Saturday, February 09, 2008


Sat., Feb. 9, 2008 - Comic Valentine

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, February 8, 2008

Comic Valentines: A Curious Collection of Valentines

Today's site, from the Scrap Album, offers a little known relic of
Victorian England, the spiteful and cruel Valentine card. Gentle
Subscribers may be astonished to discover that beside the saccharine
phrases of the typical commercial Valentine card associated with the
Victorians, there also existed a malicious version masquerading as humor.

"In mid-Victorian England the custom of sending daintily printed
valentines, overflowing with hearts, cupids and poetical posies was
generally understood to consist of an exchange of missives between special
loving friends. ... Yet beneath the sweet exterior and tender words of
these lace-paper beauties lurked something far more sinister - the comic
valentine !" - from the website

The site displays a dozen pages, each with one or two Valentine's
reproduced from the Victorian era and skewering victims from postmen to
ladies too eager to catch a man. Among the collection, which includes one
from a group created Conan Doyle's mother, are those mocking the appearance
of the recipients, both male and female, their occupations and their
characters. Additional notes provide information for each selection, with
publication details and an historical context.

Swan over to the site for the dark side of Valentine's at:

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


Sat., Feb. 9, 2008 - ClickSchooling Archives / Origami

Access the ClickSchooling Archives for free here:

ClickSchooling Archives

“We have been updating and posting the sites that have been featured
on ClickSchooling over the past 8 years...You can search by
subject or topic and age range :)”

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

Hi! It's Saturday, October 13, 2007 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Origami Club

Origami is the art of folding paper into fun figures, interesting designs,
and works of art. This site was recommended by ClickSchooling list member
Suzi Megraw who wrote:

"I stumbled on to this site when looking for 'how-to' diagrams on making
origami animals. My 9 year old son is very intrigued by this art form. The
name of the site is "Origami Club" and has a vast array of items for people
to create. It is very well organized and has step by step printable
instructions, as well as animated directions."

This is the best origami site I've seen. It was designed by graphic designer
and artist, Fumiaki Shingu, as a way to share the magic of Japanese origami
with people worldwide.

When you get to the site you'll see a menu of origami possibilities that
include folding paper into:

*Sea Creatures
*Fruits & Vegetables
*Animals & Birds
*Sweets & Food
*Paper Air Planes
*Holiday Decorations
*Alphabet Letters
*Using Newspaper for Origami
*And there is even a section of "Easy Origami" for beginners!

Click on any one and a new screen opens with a selection of designs. Click
on a design of interest, and a new page opens with complete instructions and
animated illustrations that simplify the whole process. Anyone can learn
the art of origami with the use of this website!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Sat., Feb. 9, 2008 - Interactives from Annenberg Media

Interactives from Annenberg Media
From the site:
“"Interactives" provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students' skills in a variety of curricular areas.”
Find K-12 Interactives here for Math, Science, Language, History, and Arts.

[NOTE: Online K-12 Videos on Demand previously posted from


Sat., Feb. 9, 2008 - Free Rice - Vocabulary Quizzes

Free Rice
Test your vocabulary knowledge and convert correct answers to rice donations.
From the site:
“Click on the answer that best defines the word.
If you get it right, you get a harder word. If wrong, you get an easier word.
For each word you get right, we donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.”

Friday, February 08, 2008


Fri., Feb. 8, 2008 - Hubble's UDF SkyWalker

UDF SkyWalker V1.0
From the site:
“The Ultra Deep Field obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope is the deepest view into the sky by humankind to date. This image combines 800 frames with a total exposure time of 1 million seconds. The 10.000 galaxies that are visible have distances out to times where the universe was just 800 million years old, one seventeenth of its current age.”

Related sites previously posted.


Fri., Feb. 8, 2008 - NASA: Visible Earth

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Visible Earth
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site offers a gallery of amazing graphics captured by NASA's
technology. Gentle Subscribers will discover a bountiful collection of
photographs highlighting spectacular and informative views of earth.

"A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet." - from the

The numerous galleries featured at the site, include the Newest and
Favorite collections, along with the comprehensive groupings under the
Global Change Master Directory. These range from photos of the Summer
Harvest in Russia under Agricultural Plant Science to dramatic images of
Mauna Loa in thermal infrared, from the Volcanoes section under the Solid
Earth category, accompanied by explanatory notes. In addition, the images
are searchable by keyword as well as browsable by collection type, country
and U.S. state. The vast majority of these pictures are freely available
for private use.

Soar over to the site for an outstanding exhibit of earth photography at:

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


Fri., Feb. 8, 2008 - From INFOMINE Email Alert Service - Thu, 18 Oct 2007

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007

George Tyler WWI Poster Exhibit : War on the Walls
Record Id: 673235
Created: 2007-10-17 16:54:09
Categories: govpub

Selected posters from a collection of over 1500 World War I Allied
posters in Temple University Libraries' Special Collections.
"Accompanied by primary source material and commentary."
[NOTE: Link to Essays is working, however the link to the Poster Exhibit is not working. It presented a window that said the site is temporarily undergoing maintenance. - Phyllis]

Separate Lives, Broken Dreams : Saga of Chinese Immigration
Record Id: 673234
Created: 2007-10-17 13:56:02
Categories: govpub

A site about the Chinese Exclusion Act. Immigration documents,
photographs, speeches, a glossary of terms and links to related
[NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]

Google Mars
Record Id: 673230
Created: 2007-10-16 15:18:01
Categories: maps

Mars map offering tools similar to the Google Maps interface, with
geologic features, spacecraft landing sites, and more.

Science Service Historical Image Collection
Record Id: 673228
Created: 2007-10-16 13:08:19
Categories: physci

Images from 20th century science (through the mid-1960s), focusing on
the subject of electricity. Subject browse, search, and finding aid

Minnesota Newspapers Reportage About the Armenian Genocide, 1915-22
Record Id: 673025
Created: 2007-10-12 12:39:32
Categories: liberal

Collection of articles (most from 1915) from 16 different Minnesota
newspapers with coverage of the Armenian Genocide.

Armenia, Karabagh, and the Armenian Genocide
Record Id: 673024
Created: 2007-10-12 12:13:30
Categories: liberal

Bibliographies, articles, and links to documents on the Armenian
Genocide from the Armenian Research Center at University of
Michigan-Dearborn. A few external links to documents no longer connect;
the majority of links on the site link correctly (as of October, 2007).

Record Id: 673023
Created: 2007-10-12 02:30:45
Categories: physci

Program for solving math problems; covers algebra, matrices, calculus,
inequalities, equations, and graphs.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Roman Imperial Coin Portraits
Record Id: 673021
Created: 2007-10-11 22:32:02
Categories: liberal

A short exhibition of Roman coins, offering "choice examples of Roman
Imperial portraits of the 1st and 2nd centuries after Christ..."

PhET : Physics Education Technology
Record Id: 673020
Created: 2007-10-11 21:40:22
Categories: physci

Interactive physics simulations and related activities for K-12 through
undergraduate levels.

Historical Map Archive : States of the United States of America
Record Id: 673019
Created: 2007-10-11 12:47:26
Categories: maps

Historical maps of Washington, D.C. and each state of the United


Fri., Feb. 8, 2008 - PBS: Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice / NATURE: Crash of Two Species / NOVA: Astrospies

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: February 10 - 16, 2008

The Complete Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Sunday, February 10, 2008
9 - 11:00 pm
With five daughters, no sons and an entailed estate, the elder
Bennets are in dire straits as they try to arrange advantageous
marriages. Wedding bells ring three times, but the path to true
love is tortuous indeed. Colin Firth is Mr. Darcy and Jennifer
Ehle is Elizabeth Bennet in the definitive adaptation of the
most-loved of all Austen novels. Part 1 of 3. (CC, Stereo, 1


Crash: A Tale of Two Species
On-Air & Online
Gr.6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Witness a story of the interconnection of life, as NATURE
discovers how the plummeting number of horseshoe crabs affects
the red knot, a tiny bird. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
While NASA astronauts were captivating the world with the
Apollo lunar landings, the U.S. was engaged in a top-secret
military manned space program. Now, investigative author Jim
Bamford probes the untold story of an elite corps of
clandestine astronauts who were never told of the true purpose
of their training program. Bamford travels to Russia to reveal
the secrets of the Soviet response that, if deployed, might
have led to a Cold War showdown in outer space. (CC, Stereo,
HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2008 14:16:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] Astrospies airing February 12, 2008

Hello Educators,

In next week's airing of "Astrospies," NOVA delves into the untold
story of a secret U.S. Air Force-run program designed to launch
military astronauts on spy missions in space during the Cold War.
(Subjects covered: social studies, world history, space science,

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Astrospies"
Broadcast: Tuesday, February 12, 2008
(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.)

Watch the Program
Watch the entire program online after the broadcast date.
(Quicktime or Windows Media required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Secret Astronauts
Read short biographies of eight of the 17 Manned Orbiting
Laboratory astronauts, including the first African-American
astronaut. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Race Today
Learn about the today's "space race," the Asian space powers, the
possibility of the militarization of space, and more this
interview with historian Asif Siddiqi. (Grade 9-12)

Space Race Time Line
Examine in this interactive time line turning points in the
competition between the United States and Soviet Union to
dominate space during the Cold War. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Spy Photos
View surveillance images released between 1962 and 2005 that
display influential political locations within the United States,
Iran, Sudan, North Korea, and other countries. (Flash plug-in
required; printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
Use Google Earth to simulate what satellites "see," create a
space station time line, explore satellite development, and more
with these viewing ideas. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Limited time offer: All NOVA DVDs are 15 percent off during
February. Discount applied automatically when you enter thru Offer valid thru February 29, 2008.

Plus Watch a Preview and Links & Books.

Thursday, February 07, 2008


Thurs., Feb. 7, 2008 - USS Monitor Center: Online Exhibitions

USS Monitor Center
From the site:
“The Mariners' Museum and its partners the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration have opened the Nation's Premier Civil War attraction, the USS Monitor Center and are undergoing a major effort to restore the USS Monitor, which was lost at sea during the Civil War.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Online Exhibitions


Thurs., Feb. 7, 2008 - A Book in Time: History Websites, Booklists, Timelines, Maps

History Websites
From the site:
“…listings of Interactive Links, Crafts, Timelines, and Maps along with the books…”

A Book in Time: A History Booklist...and more!


Maps for History Students


Thurs., Feb. 7, 2008 - Sites from Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, October 18, 2007

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, October 18, 2007
Read This Online :


JFK in History: Cuban Missile Crisis
This presentation looks at the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which started when, in "October 1962, a U.S. spy plane secretly photographed nuclear missile sites being built by the Soviet Union on the island of Cuba." Text and recordings provide history of the conflict, which could have resulted in nuclear war, and its resolution and aftermath. Includes a link to a related exhibit. From the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:
[NOTE: Other pages from
previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963: Cuban Missile Crisis and Aftermath
This volume of the federal government publication "Foreign Relations of the United States" contains the text of meeting summaries, briefing records, memoranda, and other material about the 1962-63 Cuban Missile Crisis and aftermath. Most documents are from U.S. agencies; includes some correspondence received from the Soviet Union during this conflict. Provides abbreviations and a list of people involved. From the U.S. Department of State.
LII Item:


Reading Wilde, Querying Spaces: An Exhibition Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Trials of Oscar Wilde
Material about British author Oscar Wilde ("novelist, poet, playwright, aesthete, reputed homosexual, enigma"), who was convicted in 1895 of practicing "indecent acts." The exhibit of printed and manuscript works "trace[s] the powerful impact of Oscar Wilde in the aesthetic, political, spiritual, and moral circles of late-Victorian England." Includes discussions of Wilde's epigrammatic theater, Wilde in America, and prison and personal letters. From New York University (NYU) Library.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:


The Wall Street Journal: Campaign 2008
News coverage of the 2008 presidential elections, with an emphasis on fundraising and other financial aspects of the campaigns. Features news stories, analysis, video clips, political polls, trends, a campaign contribution database, interactive graphic comparing fundraising of candidates, candidate scorecard, and more. From the Wall Street Journal.
LII Item:


NPR: Election 2008
News coverage of the 2008 presidential election, with profiles of Republican and Democratic candidates and a primary and caucus calendar. Stories cover campaigns in specific states, issues and debates, campaign spending, voting, and related topics. Features a series on candidates' first campaigns for political office. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item:

Vote 2008
PBS Online NewsHour's coverage of the 2008 presidential elections features in-depth interviews with candidates (video, audio, and transcripts), a blog with campaign updates, news and analysis, and candidate profiles. Also includes a primary and caucus calendar, lesson plans, and links to other PBS programs covering the election. Also provides podcasts and specific newsfeeds (RSS) for states and candidates.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Vote USA 2008
News coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential election, from a British perspective. Provides news stories, background about presidential elections, candidate profiles, presidential primary and caucus dates, and analysis of issues that will shape the presidential race, such as the Iraq war, national security, immigration, and health care reform. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
LII Item:


Languages of the World
Learn about language families and individual languages and dialects throughout the world. Use the interactive language map to access material about languages on each continent, and browse to find background, educations opportunities, and links to related material for dozens of languages and dialects. From the National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC), a governmental agency founded "for the purpose of providing timely and accurate translations of foreign intelligence for all elements of the Intelligence Community."
LII Item:


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


Thurs., Feb. 7, 2008 - Teaching Resources from

Sites found in:
Subject: Teaching Resources
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2008

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


African American History Month
African American History Month features more than 60 resources related to African American history. See photos and historic places from the civil rights movement. Learn about Frederick Douglass, the Harlem Renaissance, the 369th Infantry, Brown v. Board of Education, Martin Luther King, and Jackie Robinson. Find out about Oberlin, New Philadelphia, and more. (Department of Education)
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
presents photos of 100 famous and influential African Americans, from with Frederick Douglass and to Wynton Marsalis. Each portrait includes a brief biography. (National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)


Picturing America
aims to introduce students to America's art treasures and
promote American history and culture in schools and public
libraries. This initiative invites K-12 schools, home school
consortia, and public libraries to apply for a set of 20
laminated posters and a teachers resource book. Posters
include images of "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,"
"Washington Crossing the Delaware," and "Looking Down Yosemite
Valley," and works by Audubon, Catlin, Benton, Cole, Homer,
Rockwell, Wyeth, and others. (National Endowment for the


History Explorer
is a timeline of stories from exhibits, collections, and
programs of the National Museum of American History.
(National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)
[NOTE: Previously posted. See review below. - Phyllis ]

Site found in:
The Scout Report
April 29, 2005
Volume 11, Number 17

History Explorer [Macromedia Flash Player]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

There are many ways to explore the various facets of history, and some of
the world's leading museums have come up with a host of online multimedia
tools to bring people into this subject that is sometimes erroneously
perceived to be dry and uninteresting. The inventive people at the National
Museum of American History have recently developed the History Explorer
which allows those surfing the Web to browse through an interactive timeline
of American history. The interface is composed of items from the Museum's
various online collections, exhibitions and programs, such as Plymouth Rock
and a world map from 1511. Visitors can zoom in and out through the timeline
and its objects and also elect to toggle on or off various themes, such as
"Arts and Culture", "Peopling America", and "Politics and Reform". Overall,
this is a very well-thought-out tool for learning about American history and
one that will engage a wide range of persons. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.


Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings
commemorates the 400th anniversary of these three lasting
settlements founded in North America between 1607-1609. See
rare European and Native American artifacts. Learn about the
settlements -- their economies and labor systems, populations,
spiritual life, trade, diplomacy, and warfare. (National
Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)
Shortened URL:


The Star-Spangled Banner
recounts the story of the flag that inspired our national
anthem. Learn about the design of the U.S. flag, how Francis
Scott Key's song changed how Americans viewed the flag, and
the flag code -- protocols for handling and displaying the
U.S. flag. Take a 10-question quiz on the history of the U.S.
flag and the Star-Spangled Banner. (National Museum of
American History, Smithsonian Institution)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Museum of Underwater Archaeology
introduces students to the work of underwater archaeologists
and maritime historians. Explore shipwrecks, lost colonies,
and underwater archaeological projects around the world.
Follow the stories of the CSS Alabama, a Confederate ship sunk
in battle, and the Industry, a sloop that went down in 1764
while delivering supplies to British troops in Florida. Learn
about the six steps in conducting an underwater archaeology
project. (Museum of Underwater Archaeology, National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration)


Periodic Table of the Elements
displays the elements by atomic number and describes the
history and sources of each element, as well as its properties
and uses. (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Department of
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations
features collections of dozens of animations for teaching
geoscience topics -- atmosphere, biosphere, climate, earth's
surface, energy and material cycles, geology, human
dimensions, hydrosphere and cryosphere, hydrology, ocean,
solar system, solid earth, earth history, and more. Learn
what makes an effective visualization and best practices for
using visualizations in the classroom. (Carleton College,
National Science Foundation)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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Thurs., Feb. 7, 2008 - Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, February 2008

Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, February 2008, Pg. 3

American FactFinder

Artcyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas

The Black Wings Story


InVision Guide to a Healthy Heart

Journey of Mankind: The Peopling of the World

Navajo Code Talkers

Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption

RACE: Are We So Different?

Student's Friend: World History & Geography

Study Guides and Strategies

The Write Site

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Wed., Feb. 6, 2008 - NetSmartz


"Some dangers on the Internet can't be prevented by a Microsoft security
upgrade. This site seeks to protect and serve by providing an interactive
resource to teach kids and teens how to stay safer online. It's chock full of
information for teens,, including safety tips and real-life video stories about
young adults that faced Internet dangers. Kids can check out the interactive
sub-site,, where cartoon characters provide protection

From the site:
“The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Feb. 6, 2008 - Drug Information

Drug Information
From the site:
“…includes twenty-nine in-depth drug profiles… Drug Profiles were originally created designed by CESAR to educate youth about sexual health, alcohol, and other drugs.”

FROM: Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)


Wed., Feb. 6, 2008 - Character Education (3)

Life Skills: Character
From the site:
“Personal growth and character development are the foundation of a successful and independent lifelong learner. Students will develop personal qualities such as self-esteem, self-discipline, integrity, honesty, responsibility, sociability, and personal wellness for healthy living.”

Character Education Links and Resources

Character Education Resources
Shortened URL:

North Carolina Public Schools - Character Education

Character Education Information Handbook and Guide II for Support and Implementation of the Student Citizen Act of 2001 (Character and Civic Education) in PDF format

Download: 2nd Edition (2006) (.pdf – 138 pg.)
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“NC Department of Public Instruction is now following up to our first Character
Education Informational Handbook & Guide (2002), with this whole new second edition containing an
even stronger focus on service learning and citizenship through the power of student voice.”


The Character Education What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
From the site:
“The Character Education What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews focus on programs designed for use in elementary, middle, or high schools with attention to student outcomes related to positive character development, prosocial behavior, and academic performance.”

Topic Report: Character Education
“Character can encompass such moral and ethical values as respect, fairness, and caring—as well as responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship. And it can refer to the demonstration of these values in behavior, reasoning, and emotions… To set some bounds on this evolving topic, the WWC identified programs that deliberately attempt to develop students' character by teaching core values”



Wed., Feb. 6, 2008 - Civic Education

Civic Education
From the site:
“Each chapter of the volume will provide teachers with resources that they can use to create content-based lessons related to civic education, a topic which has great potential for the language classroom because of its relevance to the daily lives of students around the world. Each chapter will highlight one theme related to civic education and will equip teachers with relevant background information, interactive and communicative classroom activities, and a list of related resources that will allow them to extend and expand the lesson further, if so desired.”

From: The Language and Civil Society Journal,
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Designed for teachers of English as a foreign language

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Tues., Feb. 5, 2008 - Archiving Early Ameica

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, October 4, 2007 and time for History at

Recommended Website
Archiving Early America
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

A message from ClickSchooling list member Sharon Jacksack, convinced me to feature this website again. We had previously reviewed it in 2002, and it has been updated substantially since that time. Sharon wrote, "This Website is a new discovery for me. They have free Flash movies of major milestones of the American Revolution that are really quite good. Plus, they have maps, portraits, and documents to really flesh out a study of the American Revolution."

When you get to the landing page, you will see an introduction to this website that uses primary source materials to provide insight into the people and events that shaped early American history. You'll also see a list of the most popular resources archived on the site. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore:

*Freedom Documents - The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

*World Of Early America - Find out how America got its name, meet some of the notable women of the era, and read some obituaries of notable characters of the time.

*Lives of Early Americans - Read the biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Boone, Paul Revere, and more.

*Maps - See maps of the 13 colonies as well as battlefields and other settlements.

*Milestone Events - Learn about The Whiskey Rebellion, Thomas Paine's "Common Sense," The Louisiana Purchase and other defining events in early American history.

*Portraits - Read about the lives of people who were prominent in early American history including Samuel Adams, Benedict Arnold, King George III, Thomas Jefferson, and more. The pictures here are of engravings made from original paintings.

*Games - Test your knowledge of early American history with quizzes and crossword puzzles.

*Music - Listen to the music and read the lyrics of songs that were popular during The French and Indian War, The Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, and more.

*Movies - Watch a series of films that highlight notable people and historic events including the lives of George Washington and Molly Pitcher.

There is a wealth of material in these archives -- a real treasure trove for those with an interest in early American history.

Diane 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.


Tues., Feb. 5, 2008 - Churchill Centre

The Churchill Centre
Review from Librarians' Internet Index:
This organization "fosters leadership, statesmanship, vision and
courage among democratic and freedom-loving peoples worldwide,
through the thoughts, words, works and deeds of Winston Spencer
Churchill." The site includes a calendar of events and
conferences, and lists publications and resources. For the user
seeking background information, it offers facts about Churchill, a
selection of quotes (as well as quotes incorrectly attributed to
Churchill), myths and debates, and trivia. Searchable.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Complimentary Biography of Winston Churchill for Libraries
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“The Churchill Centre, Washington, DC, will send a complimentary biography of Churchill to a school or public library.”
Complete and submit the form online.


Tues., Feb. 5, 2008 - Vietnam: 30 Years Beyond the War

Vietnam, 30 Years Beyond the War
Shortened URL:

New Face of Vietnam - Introduction
Shortened URL:
(Click and hold down arrow to scroll through introduction. Cursor over images to see captions.)

War Without End
Shortened URL:

Photographer’s Journal (Audio)
Shortened URL:

SEE ALSO: Pain and Grace of Vietnam
An Interview with Photographer, Jim Gensheimer


Tues., Feb. 5, 2008 - NOVA: Who Killed the Red Baron? (5) / World War I Aviators and Aircraft (7) / Mneumonics (3)

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #80 from October 15, 2007


NOVA: Who Killed the Red Baron?
From the site:
“NOVA explores the controversial death of the World War I fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen, known as the Red Baron.”

The following 4 sites were listed on the NOVA page:

The Red Baron
“View a time line of the Red Baron's aviation exploits during World War I and see a month-by-month graph detailing the Baron's air victories at this Richthofen enthusiast's Web site.”

Who Killed the Red Baron?
“This extensive Web site is devoted to reconsidering how the Red Baron died. You'll find summaries of many of the possible theories as well as illustrations and diagrams that help support the various accounts.”

The Red Fighter Pilot
“Read an online version of Richthofen's autobiography, Der Rote Kampfflieger (The Red Fighter Pilot), which was first published in 1917, the year before the Baron died in battle. The version here is based on a translation by J. Ellis Barker published in 1918.”

Military Airplanes of World War I
“Familiarize yourself with some of the legendary aircraft of World War I and see colorful illustrations of the planes in flight.”


The Aerodrome
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Legendary Aviators and Aircraft of World War One
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

World War I Aircraft

World War I Modeling Page
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

WWI Aircraft Reference Library

World War One Aviation Links

History of Aviation


Fun With Words: Mneumonics
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mnemonics – A Guide


Archives for this ezine
are available online here:

Monday, February 04, 2008


Mon., Feb. 4, 2008 - Virtual Field Trip: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Virtual Field Trip.
From the site:
“Welcome to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Learn how JPL explores space and studies Earth.
Just click on a character and join us for a virtual field trip around our lab.”
NOTE: Click on arrows for a greater selection of characters.


Mon., Feb. 4, 2008 - Anatomy of a Black Hole

Anatomy of a Black Hole
Learn about black holes from this animation.


Mon., Feb. 4, 2008 - Rise and Disappearance of Sourthern Louisiana / USGS Videos & Animations / Lunar Phase Simulator / HUMOR: Science Made Stupid

Sites found in:
13 October 2007 Earth Science Sites of the Week

Times-Picayune, (suggested by Bryce Hand, Emeritus Professor of Geology
(Syracuse Univ.), An outstanding 7-minute video from New Orleans
Times-Picayune (data mostly from U.S.G.S. and Tulane Univ.) describes
post-Pleistocene evolution of the Mississippi delta. The video shows how
natural and human influences combine to make New Orleans so vulnerable
to events like Katrina.
Shortened URL:


USGS VIDEOS AND ANIMATIONS (suggested by Cher Cunningham, Science
Information and Education Office, USGS) This database contains a
collection of USGS videos and animations that provides a broad
representation of USGS research available through visual media. With one
exception, all the products in this database are considered public
domain and may be viewed or reproduced free of charge. Contents are
arranged by topic.


Lunar Phase Simulator, University of Nebraska, (suggested by Dan
Brownstein) find a great flash of lunar phases. You can do A LOT with this.

1. click on show observer and then drag the observer to show where
exactly moon and sunrise are visible (note simultaneous celestial sphere
to right)
2. you can also move the celestial sphere around for different
perspectives (top down, from the east, from the west, etc). this could
be helpful for sun motions as well as lunar....also could simulate star
3. click on time tickmarks to show the time for the observer.
4. obviously click on can allow the animation to run on
its own, or you can drag the moon to show the corresponding phase with
5. advancing by hour is also helpful to show how the moon and sun
"appear" to move through the sky as we rotate...AND the moon is orbiting
the earth at the same time!


HUMOR: Geologic Ages and Events, (suggested by Steve Kluge) Check out
the geologic time chart. I like particularly the Creosote and Listerine eras.

[NOTE: FROM: Science Made Stupid
Scroll down to Chapters and explore: The Universe / Matter & Energy / The Earth / Evolution / The Descent of Man / Appendix / Glossary / Tables & Charts / Further Reading ]


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Mon., Feb. 4, 2008 - Paleobiology: Geologic Time, Dinosaurs, Blast from the Past

[NOTE: Blast from the Past is one of several features at
The National Museum of Natural History
Paleobiology Features site
From the site:
“The Paleobiology Department has developed specialized, interesting, and fun websites on focused topics and useful tools.”
Page has links to all 11 of their feature sites including:

Geologic Time: The Story of a Changing Earth


Life of a Vertebrate Fossil (previously posted )

- Phyllis ]

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, October 11, 2007

Blast from the Past

Today's site, from the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, presents an
overview of the recent discovery of evidence of the fallout from the
asteroid which struck the Yucatan Peninsula at the end of the Cretaceous
period. Gentle Subscribers will find a brief but absorbing account of the
significance of this remarkable find.

"A recently recovered deep-sea core contains convincing new evidence of an
asteroid impact 65 million years ago, when dinosaurs went extinct. A
section of the core is the centerpiece of a multimedia exhibit, "Blast from
the Past," currently on display ... " - from the website

The site explains the hypothesis of the asteroid's effect on climate and
life on the planet, as well as noting that the dust and ash fallout in the
deep-sea core was consistent with a significant asteroid impact. A brief
analysis of the core sample is graphically displayed showing the various
layers corresponding to geological eras, along with the changes in the size
and appearance of a common single-celled oceanic organism before and after
the asteroid struck. Also available are scientific references and an
informative interview with one of the scientists who was a member of the
Ocean Drilling team which recovered the deep-sea core.

Cycle over to the site for a summary of the latest analysis of that
critical asteroid impact at:

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

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Sun., Feb. 3, 2008 - The Virtual Microscope

The Virtual Microscope: Instructional Video
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Virtual Microscope

“The Virtual Microscope is a full-fledged simulation that allows users to select and position slides, adjust lighting, magnification and focus, and measure specimens. A narrated demonstration is available to guide students through the steps required to bring a specimen into focus. There is also a checklist that indicates which steps have been completed successfully.”



Sun., Feb. 3, 2008 - Drought

Sites found in:
From: Walter
Sun, 14 Oct 2007
Subject: [Innovative-Teaching] ITN October 2007: Drought

The Innovative Teaching Newsletter
Volume 10, Issue 2 - October 2007
Topic: Drought

This month's topic is Drought. Consider the possibilities
for your students.....
[Scroll down for list of links]

Walter McKenzie
The One and Only Surfaquarium

The Innovative Teaching Newsletter is free to educators everywhere.
Copyright 2007 Newsletter Archive (by topic)

Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit group on the web, go to:
[NOTE: Other issues of ITN Newsletter previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Feb. 3, 2008 - Mathematics for Economics / Poetry / Satellite-Tagged Walruses

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
October 12, 2007
Volume 14, Number 39

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


Mathematics for Economics: Enhancing Teaching and Learning [pdf, Real

Working at the University of Nottingham, Dr. Rebecca Taylor and her
colleagues have created this very fine set of resources designed to assist
teachers who seek to utilize mathematics in the service of teaching
economics. Visitors can learn more about their work in the "About the Team"
section, and they can also view a summary of the project's work so far. The
real heart of the site is contained within the "Resource Room", which
contains streaming videos, teaching and learning guides, and a question
bank. Visitors may wish to start with the question bank, which contains
files that can be used in problem sheets, assessment exercises and
tutorials. The exercises include those drawing on algebra, number theory,
and differentiation. Moving on, the site also includes teaching and learning
guides that address linear equations, finance growth, and either other
topics. [KMG]



Founded by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry magazine continues to flourish in
the 21st century. When the magazine was first published, Monroe remarked
“The Open Door will be the policy of this magazine-may the great poet we are
looking for never find it shut, or half-shut, against his ample genius!”
Strong and meaningful words indeed, and the magazine and its accompanying
website live up to them today. On the site, visitors can look through the
contents of the current issue, and they can also read selected works as
well. On the homepage, visitors can learn about each month’s “Featured
Poets”, and also take a look at the “Featured Prose” piece. Clicking on the
“Featured Stories” link will take users to articles about poetry slams, the
work of the Persian poet Rumi, and “The Poem as Comic Strip”. The site is
quite a delight, and it is worth returning to multiple times. [KMG]

====== In The News ====

Satellite tagged walruses help scientists answer climate change

Over and out from tagged walruses

Thousands of walruses abandon ice for Alaska shore
Shortened URL:

In a Warming Bering Sea, Whither the Walrus?

Walruses Prefer Right to Left Flipper

Toothwalkers: Giants of the Arctic Ice

The Walrus and The Carpenter

This past April, scientists attached satellite tags to eight walruses in
West Greenland in an effort to learn more about the effects of climate
change. There is a definite connection between walruses, ice and climate
and scientists hope that by continuing to track walruses via satellite more
can be discovered. While the scientists tagged eight walruses, a few tags
failed almost immediately but a few were sending signals through the summer.
This past month the last working satellite tag stopped signaling. In
addition to learning more about the effects of climate change, scientists
involved in the study hoped to uncover where walruses migrate. Walruses
need thick ice and as temperatures rise in the spring and summer they head
north to colder climates, but the exact location of their summer hideaway
has long been a mystery. The information gleaned from this study could also
impact walrus hunting quotas. Walrus hunting is still allowed in Greenland
and Canada where they are hunted for their ivory and meat. Scientists hope
to gain information about the connection between walrus populations as well
as to better understand what is necessary to maintain a sustainable
population. Despite the early loss of some tags and the difficulties in
tracking walruses, the team was pleased with the results and hopes to run
the tagging experiments over a number of years. Dr. Born, a member of the
team, added "When you look around the world, there are not a whole lot of
walrus researchers, and I think one reason is that walruses are just such a
difficult animal to study." [CMH]

The first link will take users to an article from BBC News which talks about
the last of the satellite tagged walruses and the research accompanying the
project. The second link leads to a piece from the USA Today which discusses
how climate change may be affecting Alaskan walruses. In the third link
users will find Alaska Public Radio's Annie Feidt's fine piece on climate
change in the Bering Sea and its effects on walruses. The fourth link is
from Discovery News and discusses the recent science behind determining
whether walruses (as well as other creatures) are primarily righties or
lefties. Moving on to the fifth link, users will be taken to's
complementary website to their Nature program "Toothwalkers: Giants of the
Arctic Ice". Here visitors can watch walrus videos, peruse a plethora of
walrus photos and learn more about their habitat, survival and even walruses
in captivity. Finally, users can click on the last link to read and enjoy
Lewis Carroll's "The Walrus and the Carpenter". [CMH]


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


Sun., Feb. 3, 2008 - Six Degrees Could Change the World

Six Degrees Could Change the World

Six Degrees Could Change the World – Interactive Flash
Shortened URL:
[Allow pop-ups]

Six Degrees Could Change the World - videos
From the site:
"Six Degrees Could Change the World" explores the potential impacts of global warming degree-by-degree—through six degrees over the next hundred years. Filmed on five continents, the program tracks the world’s top climate researchers and follows ranchers, photographers, and everyday people to uncover climate trends. Watch a video from the program discussing the recession of glaciers in the Himalayas.”

Stopping the Mercury's Rise: view videos of a range of proposed projects
From the site:
“…some scientists are proposing a range of massive geoengineering projects and other extreme measures.”

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