Friday, June 12, 2009


Fri., June 12, 2009 - Surf Report: Physics (Elementary and Middle School, High School, and Teachers)

Surf Report: Physics

From the site:
“Explore and experiment with concepts in physics with these great Web sites. Many of the interactive simulations you will find here would be excellent for smart board use.”

Annotated Physics links for Elementary and Middle School High School Teachers
Created 4/2009
Last updated 04/30/2009


Fri., June 12, 2009 - Updated Internet Resources in Zoology

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

From: Library of Congress
Date: Thu, Jun 11, 2009
Subject: Updated Selected Internet Resources in Zoology

Updated Selected Internet Resources in Zoology
Updated: June 11, 2009


Fri., June 12, 2009 - Roberto Clemente

Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente
Middle School

Roberto Clemente was a legendary baseball player who died in
1972 in a plane crash while attempting to deliver aid to
earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Included in the virtual
exhibit are a timeline, video clip, and lesson plans for middle
school students tied to national standards in language arts,
sports, social studies, music and math.

[NOTE: In English and Spanish. May have to disable pop-up blocker. Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., June 12, 2009 - PBS: NATURE: Killers in Eden / NOVA: Bone Diggers / AMEX: Roberto Clemente / Frontline: Breaking the Bank

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: June 14-20, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

Killers in Eden
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, June 14, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
This is the extraordinary story of interspecies cooperation
between killer whales and whalers in Australia as they joined
in hunts for migrating baleen whales. Rooted in historical fact
and told by members of the community who witnessed the hunts,
it demonstrates the incredible intelligence of the killer
whales and the remarkable trust of the whaling community that
was the basis of a partnership that lasted nearly 100 years.
(CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year).


Bone Diggers
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
NOVA joins the first descent into the dark depths of a cave in
Australia and follows the detailed detective work on the
recovered skeletons that will help piece together the past of
these prehistoric creatures. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Roberto Clemente: American Experience
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, June 15, 2009
9 - 10:00 pm
Baseball great Roberto Clemente's talent and inimitable style
drew legions of fans, but as this "American Experience"
production reveals, he was more than an exceptional baseball
player. He was also a committed humanitarian who challenged
racial discrimination and worked for social justice. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Breaking the Bank
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
9:00 - 10:00 pm
With brand-name banks on the brink of failure and the federal
government contemplating a massive nationalization of the
banking industry, "Frontline" goes behind closed doors to tell
the inside story of how things went so wrong so fast and to
document efforts to stabilize the industry. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Thurs., June 11, 2009 - Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab

---------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Tuesday, October 28, 2008 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab

Age Range: All (There's something for everyone here - young children and
non-readers will need assistance and supervision.)

ClickSchooling subscriber Leslie DeHart recommended this website that is an
archive of fun and fascinating science experiments that will bring out the
"mad scientist" in everyone. She wrote:

"I think you've featured this website before, but it has been updated and
improved. One of the best features is a section where you can choose the
experiments that you want to do by subject (for the week or an entire
semester), and it creates a printable shopping list of the materials you
will need. (Note: Print your list before you leave the website, because once
you close your browser or leave the virtual Lab, the supply list will be
cleared out.)"

ClickSchooling did feature this site in June of 2002, when it occupied an
entirely different url. Leslie is right, the site has undergone a complete
renovation and added lots of new content.

When you get to the site, you'll see a brief welcome message and some
featured experiments below it. You can jump right in and start clicking
around on topics of interest, or use the menus at the top of the screen or
on the left side of the screen to navigate the site.

To get right to the heart of the site, click on EXPERIMENTS. A new page
opens that allows you to search for experiments by name, category,
popularity, and level of difficulty for the following topics:

*Chemical Reactions

Click on an experiment and a new page opens with a complete description of
the experiment, instructions on how to conduct it, and a list of the
materials you will need. You also get an explanation of the scientific
principles that govern the experiment.

From the traditional experiments of science fairs such as making a volcano
or a lemon battery, to more unusual projects like making a cloud in a bottle
or starting a fire with water - your whole family will have fun learning
from the science activities at this site.

Look for hidden science tips throughout the site by clicking on icons and
images on various pages.

Don't miss the "Fun Stuff" section where you will find puzzles, a contest,
fun activities using encrypted messages, games, and a science pop quiz.

Bookmark this site for access to science curricula year 'round!

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.


Thurs., June 11, 2009 - Science World

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Comprehensive online encyclopedias of astronomy, math, physics, scientific biographies, and scientific books, with many equations and formulas.
Source: Refdesk:


Thurs., June 11, 2009 - Access Excellence (health, biology, and life science resources)

Access Excellence

From the site:
“Access Excellence, launched in 1993, is a national educational program that provides health, biology and life science teachers access to their colleagues, scientists, and critical sources of new scientific information via the World Wide Web. The program was originally developed and launched by Genentech Inc., and in 1999 joined the National Health Museum.”

Access Excellence Activities Collections

Access Excellence Resource Center

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


Thurs., June 11, 2009 - Teaching the Great Depression

Twelve Great Lessons for Teaching the Great Depression

Education World offers a dozen great Internet-based activities and
links to 8 Additional Internet Resources

Last updated 09/23/2008

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Wed., June 10, 2009 - Classroom Learning 2.0 / School Library Learning 2.0

Classroom Learning 2.0

From the site:
An online learning program by the California School Library Association 2.0 Team
Welcome to Classroom Learning 2.0. This professional development tutorial is brought to you by the California School Library Association (CSLA) 2.0 Team. It is designed for you to do on your own or as a part of a group.

School Library Learning 2.0

From the site:
“An online learning program for CSLA members and friends. Welcome to School Library Learning 2.0.
This tutorial is brought to you by the California School Library Association (CSLA) 2.0 Team. You will learn the tools of the new Internet: Web 2.0 tools that are bringing our kids in touch with the entire world through social networking, wikis, video, podcasting, and gaming sites.”

Designed under a Creative Commons license


Wed., June 10, 2009 - Campus Tours

Campus Tours: Virtual College Tours
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

You can sit right in your living room and visit schools across the country through. Search by college name, A to Z listing or state. Select a college and you will be linked either to the school’s website or to a page where you can “View Details” of the school — general information, tuition, enrollment statistics, majors, admission requirements and sports. You can also go to the school’s website, a map of the school and a virtual tour.


Wed., June 10, 2009 - Driver's Ed

Driver’s Ed

From the site:

“When calculated on a per-mile basis, teens are four times more likely to crash than older drivers. Worse yet, car accidents are the leading cause of death for American teens. On a more positive note, many organizations have created free online resources to help teens drive safer. Here are my picks.”

Page includes 9 links to sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)


Wed., June 10, 2009 - Free Smithsonian Books

---------Forwarded Message--------
From: Smithsonian Education
Date: Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 4:24 PM
Subject: Free Smithsonian Books from Smithsonian Education

Write a review of any Smithsonian educational resource available on and receive a free Smithsonian book.

You’ll find nonfiction for adults and children on science, technology, history, art, music, and hobbies—everything under the Smithsonian sun. Many sell for $20 . . . $40 . . . and more! Take a look at the titles now available.

You can write your review on any one of a thousand online lesson plans, virtual exhibitions, and activities. Examine the resource and tell us how you have used or would use it. Where does it fit into your curriculum? How would you modify it? What concepts does it help you teach? What did you like best?

Just follow these easy steps:

Search the Resource Finder for an online resource you would like to review.
Shortened URL:

Click on “Add a Review” (the last line of the resource description).

Write your review, complete the form, and submit it to us.

Watch the site for your review to be posted (usually within 5 days).

Choose the book you want from the list of titles.
Shortened URL:

Check your email for a message from and reply with your mailing address and your book choice.
Your book will arrive in about 2 weeks.
By reviewing our resources, you are making a valued contribution to the Smithsonian's educational mission. Feedback such as yours helps us provide relevant and useful materials.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Tues., June 9, 2009 - Statistics Resources

From: Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.
Date: Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 4:28 PM
Subject: Awareness Watch Newsletter V6N11 November 2008 Announcement

“My November 2008 Zillman Column is now available and is titled Statistics Resources. This November 2008 column is a comprehensive list of statistics resources, sources and sites available over the Internet and the World Wide Web including associated and related online resources. These resources and sources will help you to discover the many pathways available to you through the Internet for obtaining and locating statistics sources in today’s hungry for data and statistics society both locally and globally. This is a MUST information keeper for those seeking the latest and greatest statistics resources! Download this excellent freely available 18 page .pdf (784KB) column today.”

November 2008 Zillman Column - Statistics Resources
Shortened URL:


Tues., June 9, 2009 - Pictorial Americana

From: Library of Congress

Pictorial Americana

Are you looking for a primary source image to use as a lesson starter or to support a teaching objective? Peruse the table of contents of Pictorial Americana to see if there is a topical set of images about American life and history that fits your need.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., June 9, 2009 - Best of History Web Sites

Best of History Web Sites
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.”


Tues., June 9, 2009 - Archive of American Television Interviews / The Great War Archive

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, Nov. 14, 2008


Archive of American Television Interviews
Anyone interested in the history of American television will want to check out these often extensive video interviews, posted in 30-minute segments, with luminaries from all fields who helped to shape the medium. Among them: Norman Lear, James Garner, Phil Donahue, Fred Rogers, Julia Child, David Brinkley, Bob Newhart, Tim Russert, composer Quincy Jones, syndicator Roger King, puppeteer Carroll Spinney (Big Bird), animator Joseph Barbera, and lots more.


The Great War Archive
Contains over 6,500 items contributed by the general public originating from, or relating to, someone's experience of the First World War, either abroad or at home. Includes diaries, interviews, documents, postcards, memorabilia, photographs, and more.


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

Monday, June 08, 2009


Mon., June 8, 2009 - Cool Math Sites

Cool Math Sites
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“Really Cool Math Websites! Cool Algebra Sites! Cool Geometry Sites! Even Cool Discrete Math, Trigonometry and Calculus Sites! Cool Math Puzzles and Cool Math Brain Teasers Sites! Cool Math Web Quest Sites! Cool Math Humor! Cool Elementary, Middle School, and High School Math Teacher Resources!”


Mon., June 8, 2009 - African-American Milestones

--------Forwarded Message--------
The Innovative Teaching Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 3 - October 2008
Topic: African-American Milestones

“This month’s newsletter offers the best resources online for
understanding the evolving role of African-Americans in our society.
Caution: some of these sites deal with mature content which may not be
suitable for all ages.”

Walter McKenzie
The One and Only Surfaquarium


Mon., June 8, 2009 - Sonoma-Marin Fair

From the site:
“The Sonoma-Marin Fair runs June 18 through 22. Can't wait?
Please enjoy the Virtual Fair we've assembled in hundreds of videos celebrating all that is fairworthy!”

Hi! It's Friday, October 24, 2008 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
Sonoma-Marin Fair

When you get to the site, use the menu in the center of the screen to select
videos of fair highlights. When you click on any topic, a new page opens
with a featured video. Right next to the featured video are screen shots of
other videos on the topic too. Just click on them to instantly activate the
videos. You'll find topics such as:

* World's Ugliest Dogs - Do you agree with the judges' choice for the
mangiest mutt award?

* The Cow Channel - Learn about cows and watch a cow-pattie throwing contest
(I kid you not).

* The Chicken Channel - Watch a video of various kinds of chickens set to
the music of "Chariots of Fire" - and much more.

* The Swine Channel - Watch a kid-narrated video of pigs on a farm - the
kids' laughter is sure to make you smile. :)

The videos are somewhat informative but mostly just a whole lot of fun -
exactly like most county fairs. Enjoy!

Note: I was unable to review all of the videos on the site. In addition,
there is much more content (aside from the videos) on the website.
Therefore, parents (as always) should preview the website and supervise
exploration of it.

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.


Mon., June 8, 2009 - Sites from The Scout Report, October 24, 2008

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
October 24, 2008
Volume 14, Number 42
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:


Molecular Movies: A Portal to Cell & Molecular Animation [Quick Time]

The Scout Report is always on the lookout for new and compelling
instructional materials in the sciences, and this new website of cell and
molecular animations is a worthy find. The Molecular Movies site presents an
organized directory of various animations, along with original tutorials for
life science professionals who are learning 3D visualization techniques.
These materials are divided into the following sections: "Showcase",
"Learning", "Toolkit", and "News". The "Showcase" area contains animations
listed by scientific area or individual animator or design studio.
Currently, there are well over fifty animations offered here which
demonstrate everything from cell invasions to DNA replication. Next up are
the visualization tutorials (located in the "Learning" area), which allow
users to learn about the techniques used in making such lovely animations.
Visitors can browse these tutorials by skill level, software type, or topic
area. Before leaving the site, visitors should also check out the site
weblog for further updates and links to other related works. [KMG]


Stereoviews of the French Second Empire, ca. 1855-1870

Emperor Napoleon III cast a great shadow over France during his reign in the
middle of the 19th century, and he brought a tremendous amount of change to
the nation. Not all of that change was welcome, and some of it took the form
of massive urban projects, such as the rebuilding of Paris. This lovely
online collection created by the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
group brings together 201 remarkable stereoviews from the Second Empire
period. For those who might not be acquainted with such matters, stereoviews
are created through the use of stereoscopy, which is a technique used to
create the illusion of depth by presenting two images to the eyes. Each
image is taken from a slightly different perspective, and the resulting
images, when viewed through a stereoscope, appear three-dimensional.
Visitors to the site can browse through the images at their leisure, and
they will find documentation of Notre Dame, the Arc De Triomphe, and the
Boulevard de Strasbourg here. Those persons with an interest in urban
infrastructure and the creation of modern Paris will find much to admire and
enjoy here. [KMG]


Cultivating Demand for the Arts: Arts Learning, Arts Engagement, and
State Arts Policy [pdf]

How can governments stimulate interest and demand in the arts? This
compelling report from the RAND Corporation takes a close look at how well
institutions in the United States cultivate demand for the arts and whether
they should make this a higher priority item in the future. Authored by
Laura Zakaras and Julia F. Lowell, this 151-page report was released in
September 2008 and it contains six chapters that include "The Support
Infrastructure for Youth Arts Learning" and "Enabling Individual Engagement
with Works of Art". In the report the authors argue, "arts policies have
long focused on supporting supply and expanding access while neglecting
demand, which calls for cultivating the capacity of individuals to have
engaging experiences with the arts." By the conclusion of their work, the
authors conclude that "greater investment in comprehensive arts learning,
particularly for the young is the most effective strategy for building
demand." It's an intriguing proposition, and one that will be of great
interest to arts administrators, policy analysts, and education specialists.


Tarahumara People: National Geographic Magazine

The Tarahumara people of northern Mexico are well known for their long-
distance running ability, and they have survived a variety of challenges
over the past five hundred years, including the influx of Spanish
conquistadors into their region. Recently, National Geographic sent Cynthia
Gorney and photographer Robb Kendrick to take an investigative look into
this unique group of people. Visitors can read their account here on this
interactive feature, which contains both the published text and the
accompanying photographs. The article looks at how the Tarahumara are coping
with the increasing pressures of modernity, along with offering some
commentary on their own cultural and social milieu. Additionally, visitors
should not miss the GeoPedia article on the Tarahumara, as it features other
online resources about them and an extensive bibliography. [KMG]


USDA: Animal Welfare Information Center [pdf]

The USDA's Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) was mandated by the
Animal Welfare Act, and the website contains everything from current animal
issues to workshops for those in industries that utilize animals to
licensing forms. Specifically, the AWIC is designed "to regulate and
improve care of animals in research, testing, teaching, and exhibition." The
site includes the proposed government rules about animal welfare that are in
their public comment period, and how and where to submit your comment.
Visitors can click on "In The News" to see all the animal-related rules that
are in their public comment period. If visitors want to learn about the
origins of veterinary medicine, they can click on "Companion Animals" on the
left side of the homepage to find a link to "Veterinary History Resources at
the National Agricultural Library". Finally, AWIC provides very important
information and resources on alternatives to animal testing, under
"Alternatives," on the left side of the homepage. Here visitors will find
links to websites that explain the principles of alternatives to animal
testing, as well as several papers from conferences that address the issue.

====== In The News ====

Study documents dramatic rise in the incidence of food allergies among

Study: Food allergies on the rise in kids

WebMD: Food Allergy in Kids Up 18%
Shortened URL:

Food Allergy Among U.S. Children: Trends in Prevalence and Hospitalizations

Kids With Food Allergies [pdf]

The Food Allergy Research and Resource Program [pdf]

The Food Allergy & Anaphlyaxis Network [pdf]

If you have a young child, you may be aware of the rising concerns about
food allergies. This public health concern was well documented this week by
the release of a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics,
which look at a wide range of recent studies, including the National
Hospital Discharge Survey and the National Health Interview Study. Overall,
the researchers found that the number of children with food allergies has
increased approximately 18% in the last ten years. Among those foods causing
allergies, milk eggs, peanuts, walnuts, fish, and shellfish were some of the
items that can bring on reactions such as a rash, wheezing, or vomiting.
Researchers are quick to point out that they aren't entirely certain as to
why American children seem to have higher incidences of allergies. Dr. Hugh
Sampson, director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai
Hospital, commented, "This seems to be primarily a phenomenon of Westernized
countries, among people who have our kind of lifestyle and our kind of diet.
You don’t see similar things in countries in Asia or in Africa." [KMG]

The first link will whisk users away to a news article from this Wednesday's
USA Today about these recent findings. The second link leads to a like-
minded piece from Daniel J. DeNoon, reporting for WebMD Health News. Moving
on, the third link leads to the full text of the data brief from the
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on the rise in documented food
allergies in American children. The fourth link will take visitors to a site
designed for parents of children with allergies. Here, visitors will find
high-quality fact sheets, support forums, and allergy alerts. The fifth link
leads to the homepage of the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program
(FARRP), which is based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This site is
another fine resource for people with questions about food allergies, and it
features include an allergen database and a selection of informative videos.
The last link will take users to the homepage of The Food Allergy &
Anaphylaxis Network, which contains information for those newly diagnosed
with food allergies and information about their advocacy work. [KMG]


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

Sunday, June 07, 2009


Sun., June 7, 2009 - Phyllis's Favorites from the CJRLC Blog – June-July 2009

Phyllis's Favorites from the CJRLC Blog – June-July 2009

British Museum Online Tours

Congressional Research Service Reports

English Heritage: Stonehenge

Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull

Mathematical Interactivities

Mineral Information Institute

The Most Popular Myths in Science

Mostly Medieval: Exploring the Middle Ages

Nancy Keane's Children's Literature Webpage

Nuclear Energy Learning Resources for Schools

Robert Krampf's Science Education Co.

Simon Schama's Power Of Art

Teaching Mathematical Thinking Through Origami
Origami Links

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