Friday, October 24, 2008


Fri., Oct. 24, 2008 - eLECTIONS: Your Adventure in Politics

eLECTIONS: Your Adventure in Politics
“an updated and expanded version of our free, online educational game eLECTIONS: Your Adventure in Politics. In eLECTIONS, players take the role of presidential candidates and run a virtual campaign. A new teacher's guide contains lesson suggestions and connects the game's learning activities to state standards.”

From the site:
“What is eLECTIONS: Your Adventure in Politics?
eLECTIONS is a free, fun, election campaign simulation. It puts you in the driver's seat running a presidential campaign. This high-speed, broadband adventure uses interactive tools, video clips, rich 3-D animated graphics, fun sound effects, and self-directed interactivity. Kids and adults make all the decisions for a virtual run for the U.S. Presidency, allocating budget, selecting key issues, choosing where to campaign, and responding to the opponent’s moves and other external events.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated for 2008- Phyllis ]


Fri., Oct. 24, 2008 - Sites to See: Special Education

Sites to See: Special Education

From the site:
Teaching Special Kids: On-Line Resources for Teachers

“Whether you teach in a special-education program or in a "regular" classroom, you probably encounter special kids facing special challenges. Education World brings you information about on-line resources that can help you better understand -- and help -- students with special needs.

“Today, almost every classroom includes a number of students who are dealing with a disability -- either physical, educational, emotional, or a combination of all three. As a teacher, you probably find yourself looking for information and resources that will help you effectively teach those students and help them learn successfully.

“However, the number of special-education Web sites for teachers can be overwhelming -- so overwhelming that it's hard to sort through them all.

“Education World searched the Web for sites that provide information about specific disabilities and suggest activities for classroom use. Although most are intended primarily for use with students who have disabilities, many can be adapted for use with all students.”


Fri., Oct. 24, 2008 - Language Learning Library

From the site:
“ is the largest and most comprehensive language learning portal on the web offering highly relevant and useful language learning related resources.

“ was created to meet the needs of both teachers and students alike. This site will save time and frustration from the usual web search. We surfed the net so you don't have to, and compiled the most comprehensive and well organized information.”


Fri., Oct. 24, 2008 - Differentiated Instruction

Sites found in:
EduHound's Classroom Tools & Tips
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 06:00:56 -0500 (CDT)

The June 19, 2008 issue of EduHound's Classroom Tools & Tips is located at:

Internet4Classrooms :: Differentiated Instruction
Features a collection of resources that help classroom teachers adjust their teaching process to their learners needs.

How to Differentiate Instruction
After having read what the research has to offer on differentiated instruction, specifically, brain-based research on learning, learning styles and multiple intelligences, and authentic assessment, you are now ready to plan.

Differentiated Instruction
Discover how research into how students learn led to changes in how teachers teach -- and the differentiated model of education.

Instructional and Management Strategies
Features instructional and management strategies to support differentiation in the classroom.

Strategies for Differentiating
Within the four ways for differentiating instruction there are embedded several other learning strategies which are used in conjunction with each other.

Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction
This online presentation provides the rationale for differentiating using technology, as well as a multitude of examples that may be used in your classroom.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Tues., Oct. 21, 2008 - Immune Attack

Immune Attack
From the site:
“The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) presents Immune Attack, an educational video game that introduces basic concepts of human immunology to high school and entry-level college students. Designed as a supplemental learning tool, Immune Attack aims to excite students about the subject, while also illuminating general principles and detailed concepts of immunology.”

“FAS’ Learning Technologies Program is currently enlisting high school teachers to participate in an evaluation of Immune Attack. Sign up now to participate in our game evaluation!”


Tues., Oct. 21, 2008 - Online Biology Book

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, May 27, 2008 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Online Biology Book
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 11-17 and up (Middle School, High School, Adult)

ClickSchooling list member Jaye Hendrix suggested this website that provides
a free biology textbook with illustrations online. Jaye wrote:

"I'd like to suggest a fantastic resource for biology, which I found while
preparing resources for a challenging, homeschool biology course. It's
written by a university biology professor, but will be very useful for my
motivated middle-schooler, and would be an appropriate online text for a
high-school-level, full-year biology course.

It's free, thorough, highly visually appealing, contains numerous references
and links, and an online linked glossary of terms. Some chapters include a
list of learning objectives and review questions."

There isn't much more to add except that when you get to the site, you'll
see the table of contents that covers subjects such as:

Atoms and Molecules
Cells and Cell Division
Plants and Their Structure
Flowering Plant Reproduction
Animal Organ Systems
The Circulatory System
The Lymphatic System
The Digestive System
The Nervous System
The Endocrine System
The Reproductive System
The Muscular/Skeletal System
The Respiratory System
Biological Diversity (Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, Fungi)
- and much more!

Click on any one to read the chapter and feed your brain. :)

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Tues., Oct. 21, 2008 - Malaria Site

Malaria Site
From the site:
“Malaria is probably one of the oldest diseases known to mankind that has had profound impact on our history. But for malaria, the outcomes of many a wars and destinies of many a kings would have been different. It has been responsible for the decline of nations and crushing military defeats, often having caused more casualties than the weapons themselves. For centuries it prevented any economic development in vast regions of the earth. It continues to be a huge social, economical and health problem, particularly in the tropical countries. History of malaria and its terrible effects is as ancient as the history of civilization, therefore history of mankind itself.”


Tues., Oct. 21, 2008 - EnviroMysteries

Site and review found on

EnviroMysteries - Maryland Public Television - Grades 6 to 10 - permalink

This must-see site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers some excellent interactive activities and lesson plans all about environmental mysteries (asthma triggers, causes of cancer, food contamination, water borne illness, and others). An excellent addition to a science, health, or physical education class, this site discusses the importance of exercise, effects of mold, how food can get contaminated, and more. <<>>

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

Monday, October 20, 2008


Mon., Oct. 20, 2008 - Periodic Table of Videos

Site found on

The Periodic Table of Videos - University of Nottingham - Grades 7 to 12
“Every element in the periodic table has a video which provides background information, ties in to new discoveries or application to everyday life, and can contain an experiment for better understanding.”

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



Mon., Oct. 20, 2008 - Mineral Information Institute

The Mineral Information Institute (MII)
For Teachers: 200+ pages of help - All for FREE

From the site:
“The Mineral Information Institute (MII) is a national 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating youth about the science of minerals and other natural resources, and about their importance in our every day lives.

“Each year MII works with interested professional and scientific associations, and various government and education agencies, to help classroom teachers develop materials that are directly usable by teachers in a variety of subjects and a multitude of grade levels. All programs require updating and maintenance to ensure their continuing value and use in the classroom. MII will provide that and will distribute those programs that merit continued use.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Oct. 20, 2008 - Nanotechnology: The Power of Small / What is a Planet?

Sites found in:
Subject: Teaching Resources
Date: Tue, Jun 3, 2008

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


Nanotechnology: The Power of Small
is the companion website for a public television series on
nanotechnology and the environment, health, and privacy. See
video clips of expert panels as they wrestle with dilemmas:
the promise, the consequences, and potential risks of
medicine, solar cells, and security systems enhanced by
nanotechnology. (National Science Foundation)


What Is A Planet?
is a lesson in which students (Grades 9-12) compare
characteristics of planets, comets, asteroids, and trans-
Neptunian objects; create a definition for the term "planet";
and formulate an argument for or against the planet status of
a hypothetical newly discovered object in our solar system.
(In 2006, the International Astronomical Union approved a new
definition for "planet" and other bodies.) (National
Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Other pages from - previously
posted. - Phyllis ]


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Mon., Oct. 20, 2008 - NSF Multimedia Gallery / Internet Resource Collection: Terrorism / Additions to Great Web Sites for Children / CRS Reports

Sites found in:
June 6-13, 2008


NSF Multimedia Gallery

NSF Multimedia Gallery provides nearly 100 videos and webcasts on a range of science topics: a fossil that may represent the first vertebrate to emerge from the sea, turning forest-industry waste into fuel and textiles, “superglue” produced by aquatic bacteria, a house built on a “shake table” (earthquake research), teaching robots to swim, 14 engineering challenges for the 21st century, solving a crime scene mystery, a 60-second history of the universe, earth’s deep-time archives, dinosaurs, and more. (National Science Foundation)


Internet Resource Collection: Terrorism
Shortened URL:
This collection of web resource about terrorism was compiled by Kay Collins, a U.S. government information librarian at the University of California-Irvine.

Source: C&RL News


ALSC announces exceptional Web sites for children
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the Web sites added this spring to Great Web Sites for Kids
( ), its online resource containing hundreds of links to commendable Web sites for children.
[NOTE: Some previously posted. – Phyllis ]
ALSC’s GWS Committee voted to add the following sites in spring 2008:
All Safe Sites - www.allsafesites.comAmazing Space -
Bnetsavvy - www.bnetsavvy.orgDebra Frasier - www.debrafrasier.comEMuseum at Minnesota State University -’s Bookshelf - www.ethansbookshelf.comFBI for Kids - – Family Fun & Entertainment -
Gymnasium for the Brain -
Johnnie’s Math Page - http://jmathpage.comKids Know It Network -
Mary Jo Rhodes - www.maryjorhodes.comOlogy –
TeachPeaceNow - www.teachpeacenow.orgWebrangers -
The World of Victor - www.theworldofvictor.netYoung Adult (& Kids) Books Central -

New Collections from Archive-It:

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a “think tank” that provides research reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. However, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not provide direct public access to its reports, nor are they released to the public via the Federal Library Depository Program (FDLP). There are several organizations that collect and give access to subsets of published CRS Reports. This collection attempts to bring all CRS Reports together in one place.

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

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Sun., Oct. 19, 2008 - English-at-Home

From the site:
“Learn English grammar, vocabulary, verbs and speaking with games, an English newsletter and more.”

By subject
NOTE: British site. – Phyllis


Sun., Oct. 19, 2008 - The EFL Playhouse

The EFL Playhouse
From the site:
“The EFL Playhouse offers a world of resources for teachers of young English Language Learners (ELLs). Browse The EFL Playhouse collections of educational games, songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, craft ideas, printable materials, tongue twisters, and more.” <<>>


Sun., Oct. 19, 2008 - Heads Up English

Heads Up English
From the site:
“Here you'll find complete ESL lesson plans and materials for lower-intermediate, upper-intermediate, and advanced students of English. The free materials are real and relevant.”

Links to other ESL sites
Shortened URL:


Sun., Oct. 19, 2008 - Epic Poems / Kathryn Lasky / Virgil / Finding Inspiration in Literature & Movies / Nixa Mythology / Poetry Everywhere / and more

Sites found in:
The newsletter of Web English Teacher
June 16, 2008


Epic Poems
The Aeneid, the Iliad, the Odyssey, Beowulf, and Paradise Lost: they're
poems, but they don't really fit into a traditional poetry lesson; they're
mythology/folklore, but they don't really fit there, either. I finally gave
epic poems their own page.

Kathryn Lasky
Lesson plans and support materials for Dear America books, Royal Diaries
books, and others.

Resources for teaching the Aeneid. (And apologies to those who spell his
name "Vergil," as I, too, was taught in high school. Times - and spellings -
have changed.)


Sites to Check Out

Finding Inspiration in Literature and Movies (FILM)
Curriculum materials to support a variety of movies, including Charlotte's
Web, Because of Winn-Dixie, Prince Caspian, and Freedom Writers. Materials
emphasize literacy skills, character development, and community service: use
the parts that best fit your classroom.

Nixa Mythology
Follow the link to Teacher Resources for some outstanding resources for
teaching classical mythology from teacher Zak Hamby. (For sheer creativity,
my favorite is the Trojan Find-it, but Mythological Barbie runs a close

Poetry Everywhere
Can't bring the poet to your classroom? Here's the next best thing: videos,
background essays and lesson plans that help teachers and students explore
the power of language and build reading and writing skills.
[NOTE: Free registration required. – Phyllis ]

Turning the Pages
Follow the link on this page from the British Library to see William Blake's
notebook, Lewis Carroll's original Alice in Wonderland, juvenilia by Jane
Austen, sketches from Leonardo da Vinci, and more. Give the site time to
load before trying to "turn the page" virtually.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Verb Busters
Verbbusters is designed for ELL students and offers fun interactive exercise
for the practice of the irregular verbs with cues in English or other
European languages. It offers dynamic ranking and quick search functions as
well as bilingual verb lists and audio. It's free and no registration is
required. (This site might also be valuable to help elementary students
master irregular verbs.)

Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

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