Saturday, September 06, 2008


Sat., Sept. 6, 2008 - The KidsKnowIt Network

The KidsKnowIt Network
From the site:
“Every website developed is painstakingly researched for accuracy, and appropriateness. This process begins with the planning and development of materials, activities, and articles by parents and educators, and ends with the final editing and approval of experts in the field being explored.

“Please come along with us, and enjoy exploring our universe.”
Astronomy, Biology, Dinosaurs, Geography, Geology, Math, Memory, Spelling

[NOTE: Some pages previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Sept. 6, 2008 - Website Lists from the Cumberland County AVA Center / Game Templates

The following sites were recommended by a list reader:

Cumberland County AVA Center Website Lists
Teacher Links A-Z:

PowerPoint game templates (Jeopardy, Who Wants to
Become a Millionaire? and others) can be found at:
Shortened URL:


Sat., Sept. 6, 2008 - Jazz in Time: Jazz Timeline

Jazz in Time – Jazz Timeline
From the site:
“Just as American culture draws upon the diverse ancestry of its people, jazz finds its roots in the combination of elements found in West African and European musical traditions. The syncopation of ragtime, the personal and often spiritual expression of the blues, the harmony of classical music, and the instrumentation of brass band music combine to create a distinctly American musical form.”

Throughout the timeline are links to audio clips of representative jazz.


Sat., Sept. 6, 2008 - Sites found in PBS Teachers Newsletter: September 7 - 13, 2008

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: September 7 - 13, 2008

September Media Infusion: Promoting Civic Engagement in the MySpace Age

This month's Media Infusion blogger, Kristin Hokanson's, discusses the impact and influence of social media regarding the 2008 U.S. Presidential election and its role in teaching and learning environments. As affiliated faculty with Media Education Lab at Temple University one of Kristin's primary goals is to help teachers to develop a greater understanding of media literacy and digital responsibility.

"In a world where information and digital media are so readily available, it is critical that teachers begin to use different types of information to grab students' attention," writes Hokanson. "Use of social media for teaching is a powerful way to engage students in the learning process and teachers need to learn the right tools to connect their students to this new world of information."

September's Media Infusion features a curriculum created by PBS Teachers in partnership with Temple's Media Education Lab. The Access, Analyze, Act curriculum is designed to promote civic participation as well as information and media literacy skills. Check out the PBS Teachers Vote 2008 Web site ( ) for more educator resources.

PBS Teachers invites educators to visit Media Infusion ( )
in September and ask questions, comment on suggestions or offer some of their own.


Keeping Score
Beethoven's "Eroica"
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Thursday, September 11, 2008 (check local stations)
10 - 11:00 pm
Two hundred years ago, Ludwig van Beethoven rewrote the rules
of Western music when he premiered his Eroica symphony. Filmed
in and around Vienna, this episode explores Beethoven's life
story, his deafness, his rivals and patrons, and what makes the
music so powerful still. Hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)


Religion & Ethics NewsweeklyIllness and Treatment: Ethics and the World of MedicineLesson PlanGr.9-12Examine ethical issues and concerns that emerge in the medicalfield. Summarize the theories that shape individual,professional or institutional ethical or moral positions.


Masterpiece Theater
Literary History Timeline
Interactive/Online Activity

Explore a broad overview of the concurrent lifetimes of major
authors during the two-hundred-year period between 1800 and
2000. Examine information about authors and their major works.
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Queen of Trees
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, September 7, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
The story of the sycomore fig and its tiny pollinator describes
one of the most remarkable symbiotic relationships in the
natural world. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Hitler's Sunken Secret
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
One of the most daring clandestine operations of World War II
was the 1944 sinking of the Norwegian ferry Hydro with its
cargo of "heavy water," destined for the Nazis' secret atomic
bomb project. Although the mission was declared a success, no
one has ever established if the special shipment was actually
on board. NOVA plunges 1,300 feet beneath a remote Norwegian
lake to find the answer. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Friday, September 05, 2008


Fri., Sept. 5, 2008 - Digestive System

Digestive System
From the site:
“The digestive system is a group of organs (from the mouth to the rectum) that processes food so the body can use it. The following sites explain the process with illustrations and animations for all age groups.”
Page includes links to 9 related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Fri., Sept. 5, 2008 - Famous People with Disabilities

Famous People with Disabilities
Info on the disease, the famous person, how it affected his or her life.
From the site:
“you will find in our various categories of disabilities a resource of men and women who have made a difference to the world including pictures and the names of many famous and well known people who have, or had these disabilities.”


Fri., Sept. 5, 2008 - Women of Protest: The Suffrage Movement

Found in:

The Scout Report
September 2, 2005
Volume 11, Number 35

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

This new addition to Library of Congress' American Memory makes 448 images
culled from approximately 2,650 photographs in the Records of the National
Woman's Party, and held by the Manuscript Division at Library of Congress,
available online. The National Woman's Party was the militant wing of the
suffrage movement, whose members engaged in public protests, such as
picketing, pageants, parades, hunger strikes, and demonstrations, often
resulting in arrests and imprisonment, all to bring publicity to the cause
of women's right to vote. Pictures reflecting this broad range of tactics,
dating from 1875 to 1938 (the majority from 1913 and 1922) are showcased at
the website. The gallery entitled Suffrage Prisoners
[Shortened URL: ] presents portraits of roughly
60 National Woman's Party activists who were jailed for their role in
suffrage protests. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Timeline of the National Woman's Party 1912-1997

[NOTE: Each photo in the Suffrage Prisoners Gallery contains an icon
for the accompanying descriptive record that includes a detailed summary
and links to related sites.
[Shortened URL: ]

See Also: Links to summaries of essays in the menu on the left.

Profiles: Selected Leaders of the National Woman's Party

Historical Overview of the NWP (6 pages, .pdf)

Tactics and Techniques of the National Woman's Party Suffrage Campaign
12 pages, .pdf

– Phyllis ]

Thursday, September 04, 2008


Thurs., Sept. 4, 2008 - Louisiana Purchase

Louisiana Purchase
From the site:
“Under the leadership of President Thomas Jefferson, the United States purchased 827,987 square miles of territory from France on May 2, 1803 for $15 million. It was a momentous event that doubled the size of the new country, and greatly increased its economic power. Learn more at the following sites.”

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


Thurs., Sept. 4, 2008 - Letters from the Civil War / Pennsylvania Abolition Society

Sites found in:

From: Gilder Lehrman Institute
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 13:41:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: New Online Exhibition


The Institute has launched "I take up my pen: Letters from the Civil War" to coincide with the opening, today, of an exhibition by the same name at the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. The exhibition features letters between soldiers and their loved ones during the Civil War, as well as rare photos and documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. To see the online exhibition, click here:

The Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery
Today marks the anniversary of the founding, in 1775, of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, the first organization dedicated to the abolition of slavery. To see a copy and read a transcript of this organization's constitution, click here:
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: Other documents previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Thurs., Sept. 4, 2008 - American Epic: American Immigration, 1830-1920

American Epic:

American Immigration, 1830-1920
Contents: Overview, Vocabulary, Irish Potato Famine, Asian Immigration & Chinese Exclusion, Immigrants in Cities and Towns, The American Dream, and The Melting Pot.
Don’t miss the Immigration Timeline at the bottom of the screen.

[NOTE: Home page previously posted.
Some of these demos do not include entire unit - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Sept. 4, 2008 - Site found on ResourceShelf, April 11-17, 2008

Sites found in:

April 11-17, 2008


UNESCO: Online Education Glossary
From the glossary:
The UIS Glossary contains Education terms in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. For some terms, only the name translation is available while for others (e.g. indicators) there is more information. Indicators are marked with an asterisk (*).

This Glossary is intended to be a dynamic document, i.e. it will be updated as new terms or indicators are used in UIS publications, and if corrections are made to the existing terms. In order to enrich the Glossary and to improve its quality, the users are invited to send their comments and suggestions to the following focal point: Said Belkachla, .


From the Library of Congress:
Online Exhibitions, Interactive Activities, Lesson Plans
Look for teacher resources on . There will be five new multimedia activities to engage young people and get help them to think critically about primary sources from the Library’s collections. There will also be teacher-tested standards-based lesson plans to provide educators with the tools they need to integrate artifacts from the exhibitions into their curriculum.


NOAA offers virtual tour
From the article:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the latest federal agency to harness the power of the Web for public outreach. The new virtual tour of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center takes visitors on a multimedia tour through the facility and is accompanied by informative audio and text explanations.


Webliography: Zoology
Shortened URL:
A collection of web resources compiled by Dorothy Barr and Constance Rinaldo.

From the webliography:

Of the many zoology sites on the Internet, some are terrific, some terrible, and a lot are in between. There are many good general sites, and some excellent ones for specific animals, from cockroaches to corals. Since it would be impossible to cover everything, we will instead list a few favorites that will point you to other links and references.


Resource of the Week — Best of ResourceShelf 2008
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor
Shortened URL:
If you couldn’t make it to the Computers in Libraries (CIL) conference last week, we’re bringing a small part of it to you, in the form of Gary’s annual Best of ResourceShelf presentation.

Gary’s presentation links to a wide range of tools and websites in several key ResourceShelf categories — mobile, multimedia, data mining/search, digitization, FireFox add-ons, people search, Web preservation, aerial imagery, resources for educators, and location-based and real-time information.

Note that the first item on this page says Shirl’s links.
Shortened URL:
I am, in fact, allowed out in public from time to time, and I enjoyed helping Gary with this presentation.

Several of Gary’s other (CIL) presentations are also available online:
+ Internet@Schools East
Shortened URL:

+ Mobile Access to Information
Shortened URL:

+ Searcher’s Academy 2008


++ Underground Railroad History
Web sites of local history sites related to abolitionism.


From DocuTicker:

Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment (PDF; 237 KB)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)
This report provides an overview of the major exceptions to the First Amendment -- of the ways that the Supreme Court has interpreted the guarantee of freedom of speech and press to provide no protection or only limited protection for some types of speech.


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

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Wed., Sept. 3, 2008 - Map Quiz of the United States (timed)

Site found in:
April 5, 2008 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"

(suggested by David Robinson), So how well and how fast can you name and
locate U.S. states?

Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Wed., Sept. 3, 2008 - Class Brain: Reports and Projects

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, April 17, 2008 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Website: Reports and Projects
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 8-17 (Due to the extensive material at this site, parents should
preview the site to determine suitability of content.)

The "Reports and Projects" section of the ClassBrain website provides a
remarkable archive of information to help students write reports and develop
projects about history, government, geography and social studies. The
multi-media sources are engaging and include print-outs and worksheets along
with links to other sites for further research and study.

When you get to the landing page, you'll see a menu of topics to choose from
that includes:

*State Reports - Click on the state of interest and find info and resources
on history, agriculture, geology, economy, natural resources, tourism,
festivals and fairs, culture and arts, music, maps, recipes, state quarters,
stamps, the capital city, famous people, state motto, flower, symbols, etc.

*Country Reports - Get information on every country from Afghanistan to
Zimbabwe. Learn about the history, culture, language, economy, geography,
government and more. You'll find worksheets and maps to print out and color.

*Defining Documents - This section offers primary sources for the documents
that defined the United States of America including Acts, Bills,
Presidential Executive Orders, Supreme Court Decisions, The U.S.
Constitution and Bill of Rights, important writing and papers,
proclamations, and even links to video and audio of memorable speeches.

*Mission Reports - For anyone studying California history, this will be a
"must visit" section of the site with tons of information accompanied by
illustrations and photos of California missions.

*Biographies - Read the biographies of people with historical importance to
U.S. history from Abigail Adams to Woodrow Wilson. The brief biographies
include a picture of the individual along with "Learning Links" to other
websites with additional information, as well as a suggested reading list.

*Freedom Files and Kid's Freedom Files - This description from the website
says it all, "We have September 11th resources including slideshows,
timelines, video footage, tributes, historic moments in the aftermath, and
much more."

You can see that the content here is pretty exhaustive. But that's just the
beginning of the ClassBrain website and its mission "to assist students from
1 through 101 to explore the universe, to be inspired by the work of others
around the world, to become excited about their own endeavors, and to
embrace the education process."

If you decide to explore the menu at the top of the screen you'll find all
kinds of resources for the education of parents, teachers, kids and teens.
The content is extensive and some of it may be controversial or
objectionable to some - that's why it is IMPERATIVE THAT PARENTS PREVIEW THE
SITE and provide guidance to their children.

The above caveat is especially true for the topics covered in the "Parents
and Teachers" section (that includes lesson guides for a "Movies In The
Classroom" feature at the site) and in the "CB Teen" section. The ClassBrain
website provides various rating systems to assist you, but stresses that it
is ultimately up to parents to decide the appropriate level of exposure to
controversial or objectionable content for your own children.

That said, it is very worthwhile for parents to explore the amazing array of
educational content here in every subject and topic. Keep what works, and
leave the rest. :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website - fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives at:

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 uest winners


Wed., Sept. 3, 2008 - Constitution Day

Constitution Day
From the site:
“EDSITEment, NEH's website that helps teachers bring online resources into the classroom, provides a number of lesson plans and reviewed websites that help you commemorate Constitution Day with your students.”

[NOTE: This page was from 2007. – Phyllis ]


Wed., Sept. 3, 2008 - Constitution Day, 2007

The Government Domain: Back to School for Constitution Day 2007
From the site:
“Constitution Day in the United States. Educational institutions and federal executive employees observe the day with some sort of edifying lesson, program, or distributed materials about our Constitution. The Constitution Day observance was established in a section of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Public Law 108-447. The PDF version of this lengthy public law is available through GPO Access. The Constitution Day language is near the end of the law, in Division J - Other Matters.”

An excerpt is reprinted here for your convenience:

SEC. 111. (a) The head of each Federal agency or department shall-

(1) provide each new employee of the agency or department with educational and training materials concerning the United States Constitution as part of the orientation materials provided to the new employee; and
(2) provide educational and training materials concerning the United States Constitution to each employee of the agency or department on September 17 of each year.

(b) Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.

Following the law's passage, the Education Department issued a "Notice of Implementation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17 of Each Year," 70 Fed. Reg. 29727 (May 24, 2005). The notice applies to educational institutions receiving federal funding from the Department of Education… Constitution Online Versions and Related Historical Documents: There are many free, online sources for the Constitution and related historical documents. Among them:…”

[NOTE: This column was from 2007. Column from 2005 previously posted: - Phyllis ]

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Tues., Sept. 2, 2008 - Earth Calendar

Earth Calendar
From the site:

The Earth Calendar is a daybook of holidays
and celebrations around the world.

For the purpose of this web site a "holiday"
is any day that recognizes a cultural event,
and not necessarily a day when businesses are closed.

Click the 'Today' button to view holidays
observed on this date.

Or use the tabs at the top to navigate
by date, country and religion.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Sept. 2, 2008 - Sites to See: Poetry

Sites to See: Poetry
From the site:
“Sites to See:
Teachers use poetry to teach literature, to enrich students' vocabulary and spark their imaginations, and to add interest to more mundane lessons. The poetry sites below provide teachers and students with practical help for writing poetry, resources for poet studies, and opportunities to experience the sheer pleasure of reading poetry. Included: Poetry sites for students and teachers.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Sites updated. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Sept. 2, 2008 - Jon Krakauer / Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sites found in:
The newsletter of Web English Teacher
April 15, 2008


Jon Krakauer
Teaching resources for Into the Wild and Into Thin Air


"My Lost Youth"
Students read Longfellow's "My Lost Youth" and compare it with Dylan
Thomas's "Fern Hill." Access requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or compatible

[NOTE: from Resources for Teaching Longfellow

Home Page - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2008, Web English Teacher. Permission to
forward it is granted as long as this copyright notice is included.


Tues., Sept. 2, 2008 - Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest - 2008 Results

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2008 Results

“An international literary parody contest, the competition honors the memory (if not the reputation) of Victorian novelist Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873). The goal of the contest is childishly simple: entrants are challenged to submit bad opening sentences to imaginary novels. Although best known for "The Last Days of Pompeii" (1834), which has been made into a movie three times, originating the expression "the pen is mightier than the sword," and phrases like "the great unwashed" and "the almighty dollar," Bulwer-Lytton opened his novel, “Paul Clifford” (1830) with the immortal words that the "Peanuts" beagle Snoopy plagiarized for years, "It was a dark and stormy night."

Monday, September 01, 2008


Mon., Sept. 1, 2008 - The September 11th Collection / Chronology / Links & Resources

The September 11th Collection
A library of world perspectives concerning September 11, 2001.
From the site:
“The events of September 11th affected the entire world. Reactions around the globe have been captured in this archive of television news broadcasts from the period following the attacks (currently being hosted at the Internet Archive).”

Scroll down for a Chronology of Events
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Links and resources
From the site:
“The Television Archive encourages its users to investigate the sites shown on this page, which represent a variety of scholarly, journalistic and advocacy-oriented perspectives on television news. There are also links to independent media organizations and other television archives. This is a curated rather than a complete list.”


Mon., Sept. 1, 2008 - The 9-11 Commission Report

The 9-11 Commission Report
Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Official Government Edition
The Commission’s Final Report provides a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. It also includes recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

The 9-11 Commission
An Audio Chronicle



Mon., Sept. 1, 2008 - What Students Should Know About 9/11

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

From: Foreign Policy Research Institute
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 05:08:51 -0400
Subject: Webcast: What Students Should Know About 9/11


A Webcast Designed for Secondary School Students by the
Foreign Policy Research Institute's Wachman Center

September 11, 2008

Schools may sign up to view either or both webcasts live
online and participate in the question-and-answer periods.
All questions not answered during the session will be
answered by email shortly thereafter.

Session 1: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time

This session features an interview with Lawrence Husick,
FPRI Senior Fellow specializing in the study of terrorist
tactics and counterterrorism strategies, with a particular
focus on the use of technology in terrorism. He has taught
at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Johns Hopkins
University. He is also co-director of FPRI's project on
Teaching Innovation.

To register for the 11:00 AM session go to:

Session 2: 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time

This session features an interview with Adam Garfinkle,
Editor of The American Interest magazine. He served as
speechwriter to the Secretary of State from 2003 to 2005.
His essay How We Misunderstand Terrorism, is available on
our web site (visit

To register for the 2:00 PM session go to:

Additional resources and videos from last years
presentations are available at:

For background information on 9/11 and the war on terrorism,
drawn from our History Institute for Teachers, visit:

To request additional information, contact:

Alan Luxenberg
Director, FPRI's Wachman Center
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Tel. 215 732 3774, ext. 105
On the web:


Mon., Sept. 1, 2008 - Grandparents Day, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

Grandparents Day, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Grandparents Day was the brainchild of Marian McQuade of Fayette County, W.Va., who hoped that such an observance might persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage of their grandparents. President Jimmy Carter signed the first presidential proclamation in 1978 — and one has been issued each year since — designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The first official observance was Sept. 9, 1979. In honor of our nation’s grandparents, the Census Bureau presents an array of data about these unsung role models and caregivers.”

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