Saturday, April 12, 2008


Sat., April 12, 2008 - Country Insights

Country Insights
From the site:
“Country facts and cultural information on the countries of the world.”
Selecting a country from the drop-down list provides you with an overview and an additional menu of cultural topics.


Sat., April 12, 2008 - Circus Historical Society

Circus Historical Society
From the site:
“Founded in 1939, the Circus Historical Society, Inc. (CHS) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to recording the history of the American circus from the first one in Philadelphia during 1793 to today.”

This site is full of fun facts about circuses of the past, plus images, research links, historical resources and more.


Sat., April 12, 2008 - Origami Resource Center: Origami: The Art of Paper Folding

Origami Resource Center: Origami: the Art of Paper Folding
From the site:
“This origami resource center provides information about the art of paper folding. We provide links to diagrams, databases, book reviews, and ways to be a part of the paper folding community.
In Japanese, the word “ori” means “to fold” and the word “kami” means “paper”. So, “origami” means “to fold paper”. But there’s more to origami than its name. Where did it come from? Were the Japanese really the first people to fold paper? Why do we think of paper cranes when we think of origami? Who folds paper and why do we still do it? Click onto the links below to find the answers.”


Sat., April 12, 2008 - Alphabet Geometry: Transformations

Alphabet Geometry
From the site:
“Transformations: The word “transform” means to change. In geometry, a transformation changes the position of a shape on a coordinate plane…The movies below show a letter…in their original positions before being transformed. By clicking the play button, we are able to watch the path the letter takes while being transformed…”

Friday, April 11, 2008


Fri., April 11, 2008 - A Century at a Glance: A Graphical History of Baseball

A Century at a Glance...
A Graphical History of Baseball
Includes batting, pitching, and fielding statistics from 1900 to the present.


Fri., April 11, 2008 - Maps in the News / Gaming in Libraries

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, November 9-16, 2007

Maps in the News
Learn world geography one news event at a time. Earthquakes, cyclones,
the cricket world cup schedule, and international agreements become
learning tools. See also the Maps of Current Interest at the Perry-
Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas,
< >.


A Quick Guide to Gaming in Libraries
Shortened URL:
A great place to start boning up on the topic, with links to
presentations, reports, news stories, blog posts, case studies, and


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


Fri., April 11, 2008 - AMEX: The Presidents: From the Past to the Presidents

---------Forwarded Message--------
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 21:18:34 -0400

THE PRESIDENTS Online. On TV. On the Go.
How do you end a war? Can the President abuse his power? When is it okay to lie? What do you think? Log on to THE PRESIDENTS Online and watch film clips from the biographies of seven 20th century presidents: FDR, Truman, LBJ, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, and coming in May, George H.W. Bush. Then, register for free to participate in the online discussion, and read comments from fellow viewers.


Fri., April 11, 2008 - PBS: MASTERPIECE: A Room with a View / AMEX: Walt Whitman / Poetry Everywhere

Sites found in:****************************************** PBS Teachers Newsletter: April 13-19, 2008 ******************************************
Masterpiece A Room with a View On-Air & Online 6-8 / 9-12 Sunday, April 13, 2008 9 - 10:30 pm In Andrew Davies' adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel, Elaine Cassidy stars as Lucy Honeychurch, who is disappointed upon her arrival at a guest house in Florence, Italy, because her room has no view. Timothy Spall and son Rafe Spall play Mr. Emerson and his eccentric son, George, who offer Lucy their room -- which has a view. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)

Visit Masterpiece Online for more on A Room with a View:
Screenwriter Andrew Davies explains his inspiration for a new ending.

[NOTE: Site includes E.M. Forster Biography– Phyllis ]

American Experience
Walt Whitman
On-Air & Online
Monday, April 14, 2008
9 - 11:00pm
This program tells poet Walt Whitman's life story, from his
working-class childhood in Long Island to his years as a
newspaper reporter in Brooklyn to his death in 1892 at age 72.
In HD where available. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Poetry Everywhere
Interactive/Online Activity
6-8 / 9-12

Produced by WGBH Boston and David Grubin Productions, in
association with the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Everywhere is
designed to take a fresh look at poetry using a variety of
production approaches.

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

---------Forwarded Message--------
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 21:18:34 -0400
News from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE ******* On TV Monday: WALT WHITMAN Monday, April 14 at 9pm on PBS (check your local listings) Walt Whitman is one of the most-recognized figures in American literary history: poet, patriot and faithful advocate of democracy. But in his own time, critics denounced him as a "lunatic raving in pitiable delirium." They pronounced his signature book of poetry, "Leaves of Grass," "slimy," "vile," and "beastly." Whitman's mission was simple, yet grand: to be the voice capable of uniting a polarized nation on the brink of Civil War. On Monday, April 14, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE premieres WALT WHITMAN, a two-hour documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Mark Zwonitzer featuring Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper as the voice of America's first great poet. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, novelist Allan Gurganus, poet and essayist Martin Espada, and former Poet Laureate Billy Collins appear to recite some of Whitman's most important works, and reflect upon his enduring influence. The broadcast coincides with the Academy of American Poets' National Poetry Month.

WATCH A PREVIEW Visit the web site for a sneak peak at WALT WHITMAN. Quicktime and Windows Media video formats offered. WHITMAN'S NEW YORK No place influenced Walt Whitman like the city he called home. Explore 19th-century New York, and learn about the places that inspired some of Whitman's most famous poetry and prose. LEARN MORE Read more about Whitman's inspiration, his views on race and the Civil War, and his signature work, "Leaves of Grass." AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Stories to Go In this week's podcast, listen as contemporary writers, including novelist Allan Gurganus, poet and essayist Martin Espada, and former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, read excerpts from "Leaves of Grass."

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Tues., April 8, 2008 - All Acronyms

All Acronyms
From the site:
“ is a free website with more than 600,000 published abbreviations. Initially, the web site was developed, supported and privately used by a group of acronym enthusiasts. It was moved to public sector in 2005. These days with the support of its editors and users covers more and more abbreviated terms. The main purpose of the site is to have a convenient lookup tool for those who need to quickly find an acronym definition.”


Tues., April 8, 2008 -

--------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2007 00:10:02 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [site-of-the-day]

This site offers thousands of full text free books. With a limited interface, this site will be most useful if you know the title of the book you would like to read.
Refdesk Home Page:


Tues., April 8, 2008 - Bernie Poole's EdIndex / The Rosetta Project

Sites found in:

The newsletter of Web English Teacher
November 13, 2007


Sites to Check Out

Bernie Poole's EdIndex
A rich collection of education sites, including background information and
teaching ideas. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Rosetta Project
I have to like a site that can call itself "the largest collection of
illustrated antique books online . we think." Books are divided by age level
for browsers. If you are interested in a specific title, the site also has a
search engine. This resource is free and accepts donations.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher
This newsletter is copyright 2007, Web English Teacher.


Tues., April 8, 2008 - Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland
From the site:
“Writing under the pen name Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898) wrote two children's books filled with nonsense and make-believe that have been enjoyed around the world for more than a century: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and its sequel "Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There." Discover new ways to enjoy these old classics at the following sites.”
Site includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)

Monday, April 07, 2008


Mon., April 7, 2008 - Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings, The Letters, Slide Show, and an Interactive: How van Gogh Made his Mark

Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings

Vincent van Gogh—The Letters
From the site:
“Hear actor Kevin Bacon read excerpts from letters by Van Gogh in a special audio feature.”

Slide Show:
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“View a slide show of images in the exhibition, including two comparative studies.”

How Van Gogh Made His Mark
From the site:
“This interactive exploration of four landscape drawings introduces young visitors to the creative genius of Van Gogh the draftsman.”


Mon., April 7, 2008 - Vincent (Willem) van Gogh

Vincent (Willem) van Gogh Biography
Site features a biography of the painter and
includes a related video clip, a list of his works,
and links to outside resources.


Mon., April 7, 2008 - Art of Ancient Egypt: A Web Resource / Art of Ancient Egypt: A Resource for Educators

The Art of Ancient Egypt: A Web Resource

From the site:
“This resource has been created to provide an understanding of ancient Egyptian art and its central role in Egyptian civilization…Resources and Curriculum Connections sections are designed to help educators integrate the art of ancient Egypt into their classrooms.” [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Art of Ancient Egypt: A Resource for Educators
Edith Watts
The art of ancient Egypt and the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art come together in this comprehensive resource for educators, which includes summaries of ancient Egyptian history and art, lesson plans and classroom activities, and a glossary. The descriptions of the works and other information are aimed at increasing knowledge and pleasure in viewing Egyptian art at the Metropolitan or other museums. The materials can be adapted for students of all ages, interests, and abilities, and can be used to enrich any curriculum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's teacher-training programs and accompanying materials are made possible through a generous grant from Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose.

View Individual Pages and Chapters
or View Entire Book


Mon., April 7, 2008 - The 2007 Periodic Table of Elements Printmaking Project

The 2007 Periodic Table of Elements Printmaking Project
From the site:
“Ninety-six printmakers of all experience levels, have joined together to produce 118 prints in any medium; woodcut, linocut, monotype, etching, lithograph, silkscreen, or any combination. The end result is a periodic table of elements intended to promote both science and the arts.”

Sunday, April 06, 2008


Sun., April 6, 2008 - Ask A Scientist

Ask A Scientist
From the site:
“Ask A Scientist focuses on questions from K-12 students and teachers that are not commonly found in libraries, reference books or text books.”

Site found in:
======== The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology ==
======== July 30, 2004 ===
======== Volume 3, Number 16 ======

The Argonne National Laboratory, Division of Educational Programs offers the
Newton BBS. The program started in November of 1991 as an educational
resource and a place for K-12 science, math and computer teachers and their
students to practice telecommunications, to contact research scientists, and
to connect teachers. Students and teachers can submit a question about math,
science or computers or search the archives of more than 15,000 previously
answered questions. A question and answer is highlighted each week. The
Teacher, Classroom and Curriculum Support section offers web pages by
teachers for teachers. Teachers who would like to post something of general
interest or for classroom use can email it in text format and Newton BBS
will develop the web page and post it. Scientists interested in volunteering
to answer questions can mail in their biographies. [VF]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Copyright
Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.


Sun., April 6, 2008 - Birds of the World

Birds of the World
From the site:
“Birds, in their colorful pride, belong to the most beloved animals in nature. They amaze us with their beautiful appearance and wonderful songs time and again. The wide variety in behavior makes bird watching very interesting. Click on the photo of the birds for sound and sonogram. Have fun!”
Search the alphabetical list or enter bird name.


Sun., April 6, 2008 - Science Fair Ideas

Science Fair Ideas
From the site:
“Fretting over your science fair project? Having trouble coming up with an idea that interests you? Jump start your creative thinking by browsing through these science fair sites that list hundreds of projects, along with tips on choosing one that's right for you.”
Page includes 9 links to related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Sun., April 6, 2008 - People and the Planet

People & the Planet provides a global review and internet gateway into the issues of population, poverty, health, consumption and the environment. It is published by Planet 21, an independent non-profit company and a registered British charity recognised by the United Nations. This provides a global gateway to the greatest issue of our time: the future health and wellbeing of the human family as it presses ever more heavily on the natural resources of our planet. Happy browsing in our 16 topic sections and Picture Gallery

Population Pressures
Food and Agriculture
Reproductive Health
Health and Pollution
Coasts and Oceans
Renewable Energy
Poverty and Trade
Climate Change
Green Industry
Eco Tourism
Global Action

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