Saturday, September 13, 2008


Sat., Sept. 13, 2008 - Tracking the Buffalo

Tracking the Buffalo (Smithsonian)
From the site:
“Learn about the language of Native American buffalo hide paintings”
“Explore the role of the buffalo in the lives of the American Indians of the northern plains.”


Sat., Sept. 13, 2008 - Cherokee Nation Culture, History and Literature

Cherokee Nation Culture, History and Literature

Cherokee Culture- Here you will find all sorts of information from recipes to ceremonies to arts and general information. This is where curiosity begins so check it out.
Cherokee History- This is where you will find information on the history of the Cherokee Nation and of the Cherokee People. Here we have historical facts, biographies, information on chiefs, historical event and sites as well as historical information during the Trail of Tears era. This is where you can look when doing more extensive research.
Literature - Every culture has stories and myths of the past. Here you can read a few from the Cherokee perspective in our collection of traditional stories.


Sat., Sept. 13, 2008 - Where Does the Money Go?

Recommended Site From PBS: Blythe Bennett
Savings Quest Game

Where Does the Money Go?
Pick a job, earn a paycheck, plan a budget, and save for things you want in this interactive that makes you work for your money. The final piece is a pie chart with details on how you spent your money.


Sat., Sept. 13, 2008 - MoneySmart for Young Adults / Intellectual Property Curriculum / U.S. Civil War / Indians of No. America / Teens & Technology

Sites found in:
April 18-24, 2008


Resources for Educators — Money Smart for Young Adults
The FDIC’s Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum helps youth ages 12-20 learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions. Equipping young people in their formative years with the basics of financial education can give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to manage their finances once they enter the real world.

Money Smart for Young Adults consists of eight instructor-led modules. Each module includes a fully scripted instructor guide, participant guide, and overhead slides. The materials also include an optional computer-based scenario that allows students to complete realistic exercises based on each module. The curriculum is distributed on CD…

Money Smart for Young Adults is:

Aligned with educational standards for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands, as well as Jump$tart financial education standards and National Council on Economic Education economic education standards;
Based on the award-winning Money Smart adult financial education curriculum that can bring proven results in the money management practices and financial confidence of graduates;
Offers a completely customizable curriculum comprised of modules that can be taught on a stand-alone basis;
Not protected by copyright restrictions; and
A source of unbiased information that is not “branded” with corporate logos or otherwise affiliated with any commercial interest.
Modules range from 90-110 minutes if taught in their entirety. However, the content is layered so that it can be taught in two (or more parts). To help an instructor tailor the modules to the needs of the audience, the front of each module includes a matrix or Layering Table to delineate the module’s components. The matrix will assist an instructor in presenting material responsive to the needs of your target audience within the available time frame.

Order Form


USPTO Introduces New Intellectual Property Curriculum

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of a new, dynamic curriculum that inspires students to be creative and teaches them about the value of patents, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as the importance of respecting other’s intellectual property. The i-©®eaTM curriculum, developed by the USPTO in collaboration with i-SAFE --a leader in Internet safety education --is an interactive and age appropriate unit of instruction designed for upper-elementary, middle, and high school students.

The i-©®ea TM curriculum is a valuable resource for teachers to introduce students to the inventive process through cross-curricular activities, inspirational stories of young inventors, and practical hands-on patent and trademark searching on the Internet. Students apply their knowledge and skills to real life experiences and view themselves as creative individuals. In turn, young people, their parents, and their teachers gain an appreciation of the contributions inventors and artists make to our way of life.

i-SAFE trains and certifies educators to teach the i-©®eaTM curriculum through the i-LEARN Online video training modules ( ). The i-©®ea TM curriculum is the latest addition to the growing i-SAFE library of more than175 standards-based lesson plans offered at no charge and taught in classrooms in all 50 states. For more details on the i-©®eaTM curriculum, see:


US Civil War: Selected Resources
This guide is a compilation of many of the Civil War resources at the Library of Congress, along with links to selected resources outside the Library.

External Resources

Source: Library of Congress


Indians of North America: Selected Resources
This guide is a compilation of many of the resources on the Indians of North America available at the Library of Congress as well as selected resources outside the Library.

External Resources

Source: Library of Congress


Pew Data on Teens and Technology

From an email from Pew:

[The data] is built around a national phone survey and 8 focus groups exploring teens’ attitudes about writing, especially in the context of all the electronic stuff they do (e.g. emails, SNS posts, texting, IMing, etc). The report covers issues such as:

* how they think about writing today,
* the influence teens and the parents believe technology has on teens’ writing,
* the attitudes that teens and their parents hold about the importance of writing in the lives of teens,
* the things that motivate teens to write,
* what teens say works in the classroom and their ideas on potential fixes for writing education.

Direct to Results and Questionnaire

Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project


Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
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Friday, September 12, 2008


Fri., Sept. 12, 2008 - Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2008: Sept. 15-Oct. 15

Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2008: Sept. 15 – Oct. 15
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.”


Fri., Sept. 12, 2008 - Brookfield Zoo: Go Wild

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Friday, April 18, 2008 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
Brookfield Zoo: Go Wild!
Shortened URL:

Age Range: All (This site looks like it was designed for students in about
grades 4-8, but much of the content can be enjoyed by people of all ages on
a number of levels. Non-readers will need assistance.)

The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois offers three online interactive
experiences that allow you to virtually join scientists and researchers on
their conservation adventures worldwide. Two of the programs are animated,
and one offers scientific journals presented in a multi-media format. Select
any one to learn about animals, their habitats, and the people who help
protect them.

When you get to the site you'll see 4 choices in the center of your screen:

*Dolphins In Depth - This animated presentation allows you to find out what
it's like to be a dolphin trainer and researcher in either Florida or
Australia as you learn all about these amazing mammals that live in the sea.
This received an "Exploratorium Award" for one of the top 10 cool websites.

*Explore A Child's Nature - This is NOT one of the virtual trips, but it IS
a remarkable resource for parents who want to foster a love of nature in
their children. You'll find fun nature activities for every season including
how to start a nature collection and how to explore backyard wildlife. Get
lots of great suggestions for playing outdoors and indoors.

*Ways of Knowing Trail - This provides an animated virtual field trip
through a rain forest in the village of Epulu in central Africa. With local
kids as your guides, you'll have to put on your thinking cap, seek advice,
and learn about the flora and fauna in order to avoid potential hazards
along the trail and get to your destination. This also won an "Exploratorium
Award" for one of the top 10 cool websites.

*Into The Wild - Read the travel diaries of real life scientists to discover
how they help animals in the wild. Head to Botswana in Africa to track
lions, journey to Bolivia to learn about monkeys, or take a trip to Peru to
learn about penguins and the importance of poop! All of the diaries are
accompanied by terrific photos.

You will need FLASH to view the adventures, and you can download it for free
at the website. :)

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.

[NOTE: Ways of Knowing Trail previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Sept. 12, 2008 - Animals (National Geographic)

Site found on
Animals - National Geographic - Grades 0 to 12

“This website, created by National Geographic, offers an eclectic mix of reference information about numerous animals: fish, invertebrates, bugs, birds, reptiles, and others.”

Entire review and suggestions on using this site “In the Classroom”:



Fri., Sept. 12, 2008 - PBS: NATURE: Supersize Crocs / NOVA: Einstein's Big Idea / Where We Stand: America's Schools in the 21st Century

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: September 14 - 20, 2008

Supersize Crocs
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, September 14, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Some crocodile species, such as Nile crocs and American crocs,
have been known to exceed 20 feet; the Asian-Pacific saltwater
croc has been recorded to 23 feet. Today these gigantic
creatures are very, very rare. Renowned herpetologist Romulus
Whitaker attempts to ensure the future of the last of these
leviathans. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Einstein's Big Idea
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Everybody's heard of it, but what does the world's most famous
equation, E=mc2, really mean? NOVA dramatizes the stories of
the men and women whose innovative thinking across four
centuries led finally to Einstein's bold breakthrough. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Where We Stand: America's Schools in the 21st Century
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Monday, September 15, 2008
10 - 11:00 pm
Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim
Lehrer, visits schools throughout Ohio, an important swing
state that represents a range of socioeconomic and geographic
school districts. The program features schools in urban
Cincinnati, suburban Columbus and rural Belpre. (CC, Stereo,
HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

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

[NOVA Teachers] "Einstein's Big Idea" airs Sept. 16, 2008

Hello Educators,

Next week NOVA presents the repeat broadcast of
"Einstein's Big Idea," a two-hour special that explores the stories
behind the world's most famous equation, E = mc2. (Subjects covered:
physics, energy, properties of matter)

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Einstein's Big Idea"
Broadcast: Tuesday, September 16, 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 Legacy of E = mc2
Read an explanation of the equation and learn about some of the
science and technology it has spawned. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Producer's Story
Learn about the challenges of making a film about nuclear physics,
abstract ideas, and some of the most creative individuals who have
ever lived. (Grades 9-12)

The Equation Today
Read what three young physicists have to say about how a 100-year-old
equation figures into their careers. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Einstein the Nobody
Learn about who Einstein was before his miracle year. (Grades 6-8,

The Theory Behind the Equation
Explore the eureka moment when Einstein came up with special
relativity, the theory that spawned E = mc2. (Grades 9-12)

Genius Among Geniuses
Find out how Einstein measures up to other scientific geniuses.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Relativity and the Cosmos
Examine what many consider Einstein's greatest achievement --
general relativity. (Grades 9-12)

E = mc2 Explained
Hear how 10 top physicists describe the equation in a few minutes or
less. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 9-12)

The Power of Tiny Things
Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the equivalence of
matter and energy, including how much energy such objects as a paper
clip, a penny, and a lump of coal roughly hold. (Flash plug-in
required; printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ancestors of E = mc2
Meet the visionary scientists whose experiments paved the way for
Einstein. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Einstein Quotes
Read seven thought-provoking statements from Einstein. (Flash
plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 9-12)

The Light Stuff
See if you can identify what objects can slow down the speed of
light. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Time Traveler
Explore time dilation in this interactive version of Einstein's
"twin paradox." (Shockwave plug-in required) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Einstein Time Line
Follow the arc of Einstein's life. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In five classroom activities, students learn more about the lives of
the innovative thinkers who contributed to the equation, investigate
the science behind each part of the equation, and explore what the
equation really means. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Library Resource Kit
Find a range of ready-to-use resources for libraries large and
small. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Links and Books.

* * * * * * * *

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Thurs., Sept. 11, 2008 - Poem 001 - "Introduction to Poetry"

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

Poem 001 - "Introduction to Poetry"
From: Library of Congress
Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Poem 001 - "Introduction to Poetry"

A poem by Billy Collins from the Library's Poetry 180 project.
This is the first poem of the school year.

Poetry 180 – a poem a day for American high schools

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Sept. 11, 2008 - Election Tools for Teachers (from Google for Educators)

Site found on
Election Tools For Teachers - Google for Educators - Grades 0 to 12

“Are you looking for some innovative lessons and activities to help your students understand the election and Electoral College? Google has created this multi-faceted website that includes activities for all grade levels.”

Entire review and suggestions on using this site “In the Classroom”:



Thurs., Sept. 11, 2008 - Red Skelton's Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance

Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance, January 14, 1969.

If the video is blocked, here is a link to the audio and text:
American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank
Red Skelton’s Commentary on The Pledge of Allegiance, January 14, 1969
Shortened URL:


Thurs., Sept. 11, 2008 - Constitution Day, Sept. 17, 2008

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

Constitution Day – September 17, 2008
From: U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Initiative
Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 2:37 PM

To mark the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, Congress has asked that educational institutions take one day to teach the document that shaped America's democratic government. In support of students and teachers in their studies, a variety of online resources are available from the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) web site. Additional resources are available from the National Archives and Records Administration and the National History Education Clearinghouse. For links and more information, please go to .

Also, on Constitution Day/Citizenship Day, schools are encouraged to participate in "Pledge Across America." The synchronized Pledge will begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT; 1:00 p.m. CDT; 12:00 noon MDT; 11:00 a.m. PDT; 10:00 a.m. in Alaska; and 8:00 a.m. in Hawaii. For more information, please go to

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Wed., Sept. 10, 2008 - UCMP Online Exhibits for K-12 Students and Teachers

UCMP Online Exhibits (University of California Museum of Paleontology)
From the site:
“The UCMP website contains thousands of pages of content about the history of life on Earth. Our main exhibit sections include…”

Explorations Through Time

K-12 education resources

[NOTE: Some pages from this site previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Sept. 10, 2008 - Sites from Exploratorium's Ten Cool Sites for August 2008

Sites Found in:

Ten Cool Sites for August, 2008

Archive browsable and searchable. [NOTE: Some previously posted. - Phyllis ]

A unique collection of thousands of videos, images and fact-files illustrating the world's species, both endangered and in the U.K. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Free Science
Large collection of free books, articles and websites about science. In Italian and English.

Free Video Lectures
A large collection of links to video and audio lectures on science, technology , law, and other topics from colleges and other educational institutions in several countries, but mostly the United States.

Middle School Portal
Created for middle school teachers: A direct path to selective online resources for instruction and professional development from the National Science Digital Library. Enter each subject pathway below to browse a list of topics and take an in-depth look at teachable concepts in science and mathematics.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Package Museum
Take a walk down memory lane with many images of American package design from the early decades of the 20th century. Has an index by product name and 3D images of some of the products.

Planet Perplex
A gallery of optical illusions, word games, puzzles, abigrams and more.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Slide Rule Museum
Fun activities and facts about slide rules. Slide rule course and loaner program available for educators.


Wed., Sept. 10, 2008 - Earthquake and Volcano Glossaries / Groundwater Atlas of the U.S. / Iron Science Teacher

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


The USGS has an earthquake visual glossary:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

and a photo-glossary of volcano terms:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

and a glossary of volcano-related terms:


the location, the extent, and the geologic and the hydrologic
characteristics of important aquifers in the Nation.` A groundwater fact
sheet and GIS coverages are also available


Report), "People in the Bay Area love to cook, and that can mean mixing up
everything from home-grown arugula to free trade pumpkins. The good folks at
San Francisco's Exploratorium have cooked up the Iron Science Teacher
presentations in an attempt to bring together the worlds of science and the
culinary arts. To no one's surprise, they have succeeded, and the results
include a fine mix of science activities that are both fun and enlightening.
Visitors can dive right in by looking over some of their recent endeavors,
which have included such items as candy, apples, chocolate, fruit cake,
pumpkins, and marshmallow peeps. There are other areas of the site that
bring together previous webcasts that have covered kitchen items, common
household items, and even things one might find in a recycling bin."


Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University


Wed., Sept. 10, 2008 - Sites found in The Scout Report, April 18, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
April 18, 2008
Volume 14, Number 15

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


Open Science Directory

Readers may have heard of the "digital divide", but what about the
scientific "digital divide"? The Open Science Directory is attempting to
bridge this gap by providing access to a wide range of journals to
researchers in both developing and developed countries. Working with the
support of EBSCO Information Services and Hasselt University Library, the
Open Science Directory provides access to approximately 13000 scientific
journals. The Directory includes collections of open access journals and
also draws on a variety of other resources, including BioMed Central and
PubMed Central. By clicking on the "Open Science Directory" tab, visitors
will be redirected to the site's sophisticated search engine. Visitors can
browse the list of titles alphabetically, topically, or also create their
own detailed search across a number of fields. [KMG]


The Biology Corner

This particular virtual biology "corner" is maintained and updated by
science educator Shannan Muskopf. On the site, visitors will find labs,
worksheets, and various classroom activities. The "webquests" feature on the
site is particularly interesting; this type of exercise requires students to
peruse several websites that address a certain theme or topic. Some of the
themes covered include bioethics, evolution, and genetics. Moving on, the
site also contains a "Lesson Plans" area. Here visitors can look over such
offerings as "Biodiversity of Ponds", "Estimating Population Size", and
"Comparing Ecosystems". Additionally, the site also contains a section of
online quizzes and links to other science education resource websites of
note. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology [pdf]

Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE) is a "peer-reviewed web-
based collection of ecological educational materials." The collection is
under the direction of Professor Charlene D'Avanzo of Hampshire College and
Professor Bruce W. Grant of Widener University. TIEE relies on high-quality
submissions from college educators across the United States and Canada, and
the materials offered here will not disappoint visitors to the site. First-
time visitors can jump right in by clicking on the "All Volumes" area, which
contains direct links to all of the current and past publications which have
appeared so far. The materials here are divided into several sections,
including "Research", "Issues to Teach Ecology", and "Experiments to Teach
Ecology". These sections feature full-length articles like "Insect Predation
Game: Evolving Prey Defenses and Predator Responses" and "The Ecology of
Disturbance". The site is rounded out by a superb "Teaching" area. Here
visitors can read essays on guiding class discussion and other related
topics. [KMG]
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Great Chicago Stories [Macromedia Flash Player]

The hot dog is a powerful symbol of Chicago's past culinary triumphs, and it
makes sense that it is one of the first things that visitors to this
delightful site will encounter. This interactive site was created by the
Chicago History Museum, with funding provided in part by the National
Endowment for the Humanities. The site includes historical fiction stories
that help illuminate Chicago's past through documents and ephemera culled
from the Museum's vast storehouse of archival materials. The subjects
covered within the archive include public housing, the migration of African
Americans to the Second City, and the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Visitors can even listen to audio versions of the story, and educators will
enjoy the classroom resources provided here as well. [KMG]


West Side Story: Birth of a Classic

Based on "Romeo and Juliet", the musical "West Side Story" reinvigorated
Broadway by speaking (and singing) frankly about violence, adolescent gangs,
and racial prejudice. The show's collaborators included Leonard Bernstein,
Stephen Sondheim, and Jerome Robbins, and since its initial performance in
1957, it has become an iconic musical. While the in situ exhibit at the
Library of Congress is no longer available for viewing, visitors can take in
some of the artifacts related to the show's production on this site. The
exhibit is a real treasure trove for musical lovers, and even those who've
only heard "I Feel Pretty" once may be won over. The documents are divided
into sections that include "Birth of A Musical" and "The Legacy of West Side
Story". Along with interpretative introductions, visitors can look at
rehearsal photographs from the original productions, posters, opening night
telegrams, and choreographic notes. [KMG]


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


Wed., Sept. 10, 2008 - Phyllis' Favorites for CJRLC Newsletter, Aug.- Sept. 2008

Phyllis' Favorites for CJRLC Newsletter, Aug.- Sept. 2008


American Currency Exhibit

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Calculus on the Web

Color Matters

Constitution Finder

Digital History Reader

EDSITEment (All Web Sites)
Or select one of the 4 subjects in Subject Catalogue
Tab to Web Sites (or Lesson Plans)
Narrow search by Subcategory and/or grade

International Space Station: An Interactive Reference Guide

Liberty’s Kids


Thomas (from Library of Congress)

Water on the Web

Water Science for Schools

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Tues., Sept. 9, 2008 - THOMAS: from the Library of Congress


From the site:
“In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress. THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include the features and content listed below:”

Bills, Resolutions
Activity in Congress
Congressional Record
Schedules, Calendars
Committee Information
Presidential Nominations
Government Resources
For Teachers

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Sept. 9, 2008 - Constitution Day Resources and Internet Archive Project

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

Subject: Constitution Day Resources and Internet Archive Project
From: Library of Congress
Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Constitution Day Resources and Internet Archive Project
Here are two special announcements:

Apply to be part of the Internet Archive k-12 project

Could your school be one of 10 middle or high schools helping to capture and archive today’s primary source materials on the Web?

A small number of individuals and institutions recognize the importance of archiving and preserving the often transitory digital cultural artifacts that are distributed over the Web. But so far, the vast majority of decisions about what Web sites will live into the future have been made by adults, and reflect adults’ sensibilities about what constitutes the important stuff of history. The Internet Archive, the Library of Congress and California Digital Library are collaborating on a project that explores archiving the Web from the perspective of adolescents.

Find a complete project description and the brief application in the "Featured Resources" section at Apply by September 30 for full consideration.


Constitution Day Resources from the Library of Congress

In celebration of Constitution Day, the Library of Congress has compiled a variety of materials from across its collections. This year, the Library introduced two lesson plan that help students analyze drafts of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to discover the process involved in creating the new nation. New online activities for secondary students help students connect particular phrases and ideas set down in these two documents with the texts that preceded them. A third new online activity for elementary students helps them get acquainted with some of the words related to the founding documents of the United States. Explore these rich resources and features to learn more about one of America’s most important documents.


Tues., Sept. 9, 2008 - Step-by-Step on the Campaign Trail: How the President Gets Elected

Step-by-Step on the Campaign Trail
How the President Gets Elected
From the site:
“Don't know the difference between a caucus and a convention? Unsure what the electoral college is? Check out our handy guide to the seven steps of the presidential election.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Sept. 9, 2008 - Election 2008

Site found on

Election 2008 - Scholastic - Grades 3 to 8

“Track the entire election process with your elementary and middle school students.”

Entire review and suggestions on using this site “In the Classroom”:

Monday, September 08, 2008


Mon., Sept. 8, 2008 - Global Warming's Threat to U.S. Fish and Game Habitat

Site found: On the Ticker:
DocuTicker Newsletter
Number 29 April 15, 2008

Top Hunting and Fishing Groups Release New Study on Threat of Climate Change to U.S. Fish and Game Habitat

Source: Season’s End

The Wildlife Management Institute, joined by eight of the nation’s leading hunting and fishing organizations, today released a new report — Seasons’ End; Global Warming’s Threat to Hunting and Fishing — detailing the predicted impacts of climate change on the fish and wildlife habitat and the future of hunting and fishing in the United States. The group also announced a new website,, which will provide updated information on the impacts of climate change on fish and wildlife and what can be done to address this challenge.

+ The Issue in Brief

+ Understanding the Science
Shortened URL:

+ Full Report (sections in PDF)

Fact Sheets
+ Upland Birds

+ Waterfowl

+ Freshwater Fish

+ Saltwater Fish

+ Big Game


Shirl Kennedy
Senior Editor
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via DocuTicker"
for even more resources visit


Mon., Sept. 8, 2008 - Sites found in Librarians' Internet Index NEW THIS WEEK, April 17, 2008

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


J.M.W. Turner
Companion to an exhibit about Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), who "became the leading British artist of his era." Provides an exhibition feature with selected images of Turner's landscape paintings, film clip, downloadable exhibition brochure, biography of Turner, and audio of related exhibit talks and events. From the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
LII Item:

[NOTE: Exhibit is now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1–Sept. 21, 2008 - Phyllis ]


In Pictures: Computer Tutorials Based on Pictures
Collection of free, easy-to follow illustrated tutorials for software and computer subjects such as Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver, Photoshop Elements, HTML and CSS, My SQL, PHP, and Perl. Originally developed as part of a U.S. Department of Education study to help people with learning disabilities to learn computer skills. From Visibooks.
LII Item:


Popular Names of Constitutional Provisions
"Many provisions of the U.S. Constitution are known by popular name or nickname. This page identifies many of those popular names and includes the text of the relevant provisions. The information is arranged in two lists: the first, alphabetically by popular name and the second, arranged by appearance in the Constitution." Some of the popular names include "Citizenship Clause," "Due Process Clause," and "Slavery Amendment." From Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington.
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Inventor of the Week: Marion Donovan (1917-1998): Disposable Diaper
Profile of Marion Donovan, who "helped revolutionize the infant care industry by inventing the prototype of the disposable diaper." Topics include Donovan's development of a waterproof diaper cover, her work on the disposable paper diaper, and her other inventions that earned her over a dozen patents. From the Lemelson-MIT Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
LII Item:

[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted.
See Also: Inventor of the Week Archive (Browsable) - Phyllis ]


Background about this World Heritage Site in England. Features a FAQ, visual and narrative history, photos, and information about visiting Stonehenge for the summer solstice. Also includes material about the spring 2008 Stonehenge archaeological dig, "the first excavation inside the stone circle at Stonehenge in nearly half a century." Note: Interactive map is not available. From English Heritage, an organization that protects and promotes England's historic environment.
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[NOTE: Other pages from English Heritage previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Stonehenge: The Healing Stones
"Archaeologists are carrying out [in spring 2008] the first dig for almost half a century inside the stone circle of [Stonehenge] the world's most famous Neolithic monument. Their aim is to unearth evidence for a startling new theory -- that Stonehenge was built to heal the sick." Site features news and video from the 12-day dig, a panoramic view from within the stone circle, and related material. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
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[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fight Global Warming
Website for an Environmental Defense Fund campaign designed as a "wake-up call" about global warming, "the most serious environmental challenge of our time." Includes discussions of the dangers of global warming (such as health concerns, extreme weather, and economic impacts) and the science of global warming (such as pollution and improving energy consumption), an energy calculator, and tips for what you can do at home and on the road.
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The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization
Website for this Colorado environmental group that is "spreading the word about what climate disruption can do." Its site features introductions to climate change and its impact with respect to heat, snow, water, drought, economics, wildfire, and biodiversity; a March 2008 Report "Hotter and Drier: The West's Changed Climate" documenting "how the West's climate is already changing"; news; and links to material about advocacy.
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Go Green: Edutopia's Green Teacher's Resources
Compilation of reviews of classroom resources on environmental topics such as energy conservation, waste and recycling, habitat and ecosystems, water, and wildlife. Search the database by topic, type of resource (such as online tools, green design projects, and service learning projects), location, grade level, and other factors. Teachers can submit new resources and rate existing resources. From Edutopia, a project of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
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Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index


Mon., Sept. 8, 2008 - National Weather Service / NOAA Education Resources

National Weather Service
From the site:
“The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.”


NOAA Education Resources

The NOAA Education Resources Website is the National Oceanic &
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s classroom on the Web. With
special sections targeting teachers and students (mostly junior high
school), this Website links users to specific resources on weather,
climate change, oceans and coasts, satellites and space, and related
topics. While the introductory student information is decent, by far
the strength of the site lies in the Specially for Teachers section.
Here, a plethora of Websites and special resources delve into an
array of information on each topic; many of these categorical sites
will be useful to researchers and college students as well. [LXP]

From The Scout Report for Science & Engineering, Copyright Internet
Scout Project 1994-1999.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Sept. 8, 2008 - FEMA: Hurricane

Learn what to do during a hurricane, about damage caused by hurricanes, get current storm watch and weather reports and more.

From the site:
“The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating plans and preparatory activities, as well as the initial response, of numerous federal agencies in close communication with state, tribal and local officials as Tropical Storm Hanna is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to most of the Atlantic Coast. Hurricane Ike, expected to hit Florida next week as a strong hurricane, poses additional challenges. As we face the heart of the annual Hurricane Season, everyone has a role to play. Remember: Get Serious. Be Prepared.”

Sunday, September 07, 2008


Sun., Sept. 7, 2008 - Kaboose: Kid Math Games

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, April 14, 2008 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Kaboose: Kid Math Games

Age Range: 4-9 (approximately) is an amazing virtual warehouse of information, resources, and
activities that strives to answer the question, "What do I want to do with
my family today?"

If you haven't been to this site before, you'll be AMAZED at the scope of
content in every educational subject and beyond.

For now, I simply want to draw your attention to the 34 FREE Online Math
Games for Kids. When you get to the site, you'll see the featured games at
the top of your screen. Scroll down the page to see more games, and then
click on the "next" button to view all four pages of math games archived

There are games to teach and enhance skills in counting, addition,
subtraction, multiplication, square roots, decimals, fractions, percentages
and more. You'll find goodies such as:

Cannon Math - Kids can learn about addition, angles and force with fun
interactive educational content that makes math fun.

Action Fraction - Beat your opponent to the finish line in the math game,
Action Fraction.

Connect the Numbers - Both preschool kids and seasoned kindergarten veterans
can have fun learning to recognize numbers and letters with this easy game.

Frog Palace - Help to build a Frog Palace as you master the decimal system.

Great Equations - Kids can keep their math skills limber with simple
equations involving addition, subtraction and multiplication as well as the
ideas of greater than or less than.

Martian Math - Answer questions about square roots, and powers of
multiplication as you help some not-very-bright aliens repair their ship.

Multiplication Bridge - Catch an infamous bank robber in this math game that
uses times tables up to 9 x 9.

Percentage P.I. - Help solve the baffling mystery of the burgled bank vault
while reviewing percentages.

What Time is It? - Kids click and drag clocks showing different times into
the correct order.

When you are through exploring the Math Games, check out all of the games at
this site by clicking on "Kid Games" in the landing page menu on the left
side of your screen. You'll find online games that teach and enhance skills

Language Arts
Art & Music
And Much More!

Have fun!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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Sun., Sept. 7, 2008 - Economics and Financial Literacy Resources / National Stock Market Simulation

Economics and Financial Literacy Resources
Page includes links for Economics, Federal Reserve, and Financial Literacy.

The National Stock Market Simulation (SMS) is a classroom activity played by teams of students from across the nation.
From the site:
“Teams are each given $ 100,000 in hypothetical money. The teams attempt to increase the value of their portfolios over a ten-week period by buying and selling shares of stock listed on the New York, American, and NASDAQ Stock Exchanges. Mutual Funds, margin and short selling are also taught…The SMS is played using the Internet or a toll-free fax machine for those without Internet access. There is no student per team minimum or maximum. We recommend 3-5 students per team; the less per team, the more interaction each student has with the simulation. However, we leave the number of students per team to the teachers, since each class is different…Teams may trade 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer any time. Software is not needed to participate - no need to download anything, the simulation is completely web based and it is The cost is only $12 per team.!


Sun., Sept. 7, 2008 - U.S. Mint Virtual Tours

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Friday, April 4, 2008 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
U.S. Mint

At this website you can take two different virtual tours of the United
States Mint to see how circulated and collector's coins are made. When you
get to the website you'll see a welcome message. Below it you can select
either tour as follows:

1) How Circulating Coins Are Made

2) How Collectors Coins Are Made

Click on either one and a new page opens offering you the opportunity to
view a slide show with pictures and text, or take a video tour by watching a
narrated film of how coins are made.

Younger children may prefer the ANIMATED virtual tour of how coins are made
that is available on the "Kids" section of the website here:

Once you're through with the tour you may enjoy exploring all of the
activates, games, and lesson plans themed around coins and currency on the
rest of the kids site here:

Have fun!

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.


Sun., Sept. 7, 2008 - Economics (6)

Sites found in:
The April 17, 2008 issue of Classroom Tools & Tips located at:


Contains standards-based lesson plans adapted from NCEE printed materials for the Internet with interactive activities for students.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

A premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic education lesson plans for K-12 teachers and their students.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

U.S. Treasury: Education
Learn about the major duties, functions, history of each Treasury Department Office and Bureau.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Federal Reserve Education
Here you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

H.I.P. Pocket Change
A fun educational tool for students and teachers that generates interest in coins, the United States Mint, and U.S. history.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Stock Market Game
Gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an on-line portfolio. They think they're playing a game. You know they're learning economic and financial concepts they'll use for the rest of their lives.

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