Saturday, April 04, 2009


Sat., Apr. 4, 2009 - Celebrate National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Poetry Idea Engine
From the site:
“Get your poetry juices flowing with the Poetry Idea Engine. Created with GoCyberCamp, this activity will allow you to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more!”


Sat., Apr. 4, 2009 - Surf Report: Poetry - Links in Honor of National Poetry Month

Surf Report: Poetry
From the site:
“In honor of National Poetry month, we bring you poetry resources from around the Web.”
Annotated links for elementary and high school.


Sat., Apr. 4, 2009 - Poetry Sites

Sites found in:

The April 2, 2009 issue of EduHound's Classroom Tools & Tips located at:

Topic :: POETRY

“Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.” Curriculum & Lesson Plans
Contains teacher-developed units tested his or her lesson plans in the classroom. Many of the units use visiting poets or writers-in-residence.
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Poetry Archive: For Teachers
Features poetry lesson plans, activities, and resources for all key stages and for the inclusive classroom.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

poetryclass: Poetry Lessons
Features lessons, by age, to help equip students with fresh ideas and methods for making the most of poetry in the classroom.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Poetry 180
Designed to make it easy for students to hear and/or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Favorite Poem Project: Lesson Plans
Seeks to improve poetry's place in American classrooms by encouraging active, engaging poetry lessons that emphasize a direct, vocal connection to poems.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Guide to Poetry & Literature Webcasts
Use this guide as a resource for locating streaming video of poets, fiction writers, and critics as they read and discuss their own and each other's work.

Poetry Writing
Study the genre of poetry by taking part in step-by-step workshops with favorite authors. Includes teacher's guide.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Poets' Corner
Features a user-friendly library that spans thousands of works by hundreds of authors covering thousands of years.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sat., Apr. 4, 2009 - Sites from ConnectEng The newsletter of Web English Teacher September 28, 2008

Sites found in:

The newsletter of Web English Teacher
September 28, 2008

What's new at Web English Teacher?

Elizabeth Bishop
Biography, text of a few poems, lesson plans

Eudora Welty
Biography, lesson plans for "A Worn Path"

Sites to Check Out:

Computer Lab Favorites
These online activities are designed for elementary through middle school.
They address a variety of skills. Click on "Language Arts" for activities
like "Poetry Idea Engine," "Character Scrapbook," and "Pick the Perfect
Word." Some activities are related to specific titles, but students can use
them even if they aren't reading that book.


Literary Parody
Zak Hamby is one of us, a teacher who brings his talents to his classroom.
He is also a gifted cartoonist, and on these pages he stretches a little.
Some are not appropriate for the classroom, but they're still good! My
favorites: Yoda as grammar teacher and the one with Quasimodo. Check them


The Tongue Untied
Designed for college students and instructors, this resource offers a range
of tools for instruction in grammar. It even presents a 10-week curriculum
pacing guide.


Using Photography to Inspire Writing
Shortened URL:

An educator shares ideas that have worked well in his classroom. These ideas
will work in any grade level, with LD, ESL/ELL/ENL, and gifted students.
From his blog:
“I’ve been writing a series of articles titled “Using Photography To Inspire Writing” for publication at and . Please visit those two websites to read the articles published to date.”


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2008, Web English Teacher.

Friday, April 03, 2009


Fri., Apr. 3, 2009 - Elephant Information

Elephant Information

Natural History:
Elephant Basics, Social Lives of Elephants, Asian and African Elephant Characteristics

Elephant Reproduction


Fri., Apr. 3, 2009 - Virtual Frog Dissection

Virtual Frog Dissection - McGraw Hill - Grades 5 to 12

Site found on

“Participate in a virtual frog dissection! Use the Introduction to learn why one would dissect a frog, the dissection tools, and the general structure of the leopard frog. Identify the parts of the outside of the frog and listen to explanations of the characteristics and parts being represented. Follow the directions given by video to dissect the various parts of the frog. Use the tools to follow the procedure.” <<>>

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


Fri., Apr. 3, 2009 - Sant Ocean Hall / Learn More About the Ocean / Web Resources / Web-Based Student Activities

The Sant Ocean Hall

Learn More About the Ocean

Web Resources
“The ocean is a vast, largely unexplored frontier. Use these links to learn more about this mysterious realm on our own planet.”


Web-based Student Activities:

Coral Reef Interactive
This web-based tool is designed for students to take on the persona of a local resident, a hotel manager, or a tourist. In these roles, they weigh the interdependence between the economic and social impact of human activity and the biological needs of a coral reef and its conservation.

Ocean Friend Challenge
Students can learn how the Ocean’s health relies upon responsible human stewardship. By accepting the Ocean Friend Challenge, they can learn about ways they can have a positive impact on the Ocean’s health and print a certificate to acknowledge their commitment.

Listening for Right Whales
The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world, with only 350 surviving. Introduce your students to the work of researchers who use sound recordings to study and help protect these majestic giants and invite them to listen in.


Fri., Apr. 3, 2009 - PBS: NATURE: Frogs / NOVA: Doctors' Diaries / OceanAdventures: Sea Ghosts / Cambodian Genocide Leaders Face Trial

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: April 5-11, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

Frogs: The Thin Green Line
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, April 5, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
Frogs have been hopping the planet for more than 350 million
years. They've evolved into some of the most wondrous, diverse
and beloved animals on earth. Suddenly, they're slipping away.
We've already lost one-third of our amphibians, and more are
disappearing each day. Some say it's the greatest extinction
since the dinosaurs. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Doctors’ Diaries (Part One)
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
Over the past 21 years, NOVA has followed a group of seven
doctors from their first day at Harvard Medical School in 1987.
All young, bright and accomplished, none of them could have
predicted what it would take, personally and professionally, to
become a member of the medical tribe. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis]


Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
Sea Ghosts
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
Jean-Michel Cousteau travels with his son and daughter, Fabien
and Celine, and the team to the high Arctic to discover why
some beluga groups are thriving and others are disappearing.
Ann Heche narrates. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Online NewsHour EXTRA
Decades After Cambodian Genocide, Khmer Rouge Leaders Face Trial
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12

The first of five Khmer Rouge leaders will appear before a
tribunal next week for committing war crimes and crimes against
humanity in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979.
Shortened URL:
Copyright 2008 PBS Online


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

[NOVA Teachers] "Doctors' Diaries" airs April 7, 2009

Hello Educators,

In next week's airing of the first hour "Doctors' Diaries" NOVA
tracks seven doctors over 21 years--from the first days of medical
school through the rigors of internship and beyond--to reveal a
behind-the-scenes look at the making of a doctor. The first hour
introduces each of the doctors and follows them through four years
of medical school. (Subjects covered: health science)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Doctors' Diaries"
Broadcast: Tuesday, April 7, 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 the Program
Watch the entire program online after the broadcast date. (QuickTime
or Windows Media required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Doctors' Lives Videos
Watch in these video clips and bonus scenes how seven people made
the journey from med school to midlife and read more in-depth
interviews. (Note: Some video clips contain scenes that may be
upsetting to students. Please preview the clips to determine their
appropriateness for your classroom.) (QuickTime or Windows Media
required.) (Grades 9-12)

One Night in an E.R.
Follow two E.R. doctors on their Friday-night shift at Massachusetts
General Hospital. (Grades 9-12)

The Hippocratic Oath Today
Learn more about the controversial nature of the Hippocratic Oath,
read the classical and modern versions of it, take a look at
commentary from doctors and non-doctors about its relevance today,
and add your own opinion to the debate. (Grades 9-12)

The Producer's Story
Read producer Michael Barnes' personal account about why he decided
made this series, how he selected the seven participants, what is
was like to put the fifth installment together, and some of the
challenges he faced along the way. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

M.D. Specialties
Learn about the 20 accredited medical specialties from which U.S.
doctors can choose. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students match health-care professions
with their job descriptions to learn more about various medical
careers. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Plus Watch a Preview and Links & Books.

Thursday, April 02, 2009


Thurs., Apr. 2, 2009 - Darwin 200

Darwin 200
From the site:
“The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Robert Darwin falls on 12 February 2009. No single researcher has since matched his collective impact on the natural and social sciences; on politics, religions, and philosophy; on art and cultural relations. In this landmark year, our Nature news special provides continuously updated news, research and analysis on Darwin's life, his science and his legacy.”

[NOTE: Other pages from this site previously posted.
See Also: Nature Databases and Gateways - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Apr. 2, 2009 - Rococo / Genetically Engineered Animals / Indo-European Languages Tutorials

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, September 25, 2008
Read This Online :


Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730-2008
Companion website to this 2008 exhibit about the "stylistic movement known as rococo, which began in eighteenth-century France, [and] has infused design objects with a sinuous, organic, and sensuous impulse for three centuries." Browse images and essays by time period (1700s to 2000s), location (such as America and France), and material (porcelain, silver, wood, and works on paper). From the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
LII Item:


Genetically Engineered Animals
Collection of documents related to draft guidance released September 18, 2008, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine "to clarify the Agency's regulation of Genetically Engineered (GE) Animals." Includes a press release, text of the draft guidance, fact sheet, consumer article, GE animals graphic, and consumer, industry, and general Q&A documents. From the FDA.
LII Item:


Indo-European Languages Tutorials
"This website is for anyone looking for free language resources in many of the Indo-European languages." Includes materials to assist those who are learning a language or refreshing their skills in over a dozen languages, including French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The author of the site has an advanced degree in French and linguistics.
LII Item:


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


Thurs., Apr. 2, 2009 - Bronx Zoo Educator Resources

Bronx Zoo Educator Resources

Animal Profiles
11 pages of links to information on individual animals.

Online Interactive Activities for the Classroom
From the site:
“Our online activities use interactive games to reinforce science concepts. By incorporating these games into your lesson plans, you’ll add a new dimension to your classroom.”

From the site:
“Visit the WCS YouTube page to connect with critters from the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and New York Aquarium. Through these videos, your students can meet some of the people who care for the animals and hear from wildlife conservationists in the field.”

From the site:
“Keep up with the latest news from the wild in Wildlife Conservation magazine and scroll through our archive of life science education newsletters.”

Helpful guides for student research:

A Student Guide to Doing Basic Research
Shortened URL:

Guide for Teaching Basic Research Concepts and Skills
Shortened URL:


Thurs., Apr. 2, 2009 - BioKIDS: Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species

BioKIDS: Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Menu tabs at top and on left.

Some of the Contents:
Critter Catalog
Field Guides: Tracks and Sign Guide. Invertebrate ID Guide, Conservation Status, BioKIDS Animals Set
Research: BioKIDS: Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species, Downloads
Resources: Links for Kids (General Topics, Animal Groups, Multimedia Resources)
Links for Teachers (General Topics, Animal Groups, Multimedia Resources, Classroom Resources)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


Wed., Apr. 1, 2009 - Patents
From the site:
“ provides one of the most comprehensive free patent search sites on the web. Our powerful patent search engine is fast, easy to use, and enables you to employ the most advanced patent search techniques.”


Patent and Trademark Office .
Search the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Apr. 1, 2009 - Edge of Discovery: Table Top Technology

Edge of Discovery

“With scientific discoveries fueling the course of human history, one can’t help but ask the big questions: What lies at the edge of our universe? Will a human being travel to Mars? Who invented the CNN touch-screen “Magic Wall” used in its recent presidential-election coverage? CNN’s website Edge of Discovery provides ongoing coverage of the latest scientific breakthroughs in medicine, astronomy, and technology. The site features streaming videos and articles that explore central issues in the scientific community. Curious students can follow the Hubble Telescope to the ends of the universe through satellite pictures or discover the way technology changes our daily lives with the use of fingerprinting at crime scenes. One video examines the possibility of cheaper and more efficient solar energy using panels that are modeled after the human
retina, while another looks at the burgeoning challenges for mathematicians who work in a new era of advanced technological and scientific resources. The site explores the expanse of science with both theoretical and practical developments, demonstrating the daily relevance of scientific research in forming our modern world.

[NOTE: See Also: - Phyllis ]


Wed., Apr. 1, 2009 - The Observatory: A Guide to Astronomy Resources

The Observatory: A Guide to Astronomy Resources on the Exploratorium Website- published by the Exploratorium

“The Exploratorium Observatory website provides resources for K-12 teachers and students including a build a solar system activity, a calculation for age and weight on other planets, and a guide to the SETI mission. The website also provides information on space weather, Saturn, the transit of Venus, the spirit and opportunity rovers, the solar cycle, solar eclipses, the mini-transit of Mercury, sunspots, and auroras.”

Source –
Complete review:

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


Wed., Apr. 1, 2009 - 100 Hours of Astronomy - April 2-5, 2009 / International Year of Astronomy 2009

100 Hours of Astronomy – April 2-5, 2009

International Year of Astronomy – 2009

Cornerstone project, 100 Hours of Astronomy, is on track to be the largest single science public outreach event ever.
From the Press Release:
“100 Hours of Astronomy (100HA) is a Cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). It is a worldwide celebration composed of a broad range of activities aimed at involving the public. 100HA will take place over four days and nights, from 2-5 April 2009. During this period, people from around the globe will share the experience and wonders of observing the sky. For many, it will be their first glimpse of the marvels of the heavens through a telescope. For others, it is the perfect opportunity to impart their knowledge and excitement, helping unveil the cosmos to fresh and eager eyes.” <<>>

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Tues., March 31, 2009 - Sites to See: Teaching Special Kids: Online Resources for Teachers

Sites to See: Teaching Special Kids: Online Resources for Teachers
Information about online resources that can help you better understand -- and help -- students with special needs.
[NOTE: Previously posted. Links last updated 02/25/2009 - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“Whether you teach in a special-education program or in a "regular" classroom, you probably encounter special kids facing special challenges. This week, 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.

This week, Education World searches 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.”


Tues., March 31, 2009 - NOVA: Lost Treasures of Tibet

NOVA: Lost Treasures of Tibet

Lost Treasures of Tibet (Feb. 2003) – Watch (50 min.)

Tour Mustang
Journey through this hidden Tibetan kingdom in northwest Nepal.

Creating a Wall Painting
Conservation experts and local people revive Mustang's age-old artistic traditions.

Before and After
Watch as centuries of grime are removed from nine stunning paintings in Lo Monthang's Thubchen monastery

Deciphering Buddha Imagery
What you need to know to recognize an image of Buddha.


Tues., March 31, 2009 - Mozart's Dice Game

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, September 28, 2008 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Mozart's Dice Game
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 10 and up (Middle School and beyond, although younger children
may enjoy aspects with adult help.)

MaryAnna Cashmore recommended this website. Did you know that Mozart not
only composed music, he liked to play dice? He combined these two interests
by writing the measures and instructions for a musical composition dice
game. Essentially, the number you roll with dice determines a pre-written
measure of music. You continue to roll the dice, selecting each measure of
music until you create a minuet.

At this website you can use a generator that simulates Mozart's Dice Game.
The site offers three ways (based on the dice game) to compose a minuet
online. Unfortunately, the third way leads to an error page. But you can
still have fun with the two that work:

1. The computer generates all the random numbers and gives you the
resulting piece played by an acoustic grand piano. You can select different
instruments to play the piece.

2. Select "random" numbers from a table to feed to the computer which plays
back the resulting piece.

Note: The third choice is "The Mandelbrot Collaboration" where you make a
fractal with Chris Seidel's Fractal Generator. Unfortunately, this link
results in an error message.

In a quick search, I found several other websites that feature Mozart's Dice
Game. One includes some history about the game, a composition and melody
generator you can try based on the game, and information on the related
mathematics. It provides an online Q&A that invites you to answer questions
"from the field of combinatorics and probability theory, as well as ones
which may open far-reaching philosophical discussions concerning
randomness." Check it out here:

Have fun!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Tues., March 31, 2009 - Sites from The Scout Report, September 26, 2008

Sites found in:

The Scout Report
September 26, 2008
Volume 14, Number 38

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


Connie Martinson Talks Books [Quick Time, Real Player]

Connie Martinson has been in love with literature for her entire life, and
she has parlayed that particular passion into the program "Connie Martinson
Talks Books". Her long-running program has played host to Gore Vidal, Studs
Terkel, Joyce Carol Oates, Ray Bradbury and many others. The series is taped
in Los Angeles, and over the past few years Claremont College has been
actively involved in creating this digital archive of the program. The
Drucker Institute and the Transdisciplinary Studies Program at Claremont
College are directing this digitization initiative, and interested parties
can take a look at the fruits of their labors on this site. Visitors can
browse all of the talks and they can also look at a list of interviews
organized by book title or subject. It's a very nice collection, and
visitors will find that the site is worth several return visits. [KMG]

National Museum of the American Indian: Beauty Surrounds Us [Macromedia
Flash Player]

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian has an
engaging online version of their "Beauty Surrounds Us" exhibit. In addition
to its beauty, the web exhibit also provides an activity for each section
the exhibit is divided into, such as "Tools of Existence", "Recreation and
Pastimes", "Design as Identity", and "Expressions of Identity." The activity
tests a visitor's comprehension and memory of the objects' written
descriptions given when you click on the object's picture. Once you've
clicked on the object, you can then click on “Map” to see the area the
object is from, and you can click on "Related" to see historic photos of the
objects in use by Native peoples. The exhibit includes the Native peoples of
both North and South America, and objects of indigenous materials, modern
materials and a mix of indigenous and modern materials. The activity in
"Design as Identity" tests your knowledge about several object's material
composition. Sports fans will find some familiar items in the "Recreation
and Pastimes" section, and they can even try their hand at shooting arrows
at hoops to hone their buffalo shooting skills. [KMG]


Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night [Macromedia Flash Player]

The Museum of Modern Art's online exhibition "Van Gogh and the Colors of the
Night" is the first exhibit to organize his paintings around the theme of
night and twilight paintings. Since Van Gogh could not work solely from
memory or imagination, he created these paintings in the dark or near dark.
Some of his paintings, however, were of indoor light at night, so he didn't
always face the obstacle of complete darkness. This exhibit is very
straightforward and well organized, and includes audio clips, drawings,
pages from his journal, and extremely high quality images that let you see
those thick swathes of paint he so successfully employed. The exhibit also
clues you in as to his relationship with his brother and sister, to whom he
sometimes sent drawings of his work, or descriptions of the colors he was
planning on using in a piece. Visitors shouldn't leave without contrasting
his traditional and somber "Early Landscapes" of the Netherlands, where he
was born, to his later landscapes of France, that have strong uses of
vibrant color. The "Sowers and Wheatfields" section has some good examples
of this use of color. [KMG]


Hear HERE!: The Royal Philharmonic Society [Real Player]

"Hear HERE!" may sound like a rather demanding imperative, but it's more
like an exuberant invitation. Created by The Royal Philharmonic Society (in
cooperation with Classic FM), this website allows listeners to listen to
musicians, conductors, and scholars talk about their work and how they
listen to music themselves. For starters, visitors can listen to conductor
Sir Colin Davis talk about the influence of time on his own listening and
work and then move over to a conversation with pianist Mitsuko Uchida. The
"Listen & Discuss" section includes interactive features on music and
memory, along with pieces on the concert going experience and "Surrounded by
Sound", which looks at how different environments impact listening. The site
concludes with the "Resources" area which features a selection of additional
links and the game "Beat the Clock" which asks visitors to test their
musical memory and listening skills. [KMG]


Ocean Science [pdf]

The European Geosciences Union has been working on a number of open access
journals over the past few years, and Ocean Science is just such an
endeavor. The intent of the journal is to publish research articles, review
papers, and short communications of all stripes. Visitors can sign up for
RSS feeds, look over the "General Information" area, and also learn about
their submission guidelines. In the "Online Library OS" area, visitors can
view recently revised papers, complete issues, special issues, and also
search past works by title or author. Also, visitors are welcome to comment
on published works and they can also sign up to receive an email
subscription to Ocean Science. [KMG]


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

Monday, March 30, 2009


Mon., March 30, 2009 - Sites to See: Earth Day

Sites to See: Earth Day
From the site:
“On April 22, the world will celebrate Earth Day. The brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator concerned about the deterioration of the environment, Earth Day was conceived as a nationwide environmental "teach-in" to focus public attention on environmental issues. Included: Three dozen links to sites about ecology and the environment.”
These sites help make students aware of the risks of neglecting the environment and of their responsibility for maintaining it.[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Mon., March 30, 2009 - Explore a Tropical Rainforest: An Earth Day Project, 2009

Explore a Tropical Rainforest: An Earth Day Project, 2009 - TeachersFirst - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on

“Field trips may have disappeared into the cloud of economic distress, but TeachersFirst is cooperating with another non-profit, The RiverRidge Foundation for Environmental Research and Education (RiverRidge), in planning some special events for you to “be there” as scientists, just in time for April and Earth Day. RiverRidge has invited TeachersFirst users and their students to virtually Explore a Rainforest along with a group of 8th-12th grade scientists who will be visiting Costa Rica, April 4-12, 2009.”

Suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Mon., March 30, 2009 - Earth Day Network / History of Earth Day / Earth Day Lesson Plans

Earth Day Network
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

History of Earth Day

Educator's Network

From the site:

“Teachers make the world a better place through their dedication to children and EDN is proud to play a role in providing environmental education to our future leaders.

Through the Educator's Network, the following resources are available for download by theme:

Natural Resources and Wildlife
Civics Education
Organics and Food
Monthly Lesson Plans


Mon., March 30, 2009 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy / True Cost Clearing House / World Name Profiler

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, September 12, 2008


Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Offers extended signed, peer-reviewed articles on a wide variety of topics. Browse alphabetically, which yields titles of all articles, or search to find material within articles. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


True Cost Clearing House [Science & Environmental Health Network]
Links to online reports "documenting the economic, health, and social costs of pollution, worker exposures, and resource exploitation, as well as the underreported benefits of remediation and precautionary policies." Topics covered, by a wide variety of journals, organizations, and public agencies, include "food-sustainable vs. industrial agriculture," "Cell phones and brain tumors," "liability-fiduciary guide to toxic chemical risk," "plug-in hybrids costs and benefits," "Workplace exposure costs to children," and lots more.


World Name Profiler
Enter a surname to see a map and statistics of the frequency and distribution of that name. Requires JavaScript enabled on your browser and a recent version of Flash Player.


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2008.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Sun., March 29, 2009 - Valley of the Shadow

Valley of the Shadow
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“Compare two counties (Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania) during the Civil War. One county was in the "north," the other in the "south." Learn about the religions in the area, view census and tax records, images, soldiers records, and more. The site focuses on 1859-1870.”

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


Sun., March 29, 2009 - Podcasts: Civil War Tours

Podcasts: Civil War Tours - - Grades 4 to 12

Site found on

“This site includes 14+ podcasts focusing on famous battles of the Civil War. Each location also includes a detailed map, brief description, dates, and more. Most are rather lengthy ranging from twenty to fifty minutes.” <<>>

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


Sun., March 29, 2009 - Raising the Hunley

Raising the Hunley - - Grades 4 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“This site provides information on the Civil War Confederate submarine "Hunley" and the efforts to find, raise, and restore the vessel. Used to attack Union ships blockading the Charleston, SC harbor, the Hunley successfully sank the USS Housatonic, then mysteriously disappeared. This site is worth a look for both its scientific and historical possibilities.”

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


Sun., March 29, 2009 - Lincoln, Douglas, and Their Historic Debates

America's First Great Debates
From: Gilder Lehrman Institute
Thu, Sep 25, 2008

Lincoln, Douglas, and Their Historic Debates

From the site:

“The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of seven joint discussions between Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, and Stephen A. Douglas, a Democrat, held during the summer and fall of 1858 in Illinois. Lincoln and Douglas had been debating each other for more than twenty years before their famous contest for the U.S. Senate in 1858. They were longtime rivals with contrasting styles and sharp differences in philosophy. But from the beginning almost everyone realized the 1858 debates would be historic.”

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