Saturday, November 01, 2008


Sat., Nov. 1, 2008 - College Grazing

Site and review found on

College Grazing - Grades 9 to 12

This site is another entry into the college search market. Designed to provide resources to prospective students, their parents, and their teachers or guidance counselors, the site offers the usual links to financial aid information, advice on writing college essays and career guidance. Many of the links lead directly to resources developed by the US Department of Education or the US Department of Labor; reliable sources, but nothing new or innovative here. The fresh content here is a series of 13 short self-discovery quizzes that purport to help students sort out their feelings about college, and determine their relative readiness to attend. <<>>

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


Sat., Nov. 1, 2008 - Geographia

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Thursday, June 12, 2008 and time for Social Sciences at

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

Age Range: 10-17 (approximately, with parental guidance)

This website offers virtual guides to the geography, culture and history of
countries in the following areas of the world:

*Latin America

When you get to the site you'll see the featured country, and below that a
menu of the most recent countries and destinations that have been added to
the site. Click on any title and a new page opens where you can virtually
explore a multi-media travel guide of that location.

Or, click on the menu on the left side of your screen to open a window to
any of the locations described above.

Enjoy colorful photographs, interesting text, and the ability to sample some
of the sounds and music of the location as well (so turn on your speakers).

This site is designed as a travel guide - but the educational content here
makes it much more. You'll learn about the geography, people, culture,
nature and history of the country and find out about the national parks,
attractions, places off the beaten path, activates, important dates and
festivals, and much more.

There is lots of content here, and I wasn't able to explore it all. Parents,
as always, should preview the site to determine suitability of content for
their own children.

This site provides a great way to see the world without leaving home. It's
also a fantastic way to jump-start a social sciences curriculum. In
addition, it may just inspire a destination for your next family vacation.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Sat., Nov. 1, 2008 - Musicovery

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for June 13, 2008


Today's site, from a Parisian based company, offers a free online music player,complete with tunes, which works for even unregistered visitors. Gentle Subscribers may discover that this interactive music presentation can be superbly addictive.

The site opens with a modest interface, inviting the visitor to choose a musical mood, from energetic to calm, and from dark to positive. From a music timeline, a specific decade can be selected or the choice can be the inclusive "all". An array of musical genres are available, complete with vivid color coding -- a device to highlight the visual aspect of the vast web of music connections which are created from making the initial selection. Among the musical styles are rap, gospel, metal, jazz, blues, soundtracks and classical. An additional feature of the site allows a visitor using a tabbed browser to leave the Musicovery tab open while surfing elsewhere; the player will continue to make musical connections according to what has been selected in terms of genre and mood, and thus play on.

Note: when choosing a specific musical selection, clicking on the right side of the icon is suggested.

Swing over to the site for great music, innovatively presented at:

A.M. Holm
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Sat., Nov. 1, 2008 - Relinger Archives / Shakespeare in Film and Television Database

Sites found in:
June 13-19, 2008


Resource of the Week: Prelinger Archives
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor

I’m not really sure how long it would take to view all 2,000+ films in this collection, housed at the Internet Archive, but this site is really like a bag of potato chips. You can’t consume just one. <<>>

For complete review:
Shortened URL:


Shakespeare in Film and Television Database
From Museum of the Moving Image site:

This site, run by the British Universities Film and Video Council, is a database of all film and video adaptations of Shakespeare’s work. Each entry features a very short synopsis and production information. Includes a “references and reviews” section, which features bibliographic references to the film listed.


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

Friday, October 31, 2008


Fri., Oct. 31, 2008 - Arts & Literature Video Gallery

Arts & Literature Video Gallery,
“The Literature section of Biography Channel’s video website
gives a glimpse into writers’ lives and how
their life experiences influenced their works.”

On the same page: Artists and Dancers & Designers


Fri., Oct. 31, 2008 - Toni Morrison: NPR Book Tour

Toni Morrison
From the site:
“In this special edition of Book Tour, NPR is honored to be the first to present Pulitzer Prize-winner and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison reading from her new novel, A Mercy. A stunning return to form for Morrison, A Mercy deserves to be counted alongside some of her most acclaimed novels, such as Sula and Beloved.”

From the site:
"Book Tour" is a weekly Web feature and podcast that presents leading authors of fiction and nonfiction as they read from and discuss their new books in front of a live audience.”


Fri., Oct. 31, 2008 - CNN: Energy Solutions

From the site:
“Whether it's an individual with an ingenious fix or a company with a revolutionary product, CNN explores some of the solutions to environmental problems -- both in your backyard and around the globe.”

Site found in:
Cable in the Classroom Magazine » November 2008 »
listings by subject area:

“Energy Solutions
The rise in fuel costs has led many in
the energy industry to search for alternative
sources of energy. Students interested
in the current research into these
alternatives can turn to CNN’s website
Solutions, which features articles and
videos on the costs and benefits of the current
alternatives to fossil fuels. Students interested
in electric vehicles (EV) can watch a video detailing
the rise of these types of cars in Nepal,
where Katmandu has the highest per capita rate
of EVs in the world. Students can learn about wind
power and turbines in local and business settings
through videos and articles, including facts such
as how wind turbines can generate from 1 to 15
kilowatts and range in price from $1,500 to
$75,000. Students also can learn about the
current movement to build new nuclear reactor
facilities and explore an interactive map
of the U.S.’s current facilities and number of
kilowatts of energy generated. Additional resources
weigh the pros and cons of nuclear energy,
including the difficulty of finding storage
facilities for waste. Discussion boards allow
students to give their opinions and enter into
debates about which is the best method for
acquiring new, renewable energy that is cost
effective and safe for the environment.”


Fri., Oct. 31, 2008 - PBS: NATURE: Cheetah Orphans / Dogfight Over Guadalcanal / Queen of Sheeba / US Economy's Troubles Hurt Alternative Energy Plans

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: November 2-8, 2008
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

The Cheetah Orphans
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, November 2, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
When the mother of two cheetah cubs is killed, a veteran
filmmaker becomes their new parent and tries to prepare them to
return to the wild. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Secrets of the Dead
Dogfight Over Guadalcanal
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
In the summer of 1942, two ace fighter pilots -- one American
and one Japanese -- faced off during a dramatic dogfight in the
skies over Guadalcanal. This episode examines and re-creates
every anxious second of the WWII showdown over the Pacific,
revealing just how evenly matched the two men were and how they
both survived, despite serious injuries.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


In Search of Myths and Heroes
The Queen of Sheba
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Friday, November 7, 2008
10 - 11:00 pm
Michael Wood looks for the Queen of Sheba, one of the world's
most fascinating heroines. She's been portrayed as goddess,
demon, femme fatale -- but did she really exist? The myth of
Sheba takes Wood on a quest for clues around the Red Sea, from
Egypt to Eritrea and Ethiopia and on to the earliest
civilization of Arabia in Yemen to reveal the surprising truth
behind the legend. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
[NOTE: Other pages previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Online NewsHour EXTRA
U.S. Economy’s Troubles Hurt Alternative Energy Plans
6-8 / 9-12

As the economy falters, investment money dries up, demand for
gas goes down and oil prices fall, causing advocates for more
American alternative energy sources to worry that previous
excitement for new energy technology will be lost.
Shortened URL:

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Thurs., Oct. 30, 2008 - Fed101


High School

This site introduces the Federal Reserve's purpose, history,
structure and functions. Activities include following how a
check clears through the banking system and a simulation of how
monetary policy decisions affect the economy. There is a
teacher guide with printable quizzes and lesson plans.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Oct. 30, 2008 - How Debt Consolidation Works

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, June 10, 2008

How Debt Consolidation Works

Today's site, from How Stuff Works writer Jane McGrath, presents a thorough look at the process and pitfalls of rolling all the old outstanding bills into one new one. Gentle Subscribers may find this a helpful reference for personal financial issues.

"You see advertisements for it all the time -- 'Get debt-free and lower your monthly payments! Call now!' Debt consolidation ads are as ubiquitous as diet pill ads and sometimes just as outlandish. Despite the remarkable claims, debt consolidation isn't magic and doesn't really eliminate your debt (at least not immediately) because it involves getting new debt. That's what debt consolidation is -- taking out one new loan to pay off all your other loans. Still want to call now? Be warned: You may wind up in worse financial straits than you were before." - from the website

The site takes a look at the basics of loan consolidation, starting with simple information on setting up a basic budget, to recognizing the telltale signs that reveal how much debt is too much debt. Outlining the pros and cons of converting all loans into a single debt, the article discusses the various types of loans available to do this, including an explanation of secured and unsecured loans and the sources for such money -- banks, finance, and credit card companies. Since special circumstances surround student loans, specific information is provided that covers consolidation of those loans. Further advice is given on how to avoid excessive fees, as well as outright scams.

Wheel over to the site for a useful resource on loans, debts and money management at:

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


Thurs., Oct. 30, 2008 - Measuring Worth

---------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Measuring Worth

Today's site, from the "Institute for the Measurement of Worth", offers a number of calculators to arrive at the most accurate figures in ascertaining the monetary value of a range of objects, including those of an historical nature. Gentle Subscribers may find this an excellent resource for determining realistic figures as they seek to put the current cost of a loaf of bread or a galleon of gas in historical perspective.

"Intrinsic things are priceless. The love of your life or a beautiful sunset. There is no objective way to measure these, nor should there be. ... The worth of monetary transactions is also difficult to measure. While there is a price, wage, or other kind of transaction that can be recorded at a precise price, the worth of the amount must be interpreted. ... The price of a hamburger is probably worth more to a starving homeless person than to a very wealthy one. An allowance of five pennies a week was worth more to a child in 1902 than it is to a child today. ... It can be more difficult when the question is to determine the "historical" worth of something. ... Was Andrew Carnegie richer than Bill Gates? ... Was the cost ... of bread more then than now?" - from the website

The site presents information on how to determine the value of measurable items, using an extensive range of calculators, along with a guide to choosing the most pertinent methodology to find the worth of the object under consideration. This includes, for the non-economist, cogent explanations of phrases such as 'present worth of past amount', 'comparing the growth rates of economic variables over different periods and different lengths of time', and 'the year-to-year inflation rate in the United States (1775 on) and the United Kingdom (1265 on)'. Annualized growth rates, relative values for the UK and U.S. currencies, purchasing power, inflation rates, savings growth, and stock growth rates for a number of the major U.S. market indices are among the calculators provided.

Swan over to the site for a useful reference in determining the value of measurable things at:

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


Thurs., Oct. 30, 2008 - Teaching History / Boolean Searching / Literacy

Sites found in:
************************************************AASL HOTLINKSThe Official Monthly E-mail Newsletter of the AmericanAssociation of School Librarians (AASL)Vol. 7, No. 3June 2008************************************************

Web Site Features Resources in K-12 U.S. History

The National History Education Clearinghouse, funded by a
grant from the USDOE's Office of Innovation and Improvement
(OII), is an one-stop online location for accessing
educational resources in K-12 U.S. history. The clearinghouse
provides hyperlinks to informative history content. It also
provides teaching resources and tools, such as guides to
working with primary sources, lesson plan reviews, and models
of exemplary teaching.

To access these tools and resources, visit:


Boolify Helps Students Understand the Concept of Boolean
For students who have a hard time understanding Web
searching, Boolify illustrates the logic of their
search by showing them how each change to their search
instantly changes their results. The goal of the
exercise is to increase learners' ability to perform
effective web searches.

To use Boolify, visit:

----- Companion Site Promotes Literacy Away
from School
For those who have turned to for
inspiration on lesson plans, its companion Web site,
Learning Beyond the Classroom, has made new additions
to help parents and other literacy promoters during
school breaks. Activities on the site are designed to
keep children from falling prey to the learning loss
that happens during long summer breaks. Some of the
age-specific features include a podcast series, book
recommendations, and online, interactive materials,
like crossword puzzles and a comic strip creator.

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


Copyright (c) 2008 American Library Association

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Tues., Oct. 28, 2008 - Picturing America

Picturing America

Picturing America is available to all eligible public, private, parochial, and charter
and home school consortia (K-12), as well as public libraries in the United States
and its territories.

This initiative promotes the study, teaching, and understanding of U.S. history and culture by introducing students and the general public to America's art treasures. It supplies schools and public libraries with free, high-quality reproductions of 40 great American works of art (approximately 24" x 36" in size) and an illustrated teacher resource book with notes for all grade levels.

Detailed instructions for submitting an online application can be found on the Picturing America Website ( ). The National Endowment for the Humanities recently extended the deadline (to November 14) for the second round of Picturing America applications.

[NOTE: Previously posted. Application deadline extended to Nov. 14, 2008.- Phyllis ]


Tues., Oct. 28, 2008 - PLAN59 (MidCentury Advertisements) / Teaching PreK-8 / Class Matters / Butterflies

Sites found in:
Don's Patch #95, June 1, 2008 from

From the site:
“ is a family-friendly Web site dedicated to the commercial art of mid-century America.”


Teaching Pre-K through 8
From the site:
“Professional Development and Classroom Activities for Teachers”


Race and religion aren't the only things that can divide people.


[NOTE: I have not checked the following sites. Some previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Butterflies and such.




Tues., Oct. 28, 2008 - Wahoo Art

----------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, May 31, 2008 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Wahoo Art

Age Range: TO BE DETERMINED BY PARENTS. (Please read my cautionary note
below, BEFORE you visit the site.)

This website provides a stunning virtual museum featuring an unconventional
collection of European painting and sculpture from the 12th to mid-20th
centuries. Use the searchable database to find artwork by particular artists
including Boticelli, Cezanne, Dali, DaVinci, Gauguin, Manet, Michelangelo,
Picasso, Rembrandt, Renoir, and more.

When you get to the site you'll see some featured artwork. Click on any icon
to see a larger image - or click on the artist's name with the word
"portfolio" to launch a virtual museum where you can see the entire
collection of the artist's work included in this online exhibit. You have
to wait a minute for the download, but your patience will pay off. You'll
see what looks like a virtual art gallery on your screen. Click on the
individual icon paintings to see a larger image that includes the name of
the artwork and the artist. A few are accompanied by brief text that explain
more about the artist and their work.

If you prefer, you can bypass the featured exhibits and use the menu bar at
the top of the homepage to search for a particular artwork, artists, styles,
media, or topic/subject. Once you find one of interest - you can launch the
virtual museum with a click of your mouse.

This is an impressive archive and a useful resource for finding information
on art, artists and art history.

PARENTS STRONGLY CAUTIONED: Parents, as always, should PREVIEW this site to
determine suitability of content. Some of the masterpieces featured here can
be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. However, there are artistic
renderings that may be inappropriate for children and/or may make some
adults uncomfortable. Just so you know, the landing page features over 20
paintings including those with religious theme's such as Boticelli's
"Madonna and Child." These are featured right along with artist Francis
Picabia's "Nude From Back" and Modigliani's "Nude on a Blue Cushion." Again,

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Tues., Oct. 28, 2008 - Simple 3D Drawing / Nature Stories / The Nineteenth Century in Print / The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
May 30, 2008
Volume 14, Number 21

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


Simple 3D Drawing [Macromedia Flash Player]
Shortened URL:

Developed by Barbara Kaskosz of the University of Rhode Island and Doug
Ensley of Shippensburg University, this resource from The Mathematical
Association of America's Digital Classroom Resources collection will prove
quite valuable for educators and anyone with an interest in computer
graphics or geometry. Through this resource, visitors will learn how to draw
and rotate 3D objects via a series of short tutorials. Along the way, users
will learn about the mathematics behind manipulating cubes, the geometry
involved with the manipulation of cubes, and they will also get a chance to
work on their own structures. Overall, it's a fine resource and it offers
insights for students in several different disciplines [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Nature Stories [iTunes]

What do passenger pigeons, coal mining in Kentucky and cattle ranching have
in common? Not a great deal, perhaps, but they are all grist for the mill of
the Nature Conservancy's most excellent "Nature Stories" podcast series. The
series started in February 2006, and currently there are well over 100
podcasts available on the site. Visitors can browse through them at their
leisure, sign up for the podcast feed via iTunes, and also listen in right
here. There's much to recommend here, but visitors might want to start by
listening to the "Son of a Coalminer" podcast about a father and son
coalmining team and "Wild Crafting", which profiles a couple who earn their
living by foraging mushrooms and other items in Vermont. [KMG]


The Nineteenth Century in Print: The Making of America in Periodicals

In the 19th century, Americans flocked to periodicals in a fashion that
would have been almost unimaginable a few decades earlier. They had many to
choose from, including Atlantic Monthly, Harper's New Monthly Magazine,
Scientific American, and the American Missionary. This rather fine
collection brings select issues from these magazines (and nineteen others)
together in one place, courtesy of the American Memory project at the
Library of Congress and the Cornell University Library. Visitors to the site
can search through the entire archive, or just browse through individual
periodicals at their leisure. Some of the articles reflect popular pursuits
of the day, but others take on more weighty matters, such as the November
1884 issue of the "New Englander and Yale Review", which offers up pieces
like "An Analysis of Consciousness in its Relation to Eschatology" and
"Virtue, from a Scientific Standpoint". Finally, visitors should not miss
the project's special presentation, found near the bottom of the homepage,
which provides historical background and essays on the periodical "Garden
and Forest". [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present
[Real Player]

This website from the Getty presents highlights from "The Color of Life", an
exhibition of painted sculptures dating from antiquity to the present, that
"reveal the many uses of color in figural sculpture over the course of four
millennia." Examples shown here span from a terra-cotta head of a Greek God,
probably Zeus, from 325 B.C. to Duane Hanson's polychromed bronze sculpture,
“Old Couple on a Bench”, 1994-95. The exhibition slideshow provides 14
more examples, with curator commentary, such as a head of the cruel Roman
Emperor Caligula, in both original (A.D. 31 - 47) and reconstructed views.
The original was recovered during the Renaissance and scrubbed clean; the
reconstructed version created in 2003, is in full color. [DS]
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Mon., Oct. 27, 2008 - Violence by Teenage Girls

From DocuTicker Newsletter No. 36

Violence by Teenage Girls: Trends and Context
Source: Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“Examines the involvement of girls in violent activity (including whether such activity has increased relative to the increase for boys) and the contexts in which girls engage in violent behavior. Increasing arrest rates of girls led the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to convene the Girls Study Group. The Girls Study Group examines strategies to reduce girls’ involvement in violence and delinquency. This OJJDP Bulletin assesses trends of juvenile arrest rates for violent crimes, focusing on simple and aggravated assault.”

Full Report:


Mon., Oct. 27, 2008 - Math Teaching Resources: Division

Sites found in:
Weekly Teacher Tip Newsletter
Division Math Teaching Resources: Teacher Tips #414

Division Math Theme

Site contains links to Hands On Activities, Teacher Resources, Worksheets, Homework Help, Lesson Plans, Web Quests, Interactive Sites, Tutorials, and more. NOTE: Many are free, access to some may require paid membership.

Sites to Use With Students - Math
Shortened URL:
Site includes annotated links to 22 math sites.


Mon., Oct. 27, 2008 - Math League

Math League
From the site:
“The Math League is dedicated to bringing challenging mathematics materials to students…designed to stimulate interest and confidence in mathematics for students from the 4th grade through high school.”

Math League Help Pages (Gr. 4-8)
From the site:
This is a help resource for 4th through 8th grades.
Whole numbers and their basic properties
Decimals, whole numbers, and exponents
Using data and statistics
Ratio and proportion
Percent and probability
Metric units and measurement
Introduction to algebra
Positive and negative numbers

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Oct. 27, 2008 - PBS: Annie Leibovitz / NATURE: White Falcon, White Wolf / NOVA: Hunting the Hidden Dimension / FRONTLINE: The War Briefing

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: October 26-November 1, 2008
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter


American Masters
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
On-Air & Online
Thursday, October 30, 2008
10 - 11:30 pm
Annie Leibovitz has produced some of the most iconic images of
the last 30 years and is, arguably, America's most influential
woman photographer. She has shot the rich and famous, the
profound and powerful, the exceptional and notorious. (CC,
Stereo, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


White Falcon, White Wolf
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, October 26, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
The film follows the perilous parenthood of two species --
white gyrfalcons and Arctic wolves -- on Canada's remote
Ellesmere Island, where winter lasts nine months and raising
young in such a hostile environment is a daily struggle. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Hunting the Hidden Dimension
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
8 - 9:00 pm
What do movie special effects, the stock market, heart attacks
and the rings of Saturn have in common? They're all connected
by a revolutionary new branch of math called fractals, which
has changed the way we see the world and opened up a vast new
territory to scientific analysis and understanding. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


The War Briefing
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
8:00 - 9:00 PM
The next president of the United States will inherit some of
the greatest foreign policy challenges in American history --
an overstretched military, frayed alliances and wars on two
fronts. "Frontline" gives viewers a hard, inside look at the
real policy choices the next president will face. (CC, Stereo,
HD, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

--------Forwarded Message--------
From: NOVA Teachers
Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 3:23 PM
To: NOVA Teachers

Hello Educators,

In next week's broadcast of "Hunting the Hidden Dimension" NOVA
explores the world of fractals and looks at how they can be used to
better understand everything from coastlines and rainforests to
weather systems and human physiology. (Subjects covered:

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Hunting the Hidden Dimension"
Broadcast: Tuesday, October 28, 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.)

Watch Online
Watch the entire program online after the broadcast date. (QuickTime
or Windows Media required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

A Radical Mind
Find out in this interview why the father of fractals disdains
rules, why he considers himself a philosopher, and what he thinks
some applications for fractal geometry are. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Most Famous Fractal
Learn the details of how the Mandelbrot set is created in this
excerpt from John Brigg's book Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos.
(Grades 9-12)

Design a Fractal
Create and save your own fractal images using this online
interactive. (Flash-plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Sense of Scale
Explore in this interactive the infinite detail of a Mandelbrot set
and see fractal's self-similar nature as you zoom to 250,000,000x
magnification. (Flash-plug-in required; printable version
available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students investigate fractals, learn how
fractals can be used to determine the length of a coastline, and
explore the expression of mathematical principles in art. (Grades
6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Watch a Preview, TV Program Description, and Links & Books.

* * * * * * * *

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Sun., Oct. 26, 2008 - D-Day


From the site:

“On June 6, 1944, Allied troops from the U.S., Britain, Canada and France, stormed the coastline of Normandy, France, taking the occupying Germans by surprise. The attack was the largest single-day invasion of all time, with over 130,000 troops arriving by air and by sea in one day.”

Page includes links to 8 sites, (4 annotated and 4 honorable mentions).


Sun., Oct. 26, 2008 - Plimoth Plantation

Site and review found on

Homework Help

Who Were The Pilgrims - Plimoth Plantation - Grades 1 to 6
This informative website presents the students with information on numerous "Pilgrim" topics. There are authentic pictures and a lot of information. Topics include "Who Were The Pilgrims," "Who Were The Wampanoag," "The Mayflower," "Building a Home," and more! <>>

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


Sun., Oct. 26, 2008 - FDR and Desegregation of the Military

From: Gilder Lehrman Institute
Featured Document
FDR and the Desegregation of the Military

From the site:
“In June of 1941, five months before the United States' entry into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination by government defense contractors. To see one of Roosevelt's letters defending racial equality for military personnel, click here:”
Shortened URL:

[NOTE: Archive of past featured documents previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Oct. 26, 2008 - Sites to See: American History

Sites to See: American History

From the site:
“American history Websites offer resources for teachers and students, ranging from the basic historical facts to virtual investigations of historical events. Discover and explore primary documents, lesson plans and interactive classroom activities. Included: Five great sites to supplement the history curriculum.

“Are you having trouble interesting your students in the textbook version of American history? Make history come alive in your classroom by introducing students to the multimedia materials, interactive activities, virtual tours, and primary documents found in these online resources. The Web sites provide resources that cover a wide range of grade levels and topics -- just the thing to increase student interest and supplement your curriculum.”

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

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