Friday, February 20, 2009


Fri., Feb. 20, 2009 - ScienceLab / EurekAlert: Science Reporting for Kids

ScienceLab: Your online stop for science stuff!


Eurekalert! Science Reporting for Kids
US Department of Energy Resources for Kids
[NOTE: Other pages from - previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Feb. 20, 2009 - abc teach

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“This is the place for kids, parents, student teachers, and teachers.
Free Printables: 5000+ free printable pages and worksheets.
Paid Membership Printables: Over 20,000 worksheets”

Popular Pages:


Fri., Feb. 20, 2009 - Alexander Graham Bell's Kids' Page

Alexander Graham Bell's Kids' Page

From the site:
“Welcome to Alexander Graham Bell's Kids' Page. Here you will find a place where you can enjoy being a kid. Explore the unknown, but have fun! Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell liked to work with children? Check out some of the links below that show what Bell had created for you to have fun with. It is educational and we can learn together!”

[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Feb. 20, 2009 - Sites from PBS Teachers Newsletter: February 22-28, 2009

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: February 22-28, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

Download the Masterpiece Classic Teachers Guide to Teaching Dickens

Designed to help readers see Dickens' relevance to our world today, this extensive teaching tool offers general questions and activities to be used in conjunction with Dickens' texts and the Masterpiece Classic productions of Oliver Twist, Little Dorrit, The Old Curiosity Shop and David Copperfield. What do we mean when we speak of something being Dickensian? How does Dickens illustrate his famous and eccentric characters? How did the workhouse conditions of Dickens' day compare to poverty in our time? The Teachers Guide for Teaching Dickens offers clear and concise classroom ideas for opening the world of Charles Dickens to school-age readers.

[SEE ALSO: Literary/Author Timelines – Phyllis ]


Help Prealgebra Students Discover the Lure of the Labryrinth

Lure of the Labyrinth is a digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet - and save the world from monsters! Linked to both national and state mathematics standards, the game gives students a chance to actually think like mathematicians.

Included in the site are resources for educators, including a professional development video for pre-algebra teachers demonstrating how Maryland teachers are effectively using Lure of the Labyrinth in the classroom.

In the Valley of the Wolves
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, February 22, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
As the first wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone, the Druids
are the most celebrated wolf pack in North America. Pioneers in
the wilderness, they were at the heart of a massive scientific
experiment to restore an entire ecosystem that began to break
down without its wolves. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Rat Attack
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
Every 48 years, the inhabitants of the remote Indian state of
Mizoram suffer a horrendous ordeal known locally as mautam. An
indigenous species of bamboo, blanketing 30 percent of
Mizoram's 8,100 square miles, blooms once every half-century,
spurring an explosion in the rat population that feeds off the
bamboo's fruit. The rats run amok, destroying crops and
precipitating a crippling famine throughout Mizoram. NOVA
follows this gripping tale of nature's capacity to engender
human suffering and investigates the botanical mystery of why
the bamboo flowers with clockwork precision every half-century.
(CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


American Experience
A Class Apart
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Monday, February 23, 2009
9 - 10:00pm
In the tiny town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, a field hand named
Pete Hernandez murdered his employer after exchanging heated
words in a gritty cantina. From this unremarkable small-town
murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever
change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of
Americans. (CC, Stereo, HD, 5.1, 1 year)
Following the broadcast premiere, English and Spanish language versions of A Class Apart will be available to watch online.
Teacher’s Resources:


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

---------Forwarded Message--------

[NOVA Teachers] "Rat Attack" airs Feb. 24, 2009

Hello Educators,

In next week's broadcast of "Rat Attack," NOVA teams up with
National Geographic to explore why mysterious rat plagues ravage
northeast India every 48 years. (Subjects covered: life science,
animals, botany, ecology)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Rat Attack"
Broadcast: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
(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)

The Producer's Story
Learn about some of the unique experiences producer Jeremy Zipple
encountered while filming "Rat Attack" including chasing, eating,
and milking rats. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Killer Instinct
Find out about different types of infanticide and varying theories
for why it is so widespread among primates. (Note: Some of this
material may be upsetting to students. Please preview the feature
prior to assigning.) (Grades 9-12)

Population Explosion
Explore in this interactive what happens to a forest ecosystem when
oak trees produce a superabundance of acorns. (Flash plug-in
required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Plant vs. Predator
In this interview, ecologist Daniel Janzen describes why Melocanna
baccifera bamboo flowers and fruits every 48 years and what's in
it--both good and bad--for the bamboo, the rats, and anyone living
nearby. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students use the Population Explosion
interactive to explore forest ecosystem dynamics. (Grades 6-8)

Program Transcript
This site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Watch a Preview and Links & Books

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Thurs., Feb. 19, 2009 - The American Civil War Homepage

The American Civil War Homepage - Dr. George H. Hoemann and Mary E. Myers - Grades 0 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“Although TeachersFirst doesn't usually highlight a "hotlist," this one definitely deserves a mention! This set of links (all about the Civil War) includes songs from the 1800s, lots of general resource sites about the Civil War and the general time period, information about the battles, and much more. The list is huge, so be prepared! Thankfully they have the material divided into logical categories, and the site is simple to use. This site is updated frequently and includes everything from basic research to interactive videos to letters from a soldier in the Civil War.” <<>>

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


Thurs., Feb. 19, 2009 - This Day in the Civil War / Civil War Biographies

This Day in the Civil War - - Grades 4 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
Site found on

“Those interested in a different take on the Civil War will enjoy this one. Each day offers a different set of events drawn from Civil War history, along with links to oddities such as Civil War recipes (tread cautiously), trivia, birthdays, interactive puzzles, and the like. There are also message boards. So if you allow students to navigate independently, be sure to watch carefully!”

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

SEE ALSO: Civil War Biographies


Thurs., Feb. 19, 2009 - Civil War Time-Line: A Nation Divided

Civil War Time-Line - A Nation Divided - The History Place - Grades 4 to 12
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“This site, created by The History Place offers a chronological listing of Civil War events (with pictures) and is easy to navigate. This site features topics such as Fort Sumter Attacked, Gettysburg, Shiloh, and several others. The timeline format is easy to understand. The photos are authentic and informative.”

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


Thurs., Feb. 19, 2009 - The African Presence in the Americas: 1492-1992

The African Presence in the Americas: 1492-1992
[NOTE: Previously posted. Some links out-of-date. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
"...originated as an exhibitin [sic] at the Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture, in 1991, co-curated by Miriam Jimenez, Zita
Nunes and Howard Dodson. An exhibition portfolio based on the exhibition
was compiled by Nashormeh N. R. Lindo and designed by Kenneth McFarlin
in 1992. The teachers' guide was produced by New York City Public School
teachers who participated in a summer institute conducted by the
Schomburg Center in 1992. This web site version is based in part on the exhibition, The African Presence in the Americas, 1492-1992 Exhibition Portfolio and the teachers' guide."

An introduction: The African Presence in the Americas
Who are the African Americans?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Wed., Feb. 19, 2009 - U.S. Supreme Court: Major Rulings in 2007-2008

U.S. Supreme Court: Major Rulings in 2007-2008
From the site:
“This interactive provides a detailed look at the term that ended June 26, 2008. It includes information about major decisions, how the justices voted, and profiles of the members of the court.”

Summary of the Term:
“In its three most important cases, the court declared a constitutional right to have guns at home for self-defense, granted some constitutional protections to foreign prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and outlawed the death penalty for the non-lethal rape of a child.”

Source: Associated Press


Wed., Feb. 19, 2009 - New Jersey History Kids

New Jersey History Kids
From the site:
“The New Jersey History Kids multimedia website is intended to instruct New Jersey students in grades K through 4 in New Jersey History and Social Studies in accordance with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Social Studies, adopted by the New Jersey State Department of Education in October 2004.”

The website consists of eleven units: (1) the Lenape, (2) Farming, (3) Industry, (4) Invention, (5) the Underground Railroad, (6) the American Revolution, (7) Immigrants, (8) the Statehouse, (9) Barnegat Bay, (10) Delaware Bay, and (11) the Pinelands.


Wed., Feb. 18, 2009 - New Jersey History's Mysteries

New Jersey History's Mysteries
From the site:
“This site is dedicated to all the little known and mostly forgotten people, places and events that make New Jersey the interesting state that it is. Pirates, politicians, murderers and heroes have all made their way through New Jersey's history, and the stories and photographs posted here document their journeys. Also, this site features those places and events that were once famous, feared or revered in New Jersey history, but that few today remember. We feature a new story each month, and strive to answer any and all questions about New Jersey history.” <<>>


Wed., Feb. 18, 2009 - The State of New Jersey: A Short History, The Underground Railroad, African Americans in NJ, and more...

The State of New Jersey

Includes links to:
A Short History of New Jersey
The Underground Railroad
Afro-Americans in New Jersey
Materials for Teachers
and much more


Tues., Feb. 17, 2009 - World War II Memorial (10 Min. Flash Presentation)

World War II Memorial

From the site:
“A multimedia web feature presentation – Running time about 10 min.”
“A tribute to the men and women who served their country, with honor…”


Tues., Feb. 17, 2009 - Interactive 3D Ant Farm and Pheromone Trails / Other Simulations

3D Ant Farm Simulator: Interactive 3D Ant Farm and Pheromone Trail Simulation

From the site:
“This is a real-time 3D simulation that demonstrates how ants use pheromones to communicate and find food. The student is able to interact with the simulation's environment to see how the ants react.”

[NOTE: Some of the other simulations previously posted.
Site updated. Select or scroll down to see all 11 Educational Simulations. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Feb. 17, 2009 - History Wired: A Few of Our Favorite Things

History Wired: A Few of Our Favorite Things
[Allow pop-ups to see instructions on using the map.]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

From the “About the Program” site – explains the “object map”:

“The map helps visitors find objects that interest them. It does not reflect the arrangement of objects in storage collections or the physical museum layout. The map face has ten categories that represent different types of objects in the collections. Each "square" on the map face represents an object, and the relative size of the square reflects the ratings given to objects by previous visitors to the site.

“The map can be customized using timeline sliders, theme buttons, the text search, or any combination of the features. These features highlight certain objects but do not eliminate any from the map, making all objects accessible at all times.

We hope the map will help visitors find objects that match their interests, as well as discover interesting and unexpected objects.”

Text Only
From the site:
“For those who cannot use the Java "object map" which serves as the primary navigation tool for HistoryWired, we have provided a text-only index of all the featured objects. At the top of the page, a category menu will help you find the type of object you're interested in. Clicking the name of an object will bring up more information in a separate window.”


Tues., Feb. 17, 2009 - Living Under Enslavement / With Liberty and Justice for All

Living Under Enslavement: African Americans at the Hermitage Plantation
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]
From the site:
“Step inside the cramped quarters that an enslaved carpenter called home during the years he lived at Georgia’s Hermitage Plantation. Click from page to page and explore the artifacts that reveal the ways in which the people who lived here cared for their families, used their skills, preserved African traditions and resisted enslavement. Best of all, students can use this interactive module in the classroom or at home.”

With Liberty & Justice for All
From the site:
“With Liberty & Justice for All is a groundbreaking new exhibit that explores the proud and often painful evolution of America freedom: from the Revolutionary War through the struggle for civil rights.”

[NOTE: Two of several online exhibits at the Henry Ford Museum. Some previously posted.
Online exhibits are identified by the red icon in the What Type column.

- Phyllis ]

Monday, February 16, 2009


Mon., Feb. 16, 2009 - Seeing, Hearing and Smelling the World

Seeing, Hearing and Smelling the World
From the site:
“One by one, the very earliest stages in our perception of sights, sounds, smells, and taste are giving up their secrets through molecular genetics.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Links listed under CONTENTS


Mon., Feb. 16, 2009 - Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons

From the site:
“Your FREE online dragon resource for everything you want to know about dragons: Dragon history, dragon tattoos, dragon art, pictures of dragons, as well as dragon links.”


Mon., Feb. 16, 2009 - Patriotic Music from Library of Congress: Performing Arts Encyclopedia

-------Forwarded Message--------

Site of the Day for Monday, September 1, 2008

Patriotic Melodies
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the Library of Congress's Performing Arts Encyclopedia, offers an exhibition revealing the background of many of the most famous tunes in the nation's history. Gentle Subscribers will discover an informative collection of material on these evocative songs.

"Patriotic Melodies tells the stories behind many of the songs that have now become part of the American national heritage. A combination of hymns, national songs, music of the theater, radio and television, military themes, and poetry, all of this music demonstrates that while over history many things have changed, this expression of pride and hope remain a constant part of the American experience." - from the website

The exhibit provides information on more than two dozen best-loved songs, from the stirring notes of Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare of the Common Man" to the heart-tugging strains of "America the Beautiful" and Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". Some of the selections, particularly those performed by armed forces bands, are available for download in MP3 and RealAudio formats. Not only the strictly patriotic songs of the title appear in the exhibit, but some which are intertwined in the cultural fabric of the nation, like "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Yankee Doodle". Each selection is treated individually, with historical background, images of the composer if available, sheet music and links to more in-depth material.

Sashay over to the exhibit to look and listen to some of America's most iconic songs at:

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


Mon., Feb. 16, 2009 - Science Buddies

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, September 2, 2008 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

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

ClickScholar Katie suggested this website, sponsored by The Kenneth Lafferty
Hess Family Charitable Foundation, that provides over 700 FREE science
projects that students can select and customize according to their area of
interest. Katie wrote:

"My daughter (the public school holdout) has a science project due. Her
teacher sent home this full page of tiny print detailing what is required
for the 'simple' project. It's based on the Scientific Method. I'm thinking,
'What's the Scientific Method?' So, to help my daughter, I googled it and
discovered Science Buddies."

When you get to the website you'll see the featured sections that include:
Science Fair Project Ideas, Student Resources, and Teacher Resources. Just
click on the links in those sections or use the menu bar at the top of the
screen to access the content on this user-friendly site.

Under "Science Fair Project Ideas" click on the interactive "Topic Selection
Wizard." As Katie wrote, "There's a short questionnaire to fill out that
will help you find topics that are actually within your child's area of
interest. Once you get to suggested topics, you can read through and email
the ideas to yourself so you don't lose the them in your bookmarks. There
are some really interesting and fun projects!" Topics include:

*Physical Science - Aerodynamics, Hydrodynamics, Astronomy, Chemistry,
Electricity & Electronics, Physics, and more!

*Civil Engineering - Computer Science, Energy & Power, Environmental
Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and more!

*Life Science - Biotechnology, Genetics & Genomics, Human Biology & Health,
Mammalian Biology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, and Zoology.

*Behavioral & Social Science - Human Behavior and Sociology.

*Earth & Environmental Science - Geology, Ocean Sciences, Weather &
Atmosphere, and more.

*Math & Computer Science - Genetics & Genomics, Pure Mathematics, Video &
Computer Games, and more.

*Other - Cooking & Food Science, Music, Photography, Digital Photography &
Video, Sports Science, and Video & Computer Games.

Click on any one to find hands-on scientific investigations that engage
students because they address their specific area of interest and eliminate
the hassle of doing a science project. Each Project Idea includes a
description of the subject matter, references, Internet-based public domain
tools and/or real-time scientific data, and provides suggestions for

You will also appreciate "The Science Fair Project Guide" - an online
encyclopedia that explains how to conduct science research and projects
(with a detailed explanation of the Scientific Method). As the website
explains, "It includes step-by-step guidance, actual sample assignments,
photos of science fair projects, tips for success, and self-grading
checklists for students."

Don't miss "Ask an Expert" - a monitored, online forum staffed by volunteer
scientists and talented science students who help students anywhere, on a
drop-in basis, with their project questions.

You can also subscribe to the Science Buddies free newsletter and you can
get a free science poster (have it mailed or download in pdf) too!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website - fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives at:

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Sun., Feb. 15, 2009 - Find A Grave

Find A Grave

From the site:
Find A Grave is a resource for finding the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Feb. 15, 2009 - Eyes on Art

Eyes on Art

Eyes on Art: Teacher’s Guide

From the site:
“…what you'll find in the new version are all new images, similar affective and critical thinking strategies, and more examples and rubrics to encourage positive outcomes. We hope you fine the refinements helpful.”

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


Sun., Feb. 15, 2009 - Color with Leo

Color with Leo

From the site:
“Welcome! The Color with Leo site was created to assist with the development of our future artists. This free site will help cultivate a child's creativity and their appetite for discovery. A young Leonardo da Vinci, Leo, guides them through interactive games and activities as they learn the basic principles of art.

“Parents and teachers can also benefit from this web site by downloading the free lessons and activities that can be implemented into an art curriculum.”


Sun., Feb. 15, 2009 - Kids Online Resources / Environment and Energy Sites (10)

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, Aug 28, 2008

KidsOLR – Kids Online Resources
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Kids and Education
Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Environmental Kids
Record Id: 679470
Created: 2008-08-26 13:56:10
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Energy Resources on the World Wide Web
Record Id: 679469
Created: 2008-08-26 13:44:19

Energy Kids Page
Record Id: 679468
Created: 2008-08-26 13:23:30
[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Energy Hog
Record Id: 679467
Created: 2008-08-26 13:01:12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Petroleum Education
Record Id: 679466
Created: 2008-08-26 12:44:36
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted.
URL updated: - Phyllis ]

Office of Biological and Environmental Research : Educational sites for all ages
Record Id: 679465
Created: 2008-08-26 12:21:56
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Kids Zone
Record Id: 679464
Created: 2008-08-26 12:12:46
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Record Id: 679463
Created: 2008-08-26 11:58:36
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

For Students and Kids
Record Id: 679461
Created: 2008-08-26 11:39:15
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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