Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Tues., Nov. 24, 2009 - Shays Rebellion & the Making of a Nation

Shays Rebellion & the Making of a Nation


From the site:
“Only three years after the American Revolution ended, thousands of Massachusetts citizens took up arms against their new state government. This site tells the story of Shays' Rebellion, and a crucial period in our nation's founding when the survival of the republican experiment in government was neither destined nor assured.”

Historic Scenes
Artifacts & Documents
Themes & Essays
Songs & Music

For Teachers
Includes pages on:
A Note to Teachers
About This Material,
Study Guide

For Teachers: Additional Resources


Tues., Nov. 24, 2009 - ScienceU / White House Museum

Sites found in:

NEAT NEW STUFF, May 22, 2009


Science U

When The Geometry Center at the University of Minnesota came to the end of its grant funding, this site spun off it to continue its mission of making science not only understandable but fun, through its interactive exhibits, animated explanations and science graphics. In addition to The Geometry Center's original exhibits and teaching activities, it has an observatory featuring an interactive solar system simulator, a planet locator, and animations of celestial phenomena.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


White House Museum

This site, which is unaffiliated with Whitehouse.gov or the White House Historical Association, provides an unofficial tour, extensive photo gallery, map, and fact sheets covering over 140 areas of the building and grounds.


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009.


Tues., Nov. 24, 2009 - Discovery Earth / The Great Pandemic: The United States in 1918-1919 / Sense about Science / YouTube - USGovernment Channel

Sites found in:

NEAT NEW STUFF, May 29, 2009


Discovery Earth

Featuring news, blogs, interviews with scientists, videos ("Swimming with Sharks," "The Ring of Fire," "Surviving a Big Wave Wipeout," among others), photos, slide shows (including biggest eruptions in history, night sky events for 2009, and strangest beasts to ever die), and games and puzzles.

[NOTE: Other pages from http://dsc.discovery.com/ previously posted. - / Phyllis ]


The Great Pandemic: the United States in 1918-1919

If you're wondering why governments are so concerned about the H1N1 flu virus, you can get an idea here by reading about the influenza caused by the same virus, that killed an estimated 30 million people worldwide in 1918 (including my father's father). [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sense about Science

"We respond to the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence on issues that matter to society, from scares about plastic bottles, fluoride and the MMR vaccine to controversies about genetic modification, stem cell research and radiation."


YouTube - US Government Channel

A convenient central location for hundreds of videos from government agencies. Browse by agency or by playlists (Family, Home, & Community, Benefits & Grants, Science & Technology, etc.).


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2009.


Tues., Nov. 24, 2009 - The 50 Best Inventions of 2009

The 50 Best Inventions of 2009 – Full List

Shortened URL: http://tinyurl.com/yb3q2qf

From a rocket of the future to a $10 million lightbulb, here are TIME's picks for the best new gadgets and breakthrough ideas of the year.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Mon., Nov. 23, 2009 - The Library of Congress: As An Embodiment Of The American Identity (an 80-page online book)

The Library of Congress: As An Embodiment Of The American Identity

(an 80-page online book)

From the Preface:

“This book will demonstrate how the American identity is embodied in the Library’s architecture, sculptures, paintings and mosaics. By focusing on the symbols, allegories, and decorations that first dazzle the ey upon visiting the Library, a deeper understanding of who we are or ought to be as Americans emerges.”


Mon., Nov. 23, 2009 - There's A Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak

There’s A Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak


From the site:

“Welcome to “There’s a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak”, a retrospective of the work of author and artist Maurice Sendak. There’s a Mystery There focuses on Sendak’s personality as a storyteller engaging with difficult and mysterious themes and memories in his work. It explores Sendak’s prolific imagination through the characters, influences, and settings of his books, as well as Sendak’s quest to illustrate what he calls “the Other Story,” the hidden meanings of a text that haunt and enrich his illustrations.”

“There’s A Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak” was on display at the Rosenbach Museum & Library from May 6, 2008 to May 3, 2009, and began a national tour in the summer of 2009.


Mon., Nov. 23, 2009 - Biology Animation Library

Biology Animation Library - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory - Grades 8 to 12


Site found on TeachersFirst:

This web page is a GREAT resource of various biological animations. The site offers the options of either playing the animations via web browser or downloading the animation to the computer. Versions of the animations are available for both Mac and PC. Topics include, but are not limited to: cloning, cycle sequencing, model organisms, transformation, DNA restriction, DNA arrays, and gel electrophoresis.

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


Mon., Nov. 23, 2009 - Dinosphere



Created by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Dinosphere: Now You're in Their World is an interactive site for students in grades K-8 that explores the mythical world of the dinosaurs. The site consists of interactive Units of Study designed for students in kindergarten through eighth grade that address language arts and critical-thinking skills. See also the Online Activities and WebQuests. All activities come with a teacher's guide and are matched to state and national standards.

[NOTE: Previously posted. URL Updated. - Phyllis ]

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Sun., Nov. 22, 2009 - Reuters: Times of Crisis

Reuters: Times of Crisis - Reuters - Grades 9 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

“See a visual timeline of the worldwide economic crisis beginning in 2008, from the point of view of a non-U.S. source. Reuters shares 365 days of upheaval beginning in fall, 2008 via pictures, captions, videos, articles, facts, and more in a highly interactive timeline.”

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


Sun., Nov. 22, 2009 - PBS: NOVA: Dreams / Mumbai Massacre

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: November 22-28, 2009

What Are Dreams?
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm

What are dreams and why do we have them? Are they a window into
a hidden realm within us? Science is only just beginning to
understand. NOVA joins the leading dream researchers and
witnesses the extraordinary experiments they use to investigate
the world of sleep. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Secrets of the Dead
Mumbai Massacre
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Premieres nationally Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 8 p.m. (ET)

Timed for broadcast on the first anniversary of the attacks and
told completely from the perspective of victims in their own
words, voicemail messages, texts and improvised user-group
postings made during the ordeal, "Mumbai Massacre" places
viewers inside the harrowing experience as it was lived by
survivors caught up in a sudden and indescribable horror. This
remarkable program captures the desperation and courage of
ordinary people in the face of death and how social media
became a silent witness and simultaneously transformed news as
it happened. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
Shortened URL: http://tinyurl.com/yc872zs


Copyright 2008 PBS Online


Sun., Nov. 22, 2009 - Spotlight on Statistics: Thanksgiving / Adopting Children from Other Countries

Sites found in:

November 14-20, 2008


Spotlight on Statistics: Thanksgiving

What activities do you have planned for this Thanksgiving? Perhaps cooking and enjoying a meal with family or friends, playing sports or watching sports on television, doing volunteer work, or shopping? Here’s a look at some BLS data behind those Thanksgiving scenes.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


New Web Site Provides Info on Adopting Children from Other Countries

In recognition of National Adoption Month, the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has launched Adoption.state.gov, a new Web site devoted exclusively to intercountry adoption.

Last year alone, Americans adopted more than 17,000 children from abroad.<<>>

Complete review:
Shortened URL: http://tinyurl.com/5mlqq7


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Sun., Nov. 22, 2009 - CSI: Web Adventures

CSI: Web Adventures - Rice University - Grades 4 to 12


Site found on TeachersFirst:

“Bring CSI to your classroom! Use this entertaining and interactive website to learn science concepts using forensic studies. Follow one of three adventures: Rookie Training (Beginner,) Canine Caper (Intermediate,) or Burning Star (Advanced.) Collect evidence, ask questions, and use the evidence to act as a forensic scientist while using scientific inquiry. Create a conclusion and form theories by using evidence to solve problems. Registration is not required, but doing so allows students to save their work. Registration does NOT require an email, just a username and password. You might want to save the students usernames and passwords somewhere safe! Students not registering can enter as a guest. Teachers can view additional activities, links, and materials by clicking on "Fun Stuff." Click on "Game Features" to find information on roles of different forensics investigators, a walk through to assist in the adventures, and FAQ's. This site requires Adobe Reader.”

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

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