Saturday, April 05, 2008


Sat., April 5, 2008 - Arcademic Skill Builders

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

Hi! It's Monday, November 12, 2007

Recommended Website:
Arcademic Skill Builders

Age Range: 8 and up (Geared for elementary grade students, but players of
varying ages and abilities will enjoy it too.)

For those of you who wonder if video games can be educational - visit this
website. It offers free arcade games designed to build basic academic skills
in math and language arts.

The founder of this site , Jerry Chaffin, won a lifetime achievement award
from the University of Kansas and gave a speech about the past, present, and
future of educational video games that you can listen to at the website
(access it on the homepage at ). He
believes anything can be taught through video games.

The software program he developed "was inspired by arcade games and the
intense engagement they fostered between the game and player...the games
embrace research on learning dealing with 'automaticity' and 'fluency.'
Automaticity is fast and accurate object identification at the single object
level." Fluency includes retention of information and the ability to apply
what is learned in new situations.

The engaging games at this site provide focused repetition practice that
enables students to achieve fluency quickly. You can play with one or
multiple players. When you get to the site you will see a menu of games with
descriptions that include:

-Meteor Multiplication
-Demolition Division
-Alien Addition
-Minus Mission

-Coconut Vowels
-Word Frog
-Word Invasion
-Verb Viper

You can set the speed of each game for challenge and success. You'll also
find a "Teacher's Manual" that provides guidance on how to use these games
for optimal learning. It encourages adaptation of the materials "in any way
possible" to ensure a positive experience for every student.

Bookmark this site, your kids will want to return often. :)

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., April 5, 2008 - Power Reporting

Power Reporting
In partnership with the Columbia Journalism Review, this site offers "Thousands
of free research tools for journalists." Includes a Newsroom Treasure Hunt, its
Top 100 web sites, and a tutorial on web searching.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Site found in:
Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2003

Web searching
From the site:
“Web searching: a tutorial on search strategy and syntax.”

Power Reporting: Top 100 sites
From the site:
“Here are the editor's choices for the most useful resources at Power Reporting, listed alphabetically.”


Sat., April 5, 2008 - 2008 Central (Election Coverage)

2008 Central

2008 Central seeks to become the single most comprehensive information source for the upcoming 2008 Presidential Election. What you can expect from 2008 Central: Non-partisan coverage of candidates; campaign analysis; access to videos of campaign stops, speeches and interviews; press releases, quality information, and frequent updates.


Sat., April 5, 2008 - Sports Illustrated Vault

Sports Illustrated Vault
SI Vault - "explore the 54 years of Sports Illustrated history including over 150,000 stories, 2,800 covers, 500,000 photographs, a Wiki sports encyclopedia and links to historical videos."


Site found in:
Shortened URL:
March 22, 2008

Sports Illustrated Unlocks SI Vault Archives

A must for all sports fans follows.

Search, review, and read (free!) more than 54 years of Sports Illustrated content including full text stories, images (including covers), video, and more. Search by keyword. An advanced interface is available but you cannot limit by date or date range before you run a search.

HOWEVER, you can refine a search by date and/or date range via an interface found at the top of all results pages. You can also click to refine by type of content (articles, photos, galleries, video, and covers). Finally, you can also refine results to material from Sports Illustrated (the magazine), (the web site) and/or both publications. It’s also possible to sort results by date or relevance.

Be prepared to spend some time here. Yes, once again, it’s all free.

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

Friday, April 04, 2008


Fri., April 4, 2008 - A celebration, this is (Sylvia Plath)

A celebration, this is’
From the site:
" ‘A celebration, this is’ began in the winter of 1998 and has gone through many face lifts in the attempt to bring you a well-presented, informational website on Sylvia Plath…My intention is to provide researchers, fans and others with information on the life and works of Sylvia Plath.”


Fri., April 4, 2008 - PBS: Red Files

Red Files

Gain a better understanding of the Soviet Union
through never-before-seen images from the Russian government archives,
compelling personal stories, and powerful interviews with key Russian
participants and Western experts on Soviet sports, propaganda, space
and espionage.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Copyright 2001 PBS Online


Fri., April 4, 2008 - Amelia Earhart (In Search Of)

Amelia Earhart (In Search Of)
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Amelia Earhart's disappearance somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on July 2nd, 1937 is still one of the world's great mysteries. This segment chronicles her rise to fame, examines the last flight in detail and explores the various theories which have emerged since the world's most famous female flyer suddenly vanished. This video courtesy of THE HISTORY CHANNEL”. [NOTE: Video starts with a 15 sec. commercial – Phyllis ]


Fri., April 4, 2008 - PBS: Zora Neale Hurston / NATURE: What Females Want / NOVA: Cracking the Maya Code / AMEX: Amelia Earhart

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: April 6-12, 2008

American Masters
Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
On-Air & Online
3-5 / 6-8
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
9 - 10:30 pm
This is a profile of author Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most
celebrated -- and most controversial -- figures of the Harlem
Renaissance, the creatively expansive era in the 1920s when
"the Negro was in vogue." (CC, Stereo, 1year)


What Females Want and Males Will Do (Part One)
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, April 6, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
In the animal world, females decide. But their decisions may
not always be what others expect. What is it they are looking
for? Monogamy? Variety? A special sound or smell? A touch of
red? Babysitting skills? It could be any or all of the above.
(CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Cracking the Maya Code
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
NOVA takes a definitive look back at how a handful of pioneers
deciphered the intricate system of hieroglyphs developed by the
Maya. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

[NOTE: See teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


American Experience
Amelia Earhart
On-Air & Online
Monday, April 11, 2008
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the
Atlantic and the first to cross the North American continent
alone. Seemingly invincible, Earhart tirelessly traveled and
lectured, a champion of aviation and equal opportunity for
women. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

[NOTE: See promo: - Phyllis ]

Copyright 2008 PBS Online


--------Forwarded Message--------
[NOVA Teachers] "Cracking the Maya Code" airs April 8, 2008

Hello Educators,

In next week's airing of "Cracking the Maya Code," NOVA explores the
centuries-long effort to understand the Maya's complex hieroglyphic
script and reveals the breakthroughs that led to the code being
deciphered. (Subjects covered: anthropology/archeology, social
studies, world history).

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Cracking the Maya Code"
Broadcast: Tuesday, April 8, 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)

Time Line of Decipherment
Use this interactive time line to trace key discoveries over the
centuries to understand Maya script. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

A Masterpiece Revealed
Tour this interactive mural to see archeological illustrations of
how the San Bartolo's North Wall glyphs might have originally
looked, and learn about the ancient Maya elements depicted in the
painting. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Decode Stela 3
Follow the decipherment of a passage of Maya glyphs carved onto
an ancient stone monument, hear the ancient Maya spoken, and
learn the meaning behind the glyphs in this interactive. (Flash
plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Map of the Maya World
Navigate this interactive map to learn more about 15 of the
better-known Maya sites, including Chichen Itza and Copan. (Flash
plug-in required; printable version available.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8,

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students learn out how scientists
began to understand the meaning of Maya glyphs and determine
their own birth date using the Maya Long Count calendar system.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Watch a Preview and Links & Books.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


Thurs., April 3, 2008 - The Physics of Baseball

Site found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences ===
======== September 5, 2003 ===
======== Volume 2, Number 18 ======

The Physics of Baseball
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site revised: March 27, 2008 - Phyllis ]

This site is created and maintained by University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign physics professor, Alan M. Nathan. Professor Nathan shares a
generous amount of material from his physics classes at this site, such as
lectures in HTML and PowerPoint format. You can also watch a 50-minute video
on the physics of baseball that was given as part of the Jefferson
Laboratory Science Series. Links to journal articles and other documents on
unique topics such as the dynamics of baseball-bat collision, the acoustics
of baseball, and wood versus aluminum bats are also provided. Other topics
include information on aerodynamics of the baseball, the juiced baseball
issue, and NCAA batting standards. This authoritative and interesting site
is perfect for physics students and interested baseball fans alike. [TJS]

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


Thurs., April 3, 2008 - Glossopedia

From the site:
“Glossopedia is a multimedia online interactive encyclopedia, connecting kids to the world by supporting discovery of nature, animals, science, and culture.”


Thurs., April 3, 2008 - Beatles Lyrics / Ugly Critters / Neckties / Newspapers / Aesop's Fables / Disco

Sites found in:
The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter # 480 11/8/2007


Beatles Lyrics Archive

Arguably the greatest band in the history of rock n' roll, the music of
"The Beatles" has inspired hundreds of millions of people over the past
forty years. Fans will love "The Beatles Lyrics Archive", an amazing
online resource that contains nearly every word written by the legendary
band from Liverpool.

Hop into your yellow submarine and cruise through this easy-to-use virtual
archive, which lets you search for your favorite tunes by "Album" or "Song
Title". In addition to the site's alphabetical archive of awesome Beatles'
songs released between 1963 and 2003, there is also a section on "Pictures"
as well as links to other Beatles-loving website.


Ugly Critters

Most animals are adorable, but Nature's graceful hand has created some
creatures that only a mother could love. Check out this fun list of "The
10 Ugliest Animals", which includes aesthetically-challenged critters like
the Naked Mole Rat, the Horseshoe Bat, and the Star-nosed Mole.
Shortened URL:

History of the Necktie

Whether or not you like to dress formally, there is no denying that a nice
tie can make or break the man. This cool piece, courtesy of
CuriousExpeditions.Org, unveils the rich history of the modern necktie.


Newspapers of the World

Despite the rapid growth of the World Wide Web and 24-hour cable news, many
people still enjoy getting their news from traditional newspapers.
NewspaperIndex.Com is a cool site that helps you find the right newspaper
for you, with reviews of publications from major cities and countries all
around the world.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Aesop's Fables

While Aesop's Fables are legendary, little is known about the man who is
authored them or if he even existed at all. Believed to be an Ancient
Greek slave and storyteller who lived during the 6th Century B.C., Aesop's
name has become a blanket term to describe fables and stories that use
simple incidents to teach children (and adults) great truths.

This online collection of Aesop's Fables has been up and running for 11
years, and continues to grow in size and scope. Visitors can search the
site's collection of over 650 Fables by "Title" and "Moral of the Story" to
find such classic tales as "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", "The North Wind and
the Sun", and "The Tortoise and the Hare".
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Disco Disco!!!

Disco may not be as hip as it was in the 1970's, but it still has a lively
home on the Internet thanks to this cool website. Disco-Disco.Com
showcases the biggest stars of the Disco era, its most popular clubs, and
the legendary DJs who mixed the beats.

Visitors can read about the history of the Disco Era, including the most
influential disco record labels, DJ's, clubs, artists, and other
wide-collared taste-makers. Other cool features include the "Discotheque"
where you can mix your own music, a section called "On The Turntable" which
features favorite singles, and links to other disco-dancing website.


Thurs., April 3, 2008 - U.S. to Set Standard Measure for Dropouts

Sites found in:
Public Agenda Alert -- April 3, 2008
* U.S. to Set Standard Measure for Dropouts

The federal government will require all states to
use the same formula to calculate school graduation
rates, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings
announced this week. Prior to this, each state
used it's own method of calculating dropouts, a
procedure that some experts say conceals serious

For example, a change last year in North
Carolina's dropout formula cut its graduation rate
from 95 percent to 68 percent. In cities like Detroit,
Indianapolis and Cleveland, fewer than 35 percent
of high school students graduate on time, according
to a separate study released this week. An estimated
1.2 million U.S. students drop out annually.

In Public Agenda's research, we've found minority parents
are far more likely than whites to report "too many students
dropping out" as a serious problem in their school.
Some 48 percent of Hispanic parents and 38 percent of
black parents say dropouts are a "very serious" problem
in local schools. That's compared to 18 percent of whites
in our Reality Check 2006 survey.

But black parents are also more skeptical about what
high school diplomas mean for their children, with four in 10
saying getting a diploma is "no guarantee" that a student
has learned the basics. Only 26 percent of white and Hispanic
parents have the same reservations.

And many minority high school students report similar problems
around them every day. In the Reality Check survey, 39
percent of black students and 23 percent of Hispanic students
say having too many students drop out is a "very serious"
problem at their school. Only 12 percent of whites say the same.

Find out more in our Reality Check survey:

Read The New York Times story on the new policy:
Shortened URL:

Read the statement from Education Secretary Margaret Spellings:


Thurs., April 3, 2008 - Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, April 2008

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

American Life in Poetry


Biological and Cultural Anthropology Tutorials

The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture

Earth Science World

H.I.P. Pocket Change

Imagine the Universe!

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Links to Other Web Sites (scroll down)

Museum of Hoaxes

Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09

A Paleo Perspective... On Global Warming

Universal Leonardo

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Wed., Apr. 2, 2008 - Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, November 9, 2007

The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations

Today's site, by author Tony Reeves, offers a fascinating site for movie
buffs and anyone curious about the seemingly exotic locations presented on
the silver screen. Gentle Subscribers will discover a wide-ranging
collection of locations from an ever-growing list of movies.

"Have you ever wondered 'Where did they film that?' Are you a 'set-jetter'?
The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations is the essential travel guide to
filming locations of Hollywood blockbusters, indie cult films and arthouse
cinema throughout the world." - from the website

The site features dozens of attention-grabbing movie locations, such as the
entry for "Back to the Future" which displays great photos of real houses
in real neighborhoods in various parts of California, along with
informative notes on the specific locations. A highlight of the
presentation is the author's facility for demonstrating the
inter-connectedness and practicality of some movie-making ventures. For
example, the location of the Roman scenes, with additional computer
generated graphics, filmed on Malta for "Gladiator" was also used for
another blockbuster epic -- "Troy". For some of the films, supplementary
material from off site links is also provided. The collection may be
explored by film title, actor, director or location.

Zoom over to the site for a tour of some notable movie locations at:

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


Wed., Apr. 2, 2008 - Washing Machine Museum

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Friday, November 9, 2007 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
Washing Machine Museum

Age Range: 5 and up

Now here's a quirky website. It offers a virtual tour of the Washing Machine
Museum located in Eaton, Colorado. The owner is Lee Maxwell whose hobby is
collecting antique washing machines. He's written a book about them oddly
titled, "Save Womens Lives: The First Ever History of Washing Machines."
This website serves as a companion to the book (available for sale at the
site), and makes access to the museum available to virtual tourists

When you get to the site you'll see a picture of various antique washing
machine labels. Use the menu on the left side of your screen and click on
"Virtual Tour." A new page opens offering a panoramic view of five areas of
the museum. Use the zoom, speed, and pause buttons to tour the museum at
your own pace. There are over 1,000 antique washing machines at the museum.

Once you've seen the museum, use the menu to learn about the different
machines. Search the "Data Base" by brand name, keyword, machine ID #, and
more to access photos and information about each and every machine.

DON'T MISS THE BEST PART called "Machines with Animations" in the "Data
Base" section. You can watch videos of many of these old clunkers in action!

Be sure to click on "Links" on the menu to visit museum websites devoted to
old-fashioned "manglers" or wringers, irons, and even handmade soap -
complete with a recipe for making your own soap! (Note: I only quickly
glanced at the linked websites, so parents, as always, should preview them
to determine suitability of content.)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Wed., Apr. 2, 2008 - Secret Life of Machines

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

Hi! It's Thursday, November 8, 2007 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Website:
Secret Life of Machines
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Engineer and cartoonist Tim Hunkin developed a series of cartoons with
simple explanations about how machines work. We featured that website, "The
Rudiments of Wisdom," in a review in 2004, that you can access from the
ClickSchooling archives here:

Tim's unique take on explaining the mystery behind the mechanisms, resulted
in a TV series that allowed him to further develop the explanations with
more in-depth cartoons. These cartoons are featured on today's website. When
you get to the site you'll see a brief introduction and then a menu of
cartoon topics that includes:

-fax machines
-internal combustion engines
-sewing machines
-vacuum cleaners
-video recorders
-washing machines
-word processors
-and many more!

Click on any one and enjoy reading the cartoons that explain how these
machines work.

MaryAnna wrote, "They made a series of videos from the cartoons that
demonstrate the history and inventions of modern conveniences and other
machines. They are really fun to watch and are housed by the Exploratorium
website here:

I went to the site and received error messages when I tried to watch the
videos. I didn't have time to check and/or change my settings to allow
access. But give it a try - as it may work for you! :)

Samples of the videos are also on Google and You Tube and you'll find the
links here:


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Wed., Apr. 2, 2008 - Best Inventors / Best Inventions of the Year

Site found in:

November 2-8, 2007

Best Inventors (From Archimedes to Isaac Newton to Vannevar Bush to Tim Berners-Lee)
The Best Inventions Of The Year,28804,1677329_1677708,00.html
Shortened URL:

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

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


Tues., Apr. 1, 2008 - World Language Mentor

For those of you who pass on information to teachers in your school, you may be interested in this website created by a teacher in my school. He has created a website for foreign language teachers who use technology in their classrooms. The website is geared towards the use of technology in the foreign language classroom. Most forums cover language use, history and pedagogy, however very few touch upon the use of technology.

Wayne C. Rush, Librarian
Grover Cleveland Middle School
36 Academy Road
Caldwell, NJ 07006
973-228-9115 (Voice)
973-226-7305 (Fax)


Tues., Apr. 1, 2008 - National Chemistry Week, Oct. 2008

National Chemistry Week October 2008
2008 Theme: “Having a Ball With Chemistry”
Shortened URL:
National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a community-based annual event that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.

National Chemistry Week 2008 – Poster Contest
Shortened URL:
Watch for the rules and contacts - available by Spring 2008.


Tues., Apr. 1, 2008 - Fisheries / Chemistry / Marine Iguanas / Teaching Geology / Hemingway

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
November 9, 2007
Volume 13, Number 43

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

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services: Fisheries and Habitat Conservation

With a penchant for invasive species management and habitat restoration, the
Fisheries and Habitat Conservation Program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service is interested in creating an environment for both "healthy fish" and
"healthy people" through its various initiatives and partnerships. The
homepage presents a rotating series of photographs that feature various
fisheries facilities, and visitors will find the site quite easy to
navigate. Along with a directory and a sitemap, users can look over topics
that include pollution, restoration, working with Native Americans, along
with eight others. Within each of these areas, visitors will find brief
overviews of each topic, complete with links to relevant policy documents
and external links. The site is rounded out by a "Special Events" area and
information about requesting documents through the Freedom of Information
Act. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The World of Chemistry

One doesn't have to be a Glenn Seaborg or a Lord Ernest Rutherford to learn
about chemistry, though it probably couldn't help to have some of their
curiosity about the world of chemistry. Young chemists and their teachers
will definitely benefit from this nice resource offered by the Annenberg
Media project. This original video series was produced by the University of
Maryland and the Educational Film Center, and it consists of 26 half-hour
programs. With industrial and research chemists demonstrating a number of
high-intensity experiments and processes, the series is quite a find. The
installments include such titles as "Modeling the Unseen", "The Atom", and
"The Busy Electron". [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Disappearing Marine Iguanas: A Case of Population Collapse [pdf]

The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science has been the host to
dozens of helpful educational resources, and their series of case studies is
one that every science educator should be well acquainted with. One recent
addition to their archive comes from Conrad Toepfer of Brescia University in
Owensboro, Kentucky. This resource deals with the disappearing marine iguana
population in the Galapagos Islands, and it is framed as a conversation
between two friends who grow concerned about this trend and decide to
explore the subject further. It includes well-phrased questions, complete
with tables and charts, and is written in a way that will be compelling to
both students and teachers alike. [KMG]


Utah Geological Survey: Teaching Geology Resources [pdf]

>From Arches National Park to the towering cliffs at Castle Rock Campground,
Utah has some remarkable geology on display. The Utah Geological Survey
decided to draw on these fantastic "outdoor laboratories" and create a set
of resources designed for science educators. While some of the resources are
geared towards users in Utah, many of the sections contain helpful overviews
that will help all educators remain on a steady foundation of geologic
knowledge. One key area on the site is the "Earthquakes & Geologic Hazards"
section. Here, visitors can find well-composed and straight forward
summaries on topics like liquefaction, ground cracks, and fault lines.
Moving on to the "Teacher Resources" area, visitors will find the delightful
"Glad You Asked" articles and the very useful "Teacher's Corner" column
which provides information on reading a stone wall and geologic stretching.


Hemingway Archives [pdf]

Ernest Hemingway was a red-blooded man of letters, and one of the 20th
century's most celebrated and demonized writers. In 1968, Mary Hemingway
arranged to have his papers donated to the Kennedy Library. Over the past
several decades, materials related to Hemingway's long career have continued
to become part of this very extensive collection. The Kennedy Library has
created this specific page to provide both researchers and members of the
general public with some basic information about their holdings, along with
offering access to a selection of these papers. Visitors can start by
clicking over to the "Online Resources" area, which includes essays on
Hemingway by various scholars and a nice piece by Megan F. Desnoyers on how
the collection came to the Kennedy Library. Moving on, the photograph
galleries are a real treat, as they cover everything from Hemingway's youth
in Oak Park all the way up to his last days in Idaho. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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


Tues., Apr. 1, 2008 - PBS: AMEX: Minik, The Lost Eskimo / Ocean Adventures: Return to the Amazon

PBS Teachers Newsletter

American Experience: Minik, the Lost Eskimo
Monday, March 31, 2008, 8 - 9:00 pm
Grade Range: 9-12

Minik, the Lost Eskimo
In April 1897, six polar Eskimos arrived in New York City. Far removed from the home they had known in Greenland, where their Inuit community numbered just 234 people, they found themselves in the heart of a teeming metropolis. The youngest of the band was seven-year-old Minik.
The Eskimos were the exotic cargo of explorer Robert Peary, whose ambitious quest to reach the North Pole would leave him unable to oversee the Eskimos' care once he left them in New York. Within months, four of the Eskimos died and one returned home, leaving Minik an orphan. For more than a decade, Robert Peary would persist in his efforts to reach the North Pole, while Minik struggled to create a home and an identity thousands of miles from his native land.
Minik, the Lost Eskimo tells the parallel stories of an Eskimo and an explorer whose meeting forever changed the many lives, and examines an overlooked chapter in the history of American exploration.


Teacher’s Guide Online
[a downloadable PDF of the entire guide (coming soon)]

Related Web Sites


Jean-Michel Coustaeu: Ocean Adventures: Return to the Amazon
Wednesday, April 2 at 8pm
Encounter an anaconda, the world's largest snake; jacare, the Amazon crocodile; and pink river dolphins (which don't sound all that dangerous). Visit the Ocean Adventures site for games, adventures and more:
Site includes related links

Educator Guide to Return to the Amazon


Copyright 2008 PBS Online.

Monday, March 31, 2008


Mon., March 31, 2008 - FRONTLINE: Second Chances on Earth Day: Hot Politics


Rebroadcast April 22, 2008 at 9 P.M. (check local listings)

Watch the Full Program:

In "Hot Politics," FRONTLINE and the Center for Investigative Reporting go behind the scenes to explore how bipartisan political and economic forces prevented the U.S. government from confronting what may be one of the most serious problems facing humanity today. The film examines some of the key moments that have shaped the politics of global warming, and how local and state governments and the private sector are now taking bold steps in the absence of federal leadership.

The featured lesson in "Hot Politics" asks students to hold a Congressional hearing on global warming and climate change. The lesson will help students understand the issues surrounding global warming and the difficulty of finding a political solution by examining different views from a wide range of interest groups on how best to address the issue of global warming.

Now available at:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., March 31, 2008 - Recycle City

Recycle City

From the site:
“Welcome to Recycle City! There's lots to do here - people and places to visit and plenty of ways to explore how the city's residents recycle, reduce, and reuse waste.

To get started, just click on any section of Recycle City that you want to tour, or click on the Dumptown Game. You can create your own Recycle City scavenger hunt or go to the Activities area and see other ways you can explore Recycle City.

When you leave this place, you'll know much more about what you can do to help protect the environment.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., March 31, 2008 - Earth Day Resources

Web and Print Resources: Earth Day 2007 & Climate Change
Earth Day Resources
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Earth Day: April 22, 2008
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Earth Day Web sites


Mon., March 31, 2008 - Earth 911

Earth 911
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Earth Day Video Contest: Your World. Your Vision.
From the site:
“Celebrate your green streak with a video showing us what “Make Every Day Earth Day” means to you.”
Deadline is April 8, 2008.

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