Friday, October 09, 2009


Fri., Oct. 9, 2009 - Halloween Teaching Resources's- Tips for Teachers Newsletter Issue #431
Halloween Teaching Resources: Teacher Tips #431

To view this newsletter, visit the following web address:

Halloween Teaching Theme

Site contains links to Teacher Resources, Work Sheets, Lesson Plans,
Web Quests, Songs, Crafts and more.

NOTE: Many are free, access to some requires paid membership.


Fri., Oct. 9, 2009 - Currier & Ives Online Gallery

Currier & Ives Online Gallery

From the site:

“The printmaking firm of Currier & Ives produced some of the most iconic and popular American art of the 19th century. The company, headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895), specialized in publishing hand colored lithographic prints that were sold inexpensively to the growing American middle class. This gallery features a selection of images from Currier & Ives, including images of original prints as well as of later reproductions that are in the public domain.”


Fri., Oct. 9, 2009 - The View From the Back of the Envelope / Drawing Tutorials

Sites found in:

December 2008 Busy Educator's Newsletter
Date: Sun, Nov 30, 2008

A View From The Back of The Envelope - (TEACHERS, GR. 6-UNIVERISTY)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

“This site is about approximation, and scale, counting by powers of ten, simplifying numbers, rounding by using lots of fun examples:. using your body as a ruler or how about measuring angle and distance with your thumb!”


Drawing Tutorials - How to Draw - Free Drawing Lessons (GR. 7-UNIVERISTY)


Copyright 2008 - Marjan Glavac


Fri., Oct. 9, 2009 - PBS: Latin Music, USA / Joan Baez / NOVA: Hubble's Amazine Rescue / Constitutional Questions Raised in New Supreme Court Session

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: October 11-17, 2009

Latin Music USA
Bridges/The Salsa Revolution
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, October 12, 2009
9 - 11:00pm
The rise of American music forged from powerful Latin roots and
the influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues
and rock n' roll -- and on American culture. The first hour
traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo
and the cha-cha as they swept the U.S. The first hour traces
the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the
cha-cha as they swept the U.S. Jimmy Smits narrates. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)


American Masters
Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
8 - 9:30 pm
In the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the private
life and public career of Joan Baez, this film examines her
history as a recording artist and performer as well as her
unwavering journey as the conscience of a generation. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL:


Hubble's Amazing Rescue
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
In spring 2009, NASA sent a shuttle crew to service the Hubble
Space Telescope for the last time. From training to launch,
NOVA presents the inside story of the mission and the
extraordinary challenges faced by the rescue crew. (CC, Stereo,
HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis]


Online NewsHour EXTRA
Constitutional Questions Raised in New Supreme Court Session
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12

The Supreme Court is open for business, considering questions
such as: do big businesses have the same free speech rights as
people? Are movies depicting animal cruelty free speech? And
how rigid is the line separating church from state?

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

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

Date: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 4:18 PM
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] Hubble's Amazing Rescue airs October 13, 2009

Hello Educators,

Next week NOVA premieres "Hubble's Amazing Rescue." The best-known
scientific instrument in history was dying--after nearly 20 years in
space and hundreds of thousands of spectacular images. This program
takes viewers behind the scenes on a riveting journey with the team
of astronauts and engineers charged with saving the famous "orbiting
observatory" against all odds.

Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA presents "Hubble's Amazing Rescue"
Broadcast: Tuesday, October 13, 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.)

Saving Hubble Update
Find links to our NOVA scienceNOW segments on the Hubble repair, a
feature on Hubble's famous image of the Eagle Nebula, and more.
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Ask the Experts
On the NOVA scienceNOW website, astronauts John Grunsfeld and Mike
Massimino answer questions. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Follow the Hubble Repair
NOVA producer Rush DeNooyer offers a day-by-day view of the 2009
mission from the inside. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Media-Rich Lesson Ideas from NOVA
NOVA is delighted to bring an exciting new way to engage your
students in the wonders of science. These media-rich resources help
you navigate the myriad resources on the NOVA Website and integrate
NOVA video, interactive features, lessons, and much more into your
science or social studies classroom. The Lesson Ideas for "Hubble's
Amazing Rescue" launches October 13.

Program Transcript
The transcript is usually available one to three weeks after the
original broadcast date.

Plus Watch a Preview and
Links & Books


Thurs., Oct. 8, 2009 - Japanese Element Symbols - Portal

Japanese Element Symbols – Portal Site




Thurs., Oct. 8, 2009 - Ethics

Global Ethics Curriculum
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: Character Education
Shortened URL:

Sportsmanship and Ethics in Middle and High School Sports

High School Bioethics Project at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics

Teaching Bioethics

High School Bioethics Curriculum Project

Bioethics Goes to High School

The Ethics of American Youth – 2008 summary

[NOTE: Some of these were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Thurs., Oct. 8, 2009 - Government Comics Collection

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, April 17, 2009

Government Comics Collection

Who knew the federal government used so many comic books to inform people about their services, or how to do various things?


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
by Marylaine Block
Copyright 1999.


Thurs., Oct. 8, 2009 - World at Risk: The Dec. 2008 Report of the Commission for the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism

Commission for the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism


From the site:
WORLD AT RISK: The Report of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism

In December 2008, the Commission released its report, World at Risk, to address the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction that pose the greatest peril: nuclear and biological weapons. Full text of the report is available here.
Full Text:

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Wed., Oct. 7, 2009 - The Physics Classroom

Site found in:

Sunday, November 09, 2003 6:56 PM newsletter #55

The Physics Classroom

“Students and teachers of physics will find this site quite useful!
There are tutorials with diagrams and funny drawings to help simplify
difficult physics concepts. Animations of downhill skiers and roller
coasters will help students understand concepts such as momentum and
work. There are many tutorials as well as assessments (online quizzes
for students to complete right on the site!) in this engaging website
that will help students learn through visualization and tutorials.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Oct. 7, 2009 - World of Molecules

World of Molecules - World of Molecules - Grades 7 to 12

Site found on

“View a variety of molecules in the following categories: Food, Fuel, Pesticides, Solvents, etc. Key resources found on this free site include a periodic table, scientific calculator, dictionary, and molecular modeling. Use "Explain It with Molecules" to use interactive 3-D molecules for greater understanding of interactions. Find elements by using the "Directory of Elements" search function select a molecule by searching "3-D Structures." View molecular structures and read background information about the molecules.”

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


Wed., Oct. 7, 2009 - Scientific Method

Sites found in:

The December 4, 2008 issue of EduHound's Classroom Tools & Tips located at:


TIME for Kids: Scientific Method
Students will identify steps of the scientific method in a news story.

The Science Spot: Scientific Method & More
Features a variety of lessons and activities to introduce students to the process of scientific inquiry.

Steps of the Scientific Method
Contains a detailed introduction to the steps of the scientific method.

MythBusters: Scientific Inquiry
Learn from the MythBusters, who use the scientific method to prove or disprove common beliefs about physical science.

Introduction to the Scientific Method
This resource provides information on the scientific method.

A Valid Conclusion? Testing and Reporting on Hypotheses Using the Scientific Method
In this lesson students explore the importance of accuracy in reporting, focusing particularly on articles documenting scientific discoveries.

Scientific Impressions
Throughout the duration of the three lessons, students use scientific methods and analyze featured artists and their works.


Wed., Oct. 7, 2009 - Dinosaur Timeline / Contaminants in the Environment / Watershed Game / Astronomy Links / Physical Geology Animations

Sites found in:

December 6th, 2008 "Earth Science Sites of the Week"


DINOSAUR GEOLOGIC TIMELINE, MIT, (Shirley Zhou) “I love the fact that students (no matter how old they are) still love dinosaurs. By teaching about dinosaurs I learned more than I ever did. In the process of doing so, I found this interactive geologic timeline on the existence and extinction of dinosaurs. You know how our reference table zoom into the Phanerozoic portion? Well this is sort of like the zoom of Triassic - late Cretaceous portion.”


EMERGING CONTAMINANTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT, (suggested by Cher Cunningham, Science Information and Education Office, USGS), Do we know about all the toxins in our water supply? Synthetic or naturally-occurring chemicals or microorganisms not commonly monitored in the environment may have adverse ecological or human health effects. Read about a number of USGS projects designed to define these emerging contaminants and examine their role in the health of our water.


WATERSHED GAME, (Judi Roux) Bell Museum's Watershed game allows a competitive look at watershed health at the intermediate and beginner level.

[NOTE: Here is a previously posted review of this site from The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, June 11, 2004. – Phyllis ]

The Watershed Game provides a fun approach to learning about watersheds.
This module, created by Bell Museum, is divided into two main levels: novice
and intermediate. The novice section, designed for third and fourth grade
students and users unfamiliar with watersheds, presents a great introduction
to watersheds through interactive questions. The intermediate level is
divided into four parts: national park, agriculture, neighborhood, and city.
The website provides explorations for the four different watershed settings
using QuickTime. Users can discover how their decisions would impact stream
quality by playing the role of land use planners. [RME]

>From The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences, Copyright Internet
Scout Project 1994-2003.


It's a compendium of links to astronomy and other neat sites:

Last updated 6 August 2009


PHYSICAL GEOLOGY ANIMATIONS, University of Kentucky, (Stephen Altaner, Univ. of Illinois) Find links to 14 different animations and exercises. Links (2) - (4) describe three specific exercises that are particularly well done. There are interactive flash animations and exercises for physical geology class. suitable for a review or overview of these topics at the college or high school level: groundwater, metamorphic rocks, igneous rocks, plate tectonics, rock cycle, earth structure, weathering, sedimentary rocks, minerals, faults and folds, mass movement, floods, glaciers, and shores.


Mark Francek
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


Tues., Oct. 6, 2009 - World History for Us All

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

Hi! It's Thursday, December 4, 2008 and time for History at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
World History for Us All
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 11-17+ (Middle School and High School)

This website is a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with
the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA. While it is not
complete (new material is being regularly added) it is a useful free
resource for teaching world history.

The material is divided into eleven main units with nine big eras sandwiched
between an introductory unit on "History, Geography and Time" and a
concluding unit entitled "Past and Future."

For each unit there are three choices:
*A Panorama that gives the big picture overview of what was happening in
that particular era;

*Landscape units that focus on relatively large developments in that time
period, usually with a cross-cultural or comparative element;

*Close-up units, which have a narrower historical focus.

All the teaching units can be downloaded as PDF files and some can also be
viewed online as Powerpoint presentations. The PDF files are reminiscent of
colorfully illustrated history textbooks.

Within the structure of the 11 main units, there is a focus on three
essential questions relating to humans and the environment, humans and other
humans, and humans and ideas.

Seven key themes are also integrated:
1) Patterns of Population
2) Economic Networks and Exchange
3) Uses and Abuses of Power
4) Haves and Have-Nots
5) Expressing Identity
6) Science, Technology, and the Environment
7) Spiritual Life and Moral Codes

The strength of this site is that it is both comprehensive and very
flexible. Everything you need to study world history can be found in one
place - the PDFs I have checked out have all the supporting material
included, yet you can pick and choose from the units to structure a course
that suits you.

You can use Panorama units to skim through some eras, while using all the
relevant landscape and close-up units when you reach an era you are
especially interested in.

Alternatively, you can pick and choose units that focus on the one or two
key themes that you want to highlight.

While a complete world history course could be based on this site, you could
also pick and choose units to supplement an existing course, or simply
explore it based on interest.

One more thing....
At first glance this site may seem complicated to navigate, but if you
invest some time exploring just one unit or theme, you will begin to see the
format is well-organized and easy to use. :)

Sandra Wallace
Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


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Tues., Oct. 6, 2009 - The Ottomans

Site found in:

The Scout Report
July 2, 2004

The Ottomans

Taking on a subject as vast as the Ottomans and their empire is a formidable
task, but that is exactly what Korkut Ozgen has done with this fine website
dedicated to providing information about their long and colorful history.
Mr. Ozgen is a graduate of Bogazici University in Istanbul, and is
particularly interested in the non-Muslim communities of the Ottoman
society. The site is divided into several primary sections, including those
dedicated to Ottoman history, their military campaigns, and their art and
culture. In the history section, visitors can read brief essays (accompanied
with various historical visual artifacts) on the various periods of Ottoman
history, from the 13th century to World War I. The arts and culture section
is quite splendid, as visitors may learn first-hand about the amazing legacy
bequeathed to future generations from the Ottomans in the areas of
calligraphy, architecture, ceramics and carpets. The site is rounded out by
a glossary of terms and an extensive reference section for those who would
like to read more about the Ottomans. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.


Tues., Oct. 6, 2009 - In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

“Explore and learn about the great journey of Marco Polo as he traveled
to the land of the Great Khan.”

“See many of the wonderful things from the lands travelled by Marco Polo.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Oct. 6, 2009 - Triangles in the Sky / Bata Shoe Museum / Beazley Archive: Art of Ancient Greece & Rome / Tibet Album: Photos

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
November 26, 2008
Volume 14, Number 47
The Scout Report on the Web:
Current issue:
This issue:

Triangles in the Sky: Trigonometry and Early Theories of Planetary Motion
Shortened URL:

Humans have long been interested in looking up into the sky and trying to
figure out the nature of the planets, the sun, and the moon. Many ancient
civilizations were able to systematically observe the sky and eventually
they worked out mathematical schemes to describe what they found there. In
this compelling article by Sandra M. Caravella, she takes a close look into
how they were able to make these calculations. The article is divided into
eleven short sections that include "Calculating Planetary Positions" and
"The Basic Ancient Model". The piece is meant to be used in the classroom,
and it's easy to see how it could be incorporated into the high school or
college learning experience. The article also contains a bibliography and
suggestions for further reading. [KMG]

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


Bata Shoe Museum

The tagline for the Bata Shoe Museum is "For the Curious". It's an
appropriate motto, as this provocative museum in Toronto contains over
10,000 shoes within its prodigious holdings. The museum opened in 1995, and
visitors to this site can traipse through sections such as "Exhibitions" and
"Collections" to learn more about their interpretive mission and their
thematic areas. Most visitors will want to start by looking at the online
exhibit "All About Shoes".
( )
Developed in cooperation with the Department of
Canadian Heritage, the collection allows visitors to view over 500 shoe
images, 200 of which are in 3D. Short of actually picking up the actual
shoes themselves, this is a very effective and immersive way to examining
the intricate patterns and designs on each item of footwear. Moving on,
visitors can also check out the podcasts by assistant curator Sarah Beam-
Borg. In recent months, Borg has offered up talks and commentary on "Dancing
through the Halls of History" and "The Fate of Fashion". Finally, interested
parties may also wish to check out the "Visiting" area to learn about the
museum's hours of operation, special events, and so on. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Beazley Archive [Last reviewed in the Scout Report on July 14, 1998]

The Beazley Archive, of the Classical Art Research Centre at The University
of Oxford, has a website loaded with wonderful images of the art of ancient
Greece and Rome. On the homepage you will find tabs for: "Art", "Pottery",
"Gems", "Sculpture", and "Antiquaria". There are also tabs for a
"Dictionary", "Databases", and "Tools". Under the "Tools" tab, visitors will
see a cross-reference to the "Dictionary", which can be accessed by clicking
directly on the tab, or when you come across "any term the novice user might
not know," which will be underlined and highlighted. Also under the "Tools"
tab you'll find a link called "Albums", which conveniently allows you to
keep an album of images from the databases for personal study. Also on the
homepage you'll find a link to "Discovery, reception and diffusion of
classical art," under the "Highlights" section. The link leads you to
illuminating and accessible explanations, accompanied by images from the
collection, of how classical art came to be discovered, and by whom, how it
was received in society upon its discovery, and how it ultimately ended up
becoming known to the world. This is a great section for those who want to
learn about the relevance of the images in the archive. Visitors shouldn't
miss the "Sculpture" section, where they can see examples of different
styles and periods, but also to learn "How casts are made" and the "History
of the cast collection" at Oxford. The detail in many of the sculptures is
simply stunning. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


The Tibet Album: British Photography in Central Tibet, 1920-1950

>From 1920 to 1950, the British government enjoyed an era of better relations
with Tibet, and a wide range of civil servants from Britain visited the
country on a number of different diplomatic missions. During their stay,
many of them took photographs documenting the various aspects of Tibetan
life. Many of these photographs found their way into the collections of the
Pitt Rivers Museum and the British Museum. With assistance from the Arts &
Humanities Research Council, these two institutions came together to create
this outstanding digital collection of these photographs of Tibet. First-
time visitors can browse the collection by photographer, thematic
collections, places, dates, and people. After browsing around for a bit,
visitors can sign in to create their own "Tibet Album" containing their own
favorite images. The site is rounded out by the official dairy of the 1936-
1937 Gould Mission to Lhasa, complete with accompanying photographs and
related historical items. [KMG]

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

Monday, October 05, 2009


Mon., Oct. 5, 2009 - History Now: The American Revolution

History Now
Issue 21, September 2009: The American Revolution
History Now: The American Revolution

The Institute is pleased to present the twenty-first issue of History Now, a quarterly online journal for history teachers and students, available at

The story of the birth of our nation is a fascinating one—complex, surprising, difficult and triumphant. Although it is sometimes told in simplistic terms, this issue of History Now attempts to grapple with the ambiguities that define this critical moment in our past, and to offer thoughtful suggestions about how to teach the struggle for independence.

Don't miss this issue's interactive feature: three short original documentaries about the American Revolution, two of which feature History Now Editor Carol Berkin, produced by NBC Learn for use in the classroom.

Click on the links below for each feature:

From the Teacher’s Desk: Lesson Plans Elementary, Middle, High School

Interactive History

Historian’s Perspective
Seven essays including:
Lockean Liberalism and the American Revolution
Unruly Americans in the Revolution
The Righteous Revolution of Mercy Otis Warren
The Indians' War of Independence
Women and Wagoners: Camp Followers in the American War for Independence
Inventing American Diplomacy
Teaching the Revolution

Source: Gilder Lehrman Institute


Mon., Oct. 5, 2009 - Census in Schools

Census in Schools

From the site:
“lesson plans, maps, teaching guides, and other informational materials to help teachers and students learn about the importance of the Census.”

Teacher Resources

Lesson Plans and Maps

[NOTE: Previously posted. Sites updated. - Phyllis ]

Through the Decades: Teaching Resources
Shortened URL:


Mon., Oct. 5, 2009 - National Teach-In on Veterans' History - Oct. 21, 2009

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

From: Library of Congress
Date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 2:04 PM
Subject: National Teach-In on Veteran's History

National Teach-In on Veterans' History, together with the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress, will host a National Teach-In on Veterans History on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 at 12pm EST. Educators and students nationwide can tune-in and view this LIVE webcast online at The webcast will be broadcast live from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

A panel of educators and veterans will answer questions from students via video, email, and a live audience. The teach-in will focus on the histories and stories of veterans, and will provide information on how communities nationwide can help preserve the stories of veterans and possibly submit them to the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. This event is part of the Take A Veteran to School Day initiative created by HISTORY.

The panel features Robert Patrick, Director of the Veterans History Project, Terry Shima, WWII veteran and Executive Director of the Japanese American Veterans Association, Professor Darlene Iskra, a US Navy veteran of Desert Storm and the first female commander of a US Navy ship, and Jonathan Bickel, a teacher from Eastern Lebanon County High School and part of a teaching-team on veterans history at his school. Dr. Libby O'Connell, Chief Historian for HISTORY, will moderate.

This fall, HISTORY will air a 5-part special series presentation entitled WWII in HD premiering on November 15th. Each school or teacher that signs up for the October 21st webcast will receive a colorful WWII in HD poster and a field kit developed by the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress. (These will be sent in early October and are available while supplies last.) To register for this webcast and the Take a Veteran to School program, visit us at

If you have any additional questions or feedback, contact us at

There is no registration fee -- HISTORY has fully funded this event.

Additional Library of Congress teacher resources relating to Veterans History can be found at Veterans History Project: Especially for Educators & Students


Mon., Oct. 5, 2009 - Celebrate Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24, 2009

Celebrating Teen Read Week October 18-24, 2009
Shortened URL:

From the site:

“Who has time to read? With so many entertainment options and educational demands competing for time, reading for fun may not be high on a teenager’s list. But as the adage goes, kids need to “use it or lose it.” To become good readers who are prepared for the future, they should read often and widely.

“So this Teen Read Week, turn your library into a place that gets teens excited about books!” <<>>

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