Friday, June 05, 2009


Fri., June 5, 2009 - All About Cheese

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Site of the Day for Tuesday, October 21, 2008

All About Cheese

Today's site provides a simply designed presentation brimming with information
about cheese varieties from around the world. Gentle Subscribers who enjoy this
ancient staple will find a comprehensive database covering most of the world's

"Cheese is nutritious food made mostly from the milk of cows but also other
mammals, including sheep, goats, buffalo, reindeer, camels and yaks. Around 4000
years ago people have started to breed animals and process their milk. That's when
the cheese was born. ... Explore this site to find out about different kinds of
cheeses from around the world." - from the website

The site's database contains almost seven hundred entries and can be searched, as
well as browsed, by cheese name, country of origin, texture and even the kind of
milk used for each cheese type. The database entries cover a brief history of the
cheese variety, along with the country of origin, the kind of milk used, and the
texture. Additional features of the presentation offer "cheese facts", and even a
headline news section concentrating on cheese stories from around the world. The
modest collection of recipes includes traditional macaroni and cheese, as well as
slightly more exotic fare in the shape of moussaka in the main meal section, while
the appetizers offer fontina pan bagna and the vegetable selection rolls out a
roquefort and walnut pasta salad.

Breeze over to the site for a useful resource on cheese at:

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


Fri., June 5, 2009 - Mathematical Fiction

Mathematical Fiction - Alex Kasman - Grades 0 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. URL and site updated. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“This site provides countless books, films, plays, and television shows that all relate to specific math concepts. What a fabulous way to integrate math, language arts, history, and more! The site includes the title, year, and brief description. Teachers can browse by genre, medium, motif, and/or topic. Media include everything from comic books to plays to television series. Genres include historical fiction, children’s literature, adventure/espionage, fantasy, science fiction, and more. Sixty-three fiction offerings are even available FREE (in their entirety) online! The site is still developing and frequently adds additional fiction titles. Students who enjoy fantasy will also enjoy choosing books from this site, since the author admits that not all math mentioned in all the books is "real" math!! The site allows teachers to search by keyword and also to browse new offerings in the compilation of titles.”

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


Fri., June 5, 2009 - Herblock's Presidents: Puncturing Pomposity

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Site of the Day for Friday, October 24, 2008

Herblock's Presidents: "Puncturing Pomposity"

With a nod to the political frame of mind in the U.S., today's site from the
National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, presents an exhibition of cartoons
from the the pen of the man who coined the term "McCarthyism" -- Herbert Block.
Gentle Subscribers may find this retrospective of his drawings a refreshing look at
presidential politics on the latter half of the twentieth century.

"'The political cartoon is not a news story and not an oil portrait. It's
essentially a means for poking fun, for puncturing pomposity.' -- Herbert Block,
1977 ... The political cartoons of Herbert Block (1909–2001) appeared in American
newspapers for more than seven decades under the pen name Herblock. This exhibition
contains Block's original drawings of presidential cartoons from Franklin Roosevelt
through Bill Clinton." - from the website

This online companion to the physical exhibition in Washington provides easy access
to a selection of presidential political cartoons, with three emblematic drawings
for each. With a zoomable interface, each cartoon can be enlarged so that the any
text within the sketch can be read. In addition, a commentary on the relevance of
each cartoon has been provided, highlighting the particular policy or condition
that prompted the lampoon and placing each in historical context.

Sashay over to the site for an engaging gallery of presidential portraits at:

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


Fri., June 5, 2009 - PBS: Langston Hughes Timeline / Harlem Renaissance / Irene and Frederic Joliet-Curie

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: June 7-13, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

Masterpiece Theater
Langston Hughes Timeline
Interactive/Online Activity
Gr. 9-12

Explore the life and work of Langston Hughes, well-known for
his perceptive portrayals of life in black America, in the
context of world events. Discover Hughes's poetry, novels,
short stories, plays, children's books and non-fiction.
Shortened URL:

[SEE ALSO: Harlem Renaissance ]


Out From the Shadows: The Story of Irene Joliot-Curie and Frederic Joliot-Curie
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Thursday, June 11, 2009
10 - 11:00 pm
Explore the life and times of Irene Joliot-Curie, the eldest
daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie, and her husband, Frederic,
who made a contribution to nuclear physics that marked the
beginning of a new era in the relationship of man towards
matter. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, June 04, 2009


Thurs., June 4, 2009 - Sustainability: The Journey Towards Tomorrow: Chimpanzees

Sustainability: The Journey Towards Tomorrow - Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation - Grades 3 to 10

Site found on
“This site offers a WebQuest (with several task options) introducing and exploring the work of Dr. Jane Goodall and her conservation programs in Africa that were developed to protect the chimpanzees. Not only does the site focus on the chimpanzees, but also on the people in the surrounding communities. Students read the story "Where’s Willy Whalley?" and then choose one of the activity choices. Examples of activities include both research and writing (electronic stories, audio presentations, clay animations, and many others). There are countless sites provided, all about the work of Jane Goodall.”

Scroll down for Sites on Process page:
Includes links for:
Chimpanzees: At these websites you can find out about chimpanzees, their natural habitats and behaviours.
Dr Goodall at Gombe: At these websites you will read about Dr Goodall's years of work at Gombe and appreciate what her life was like during those years.

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


Thurs., June 4, 2009 - Virtual Forest Challenge

Virtual Forest Challenge - - Grades 0 to 8

Site found on

“Teaching about our impact on the environment? Engage students through this game that moves through the choices in a daily life and the direct impact that they make. This site requires Flash.”

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


Thurs., June 4, 2009 - Annual Arctic Report Cards Shows Stronger Effects of Warming

Annual Arctic Report Card Shows Stronger Effects of Warming

From the site:
“Temperature increases, a near-record loss of summer sea ice, and a melting of surface ice in Greenland are among some of the evidence of continued warming in the Arctic…” <<>>

Source: DocuTicker


Thurs., June 4, 2009 - Why Earth Science? / Mercury in the Environment / Sprites / Cassiopeia Project / Science Resources / Sounds / Animal Sentinels

Sites found in:
October 25, 2008 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"


“WHY EARTH SCIENCE”, AGI, (Art Weinle), Bill Dicks, MESTA Board Member at Large, discovered a worthwhile publication called “Why Earth Science?” available on line, developed by the American Geological Institute (AGI).


QUICKSILVER: MERCURY IN THE ENVIRONMENT, (suggested by Cher Cunningham, Science Information and Education Office, USGS), Worried about mercury in the fish you eat? Mercury has a complex biogeochemical cycle which allows it to be transferred between different ecosystem reservoirs and exhibit chemical transformations that control its behavior and toxicity. Learn about the interesting work USGS scientists are doing on the behavior and occurrence of mercury in the environment, as well as human exposures to mercury.


ALL ABOUT SPRITES, Sky Fire TV, (Dave Thomas), find excellent weather quizzes and images....


THE CASSIOPEIA PROJECT, Cassiopeia (Tim Wozniak), This is an effort to make science education videos available for free to anyone who wants them. We believe that if you can visualize it, then understanding is not far behind. Teachers and students are particularly welcome to use these materials. Most are space related videos.
[NOTE: Includes biology, physics, chemistry, space, and more. – Phyllis ]


GENERAL SCIENCE RESOURCES, (Karen Norfleet), these resources can be very helpful, including not only for labs, but PowerPoints as well. “This site was designed initially as a resource for the students and parents & guardians of the students in my science classes. Over the years it has evolved into a teacher resource site as well.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Free sounds are available at (suggested by Tina Adwar)


ANIMAL SENTINELS OF HUMAN HEALTH, (Cher Cunningham, Science Information and Education Office, USGS), The canary in the coal mine is a classic example of how animals are sentinels of human health. Caged canaries, being more sensitive than humans to the effects of carbon monoxide and other poisonous gases, saved lives in the early 1900s by alerting miners to the presence of dangerous gas. Today, earthworms, swallows, bats, other wildlife, and even our pets are all animal sentinels alerting us to disease, allergens, and contaminants in our environment. USGS scientists are designing and monitoring these sentinel systems to help citizens and public health officials take preventative actions before serious health consequences such as disease outbreaks can occur.


VIDEOS, CalTech, (Jim Ronda) There are a number of downloadable, short, very basic videos from CalTech featuring space topics, geyser, and volcanic eruptions videos with visible and infrared images side by side.

Mark Francek
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Wed., June 3, 2009 - Looking for Life in All the Right Places

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Site of the Day for Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Looking for Life in All the Right Places

Today's site, a production of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Cal Tech, offers
a short but stirring video on the search for extra-terrestrial life. Gentle
Subscribers may enjoy this glimpse into the paths being explored by scientists as
they look for life beyond earth.

"NASA scientists pick spots to search for signs of extraterrestrial life." - from
the website

This easy to view video, which does not require an external player, features
scientists discussing why they are concentrating on the most elemental forms of
life. Researchers explain why their search has caused them to focus on certain
planets and moons within the solar system as possible sites for former and perhaps
even present evidence of basic life. With lively animations and real space video,
the presentation highlights the indicators and markers of life used by scientists.
Additional videos on space related topics can be found through the link to the main

Soar over to the site for a brief video on the search for life in outer space at:

A.M. Holm
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Wed., June 3, 2009 - Cool Careers in Science and Technology

Cool Careers in Science and Technology.
Shortened URL:

Site contains 6 videos (about 2.5 min. ea.)

From announcement:
“Many students today work hard with the hopes of one day having a “cool job” they will enjoy. Having role models and examples of people who excel in exciting fields can help them envision a career path…highlighting cutting-edge occupations in science and technology. This site features interviews...Educators and students are encouraged to visit this site and learn more about the innovative people, processes and machines that make our world tick."


Wed., June 3, 2009 - Canada e-Book / Climate Daily Debate / Energy for the World

Sites found in:
INFOMINE Email Alert Service
Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2008

Canada e-Book
Record Id: 681346
Created: 2008-10-22 15:53:17
Categories: govpub

Electronic version the the Canada Yearbook, an overview of the economic
and social life in Canada. Divided into four main sections: Land,
People, Economy, and State. Over some 500 pages of tables, charts and
analytical articles.

Climate Debate Daily
Record Id: 681344
Created: 2008-10-21 10:02:05
Categories: govpub,physci

Pro and con arguments on human activity and its influence on global
warming. "Scientific articles, news stories, economic studies, polemics,
historical articles, PR releases, editorials, feature commentaries, and
blog entries." Also, links to other sites dealing with global warming
organized by category.

Energy for the World- World Energy Association
Record Id: 681343
Created: 2008-10-16 16:07:28
From the site:
“The World Nuclear Association is the global private-sector organization that seeks to promote the peaceful worldwide use of nuclear power as a sustainable energy resource for the coming centuries.”


Wed., June 3, 2009 - In California: Layoffs turn parents into school librarians

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In California:

Layoffs turn parents into school librarians [Times Press Recorder]

Source: Library Link of the Day for 2009-06-03

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Tues., June 2, 2009 - You're a Grand Old Flag / WebCast: History and Myths of the U.S. Flag

You’re a Grand Old Flag
From the site:
“Did you know that the current American flag was a result of a school project?...”


Webcast: The History and Myths Surrounding the U.S. Flag
Requires RealPlayer

“This iconic symbol of American patriotism isn’t without its share of myths and controversy. For example, it is highly unlikely that Betsy Ross designed the first United States flag. In fact, the journals of the Continental Congress cite Francis Hopkinson, a congressman from New Jersey and signer of the Declaration of Independence, as the creator. These myths are the subject of a webcast given by authors Karal Ann Marling and Vincent Virga, who used the Library’s extensive collections for their books on American history.”


Tues., June 2, 2009 - This I Believe, Inc.

This I Believe, Inc. - Jay Allison, NPR, et. al. - Grades 7 to 12

Site found on

“This site offers essay-writing tips, podcasts, and more. Useful across a wide array of humanities topics, including English, social studies, art, music, religion, and speech, this site is an inspiration to students and can serve as an essay starter, a discussion starter, or contemporary information about politics, economics, and the world. On its home page it states that this is "an international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values that guide their daily lives." There are essays from the 1950's when the first incarnation of this idea was heard on the radio from famed journalist Edward R. Murrow. There are essays from those who are famous and those you never heard of.

“All of the essays are short—usually no more than 400 words. You can hear some of them as they were first broadcast on NPR, and there is a general podcast you can play which defines the site. Anyone can submit their own "This I Believe" essay as long as it follows the guidelines given, and they include essay-writing tips and advanced essay searches to assist anyone interested.

“The site includes special features which deal with specific topics and there are ideas for educators, students, and community leaders. The printable curricula require Adobe Acrobat.”

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


Tues., June 2, 2009 - Conversations with History

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Hi! It's Thursday, October 23, 2008 and time for History at ClickSchooling!



Recommended Website:
Conversations with History
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 11 and up (about 6th grade and up with parental guidance)

ClickScholar Nancy Hogan recommended this website that provides over 400,
unedited video interviews
with diplomats, statesmen, soldiers, economists and political analysts,
historians, writers, foreign correspondents, activists and artists all over
the globe. Through an archive that includes YouTube videos and podcasts, you
can select, watch, and listen to discussions about political, economic,
military, legal, cultural, and social issues shaping our world.

When you get to the website read the introduction and then use the menu on
the left side of your screen that includes:

* Recent Interviews - Find the most recently recorded interviews.

* Interviews By Guest Name - Use an alphabetical index to find interviews
with specific people of interest to you.

* Interviews By Topic - Select a subject of interest from a wide range of
possibilities including: Africa, China, The Cold War, Diplomacy,
Environment, Foreign Policy, Globalization, Education, Human Rights,
International Law, Military Perspectives on National Security, Moderation
and Militancy in Islam, Movies and the Imagination, Nobel Laureates, The
Peace Movement and the Nuclear Arms Race, Science, Terrorism, Women Role
Models for the New Millennium, and many more.

This is an excellent conversation starter, and a terrific way to enhance any
study of topics that have historical importance.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved

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Tues., June 2, 2009 - Lights at Night / State Resource Guides

Sites found in:
October 16-23, 2008


Lights at Night
Koshland Science Museum’s online interactive sheds new light on world trends
[NOTE: Other pages from Koshland previously posted. - Phyllis ]

The Marian Koshland Science Museum has launched an online, interactive exhibit that reveals fascinating stories about the world by allowing people to view changes in energy use around the world. The display, “Lights at Night,” provides a navigable, astronaut’s-eye view of the Earth at night using satellite data that spans a decade. Comparing the differences in energy use over time can starkly illustrate trends about people’s economic, political, and living situations in many different regions of the world.

Created with satellite data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “Lights at Night” allows users to zoom in on one particular region of the world or view the entire Earth to see energy use in each of three different years; 1993, 1997, and 2003. Several features allow for comparisons between specific years. For example, viewers who hone in on Northern India can see how energy use has increased as the area’s population and economic fortune has grown. Viewing the stark differences between light use in North Korea and South Korea tells a different story about poverty and economic prosperity in the two countries. In addition, users can even spot such details as the lights from fishing vessels off the coast of Asia.

Source: Marian Koshland Science Museum (via The National Academies)


State Resource Guides (including territories and the nation’s capital)

The State Resource Guides linked from this page compile digital materials that are available throughout the Library’s Web site. In addition, each guide provides links to external Web sites and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers. This site will be updated on a regular basis. The State Digital Resources: Memory Projects, Online Encyclopedias, Historical & Cultural Materials Collections Web Guide provides links to individual state and regional digital projects and collaborations.

Source: Library of Congress


Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
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Monday, June 01, 2009


Mon., June 1, 2009 - Summer reading: How parents can keep kids on track for successful learning

Summer reading: How parents can keep kids on track for successful learning []

From the article:

“…every single student went down in reading fluency (after summer vacation). We tested them at the end of the school year, and we checked again in the fall. And it didn't matter whether they are the top reader or the bottom — everyone went down.”

Source: Library Link of the Day


Mon., June 1, 2009 - Reading Suggestions (Gr. 0-12)

Reading Suggestions - TeachersFirst - Grades 0 to 12

Site found on

“This site, created by our teacher-editors, offers a reading list for students in all grades. Simply click on the grade level that you wish to explore and a book list will be provided. Most books offer a short description and some link to other titles by the same author. New titles are added frequently, so be sure to check back.”

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


Mon., June 1, 2009 - TeachersFirst's Summer Sparklers

TeachersFirst's Summer Sparklers - TeachersFirst - Grades 0 to 12
Site includes 44 annotated links.

Site found on

“This collection of editors' choices from TeachersFirst will spark summer excitement for parents and kids alike. Whether your want to create something, ignite new learning, or hold on to what you already know, you will savor these safe, reviewer-recommended resources. Be sure to share with your friends, neighbors, and family. Teachers will want to share this page with students departing for summer break. Summer will never be "boring" again!”

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


Mon., June 1, 2009 - Summer Solstice / Summer Fun

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Hi! It's Saturday, June 15, 2008 and time for Summer learning fun and much
more at ClickSchooling!

Here are some websites that explain more
about the Summer Solstice along with some great suggestions for fun,
educational activities you can do all summer long!

Recommended Websites:

Summer Solstice Tutorial
Age Range: 8-17 (approx.)
Shortened URL:
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. -
Phyllis ]

This website offers a tutorial on the summer solstice in both English and
Spanish. From the menu bar, you can choose the level of information you want
- including "Beginner" (simple info with large type), "Intermediate," and
Advanced (small print, in-depth content).

Celebrate Summer!
Age Range: 2-7 (approx.)
[NOTE: This was posted in 2008]
In addition to a very simple explanation of the Summer Solstice, you find a
list of Summer Reads for young children, discover how to make your own sun
or a suncatcher, get a list of 7 summer activities, learn to make fun ice
blocks, popsicles, and more!

BrainPop: The Sun
Age Range: 9-17 (approx.)
Watch a terrific, animated science video all about the closest star to Earth
- the Sun!

FactMonster: The American Summer Guide
Age Range: All (Varies according to topic or activity.)

This guide includes all kinds of information. Learn the origin of "Dog Days
of Summer," the history of Summer Vacations, and the science behind the
Summer Solstice. (Did you know that "solstice" comes from the Latin for "sun
stands still"?) Learn about the rise and fall of roller coasters, get a BBQ
Primer, take an Ice Cream Quiz, watch kid-submitted videos of fireworks and

Education World: Summer Fun
Age Range: 5-13 (approx.)

This site is designed with educators in mind and includes a wide array of
brain-boosting activities and lessons all themed around summer. For example,
you'll find a great lesson plan all about mosquitoes, ticks and other summer
pests called, "What's 'Bugging' You?" -- and much, much more! Don't miss the
July 4th - Independence Day feature here:
[NOTE: Updated for 2009]

UniversalPreschool: Summer Learning Fun
Age Range: 2-7 (approx.)

Get suggestions for planting a summer garden, how to eat hot dogs with the
help of an Octopus (!), fun water games, and get a recipe for sidewalk

Family Education: Sunny Day Activities for Kids
Age Range: All (Varies according to each activity.)

Take a Summer Solstice Quiz, enjoy outdoor activities like building your own
Stonehenge or Backyard Volcano, get tips on family day trips and travel, and

Summer Activities for Little Ones
Age Range: 2-7 (approx.)

Author Marty Layne tells you how to brighten every summer day with these
gentle, loving, playful activities.

Kaboose: Summer Crafts
Age Range: All (Varies according to craft/art project.)

Find fun and easy instructions on how to make a pencil-pinwheel, a
watermelon piñata, seashell critters, and even your own ice cream!

Enjoy the summer break!

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.

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