Saturday, December 01, 2007


ADMIN> No postings for about a week

Blog Readers,

I will be away for about a week. Postings will resume when I return.
- Phyllis

Phyllis Anker

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Thurs., Nov. 29, 2007 - Common-Place (Early American History)

From the site:
“Common-place is a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit friendlier than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Nov. 29, 2007 - PolitiFact / Racial Understanding / NFL Record & Fact Book

Sites found in:

Aug. 24-30, 2007

PolitiFact (Analysis of Speeches, Ads, and Interviews of Presidential Candidates)
New resource from the St. Petersburg Times* and Access is free.

PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly to help you find the truth in the presidential campaign. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times and CQ will analyze the candidates’ speeches, TV ads and interviews and determine whether the claims are accurate.

Source: St. Petersburg Times and


+ Free Lesson Plans on Racial Understanding (via SLJ)
If you’re planning a lesson on race relations, you may want to consider this:, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote racial harmony in schools, is offering a set of four lesson plans to high school teachers and librarians.


Updated: Selected Internet Resources on the Migration of the Monarch Butterfly

Source: Science Reference Section, Science, Technology, and Business Division, 0Library of Congress


The NFL Record & Fact Book
An essential source.

The NFL Record & Fact Book features information for the most avid football fan, including all-time statistics, a year-by-year history of the NFL, regular-season and postseason records, a rules digest and much more.

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


Thurs., Nov. 29, 2007 - Educational RoadMap to the Web 2007

Site found in:
T.H.E. News Update: September 5, 2007

T.H.E. Journal: Educational RoadMap to the Web 2007
“Introducing T.H.E. Journal's redesigned RoadMap to the Web--the valuable
online resource K-12 educators rely on to enhance their curriculum.
You'll find listings of the best education websites providing free,
relevant information for educators and administrators.”
[NOTE: Earlier editions previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Thurs., Nov. 29, 2007 - Sites found in Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, September 6, 2007

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, September 6, 2007
Read This Online :

Today in History: September 9: Stono Rebellion
Overview of this slave revolt that started on September 9, 1739, when "twenty black Carolinians met near the Stono River, approximately twenty miles southwest of Charleston. ... [It was] the largest slave uprising in the British mainland colonies prior to the American Revolution. ... More than twenty white Carolinians and nearly twice as many black Carolinians were killed." Includes links to exhibits and collections. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
LII Item:


The Way We Worked
"Work and workplaces have gone through enormous transformations between the mid 19th and late 20th centuries. You can view these changes through photographs held by the National Archives and Records Administration. These historical photographs document: clothing, locales, conditions, and conflict in our workplaces." See photos of mine workers, police officers, mail sorters, picket lines, and more.

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

The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper
This website "provides information on the on-going scholarly work of 'The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper,'" the goal of which is to "provide readers with sound scholarly editions of Cooper's major works, based wherever possible on authorial manuscripts." The site includes a list of the institutional holdings of Cooper manuscripts, images of the author, links to electronic versions of hard-to-find works, and other information about this 19th-century author. Maintained at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
LII Item:


Top 100 Undiscovered Websites
PC Magazine "picks for the top new or under-the-radar sites of 2007." Includes annotated links to sites in areas of reference, health and food, lifestyle and entertainment, money and career, music, news, reading, shopping and travel, technology, and video. From PC Magazine.
LII Item:


Monkey Trial
Companion to an American Experience documentary about the 1925 "Scopes monkey trial" of "a biology teacher named John Scopes [who] was arrested for teaching evolution in defiance of Tennessee state law." This was the first live radio broadcast of a trial in the U.S. Website features include material about speeches from attorneys Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, political cartoons, and profiles of people and events (such as H.L. Mencken and the Jazz Age).
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Hippie Society: The Youth Rebellion
Images, archival footage, and brief descriptions of events of the mid- to late 1960s, with an emphasis on the hippie movement in Canada. Also covers San Francisco's Haight Ashbury, the beatniks, and ex-hippies in the 1980s. Also includes material for teachers. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other pages from the archives previously posted.
SEE ALSO: Index to Life and Society Archive clips: - Phyllis ]

O. Henry in Austin
Companion to "a significant collection of materials relating to the popular writer O. Henry, who lived in Austin, still using his given name of William Sydney Porter, from 1885 to 1894." Features a biography, chronology, and list of short stories set in Texas. Also includes an annotated list of materials in this O. Henry collection and a map of Austin O. Henry sites. From the Austin History Center, a division of the Austin Public Library.
LII Item:

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Wed., Nov. 28, 2007 - Official M. C. Escher Website

Official M.C.Escher Website
From the site:
“On this website you can find information about the use of M.C. Escher's work, a short biography, news, bibliography, links and some fun stuff like a Virtual Ride (select Downloads) through some of his works.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Nov. 28, 2007 - Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery for Kids / Alien Adventure

From The Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BM&AG).

BM & AG for Kids
Includes: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Roman Empire, Victorians, World War 2

Alien Adventures (Interactive)


Wed., Nov. 28, 2007 - Sites found in The Scout Report, Sept. 7, 2007

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
September 7, 2007
Volume 14, Number 34

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


University of Missouri Digital Library

The diligent staff members at the University of Missouri Digital Library
have been working since 2001 to create this repository for various thematic
digital collections, and they have amassed over twenty text collections and
twenty-three image collections thus far. The site is a real delight, as it
contains everything from a 250-piece collection of World War I sheet music
to the complete digitized version of the University's student yearbook,
titled "The Savitar". Visitors can browse through the other collections as
they wish, looking over a collection of speeches by Daniel Webster,
photographs of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and sports posters from the
school. Additionally, there is also a link to another fine digital
collection of historic newspapers from the state as well. [KMG]


Statistics Online Computational Resource [pdf]

Teaching statistics can be a stochastic nightmare, but all of those dark
clouds will part as users make their way through the fine resources offered
on this site. The Statistics Online Computational Resource (SOCR) is based
at UCLA, and their site includes online aids for probability and statistics
education, including such handy tools as interactive applets, computational
and graphing tools, and classroom activities. Teachers and those with a bent
towards the world of statistics can look through the "Interactive SOCR
Tools" area for items to use in their classes. The "Games" area includes an
interactive scatterplot, along with a few other extras. Visitors will also
appreciate their in-house wiki, which includes their latest educational
offerings, such as free online datasets and even a curriculum for an AP
statistics course. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


MDRC [pdf]

Founded in 1974, the MDRC was started by the Ford Foundation and a set of
federal agencies. As their website indicates, "MDRC was created to learn
what works in social policy." While some may remember their well-known work
on evaluating state welfare-to-work programs, MDRC now studies public school
reforms, employment programs for ex-prisoners, people with disabilities, and
other weighty matters. From their homepage, visitors can look in on their
latest publications and featured publications, such as "Building a Culture
of Evidence for Community College Student Access". Other research and policy
materials are organized thematically on the site in sections such as "Higher
Ed", "K-12 Ed", "Workers & Communities", and "Families & Children". Visitors
who wish to stay on top of their latest releases can sign up for email
updates and RSS feeds. [KMG]
[NOTE: Pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]


National Capital Language Resource Center [pdf, Quick Time, Real Player,

The U.S. Department of Education funds fifteen Language Resource Centers
across the country, and the National Capital Language Resource Center
(NCLRC) is one of these well-regarded centers. The Center is a joint project
of Georgetown University, The George Washington University, and the Center
for Applied Linguistics. Simply put, their site is an excellent resource for
language teachers at all levels, and it is one that will merit several
return visits. First-time visitors may wish to start by looking at some of
their specialized sites, such as "The Essentials of Language Teaching",
which is a "how-to" guide for university-level languages teachers. After
that, they may want to look at "The Culture Club" area, which serves as a
place where teachers and students can share multicultural and multilanguage
resources. The site is rounded out by the "Teaching Materials" area, which
includes links to foreign language materials and assessment tools. [KMG]


NASA: Rocket Activities [pdf]
Shortened URL:

There are many things in this world that are described as not being as
difficult as rocket science. Then, of course, there is the actual science
behind rockets. Understandably, this can be difficult for budding space
scientists to grasp. Fortunately, NASA has created these fun and interactive
activities which relate both to the science and math of rocketry. These
particular activities are taken from the "Rocket Educators Guide", and they
include activities related to altitude tracking, the world of pinwheels,
balloon staging, and of course the construction of an actual paper rocket.
Each activity comes complete with instructions, diagrams, and information on
the necessary materials. Taken as a whole, these activities could be equally
fun whether outside on a brisk fall day as in a classroom setting. [KMG]


Physics & The Detection of Medical X-Rays

If Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist were alive
today, he would most likely heartily approve of this very informative and
well-designed site dealing with the detection of medical x-rays. This site
was created by the Physics Education Research Group at Kansas State
University and it serves as a good introduction to the science behind the
discovery and subsequent use of x-rays in a variety of medical settings. The
site starts with a brief discussion of Rontgen's initial discovery of x-
rays, and then goes on to offer a brief history of radiology. After that,
visitors can learn about different detection methods, including the use of
fluorescence film. One feature of the site that is most useful is the
inclusion of links to other relevant sites that cover such topics as the
concept of an x-ray dose and reduction measures. Overall, the site will be
very welcome for beginning students of radiology and medical technology.


Medline Plus: Herbal Medicine

>From the world of Aloe Vera to yohimbe, this site leaves no herbal medicines
unexplored. As part of the Medline Plus omnibus site which was created by
the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health,
this particular section covers many aspects of the world of herbal medicine.
First-time visitors will want to start by looking over the background essays
on the use of botanical dietary supplements offered from the Office of
Dietary Supplements. After that, they should browse through sections that
include "Basics", "Learn More", "Research", and "Reference Shelf". They can
also just scroll down through the homepage, which includes overviews on the
use of different herbs and supplements. Those persons looking for the latest
information about research findings on herbs and topical treatments can look
within the "Latest News" listings, which are updated frequently. Researchers
will appreciate the inclusion of a "Clinical Trials" area which provides the
latest information about ongoing clinical trials that draw on various
aspects of herbal medicine. [KMG]


Smithsonian American Art Museum: Interact [Macromedia Flash Player,

At Interact, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) invites visitors to
explore its collections through "rich media" where they "post slide shows,
podcasts, and other resources that present our collection in new and
engaging ways." A double row of thumbnails follows this invitation. While it
is difficult to determine which type of rich media a picture might link to,
it is easy to simply click through to find out. Destinations include:
"Speaking of pictures", an interactive view of Thomas Le Clear's oil
painting, Interior with Portraits, ca. 1865, with 5 rollovers
analyzing this portrait within a portrait of a photographer's studio; a
slideshow on the restoration of the SAAM building; and Campfire Stories, a
flash-based Web site on George Catlin's interactions with American Indians,
and the art these produced. A long list of recent interactives created at
SAAM is also posted the web site. Probably the best way to enjoy of all this
content is to sign up to receive the RSS feed of new additions. [DS]
[NOTE: Other pages from the Smithsonian American Art Museum previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Wed., Nov. 28, 2007 - Musically Inclined / Musiclopedia

Musically Inclined
From the site:
“It is difficult to capture the many aspects of the art and language commonly known as music. From the forms or instruments that present music, to the people or composers who create it. From the artists or musicians who perform it, to the styles and history it's known for. Musically Inclined will attempt to inform the reader of these aspects, and the subject as a whole.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


From the site:
“Resources indexed in Musiclopedia relate to music and its fields.”

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Tues., Nov. 27, 2007 - Homework Help Sites

Surfnetkids: Homework Help
From the site:
“When you've googled till your fingers are numb, and all your searching still hasn't provided an answer to your homework question, it's nice to know that there are real people out there who can help. Here's the scoop on teachers, librarians, experts, authors, and fellow students who will answer your most perplexing homework questions via email, forums, and web chat.”
[NOTE: Page includes 9 links to sites (5 Annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions). Some previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Nov. 27, 2007 - Peter's Online Typing Course!

Peter's Online Typing Course!
From the site:
“I believe there is everything here necessary for you to become an accomplished typist in the shortest amount of time possible. Plus, this course has the great advantage of being free, without the need of registration.”


Tues., Nov. 27, 2007 - Bullying (2) / Cyberbullying (2)

Stop Bullying Now
From the site:
“The Stop Bullying Now Web site is here to help you stop bullying in your school and community.”


NEA: School Safety: National Bullying Awareness Campaign

From the site:
“Bullying - Systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt and/or psychological distress on one or more students.

“However it is defined, bullying is not just child's play, but a terrifying experience many American school children face every day. It can be as direct as teasing, hitting or threatening, or indirect as in exclusion, rumors or manipulation. During the past decade, bullying has become more lethal and has occurred more frequently than it had in the previous two decades. In our quest to provide the quality education that America's children deserve, this problem can no longer be treated lightly.”


STOP cyberbullying
Cyberbullying information for educators
From the site:
“We’re here to spread the news on online safety, privacy and security.”


National Crime Prevention Council: Delete Cyberbullying
From the site:
“Online bullying, called cyberbullying, happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is a problem affecting almost half of all American teens.”
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Nov. 27, 2007 - Cyberbullying / Bullying in Schools

Cyber Bullying
Bullies at school, bullies on line
Challenging Cyber Bullying
Cyber Bullying - Information for Teens - Alberta
Hate on the Internet

See Also: Bullying in Schools

Monday, November 26, 2007


Mon., Nov. 26, 2007 - Math Slice

Math Slice: Interactive Math Games
From the site:
“our mission is to improve the mathematical skills of children. All the worksheets on this web-site are free and you can print as many as you want.”


Mon., Nov. 26, 2007 - Geometry: Challenge of the Seven Cups

PBS: Blythe Bennett's Recommended Site of the Week

Challenge of the Seven Cups
Geometric Riddles and Runes

Visit this math centered playground of puzzles to experience seven geometric riddles. Baffle your brain with The Cup of Hiding, Healing, Sun, Virtue, and of the Earth. Math concepts include finding the area of a triangle, a square, a circle, and a trapezoid. Great group activity!

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


Mon., Nov. 26, 2007 - Math/Science Nucleus

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, July 31, 2007 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Math/Science Nucleus
[NOTE: Elementary curriculum previously posted. – Phyllis ]

Age Range: 5-18 (grades K-12)

I recently received email from two ClickSchooling members who suggested the
same website - a website ClickSchooling reviewed in February of 2006. At
that time, the website was incomplete -- only the elementary school lessons
had been loaded to the site and the secondary curriculum was in the works.
The messages from Tiffany Davis of Oklahoma City and Lisa Gorski of Ventura,
California were a reminder that the site had been completed and new material
had been added resulting in a complete, FREE science curriculum for K-12
that I'm sure many of you will appreciate as the beginning of the 2007-2008
homeschool year approaches.

Lisa wrote: "It has lessons, videos, storybooks, activities, and a scope &
sequence chart that can be used online or can be downloaded. Parents can
find support for specific ideas/concepts they are teaching or easily design
a whole year's worth of a science program. It is very easy to use and IT'S

Tiffany commented, "I used it for a chemistry class I taught at a homeschool

A production of the non-profit organization Math/Science Nucleus, this site
offers free hands-on lessons and activities that integrate math, science,
and technology for Grades K-12 based on over 23 years of research on how
children learn science content. The lessons have been designed for classroom
use with the recognition that parents may use them for home study.

The site now offers for free:

Elementary Curriculum (K-6) -- A complete science program for every week of
a child's K-6 experience. Includes 3 lesson plans for 34 weeks. Includes
all science subjects integrated through Applied Science, Universe Cycle,
Plate Tectonic Cycle, Rock Cycle, Water Cycle, and Life Cycle. These lessons
require certain materials to do the activities. You can download a
description of the material "kits" so that you can assemble the materials
needed on your own -- or you can purchase the kits for a reasonable fee via
the website.

Secondary Curriculum (7-12) -- These modules increase the knowledge from
the Elementary Curriculum. Each module can be developed into a semester or
year course depending on the instructor. An electronic textbook for
students is part of the program. Hands-on activities are built from the
textbook. Included are Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Human

When you get to the site, read the introduction. Then, look on the right
side of your screen. You can sign up to receive update alerts on new
curriculum as it is loaded to the site. Then, click on the icon below the
words "Free Access." A new page opens that is the gateway to the curriculum
for Elementary and Secondary grades -- or just go there directly by clicking
on: .

While all the lessons are available for free online, you can also purchase a
CD containing the full K-12 content to use offline.

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.


Mon., Nov. 26, 2007 - Science World: Play Online

Science World: Play Online
From the site:
Bodyworks Games
Do you know how your body works? Let’s find out!

Engaging Science Games
Engage with six exciting games inspired by well-tested, hands-on classroom
activities from our Engaging Science teacher workshops.

Eureka! Games
Try our five online Eureka! games, each of which is similar to exhibits
here in our building.

Sunday, November 25, 2007


Sun., Nov. 25, 2007 - Central Pacific Railroad History Museum

CPRR Museum
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
From the site:
“The first transcontinental railroad was completed when the rails of the Union Pacific, reaching westward from Omaha, Nebraska, and those of the Central Pacific Railroad, reaching eastward from Sacramento, California were joined, completing the coast-to-coast connection.”
Site includes: Transcontinental Railroad History, Exhibits, and Links to Related Railroad, Photography & History Websites.


Sun., Nov. 25, 2007 - Manhattan Project

The Manhattan Project
From the site:
“The following documents demonstrate the tremendous concern of the Association of Manhattan Project Scientists toward nuclear power in peacetime. On the right is one of many drafts that shaped a collective statement from the scientists released just after the war (click on the image to see a larger version). These drafts were edited by Dr. Francis Bonner and Dr. Irving Kaplan, lead scientists who worked intimately with Nobel Prize chemist Dr. Harold Urey in the development of the atom bomb.”
[NOTE: Other Online Collections from
previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Nov. 25, 2007 - Histor eSearch

Histor eSearch
From the site:
“Histor eSearch was created for students, history teachers and history buffs. We now features links to K-12 history lesson plans and activities. All resource material has been previewed for academic content and relevance to national and state history curriculum content standards.”
African American History
Ancient World History
Asian History
Current Events
Historical Documents
Latin American History
History Lesson Plans
Medieval & Renaissance
Modern World History
U.S. History
Rock & Roll
War and Military History
Documentary Reviews - New


Sun., Nov. 25, 2007 - Mr. Nussbaum - United States Interactive Map – United States Interactive Map
From the site:
“Click on a state to learn more. Click "Visit Home Page" to learn
even more about a state.”
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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