Saturday, November 03, 2007


Sat., Nov. 3, 2007 - The Tarantula's Burrow / / NovelWorld

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #76 from
August 15, 2007

The Tarantula's Burrow
From the site:
“If it has eight legs (Tarantula or Other Spider, Scorpion or Other Arachnid) or no legs (Snakes or Snails), then you will find something about it here.”

----- An Ecological Source of Information


NovelWorld: The Best New Novels on This Planet

Archives for this ezine
are available online here:


Sat., Nov. 3, 2007 - Reviewing the Evidence

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

Site of the Day for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Reviewing the Evidence
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, created by Barbara Franchi and currently edited by UK
journalist Sharon Wheeler, offers a mystery lover's paradise of book
reviews. Gentle Subscribers will uncover one of the most comprehensive
collections of book reviews devoted to a single genre.

" was set up ... in 2001 to fill the growing void
of mystery review websites. It now boasts thousands of reviews of mysteries
and thrillers of all categories, and has more than 30 reviewers from the
US, the UK, and Australia. ... We are not a mega dotcom, and we are not out
to make a profit (although we would like to break even ...) Because we are
independent, you can be sure the reviews you read will be honest -- and
written by people who love the genre." - from the website

The site features browsable listings running to more than 160 pages, with
the publication date of the novel and the date of the review noted for each
title. In addition, the reviews can be searched by author, title, publisher
and even by reviewer. Some of the more popular authors, such as Peter
Robinson for example, may be reviewed by more than one critic. For those
feeling they may be running out of good leads on new mystery writers, the
site is a convenient location to do a bit of sleuthing on that score as

Sidle over to the site to track down reviews of a huge range of whodunits

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


Sat., Nov. 3, 2007 - The Alamo

The Alamo
From the site:
“The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas is a former mission and fortress, built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century. In 1835, during the Texas Revolution, it was the scene of a pivotal battle for independence between the Republic of Texas and Mexico. Do you remember the Alamo? Today's website picks will explain why you should.”
Page includes links to related sites (5 annotated and 3 Honorable Mentions)


Sat., Nov. 3, 2007 - Sites found in: Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, August 16, 2007

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, August 16, 2007
Read This Online :


Blogging for a Good Book
This blog provides a book review every weekday, from librarians at the Williamsburg Regional Library (Virginia). Browse past reviews by reviewer and by subjects and genres such as literary fiction, nonfiction, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, mysteries, young adult, and thrillers.
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Remember the Alamo
Companion to a PBS American Experience documentary that "explores the life of the famed Tejano leader [José Antonio Navarro] and his efforts to protect the sovereignty of his homeland as it passed through the hands of multiple governments." Features a timeline, map, profiles of people and events (such as Texas annexation and statehood, Davy Crockett, and the Santa Fe Expedition), essays about the Navarro family and the Alamo, a teacher's guide, and more.
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[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Tom and Nan Riley Collection of Roman Portrait Sculptures
This collection "dating to the period when Rome was at its greatest prosperity -- the first century B.C. to the third century A.D. -- is especially good at introducing students ... to the diversity of the Roman world [ranging from patricians to plebeians]." Features images, physical descriptions, and associated material about portrait sculptures depicting Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Hadrian, a Roman matron, a young man, and others. From the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.
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Huey Long: Every Man a King
Brief background about Huey Long, Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and U.S. senator, and his contributions to the development of the Social Security system. Long's "Share Our Wealth" program "wanted the government to confiscate the wealth of the nation's rich ... [and] to guarantee every family in the nation an annual income." Also includes excerpts from Huey Long's autobiography, and the text of a U.S. Senate speech. From Social Security Online.
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Huey Long: The Man, His Mission, and Legacy
Material about Huey Long, Louisiana's legendary governor and U.S. Senator who was assassinated in 1935 at the age of 42. Features an illustrated biography, background about his programs to modernize and reform Louisiana. Significant programs included public works, expansion of health care options, and the "Share Our Wealth" proposals, which featured public benefit programs such as old-age pensions. From a nonprofit organization founded to educate the public about Huey Long.
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Of Cottages and Castles: Homes of Our Presidents
This exhibit provides "a glimpse into the private homes and lives of each of our presidents." The exhibit is organized into groups of presidents who "rose up from poverty," were "born into privilege," and presidents from middle class backgrounds. Includes images of miniature models and artifacts from the physical exhibit. From the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.
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The Enduring Meaning of Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco Within the Italian American Experience
This site features articles written in the 1990s and related material about these two Italian-born American anarchists, who were executed 1927 in Massachusetts for murder and theft. Includes an essay on the historical and legal setting relating to Sacco and Vanzetti's arrest and trial. From a Sacco and Vanzetti scholar.
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Crockett, David
Biography of David (Davy) Crockett (1786-1836), "frontiersman, congressman, and defender of the Alamo." Includes highlights from Crockett's life and career, and discussion of some of the events that led to his status as a folk hero. Includes a brief bibliography. From the Handbook of Texas, published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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[NOTE: Other pages previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Women's Equality Day
Collection of links to material related to Women's Equality Day, celebrated each year on August 26 "to honor women's continuing efforts toward full equality. ... The 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was certified as part of the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920." From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Friday, November 02, 2007


Fri., Nov. 2, 2007 - Alex Haley (2) / Galaxy Zoo / How Bridges Work

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, August 9, 2007
Read This Online :

Alex Murray Palmer Haley, 1921-1992
Biography of author Alex Haley, whose "literary fame rests on two best-selling books: 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' (1964) and 'Roots' (1976)" Discusses highlights of his career, the prize-winning television miniseries based on "Roots," the plagiarism lawsuit pertaining to "Roots" and the Harold Courlander novel, "The African," and authorship questions. From the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, cosponsored by the University of Tennessee Press and the Tennessee Historical Society.
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[NOTE: Home page - previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Haley, Alex
Essay about U.S. author Alex Haley, "best known for as the author of the novel 'Roots: The Saga of an American Family,' from which two television miniseries, 'Roots' and 'Roots II,' were adapted." The focus of this article is on the television series and Haley's impact on TV history. Includes a brief biography and a bibliography. From the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
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[NOTE: Home page - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Galaxy Zoo
This interactive project invites "members of the public to help [astronomers] make major new discoveries by taking part in a census of one million galaxies." Participants sort digital images into spiral and elliptical galaxies. Provides project background, a FAQ, a discussion board, and related material. Free registration required to participate in the project. From a team of scientists and web designers.
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How Bridges Work
This site describes the engineering of bridges in general and looks at the beam, arch, and suspension bridge, illustrating different types of bridges, factors such as "how each bridge type deals with two important forces, compression and tension," and related details. Includes links to other engineering articles. From HowStuffWorks.
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Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Fri., Nov. 2, 2007 - Project Mercury / 50th Anniversary of the Space Age / NASA's 50th Anniversary Website

PBS: Blythe Bennett's Recommended Site

Project Mercury

NASA honors the seven original Mercury astronauts with this commemorative site about Project Mercury. Take a virtual tour (requires Flash) of Glenn's tiny Friendship 7 capsule, can you imagine being in that small space, being the first person to orbit the Earth? Other features are short biographies of the astronauts, a photo gallery, and interviews with Sen. John Glenn, Scott Carpenter and Walter Schirra.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

[NOTE: 50th Anniversary of the Space Age

SEE ALSO: NASA’s 50th Anniversary Website
From the site:
“Celebrating 50 years of NASA history...
NASA's "birthday" is October 1, 1958.” - Phyllis ]


Fri., Nov. 2, 2007 - Outer Space

Sites found in:
Weekly Teacher Tips Newsletter #370: Outer Space Issue
Date: Sun 05 Aug 2007

To view this week’s Teacher Tips newsletter, go to:

Space Teaching Theme
Site contains links to Teacher Resources, Work Sheets, Lesson Plans, Web Quests, Background Information, Interactive Sites, Downloads, Hand On Activities, and more. NOTE: Many are free, however some content is restricted to paid members.


Fri., Nov. 2, 2007 - Sites found in PBS Teachers Newsletter: November 4-10, 2007

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: November 4-10, 2007

Media Infusion
Connecting Students with History
Gr. 3-5 / 6-8 / 9-12

In this month’s Media Infusion, American History teacher Eric
Langhorst writes about the importance of making history matter
to your students by giving them more than just facts and
figures. Langhorst was a 2005 Global Microsoft Innovative
Teacher and teaches eighth grade in Liberty, Missouri. He
offers tips for bringing history - and World War II in
particular - to life through personal stories.


In the Valley of the Wolves
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, November 4, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
Three years in the making, this is the dramatic saga of
Yellowstone's Druid wolf pack, its turf wars with rival packs
and the fate of the wolves' Lamar Valley ecosystem. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Sputnik Declassified
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
8 - 9:00 pm
Why didn't the U.S. beat the Soviets in this first crucial
round of the space race? NOVA reveals an astonishing
behind-the-scenes story of the politics and personalities that
collided over the earliest efforts to get America into space,
long before the founding of NASA. In "Sputnik Declassified,"
NOVA details the previously untold story of the technological
and political missteps that made the U.S. lose out to the
Soviets' beeping electronic basketball. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

[NOTE: See Teaching Guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Independent Lens
Red White Black and Blue
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
10 - 11:00 pm
On June 7, 1942, 3,000 Japanese troops invaded Alaska, the only
invasion of American soil since the War of 1812. Sixty years
later, two U.S. soldiers who fought on the remote Aleutian
island of Attu embark on a journey back to one of the bloodiest
battles of World War II, where they relive the brutal 19-day
combat that the American government kept secret. (CC, Stereo, 1


Online NewsHour EXTRA
Schools Fighting Deadly "Superbug"
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12

Schools in the northeastern U.S. are using Lysol and better
hygiene to combat outbreaks of a bacteria known as the MRSA
Shortened URL:

****************************************** with Andy Carvin
Overcoming Media Illiteracy among Media Literacy Educators
Gr. 3-5 / 6-8 / 9-12

Andy Carvin looks at a new report that says educators aiming to
improve students' media literacy are hampered by their own
illiteracy when it comes to copyright and fair use.
Shortened URL:

Copyright 2007 PBS Online


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Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2007 17:12:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] Sputnik Declassified airs Nov. 6

Hello Educators,

In next week's airing of "Sputnik Declassified," NOVA reveals the
political and scientific story behind the 1957 launch of the first
satellite, Sputnik 1. (Subjects covered: social studies, world
history, space science, technology/engineering)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Sputnik Declassified"
Broadcast: Tuesday, November 6, 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.)

Space Race Time Line
Explore the first two decades of space travel against the
tension-filled backdrop of the Cold War in this time line. (Flash
plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

A Tainted Legacy
Read an excerpt from the biography of V-2 rocket pioneer Wernher
von Braun. (Grades 9-12)

A Blow to the Nation
The launch of Sputnik came as a shock to Americans long
accustomed to being number one. (Grades 9-12)

Build a Rocket
Assemble your own V-2 rocket online. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

What Satellites See
View this slide show of the many ways satellites are used to
survey Earth, from weather and archeology to disaster management
and tracking disease. (Flash plug-in required; printable version
available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
Create a scale drawing of Earth's atmosphere, discuss the
implications of Sputnik's launching, simulate what satellites
"see" from Earth, and more with these viewing ideas.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Links & Books.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Thurs., Nov. 1, 2007 - Independence Day Quiz / President's Day Quiz

Independence Day Quiz
From the site:
“The 4th of July is the time when we celebrate our nation-- a time to reflect on the freedoms which we believe are not granted by our government, but are self-evident rights for all humankind. Time for the Independence Day Quiz which asks, "How much do you really know?" Every day thousands leave their homelands to settle here in the land of the free. Before they become citizens they are required to take a citizenship test and score 80%. Could you pass this test if you took it today?”

Our quiz is made up of 20 questions found on the actual citizenship test with a few curveballs in the mix. The last ten questions may be a bit harder, but a score of around 24 out of 30 is considered a passing grade.

Presidents' Day Quiz
From the site:
“Traditionally the Celebration of Washington's birthday, President's day was officially moved to the third Monday in February and made a Federal holiday. Informally our celebration of the day includes President Lincoln, whose birthday falls on the 12th of the month.

With the success of the Independence Day Quiz and many asking for more tests, we've put together another brain teaser. Good Luck!”


Thurs., Nov. 1, 2007 - Math Night

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Hi! It's Monday, August 13, 2007 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Math Night

What's Math Night? It's a fun event, supported by the National
Science Foundation, that was created for kids in elementary school
and their parents. On Math Night, kids and their parents see math
displays and participate in activities that may include math problems
to solve or math-based crafts to make and take home. Families compete
in math games, and work in teams to solve math problems. The ideas
and resources for the math displays, crafts, and games are all
archived in the "Math Night Modules" located at this website. You can
print them out and use them to enjoy fun math projects at home.

When you get to the site just click on any item on the icon menu that

Abacus Arithmetic
Topology Tricks
Wrapping Paper Symmetry
Math is a Piece of Pi
Bridges of Koenigsberg
Binary Numbers
Geometry Gems
Algorithms, Braids, and Kolam Figures
Clock Arithmetic
Secret (and not so secret) Codes
Construction by Instruction
Mathematics of Music
Methods of Multiplication
The Slide Rule
Cake Walk Math
Mirror, Mirror
Make a Mountain Out of a Map
Math 'N Music Notes
You Can Count On It!

A new page opens displaying a trifold about that activity. Use the
menu at the top of the screen to learn about the module and access
the printable materials you'll need.

Want to try other activities? Look on the menu on the left side of
the screen to access
Some "Pencil and Paper Games" as well as the rules for playing "Math

Have fun!

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., Nov. 1, 2007 - Pompeii: Frozen in Time / Interactive Geometry / C-SPAN's Campaign Network

Sites found in:
Cable in the Classroom Magazine - November 2007

Pompeii: Frozen in Time
Even though the remains of Pompeii were first discovered in the eighteenth century, historians are still uncovering more about one of the greatest natural disasters in history. The Discovery Channel’s website Pompeii: The Last Day takes students to the edge of the action, moments before volcanic ash buried Pompeii and several other seaside towns. Through photo galleries, students can dive into the history, architecture, and daily life of Pompeii in AD 79, then read a step-by-step recounting of the disaster. Because the eruption occurred so quickly, artifacts were preserved as they would have been on a normal day, giving students a fascinating look at everyday Roman culture. The site reveals these artifacts through a chronicle of recent excavations, with photos and descriptions of one of the largest intact Roman villas and a look at carbonized scrolls that wouldn’t have survived until today had they not been buried in ash. The site also features a video reading of the only surviving eyewitness account of what happened the day Vesuvius erupted, and students can learn about the science behind the eruption and the factors that influence volcanic activity through the site’s interactive Virtual Volcano and quiz.
Pompeii: The Last Day:


Interactive Geometry
Explore-Learning’s website Gizmo Catalog: Geometry also can serve as a creative way to incorporate geometry into everyday lessons. The site covers a variety of topics, from lines and angles to 3D figures, and includes activities that let students create their own geometric figures on the computer screen. In addition to helping students create, the interactive site helps students learn how to calculate angles and distances from one point to another.
Gizmo Catalog: Geometry:
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Other pages from the Gizmo Catalog previously posted. - Phyllis ]


C-SPAN’s Campaign Network
Site features information on the 2008
presidential election, including streaming video
and audio clips of the candidates, campaign ads,
and other news.


Thurs., Nov. 1, 2007 - PBS: Why Vote?

Why Vote?
From the site:
Worried that voting could take up too much of your time this Tuesday? You might be a good candidate for "Vote-B-Gone." Find out more about this revolutionary new product from cartoonist Mark Fiore.
Award-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore created this new-media work of political satire to underscore, among other things, the importance of voting. An excellent device for introducing lessons on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship or as source material for deciphering the content of political cartoons.

"I'm Not Old Enough to Vote, but If I Was..."

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Wed., Oct. 31, 2007 - Raoul Wallenberg / Jewish Virtual Library / Warsaw Rising Museum

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, July 26, 2007
Read This Online :


Raoul Wallenberg
Brief biography of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish businessman who volunteered to travel to Budapest during World War II to save the lives of Jews threatened by the Nazis. He was arrested by Soviet troops in 1945 and disappeared. Wallenberg was made an Honorary Citizen of the United States in 1981. From the Jewish Virtual Library.
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[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Warsaw Rising Museum
Website for this Warsaw, Poland, museum that conducts "research and teaching activities directly related to the Warsaw 1944 Rising and to the legacy of the Polish Underground State." Features history of the events surrounding the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during World War II and the Holocaust, and details about the museum's exhibitions and activities. In English and Polish.
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Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Wed., Oct. 31, 2007 - Sites from Tue, 07 Aug 2007

Sites found in:
Teaching Resource
Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2007

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


Along the Georgia-Florida Coast
is a travel itinerary that helps us understand key
developments in America's past: encounters between Europeans
and Native Americans, European settlement, plantation
agriculture, and African American culture. Learn about more
than 50 historic forts, churches, plantations, camps,
cemeteries, districts, and monuments. (National Park Service)
Direct Link:


Florida Shipwrecks: 300 Years of Maritime History
is a travel itinerary featuring 13 historic shipwrecks in
waters near Florida, a convergence point for maritime trade
routes. Learn about the historical significance of these 13
shipwrecks. See photos and an essay on Florida maritime
history. (National Park Service)
Direct Link:


Holocaust Memorial Museum: For Students
offers multipmedia exhibits to help students learn about the
Holocaust. Topics include Kristallnacht, the St. Louis ocean
liner, the rescue of the Jews of Denmark, Oskar Schindler, the
Warsaw ghetto uprising, Father Jacques, the dress of Lola
Rein, Nazi book burnings, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, America's
responses, Arthur Szyk, maps, and children. (Holocaust
Memorial Museum)
Direct Link:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Biodiversity: It Takes All Kinds to Make a World
invites elementary students to explore biodiversity in a city
park, on an island, and in a desert. Learn about 10 species
whose habitats are in danger, a conservation project in
Africa, and where in the world various foods we eat come from.
(American Museum of Natural History, National Aeronautics and
Space Administration)
Direct Link:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

DNA Microarray
is a "virtual lab" of a DNA microarray experiment. Compare
samples of healthy tissue and cancerous tissue as a scientist
would. Learn the basics about DNA and gene expression.
(Genetic Science Learning Center, National Institutes of
Direct Link:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

view an archive of past messages


Wed., Oct. 31, 2007 - Arabia Steamboat Museum

Arabia Steamboat Museum
From the site:
“Unbelievable treasures and fascinating history await. Explore our museum and learn how the handsome steamer Arabia prospered on the rivers, perished in 1856 and was finally rediscovered 132 years later, precious cargo intact. This exhibit, in Kansas City, Mo, is many things: history, ingenuity, tragedy, adventure, perseverance, preservation and a tribute to the pioneer spirit.”


Wed., Oct. 31, 2007 - Titanic

From the site:
“On April 15, 1912, about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and quickly took on water. 1500 lives were lost when the British luxury liner RMS Titanic sank during its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The disaster and the mythology that quickly surrounded the sinking of a modern "unsinkable" marvel are still fascinating today. Learn more at today's Titanic picks.”
Page includes 9 links to related sites (5 Annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Tues., Oct. 30, 2007 - Student Research Resources

Sites found in:
Awareness Watch Newsletter V5N8 August 2007 Announcement

Student Research Resources
August 2007 Zillman Column
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“The August 2007 Zillman Column is now available and is titled Student Research Resources. This August 2007 column Student Research Resources is a comprehensive list of research resources for students on the Internet including associated and related online sources. These resources and sources will help you to discover the many pathways available to you through the Internet for obtaining and locating the latest research resources and information for students. Download this excellent 21 page free .pdf (728KB) column today.”

Student Research Resources
From the site:
“Student Research Resources ( is a Subject Tracer Blog…It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet to aid the student in performing research for their independent research projects as well as undergraduate and graduate subject research which are listed below.”


Tues., Oct. 30, 2007 - The Writers' Workshop

The Writers’ Workshop
Site includes resources for students, tutors and instructors.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Oct. 30, 2007 - Literary Devices / Proofreaders' Marks

Literary Devices

Proofreaders’ Marks


Tues., Oct. 30, 2007 - What's New at Web English Teacher? / Golden Ear / Stick Figure Hamlet / Storybase

Sites found in:
The newsletter of Web English Teacher
August 10, 2007

1. What’s new at Web English Teacher?

Joan Bauer Lesson plans for Hope was Here and other books.

Patricia Reilly Giff Lesson plans for All the Way Home, Pictures of Hollis Woods, more.

Carl Hiaasen Lesson plans for Hoot.

Pam Muñoz Ryan
Lesson plans for Esperanza Rising and other books.

Gloria Whelan
Lesson plans for Homeless Bird and other books.

2. Sites to Check Out
Golden Ear
Can you tell if an unfamiliar passage was written by Shakespeare? Try this

Stick Figure Hamlet
Even if you don’t teach the Bard, you have to admire this site. It could
also serve as a model for a similar project in YOUR classroom.

Use drop-down menus to select story components, receive suggestions for a
plot structure. This is a good site for students who "just can't think of
anything" for a story.

Monday, October 29, 2007


Mon., Oct. 29, 2007 - How to Tie-Dye

How to Tie-Dye
From the site:
“Tie-dye is a technique for dying fabric using folds and rubber bands to create patterns by hiding some of the fabric from the dye. The tied fabric can either be dipped into liquid dye, or the dye can be applied directly with squirt bottles or syringes. Being a child of the sixties, it's great fun to see my teenagers interested in making and wearing tie dyes. I hope today's picks inspire you to try your own hand at tie-dye artistry.”
Site includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)


Mon., Oct. 29, 2007 - How to Draw a Head

How to Draw a Head
From the site:
“This free tutorial is provided courtesy of Academy of Art University.”


Mon., Oct. 29, 2007 - Sites found in: The Scout Report, August 10, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
August 10, 2007
Volume 14, Number 30

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


Assessing-to-Learn Physics: Project Website

Based at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the Physics Education
Research Group is committed to performing "rigorous research into science
education, cognition, and learning." One of their more recent projects was
the "Assessing-to-Learn Physics" initiative, which was designed to look at
the ongoing process of learning physics in the classroom. As such, this site
provides public access to a large library of questions and problems that can
be used in the classroom. First-time visitors may wish to look over the
"About" section, and then proceed to the "Items Library" section. Within
this area, users can select an educational level, pick several keywords, and
then look at the items that are returned from the database. If any of this
is confusing or unclear, they should make use of the "Library Help" area,
which usually can answer any queries that might come up about using the
database. [KMG] [NOTE: For middle school and up. – Phyllis ]


Conversations about Creativity

For the most part, creative people tend to be rather engaging interview
subjects, and this website corroborates that statement. Located on the Cecil
Vortex site, this site brings together interviews with a wide range of
creative types, including poets, web innovators, choreographers, visual
artists, playwrights, clowns, stand-up comics, and screenwriters. Along the
way, Cecil Vortex asks his interviewees about everything from the creative
process to coping with (or embracing) success. Some of the more notable gems
here are interviews with Dan Piraro (creator of the slightly off-beat
"Pizarro" comic) and Daniel Handler, who is perhaps better known as "Lemony
Snicket". Visitors can also sign up to receive RSS feeds from the site, so
they will always be on top of the latest interview as it is posted online.


Notable New Yorkers [pdf, Real Player]

Let’s face it: There have been hundreds of "notable" New Yorkers, and
picking even those individuals who grew up in just one of the city's
hundreds of neighborhoods would be hard. Fortunately, the good souls at the
History Research Office of the Columbia University Libraries have plucked
out some great interviews with ten New Yorkers from their rather prodigious
collection. Now, before visitors jump into the interviews, they should take
a look at one (or all three) of Dr. Ronald J. Grele’s background essays
offered up here on the homepage. Dr. Grele is the director emeritus of the
Oral History Research Office and here he comments on the history of the
Office, the list of "Notable New Yorkers", and the social and cultural
milieu of both New York and the entire nation during the time period when
these interviews were conducted in the last five decades of the 20th
century. After these introductions, visitors should go over to the
interviews, which include conversations with noted psychologist Kenneth
Clark, famed publisher and humorist Bennett Cerf, and former New York mayor,
Edward I. Koch. [KMG]


Human Rights [Macromedia Flash Player]

The idea of "human rights" is a relatively new development in history, but
as this website from Britain’s National Archives notes in its discussion of
the long trajectory of struggles for equality and so forth, "We could do
worse than characterizing this history as the struggle for human rights."
This visually compelling online exhibit uses original documents from The
National Archives to take a long view of these struggles and movements.
Visitors can start their journey through the site by picking a time period,
and then reading an introductory essay on the period. Each time period
includes a timeline and links to digitized version of relevant documents,
such as The Poor Act of 1601 and a poster for a Staffordshire coal miners’
union public meeting from 1831. The site is rounded out by a thorough
glossary and a document index. [KMG]


The Brain Matters [Macromedia Flash Player]

Understanding how the brain works can be difficult, and understanding how
brain disorders work can be equally as taxing and complex. One nice online
resource for understanding both subjects is "The Brain Matters" site,
created by the American Academy of Neurology Foundation. About a dozen brain
disorders are covered within the site, including epilepsy, brain injury,
Alzheimer's disease, and stroke. For each disorder, visitors can learn about
how the disorder works, its cause, its symptoms, and how it is properly
diagnosed. For some visitors, the most helpful sections may be the
individual "Patient Story" section, which gives visitors the opportunity to
read about the personal experience of an individual who is living with one
of these disorders. [KMG]

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


Mon., Oct. 29, 3007 - Sites found in: The Scout Report, August 3, 2007

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
August 3, 2007
Volume 13, Number 30

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


Tools for Print Journalists

An aspiring journalist might ask: “Where can I find some resources on how to
get great anecdotes out of an interview subject?” The short answer is this
fine site, which was created and maintained by the Committee of Concerned
Journalists within the “Tools for Print Journalists” area of their main
site. Although visitors can’t search the various resources, they can scan
through the several hundred resources as they see fit, and there are dozens
of great things to look at here. For example, Pulitzer Prize-winning report
Eric Nalder shares his tips for conducting effective interviews in the
“Loosening Lips” factsheet. Moving on, another resource offers a
journalist’s guide to the Geneva Conventions. Overall, the site is a very
useful resource for journalists of all stripes, and it’s one that journalism
instructors can also use in the classroom. [KMG]


Flash Fractal Maker [Macromedia Flash Placer]
Shortened URL:

While some may know fractals primarily from their use in abstract painting
and African art, fractals are important elements within the world of
mathematics. For those who seek to learn more about the construction of
fractals and their uses, this very nice Flash-enabled feature from Daniel
Gries at Merrimack College will definitely come in handy. This particular
Flash applet draws fractals by means of a recursive algorithm, using a
simple “generator” that users draw in the space that it is provided. Before
using the application, users may wish read the overview offered online, and
also take the time to read the instructions thoroughly. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Water Cycle and Global Warming [pdf]

The Baylor University College of Medicine continues to work at a furious
pace on their delightful BioEd Online site, and educators everywhere love
them for their work and dedication. Recently, they placed this “ready-to-go”
lessson on the water cycle and global warming online, and it’s a true
delight. As with the other lessons in this series, the materials here
include a brief description of the lesson’s objective, along with
information on the intended audience, the materials required to complete the
lesson, and so on. Teachers will note that they will need to download a
slide set, several activity sheets, and a “State of the Climate Report”
offered from the National Climatic Data Center. [KMG]


Universcale [Macromedia Flash Player]
Shortened URL:

Created by Nikon, this website provides a bit of insight into the world of
scale and the equally enigmatic world of comparing and understanding things
which cannot be physically compared. It’s a bit hard to compare the size of
an elephant to say, Saturn, but this visually stimulating site makes it
happen, in a matter of speaking. After a brief introduction, visitors can
use the “Universcale” interface to move in and out of various scales,
ranging from that of the known universe to the microscopic. Along the way,
visitors can also click on the “Help” button to get tips on how to navigate
the graphic interface. It’s pretty easy to imagine that science teachers at
a variety of grade and skill levels could use this site to complement class
lectures and other activities. [KMG]


Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count [pdf]

Bringing a more diverse student body into the world of higher education is
important, and a number of organizations have teamed up “to help more
students reach their individual goals, which may include earning a community
college certificate or degree.” The organizations involved with the
“Achieving the Dream” initiative include The American Association of
Community Colleges and The Community College Leadership Program. Visitors to
their site can learn more about this initiative and then learn about various
community college strategies and events across the United States. Moving
along, the “Data and Research” area is a real gem, and visitors can learn
about their research reports and read their monthly newsletter, which
addresses such topics as financial aid and developmental math and science
courses. [KMG]


UnderCover Artists’ Sketchbooks [Real Player]

Ever wondered what is in an artist’s sketchbook? Luckily, if you have
wondered just such a thing, the Harvard University Art Museums happen to
have a number of artists’ sketchbooks, and they recently digitized a
selection of these revealing works for this site. The site was designed to
complement a recent in situ exhibition, and visitors can look inside the
sketchbooks of John Singer Sargent, Reginald Marsh, Christopher Wilmarth,
and others. Visitors can start their journey by listening to an audio clip
of the curator, Miriam Stewart, talking about these works, and then can dive
right into the digitized sketchbooks. One sketchbook that should not be
missed is the sketchbook created by Jacques-Louis David for his work, “The
Coronation of Napoleon I”. Visitors can look at both the verso and recto
sides, and within these pages they will find outlines of Josephine,
Napoleon, and such minutiae as the colors and fabrics of their costumes.


Earthquake Science Explained-A Series of Ten Short Articles for
Students, Teachers, and Families [pdf]

That swirling bard of American letters and transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo
Emerson, once opined “We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.”
This need never be the case for educators and members of the general public
who give careful consideration to this excellent pamphlet created by the
United States Geological Survey. Compiled by Matthew A. D’Alessio, this
document contains ten short articles on earthquakes designed for classroom
use. The articles originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, and
they include such titles as “Find the Fault: Recognizing Active Faults”,
“Looking into the past with earthquake trenches”, and “How do we make
buildings and roads safer?”. Additionally, each article contains helpful
graphics, illustrations, and photographs. [KMG]


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

Sunday, October 28, 2007


Sun., Oct. 28, 2007 - POTUS: Presidents of the United States

POTUS: Presidents of the United States
“In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL - Phyllis ]


Sun., Oct. 28, 2007 - Alcohol, Energy Drinks & Youth / 2008 Election Timeline / New Poet Laureate: Charles Simic

Sites found in:

Aug. 03-09, 2007

Alcohol, Energy Drinks, and Youth: A Dangerous Mix
Direct Link:
Source: Marin Institute

Public health and safety officials have become alarmed by the newest entry into the world of alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic energy drinks are prepackaged beverages that contain not only alcohol but also caffeine and other stimulants. Earlier this year, 29 state attorneys general signed a letter to Anheuser-Busch expressing their concern about Spykes, an alcoholic energy drink packaged in colorful 2-ounce bottles with obvious appeal to youth. The objections of law enforcement officials as well as parents and leading public health organizations caused Anheuser-Busch to pull Spykes from the market. But the story does not end there. Many other alcoholic energy drinks are still on the market.

Despite the sharp increase in sales of alcoholic energy drinks, their appeal to underage drinkers, and the health concerns involved in mixing stimulants with alcohol, research on the potential dangers of these products remains limited. This study reviews what data is available and takes an in-depth look at the alcohol industry’s marketing practices promoting the consumption of alcoholic energy drinks. The results, while preliminary, are unsettling. Both scientists and policymakers should focus increased attention on this emerging product category.

+ Full Report (PDF; 664 KB)


Reference: 2008 Election Timeline (Presidential Debates, Primaries, Caucuses & Other Events); List of 2008 Presidential Candidates
2008 Election Timeline, Presidential Debates, Primaries and Caucuses

To navigate the timeline, click and hold your mouse on each band to scroll left and right. The top band represents each month, the bottom each year. Clicking on the text will display information on each event.

Source: CQ


New Poet Laureate of the United States
Charles Simic: Online Resources
This guide compiles links to resources on poet laureate Charles Simic throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites that include features on Simic’s life or selections of his work.

Charles Simic was named The 15th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress
on August 2, 2007.

Source: The Library of Congress


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Sun., Oct. 28, 2007 - Molecule of the Day

Molecule of the Day
From the site:
“This site is by a chemist who enjoys rambling about the relationship between chemistry and real life to non-chemists.”


Sun., Oct. 28, 2007 - 2008 Presidential Candidates: Endorsements by Member of the U.S. Congress / The Origins of Life and the Universe

Sites found in:
Resource Shelf
July 20-26, 2007


2008 Presidential Candidates Endorsements by Members of the U.S. Congress
A constantly updated and revised list of 2008 Presidential Candidate endorsements from members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
From the site:
“The Hill will maintain a running tally of the race for lawmaker support based on extensive research and daily contact with campaigns. The list reflects publicly committed backers of 2008 presidential hopefuls rather than members’ private leanings or inclinations.”


New Reference Guide: The Origins of Life & the Universe: A Guide to Selected Resources
The guide includes both books and selected Internet resources.

Source: Science Reference Section, Science, Technology and Business Division, Library of Congress

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