Friday, May 29, 2009


Fri., May 29, 2009 - BrainBashers


From the site:

“Welcome to BrainBashers, an exciting collection of brain teasers, puzzles, riddles, games and optical illusions. With thousands of brain teasers and puzzles, over one hundred awards, BrainBashers is updated with optical illusions and games regularly and has 5 new puzzles added every other week.”

“For school use, I've created a very special version of BrainBashers that has no advertisements. Our children's brains are very important, and I believe that daily mental exercise helps their development. As a teacher you are positively encouraged to use the material on this site.”

Source: Cool Site of the Day


Fri., May 29, 2009 - MedlinePlus: Dementia

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, November 7, 2008

MedlinePlus: Dementia
A guide to resources for not only Alzheimer’s, but other dementias as well. Like all MedlinePlus guides, it points to high quality resources that provide overviews, news, and info on diagnosis & symptoms, disease management, coping strategies, financial issues, clinical trials, research, organizations, and reference sources.


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


Fri., May 29, 2009 - Internet Drug Index / Diseases, Conditions, and Medical Tests

RxList: The Internet Drug Index

“ - Owned and Operated by WebMD and part of the WebMD network.”

From the site:
“RxList is an online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs. Founded by pharmacists in 1995, RxList is the premier Internet Drug Index resource.”

Diseases, Conditions and Tests


Fri., May 29, 2009 - PBS: AMEX: Test Tube Babies

PBS: American Experience
Test Tube Babies
Airing: June 1, 2009 at 9:00 p.m.

“For ages, the prospect of conceiving a human being in a laboratory seemed ripped from the pages of science fiction. Then, in 1978, everything changed. Test Tube Babies tells the story of doctors, researchers, and hopeful couples who pushed the limits of science and triggered a technological revolution in human reproduction. In so doing, they landed at the center of a controversy whose reverberations continue to this day.”

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Thurs., May 28, 2009 - Mural Mosaic

Site found in:
ConnectEng: The newsletter of Web English Teacher
October 20, 2008


Mural Mosaic
Looking for a visual writing prompt? Have students click on one of the
individual panels on this mosaic and respond. Works with ELL students and
all age levels.


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2008, Web English Teacher.


Thurs., May 28, 2009 - Diffen (Comparisons)

Diffen - Diffen - Grades 2 to 12

Site found on

“Do you sometimes just want to compare two things and not need a lengthy explanation of either? Diffen offers the simple goal of entering two terms and instantly receiving the similarities and differences in a table format. View simple definitions under the information table. Need more information? Wikipedia style entries of information area also available on the page. There is a Top 5 list. At the time of this review, the Top 5 included “Gross vs. Net,” “Affected vs. Effected,” “Meiosis vs. Mitosis,” “DNA vs. RNA,” and “Fruit vs. Vegetable. While not ALL topics are included, the variety is impressive. You can add your own comparison of terms to the list. You may want to discuss with your class the fact that the information here is only as reliable as the people who submitted it, and ask them whether they agree with the comparisons you find here. NOTE: If you explore some of the ready-mades or requested topics, there are some topics "compared" that are not school oriented, such as comparisons of popular television characters. Preview before turning students loose or simply direct them to a specific "diffen."”

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


Thurs., May 28, 2009 - Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

From the site:

“Today's reading comprehension sites are for a variety of readers. Whether you are helping a young child learn to read, are a student of English as a second language, or are a high-school student studying for the SAT, we've got you covered.”

Page includes links to 9 related sites (5 annotated, 4 honorable mentions)


Thurs., May 28, 2009 - My Learning Train: Links for First Grade Students

My Learning Train – Links for First Grade Students

From the site:
“First Grade Classroom Website! Here, students have access to educational and fun links.”

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Wed., May 27, 2009 - Cyber Nations

Cyber Nations

From the site:

“Cyber Nations is a free online nation simulation game that is intended to be a fun place to try your hand at ruling a simulated nation. The nations are not real, the money that your nation earns is not real, the politics, the wars, the religions, none of it is real. What is real are the players of Cyber Nations.”

“Cyber Nations is a free persistent browser-based nation simulation game. Create a nation anywhere in the world and decide how you will rule your people by choosing a government type, a national religion, ethnicity, tax rate, currency type, and more in this new geo-political, nation, and government simulator. Build your empire by purchasing infrastructure to support your citizens, land to expand your borders, technology to increase your nation's effectiveness, military to defend your interests, and develop national improvements and wonders to build your nation according to your choosing.”


Wed., May 27, 2009 - Great Sites for Flag Day

Great Sites for Flag Day

From the site:
“On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first flag act: "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." Education World celebrates Flag Day by visiting a few great Web sites devoted to the U.S. flag.”


Wed., May 27, 2009 - Exploring the West

Exploring the West - Stanford University - Grades 9 to 12

Site found on

“Exploring the West is specifically designed for high school U.S. history teachers, and presents curricular units, worksheets and lesson plans related to US expansion west. The units are divided into three main sections: Urban Growth (related to Phoenix, Arizona; Calgary, Alberta; and Bay Area, California); Maps (which relates to role of maps and mapmaking in US expansionism); and Cowboys. Each broad unit has seven to ten lesson plans and over 100 worksheets. Each unit is also tied to National Standards for History, as well as correlated to some science standards. Some of the printable pages require Adobe Acrobat.”

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


Wed., May 27, 2009 - American History: From Pre-Columbian to the New Millennium - a free digital textbook

Independence Hall Association Launches Free, Online American History Textbook
by Dian Schaffhauser

From the announcement:
“The Independence Hall Association (IHA) in Philadelphia has released a free digital American history textbook for middle- and high-school students, which will evolve to include interactive displays, video streaming, simulations or dynamic versions of the text, and opportunities for collaboration by students and teachers.” <<>>

The free digital textbook:
American History: Pre-Columbian to the New Millennium

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Tues., May 26, 2009 - 5 Most Dangerous U.S. Earthquake Hot Spots Beyond California

5 Most Dangerous U.S. Earthquake Hot Spots Beyond California

From the site:
“California isn’t the only state with a serious earthquake hazard. There are several lesser-known fault zones lurking in other parts of the country that are just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than the famed San Andreas Fault.

Some of these faults are capable of producing quakes bigger than the 1906 San Francisco quake, but because the time between major jolts is longer than in California, many people who live near these faults don’t even know they are there.” <<>>

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


Tues., May 26, 2009 - Math Exercises

Math exercises - - Grades 5 to 12

Site found on

“Looking for extra practice and better ways to track student progress? Use this free site for explanations of concepts, see example problems, and answer a practice problem. The English is British style, so remember that “revise” on this site means the same as “review” to Americans. Teachers can register their students to follow their progress. Registration is free, but does require an email address. You may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each student (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how.

“Data on correct and incorrect answers as well as strengths and weaknesses are kept for students. This site does include some minor advertisements. Watch out for a link to “essay paper” buried at the far bottom right on the home page: a place to purchase essays online!”

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


Tues., May 26, 2009 - Unmasking of the Piltdown Man

Unmasking of the Piltdown Man
Shortened URL:

From the site:
“Piltdown Man went from being one of the biggest discoveries of the 20th Century to being its greatest scientific embarrassment.”
“On 21 November 1953, the fossils discovered 40 years earlier and acclaimed as the "missing link" between apes and humans were finally revealed to be forgeries.”

See Also - previously posted:

NOVA: "The Boldest Hoax"

The Museum of Hoaxes


Tues., May 26, 2009 - Foundations for Algebra / Resources for Earth Sciences Education / Paleontology Portal / Teaching Boxes

Sites found in:
[EDInfo] Teaching Resources
Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 1:25 PM
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence


Critical Foundations for Algebra
is a multimedia presentation of essential concepts,
recommended practices, and planning templates from the
National Math Panel. (Department of Education)


Enduring Resources for Earth Sciences Education
is a database of materials for teaching earth science
concepts. Created by teachers and earth scientists, the
database includes maps, documents, and other resources for
teaching about earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks, oceans, plate
tectonics, hydrothermal systems, earth's magnetic field,
geological time, and more. (National Science Foundation)


Paleontology Portal
invites students to discover prehistoric life in the U.S. by
state and time period, see famous fossil localities and
assemblages, and search fossil images and paleontology
collections from participating museums. Find field guides,
maps, curricula, and K-12 resources. Learn about
careers in paleontology. (University of California Museum of
Paleontology, National Science Foundation)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Teaching Boxes
helps teachers create earth science activities that focus on
gathering data and analyzing scientific evidence. Topics
include plate tectonics, weather essentials, seasonal
upwelling, sea level changes, living in earthquake country,
and mountain building. Each teaching box is online assembly
of interrelated learning concepts, digital resources,
education standards, and lesson plans. (DLESE, Multiple
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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