Saturday, January 03, 2009


Sat., Jan. 3, 2009 - Presidential 09 Inauguration

Presidential 09 Inauguration - - Grades 2 to 12

Site found on

Here is an excellent site for students to explore to discover what life will be like in Washington, D.C. during Inauguration Day (and probably the entire week). Don't miss the link to the Fun Facts!

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


Sat., Jan. 3, 2009 - A New Birth of Freedom: Joint Congressional Committeee on Inauguration Ceremonies / Inauguration Day Events

A New Birth of Freedom - Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies - Grades 0 to 12

Site found on

Are you gearing up for Inauguration Day with your students? Check out this site, dedicated to the "New Birth of Freedom." Visit the History link, learn about the events for the 2009 Inauguration,…<<>>

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


Inauguration Day Events - Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies - Grades 3 to 10

Site found on

This site shares Inauguration Day events: Morning Worship Service, Procession to the Capitol, Vice President's Swearing In Ceremony, President's Swearing In Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Departure of the Outgoing President, Inaugural Luncheon, Inaugural Parade, and the Inaugural Ball. Each topic has a Learn More link and provides authentic photos and historical information.

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


Sat., Jan. 3, 2009 - Sites from PBS Teachers Newsletter: January 3-10, 2009

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: January 4-16, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

NEW Webinars Series from PBS Teachers in the New Year!

Are you looking for ways to incorporate digital media into your teaching? PBS Teachers is introducing a series of free monthly webinars that provide information about integrating online instructional resources in the classroom to engage students in curriculum lessons. The PBS Teachers Live! webinar series features presentations by leading education experts, authors, or producers of PBS programs who will share their knowledge and ideas on using digital media to create rich learning experiences for students.
Join us Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. EST for "Changing Views of History, Changing Views of Race," featuring Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In this webinar, you'll learn how Americans' understanding of and attitudes toward Lincoln, African American history, and culture continue to evolve, as well as ways to approach this topic with your students. Dr. Gates' latest documentary LOOKING FOR LINCOLN, premieres on PBS in February. For more information and to register click here:
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Join (free registration) PBS Teachers to participate.


January Media Infusion: Global Perspectives in a Flat World

In this month's Media Infusion, educator Dan McDowell, discusses the importance of integrating technology and information literacy into teaching and learning environments that aim to enhance students' global perception in a new flat world.

"As a world history teacher, these core values (trade, collaboration, compromise, innovation, and tolerance) play a vital role as
I try to guide my students to an understanding of the past and how it has influenced modern times. As an educational technologist, these ideas are game changers," writes McDowell. "We must look at them as not only a way to understand the past but a way to lead us to the future in a connected world unimagined just twenty years ago."

PBS Teachers invites educators to visit Media Infusion in January and ask questions, comment on McDowell's suggestions or offer some of their own.


Great Performances
Cyrano de Bergerac
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
8 - 10:30 pm
Kevin Kline embodies Edmond Rostand's proboscisly challenged
17th-century warrior-poet Cyrano de Bergerac in Broadway's
sold-out, limited-engagement, which also starred Jennifer
Garner and Daniel Sunjata. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
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The Gorilla King
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, January 4, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
Titus, king of the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, is one of only
700 of his kind alive today. Ian Redmond documents Titus'
extraordinary life, from his early days to his rise to power as
a silverback. (CC, Stereo, 1 year)
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The Story of India
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, January 04, 2009
8:00 - 9:00 PM
Michael Wood's fascinating journey through the history of the
Indian subcontinent, the first history of India on western
television, chronicles the incredible richness and diversity of
its peoples, cultures and landscapes; outlines the originality
and continuing relevance of its ideas; and relates some of the
most momentous and moving events in world history. Beginning
with the first human migrations out of Africa, Wood takes
viewers from the tropical backwaters of South India to lost
ancient cities in Pakistan -- the scene of India's first
civilization. Part 1. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

The Story of India
The Power of Ideas
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Monday, January 5, 2009
10 - 11:00 pm
Michael Wood's epic series moves into the revolutionary years
after 500 BC -- the Age of the Buddha. Traveling by road and
rail between the ancient cities of the Ganges plain, he tells
the tale of the young prince who gave up the good life and
became the Buddha: "India's first and greatest protester."
Then, moving by army convoy through Northern Iraq and down the
Khyber Pass into Pakistan, Wood shows how Alexander the Great's
invasion changed the course of India's history and inspired her
first empire. Part 2. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Online NewsHour EXTRA
Obama Inauguration Plans Celebrate America's Diversity
6-8 / 9-12

For Inauguration Day, the historic ritual that celebrates the
long history of peaceful passage of power in the United States,
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a civil rights leader,
a poet, a multi-Grammy winning singer and a controversial
conservative minister.
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Copyright 2008 PBS Online


Sat., Jan. 3, 2009 - 10th Anniversary / Dino Russ's Lair

It’s hard to believe, but I have been sharing sites for 10 YEARS!
Here’s one of the first postings that I sent out.
Although the URL has changed, the site is still active (updated Jan. 1, 2009).

Posted 5-JAN-1999
From: [LIIWEEK] December 21, 1998
Dino Russ's Lair -
A complete site for dinosaur and vertebrate paleontology
information. Links for dinosaur descriptions, digs,
museums, artwork, and a huge, annotated, Web resource
page are just a part of this rich site. Further information on
news, software, and organizations make this a must-see,
one-stop shop for dinosaur lovers. Organized by Russ
Jacobson (Dino Russ), from the Illinois State Geological
Survey. - smb
Subjects: dinosaurs
Copyright, Librarians' Internet Index,

Reposted Aug. 5, 2007, with a new URL:
Site found in:
21 April 2007 Earth Science Sites of the Week

DINO RUSS`S LAIR, Russell Jacobson, find a comprehensive and easily
navigated portal on dinosaurs featuring hundreds of links on such topics
as dinosaur art, eggs, exhibits, tracks, publications, and much more.

Friday, January 02, 2009


Fri., Jan. 2, 2009 - July 29, 1958 - NASA Born

July 29, 1958: Ike Inks Space Law, NASA Born in Wake of Russ Moon
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Scroll down for links to:

To mark the 50th anniversary of NASA's birth, has created a special package of features:

NASA: 50 Years of Towering Achievement
Gallery: NASA's Most Amazing Extraterrestrial Vehicles
Gallery: The Space Suit Makes the NASA Astronaut
Gallery: NASA's Most Embarrassing Goofs
NASA's Best Photos: You Make the Call


Fri., Jan. 2, 2009 - 13 Incredible Bat Facts

13 Incredible Bat Facts

From the site:
“It isn't easy being a bat… bats inspire fear in many people. But as you'll see, bats are amazing creatures… <<>>


Fri., Jan. 2, 2009 - HeartPoint

HeartPoint - HeartPoint - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on

“HeartPoint has created this site that takes a creative approach to teaching students (and adults) about the heart, heart functions, and heart problems. Highlights include "Foods You Will Love" and "Health Tips". Be sure to visit the "HeartPoint Gallery" for detailed pictures, descriptions and other information.”

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


Fri., Jan. 2, 2009 - Science Project Ideas for Kids

Science Project Ideas For Kids

Includes pages on:

Tips for Selecting a Topic

Tips for an Astronomy Science Fair Project

Tips for a Biology Science Fair Project

Tips for a Chemistry Science Fair Project

Tips for an Earth Science Fair Project

Tips for a Physics Science Fair Project

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Tues., Dec. 30, 2008 - ADMIN> New Year's Greeting

I hope you all are enjoying the holidays.

May you have a very healthy and happy New Year!

- Phyllis


Tues., Dec. 30, 2008 - Stonehenge: If the Stones Could Speak

Stonehenge: If the Stones Could Speak

National Geographic EdNet’s Classroom Companions.
“Created just for educators, the Classroom Companions bundle lesson plans, maps, multimedia presentations, and more to complement National Geographic magazine's featured content.”

Classroom Companion: June 2008
Stonehenge: If the Stones Could Speak
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From the site:
“Click on the links below to go directly to the resources or download the PDF above to save a complete and printable version to your computer.”

[NOTE: Other Classroom Companions previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Dec. 30, 2008 - Growth of a Nation

Growth of a Nation - Peter Mays - Grades 5 to 8
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“Introduce or review the high points in America's history from westward expansion to the post Civil War era with this 10-minute animated movie and interactive atlas, complete with narration. Roll your mouse over each state to reveal its name, or click to reveal historical information. An interactive timeline at the bottom of the map allows students to scroll to a particular year and play the movie from that point forward.” <<>>

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


Tues., Dec. 30, 2008 - The Roaring Twenties: A Historical Snapshot of Life in the 1920s

The Roaring Twenties: A Historical Snapshot of Life in the 1920s

From the site:
“What was it like to live in the 1920's? Learn about Flappers, Fashion, Music, Politics, the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the following Depression years.

“Discover what it was like to live under Prohibition or how to dance the Charleston.

“View the rapid progress made in transportation by automobiles, trains, ocean liners, airships and aeroplanes. All this and more can be found on”


Tues., Dec. 30, 2008 - "The Best Social Studies Websites" by Larry Ferlazzo

“The Best Social Studies Websites”
By Larry Ferlazzo, August 1, 2008
from Educators' eZine

Some of the sites listed include:

“It's a very colorful site that, through audio, animation, and text, explains the role of government in the United Kingdom. It's great for students here in the United States who want to learn how another country's government works.”


Hot Shot Business

“This is a site from Disney where students participate in stimulations of starting businesses. It provides some good basic economics information, and is very well-designed.”

Press Release
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Nations Illustrated
Over 7,700 pictures from around the world
“They're categorized by country, and they're free to use for non-commercial purposes. One of the neat features it has is allowing any photo to easily be made into an E-Card.”

Monday, December 29, 2008


Mon., Dec. 29, 2008 - The Stacks

The Stacks - Scholastic - Grades 4 to 8

Site found on

“The Stacks offers a plethora of activities for current young adult popular literature. Students can read and write book reviews as well as take opinion polls and quizzes related to specific books. They can "meet" various authors, illustrators, publishers, and individuals that are involved in bringing a piece of literature to fruition. Try the interactive pages for each book which feature many activities related to the characters and storyline.” <<>>

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


Mon., Dec. 29, 2008 - The Mint: Fun Financial Literacy Activities

The Mint: Fun Financial Literacy Activities for Kids, Teens, Parents and Teachers - Northwestern Mutual Foundation - Grades 6 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“Economics and the stock market have taken center stage since the crises of 2008. This site provides a nice overview of the world of personal investment including sections on earning, saving, spending, investing, giving, owing, safeguarding, and tracking. There are also a number of interactive features that can provide insight into the student's attitudes toward money. Online calculators help students understand how finance charges affect the "bottom line" for purchases bought on credit, and how saving in interest-bearing accounts can increase assets. The "Ideas for Teachers" link includes lesson plans and other tips for using the site in an educational setting.” <<>>

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


Mon., Dec. 29, 2008 - Toys and Games Timeline / History of Toys and Games

Toys and Games Timeline - History Channel - Grades 5 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“Take a unique and delightful approach to history with this site that examines the evolution of toys and games. To get the full benefit from this site, some creative teacher planning is required, but the possibilities are endless. As students discover the origins of some of their favorite toys, as well as those enjoyed by their parents and grandparents, they can explore the cultural and societal influences that affected these diversionary inventions. Learn what goes into the production of some of our favorite toys and games, and meet the industry’s most successful inventors. After exploring the site, take the interactive quiz and see how much you’ve learned. There is also a "Toy Timeline." You’ll never look at Lincoln Logs or checkers in quite the same way!”

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


The History of Toys and Games
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“There is an interesting story behind every toy and game. Sometimes the story is as entertaining as the toy itself! These stories include how some toys were invented, how others got their names, and fun facts to enjoy.”


Mon., Dec. 29, 2008 - Fingerplays for Young Children

Fingerplays for Young Children - Songs for Teaching - Grades 0 to 3
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. -
Phyllis ]

Site found on

“This subsection of the Songs for Teaching site has excellent chants and other childhood favorite songs which get children moving, speaking, and rhyming. Words to the fingerplays and songs are copyable, and many contain Quicktime sound excerpt files as well (enough to get you going with the song, though not the complete song). A few even have pictures of someone going through the motions of the song or rhyme. A link to Songs for Early Childhood allows you to see even more action songs.” <<>>

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

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Sun., Dec. 28, 2008 - Sites to See: Grammar

Sites to See: Grammar

From the site:
“Are you looking for ways to spice up your next grammar review? Do you need supplemental materials for ESL or other students who are struggling with grammar issues? Check out the Web sites below for resources for teaching grammar to students in grades 3-12! Included: A baker's dozen Web sites with hundreds of interactive quizzes, PowerPoint lectures, fun games, and more!”


Sun., Dec. 28, 2008 - "We Didn't Start the Fire"

"We Didn't Start the Fire"

with images from 1949 through the eighties
Click on "Lyrics" to identify images.
Pause and click image to go to related Wikipedia article.

Lyrics to "We Didn't Start the Fire"
Copyrighted Maritime Music (1989)
Sung by Billy Joel

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Dec. 28, 2008 - American Journeys: Columbus to Kerouac / Ventriloquism (2) / Radical Rebels: Radical Children's Literature / A. Solzhenitsyn (2)

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, August 7, 2008
Read This Online :


American Journeys: Columbus to Kerouac
This exhibit presents a "selection of treasured manuscripts, books, and artifacts, which trace some of the remarkable journeys that brought us from 1492 to the mid-twentieth-century era of social protest." Maps, drawings, photos, and other digitized material are accompanied by brief essays on topics such as travels by indentured labor, runaway slaves, the Harlem Renaissance, and John Steinbeck and Dust Bowl travelers. From the University of Virginia Library.
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Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism
This companion to a 2000 book on ventriloquism "makes available the Dumbstruck Archive of texts and images relating to the history of ventriloquism." Includes the first chapter of the book, selected articles and text of presentations, and links to historical material on topics such as divination, scientists and ventriloquism, popular explanations (from the 18th and 19th centuries), performers, and talking machines. From a British author and professor.
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How Ventriloquists Trick the Brain: Sight, Sound Processed Together and Earlier Than Previously Thought
This 2007 article describes findings in brain research that suggest that "[t]he area of the brain that processes sounds entering the ears also appears to process stimulus entering the eyes, providing a novel explanation for why many viewers believe that ventriloquists have thrown their voices to the mouths of their dummies." Includes links to articles on perception, neuroscience, and related topics. From ScienceDaily.
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Radical Rebels: An Exhibition of Radical Children's Literature
"The selection of titles for this exhibition features biographies of radical activists, as well as the Young World Books series issued by International Publishers, an organ of the Communist Party of the United States of America. Also included are children's books with feminist, labor, multicultural, pacifist, and racial themes." Includes many digitized images of book covers. From the Special Collections Research Center of the Syracuse University Library.
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2007 Fisher Forum: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as Writer, Myth-maker & Public Figure
Collection of material from a 2007 academic forum about Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who won the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature. Features a webcast of the keynote address and text of some of the papers presented at the conference, such as "Monsters and Mummies, Bulls and Bulldogs: Representations of the Body in 'The First Circle.'" Synopses available for most other presentations. From the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Research Guide to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Annotated bibliography of research material about Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who "was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970 'for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature,' an honor which he refused to travel to Stockholm to accept for fear that the Soviet Union would not allow him to return to his home." Includes biographies, bibliographies, primary sources, and more. From the Indiana University (Bloomington) Libraries.
LII Item:


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Sun., Dec. 28, 2008 - FWD: ConnectEng: The Newsletter of Web English Teacher, July 30, 2008

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[NOTE: Some of the sites listed were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The newsletter of Web English Teacher
July 30, 2008
Inside this issue
1. What's new at Web English Teacher < > ?
2. Sites to Check Out
3. Technology and Education: late 1800s

You'll find hundreds of complete lesson/unit plans and support materials at! Visit my blog at
and leave a comment!

1. What's new at Web English Teacher?

Byrd Baylor
Lesson ideas for The Desert is Theirs and other books

Bruce Brooks
Lesson ideas for The Moves Make the Man and other books

Sook Nyul Choi
Lesson ideas for The Year of Impossible Goodbyes and Echoes of the White

Barbara Cohen
Lesson ideas for Molly's Pilgrim and other books

Rosa Guy
Lesson ideas for The Friends

Witi Ihimaera
Lesson ideas for The Whale Rider

Ellen Rankin
Lesson ideas for The Westing Game

2. Sites to Check Out

AP English Connections
Dawn Hogue offers "a blog for AP English teachers to connect." Questions and
comments are invited.

The best poem Poe didn't write, "Leonainie" is a literary hoax perpetrated
by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. This page details the poem and the
plan. If Riley could write like Poe, couldn't your students, too? A great
way to analyze essential elements of Poe's style.

The Mercury Theatre on the Air
Add another dimension to literature with broadcasts from The Golden Age of
Radio. Scroll down to find "The Open Window," The War of the Worlds, A
Christmas Carol, a rehearsal of Julius Caesar, and much more.

On the Road with the Beats
A digital exhibit including, among other treasures, a slide show of the
scroll manuscript of On the Road.

Poetry Series
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Scroll down on the page to find video clips of poets and their work,
including Jack Prelutksy, Joy Harjo, Li-Young Lee, and many others.

Power Moby-Dick
Meg Guroff shares an annotated version of the novel, with vocabulary
support, notes, and links available to the right. Good support for
first-time readers.

Stand Up for Shakespeare
England's Royal Shakespeare Company is campaigning "to ensure that children
and young people have a positive experience of Shakespeare in schools." Even
if you don't want to sign the manifesto, you can still use the links to
information about teaching the plays.

Story Place: The Children's Digital Library
Available in both English and Spanish, this site offers reading activities
for preschool and elementary readers and their families. Follow the link to
Book Hive < > to find a site for middle school

U. S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan
A list of links to resources on Kay Ryan throughout the Library of Congress
Web site and elsewhere on the Web.

This fun site generates tag clouds, those visual representations of frequent
words in a block of text. It has applications at all grade levels and for
ELL students:


3. Technology and Education: late 1800s
< >
A small town in the Midwest, late 1800s
School board meeting
Mr. Hartmann bangs his gavel: As president of the school board, I call this
meeting to order. First on the agenda, Mr. Stephens, high school English
teacher, would like to address the board. Welcome, Mr. Stephens!
Mr. Stephens: Thank you, Mr. Hartmann, and all the members of the school
board, for allowing me to speak this evening. I will be brief: I want to
suggest that we encourage our students to change to fountain pens for their
schoolwork and move away from the use of quill pens.
Mr. Oliveri: Change?! What's wrong with a good quill pen?
Read the complete article here.
< >
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Pray for peace.

Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

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