Saturday, April 18, 2009


Sat., Apr. 18, 2009 - Nova Roma: On Roman Numerals

Nova Roma: On Roman Numerals - Nova Roma - Grades 2 to 10

Site found on

“Use the "On Roman Numerals" page to learn how Roman Numerals are used. Visit the Roma Nova main page for more information about Roman culture.”

Main Page

Suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Sat., Apr. 18, 2009 - Aerofiles: A Century of American Aviation

Aerofiles: A Century of American Aviation
From the site:
“Aerofiles is the Internet's most comprehensive, non-commercial, free-access web site dedicated solely to the aviation history of North America and the airplanes that have graced our skies for more than a century.”



Sat., Apr. 18, 2009 - International Space Station, March 2009

International Space Station comes together

Photo Source: NASA, March 2009
Shortened URL:


Sat., Apr. 18, 2009 - Rock Cycle / Science PowerPoints / Ocean Literacy / Satellite Tracker / Drinking Water: Bottled or From the Tap?

Sites found in:
October 4, 2008 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"

ROCK CYCLE, The Geological Society (suggested by Christine V. McLelland), Brand new Web site with the rock cycle, including animation. “This web-resource, which is aimed at UK science students, shows how surface and deep Earth processes produce the rocks we stand on, and use to build our homes.”


POWERPOINTS, (suggested by Michael J. Benton), The first of a growing number of Powerpoint talks about key earth sciences themes. These are free to use by all and they are copyright-free. Topics include “Volcanoes, Dinosaurs, Natural Hazards, Plate Tectonics, Climate Change, Oil and Gas, Geological Time, Ice Ages.


OCEAN LITERACY, Ocean Literacy Network (suggested by Kathleen Gorski), You need to check out the recent Ocean Literacy document - it can be found as a PDF file. It's very well done - and will guide you in your selections. “The pamphlet contains the definition of ocean literacy, the seven essential principles and a matrix mapping the National Science Education Standards to the essential principles and key concepts of ocean literacy.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


SATELLITE TRACKER, Space Weather (suggested by William Dicks), Find a new and improved Satellite Tracker to find out when to look for a variety of satellites:


DRINKING WATER: BOTTLED OR FROM THE TAP?, (suggested by Chris L. DeWolf) National Geographic, Designed for an elementary level audience, the site exams the environmental impact of using bottled water. The site says that a bottle about 1/4 full with oil would show the amount needed to manufacture the bottle.


Mark Francek
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:

Friday, April 17, 2009


Fri., Apr. 17, 2009 - Tropical Roots of Chocolate

Tropical Roots of Chocolate – Slideshow (3 min.)
Shortened URL:
From the site:
“Chocolate scientists in Bahia, Brazil explain how chocolate is made.”


Fri., Apr. 17, 2009 - Sites to See: Homework Help

Sites to See:
Homework Help
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]
Do your students often need help completing homework assignments, but don't know where to look or how to narrow down the available resources? Homework Help sites can make the task more manageable. Whether they're looking for information about a specific topic or more general tips for completing assignments, this list of sites will put them on the right track. Included: Five helpful homework sites for students of all ages!

Site Updated 09/12/2008


Fri., Apr. 17, 2009 - Dr. LeBeau's HomePage: A Resource for Teachers. Students, and Curious Adults

Dr. LeBeau's HomePage
A Resource for Teachers, Students and Curious Adults
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated April 3, 3009. - Phyllis ]

Lots to explore here. Main headings:

Technology Links
Reading Resources
All about Writing
Science Links
Math Links for Everyone
Social Studies Links
Geography & Places in the World
Celebrations by the Month

For example, here are the pages for

Revolutionary War
The Civil War
About Slavery
Presidents & Elections
Medieval Times
The Holocaust
Native Americans
Black History
Women's History
All about the Olympics
The Statue of Liberty
World War II
Misc. Social Studies
Greek Mythology


Fri., Apr. 17, 2009 - PBS: Digital World of Marine Science / NATURE: The Loneliest Animals / Blackbeard's Lost Ship / Killer Whales / Poisoned Waters

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: April 19-25, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

PBS Teachers Live!: Diving Into the Digital World of Marine Science

PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 are hosting a free webinar for educators on Monday, May 4 at 8 p.m. ET entitled "Diving Into the Digital World of Marine Science." The webinar will feature Jean-Michel Cousteau, famed explorer, environmentalist, educator, filmmaker, and executive producer and host of the PBS series "Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures." The webinar is geared towards 5th through 8th grade teachers, but the ideas and activities presented are easily adaptable to other grade levels. For more information, please visit


The Loneliest Animals
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, April 19, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
Viewers are taken into high-security, high-tech labs where
scientists attempt to breed new generations and into the field
to discover what forces have led to the demise of entire
species. Featured animals include Yangtze turtles under 24-hour
surveillance; a baby Sumatran rhino; a special collection of
lemurs; the Spix's macaw, a bird declared extinct in the wild
in 2000 (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Secrets of the Dead
Blackbeard's Lost Ship
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
Off the coast of North Carolina, a group of marine
archaeologists has discovered the remains of the Queen Anne's
Revenge, the pirate Blackbeard's flagship. Their careful
preservation and analysis of the remains are helping to solve
the biggest mystery about the infamous pirate's reign: Was the
ship's sinking an accident or was the grounding a carefully
laid plot by Blackbeard to double-cross his men and steal the
treasure for himself? (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
Call of the Killer Whales
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-12
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
9 - 11:00 pm
Orcas, also called killer whales, number fewer than 100,000
worldwide; learning more about them is a global endeavor for
Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team of oceanauts, who travel to
both the northern and southern hemispheres seeking out killer
whales in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1


Poisoned Waters
On-Air & Online
6-8 / 9-129-12
More than three decades after the Clean Water Act was supposed
to make America's waters clean enough for swimming and fishing
again, two iconic waterways -- the great coastal estuaries of
Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay -- are in perilous
condition. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Thurs., Apr. 16, 2009 - Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
From the site:
“ A database of over 9,000 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920, illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. URL and site updated. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Apr. 16, 2009 - CFL Light Bulbs

Video: CFL Light Bulbs in Plain English - Common Craft - Grades 2 to 12

Site found on

“This website offers a short video (about 3-minutes) highlighting the enormous benefits (both to your bank account and environment) of using CFL bulbs (rather than the old traditional light bulbs). The video focuses on energy, environment, electricity, ways to save money on your electric bill, how CFLs decrease and prevent pollution and global warming, and how easy they are to use!” <<>>

Suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Thurs., Apr. 16, 2009 - Consumer Search

Consumer Search
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ] reviews hundreds of product reviews, analyzes them, distills the information shoppers need and recommends which products are the best.

Source: Refdesk:


Thurs., Apr. 16, 2009 - Facing Up to the Nation's Finances

Students section of Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances
From the site:
“This is the place where you will learn about the challenges facing the federal budget, one of the most serious long-term problems confronting the nation.”

Faculty section of Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances
From the site:
“you can download a wide assortment of ready-to-use teaching and discussion materials.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Wed., Apr. 15, 2009 - Oddly Enough

Reuters News: Oddly Enough
Weird News, Odd News, Funny News Stories


Wed., Apr. 15, 2009 - Seventh Sanctum: Writing Generators

Seventh Sanctum: Writing Generators - Steven Savage - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on

“This site provides a detailed list of writing idea generators, what ifs, and more! If you have reluctant writers, students with writer's block, or just need to change things up a bit, this site will fit the bill. The site is visually bland but content-rich, mixing the unlikely with the unusual to build mental flexibility and help spark students’ creativity. There are six categories of Story Inspiration: Envisioner, Quick Story Idea Generator, Quick Story Theme Generator, Romance Story Generator, Story Generator, Symbolitron, What-if-inator, and Writing Challenge Generator. An example of an "envisioner" story is "A fusion of the story of the little Dutch boy and the story of Romeo and Juliet that concerns a group of manicurists." The site also includes a TON of links to other writing “generators” – everything from Fantasy Novels to an Adventure Generator. Other ideas include character generators, song challenge, and villain plot generators as well as others. Clicking on one will give you a choice of generating anywhere from 1-50 results and you have the option to print them as well.” <<>>

Suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Wed., Apr. 15, 2009 - Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends - E2BN - Grades 3 to 8

Site found on

“If myths are part of your classroom’s curriculum, then check out Myths and Legends (an English site). Most stories are spoken in English (British and Gaelic). Not only can you listen and read myths and legends from countries around the world, but you can also record your own. In order for your class to upload myths and legends, you must do a quick registry at the site. Registration does require an email address… Click on the Teachers link to explore lessons and other resources. Your class may wish to leave comments after they listen to the stories. Check out the Gallery, which shows photos of the actual setting for the myth. Unsure of the archaic terms? Then use the glossary that’s provided for each myth and legend.” <<>>

Suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Wed., Apr. 15, 2009 - PBS: Our Town

Site found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!

NEW THIS WEEK, October 2, 2008
Read This Online :

Our Town
"Actor/director Paul Newman's first appearance on Broadway in 38 years is a highlight of the Westport Country Playhouse production of Thornton Wilder's classic 'Our Town' which played to sold-out audiences on Broadway." This 2003 PBS Masterpiece Theatre companion website features essays and interviews (including with Paul Newman), who's who in cast and credits, story synopsis, classroom guide, and links and bibliography.
LII Item:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Tues., Apr. 14, 2009 - James Bond and Ian Fleming Exhibition

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

Site of the Day for Thursday, October 2, 2008

James Bond and Ian Fleming Exhibition

If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in your
browser or use this TinyURL:

Today's site, with a nod to the upcoming release of a further installment of the Spy Who Never Grows Old, presents an accompaniment to the new exhibit at London's Imperial War Museum marking the centenary of writer Ian Fleming's birth. Gentle Subscribers will find this nicely designed feature from the Times Online spotlights all the goodies which have delighted Bond fans over the years.
"An interactive preview of the brand new For Your Eyes Only exhibition at the
Imperial War Museum, exploring the world of Ian Fleming and James Bond ... James Bond: a reader's guide ... Movies have made Bond a global brand, but the books came first. Ian Fleming expert Henry Chancellor gives the low-down on the entire canon" - from the website

The exhibit begins with a quiet but razzle-dazzle visual opening for its Timeline
sequence, featuring Fleming's biography and the James Bond novels and films. Video sequences of Casino Royale and some behind the scenes footage of Quantum of Solace are among the Timeline's highlights. Additional sections of the presentation map the favorite London spots of both Fleming and Bond, while additional articles delve into the top ten Bond gadgets, girls, villains, cars and locations. "Bond: The Whole Story" links to an extensive review of all the Bond novels. The separate preview of the Imperial War Museum's Fleming exhibit is accompanied by an audio commentary on the exhibit's artifacts.

Swan over to the site an entertaining look at Fleming and his creation at:

If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in your
browser or use this TinyURL:

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


Tues., Apr. 14, 2009 - Robert Penn Warren: Online Resources

Site found in:
September 26 – October 2, 2008

Robert Penn Warren: Online Resources

On February 26, 1986, Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin announced the appointment of Robert Penn Warren as the first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

This guide compiles links to resources on Robert Penn Warren throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites that include features on his life or selections of his work.

Source: Library of Congress


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


Tues., Apr. 14, 2009 - Great Turtle Race Begins Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Great Turtle Race Begins Thursday, April 16, 2009
From the site:
“Eleven leatherback sea turtles are racing from foraging grounds in the frigid waters of Canada to nesting beaches on the sun-soaked shores of the Caribbean. The turtles are tagged with state-of-the-art satellite tracking devices that allow us to follow their incredible 3,700-mile (6,000-kilometer) journey. Which turtle will reach the finishing line first? Which will dive the deepest or go the farthest afield? The race begins on Thursday, April 16. Watch the turtles' progress on our race map—updated every day.”

Page includes: More Turtle Features


Tues., Apr. 14, 2009 - COSEE: The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence

COSEE - The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence - Grades 8 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“Fascinated by the oceans? Water plays an important role in our lives. Many topics in Biology and Chemistry can use ocean data as a way for learning. Capture the importance of the oceans through high quality scientific research and great educational materials. View links to the many COSEE centers around the globe. View and use different resources, including real time data to download simulations, links to lecture series, educational opportunities, games, and more.” <<>>

Suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:

[NOTE: See Also: Resources for Educators - Phyllis ]


Tues., Apr. 14, 2009 - Phyllis's Favorites from the CJRLC Blog - April 2009

Phyllis's Favorites for the CJRLC Blog - April 2009

Astronomy Online

College and University Rankings

The Cool Spot

Contagion: Historical Views of Disease and Epidemics

Discovering Antarctica

GeoHive: Global Statistics

Native American History

Oceans Alive

The People History

Profiles in Science

Silk Road Seattle

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Monday, April 13, 2009


Mon., Apr. 13, 2009 - College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees

College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“We have put together an online directory of college and university admissions office email addresses and telephone numbers, college scholarship and financial aid office email addresses, and links to the home pages and online applications of more than a thousand colleges and universities. And, we have assembled a page of links to the very best college and university admissions, college scholarship, and financial aid pages on the web.” <<>>


Mon., Apr. 13, 2009 - Campus Explorer / Concise Encyclopedia of Economics / History and Government Questions for the New Naturalization Test

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, October 10, 2008


Campus Explorer
To start searching for the best matched colleges for you, you can select the type of college, geography, and/or major. The next step is personalization. The Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus Blog says "In addition to the usual features that let users search for and compare colleges, the site can analyze a prospective student’s GPA, test scores, and extra-curricular activities to estimate whether he or she will be accepted into various institutions.”

Concise Encyclopedia of Economics
Interestingly, the current featured article is on Bank Runs. The signed articles by scholars in the field seem designed to be intelligible to non-economists. They describe the background of each concept, and provide bibliography for further reading.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

History and Government Questions for the New Naturalization Test
Those of us who are already citizens by birth or naturalization might want to try answering the questions to see if we knew enough about our country to become a citizen now.
[NOTE: Previously posted. Recently revised:
Civics (History and Government) Questions for the Redesigned (New) Naturalization Test (rev. 01/09) - Phyllis ]


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


Mon., Apr. 13, 2009 - Captain James Cook (1728-1779)

Captain James Cook (1728-1779)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site includes:


Who was Cook?
A 3-min. flash presentation




Mon., Apr. 13, 2009 - Spanish Exploration and Conquest of Native America / America's Early European Explorers / More American Conquest Links

Spanish Exploration and Conquest of Native America

America's Early European Explorers: a Teacher's Guide
List of hyperlinked explorers with annotated timeline.

More American Conquest Links

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Sun., Apr. 12, 2009 - LabLit: Why Science is Important

[NOTE: See Also: Why is science important?
Interview with a British physics teacher and the 28 min. video that he made. – Phyllis ]

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

Site of the Day for Wednesday, October 1, 2008

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, a creation of University College London cell biologist, Dr. Jennifer
Rohn, offers an engaging publication combining the world of science and the arts.
Gentle Subscribers will discover informative articles, essays and features designed
to be accessible to the general public as well as to the science community.

" is dedicated to real laboratory culture and to the portrayal and
perceptions of that culture -- science, scientists and labs -- in fiction, the
media and across popular culture. The site is intended for non-scientists as well
as scientists, and the goal is to inform, entertain and surprise. ... Dr Jennifer
Rohn ... was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art for her work
promoting the image of scientists in popular culture." - from the website

This online publication delves into scientific currents with poetry and short
stories, such as the "Paean to mathematics" and the short story, "A quick spin".
Reviews are an integral element of the site, on everything from a new British
television sitcom, "Lab Rats", to fiction and non-fiction books. Presenting a range
of thoughtful commentary are the site's forums, while the archives reveal various
sections featuring interviews, editorials, humor and art.

Saunter over to the site for an interesting look at science and the arts at:

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


Sun., Apr. 12, 2009 - Dig It! Secrets of Soil

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil
From the site:
“A new virtual exhibit that journeys into the skin of the earth and explores the amazing world of soil. This web site is a virtual exploration of the Dig It! traveling exhibition now on display at the National Museum of Natural History. Completely familiar yet largely unknown, soils help sustain virtually every form of life on Earth. Dig It! transports visitors to the world of fungi, bacteria, worms, and countless other organisms. The online exhibit includes educational activities and teacher resources.”


Sun., Apr. 12, 2009 - Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know?

Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know?

From the site:
“For most of us, science arrives in our lives packaged neatly as fact. But how did it get that way?
Science is an active process of observation and investigation. Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know? examines that process, revealing the ways in which ideas and information become knowledge and understanding.
In this case study in human origins, we explore how scientific evidence is being used to shape our current understanding of ourselves: What makes us human—and how did we get this way?”


Sun., Apr. 12, 2009 - (Nanotechnology)
From the site:
“Teaching middle school or high school students? Use these resources to help kids understand what nanotechnology is and how it may impact their lives.”

Nanotechnology in Biology
From the site:
“Developed for junior high school students, the presentation begins with an introduction to the nanoscale and the importance of nanotechnology. This is followed by several exercises focused on manipulating matter on the nanoscale.”
Free PPT Download - Licensed under Creative Commons

[NOTE: Home page previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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