Friday, January 29, 2010


Thurs., Jan. 28, 2010 - Rulers


From the site:
“This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases.”
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Jan. 28, 2010 - Super Bowl XLIV

Facts for Features: Super Bowl XLIV

From the site:
“Super Bowl XLIV will be played Feb. 7 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., a Miami suburb. To commemorate this occasion, the Census Bureau has compiled a collection of facts examining the demographics of the host city, as well as the cities represented by the contenders, in this year’s edition of our nation’s most celebrated sporting event.”

Also available in .pdf


Thurs., Jan. 28, 2010 - Black History Month, February 2010

Black (African-American) History Month:
February 2010

From the site:

“To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.” <<>>

Also available in .pdf


Thurs., Jan. 28, 2010 - PBS: FRONTLINE: Digital Nation Online Resources for Teachers / NATURE: Wild Balkans / NOVA: Ghosts of Machu Picchu / Secrets of Shangri-La / AMEX: The Donner Party

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: January 31-February 6, 2010

FRONTLINE "Digital Nation" Online Resources for Teachers

FRONTLINE "Digital Nation" teacher resources are now available! This series of interactive resources will help teachers to deepen their knowledge of how digital technology is transforming our society and and join the debate over appropriate uses of digital technology in the classroom. FRONTLINE "Digital Nation" premieres Feb. 2 on PBS (check your local listings). Learn More:

Wild Balkans
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Sunday, January 31, 2010
8 - 9:00 pm
Thick forests, vast wetlands, deep chasms -- this is a wild,
inaccessible place that belongs more to myth than reality. It's
as if the bloody history of the Balkans conspired to conceal
its natural wonders. The landscape is still untouched, and in
it are wild animals that have all but vanished from the rest of
Europe. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Ghosts of Machu Picchu
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
8 - 9:00 pm
Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than
four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous
archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic
symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. NOVA
joins a new generation of archeologists as they probe areas of
Machu Picchu that haven't been touched since the time of the
Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred
site. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Secrets of Shangri-La
On-Air & Online
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
8 - 9:00 pm
In the legendary kingdom of Mustang, a remote corner of the
Himalaya previously off-limits to outsiders, a team of
explorers and scientists climbs for the first time into
human-carved caves thousands of years old. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1


The Donner Party: American Experience
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
This program chronicles the harrowing tale of the ill-fated
emigrant group who set out for the promised land of California
in the spring of 1846. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

provides a transcript, map, and essays for a TV program that
tells the harrowing tale of what tragically became one of the
most famous of wagon trains. The Donner party set out from
Springfield, Illinois, for California in the spring of 1846.
In July, following the advice of a guide book, they split off
from the main body of the wagon train to take an untried
shortcut. Read excerpts from the diary of a Donner party
[NOTE: Previously posted. Repeat Broadcast. - Phyllis ]

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

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

[NOVA Teachers] Ghosts of Machu Picchu airs February 2

Hello Educators,

Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western
hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess
of the Inca. So why did the Inca abandon their city in the clouds?
In "Ghosts of Machu Picchu," NOVA explores the extraordinary trail
of clues that began in 1911 and continues to the present.

Here is what you'll find online:

Watch a Preview
View the entire program online beginning February 3. (Grades 6-8,

A Marvel of Inca Engineering
Perched high in the Andes, Machu Picchu required ingenious
construction, as engineer Ken Wright explains. (Grades 9-12)

Rise of the Inca
How did the Inca Empire become as vast as the Roman in just over a
century? (Grades 9-12)

Inca Skull Surgery
See evidence of a radical surgical procedure common among the Inca
500 years ago in this audio slide show. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Outfitting for Battle
Inca and conquistador soldiers had very different gear--and that
made all the difference. (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 lesson ideas
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. Check out the lesson
ideas for "Ghosts of Machu Picchu."

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

                         * * * * * * * *

Other NOVA Resources

Secret Life of Scientists: Gavin Schmidt

Climatologist Gavin Schmidt describes the joys of juggling,
unicycling, and circus tricks of all sorts.  Have your students send
in questions for Gavin to answer.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Wed., Jan. 27, 2010 - Interactive Life Science Lessons / – Interactive Life Science Lessons

[NOTE: Some of the other pages from  previously posted.
Science Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space, Science & Technology, Science & Society, and The History & Nature of Science.

From the site:
“ is an organization dedicated to sharing the newer and emerging "learning tools" of science education. Tools such as real-time data collection, simulations, inquiry based lessons, interactive web lessons, micro-worlds, and imaging, among others, can help make teaching science an exciting and engaging endeavor. These tools can help connect students with science, in ways that were impossible just a few years ago.”   - Phyllis]


Wed., Jan. 27, 2010 - Vectors for Wind Speed

Vectors for Wind Speed - NOAA - Grades 9 to 12
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

This website explains how vectors can be used in calculating wind speed in tornadoes. The site explains how data is gathered during a tornado. Although this site is “plain vanilla,” it does offer good information for research or lessons.

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


Wed., Jan. 27, 2010 - High School Environmental Center

High School Environmental Center
Your Portal To EPA Environmental Resources

From the site:
This site will inform you about environmental issues and help you protect the environment.

Includes resources on: Air, Waste & Recycling, Water, Conservation, Ecosystems, Your Neighborhood, and Health & Safety.

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Wed., Jan. 27, 2010 - Planet Diary

Planet Diary
Covers 16 events, searchable by event, date and location

Events include: Astronomy, Atmosphere, Drought, Earthquake, Fauna, Fire, Flood, Flora, Health, Hurricane/Cyclone/Typhoon, Oil Spill, Radioactivity, Severe Storm, Tornado, Tropical Storm, and Volcano.

Earth Journal Archive
“Roll over icons for headlines. Click icons to read journal entries.”

Earth’s Calendar

Student Activities
“Click on the name of the topic to preview the objective and key concepts for each activity.”

“Click on the topic below to find a series of Web links that provide up-to-date, relevant, and exciting information about the topic.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Tues., Jan. 26, 2010 - Top Rated Horror Movies (IMDb)

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Friday, January 9, 2009

Top Rated Horror Movies

Today's site, from the Internet Movie Database, the premiere reference for film and
television information, offers an exhibit focused on the horror movie genre.
Devotees of this type of movie, and even Gentle Subscribers who would not be caught
dead in a screening of "Nightmare on Elm Street", may find a surprising number of
mainstream films that are generally considered to be horror movies, in this "best
of" list.

"The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is a HUGE collection of movie information. We
try to catalog every pertinent detail about a movie, from who was in it, to who
made it, to trivia about it, to filming locations, and even where you can find
reviews and fan sites on the web. We then do our best to present this information
in a manner that is easy to search and access. ... The IMDb started as a hobby
project by an international group of movie fans ..." - from the website

The exhibit provides a list of the 50 best horror movies as determined by fan
votes. The year of release, the number of votes it received, as well as a quality
rating from 1 to 10, are included in the list. In addition, fans were asked to vote
for the all time worst horror movies, which are limited to a group of 10. Since the
cinema and this site are international in scope, some of the best horror flicks
which made the list are from Europe. Covering the entire history of movie making,
the list contains some classic movies which may even have been seen by those who
generally avoid this genre. Naturally, each title is linked to its IMDb web page
for additional information.

Creep over to the site for the best and the worst lists of horror films at:

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


Tues., Jan. 26, 2010 - Google for Educators

Google for Educators - Google - Grades 0 to 12

Site found on

Looking for innovative classroom activities? Search "Google for Educators" to learn about activities from great teachers. Click on "Classroom activities" to find lesson plans and activities (listed for grades K-5 or grades 6-12). Find information on using great Google tools as well. Learn about SketchUp, Picasa, Google Maps, Good Earth, Blogger, Google Apps, Google Reader, Knol, iGoogle, and many others. Don’t miss the “Search Tips” section with some great ideas for saving time searching in the classroom or the downloadable posters to help remind students about effective searching. Download information using Adobe PDF. This site requires Adobe PDF

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


Tues., Jan. 26, 2010 - ScienceMaster Periodic Table

Science Master - Periodic Table - The KGM Group, Inc. - Grades 6 to 12
[NOTE: Other pages from http:/  previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

Looking for an interactive Periodic Table of Elements resource? This is the site! Simply click on the element symbol and at the bottom of the screen read all of the relevant information such as weight, melting point, boiling point, and full name of the element. The site also gives a description of metals, nonmetals and metalloids.

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


Tues., Jan. 26, 2010 - Meet Me At the Corner (Virtual Field Trips)

Meet Me At The Corner - Meet Me At The Corner - Grades 0 to 12

Site found on

Meet Me At The Corner is a virtual field trip site that is filled with a variety of interesting, factual field trips that students can enjoy from the comfort of their classroom. The field trips range from historical sites to author interviews to book reviews. Students are able to submit their own virtual field trips to the site for others to view. However, an editing department will check out your submissions for accuracy prior to placing them on the site. Although many of the "trips" are more geared to elementary and middle school, this site is applicable at any grade level. Students and teachers can submit a virtual field trip by signing up for a free account. Students are also eligible to enter the educational contests by submitting their work in accordance with the guidelines. Registration does require an email address. You may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes.

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

Monday, January 25, 2010


Mon., Jan. 25, 2010 - Copyright Guide

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
1 January 2010

Simple guide domestic and foreign, all media. 

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


Mon., Jan. 25, 2010 - Women in the Labor Force

Site found in:
December 26, 2008 – January 1, 2009

Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2008 Edition)

From Introduction and Highlights (PDF; 37 KB):
“The past several decades have been marked by notable changes in women’s labor force activities. Since the 1970s, women’s labor force participation has risen substantially, particularly among women with children, and a larger share of women work full time and year round than ever before. In addition, women have increasingly attained higher levels of education: among women ages 25 to 64 who are in the labor force, the proportion with a college degree more than tripled from 1970 to 2007. Women’s earnings as a proportion of men’s also have grown over time. In 1979, women working full time earned 62 percent of what men did; in 2007, women’s earnings were 80 percent of men’s.
This report presents historical and current labor force and earnings data for women and men from the Current Population Survey (CPS).”

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Mon., Jan. 25, 2010 - Harold Pinter

Site found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, January 8, 2009

Times Topics: Harold Pinter
Collection of articles about "Harold Pinter, the British playwright and a Nobel laureate in literature," known for plays such as "The Birthday Party" and "The Homecoming"; he died in December 2008. Features an obituary and theater and movie reviews. Also includes slideshows, a narrated look at Pinter's plays, and links to related sites. From The New York Times. (Free registration required)

Thank you for using Librarians' Internet Index.

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2009 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Mon., Jan. 25, 2010 - Merger of Librarians' Internet Index and the Internet Public Library / The SF Site / Hour 25 / Bloody Sunday: Northern Ireland, January 30 (3)

Sites found in:
The January 2010 issue of The Link: The Official Newsletter of ipl2
ipl2 – news and information

From the site:
Welcome to ipl2! The merging of the Librarians Internet Index and the Internet Public Library brings you some of the best of what the internet has to offer for your information needs.


The SF Site: The Home Page for Science Fiction and Fantasy
“The world of science fiction and fantasy, focusing on books and literature, but with some coverage of film and television as well. Includes numerous book reviews and author biographies and bibliographies.”  This site is great for diving into the world of science fiction. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Hour 25
 “The long running radio show dedicated to science fiction and fantasy is now available on the Internet via streaming MP3. Contains the current show (uploaded every Friday) plus archives of past shows.”


Bloody Sunday, Northern Ireland – January 30

On January 30, 1972, during a civil rights march in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 27  protesters were shot by British soldiers. Learn more about modern Irish history.

Frontline: Behind the Mask – The IRA & Sinn Fein
This is the companion website to the PBS Frontline documentary of the same name, offering an account of the history of the Irish Republican Army and its struggle against British rule in Northern Ireland. It includes interviews with people from both sides of the conflict, a chronology of the IRA, and readings and special reports about the Northern Irish “Troubles”.

Hidden Truths: Bloody Sunday 1972
An exhibit of 16 photographs of Bloody Sunday, when British Army soldiers shot and killed 13 civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Ireland, on January 30, 1972. “Some of the later images are particularly graphic. Discretion is advised.” Includes an essay, a glossary, and related sites. From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.

The Search for Peace
“This is BBC News Online’s in-depth guide to the causes of the conflict in Northern Ireland.” Features profiles of political parties and paramilitary groups (such as the Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein), people (such as Gerry Adams), and events (such as Bloody Sunday and various ceasefires and agreements). Also explores themes such as prison protest and marching and parades. Note: Audio and video clips are not functioning.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Sun., Jan. 24, 2010 - 10 Awesome Jobs That Require Great Math Skills

10 Awesome Jobs that Require Great Math Skills

From the site:
“Math is more than just a way of adding and subtracting. It is a complex discipline that provides the base foundation for a number of professional careers.” <<>>
[NOTE: Page includes some ads. – Phyllis]


Sun., Jan. 24, 2010 - SMART Measurement

SMART measurement - J. Dornberg - Grades 0 to 6

Site found on

Find great websites and activities for use with an interactive whiteboard, projector, or on individual computers at this well organized site. Find great resources for Length, Time, Money, Perimeter/Area, Temperature, Weight, Volume/Surface Area, or Angles. Although TeachersFirst does not usually review "hotlists" of links, this one is extremely useful to share as is. This collection of resources pulls from across the web to organize interactive math skills practice into topics the way teachers and curriculum specialists "see" them, saving you load of time in finding just the right math practice activities.

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


Sun., Jan. 24, 2010 - / James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, August 28, 2009

------ - the Official Kids' Portal to the U.S. Government
Virtually every government agency has created pages for kids explaining their own areas of specialization - space science, marketing, careers, fitness and exercise, national parks, how laws are made, etc. Search for them here, or browse by grade level or by sites for educators. [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


James Patterson’s
"Dedicated to making kids readers for life." Includes book recommendations by age group, "Can't Miss Reading for Boys," interviews with authors, "12 Tried-and-True Ways To Get Your Kiddos Reading," "Reading Guides Galore," and more.


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


Sun., Jan. 24, 2010 - Book Seer / Charity Navigator (See Page for Haiti) / Encyclopedia of Life / U.N. Secretary General's Database on Violence Against Women

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, August 21, 2009


Book Seer
Insert the name and author of a book you liked, and this site will gather and link in recommendations for like titles from Amazon and Library Thing.


Charity Navigator - America's Largest Charity Evaluator
Many of us would like to donate to worthy causes, but want to make sure the money will be used well. You can search for known charitable organizations or search by topic to find organizations doing work you wish to support; entries for each organization include a description of its purpose and its management, as well as a ranking based on how much of its revenues go directly to those it seeks to benefit. Check out its Top 10 lists (10 charities with the most consecutive 4-star ratings, 10 charities drowning in administrative costs, etc.) and the 2009 Executive Compensation study.

[NOTE: Check ratings for charities dealing with the earthquake in Haiti:
From the site:
“Here are a few of our 3 and 4-star charities responding to the crisis along with a synopsis of their plans. Each of these charities has a history of working on massive disasters and/or of working in Haiti.”    – Phyllis ]
Also includes tips on what to avoid (some: Avoid Newly-Formed Charities, The Haitian Government, and
Telemarketers, and Be Careful Of Email Solicitations).


Encyclopedia of Life
"an unprecedented global partnership between the scientific community and the general public ... to make freely available to anyone knowledge about all the world’s organisms." For each signed article about an organism, the data includes its species name, photo, description (morphology, behavior, life history), ecology and distribution, conservation status, common name, additional references, and the opportunity to contribute additional photos and text to the entry.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


UN Secretary General's Database on Violence against Women
Search or browse by country. Country profiles include links to the legal framework for protecting women's rights, policies, strategies & programs, institutional mechanisms, services for victims/survivors, preventive measures & training, and research & statistical data.


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

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