Saturday, August 23, 2008


Sat., Aug. 23, 2008 - Science Resources A-Z / Explorers

Science Resources A-Z
Menu includes pages for Science Fair Projects, Science Experiments,
Scientists and Inventors, Science Jokes and a Warning! page with safety links.
Some of these pages were previously posted. Site updated May 2008.



Sat., Aug. 23, 2008 - Strange Science

Strange Science
From the site:
“The knowledge we take for granted today was slow in coming, and along the way, scientists and scholars had some weird ideas. This Web site shows some of their mistakes, provides a timeline of events, gives biographies of a few of the people who have gotten us where we are today, and lists resources you can use to learn more.”

“What you can see in this site:
Goof Gallery: A collection of mistakes made by early scientists and artists when trying to represent extinct (and sometimes living) organisms
Timeline: A chronology of some important events in the history of paleontology and biology
Biographies: Biographies of some of the people whose work has led to what we know today
Evolution: A brief overview of evolutionary theory
References: Resources you can use to learn more”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Aug. 23, 2008 - The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes

In 1992…

Girl Who Silenced the World
From the site:
“The title on this Youtube video reads “the girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes”. This is Severin Suzuki, daughter of David Suzuki, speaking to the United Nations at the age of 13 in 1992 on behalf of ECO (Environmental Children’s Organization). This is a wonderful speech, spoken beautifully, emotionally, and truthfully. This is worth the six minutes to watch, and so much more. Pass it on to your colleagues and your students.”


Sat., Aug. 23, 2008 - Groundwater Basics / Story of Groundwater / What to Expect Your First Year Teaching / Science Demonstrations

Sites found in:
April 12, 2008 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"


GROUNDWATER BASICS, US EPA, This 117 page .pdf document contains
activities that explain the management of ground water resources using a
balanced approach, focusing on interdependencies in the environment.
Activities, fact sheets, reference materials, and a glossary of terms are
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


THE STORY OF GROUNDWATER, Michelle Manfield et. al, This is for a
primary school audience but anyone will get a kick out of this animation.


(suggested by [KMG] Scout Report), "The Teachers First website has been
offering up high-quality lessons, teaching units, and web resources for
teachers for almost ten years. Along with these resources, they have also
created a number of papers and presentations that are designed to support
the careers of teachers who are just entering the profession. One such
resource is the helpful 48-page manual by Amy DePaul titled "What To Expect
Your First Year of Teaching". The document was prepared under the auspices
of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and
Improvement and it contains a cornucopia of insights and observations from
both veteran and first-year teachers. Visitors can skip around the report at
their leisure and they may also wish to forward it along to other fellow


Science Demonstrations


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University

Friday, August 22, 2008


Fri., Aug. 22, 2008 - Encouraging Reading Resources

Sites found in:
Teacher Tips #403L: Encouraging Reading Resources
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008
Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter

Encouraging Reading Theme
Site contains links to Hands On Activities, Resource Materials, Work Sheets, Lesson Plans, Web Quests, Interactive Sites, Background Information, and more. NOTE: Many are free, access to some may require paid membership.

Reading Background Sites
Page includes 28 annotated links.


Fri., Aug. 22, 2008 - NOVA: scienceNOW Available for Download

[NOVA Teachers] NOVA Offers NOVA scienceNOW for Download
Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Hello Educators,

Just in time for the school year, NOVA is making its popular
magazine-style show, NOVA scienceNOW, available for download.

The fast-paced 8- to 15-minute segments are ideal for classroom use.
Each one-hour episode includes science topics in several disciplines
and an inspirational researcher profile. Companion Web sites for
each segment extend the topics presented in each show.

Launched in 2005, NOVA scienceNOW is hosted by astrophysicist Neil
deGrasse Tyson and a team of correspondents who find creative new
ways to engage viewers in the latest discoveries and breakthroughs
from an array of scientific fields--from health and biomedicine to
astronomy and Earth science.

More than 20 segments are currently available for download at


Fri., Aug. 22, 2008 - History of the Death Penalty & Recent Developments / Focus on the Death Penalty

History of the Death Penalty & Recent Developments
From the site:
“This page focuses on the history of the death penalty in the U.S. beginning in 1930, when death penalty statistics first began to be collected on a regular basis. It provides links to numerous important U.S. Supreme Court decisions on capital punishment, documents on recent developments in the status of the death penalty nationally, and other historical resources on the death penalty in the U.S. and elsewhere.”

Focus on the Death Penalty
Page contains links to resources on the death penalty.
From the site:
“The purpose of this site is to provide…the public with a source of information on the death penalty so that they can make informed decisions on this important issue.”


Fri., Aug. 22, 2008 - Sites from PBS Teachers Newsletter: August 24-30, 2008

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: August 24-30, 2008

NewsHour Extra Offers Educator Tools for Convention Coverage

NewsHour Extra, the NewsHour’s online resource for high school
students and educators, will provide educators tools to
incorporate NewsHour convention coverage (Democratic National
Convention in Denver, Colo.; Aug. 25-28; Republican National
Convention in St. Paul, MN; Sept. 1-4), in their daily civics,
social studies and or current events lesson plans. Each day,
Extra will offer a lesson plan composed of a 5-10 minute video
with suggestions for a warm up activity, select quotes and
discussion questions to spark debate and critical thinking.
Also, student journalists attending the conventions will
interview participants and file reports online and via podcast
about events at the convention.


Launching a Great New School Year
Though kids are busy stuffing their backpacks with supplies for
the new school year, Reading Rockets has packed a different
sort of back-to-school bag -- a virtual one filled with
resources to help make one of the most important evening events
of the school year really sparkle -- Back-to-School Night. This
opportunity for parents and teachers to meet and connect
deserves special attention and Reading Rockets has gathered
ideas and materials to help plan the evening, ideas to
encourage attendance and participation, resources to share with
parents, as well as materials to help parents make the most of
Back-to-School Night and set the tone for a successful school
year. Reading Rockets also has reading resources for first year
teachers and how to create a welcoming classroom environment
for English language learners.


South Carolina ETV: Artopia
Media Arts: Be a Media Critic - Photography
Interactive/Online Activity
Explore the history and evolution of photography by reviewing a
series of stills, from a daguerreotype taken in 1839 to
black-and-white pictures of the Depression to modern digital
images. See how the art of the medium has evolved with the
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Louisiana Public Broadcasting: The Forest Where We Live
How Big Is That Tree?
Offline Activity/Project
3-5 / 6-8

Use spatial sense and formula calculations to determine the
height of a tree by its shadow.

[NOTE: Return to the Forest Where We Live
From the site:
“Premieres Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 8:00 PM CST on LPB and LPB-HD This high-definition Louisiana Public Broadcasting documentary examines how advances in technology and changes in priorities are prompting communities throughout America to reconsider how vital trees really are to the socio-economic well-being of our cities. Drawing upon examples from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Washington DC, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Charlotte, this program challenges viewers to re-evaluate the critical importance of investing in healthy urban ecosystems.”

The Resource Guide will be a useful resource without the accompanying
videos, if you can’t receive broadcasts from Louisiana.
The Forest Where We Live: Teacher Resource Guide
A downloadable 76-page Resource Guide

Urban Forestry Timeline

Original Program Transcript: The Forest Where We Live, copyright 1997
- Phyllis ]


With Eyes Open
Understanding the Cyclical Nature of Life
Lesson Plan
K-2 / 3-5
Understand the cyclical nature of life, and examine the way
things in the natural world live, die or change form. Examine
conceptions of the afterlife in various cultures exploring
myths, stories, poetry and burial customs.

[NOTE: See Also: Teaching End-of-Life Issues in the Classroom (K-5, 6-12)

Gr. K-5: "Understanding the Cyclical Nature of Life"

Teachers Guide: Afterlife
Elementary K-5 Lesson
“Understanding the Cyclical Nature of Life”

Teachers Guide: Grief
Elementary K-5
“Defining and Discussing Death”

Gr.6-12: "Exploring Different Cultural Attitudes Toward Death"

Teachers Guide: Afterlife
Grades 6-12 Lesson
Teaching End-of-Life Issues in the Classroom

Teachers Guide: Grief
Grades 6-12 Lesson
Understanding Different Views on Death”

Transcripts - Phyllis ]


A Mystery in Alaska
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, August 24, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Many animals in Alaska's complex and spectacular ecosystem
decline dramatically in number with no clear explanations why.
(CC, Stereo, 1 year)
Shortened URL:

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Thurs., Aug. 21, 2008 - Biographies / Tutorial: Website Evaluation

Sites found in:
The April 3, 2008 issue of Classroom Tools & Tips located at:

TOPIC:: Biographies
Biography Maker
The Biography Maker is meant to inspire lively story telling and vivid writing which will make your readers want to know more about your subject.

Infoplease Biography
Features biographical profiles and special features about newsworthy people around the world. Searchable by subject or category.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

A&E Classroom Biography
Features classroom manuals, activities, videos, lessons and more to aid in the teaching of biographies. Writing Biography
Here you can learn how to research and write a biographical sketch -- and along the way, you'll find research and writing strategies from us as well as a warm-up exercise to get you started.

Internet Public Library: Biographies
Offers annotated links to biography web sites around the web.

Features educational resources, study gudes, projects, websites, and video from A&E, including the History Channel and
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources
Learn how to evaluate the validity of websites through step-by-step outlines and checklists.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Aug. 21, 2008 - Interactive Writer's Model Bank

Writer’s Model Bank
From the site:
“Choose an interactive Writer's Model. Each Writer's Model is a full-length model paper, with interactive notes to help you make your writing stronger. Plus, each one comes with a printable Writer's Guide.

“Interactive models require Macromedia Shockwave and Flash Players. Printable models require Adobe Acrobat Reader.”


Thurs., Aug. 21, 2008 - How to Write Poetry

How to Write Poetry
From the site:
“Want to write a poem, but don't think you know how? Staring at a blank page (or computer screen) may not be the best way to get your creative poetry writing juices flowing. Experienced teachers and famous poets offer poem writing advice, lessons and tips at the following sites.”

Page includes links to 9 sites, (5 annotated and 4 honorable mentions).


Thurs., Aug. 21, 2008 - CyberSeminar / How to Write a Basic Sentence and Paragraph

From the site:
“CyberSeminar is here to enhance your classroom activities. You will find a variety of lessons that can be used in Language Arts/Social Studies classrooms. Just click on the CyberSeminar lesson you wish to visit!” - Phyllis ]

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Wednesday, April 9, 2008 and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website:
CyberSeminar: How To Write A Basic Sentence and Paragraph

Age Range: 7-11 (approximately)

Today's website recommendation was inspired by ClickSchooling subscriber
Emma who requested a website to help her teach writing sentences and
paragraphs to her 8-year-old daughter.

When you get to the site, just scroll down the page and follow the very easy
step-by-step instructions on how to write a basic sentence and how to write
a basic paragraph. Or print it out and use it offline at home.

Emma also wanted information on how to teach summarizing skills, putting
ideas on paper in a coherent sequence of sentences, staying on the subject,
understanding the structure of a paragraph, etc.

I found the BusyTeacherCafe website (see links below) with more in-depth
lessons, activities, and resources for teaching students how to write
sentences and paragraphs as follows:

BusyTeacherCafe - Sentences
Shortened URL:

BusyTeacherCafe - Paragraphs
Shortened URL:

Have fun learning to write sentences and paragraphs!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Wed., Aug. 20, 2008 - Ask a Philosopher!

Ask A Philosopher!
From the site:
“This service is offered courtesy of Pathways to Philosophy, the independent distance learning project run by the International Society for Philosophers.

“* If you are having difficulty with an essay or course work, try to put the question in your own words rather than simply writing down the question you have been set.

“* Tell us if you have any ideas about how your question might be tackled. We like to see that you have made some effort in thinking the question through for yourself before coming for help!”


Wed., Aug. 20, 2008 - Illicit: The Dark Trade

Illicit: The Dark Trade
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
From the site:
“Based on the best-seller Illicit by Moises Naim, this film tracks the manufacture and sale of goods ranging from fake purses and DVDs to counterfeit pharmaceuticals that can have a devastating impact on human beings, showing how the even most innocuous trades are connected in a global epidemic generating $3 trillion per year and unimagined human suffering.”

Illicit: The Dark Trade was produced by National Geographic Television. Visit the National Geographic site to watch a preview clip from the program and download educational materials.
For Educators
Note: All PDF files require free Adobe Reader.
Lesson Grades 6-8: World Trade (PDF)

Lesson Grades 6-8: The Economics of Ideas (PDF)

Lesson Grades 9-12: From Inception to Consumption (PDF)

Activity Guide + News Story (PDF)


Wed., Aug. 20, 2008 - Sites to See: Sports and Fitness

Sites to See: Sports and Fitness
From the site:
“Sports and Fitness sites provide resources for coaches and physical education teachers, as well as for students, parents, and other adults. The sites include lesson plans, information on health and fitness, tips for playing sports safely, and answers to student questions about health and fitness. Included: Five great resources for anyone interested in physical fitness and sports.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. Links last updated 03/26/2008 - Phyllis ]


Wed., Aug. 20, 2008 - Beloit College: Mindset List for the Class of 2012

Mindset List for the Class of 2012 [Beloit College]
From the site:
“Each August for the past 11 years, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. It is the creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and Public Affairs Director Ron Nief. The List is shared with faculty and with thousands who request it each year as the school year begins, as a reminder of the rapidly changing frame of reference for this new generation.

“The class of 2012 has grown up in an era where computers and rapid communication are the norm, and colleges no longer trumpet the fact that residence halls are “wired” and equipped with the latest hardware. These students will hardly recognize the availability of telephones in their rooms since they have seldom utilized landlines during their adolescence. They will continue to live on their cell phones and communicate via texting. Roommates, few of whom have ever shared a bedroom, have already checked out each other on Facebook where they have shared their most personal thoughts with the whole world.

“However, the mindset of this new generation of college students is quite different from that of the faculty about to prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

For this year’s complete list -



Tues., Aug. 19, 2008 - Arbor Day / Botany

Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter
Teaching About Arbor Day: Teacher Tips #404

Arbor Day Teaching Theme
Site contains links to Hands On Activities, Teacher Resources, Work Sheets, Lesson Plans, Web Quests, Interactive Sites, Background Information, and more. NOTE: Many are free, access to some requires paid membership.

Shortened URL:
Page includes 15 annotated links to botany resources


Tues., Aug. 19, 2008 - Sites from The Scout Report, April 4, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
April 4, 2008
Volume 14, Number 13

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


Neurons: Animated Cellular and Molecular Concepts [Macromedia Flash

Most people might know that neurons are electrically excitable cells in the
nervous system that process and transit information. But after that, many
more might ask: "How do they work?" or "What kind of actions can they
perform?" This website, created by researchers at the University of Toronto,
steps in to help answer such difficult questions through interactive
presentations and animations. Visitors will find twelve different topical
sections here, including "Anatomy of a Neuron", "Axonal Transport", and
"Neurotransmitter Release". Each of these sections includes dynamic
visualizations, coupled with textual explanations that help users understand
what's going on. And for visitors who find themselves having difficulty
navigating the site, there is also a "How to Use the Program" primer that's
quite nice. Additionally, teachers and others can download selected
animations from the site for use in non-commercial purposes. [KMG]


Global Canopy Programme [pdf]

Working high above the ground below, researchers who study forest canopies
work together on a number of unique scientific endeavors, including tracking
the flora and fauna of these unique ecosystems. The Global Canopy Programme
is an alliance of 29 scientific institutions interested in exploring "the
range and economic value of forest ecosystem services and to share [their]
findings with decision-makers in government and finance." Visitors can get
acquainted with the Programme's work by watching a short introductory video,
read a few journal entries, and look at their latest press releases. The
"Forest Ecosystems" area provides a brief overview of the benefits that
forest ecosystems provide, such as soil stabilization, climate buffering,
and rainfall generation. From there, visitors can look at their
"Publications" area, which features factsheets and full-length reports,
including "Ecosystem Services of the Congo Basin Forests". [KMG]


Two on John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck: The California Novels
The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

John Steinbeck was known for many things, including his love for much of
California, his desire to portray working people in a positive light, and
his passion for travel. Since his death in 1968, scholars and members of the
public have pored over his writings, which include everything from tales of
migrant workers to his well-documented trip across the United States with
his French standard poodle, Charley. The first link offered here is to a
site created by Professor Ed Stephan of Western Washington University.
Essentially, the site offers guided tours of Steinbeck's novels which are
set in California. Visitors can learn about the places profiled in "The Red
Pony", "Tortilla Flat", "Cannery Row", and other works. For each work,
Stephan offers a brief chapter summary and a small map which details the
location of various events and activities discussed in the book. The second
site featured here is the homepage of The Martha Heasley Cox Center for
Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University. This site offers a detailed
biography of Steinbeck, a detailed listing of his works, and a searchable
online bibliography of secondary materials on Steinbeck. This bibliography
contains over 6800 records, including magazine pieces, newspaper articles,
journal articles, and full-length critical appraisals of his work. [KMG]


Winslow Homer: Behind the Scenes

The lines are often exceedingly long for the Art Institute of Chicago's
(AIC) Winslow Homer exhibition, so it is a good thing that the AIC is
providing this online, behind-the-scenes, look at the exhibit. Based on
studies of Homer's works conducted by curators, researchers, and
conservators at the AIC between 2005 and 2007, the online exhibition reveals
another side of the artist. Homer has always been admired for painting
quickly and spontaneously; the study shows that while his "watercolors look
effortless, they are often the result of complex and deliberate artistic
planning." Browse selected works to learn how Homer handled his paints,
including full physical descriptions of each work; charts of his pigments;
photomicrographs; and digital simulations that restore faded colors. For
example, The Watcher, Tynemouth, 1882, employs rewetting, blotting,
and scraping, and it is possible to view video demonstrations of all of
these techniques, and more. Be sure to check the detail of Prout's Neck
Breaking Wave
, 1887, to see Homer’s fingerprint. [DS]

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
Index of Online Resources
- Phyllis ]


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


Tues., Aug. 19, 2008 - (Early Recorded Sounds)
From the site:
“Dedicated to the preservation of early recorded sounds —
“Explore early sound recording methods, two-minute wax cylinder records and antique phonographs; see plenty of rare vintage photos; and enjoy listening to early recorded sounds taken directly from the original wax cylinders.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Aug. 19, 2008 - Sites from Librarians' Internet Index, NEW THIS WEEK, April 3, 2008

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

The Ancient Americas
This exhibition "takes you on a journey through 13,000 years of human ingenuity and achievement in the western hemisphere, where hundreds of diverse societies thrived long before the arrival of Europeans." Features an exhibition overview, a FAQ about culture and the Americas, essays (about topics such as the Ice Age), interactive features, links to related collections, educational resources (including a glossary and reading materials), and more. From the Field Museum, Chicago.
LII Item:


First Sounds
Listen to sound files of "the world's earliest sound recordings. These files are not excerpts; they are the full tracks as processed so far." Includes scratchy yet audible clips of a French folk song recorded in 1860 (17 years before the phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison), a phonoautogram recording of the New York City Metropolitan Elevated Railroad from 1878, and others. From a collaborative of audio historians, recording engineers, sound archivists, and scientists.
LII Item:


Quick Information For Your Health
"The following titles represent easy-to-read health information available in both English and Spanish. Some titles are available as printable PDFs and as printed brochures for ordering." Brochure topics include diabetes, arthritis treatments, giving medicine to children, volunteering for clinical trials and medical treatments, and using medicine safely. From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
LII Item:


Forest Protection Portal "works to end deforestation, preserve primary and old-growth forests, conserve and sustainably manage other forests, and to commence the age of ecological restoration." The site has news, a large collection of links arranged by topic, action alerts, a blog, and other features about forest conservation around the world.
LII Item:


Thank you for using Librarians' Internet Index.

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2007 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Monday, August 18, 2008


Mon., Aug. 18, 2008 - Student Financial Aid

Student Financial Aid

Site provides access to information on colleges and universities throughout the United States, free college scholarship and financial aid searches, SAT and ACT test preparation tips. Also provides graduate school preparation with tips for GRE, GMAT, MBA programs, and more at 101 Top College, University and Scholarship Pages.
[NOTE: Home page: Best Information on the Net
( ) previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Source: Refdesk [site-of-the-day]:


Mon., Aug. 18, 2008 - eCampusTours

Site found in:
INTERNET InSITE: Take virtual college tours online

Sections: College Planning, Campus Life, Career Exploration, Paying for College, For Parents, For Educators
From the site:
“eCampusTours makes college a virtual reality at one convenient online location. A unique college planning website, offers virtual college tours with 360-degree x 360-degree views of hundreds of different schools all in one eye-popping website!”


Mon., Aug. 18, 2008 - Large Floods in the U.S. / Match College

Sites found in:
March 15, 2008 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"

LARGE FLOODS IN THE UNITED STATES: WHERE THEY HAPPEN AND WHY, (suggested by Liz Colvard, Science Information and Education, USGS), How can the U.S. experience both droughts and floods at the same time? This 13-page online publication explains where and why large floods are likely to occur.


Match, Match College, (suggested by Koko Mouchmouchian), the site features 6,000+ public and private colleges/universities, providing detailed information regarding admissions, financial aid & tuition, employment, housing, athletics and much more.


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Mon., Aug. 18, 2008 - Facts for Features: Back to School 2008-2009

Facts for Features: Back to School: 2008-2009
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Summertime winding down and summer vacations coming to an end signal that back-to-school time is near. It’s a time that many children eagerly anticipate — catching up with old friends, making new ones and settling into a new daily routine. Parents and children alike scan the newspapers and Web sites looking for sales to shop for a multitude of school supplies and the latest clothing fads and essentials. This edition of Facts for Features highlights the many statistics associated with the return to classrooms by our nation’s students and teachers.”

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Sun., Aug. 17, 2008 - Spelling City

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Wednesday, April 2, 2008 and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website:
Spelling City

Age Range: 5-13 (Designed for grades K-8)

ClickSchooler Dee Fleming suggested this terrific website that helps
children improve their spelling skills for free. The website description
explains that the site:

-Contains over 25,000 words, including plurals, contractions, future and
past tenses.

-Uses a REAL human voice that says both the word and the word in a sentence.

-Has a "Teach Me" function that spells out the word using both visual and
auditory input to improve retention.

-Allows teachers and parents to enter and save their own spelling lists for
their students/children.

-Students can play games with their spelling words that are automatically
generated by a program at the website.

When you get to the site you will see some featured items and a welcome
message on the right side of your screen. There you will see a link to the
site's FAQs that I found helpful in understanding how the site works, and
the many features it offers.

If you want to get started right away - just enter your spelling words in
the form on the left side of your screen and click on the "Test Me," "Teach
Me," or "Play A Game" button to begin.

As a tool to help kids practice spelling, this site is well conceived. It's
user friendly, but I did encounter a bug. The site offers "Sample Lists" of
spelling words for grade K-8, as well as Dolch words, etc. However, when you
click on the "Sample Lists" button on the menu - it works sporadically.
Sometimes the page opens right up - and other times there's an error
message. Don't let it deter you from using other features at the site.

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.


Sun., Aug. 17, 2008 - WordCount

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

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from artist and designer Jonathan Harris, offers a unique
presentation about the English language and a visual representation of how
it is used. Gentle Subscribers will discover a compelling exhibit which
invites them to explore this interesting approach to the language.

"WordCount is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It
presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of
commonness. Each word is scaled to reflect its frequency relative to the
words that precede and follow it, giving a visual barometer of relevance.
The larger the word, the more we use it. The smaller the word, the more
uncommon it is." - from the website

Billing itself as an intuitive design, the exhibit encourages the user to
delve into English through searches available by name or rank.
Additionally, clicking on any point along the grey colored graph will cause
the appropriate word to be displayed, along with those words nearby. Some
of the results may be dismaying, such as the word "love" (384) which is
outranked by the word "war" (304) but both are swept aside by "time" (66).
Proper nouns are also included in the data base, so visitors can check to
see if their own names are available for frequency of use ranking. Focusing
on what words are in proximity may reveal some interesting aspects of
English-speaking culture.

Sidle over to the site to look at the frequency of word usage at:

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


Sun., Aug. 17, 2008 - transL8it! (translate English to cell phone texting lingo)

From the site:
“transl8it! (trans-late-it) is simple to use. Just type in your SMS, text, emoticon, smiley, slang or chat room lingo and let transL8it! convert it to plain English -- OR -- type in your phrase in English and convert it to SMS TXT lingo slang!”


Sun., Aug. 17, 2008 - DictSearch / Your Dictionary

From the site:
“Use this global dictionary to search in 275 dictionaries on the Internet. Translate from 69 source languages into 73 target languages - 400 language combinations.”

From the site:
YourDictionary is a free online dictionary and much more. The free dictionary search gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology results for your word. Alternatively, you can browse the English dictionary alphabetically or by related terms to find meanings and synonyms. In addition, YourDictionary provides resources to help you find the best dictionary and translation sites for French, Spanish, Italian, German and hundreds of other languages.

Need a specialized dictionary, thesaurus or glossary? YourDictionary can help you find the best customized resources including a pharmaceutical and medical dictionary list, computer and science glossaries and a wide collection of industry specific terms. These extensive references are useful for students trying to further their education and learn the vocabulary of a field of study as well as for seasoned professionals.

Looking for the Webster's Dictionary? YourDictionary has an exclusive license for the Webster's New World College Dictionary and provides it for your free dictionary search.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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