Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Tues., Dec. 23, 2008 - Food CPI, Prices, and Expenditures

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Site of the Day for Monday, August 4, 2008

Briefing Rooms: Food CPI, Prices, and Expenditures
Updated date: September 22, 2008
[NOTE: Other pages from http://www.ers.usda.gov/ previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, provides essential information about prices in the food portion of the Consumer Price Index. American Gentle Subscribers will find this a useful resource for various kinds of data on the cost of food.

"The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ... ERS conducts a research program to inform public and private decision making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development. ... ERS's highly trained economists and social scientists conduct research, analyze food and commodity markets, produce policy studies, and develop economic and statistical indicators. ... ERS information and analysis is ... used by the media, trade associations, public interest groups, and the general public." - from the website

Of current interest at the website are the pertinent data on food prices, beginning with the forecasts and analysis for 2008. The information is broken down into categories such as meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, and baked goods with a summary and a convenient chart. Additional data covers food eaten both at home and away from home situations. Included in the presentation are articles discussing the factors affecting food prices, the implications of taxing snack foods, as well as the background on how forecasts are derived.

Slip over to the site for a useful resource on the consumer price index for food at:

Updated date: September 22, 2008

A.M. Holm
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Tues., Dec. 23, 2008 - Heroes or Villains

Heroes or Villains - National Archives (UK)/Learning Curve - Grades 6 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst.com

“This site explores heroes and villains of "recent history" (20th century), including Churchill, Martin Luther King, Jr, Stalin, Kennedy, Mussolini, and Truman. Events include the Cuban Missile Crisis, Atom Bomb, bombing of Dresden, and more. The British National Archives presents "galleries" of primary sources related to each topic so students can investigate events as historians and draw their own conclusions.” <<>>

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


Tues., Dec. 23, 2008 - Google Zeitgeist

Google Zeitgeist - Google - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst.com

“Want a concrete indicator of public curiosity and concerns from the source they use most? Try Google Zeitgeist. This simple tool tells what people are searching most on Google (country by country), correlating it to the news and other major dates. Use the links to Year-End Zeitgeist or Zeitgeist Archives to see full-year trends. For example, use the 2008 summary to see the spikes in certain Google searches connected with events during the 2008 U.S. political campaigns. Get a quick snapshot of popular culture "hot topics" or personal concerns during tough economic times. <<>>

2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

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


Tues., Dec. 23, 2008 - Google News / iGoogle

Google News - Google - Grades 0 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst.com

Google News provides a quick way to find news stories from all over the globe, including print media, television, and web articles on any topic you enter. Use Google search terms just as you would for a general Internet search. you can also customize your Google News page to "serve up" topics of interest to you, assuming you have an iGoogle account.

iGoogle is your personalized Google page. Add news, photos, weather, and stuff from across the web to your page.

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

Monday, December 22, 2008


Mon., Dec. 22, 2008 - Voting America

Site found in:

INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008

Voting America : United States Politics, 1840-2004
URL: http://www.americanpast.org/voting
Record Id: 679460
Created: 2008-08-25 16:27:20
Categories: govpub,liberal

Animated maps chart voting patterns in U.S. presidential elections since
1840. Maps show county-by-county data for every major election year in
which data are available.
Expert video commentaries accompany the maps.


Mon., Dec. 22, 2008 - Amphibian Resources for Teachers

Amphibian Resources for Teachers
Shortened URL: http://tinyurl.com/a677hh

From the site:
“Amphibians are often used in classrooms because they are fascinating and exciting subjects that engage many students. Moreover, amphibians are very effective in helping students understand environmental sciences and issues. To find online resources related to K-12 curriculum and lesson plans that focus on amphibians, please use the resource viewer below.”
[NOTE: Other pages from http://www.nbii.gov/ previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Mon., Dec. 22, 2008 - Social Studies for Kids / Social Studies Teaching Resources

Social Studies for Kids
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“This site is a resource for students, teachers, and anyone else who wants to learn about Social Studies…covers history, geography, economics, cultures, current events, holidays, religions, languages, archaeology, and much more!... Who/What/When/Where, a massive history glossary, for U.S. and World History. People, places, and things are included.

Teaching Resources
“Social Studies is all about teachers, too. If you're an educator, these links are for you!”


Mon., Dec. 22, 2008 - The Web Library / Teachers' Place

The Web Library
From the site:
“The creme of the Web, hand-skimmed by librarians dedicated to recommending only the best resources to our patrons. Browse the following Dewey Decimal categories if you are comfortable with library-style organization. If, however, you prefer subject organization:

The creme of the Web, hand-skimmed by librarians dedicated to recommending only the best resources to our patrons. Browse the following subjects if you are comfortable with a Yahoo-style subject directory.
click http://www.answerpoint.org/weblib_subject.asp

Teachers’ Place
From the site:
“Teachers will find a wealth of information in these booklists, library resources, and web links compiled by CRRL Children's Librarians.” Sections for PreSchool, Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Source: The Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Sun., Dec. 21, 2008 - Virtual Freedom Shrine

Virtual Freedom Shrine - National Exchange Club - Grades 7 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst.com

This searchable, no-frills site brings together thirty historical documents that were instrumental in creating the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. It's all here - the Mayflower Compact, the 19th Amendment, Martin Luther King, Jr,'s "I have a dream" speech, and much more.<<>>

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


Sun., Dec. 21, 2008 - WayBack: Fairness

WayBack: Fairness - WGBH for PBS - Grades 4 to 8
[NOTE: Other pages from http://pbskids.org/wayback/ previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on TeachersFirst.com

This site highlights groups of people and individuals who made a difference for many Americans. Through interactive games and biographies, students learn about the Japanese Internment, Civil Rights, Women Rights and voting, Religious Freedom and child labor. <<>>

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


Sun., Dec. 21, 2008 - Top 10 Everything of 2008

From: Time Magazine

The Top 10 Everything of 2008


Sun., Dec. 21, 2008 - Presidents of the United States / Cybrary Man

Presidents of the United States - - Grades 3 to 8

Site found on TeachersFirst.com

…provides a great deal of information on the presidents, Inauguration Day, the White House, and other "presidential" topics. There are printables, lesson plans (many with standards), photos, video clips, and more. The link Presidential Inaugurations lists countless resources to use in your classroom. <<>>

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

Cybrary Man
From the site:
“This web site endeavors to identify useful or interesting resources.”

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