Saturday, June 14, 2008


Sat., June 14, 2008 - Art Attack

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Hi! It's Saturday, January 12, 2008 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Art Attack

Age Range: All (There are no age-ranges given, but some of the projects are
simple enough for young children, while others require more skill and
concentration and are therefore more appropriate for older children and
teens. Adults will enjoy some of these projects too.)

Art Attacks is a companion website to a kids' television program that
provides instruction on how to do art projects. There are over 100 art
projects from the TV program that are archived at this website.

When you get to the site you'll see a brief introduction and an alphabetized
menu that you can use to search for various art projects that were featured
on the program by name such as:

-Aluminum Figures
-Balloon Mobile
-Chalk Techniques
-Dishcloth Masterpiece
-Eggshell Mosaic
-Frozen Pictures
-Gargoyles & Garden Gremlins
-Impressionist Painting
-Lollipop Stick Drawing
-Mirror Pictures
-Painted Toast
-Rub Out Pictures
-Salt Dough Sculptures
-T-Rex Pictures
-Underwater Pictures
-Wax Crayon Drawings
-Wild West Wanted Posters
-Yippee Cards
-Zig-Zag Faces
- and many, many more!

Click on any project, and a new page opens that provides a materials list
and step-by-step instructions, along with clear photographs and
illustrations on how to make each project.

Bookmark this site as a terrific resource for fun and creative art projects
the whole family can enjoy.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, 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., June 14, 2008 - The Drink That Fuelled a Nation's Art

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day, for Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Drink That Fuelled a Nation's Art
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from a publication of the famous Tate Museum in Britain,
offers a fascinating essay on the relationship of art and a peculiarly
French drink, absinthe. Gentle Subscribers will discover a riveting
presentation of illustrated commentary on the artists of late 19th and
early 20th century France whose fondness for this remarkable 136 proof,
bitter-tasting drink became legendary.

"'What is there in absinthe that makes it a separate cult? Even in ruin and
in degradation it remains a thing apart: its victims wear a ghastly aureole
all their own, and in their peculiar hell yet gloat with a sinister
perversion of pride that they are not as other men' - Aleister Crowley, The
Green Goddess (1918) ... In the second half of the nineteenth century
absinthe became commonly known as "the queen of poisons" and in France was
considered responsible for a range of social changes - from an increase in
numbers incarcerated in asylums, to trade union unrest and even women's
emancipation." - from the website

This article, by Jad Adams, author of "Hideous Absinthe: A History of the
Devil in a Bottle", documents the artists, such as Toulouse-Lautrec,
Gauguin, and van Gogh who drank absinthe or displayed it in their
paintings. Poster advertisements of the period convey the initial product
boost for absinthe and the later grim warnings before it was finally
banned. (Keen gardeners may note that wormwood, from which the absinthe
toxin is obtained, is the common name for their sprightly Artemisia
absinthium.) Among the highlights of the essay are the notes on Degas'
"L'Absinthe", the iconic painting of the period and its hostile reception
at Christie's auction in 1892.

Swan over to the site for a gripping look at a singular era in the history
of French art at:

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


Sat., June 14, 2008 - BPIB: A site devoted to Illustrative art with biographies

From the site:
“A site devoted to illustrative art with biographies of 105 artists, and thousands of images. The list below contains a smattering of some of the most famous illustrators of the last 125 years.”
Search or select “Illustrators” from side menu for alphabetical list.


Sat., June 14, 2008 - Biology Browser / Jazz Old Time Online / Exploring 20th Century London / True Identity of Mona Lisa

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
January 18, 2008
Volume 14, Number 2

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


Biology Browser: Teaching Resources
Shortened URL:
Thomson Scientific has created this fine site in order to provide science
educators with a wide array of activities that can be used in the classroom.
Currently, the site features over 190 resources related to various areas of
biology. Visitors can search through the resources by subject, geography,
or organism. These resources include a primer on the antlion (also known as
a doodlebug) and "Bugnet" which is an online forest entomology class.
Visitors can also glance over a glossary of zoology terms and look over news
from the world of taxonomy. [KMG]


Jazz Old Time Online [Real Player]

For fans of jazz, the Jazz Old Time site will be a fun way to listen to few
well-known chestnuts from the early days of this musical idiom. Of course,
those who don't know much about jazz will appreciate listening to a few new
artists as well. The site features over 18,000 songs in the public domain,
and visitors can browse through the selections by artists or take a look at
a few sample playlists. As one might suspect, artists like King Oliver,
Meade Lux Lewis, and Louis Armstrong are featured prominently, though early
recordings from later artists, such as Stan Getz, are also available. The
site might also be recommended to students in a music appreciation course.


Exploring 20th Century London

>From the expansion of the Underground to the waves of new arrivals from the
British colonies, London was greatly transformed through the 20th century.
Recently, several London institutions, including the Museum of London,
combed through their respective resources to create this interactive exhibit
and archive that would tell visitors a bit about the city's evolution during
those 100 years. The materials can be viewed through three sections:
"Timeline", "Themes", and "Places". In the "Timeline" section, visitors can
browse through featured objects and also learn about major events during the
period. Moving on, the "Themes" area organizes the city's recent past into
topical areas that focus on art and design, the built environment, ethnic
communities, and leisure activities. The "Places" section features a
clickable map of London's boroughs which reveals artifacts from each of
these respective areas. [KMG]

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

True identity of Mona Lisa (re)affirmed

Da Vinci's Lisa revealed
Shortened URL:

Mona Lisa descendant just grins and bears it

A closer look at the Mona Lisa [Macromedia Flash Player]
Shortened URL:

Mona: Exploratorium Exhibit [Quick Time]

Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman [Real Player]
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Theft of Mona Lisa
Shortened URL:

At the center of what is arguably the world's most famous painting is a
woman who has been the source of much controversy over the past five hundred
years. The identity of Mona Lisa has been the source of some consternation,
as generations of scholars have searched for incontrovertible proof of her
identity. Recently, a researcher at the University of Heidelberg found the
necessary evidence in the margins of a book written by a friend of Leonardo
da Vinci. The painting is called La Gioconda in Italian, which led early
observers to comment that it was most likely a portrait of Lisa del
Giocondo, wife of Florentine businessman Francesco del Giocondo. This most
recent discovery effectively ended all potential doubts about the
identification, as the researcher in Germany found notes from da Vinci's
friend that noted the artist was working on her portrait. [KMG]

The first link will take users to an article from this Wednesday's Boston
Globe about this recent discovery. The second link will whisk users away to
a piece in the Toronto Star about some of Mona Lisa's distant relatives.
Moving on, the third link leads to a fascinating online exploration into the
painting offered up by the Louvre Museum. The fourth link leads to a
presentation of "alternate" versions of the Mona Lisa from the Exploratorium
in San Francisco. The genius of da Vinci's drafting abilities is the subject
of the fifth link, which allows visitors to look at some of his work from
the Metropolitan Museum of Art and listen to audio commentaries by scholars
and curators. The final link leads to a site from PBS that explores the
theft of the Mona Lisa on August 21st, 1911. [KMG]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Fri., June 13, 2008 - Brain Food

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Hi! It's Wednesday, January 23, 2008 and time for Language Arts at

********** MESSAGE FROM LIST OWNER **********

Did you miss yesterday's review? Last week's? Did you think you had
bookmarked a website from ClickSchooling but...oops, where did it go? Not to
worry, you can search for it in the archives that have been carefully
updated by ClickSchooler extraordinaire MaryAnna Cashmore at:



Recommended Website:
Brain Food: Word Puzzles

Brain Food - Puzzles For the Brain To Gnaw On

Ages: 10 and up (Young readers may be able to do some of these activities
with a little help from mom or dad.)

This website offers a variety of interactive word puzzles and games that
will enhance your Language Arts curriculum. When you get to the site you
will see a menu of word activities that include:

*Word Searches - Find the hidden words themed around topics such as: The
Body, Medieval Times, Varieties of Cheese, Horses, The Bible, Winter,
Palindromes, Aviation, North American Birds, Car Parts, Calendar, Vowels -
and many, many more. Just keep clicking the "next" button at the bottom of
each page to see them all.

*Associated Words - Think of a single word that goes with the word given, to
form a compound word.

*Word Fragments - Using the word fragment provided, think of a word that
contains the fragment -- that is, you must form a word by adding letters to
the beginning and/or the end of the fragment.

*Garbled Proverbs - In each of these puzzles, a proverb is written with
exactly one letter of each word replaced with another. Can you figure out
what the original proverb is?

*Cryptograms - Cryptograms are encoded sayings or quotations where each
letter has been substituted for another. Can you decode them?

*Language Puzzles - Challenging puzzles about words and language. Put your
thinking cap on!

When you are through exploring the "Word Puzzles" portion of the site, you
may want to try the "Word Boxes." Word Boxes are like miniature crossword
puzzles, except that each word is filled in across and down the grid. If you
want to try and solve some, here's the direct link:

This site has number and logic puzzles too. In fact, there is so much
content here that I was unable to review it all. Therefore, AS ALWAYS,
parents should preview the site to determine suitability for their own

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, 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.


Fri., June 13, 2008 - Earthquakes / Kilauea Volcano / Arctic Sea Ice / and more...

Sites found in:
January 26, 2008 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"

TEACHING ABOUT EARTHQUAKES USGS, (suggested by Cher Cunningham,
Science Information and Education Office, USGS), This interesting teaching
kit uses video simulations of shaking during the 1906 earthquake as a
backdrop for learning about the science of earthquakes and the hazards that
are produced during a real event. The site links to a Living in Earthquake
Country Teaching Box that was prepared collaboratively in 2005 with other
teaching and science organizations for educators.


Colvard, Science Information and Education, USGS), As of January 3, 2008,
Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawai'i has been erupting almost
continuously for twenty-five years. During this eruptive period, Kilauea has
produced lava covering 46 square miles - a volume equivalent to the amount
of lava that would cover the District of Columbia to a depth of 62 feet.
Learn more about eruptions, seismicity, and hazards of Kilauea Volcano and
Mauna Loa Volcano at the USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory (HVO) Web site.


ARCTIC SEA ICE, NSIDC, (suggested by Eric Cohen), Here's an
interesting site where you can keep track of the extent of Arctic
Sea Ice: Look through the menus at the top. The Data menu has some nice
imaging data and the Science menu has descriptions of current research
projects. Under Publications you'll find full text reports and research


Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, CDIAC, (suggested by
Marion Weaver), the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, has a LOT of
data: Be sure to investigate links on both side-bars.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sloan Digital Sky Survey, SDSS, (suggested by Mary Stellard), This
website presents data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project to make a
map of a large part of the universe. We would like to show you the beauty of
the universe, and share with you our excitement as we build the largest map
in the history of the world.\
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Slide Share, (suggested by Eric Cohen), This is a great site for
searching and downloading PowerPoint presentations. The search field is in
the upper right of the screen. I searched for a variety of earth science
topics and found many presentations. You can either view them on the
website as a Flash movie or download the ppt file(s) to your computer. You
can also upload and share your own ppt files. Accuracy can vary. Be sure
to give attribution to any borrowed material.


EARTH LEARNING IDEA, (suggested by David Smith), December's Earth
Learning Idea activity is an activity on the internal structure of rocks and
the resulting porosity. I've never seen rocks approached this way before,
but I think I like it and the modeling approach is one that I am predisposed
to think highly of (I've been working lately with some teachers who are
implementing Modeling Physics and Modeling Chemistry, which are truly
exemplary high school science curricula). The activity is linked from the
Earth Learning Ideas blog at:
Shortened URL:


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Fri., June 13, 2008 - American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
---------Forwarded Message--------
American Experience on PBS
Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 12:24 PM


On TV Monday: Eleanor Roosevelt
June 16, 2008 at 9pm (check local listings)

For more than thirty years, she was the most powerful woman in America. Niece of one president and wife of another, Eleanor Roosevelt was at the center of much of this century's history -- a charismatic woman of charm and of contradictions. Aristocratic in voice and manner, she was also "tough as nails," says historian Geoffrey Ward. "In fact, she was one of the best politicians of the twentieth century."

To admirers, she was a woman with immense moral and physical courage; through her newspaper columns, radio broadcasts, and public appearances, she seemed to be a familiar friend. Her detractors saw her as a dangerous meddler, a dilettante, a traitor to her class. She was criticized for her socialist leanings, her "overreaching" role as first lady, and was seen by many during her husband's administrations as politically naive. Determined to live life on her own terms, Eleanor Roosevelt traveled far from her sheltered beginnings to become one of America's most admired figures.


FBI File
While the FBI never launched a formal investigation, Eleanor
Roosevelt amassed one of the largest single files in J. Edgar
Hoover's collection -- it comprised more than 3,000 pages. See a
sample of files and memos on the first lady.

Roosevelt Family Tree
The prominence of the Roosevelt family in American history is
legendary. Eleanor and Franklin were cousins, but how closely
related were they, and how were they related to President
Theodore Roosevelt? Check out this family tree to find out.

My Day
Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day" was a syndicated newspaper column
published from 1935 to 1962. The column reached millions of
Americans with her views on social and political issues, current
and historical events, and her private and public life. Read her
columns in this special feature.

This week, listen in as Eleanor Roosevelt makes a compelling speech and unites the party at the 1940 Democratic National Convention. Then, John Jay College historian Blanche Wiesen Cook looks back at Eleanor Roosevelt and discusses the role of the first lady.


Fri., June 13, 2008 - NOVA: Megavolcano

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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[NOVA Teachers] "Mystery of the Megavolcano" airs June 17, 2008

Hello Educators,

In next week's repeat airing of "Mystery of the Megavolcano," NOVA
follows researchers from Indonesia to Greenland who unearth clues to
the greatest volcanic eruption of the last 100,000 years. (Subjects
covered: Earth science, geology, natural disasters, volcanoes)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Mystery of the Megavolcano"
Broadcast: Tuesday, June 17, 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.)

The Next Big One
Find out what might happen if a supervolcano erupted today.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Why Toba Matters
Learn from a NASA climatologist how the Toba eruption may have
affected climate almost 75,000 years ago, what effect a
supereruption could have on present-day climate, and what lessons
can be learned from Toba about climate today. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

A Supersized Volcano
View a slide show portraying the Toba eruption and see how it
dwarfs even the most disastrous "regular-sized" eruptions of our
own era. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Blasts from the Past
Explore a map of 12 supereruptions around the world. (Flash
plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students use volcanic ash data to
determine the source of a possible supervolcanic eruption that
occurred in the western United States. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Watch a Preview and Links & Books.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Thurs., June 12, 2008 - Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, June-July 2008, Pg. 3

Phyllis' Favorites from CJRLC Newsletter, June-July 2008, Pg. 3

Ad*Access Timeline: 1915-1955

Advanced Placement Digital Library


Ancient Greece

Calisphere: a world of primary sources and more

The Electronic Naturalist

Human Anatomy Online


The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies

Performing Arts Encyclopedia

Teach Engineering: Resources for K-12

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Online Exhibitions

- Phyllis Anker


Thurs., June 12, 2008 - Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts / Folklinks

Site found in:
======== The Scout Report ==
======== December 19, 2003 ====
======== Volume 9, Number 50 ======

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts

Almost every culture throughout the world has a long tradition of folklore
and myths, with some of the tales having dozens of variations and
permutations. Retired professor D.L Ashliman has placed hundreds of these
tales on this well-designed website for the edification of the web-browsing
public. While the site does not have an internal search engine, visitors can
look through the available materials alphabetically. Here visitors can read
the story of Androcles and the Lion, the Bear Trainer and His Cat, and the
Hand of Glory, which includes legends about magic lights made from human
hands. Professor Ashliman has also contributed a number of original thought-
provoking essays on such topic as Censorship in Folklore, Aging and Death in
Folklore, and the topic of changelings. Overall, this is a fine site for
those looking to explore the vast world of folklore and its many
manifestations through a number of varying cultural traditions. [KMG]

[NOTE: Previously posted. Site Revised May 15, 2008.
SEE ALSO: Folklinks: Folk and Fairy-Tale Sites - Phyllis ]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.


Thurs., June 12, 2008 - The Best of Legends

The Best of Legends
From the site:
“For over a thousand years, storytellers have spun tales of King Arthur of Britain, his Queen Guinevere, and the circle of his noble Knights. Why do these stories endure? How does an outlaw in Lincoln green with a taste for disguise and foolery survive for six hundred years to inspire disguised tricksters from Alta California to Revolutionary France to the farthest reaches of the galaxy?

“How have these songs and stories twisted and turned over the centuries, and how have they defined our expectations of heroism, romance, and adventure?

“For ten years, from 1997 to 2007, Legends chronicled my personal journey through the worlds of Robin Hood, King Arthur, D'Artagnan, and other swashbuckling characters of balladry, fiction, and film, from the shores of Avalon to the dungeons of Zenda.

“This archive preserves The Best of Legends - links to primary source material, scholarship, essays, and historical surveys - romance, adventure, and panache.”


Thurs., June 12, 2008 - Indian Legends

Indian Legends
From the site:
“By keeping Native American culture alive through storytelling, we may learn a thing or two about the world we live in.”


Thurs., June 12, 2008 - The Wild Native American Legends / Outlaws and Lawmen / Legendary Women

Native American Legends
From the site:
“Native American stories that originated in the lodges and camp fires of days long gone still are told today, and without that effort, the past would be lost.”

Cowboys and Legends:
Outlaws and Lawmen of the American West
From the site:
“There is much legend surrounding the wild west when it comes to American outlaws and lawmen.”

Legendary Women of the American West
From the site:
“Women of the American wild west had to be a resourceful lot to cope with the elements that surrounded them: the harsh conditions, lawlessness and living in an age where there were few amenities.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Wed., June 11, 2008 - A Century of Chairs

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day, for Thursday, January 3, 2008

A Century of Chairs

Today's site, from London's Design Museum, offers a noteworthy exhibition
on chairs from its wide ranging collection. Ironically, for an institution
specializing in design, the exhibit's online presentation lacks a user
friendly orientation. Gentle Subscribers, however, will find a surprisingly
interesting exhibit for one devoted exclusively to an object as mundane as
the humble chair.

"Few objects tell the history of modern design as eloquently as the chair.
Aesthetics trends, the emergence of new technologies, ergonomics, social
and cultural developments are all reflected in the evolution of chair
design. This installation of chairs from the Design Museum Collection shows
how the design of the chair has evolved from Michael Thonet's invention of
mass-manufactured furniture in the late 1800s and the early Modern Movement
chairs of the early 1900s to the technologically advanced chairs of today."
- from the website

The significant recognition factor of the chairs assembled for this
exhibit, along with the chronological presentation and accompanying
commentary make this a fascinating site. Each decade begins with an
overview briefly summarizing the influences and design direction of the
period, followed by notes on its most representative pieces. From fabled
European designers of the twenties, such as Marcel Breuer, Mies van der
Rohe and Le Corbusier, to 1950's America and the renowned husband and wife
design team of Charles and Ray Eames, to 80's Memphis from the Milan
designer Ettore Sottsass, the exhibit highlights outstanding chairs from
every decade.

Note: A tabbed browser is the most convenient way to view the exhibit.

Sweep over to the site for an informative presentation on chairs at:

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


Wed., June 11, 2008 -

Is a wonderful, thorough database of musical facts.
You can browse by genre or era, or search by artist,
song, album, label, or style.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., June 11, 2008 - Battles Won and Lost

--------Forwarded Message--------
AASC Feature of the Month: June 2008
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008

The Oxford African American Studies Center’s Feature of the Month

This month’s Feature focuses on African American contributions to the Second World War.

As in previous wars, African Americans faced white resistance and segregated conditions both within the military and on the home front. Yet, the war years also witnessed a number of firsts, advancements, and breakthroughs for the black community. While African Americans still made up only a small percentage of combat forces and fought in segregated units, the foundation was laid for the integration of the armed services by order of President Truman in 1948. At home, the war effort fueled the migration of blacks out of the South to the industrial cities of the North. This demographic shift often resulted in racial tension and riots, as in Detroit in 1943. However, it also made possible the inclusion of African Americans into labor organizations such as the United Automobile Workers or the United Steelworkers, and encouraged the growth of a relatively prosperous black middle class. For a more in-depth look at this topic, a Photo Essay is available.
Shortened URL:

The editors have also selected a number of subject articles, biographies, and primary source documents in order to provide greater context in this area. For a full list of these additional sources,
Shortened URL:


Wed., June 11, 2008 - Sites from Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, January 17, 2008

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, January 17, 2008
Read This Online :


"That Laboratory of Abolitionism, Libel, and Treason": Syracuse and the Underground Railroad
This exhibit explores the role of Syracuse, New York, in the Underground Railroad, the system that helped African American slaves escape to freedom. "Syracuse served as an important station along this freedom trail because of its central location on the Erie Canal and its associated waterways and travel routes." Includes digitized historical documents, maps and charts, and images of local abolitionists and reformers. From the Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library.
LII Item:


The Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen, 1912-1930s
This "online collection consists of selected correspondence, financial records, contracts, and advertising materials" relating to the Douglass Theatre in Macon, Georgia, historically "a preeminent entertainment venue for African American Georgians outside of Atlanta" that featured legendary blues performers, vaudeville acts, and silent films. Browse by title, subject, and other factors. Includes an essay on the theater, a related finding aid, suggested readings, and a list of related archival materials. From the Digital Library of Georgia.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


My Story: Edmund Hillary & Mt. Everest
Learn about the first known ascent to the summit of Mount Everest, which was accomplished by New Zealand explorer Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Features a description of different legs of the trek, facts about Mt. Everest, a 1996 interview with Hillary, a photo history of Hillary, and profile of Norgay. Also include a lesson plan, glossary, and list of heights and first ascents of other famous mountains. From Scholastic.
LII Item:


On This Day: 29 May 1953: Hillary and Tenzing Conquer Everest
This site describes how "New Zealander Edmund Hillary, and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, ... [became] the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. News of the conquest of Mount Everest did not reach the outside world until 2 June [1953]." Features a video of an interview with Hillary from July 1953, articles about other climb participants, and an Everest timeline. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Shortened URL:
LII Item:


Red Room
This website's goal is to create a social network for authors and readers. It features pages for authors including Maya Angelou, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Khaled Hosseini, and Amy Tan, with author biographies, lists of published works, blog entries, and audio and video clips (such as the 1988 San Francisco high school graduation speech by Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket). Browsable by author or genre. Also includes an events listing.
LII Item:


The Shape of Fashion and Its Underpinnings, 1870-1960
See what undergarments helped create the shape of women's fashions in the late-19th through mid-20th centuries. "From a tight corset and layer upon layer of undergarments to a simple brassiere, the transition in women's foundations tells the story of their journey toward liberation." Features images of underwear and corresponding clothing for the bustle period, jazz age, Dior's "New Look," and more. From the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana.
LII Item:


FCIC TV Public Service Ads
Use this site to play the "FCIC TV Public Service Ads of the 70's, 80's, 90's and the 00's. Select a decade, get down with your bad self, and groove with our totally radical video spots" advertising what used to be called the Consumer Information Center, in Pueblo, Colorado. The ads direct users to what is now the website. From the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
LII Item:


Black History Month: A Medical Perspective
This small, illustrated exhibit looks at highlights and achievements of African Americans in medicine. It features biographies of black physicians, a timeline of blacks in medical education, and overview of the black hospital movement (1865-1960s), several folk medicine healing concepts and beliefs, and related materials. From the Duke University Medical Center Library.
LII Item:


The Baton Rouge Bus Boycott of 1953: A Recaptured Past
"This exhibit includes photographs, an historical timeline, and the personal recollections of some of the major figures behind the Baton Rouge [Louisiana] bus boycott," which was "the first successful bus boycott of the 1950s." Includes photos, a chronology of the boycott, background essay, and excerpts from personal recollections of the events. Created by students at McKinley High School in Baton Rouge and Louisiana State University College of Education graduate students.
LII Item:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


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

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Tues., June 10, 2008 - MOSART (science)

Site found in:
January 19, 2008 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"

Welcome to MOSART
From the site:
“I’m teaching, but they’re not learning!”
“This is one of the most common laments from educators. Your students may perform well on your assessment instruments, yet say things in class which leave you wondering if they really understand the underlying concepts. Or perhaps you’re at the beginning of a unit and are unsure about what your students already know. Which concepts do they already grasp, and which will you have to address? If any of these doubts and questions sound familiar, then the MOSART project was designed to help you.

“The acronym MOSART stands for:
Misconceptions-Oriented: The project recognizes that students do not come to your class as “blank slates” but rather have their own theories.
Standards-based: The NRC NSES comprise a unifying thread among all MOSART items and tests.
Assessement Resources for Teachers: The project provides educators with multiple-choice tests that can be used to assess their students’ understanding of this content.

“The MOSART tests are available free to all educators; however, since their structure and use differs from many assessment instruments you may be familiar with, we require anyone seeking access to these instruments to complete a tutorial in their correct application. To start your tutorial and gain access to the tests, first create a new user account on the left (user accounts are free). Once you have created your account you can log in using the same email address and password. The site will keep track of your progress through the tutorial, and give you direct access to the tests once the tutorial is complete.”

Complete Test Inventory:

K-4 Physical Science
K-4 Earth Science
K-4 Astronomy/Space Science
5-8 Physical Science
5-8 Earth Science
5-8 Astronomy/Space Science
9-12 Physics
9-12 Earth Science
9-12 Astronomy/Space Science
9-12 Chemistry


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Tues., June 10, 2008 - U.N. Atlas of the Oceans: Biology

UN Atlas of the Oceans: Biology
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“The unique physical and chemical properties of our oceans render them excellent hosts for an abundance and diversity of life.”


Tues., June 10, 2008 - Cosmic Zoom

Cosmic Zoom
From the site:
“Trying to understand the relative size and structure of things within our universe can be really hard to do. Welcome to Cosmic Zoom! Cosmic Zoom is an idea based on the book entitled Powers of Ten by Morrison and Morrison…This visual representation is to help give you an idea of the size and scale of the universe. Each image is 10 times bigger or smaller than the one that comes before it or after it.”


Tues., June 10, 2008 - Sites from EDInfo, Jan 8, 2008

Sites found in:
Tue, 08 Jan 2008

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


Zora Neale Hurston Plays
presents manuscripts of 10 plays written by author,
anthropologist, and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960).
The plays, unpublished until they were rediscovered in 1997,
reflect Hurston's life experience, travels, research, and
study of folklore in the African-American South. (Library of
Direct URL:


explores biological molecules, self-assembly, and DNA. Zoom
in on the macromolecules from which living things are made.
Discover how, on the molecular level, things can assemble
themselves. Learn how genetic information stored in DNA is
read by cells and used to build proteins that cells need.
Concord Consortium, National Science Foundation)
Direct URL:


presents online simulations of thermodynamics, states of
matter, water, and reactions. See interactive visualizations
of Brownian motion, diffusion and osmosis, ion transport,
distillation, motion of greenhouse gases, liquid-solid
comparisons, intermolecular forces, chemical reactions,
explosion, and more. (Concord Consortium, National Science
Direct URL:


Case Method of Teaching Science
features case studies for use in teaching anatomy, chemistry,
environment, evolution, medicine and health, microbiology,
molecular biology and genetics, physics and engineering, plant
science, psychology, and other sciences. Cases focus on
dozens of topics, including carbohydrates, cloning, diabetes,
drug dosages, energy drinks, global warming, heart attacks,
irradiation, the nervous system, nuclear power, pesticides,
skin cancer, wetlands, and others. (State University of New
York, National Science Foundation)
Direct URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Energized Learning
offers lessons to help students use the Home Energy Saver --
an online tool for analyzing energy use and calculating
potential savings in homes and other buildings. (Department
of Energy)
Direct URL:


Microbial Life
focuses on the ecology, diversity, and evolution of micro-
organisms. Learn about marine microbes and extremophile
microbes that live in inhospitable environments. Explore the
Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone and the red tide through case
studies. Find out about microbial observatories and extreme
environments, including Mono Lake (in California's Eastern
Sierra), Octopus Spring (in Yellowstone National Park), and
others. (Science Education Resource Center, National Science
Direct URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


shows animations of molecular crystals, material strength
experiments, shockwaves, interatomic interactions in soft and
hard materials, a microscopic model of friction, atomic motion
across a liquid-solid interface, water molecules moving
through carbon nanotubes, nanobud (a newly discovered
material), nano machinery, nano differential gears, a
molecular sorter, a nano conveyor belt, and more. (Concord
Consortium, National Science Foundation)
Direct URL:


provides more than 40 online interactives that demonstrate
concepts in mechanics, fluid mechanics and dynamics,
electromagnetism, and quantum physics. Watch simulations of a
pendulum, suspension bridge, charged particle in a magnetic
chamber, hourglass, Archimedes' Principle of Buoyancy,
electrical fields, gears, light-matter interactions, Newton's
Cradle, pulleys, springs, water flow when a dam collapses, and
more. (Concord Consortium, National Science Foundation)
Direct URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted. (this week!) - Phyllis ]


NOAA Discovery Kits
presents tutorials, lessons, and multimedia activities for
learning about corals, estuaries, ocean currents, tides, and
pollution from diffuse sources. Learn about corals and
threats to them; causes of ocean currents and how currents
affect people's lives; estuaries, the waters and habitats
where rivers meet the sea and form some of the world's most
productive ecosystems; and geodesy, the science of measuring
and monitoring the shape of the earth and the location of
points on its surface. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Direct URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Tides and Water Levels
examines the complex systems that govern the movement of tides
and water levels. Learn what causes tides, what determines
their frequencies and variations, and how they're monitored
and measured. Find lessons on forces that affect tides and
how lunar cycles affect living organisms. Use the "roadmap"
to find data and predictions regarding water levels and
coastal currents -- information on which maritime activities
throughout the world depend. (National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration)
Direct URL:


archive of past messages

Monday, June 09, 2008


Mon., June 9, 2008 - Remembering Pearl Harbor

PBS’s Blythe Bennett's Recommended Site

Remembering Pearl Harbor
“This online exhibit about Pearl Harbor includes a multimedia map and timeline where you can see photos and videos and hear eyewitness accounts. Photos, footage, firsthand accounts, and narration bring the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, to life—moment by moment, target by target.”

Site found in:
The Scout Report
May 18, 2001

Remembering Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

This new feature-rich site from National Geographic offers a range of facts
and figures on the Japanese attack on Pearl harbor. The main attraction is a
very interactive map/ timeline which relates the story of the attack and
offers numerous opportunities to find out more about specific events and
ships. This section includes a number of excellent photos and rare movie
clips. Also at the site are a bulletin board with user-submitted memories of
Pearl Harbor, fact sheets on ships and planes, Pearl Harbor and WWII
timelines, and a collection of related links. [MD]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001.


Mon., June 9, 2008 - U.S. History

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, January 3, 2008 and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website
U.S. History
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 9 and up (younger children and non-readers will need assistance)

ClickSchooling list member Melissa recommended this website sponsored by The
Independence Hall Association (IHA) whose mission is to educate the public
about the Revolutionary and Colonial eras of American history - as well as
Philadelphia history.

Interestingly, we have featured segments of this site -- on Ben Franklin and
Betsy Ross in 2001, and about Philadelphia in 2003 -- but have never
featured the entire site. It's about time we did, as they have added many
new multi-media features that will supplement any study of U.S. history.

The IHA has created what they call a "Congress of Websites" under the
umbrella of Each of these mini-websites focuses on a
particular topic that includes:

-American Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights Timeline
-Commodore John Barry
-Betsy Ross House
-Declaration of Independence
-Liberty Bell
-Thomas Paine
-Revolutionary War
-7 Tours Thru Historic Philadelphia
-Town Criers
-Valley Forge
-Washington Crossing
-William Penn
-and many other topics!

This site also offers extensive information on Benjamin Franklin - whose
birthday happens to be January 17th! Here's the direct link:

When you get to the site you'll see several menus that include, "Featured
Sites, "What's Hot," and the "Congress of Websites." Click on any topic of
interest and a new page opens to an educational adventure in American

Bookmark this one for future reference.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Mon., June 9, 2008 - Abraham Lincoln Online

Abraham Lincoln Online
From the site:
“Our intent is to reflect Abraham Lincoln in his historical context, rather than retrofit him to contemporary expectations.”
This website contains everything you will ever want to know about
Abraham Lincoln. Sections include News, Speeches, Books, Places,
Resources, Students, Discussion and Frequently Asked Questions. An
interesting feature is This Week in History that provides information
about Lincoln's life in the week you view the website. There is also
a Lincoln Quote of the Week.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., June 9, 2008 - LOC: Journeys & Crossings / 2007 Economic Census / Connected Earth / NewDeal75 / The Soldier's Heart

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, January 3, 2008
Read This Online :

Journeys & Crossings
This website brings "to life some of the Library [of Congress]'s most exciting and historically significant materials through Webcasts offering the personal insights of the staff who know them best." Some of the Webcast topics include school gardens, Rosie the Riveter, Pearl Harbor oral histories, and May Day. Includes video and transcripts for each session, and links to related material. More online discussions are planned for the future. From the Library of Congress.
LII Item:


Facts for Features Special Edition: 2007 Economic Census
Facts and data related to the Economic Census, which takes place every five years in years ending in 2 and 7 and "measures the nation's economic activity, providing key source data for the gross domestic product (GDP) and other indicators of economic performance. Includes statistics about the census (mailed in December 2007 to businesses), and about driving, gas stations, eating and drinking, shopping, utilities, entertainment, sports, and personal business. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
Shortened URL:
LII Item:


Connected Earth: How Communication Shapes the World
This site "lets you explore communications past, present and future." Features illustrated essays on types of telecommunications (such as telegraph, telephone, radio, and satellite), advertising, uses, and pioneers and personalities. Also includes images of telecommunications artifacts, personal stories, and material for children (games and how the technology works). Don't miss the "gadgets" section where you can "explode" equipment to see what is inside. From British Telecom (BT) and several museum partners in the UK.
LII Item:


Developed for the 75th anniversary of the New Deal in 2008, "the mission of NewDeal75 is to heighten public awareness and appreciation of America's New Deal experience." The site features brief introductions to the "series of social and economic programs enacted during the Great Depression by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration" and its legacy, and links to related sites. From a group of organizations associated with Franklin D. Roosevelt.
LII Item:


The Soldier's Heart
Companion website to a 2005 PBS Frontline program that "explores the psychological cost of war and investigates whether the military is doing enough to help the many combat veterans coming home with emotional problems." Features video of the full program and additional stories, interviews, readings, and expert options about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in soldiers. Includes 2007 updates on some of the people featured in the program, and a link to a related Frontline report.
LII Item:

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

Sunday, June 08, 2008


Sun., June 8, 2008 - Illustrated History of the Roman Empire

Illustrated History of the Roman Empire
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
From the site:
“[T]his site is the biggest resource on the history of the Roman empire!”

Children’s Section


Sun., June 8, 2008 - Livius: a website on ancient history

From the site:
“Livius is a website on ancient history.”


Sun., June 8, 2008 - Ancient Greek Cities

Ancient Greek Cities
A detailed history of the ancient Greek cities of Athens, Sikyon(Sicyon), Corinth, Sparta, Thebes, Argos, Delphi, Olympia, and Mykenae (Mycenae).


Sun., June 8, 2008 - The Ancient Olympics / The Modern Olympics

The Ancient Olympics
From the site:
“Today, the Olympic Games are the world's largest pageant of athletic skill and competitive spirit. They are also displays of nationalism, commerce and politics. These two opposing elements of the Olympics are not a modern invention. The conflict between the Olympic movement's high ideals and the commercialism or political acts which accompany the Games has been noted since ancient times.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Official Web Site of the Olympic Movement
The Athletes
From the site:
“The Games have always brought people together in peace to respect universal moral principles. The upcoming Games will feature athletes from all over the world and help promote the Olympic spirit. Acting as a catalyst for collaboration between all members of the Olympic Family, from the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Sports Federations (IFs), the athletes, the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs), to the TOP partners, broadcast partners and agencies from the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shepherds success through a wide range of programmes and projects which bring the Olympic values to life.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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