
parties to a very nice overview of important moments in stem cell research
history from 1981 to the present day, offered by National Public Radio. The
fifth link leads to an excellent feature from NOVA’s “Science Now” program
on stem cells. Visitors to the site can view a fifteen-minute video program
on stem cell research, take an interactive poll, and also learn more about
the cloning process. Finally, the last link leads visitors to a site which
provides information about the research being done with the embryonic stem
cell lines at the University of Wisconsin. [KMG]

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


Fri., Oct. 5, 2007 - Sites Found in: PBS Teachers Newsletter: October 7 - 13, 2007

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: October 7 - 13, 2007

Media Infusion
Electrifying Science and Tech Instruction with Wired Science
6-8 / 9-12

Self-proclaimed "tech geek" and long-time science teacher
Michael Lampert offers up practical suggestions for using PBS'
new show "Wired Science" in the classroom in this month’s Media
Infusion. Lampert walks readers through several of the shows
segments, which include such offbeat topics as robotic doctors
and the demise of the home chemistry lab, and outlines the ways
he plans to use them in his own classroom. Through "Wired
Science" and other suggested multimedia resources, Lampert
demonstrates how to get students excited about science.


Secrets of the Samurai Sword
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
For more than a thousand years the samurai sword has dominated
the battlefields of Japan, instilled fear and terror into every
enemy it faced and evoked a spiritual way of life that
continues even today. With unparalleled access, NOVA travels
deep into Japan's ancient foundries, follows the craft of the
traditional swordsmiths and attends samurai fighting school to
reveal the art and science behind making what many call the
perfect sword. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

Find a timeline of the millennium long history of the samurai
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Wired Science
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
Ziya Tong follows retired oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer as he
discovers a giant garbage patch in the middle of the North
Pacific Gyre. WIRED SCIENCE takes a look at new ways that
water, wind and technology are being used to fight today's
fires and investigates the impact of global warming on plant
growth, and Adam Rogers tests out a new technology that claims
to be able to "read your mind" and tell if you are lying. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)

Log on to the Education section of the "Wired Science" Web site
to find blogs with expert teachers discussing how to use "Wired
Science" in the classroom, student of the month and teacher of
the month features, a "Careers in Science" section and
information about a student video contest.


World War II on PBS
Gr. 9-12

Visit the new site highlighting PBS' rich collection of World
War II-related on-air and online resources. On each theme page,
links for educators lead to additional teaching resources.


The Magnificent Voyage of Christopher Columbus
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, October 8, 2007
9 - 11:00 pm
This documentary recounts the history and epic adventure of
Christopher Columbus' first Atlantic crossing, as a modern-day
crew retraces Columbus' voyage in replicas of his fleet.
Columbus changed the world, as few other men have ever changed
it, bringing together the unknown and the known. Yet the great
explorer went to his grave unaware that he had discovered two
vast continents. This two-hour program is adapted and upgraded
to high-definition from the original, critically acclaimed
seven-part series "Columbus and the Age of Discovery" (1991).
(CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
“The forces that Columbus unknowingly set in motion brought about a profound transformation of America, Europe and, in short order, Africa and Asia. His voyage initiated a trans-oceanic migration of peoples, plants and diseases that, for better and often for worse, affected everyone on the globe.”

Copyright 2007 PBS Online

--------Forwarded Message--------
[NOVA Teachers] Secrets of the Samurai Sword airs Oct. 9

Hello Educators,

Welcome to the first message of the Teachers e-mail bulletin for
NOVA's fall 2007 season. Throughout the school year, you will receive
information about upcoming programs, related Web resources, and
classroom activities to help you integrate NOVA into your curriculum.

We look forward to helping you bring science alive for your students
in the coming year.

NOVA kicks off its fall season with "Secrets of the Samurai Sword,"
which examines the ancient tradition of forging the katana, or
samurai sword, and explores the legend of the renowned Japanese
samurai warrior. (Subjects covered: physics, properties of matter,
social studies, world history, technology/engineering)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Secrets of the Samurai Sword"
Broadcast: Tuesday, October 9, 2007
(NOVA airs on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings as
broadcast dates and times may vary. This program can be used up to
one year after it is recorded off the air.)

The Stuff of Metal
Find out what metals are and why they can bend, learn the
difference between hardness and toughness in metal, and discover
the science of swordsmithing in this interview with materials
scientist and engineer Rick Vinci. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Way of the Warrior
Read some of the principles enshrined in the samurai warrior's
code of conduct, first published in the 18th century. (Flash
plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Making a Masterpiece
Follow the steps that a master Japanese swordsmith takes today to
craft a traditional katana sword. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

History of the Samurai
Learn about the origin and evolution of the samurai warrior from
the 8th to 20th centuries in this interactive time line. (Flash
plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students investigate the
characteristics of metals and then produce and present a series
of posters that outline the properties of different alloys, how
these alloys are used, and how they are produced.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Program transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Watch a Preview and Links & Books.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Thurs., Oct. 4, 2007 - From The Scout Report, June 29, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
June 29, 2007
Volume 13, Number 25

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


Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln

Amidst all of his other responsibilities as a lawyer, politician, and
father, Abraham Lincoln found time to write. In fact, he wrote quite a bit,
and it took scholars decades to assemble the majority of his various
published (and unpublished) writings. After working on bringing together his
writings, the Abraham Lincoln Association published “The Collected Works of
Abraham Lincoln” in 1953. In total, there were eight volumes, and they
included Lincoln’s correspondence, speeches, and other writings. Recently,
the University of Michigan’s Digital Library Production Service digitized
all eight volumes and placed them online here for the benefit of historians,
rhetoricians, and those who are generally enamored of the 16th President.
Visitors can perform simple searches, boolean searches, and proximity
searches to their heart’s content. Also, they can look over other documents
that were digitized for the collection, including Paul M. Angle’s “Here I
have lived: A History of Lincoln’s Springfield”. [KMG]


Sherman’s March [Macromedia Flash Player]

Watching this site load up is quite a treat, as visitors are presented with
a brief audio clip of a brass band playing “The Battle Hymn of the
Republic”. It’s an appropriate introduction to this site, which offers an
exploration of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s well-known “March to the
Sea”, which cut across Georgia in the 1864, leaving a trial of destruction
and a good deal of scorched earth in its wake. After reading a brief
overview of Sherman’s military endeavors, visitors can explore interactive
sections within the site that provide detailed information about his various
campaigns, including those that took place within the Carolinas and
Savannah. Within each section, visitors can click on different sites of
interest, and in doing so, they will be presented with various historical
photographs and other items of interest. [KMG]


Classroom Resource Bank

Over the past several years, the Math Teachers Link initiative at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created a number of online
math courses for teachers at the secondary level, along with offering
additional workshops and seminars. They have also researched and compiled a
set of online resources that will be of interest to those teaching
mathematics and related subjects at the high school and college level. The
links are divided thematically into sections that include geometry, algebra,
calculus, and a special section titled “Integrating Internet Projects In
Your Classroom”. [KMG]


Fun Mathematics Lessons

To the unconverted, the words “fun” and “mathematics” might not seem to be
words that should be that close together in any one sentence or phrase.
Educator and mathematics guru Cynthia Lanius proves any potential naysayers
wrong as she offers up over two dozen interesting and engaging math
exercises for educators to use in their classrooms on this site. She’s
served as a consultant for the Math Forum@Drexel and other educational
websites, and her work here includes some great examples of sound
educational pedagogy. While some of the activities are geared towards young
children, some of the activities (such as “Mathematics of Cartography” and
“Online Geometry”) will work well with older students who might be enrolled
in a developmental math course at the high school or community college
level. One other nice feature of this site is that some of the activities
are also available in Spanish. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


U.S. Treasury: Office of Financial Education [pdf]
Shortened URL:

The people at the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Education know a bit
about interest rates, mortgages, and other related matter, so it’s good to
learn that they have developed a good set of educational resources designed
for teachers. The site includes materials developed by organizations within
the U.S. Treasury, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and others. The materials here include
“Money Smart”, which is a curriculum designed to help adults understand
basic financial services and “Building Wealth”, which presents an overview
of such important strategies as creating a household budget and managing
debt. These various tools could potentially be used in applied economics and
mathematics courses, and teachers will appreciate the flexibility of these
different resources. [KMG]


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


Thurs., Oct. 4, 2007 - What's Up In Finance? Online Challenges Young People...

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

[URLwire] Thirteen/WNET 's What's Up In Finance? Online Challenges
Young People To Tackle Essential Money Matters
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 10:54:03 -0700

What's Up In Finance? Online Challenges Young People To Tackle
Essential Money Matters

Thirteen/WNET web site offers Simulation Games, Video, and Interviews
With Young People, Financial Experts, and Reality Celebrity Kwame
Jackson Put A Real World Spin On Fiscal Responsibility

What's Up In Finance? Online ( ) uses games,
videos, interviews, and much more, to help today's youth use money
smarts to realize personal and professional goals like affording an
apartment or launching a career. The Website is a companion to the
award-winning reality television program What's Up In Finance?, hosted
by Kwame Jackson (The Apprentice), which can be viewed in its entirety
online. The website and on-air program were made possible by The
Moody's Foundation.

The dynamic companion Web site features activities to explore the
world of finance in a fun and engaging way. The site offers games,
career profiles, lesson plans, a financial glossary, and streaming and
downloadable video of the complete television program.

The games include:
· Bank it or Bust (Saving/Budgeting). Any teen who plans to toil at a
summer job to earn money to buy a car can benefit from this game, in
which the player's budgeting choices determine what kind of car he
ultimately can afford.

· Rags to Riches (Small Business Management). In this game, the user
gets to imagine himself as the owner of an online t-shirt business
whose decisions result in either profit or misery.

· It Cost What?! (Credit). In this interactive game, a user must look
past all the credit card come-ons and keep his interest payments under

What's Up In Finance? video can be viewed online in three segments:

· Moving Out. In Orange County, California, college student Eddie
Romero consults financial planner Louis Barajas to find a way to pay
his bills, pursue a music career and save for the future. Barajas
helps Romero create a budget, track expenses and start investing his

· Green Chic. Up-and-coming fashion designer Anna Cohen of Portland,
Oregon needs to keep her start-up company - and her dream of
ecologically friendly fashion - afloat financially. She gets help
through Mercy Corps, a microfinance institution that offers small
businesses essential loans to move their companies forward.

· The Dealmakers. Two teams of students from Nashville, Tennessee
compete in a simulation of a multi-billion dollar business deal during
a Youth About Business competition, which gives high school students a
chance to figure out if a career in high finance might be right for

The downloadable What's Up In Finance? Teacher's Guide includes
additional activities and resources for the high school math,
economics, social studies, and finance classrooms to help educators
and students build key connections between financial matters, math and
job opportunities.


Thurs., Oct. 4, 2007 - Katrina's Classroom: Financial Lessons

Katrina's Classroom: Financial Lessons from a Hurricane
From the site:
“Meet Nick, Jacquelyn, and Jamie. Through the eyes of these teenagers, middle and high school students will learn about some of the most important aspects of financial responsibility such as budgeting, banking, savings, and wise use of credit.
Curriculum and Teacher Instruction
You can view the content of the Katrina's Classroom DVD below or order your free DVD and CD with complete lesson plans. (A transcript of the DVDs is available.) You can also download and print the lesson plan and teacher aids using the links below.”

Katrina's Classroom is a four-chapter, DVD-based curriculum with lesson plans and student activities tied to each five-minute video segment. Developed by professional curriculum writers, each lesson plan expands and reinforces concepts aligned to national content standards in personal finance.

Order a free copy of the Katrina's Classroom DVD and CD, or download the accompanying instructional materials.


Thurs., Oct. 4, 2007 - Anthropological Papers / Economics Lesson Plans / Bio-Link: Online Instructional Resources

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
June 15, 2007
Volume 13, Number 23

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


Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History [pdf]

While many people may be familiar with the impressive structure that houses
the American Museum of Natural History at Central Park West and 79th Street,
a much smaller number may be acquainted with their very fine series of
anthropological papers. This respected series has been continuously
published since 1907, and these works have also been made available on this
site. Visitors can use the search engine offered here, or they can also
browse the papers by title, author, or date. They will encounter works from
such anthropology luminaries as Margaret Mead and others, and they will
certainly enjoy passing along this information to persons with an interest
in the field. In total, this archive contains over 350 works which provide a
great deal of insight into the historical development of the practice and
theory behind anthropology. [KMG]


Economics Lesson Plans [pdf]

Creating interesting and compelling lessons in Economics can present several
unique challenges. Fortunately, the Mid-continent Research for Education and
Learning organization has brought together a number of fine instructional
resources for use by educators. These lesson plans and other activities are
divided into thematic areas, such as economic decision-making, goods and
services, savings, along with fifteen other headings. The resources are
culled from a variety of sources, including the National Council of Economic
Education, community college professors, and the National Center for
Supercomputing Applications. First-time visitors should definitely take a
look at the “Money Math: Lessons for Life” section created by the Bureau of
Public Debt and “Climbing the Savings Mountain” created by the National
Council on Economic Education. [KMG]


Bio-Link: Online Instructional Resources and Clearing House [pdf]

The Bio-Link consortium of centers was established in 1998 with funds
provided by the National Science Foundation. The motivating factor behind
creating this consortium was “to improve and expand educational programs
that prepare skilled technicians to work in the high-tech fields that drive
the U.S. economy.” Along with creating a series of bricks-and-mortar
regional centers, they have also worked to develop this online clearinghouse
of instructional materials related to biotechnology technician education.
Visitors to the site can look over several primary sections at their
leisure, including “Curriculum Materials” and “Instructional Materials”.
Each section is essentially a list with links to the individual teaching
aids, and some of these resources include the titles “Basic Math for
Biotechnology Technicians” and “Using Interactive Computer Technology to
Teach Protein Purification”. Visitors who wish to contribute materials can
also do so via the website. [KMG]
[NOTE: Includes Biotechnology High School Sharing Day
Curriculum material
Contributions from High School Teachers – Phyllis ]

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

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Wed., Oct. 3, 2007 - Idioms and Sayings

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, June 22, 2007

Idiomsite: Idioms and Sayings
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

In the spirit of "English is such a tricky language", today's site offers a
more whimsical than authoritative collection of idioms and phrases. Gentle
Subscribers may enjoy an idle browse through these expressions, some more
frequently heard on one side of the Pond than the other.

"Find out why you say what you say ... idiom: a manner of speaking that is
natural to native speakers of a language." - from the website

The site lists the meanings and generally accepted origins of dozens of
commonly used English idioms and metaphors. Among the phrases, listed in
alphabetical order, are standards such as "straight from the horse's mouth"
and "paddle your own canoe" with their sometimes surprising origins. With
Americanisms such as "sitting in the catbird seat" and "a three dog night"
and British idioms like "a word in your shell-like" and "pull out all the
stops", the list cruises through the idiomatic phrases of both countries.
There may even be a few that still sport a certain freshness, such as "Van
Gogh's ear for music".

Ramble over to the site for an entertaining look at English's often odd
expressions at:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Wed., Oct. 3, 2007 - Guy de Maupassant / Edgar Allan Poe / Mark Twain / Alice Walker

Sites found in:
Connect-Eng, June 17, 2007
The newsletter of Web English Teacher

Guy de Maupassant
Lesson ideas for “The Necklace” and other stories


Edgar Allan Poe – Biography
Lesson plans related to Edgar Allan Poe’s life and times. There were so many links in this section on the original “Edgar Allan Poe” page that I created a separate page for it.


Mark Twain – Biography
Lesson ideas related to Twain’s life and times, criticism, and links to e-texts. This section grew so large on the original “Mark Twain” page that I created a separate page for it.


Mark Twain – Short Stories
There were so many links related to teaching Twain’s short stories that I created a separate page for them.


Alice Walker
Lesson plans for The Color Purple, “Everyday Use,” more.


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2007, Web English Teacher.


Wed., Oct. 3, 2007 - All (Known) Bodies in the Solar System Larger Than 200 Miles in Diameter

All (Known) Bodies in the Solar System Larger than 200 Miles in Diameter.
Scroll to the right to see the comparison.


Wed., Oct. 3, 2007 - 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know / Interactive Astronomy

Sites found in:
June 22-28, 2007


100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know
Shortened URL:
[Scroll down for the entire list]
The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.

“The words we suggest,” says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, “are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language.”

Source: Houghton Mifflin Company


Resource of the Week: Interactive Astronomy
Interactive Observing Tools
…some of the cool stuff available on the Sky and Telescope magazine website. If you click the “more info” button to the right of the sun- and moonrise data, the window expands to provide “detailed information about the Sun, Moon, and five naked-eye planets.” Clicking “less info” returns it to the original, smaller size. The centerpiece, if you will, of this collection of javascript-powered astronomy apps is’s Almanac.”

For Complete Review:
Shortened URL:


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

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Tues., Oct. 2, 2007 - LOUIS: Library of Unified Information Sources / National Center for PTSD /

Sites found in:

LOUIS [Library Of Unified Information Sources] Database
Another project of the Sunlight Foundation, whose "ultimate goal is to
create a comprehensive, completely indexed and cross-referenced
depository of federal documents from the executive and legislative
branches of government." They're not there yet, but this is already an
impressive database.

[NOTE: LOUIS currently contains, in fully searchable format, seven sets of federal documents:

Congressional Reports
Congressional Record
Congressional Hearings
Federal Register
Presidential Documents
GAO Reports
Congressional Bills & Resolutions
- Phyllis ]


National Center for PTSD
from the Department of Veterans Affairs, naturally focuses on information
for affected veterans, their families, and their healthcare providers.
The National Institute of Mental Health's site on Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder , has a
somewhat broader focus, including information on medications and clinical
trials, and ways to help children and other victims of violence and

A statistical heaven for political junkies, with charts, tables, and maps
showing the ever-changing preferences of voters as the 2008 presidential
election approaches. Also check out the Pollster blog, whose blogroll
includes poll links to public pollsters, academic surveys, survey
research organizations, and other poll blogs and sites.


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


Tues., Oct. 2, 2007 - Scoundrels, Adventurers, & Colorful Characters of the Wild West

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, June 15, 2007

Scoundrels, Adventurers & Colorful Characters of the Wild West
Shortened URL:

Today's site, from the Arizona Heritage Traveler, offers a picture of some
of the notable figures who lent an air of excitement to the development of
this region of the American west. Gentle Subscribers will discover
hair-raising tales and the truth behind many of the legends.

"The lore of the American West is laced with scoundrels, adventurers and
colorful characters who called the Arizona Territory home. Exploits and
outrageous actions of entrepreneurs and politicians, prospectors and
gunslingers, lawmen and ladies helped create the myth of the west. While
the myths are often charming, the truth is often more shocking." - from the

Some of the most famous names in the history of the old west were based in
the Arizona territory. The site features biographies of the fabled Earp
Brothers, Doc Holliday, Geronimo and the Clanton Gang. Among the less
well-known are swindlers James Addison Reavis, and Arnold and Slack. The
"good guys", although outnumbered in the selection, have not been entirely
forgotten, with the inclusion of Lorenzo Hubbell and Percival Lowell.
Additional notes offer a list of attractions highlighting the rogues of
Arizona's flamboyant past and a reading list for the history buff and
well-informed visitor.

Gallop to the site for a look at some of the notorious figures of the old
west at:

If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in
your browser or use this TinyURL:

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


Tues., Oct. 2, 2007 - Abraham Lincoln / Charters of Freedom / Maps / Travel Itineraries / Thomas Jefferson / Wild Animals

Sites found in:
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007

New resources at FREE, the website that makes
teaching resources from federal agencies easier to find:
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence


Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission 2009
celebrates the upcoming 200th birthday of our 16th president.
A timeline, key speeches, and links to organizations dedicated
to the study of Lincoln are provided. Lessons (in the
"education" section) help students examine Lincoln's position
on slavery, his performance as commander-in-chief, and how
U.S. history might have been different had he not been
assassinated. (Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Charters of Freedom
features primary documents that shaped U.S. history. See
images of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and
Bill of Rights. Learn about the Articles of Confederation,
Constitutional Convention, Marbury v. Madison, Louisiana
Purchase, slavery, Civil War, 13th Amendment, immigration, and
woman suffrage. (National Archives and Records
Shortened URL:

Maps in Our Lives
looks at surveying, cartography, and geographic information
systems. Learn how surveying has evolved since 1760, as shown
in maps of George Washington's farm (1760 - 1999). See 40
items that show recent advances in cartographic interpretation
and design. Find maps of countries of the world, California's
population and ethnic distribution, North America's natural
gas system, the Middle East, and Iran. (Library of Congress)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

National Register Travel Itineraries
can help families explore historic places in the U.S. Each
itinerary describes historic places and their importance, and
provides maps, photos, and tourist information. Find
itineraries for learning about Civil War battles in Virginia,
the Lewis and Clark Expedition, maritime history, women's
history, civil rights movement, Florida shipwrecks, the
Southwest, Amana Colonies, Ohio and Erie Canal, Detroit, the
California coast, Washington, D.C., and more. (National Park
[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thomas Jefferson
recounts the legacy of Thomas Jefferson as a founding father,
farmer, slaveholder, scholar, diplomat, and the third
president of the U.S. Learn about his country estate and
family, his efforts to reform politics and law in Virginia,
his influence on the creation of our federal government, his
commitment to exploring and claiming western lands, his vast
library, and more. See 150 items, including documents he
relied on when drafting the Declaration of Independence.
(Library of Congress)


Secret Lives of Wild Animals
looks at new technologies being used to observe animals in
their natural environments. See video clips and stories about
tracking white-tailed deer, ocelots, agoutis, dragonflies,
zebras, and seals. (National Science Foundation)

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Tues., Oct. 2, 2007 - Thirteen Colonies

Thirteen Colonies
From the site:
“The American colonial period began in 1607 with the arrival of settlers in Jamestown, Virginia and ended in 1775 when the Revolutionary War began. Although the English were not the first Europeans to arrive in the New World, they eventually outnumbered other Europeans. And by 1733 they formed thirteen English colonies that later became thirteen American states. They were, in order of settlement, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina and Georgia.”

Page includes 9 links to sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)

Monday, October 01, 2007


Mon., Oct. 1, 2007 - Medical Dictionary / A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia

Site found in:
June 15-21, 2007

Merriam-Webster Online Adds Medical Dictionary to Free Offerings also provides free access to a dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish/English dictionary and now a medical dictionary. It contains more than 59,000 fully searchable entries.

BTW, the M-W dictionary is also accessible on the MedlinePlus web site.

You’ll also find the A.D.A.M medical encyclopedia there.
The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.

Source: Merriam-Webster

[SEE ALSO: Atlas of the Body
Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Mon., Oct. 1, 2007 - Children's Health Web Sites

[NOTE: The following posting is being forwarded with permission.
Some sites were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

---------Forwarded Message--------
From: Boss, Cathy
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 17:05:53 -0400

This summary of children's web sites just came across my medical library
listserv and thought I would pass it along: (genetics for kids)

have a nice day - Cathy

Catherine Boss, MSLS, AHIP
Coordinator, Library Services
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
1945 Route 33
Neptune, New Jersey 07754
732-776-4266; fax: 732-776-4530


Mon., Oct. 1, 2007 - Sites to See: Children's Literature

Sites to See:
Children's Literature
From the site:
“Children's literature sites offer students, parents, and teachers instant access to materials geared toward helping children experience the enjoyment of reading. Included are online books, audio, video, and animations designed to capture the interests of children, as well as author interviews, book reviews, lesson plans, and other literature-related resources. Included: Twenty Web sites that bring children's literature to life.”


Mon., Oct. 1, 2007 - Juegos y Canciones: Children's Songs and Games for Learning Spanish

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, June 9, 2007, and time for Spanish at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Juegos y Canciones (Children's Songs and Games for Learning Spanish)

Age Range: 4 (with help) and up. Designed by a kindergarten teacher to
appeal to the very young, beginners of all ages can learn something here :)

When you get to this website, you can read the long introduction (if you
like), that explains this webpage author's experiences learning and teaching
Spanish abroad. (Teachers may find the discussion of bilingual education and
second language acquisition of interest.) You will also find a bookstore
full of Amazon-linked recommendations, an opportunity to participate in some
discussions and help develop curriculum, and information about how families
can learn Spanish together through immersion programs in Guatemala or

But there's a special treat at the bottom (scroll way down) under the
heading "Songs and Games for You!" :)

Here you will find popular tunes in Spanish such as the classic folk song,
"De Colores," and about a dozen other tunes available in midi or mp3 format
(and many are in the downloadable iTunes collection as well). There are also
printable lyrics in Spanish, plus games or hand motions or, in one case, a
"show" (a series of illustrations) for you to watch while you sing. :)

There are also about half a dozen other games and activities for Spanish
learning. Every page is available in English or Spanish. The email address
is provided for the author of each song or activity so that you can contact
them directly if you have any questions. Although the lyrics aren't provided
in English, the activity descriptions are often clear enough that you can
guess! (And for the words that you can't guess, just type "translate" into
your favorite search engine. :)

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

Sunday, September 30, 2007


Sun., Sept. 30, 2007 - Plant Theme Issue

Site found in:
Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter Teacher Tips #362: Plant Theme Issue
To view this week’s newsletter, visit the following web address:

Plant Life Teaching Theme
Site contains links to Hands On Activities, Teacher Resources, Work Sheets, Lesson Plans, Web Quests, Interactive Sites, Background Information, and more. NOTE: Many are free, access to some requires paid membership.


Sun., Sept. 30, 2007 - The Mathematical Lives of Plants

The Mathematical Lives of Plants

From the site:
“The seeds of a sunflower, the spines of a cactus, and the bracts of a pine cone all grow in whirling spiral patterns. Remarkable for their complexity and beauty, they also show consistent mathematical patterns that scientists have been striving to understand.

A surprising number of plants have spiral patterns in which each leaf, seed, or other structure follows the next at a particular angle called the golden angle. The golden angle is about 137.5º. Two radii of a circle C form the golden angle if they divide the circle into two areas A and B so that A/B = B/C.

The golden angle is closely related to the golden ratio, which the ancient Greeks studied extensively and some have believed to have divine, aesthetic or mystical properties.” <<>>

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


Sun., Sept. 30, 2007 - The Futures Channel

The Futures Channel
“Real Math, Real Science, Real Careers”
Free short documentary math and science videos and activities online. Also available for purchase.
Topics include animals, art & music, commerce, design, environment, innovation, science & tech, and space.

From the site:

The Futures Channel was founded in 1999 with the goal of using new media technologies to create a channel between the scientists, engineers, explorers and visionaries who are shaping the future, and today’s learners who will one day succeed them.

The Mission of The Futures Channel:

To produce and distribute high quality multimedia content which educators in any setting can use to enliven curriculum, engage students and otherwise enhance the learning experience.

To connect mathematics, science, technology and engineering to the real world of careers and achievement, so that students can envision a context and purpose for what they are learning allowing them to envision their own successful futures.

To provide a channel through which professionals from the sciences, engineering and technology sectors can reach their future workforce prospects and interest them in their fields.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Sept. 30, 2007 - Telling Time Teaching Theme and Background Information

Sites found in:
Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter
Teacher Tips #363: Time Issue
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2007 19:08:26 -0400

To view this week’s newsletter, visit the following web address:

Telling Time Teaching Theme

Telling Time Background Information
Scroll down for 20 annotated links related to time

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