Saturday, October 18, 2008


Sat., Oct. 18, 2008 - Storing Carbon Dioxide

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Site of the Day for Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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

Today's site, from those always inquiring minds at the Why Files,
ponders an encouraging proposal to reduce the amount of carbon
dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Gentle Subscribers will
discover some of the promising data which offers a hopeful prospect
for lowered carbon dioxide levels.

"Global warming: Can we just stash the carbon dioxide? ... Could deep
underground storage of carbon dioxide from power plants slow global
warming?Global warming is the nightmare that just won't quit. Fearing
the biggest environmental catastrophe since the ice age, many
scientists say the goal of the Kyoto agreement -- slowing the
increase in greenhouse gas emissions -- will not do the job. Rather,
we need to drastically cut dumping carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere." - from the website

The presentation reviews the global output of carbon dioxide and some
of the small scale projects to store this greenhouse gas which are
currently in progress. Additional information summarizes some of the
plans from a small number of countries around the world attempting to
implement carbon dioxide storage, as well as looking at the risks
inherent in the overall concept. A final section explores what
happens to carbon dioxide that is stored deep in the earth. As always
with a Why Files exhibit, there are clarifying diagrams, useful
statistics, the latest scientific research on the topic and the
conclusion that there are no easy answers.

Soar over to the site for a consideration of the latest scientific
research on carbon dioxide storage at:

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


Sat., Oct. 18, 2008 - Science of Nondestructive Testing

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Hi! It's Tuesday, May 20, 2008 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Science of Non-Destructive Testing
Direct links:

Age Range: 10-17 (Middle School and High School)

ClickSchooling List Member, Jana Hege, wrote: "My husband, who is an
engineer and is certified in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), showed me this
website yesterday and I thought, 'ClickScholars need to see this!' I was
really impressed with the amount of material here!" I agree!

What is Non-Destructive Testing? It's a method of testing and inspecting
industrial parts and materials without damaging them. NDT technicians and
engineers test for material conditions and flaws that might cause planes to
crash, reactors to fail, trains to derail, pipelines to burst, etc. Through
methods such as radiology, NDT allows inspection without interfering with a
product's final use. NDT inspectors use the sciences of:


This website provides free, interactive lessons in all four of these
sciences for students in middle school and high school.

When you get to the site, you'll see an introduction, and then an icon menu
of all 4 sciences. Click on any one, and a new page opens with a table of
contents for the curriculum in that field of science.

Click on any topic to learn more, or just follow the arrows to
chronologically follow the curriculum. Each page offers interesting text
and illustrations. Many pages contain multi-media, interactive
demonstrations of the concepts discussed. The material is presented in an
engaging way to capture student interest.

If your student enjoys the material here, they may be interested in learning
more about a career in NDT. You'll find information about that (designed
just for middle and high school students) at the site as well. Here's the
direct link:

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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Sat., Oct. 18, 2008 - We Can Change the World - Challenge

Site and review found on

We can change the world challenge - Siemens - Grades 5 to 8

We can change the world challenge - Siemens - Grades 5 to 8 - permalink
Use the virtual lab activities on the Siemens Challenge website to investigate energy-related topics. Choose from "Wow, Windmills," "How Big Is Your Footprint," "Ponder This," "Everyday Fossil Fuels," "The Ever-changing River," and more. Each activity begins with an introduction, investigation where factors are changed, and results. <<>>

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


Sat., Oct. 18, 2008 - Understanding the Declaration of Independence / American Historical Periods / FBI History / Alternative Fuels

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, June 19, 2008
Read This Online :


"An Expression of the American Mind": Understanding the Declaration of Independence
This 2-part lesson plan (grades 9-12) covers the structure of the Declaration of Independence ("introduction, main political/philosophical ideas, grievances, assertion of sovereignty") and the ideological and political origins of the ideas in the Declaration. Includes background for teachers, suggested activities, and links to additional material. From EDSITEment, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations.
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[NOTE: Other pages from - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


American Historical Periods
"LACMA's Collection of American Art serves as an excellent survey of the development of art and culture throughout the United States." View short essays and works of art by period such as early American painting, America comes of age (mid-18th century), the American West, modern urban America, and the social relevance of art. Also browsable by decade through 1945. From the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
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FBI History: Radio Sound Bytes
These interviews of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) historian are "part of a special radio series called 'FBI 100: A Closer Look,' [in which the historian is] sharing his perspectives and insights into various aspects" of the history of the FBI, which began operation in July 1908. Read or listen to the brief interviews on topics such as the early days of terrorism, police corruption, La Cosa Nostra, and Elliot Ness. From the FBI.
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Science Reports: Alternative Fuels
News and features about alternative automotive fuels such as ethanol, natural gas, hydrogen, electric, and biodiesel. Includes reports, case studies, classroom materials, and interactive features such as "How Does Your Car Stack Up?" that considers carbon dioxide output and fuel costs. From the PBS Online NewsHour.
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Friday, October 17, 2008


Fri., Oct. 17, 2008 - Sites to See: Airplanes

Sites to See: Airplanes
From the site:
“Looking for history, math, and science activities and resources for your next transportation or aviation unit? Look no farther! Included: A dozen sites for both teachers and students.”

“From interactive, student-driven demonstrations to detailed timelines to facts on the physics of flying and more, these fantastic flight sites have just what you're looking for!”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Links Updated - Phyllis ]


Fri., Oct. 17, 2008 - Debatepedia

Site and review found on

Welcome to Debatepedia! - International Debate Education Association - Grades 8 to 12

Debate teachers and those who teach persuasive writing--rejoice! Here is a site for students to practice their own reasoning skills as well as read the arguments of others. A very complete site, this includes current debate on a number of subjects categorized by area of interest as well as a breakdown of "popular debates."<<>>

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


Fri., Oct. 17, 2008 - Election Center

Site and review found on

Election Center - Weekly Reader - Grades 3 to 8

Weekly Reader offers an interactive, comprehensive look at elections with sections on meeting the candidates, understanding the election process, reviewing election vocabulary, etc. An election calendar helps make students aware of the upcoming vote. <<>>

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


Fri., Oct. 17, 2008 - PBS: NATURE: Parrots in the Land of Oz / NOVA: Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: October 19-25, 2008

Parrots in the Land of Oz
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, October 19, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Parrots are everywhere in Australia. Their colors, behaviors
and habitats are all described in depth by the scientists
studying them and by the Australians who live among them. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)
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Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
Mark Oliver Everett, better known as E, is the lead singer of
U.S. cult band the EELS. What most of his fans don't know is
that Mark's father, Hugh Everett III, was one of America's top
quantum physicists. In 1957, Hugh Everett came up with a
revolutionary theory that predicted the existence of parallel
universes. The idea quickly seeped into popular culture, but
only recently has it been accepted by mainstream physicists.
The film follows the wry and charismatic Mark, who had been
estranged from his father, as he travels across America to
learn about the father he never knew. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

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Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 5:01 PM
NOVA Bulletin

Next on NOVA: "Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives"

Tuesday, October 21 at 8 p.m.
(Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.)

For most of Mark Oliver Everett's life, things didn't add up.
"Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives" follows Mark, better known as E,
the lead singer of the rock band EELS, across the country as he
attempts to understand the fantastic possibility of parallel
universes and unravel the story of his troubled family and the
father he never really knew--iconoclastic quantum physicist Hugh
Everett III.

In this intelligent and imaginative film, the wry and charismatic
Mark takes an emotional journey into his father's life, meeting
Hugh's old college friends, colleagues, and admirers. It is only by
entering the esoteric world of quantum physics that Mark can hope to
gain an understanding of, and more importantly, a connection to the
father who was a stranger to him.

Here's what you'll find on the companion website:

Finding My Father
At 18, Mark Everett discovered his father's body. At 40-something,
he discovered who his father really was.

The Theory Today
What is the Many Worlds theory, and do physicists buy it? Hear from
Everett's biographer, Peter Byrne.

Everett's Dissertation
If you dare, explore Everett's original thesis, published online for
the first time. (PDF)

Read Original Documents
Everett's personality shines forth in two never-before-published
pieces of writing.

Science Fiction and Fact
Follow a time line of parallel worlds--those of sci-fi and quantum

Also, Links & Books, the Teacher's Guide, the program transcript,
and more:


Remember, most NOVA episodes stream on our website the day after the
premiere, so if you missed "Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives" you can
catch it at:

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Thurs., Oct. 16, 2008 - The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats

The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats
“The award winning exhibition, Yeats: the life and works of William Butler Yeats, includes manuscripts from the National Library’s collection and covers many aspects of the poet’s life and his development as a writer.”
Take a virtual tour of this online exhibition.


Thurs., Oct. 16, 2008 - Shakespeare's Staging

Site and review found on

Shakespeare's Staging - Regents University of California - Grades 11 to 12

This great site gives serious Shakespeare students something to dig their teeth into. Of particular interest is a full-length, documentary video titled "Shakespeare and the Spanish Connection." The documentary links Spanish and Elizabethan theatres in style of performance, architecture, and background. From the homepage, you can look at galleries (basically online picture albums) of Shakespearean productions from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Clicking on the "Videos" tab will enable you watch short excerpts of plays performed in various venues including open air theatres. Due to the academic nature of the presentations, this is probably best used with upperclassmen or gifted students who have some familiarity with the Elizabethan Renaissance and Shakespeare.

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


Thurs., Oct. 16, 2008 - Mythic Creatures / Creating the U.S. / Famous Trials: Chicago Seven / Phoenix Mars Mission

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, June 12, 2008
Read This Online :


Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids
Companion website to a 2008 exhibit that examines "the legend and the science behind some of the most fascinating creatures ever invented. ... [by displaying] preserved specimens, cultural artifacts and works of art." View exhibit highlights related to water (sea monsters and mermaids), land (griffin bones and unicorns), air (Pegasus and other creatures from Greek myths), and dragons from around the world. From the Field Museum.
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Creating the United States
"This exhibition offers a remarkable opportunity to learn in a fresh new way how the [U.S.] founding documents ... were forged out of insight, invention, and creativity, as well as collaboration and much compromise." Includes interactive features that "reveal the source documents and the careful crafting of language" in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Also provides related links. From the Library of Congress (LOC).
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Famous Trials: The Chicago Seven
Background about "the 1969-70 trial of seven radicals accused of conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago." Includes an essay about the protests at the 1968 convention and the trial, and links to material about some of the participants (some links broken). From a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
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Phoenix Mars Mission
Background and updates about this NASA Mars mission "designed to study the history of water and habitability potential in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil." Features press releases, images, background about the mission (which launched in August 2007 and landed on Mars in late May 2008), blogs, podcasts, a section for children, and more. From the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.
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Thurs., Oct. 16, 2008 - Historical Book Arts / Jonathan Swith: Journal to Stella / Online Nevada Encyclopedia / Popular Readership / Venus / The West

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
June 13, 2008
Volume 14, Number 23
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


Historical Book Arts Collection

The history of the book is a fascinating subject, and one that is addressed
head on by this most wonderful collection from the University of Washington
Libraries Historical BookArts Collection. This digital collection features a
sampling of materials held in their Special Collections Division and is
primarily intended to serve as a teaching tool. The materials here are
contained within sections that include "Binding", "Printing", "Paper", and
three others. By clicking on each section, visitors can find digitized
images that illustrate everything from examples of insect damage, endsheets,
and gilt stamped works. Along with the actual items, visitors will also want
to read the three essays offered here, including "Illustration Techniques"
and "19th Century Bindings". Finally, visitors can also search the entire
collection via three well-designed search functions. [KMG]


Jonathan Swift: Journal to Stella

Long before he took a journey to Lilliput, satirist and all-around man of
letters Jonathan Swift took up his quill in 1710 to write a series of
letter-diaries that became known as the "Journal to Stella". In these
writings, Swift wrote to one Esther Johnson, who died shortly after
Gulliver's Travels appeared in 1727. These letters reveal a rather different
Swift than one might discover through reading his letters to such well-known
personages of the time as Alexander Pope and others. This digital version of
these compelling correspondences was created by the English department at
the University of Oxford. Visitors can click on the "About" section to learn
more about Swift, this electronic version of the letters, and the editors of
this project. After browsing through the letters at their leisure, users can
also login or register to post comments on these writings. Also, users will
appreciate the hypertext links within the letters that lead to other
documents and pieces of writings mentioned by Swift. [KMG]


Online Nevada Encyclopedia

Nevada is much more than the Hoover Dam and a certain large neon-drenched
city, and the Online Nevada Encyclopedia revels in covering aspects of the
state that include business, mining, politics, exploration, and the economy
of the Silver State. Started in 2007, the Encyclopedia has been developed by
the Nevada Humanities organization, with generous support of the U.S.
Department of Education and the State of Nevada. It's a good idea to start a
tour through the site by looking at one of the exhibit galleries, which
include "Civil Rights in Nevada" and "Hoover Dam". All four of the current
exhibits bring together primary documents with brief descriptions of each
document. After that, visitors should head over to the topical areas to read
high-quality articles about various facets of the state. All of the articles
are authored by subject experts, and they cover everything from the
archaeology of Tule Springs to the spooky world of the state's many ghost
towns. [KMG]


Media in Cultural Context: Popular Readerships

This course, offered as part of MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative, starts off
by asking "What is the history of popular reading in the Western world?" It
continues on by asking a number of equally powerful questions, and the
generally curious will enjoy exploring the materials offered here. The
course was created by Professor Sarah Brouillette, and originally took place
in the fall of 2007. Interested parties can read the syllabus, look over
selected readings, and even check out the assignments for the course. Some
of the many topics covered in the course include Oprah's Book Club, the
sociology of reading, reading as resistance, and the bestseller. The
assignments are a real pip, and they include writing essays on niche romance
audiences and bestsellers. [KMG]


Venus, Earth's Structural Sister: Investigations Using Radar Imagery

Let's face it: It's pretty difficult to get to Venus to do hands-on
fieldwork. This helpful teaching resource from Vicki Hansen at the
University of Minnesota-Duluth overcomes some of those difficulties by
allowing students the opportunity to do just that, in a manner of speaking.
Using data from NASA, students will learn how to construct of geologic map
of a region of Venus' surface. The concepts covered by this activity include
basic mapping principles, remote data set interpretation, and structure
morphology. The activity is intended for students in a variety of
educational settings, including high school geology classes and introductory
college level geology courses. Visitors to this site will find important
supporting online resources (such as geologic maps of Venus) and a complete
description on how to conduct this activity. [KMG]

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


American Experience: The American West [Macromedia Flash Player]

In American history, the West is a place of fact, myth, legend, lore,
larger-than-life individuals, and a host of other ideas and notions ripe for
discussion and analysis. The PBS program "American Experience" takes all of
this on in their series, "The American West". They have developed this
complementary website which expands on some of the themes of each individual
program by offering an interactive "American Frontiers" timeline for
visitors, a teacher's guide to using these materials, and two full-length
episodes from the series. The "American Frontiers" area allows users to scan
through a timeline of important events that begins with the French and
Indian War in 1754 and concludes with the annexation of Hawaii in 1898.
Moving on, the site also includes "The Westernizer" which asks users to
respond to a number of questions to determine what type of person they would
have been in the American West. Finally, visitors can watch two episodes
from the program in their entirety. They happen to be the first and last
programs in the series, and they profile Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill,
respectively. [KMG]


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

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Wed., Oct. 15, 2008 -
From the site:
“Learn How To Do Hundreds of Magic Tricks - Free!”


Wed., Oct. 15, 2008 - National Magic Week, Oct. 25-31

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, October 25, 2007
Read This Online :

"National Magic Week" Proclaimed by Society of American Magicians, October 25-31
Material about this week-long celebration that highlights the charitable work of the Society of American Magicians, and that concludes on October 31 (formerly National Magic Day), the date of Harry Houdini's death. Includes proclamations from governors of states acknowledging this commemoration, a history of Magic Week, and an events listing. From the Society of American Magicians.
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Wed., Oct. 15, 2008 - Mole Day, Oct. 23

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, October 18, 2007
Read This Online :

National Mole Day
Resources for Mole Day, "celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., [which] commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry." The website is a bit busy, but does present many ideas for classroom activities (such as costumes, decorations, and games) and images of past Mole Day themes. From the National Mole Day Foundation.
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Wed., Oct. 15, 2008 - FactCheckEd / FactCheck
From the site:
“ is an educational resource for high school teachers and students. It’s designed to help students learn to cut through the fog of misinformation and deception that surrounds the many messages they’re bombarded with every day. Our site is a sister to the award-winning Annenberg Political Fact Check, which goes by the Internet address and monitors the factual accuracy of what is said in the nation’s political arena.”

“You may think there are already plenty of Web sites devoted to teaching kids one thing or another, from elementary to obscure. Our goal is a little different. We believe that truth is an elusive commodity in our world of ceaseless communication, a world in which information is transmitted in huge helpings and in a virtual instant. All of us are overwhelmed with messages, many of them attempts to persuade us to do or buy something.

“Our aim is to help students learn to be smart consumers of these messages, not to accept them at face value; to dig for facts using the Internet, not to stop looking once they get to Wikipedia; and to weigh evidence logically, not to draw conclusions based on their own biases.

“The materials on this site, then, are meant to help students acquire the skills to see through the spin.” <<>>

Lesson Plans

From the site:
“We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.” [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

“Both websites are projects of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, with funding for provided by a grant from the Flora Family Foundation.”


Tues., Oct. 14, 2008 - Archaeology Channel

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Hi! It's Thursday, May 29, 2008 and time for Social Sciences at

Recommended Website:
Archaeology Channel
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 10 - 17 (about middle school and up)

NOTE: I was only able to review a sampling of the videos at this site.
Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the material to determine
suitability of content for their own children.

ClickScholar, Sherry Boswell, recommended this website that provides free
videos through which you can virtually experience the discovery of artifacts
and monuments of civilizations from long ago.

As explained at the website, "You'll wonder at the achievements and insights
of our ancestors as they became aware of themselves, learned how to organize
for the common good of growing populations, invented ways to adapt to
ever-changing environments, developed language and artistic expression,
migrated to every corner of our planet, and turned their eyes upward to the
stars." Plus, you'll learn important lessons from the past that have value
for us today.

When you get to the site you'll see a brief introduction and the featured
video. Look for the narrow, black menu bar at the top of the screen and
click on "Video." A new page opens with a menu of the free videos archived
at this site that include:

The Acropolis (Greece)
The Akha Way (Thailand)
The Anglo-American Project in Pompeii (Italy)
Anthropology Field Notes: Shipwrecks (Worldwide)
The Curse of Talakad (India)
Egypt: Gift of the Nile (Egypt)
Gila Cliff Dwellings (New Mexico)
Hopi Fires (Arizona)
Machu Picchu Revealed (Peru)
Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas (Mesoamerica, South America)
Ping Yao (China)
A Viking Landscape (Iceland)
-and many, many more!

Click on any one and a new screen opens where you can download and watch the
video. When the video begins to play, you will see additional links to
resources for further study.

Back on the landing page, don't miss the "Teacher Resources" on the menu.
There, you will find links to downloadable/printable activities and lesson
plans that complement the videos - and more!

This is really a remarkable resource website. Bookmark it to return whenever
you need supplements for your social science curriculum, or just want to use
the videos as a springboard to learning more about another culture, place,
or civilization.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Tues., Oct. 14, 2008 - Cleopatra

From the site:
“She is known in pop culture as simply Cleopatra, although there were six Egyptian queens before her with the same name. Cleopatra VII (69 - 30 BCE) was the last pharaoh in the Ptolemy dynasty, and although ruthless at times, her intelligence and charm has captured history's imagination.”

Page includes links to 8 related sites (5 annotated, 3 honorable mentions)


Tues., Oct. 14, 2008 - CarthageLives

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Site of the Day for Thursday, June 12, 2008

Carthage Lives

Today's site, a recreation of a highly regarded older exhibit,
provides a valuable presentation on the towering figure of Hannibal,
his wars and the city of Carthage. Gentle Subscribers will find this
an excellent and wide-ranging resource on a compelling historical

"[T]he site ... was by far the most comprehensive
and thorough site one could find on the subject ... on the Life of
Hannibal Barca and the Punic Wars Between Rome and Carthage. ... This
site can be approached from a number of directions ... the Punic Wars
or the life of Hannibal himself. ... the people, places and battles
involved. ... For an historical overview look at the different
timelines. Or read excerpts from the historical sources." - from the

Beginning with an introductory recap of one of the most famous
military leaders of antiquity and the city of his birth, this
all-encompassing presentation offers detailed information on
Hannibal's military campaigns -- the legendary Punic Wars with Rome.
With maps and battle timelines, the exhibit covers the highlights of
Hannibal's military engagements. Comprehensive additional material
looks at Carthage itself, from its early history to its religion to
the modern day archaeological excavations at its site, with maps,
illustrations and photographs. A modest art section surveys some of
the works relevant to the period, while the particularly useful
People section teems with the notable figures of the era.

March over to the site for a extensive presentation on Carthage and
Hannibal at:

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


Tues., Oct. 14, 2008 - Bubonic Plague

Site found in:
Teachers' Domain News - Summer 2008

New Resource at Teachers’ Domain
[NOTE: Free registration required. – Phyllis ]

Bubonic Plague – video - Length: 5m 08s
View online or download

From the site:
“This video segment from A Science Odyssey recounts the tactics employed by San Francisco's health officials to prevent bubonic plague from reaching America's West Coast. Using physical examinations, quarantines, and deportation, city officials hoped to isolate disease-carrying immigrants from the general population. They also disinfected people and fumigated properties where disease-carrying rodents were thought to exist. Following the 1906 earthquake, when the research focus shifted from targeting people to targeting rats, scientists in India discovered that fleas were responsible for transmitting bubonic plague from diseased rats to humans.”

Monday, October 13, 2008


Mon., Oct. 13, 2008 - M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher

From the site:
“M.C. Escher (1898-1972) was a Dutch illustrator known for his optical illusions, tessellated repeating patterns, and intricately detailed black-and-white images illustrating mathematical principals. View his work, and learn more, at the following M.C. Escher sites.”

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


Mon., Oct. 13, 2008 - Food Force: U.N. World Food Programme

Food Force: United Nations World Food Programme
From the site:
“The Free Rice web vocabulary phenomenon that has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world has now turned its attention to an exciting range of new games encompassing art, maths, language and chemistry.”

For Teachers
From the site:
“Food Force serves as a classroom tool for teaching about hunger.”

Hunger Resources
From the site:
“Start your research on hunger around the web with some of these resources. This section also provides links to other great teaching sites.”

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


Mon., Oct. 13, 2008 - Abraham Lincoln Resource Guide / Global Food Crisis / M.C. Escher / Trails to Utah & the Pacific / U.S. Poets Laureate

Sites found in:
May 30-June 5, 2008


Abraham Lincoln Resource Guide Released by Library of Congress
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Abraham Lincoln, including the complete Abraham Lincoln Papers from the Manuscript Division. This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Lincoln such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site.
[SEE ALSO: External Web Sites ]


Resources of the Week — Keeping Tabs on the Global Food Crisis
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor

While we’re also digging deeper into our pockets every time we pull up to the gas pump, a trip to the supermarket has also become a walk on the wild side — pricewise, that is. But those of us here in the U.S. and other industrialized nations at least have the luxury of…cutting back on luxuries to keep up with the ever-growing cost of basic commodities. We can unsubscribe from the premium cable channels, brown-bag it to work, take our vacations a little closer to home this year…

But in developing nations, the average person…well, has fewer options. Food has become downright unaffordable — and/or in extremely short supply. So lots of people are becoming more desperate with each passing day. Which, of course, increases the general level of instability in the world.

This week, we offer you a selection of sites you can visit to keep tabs on the world food situation.
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M. C. Escher: Life and Work
…an online tour of 24 prints by the Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher (1898-1972). In the 1920s-30s, Escher developed “the regular division of the plane” and used the idea of metamorphosis — one shape or object turning into something completely different. He also explored complex architectural mazes and the representation of impossible spaces. (National Gallery of Art)

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Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 (Library of Congress)
…features 49 diaries of pioneers who traveled westward across America to Utah, Montana, and the Pacific between 1847 and the meeting of the rails in 1869. Maps, photos, and published trail guides are included. Essays focus on the California Trail, the Mormon trail experience, trail guides, and maps and their use by overlanders.
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United States Poets Laureate: A Guide to Online Resources

Locate online resources related to U.S. poets laureate. Completed guides link to Library of Congress Web pages that include information on the poet laureate’s life and work, as well as to external Web sites that feature biographical information, interviews, poems, audio, video, and other materials that highlight the activities of each poet.


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Mon., Oct. 13, 2008 - Fashion (3) / The Beats & Beyond: Counterculture Poetry, 1950-1975 / Lyndon B. Johnson / Insecs (4) / Kite Fighting (3)

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"Power Dressing": Designers for the 1970s/1980s Career Woman
This online exhibit traces the development of the fashions for women executives and career women in the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s as designed by famous fashion designers. Includes brief background about designers and images of designs from designers such as Geoffrey Beene, Oscar de la Renta, James Galanos, and Yves Saint Laurent. From the Mississippi State University School of Human Science.
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Yves Saint Laurent
Companion to a 2008 retrospective exhibit "spanning the forty years of creation of the Maison de haute couture Yves Saint Laurent." The video section includes a biographical note about this French fashion designer, who "unveiled his first collection under the Yves Saint Laurent label" in 1962, and video clips showing some of his creations. In English and French. From the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
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Yves Saint Laurent
Companion to a 2005 exhibit about the haute couture designs of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. "The majority of the garments in this exhibition are gifts to the Kent State University Museum from three fashionable [American] women." Includes annotated images relating to the little black dress, on being a couturier, and suits. Includes detailed images of "the first dress Saint Laurent designed for Dior" in 1955. From the Kent State University Museum.
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The Beats and Beyond: Counterculture Poetry, 1950-1975
Companion to a 2008 exhibit that celebrates holdings of "post-World War II American avant-garde poetry." Features an exhibition checklist with selected images in areas such as the New York School of Poets, Beat poets, the San Francisco Renaissance, censorship, black nationalism and the black arts movement, feminism, and the Vietnam War. Curated by Sarah E. Fass, Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Celebration: Celebrating His Can-Do Spirit
Website for the 2008 centennial celebration of the birth of President Lyndon Baines Johnson on August 27, 1908. Features a timeline on the president, a history of presidential centennials, a calendar of events leading up to and following the centennial, photos and videos, and related material. From the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and several other partners.
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Buginfo: State Insects
Quick list of the state insects for the "41 states in the United States [that] have officially designated State Insects." It also notes that "California was the first state of the United States to select a state insect. The Dogface Butterfly, Zerene eurydice, was officially adopted as the state insect of California in 1929." From the Smithsonian Institution.
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Insects at the Smithsonian
This is a starting place for locating the Smithsonian Institution's projects and content on insects, including exhibits, fact sheets, research, and classroom guides. Includes links to pages on mosquitoes and cicadas. From the Smithsonian Institution.
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National Zoo: Insects
Fact sheet about the insect class, which "comprises the most diverse group of animals on the earth and constitutes more than half of all described animal species." Includes images and links to related articles and fact sheets on praying mantids, Hercules beetles, insect farmers, communication, and camouflage and mimicry. From the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
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On Six Legs Compilation of columns featuring fun facts and trivia about insects, with titles such as "Hissing Cockroaches Not Warm-and-Fuzzy Pets," "Insect Words Can Be Pests to Crossword Puzzle Addicts," and "Not All Insect Legs Are Made for Walking." Archive goes back to late 2001. From Purdue University Agriculture. URL:
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For Afghan Boys and Men, Kite Flying Is a Way of Life
This 2007 article describes how, "[b]anned during the Taliban regime, kite flying is once again the main recreational escape for Afghan boys and some men." The sole objective of the kite flying is the kite fight, in which a kite flier tries to slice the other flier's string with his own and send the other kite to the ground. From the International Herald Tribune. Note: Video clip is not available.
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Takoage-Gassen (Kite-Fighting Contest)
Brief overview of this May event in which "[m]ore than 100 kites are flown in the sky over the Nakatajima Dunes, one of the three largest sand dunes in Japan" and in which "the kite-fliers try to cut their opponents' strings by friction." This festival dates back to the 16th century. From the Japan National Tourist Organization.
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Thai Sport
Background about the native Thai sports of Thai boxing, fish fighting, kite fighting, and takraw (a kicking volleyball game). Includes the story and rules of professional Thai boxing, the male Thai fighting fish, types of kites and rules of kite fighting, and a variation on takraw in which the game is played with "small and hollow rattan balls." From Assumption University, Thailand.
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Sunday, October 12, 2008


Sun., Oct. 12, 2008 - The Math WebSite

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Hi! It's Monday, June 2, 2008 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
The Math Website

Age Range: 12-17 (Approximately, depends on ability level of student.)

This website was recommended by ClickScholar Nancy Hogan. It was
developed to provide classroom teachers with interesting activities
(along with printable materials) that reinforce and enhance math
lessons for high school students. (Some middle school students may
enjoy this as well). It can be tweaked for use in the homeschool

The site has lots of content, but can be a little confusing to
navigate. When you get to the homepage read the introduction,
familiarize yourself with the menu, and then click on "How To Use
This Website" to get a good overview of what is available, along with
suggestions on how to use the resources that include lessons,
quizzes, tests, puzzles, and more. Again, this is designed for
classroom use, so you'll have to adjust it for your homeschool.

The main content is located under the heading:

LIST OF MATH TOPICS - Click on this menu item to find a complete
index of the math lessons and activities that include:

Arithmetic Basics (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division,
Decimals, Fractions, etc.) Binomials Circles and Ellipses Exponents
Geometry Hyperbolas Money/Interest Parabolas Quadratic Equations
Radicals/Roots Ratios Trigonometry Word Problems

You'll also find activities to enhance understanding such as puzzles,
Sodoku, interactive games (BlackJack, JigSaw, HanoiTowers, etc.),
graphs, math quotations, riddles, and other diversions such as
Mobius, Nim, Pipes or Sprouts, and pencil-paper-and-scissor

Don't miss the colorful Math Stamps with portraits of famous
mathematicians that can be used to add relevance and interest to any
math topic.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Sun., Oct. 12, 2008 - PBS: Blythe Bennett: Functions: Connexions: Free Math Tutorials

PBS Blythe Bennett
Free Math Tutorials!

Connexions web site hosts free courses and tutorials. Tackle this course about functions covering sets, relations, logarithmic, trigonometric, polynomial, and algebraic functions.
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Oct. 12, 2008 - AAA Math

Site and review found on

AAA Math - - Grades 0 to 8
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Students can practice math skills independently with this collection of challenging, interactive practice activities, organized by grade level and topic. The website says the activities are designed for students in grades K through eight. Topics vary greatly and include algebra, statistics, counting, comparing, decimals, basic operations, exponents, fractions, and many others. Nearly every math topic taught in elementary or middle school, will be found at this site. Once you click on the general topic area, be prepared for a HUGE list of specific choices to explore. Each math concept is explained in a simple paragraph and then students are presented with practice activities about the specific concept. The practice activities are timed.

Be aware there are several advertisements at this website (all appropriate). But considering this site is free (and full of ready to go math activities), the advertisements are worth the minor annoyance.

Suggestions on using this site “In the Classroom”:


Sun., Oct. 12, 2008 - GoGeometry: From the Land of the Incas

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Monday, June 9, 2008 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
GoGeometry: From the Land of the Incas

Age Range: 11-17 (Younger students will enjoy aspects of this site with
parental assistance.)

"Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!! Take some time to explore this site. You will be
glad you did!" That was the recommendation I received from ClickScholar
MaryAnna Cashmore who suggested this site that offers an array of resources
including animations, science, and Incan history in order to help students
learn Euclidean geometry.

MaryAnna also wrote, "Did you know that from an airplane looking down at
Peru you can see giant carvings (carved into the ground by ancient people
thousands of years ago) in the likeness of a monkey, a hummingbird, and
more? And did you know that this had anything at all to do with mathematics
- or, more specifically, geometry?"

MaryAnna is referring to the The Nazca Lines (sometimes referred to as "crop
circles"). According to the website, "They are a set of zoomorphic,
phytomorphic and geometric figures (lines, triangles, trapezoids, circles,
spirals, birds, a spider, a monkey, flowers) that appear engraved in the
surface of the Nazca southern Peru. The Nazca Lines are one of
the mysteries of the ancient world. They are the most outstanding group of
geoglyphs (drawings on the ground) in the world."

They are believed to have been created by The Incas during the 15th and 16th
centuries. The Incas were a civilization in western South America near
Cuzco, Peru. You may have heard of Machu Picchu, an ancient fortress city of
the Incas in the Andes Mountains. The Incas were superb craftsmen and

When you get to the website you can explore the Nazca Lines while getting
multi-media lessons in Geometry. You'll find geometry problems with
step-by-step solutions, proofs, colorful animations, quizzes, puzzles,
quotations, videos, and more.

From the homepage, you can click on the featured illustration to enter the
site, or scroll down the page to find the "Table of Content" and access the
areas that interest you. Scroll below that to find an assortment of recent
additions to the site including an exploration of "Stonehenge and Geometry."

From the Table of Content, be sure to click on "Videos" where you'll find an
eclectic selection of geometry-themed "You Tube" presentations about the
Nazca Lines and Indiana Jones, Crop Circles, Waldorf Geometry, Math Humor,
music, cultural information, art, and even a video titled, "Teaching
Geometry and Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land."

Again, there is lots of content here - so much, in fact, that I wasn't able
to review it all. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site to
determine suitability for your own children. Bookmark this site, you'll
want to return often.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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