Thursday, February 04, 2010


Thurs., Feb. 4, 2010 - Valentine's Day / Chinese New Year: Games and Activities - Feb. 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Games and Activities
From the site:
Coloring pages, Crafts, Puzzles, Party Games, Interactive Games, Poetry, Printables, and Stories for Kids

Chinese New Year Games and Activities - Year of the Tiger
From the site:
Coloring pages, crafts for kids, word searches, puzzles, zodiac, recipes, tangrams

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


Thurs., Feb. 4, 2010 - Our Courts

Our Courts - iCivics Inc. - Grades 5 to 10

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Our Courts is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and encourage them to participate in the democratic process. The project is spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and includes law professors and educators from around the country. provides detailed lessons designed for very specific judicial and constitutional concepts. Some of the lessons have videos and links to other relevant websites. In addition to the lessons, Our Court features two exciting and motivating interactives, Do I Have a Right? and Supreme Decision. Do I Have a Right?, includes a detailed report of student game play performance which is very useful for assessment purposes. In addition, has a useful feature that helps locate other websites with resources specifically correlated to your state standards. You can also search using grade level.

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


Thurs., Feb. 4, 2010 - Saint-Denis: A Town in the Middle Ages

Saint-Denis: A Town in the Middle Ages - French Ministry of Culture - Grades 5 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

This site offers a bird's eye view of a medieval town in France. You can compare the ancient city to what remains in the present day. Other features of the site include artistic views of and information about men and women from the time the town was built. More anthropological and archeological information includes details about crafts, items used for daily life, markets and fairs, and details about civic life. You have the option of viewing the entire site in French or English. Eleven educational activities are also available at this site. Click on the "Learning" link (pencil) to find the many offerings.

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


Thurs., Feb. 4, 2010 - PBS: Music of the Civil Rights Movement / NOVA: Extreme Cave Diving / AMEX: Bombing of Germany

Sites found in:

PBS Teachers Newsletter: February 7-13, 2010
In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement

Watch live, "Music that Inspired the Movement," a class for high school students that will be hosted by the First Lady Michelle Obama in the State Dining Room on Wednesday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The class will be led by Robert Santelli, executive director of The GRAMMY Museum; and a co-producer of "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement." Santelli is a leading musicologist and music educator who will teach students how the music of the Civil Rights Movement is as important to today's generation as it was to generations past. The afternoon will also feature performers from the evening event. Schools and students all over the country will watch and engage in the workshop. For more information visit:


Extreme Cave Diving
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
8 - 9:00 pm
This program follows the charismatic Dr. Kenny Broad as he
dives into blue holes -- underwater caves that formed during
the last ice age when sea level was nearly 400 feet below what
it is today. They are Earth's least explored and perhaps most
dangerous frontiers. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Bombing of Germany: American Experience
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, February 8, 2010
9 - 10:00 pm
This film examines the defining moments of the World War II
offensive that led the British and American Allied forces to
carry out a bombing campaign of unprecedented might over
Germany's cities, claiming the lives of nearly half a million
civilians. Joe Morton narrates. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Wed., Feb. 3, 2010 - Celebrate Black History Month (NY Times)


Celebrate Black History Month

From the site:

Occasionally, in place of a regular lesson plan, we provide a collection of resources for teaching about a timely topic. In recognition of Black History Month, here is a collection of New York Times and Learning Network materials for teaching and learning about African-American history. Includes lessons, historical articles, crosswords, multimedia and more.


Wed., Feb. 3, 2010 - NAACP Primary Source Set (Library of Congress)

NAACP Primary Source Set

Trace the history of America's oldest and largest civil rights organization with the Library's new Primary Source Set, The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom. This set supports the Library's new online exhibition of the same name (which can be found at  ), and contains a selection of key primary sources, along with background information and ideas for teaching and analysis. Letters, photographs, posters, and more let students explore the major civil rights battles of the 20th century from the perspective of the people who fought them.

Teacher’s Guide:

Source: Library of Congress


Wed., Feb. 3, 2010 - Celebrating African Americans in Science & Business

Celebrating African Americans in Science & Business

From the site:

February is African American History Month. During this month, we frequently receive questions from students working on school projects related to African Americans in science and business. In general, students seek biographical information about a specific black scientist, inventor or business person… the inspiration to create a guide to help librarians, students, and the general public find information about black scientists in the United States.


Wed., Feb. 3, 2010 - Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games (Associated Press)

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games - Associated Press - Grades 0 to 12

Site found on TeachersFirst:

Follow the latest Vancouver Olympics news from AP. The site includes profiles of legendary athletes from other Olympic years side by side with the latest results and highlight videos. The interactive Venues section provides map skill practice as you gain a much better sense of the "layout" of the Vancouver games.

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

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Tues., Feb. 2, 2010 -Doug Johnson's Tech Proof : Five for Fun

Doug Johnson's Tech Proof : Five for Fun
Educator and tech columnist Doug Johnson shares his five favorite digital image generator Websites for creating fun motivational posters, signs and buttons.

From the site:
“While much of the appeal of digital photography is in being able to edit images, Photoshop is a program I have just not gotten around to learning in any depth. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with images -- thanks to some easy-to-use online tools.

Lots of these image “generators" are available on the Web. Most are free and easy to use -- so easy even a technology director can manage them. Here are five of my favorites -- just for fun.”

Source: Source: Tech Tips Newsletter


Tues., Feb. 2, 2010 - Chinese New Year Crafts / Black History Month (3)

Sites found in:
The Link: The Official Newsletter of ipl2.
February 2010 issue


Chinese New Year Crafts
[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]

You may need to scroll down to see content. “February 14, 2010 marks the start of the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Celebrate the Chinese New Year holiday with great kids’ activities and crafts. Also learn about the history and meaning behind Chinese New Year symbols.”


Black History Month

Black History month started as “Negro History Week” back in 1926. An historian named Carter G. Woodson chose the 2nd week in February because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Gale – Free Resources – Black History
[NOTE: Previously posted. URL updated. - Phyllis ]

This site celebrates Black History month by highlighting the lives of more than fifty African Americans. The site also includes a timeline, different activities and even a quiz.


African American History
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

This site on African-American history contains the text of significant speeches. There’s also biographical information about famous African-Americans.


African American Archaeology, History and Cultures

This web site provides convenient access to online presentations and resources concerning subjects of African American archaeology, history and cultures, and broader subjects of African Diaspora archaeology.


Tues., Feb. 2, 2010 - Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline

Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline - National Constitution Center - Grades 5 to 12

Site found on

This interactive timeline is an historical experience that explains the key events of the U.S. Constitution. The events begin with the Magna Carta in 1215 and continue to 2009. Use the broadband interactive timeline to give your students the ultimate experience. Students can explore primary documents, view maps and graphs, hear audio clips, listen to debates, read pertinent stories in the New York Times, and learn who had the right to vote during specific time periods. Be sure to also visit the Interactive Constitution. Search the Constitution by keywords, topics, or court cases. This website is definitely worth the visit!
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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


Tues., Feb. 2, 2010 - Financial Football

Financial Football - Visa, Inc. - Grades 8 to 12

Site found on

Help teens understand practical money skills using the interactive game of Financial Football. Teaching Modules include Fundamentals of Investment, Strength Training (Savings and Interest), Defensive Spending, and The Game Plan (budgeting). Complete pdf teaching information is available for each module. Launch the game and get fired up for financial well-being, complete with theme music!

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

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

Monday, February 01, 2010


Mon., Feb. 1, 2010 - Impossible Mission: Interactive Quizzes from Creative Chemistry

Impossible Mission Interactive Quizzes

Creative Chemistry
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
“Whether you are a teacher, doing chemistry at school, or are simply just interested in chemistry, Creative Chemistry has lots for you.”


Mon., Feb. 1, 2010 - 100 Best Science Sites for Kids / / Women in Science and Technology

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, September 4, 2009

100 Best Science Sites for Kids
Annotated links for general science sites, lab experiments, activities and projects, science news, and more.

A place to create, share, and discover science videos. Search or browse categories including not only the science disciplines but also gadgets, demos, debate, and more.


Women in Science and Technology: Past, Present and Future
This blog features stories about both pioneering and current female scientists. Browsable categories include awards, conferences, contests, education, life as a woman scientist, pioneers, science for kids, each scientific discipline, etc. Another bonus is links to related blogs.

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


Mon., Feb. 1, 2010 - 21st Century Literacies / The Ethical Reseracher

21st Century Literacies

The Ethical Researcher

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


Mon., Feb. 1, 2010 - Africa Within: Biographical Profiles

Africa Within: Biographical Profiles
African American Biographies

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Sun., Jan. 31, 2010 - Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009

Jane Hart’s PowerPoint slide show presents the results of her popular annual survey of over 220 technology professionals to determine the most popular e-learning tools of the year.

Source: Tech Tips Newsletter


Sun., Jan. 31, 2010 - Primary Sources by State: Library of Congress

Library of Congress Primary Sources by State

From the site:
“The extensive collections at the Library of Congress contain historic artifacts and cultural materials from across the U.S. Click on the map below to see select items from your state.”

Selected Library of Congress Resources for New Jersey

From the site:
“The list below is just a sample of the many New Jersey resources available for free on the Library's Web site.”


Sun., Jan. 31, 2010 - Early Advertising of the West, 1867-1918 / NOVA: Absolute Zero / Smithsonian's History Explorer / The Fathom Archive / Food Timeline

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

The Scout Report
January 9, 2009
Volume 15, Number 1
The Scout Report on the Web:

Early Advertising of the West, 1867-1918

The University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections group recently
created this compelling collection of early advertisements culled from their
Special Collections Division. The collection contains over 450 print
advertisements published in local magazines, city directories, and theater
pamphlets from 1867 to 1918. The collection is quite catholic, as it
features advertisements about liquor, tobacco, machinery, food and household
goods, and local tourism. First-time visitors can look at the right-hand
side of the homepage to view a number of helpful sample searches, including
"Child rearing & care", "African Americans", and "Cosmetics & perfumes". The
site puts the whole subject in context via a brief introductory essay which
talks about the explosion of advertising across the United States after the
Civil War. Highlights of the collection include the "Hotels & restaurants"
section and the advertisements related to the Klondike Gold Rush, which
includes ads for Klondike Cigars and steamship services to Alaska. [KMG]


NOVA: Absolute Zero

On a hot day, some might wish they could get the temperature down a bit.
They might not wish it to be as cold as, say absolute zero, but there are
many scientists who are interested in doing just that. For those who are
curious, absolute zero clocks in at around minus 460 degrees Fahrenheit.
This engaging website is meant to serve as a complementary resource to the
two-part series that recently aired on NOVA on this engaging topic. Visitors
can start by watching a short preview of the program, and then continuing on
to look over some of the special interactive features on the site. All told,
there are ten different features, including "A Sense of Scale", "How Low Can
You Go?", and "Milestones in Cold Research". The "Milestones in Cold
Research" is a great place to start, as it's an interactive timeline that
chronicles the "netherworld of extraordinarily low temperatures" as
investigated by everyone from Galileo to current researchers. Of course,
there are also more playful features here, such as "The Ice Trade", which
asks users to dispatch ships loaded with natural ice to Florida, Brazil, and
India. [KMG] [NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Smithsonian's History Explorer [Macromedia Flash Player]

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, along with the
Verizon Foundation, has developed a website that offers standards-based
online resources for teaching and learning American history.  This lively
looking red, white and blue-themed website has an eye-catching feature on
the homepage which highlights an item from the Museum's Artifacts.  Visitors
should click on the "Read More" tab, which is right below the description of
the artifact, which will take the visitor to the full detail of the
artifact, as well as any related artifacts. Clicking on the "Museum
Artifacts" tab at the top of the page will take the visitor to the search
engine for the 65 museum artifacts on the site.  The "Lessons/Activities"
tab at the top of the homepage takes the visitor to a list of lessons and
activities that can be filtered by Grade Level or Historical Eras/National
Standards.  Additionally, the list provides the lesson/activity description,
the grade band it's suitable for, as well as the duration of the lesson.
Finally, the "Interactives/Media" tab, located at the top of the homepage,
links to a slew of audio, video, and interactive resources that are meant to
be used by students on their own, without the aid of a parent or teacher.
"Building a Sod House", "Artificial Anatomy: Body Parts", "Children Write to
the President", and "Whatever Happened to Polio?" are just a few of the 36
fascinating interactive lessons. [KMG]


The Fathom Archive

The University of Chicago's Fathom project consisted of a site whose goal
was to bring accessible online learning resources to people around the
world, whether student, professional, educator, or lifelong learner.  And
they succeeded, via a consortium of fourteen educational and cultural
institutions committed to that very goal. This site contains the full
archive of the Fathom project, which is part of the University of Chicago
Library's Digital Collections.  To see the list of the members of the
consortium, click on "History of Fathom", in the middle of the homepage.
After that, click on "Browse the Archive" at the top of the homepage to
browse all of the works by title or author.  The topics cover a broad array
of material, from capital punishment to human cloning to studies of race and
ethnicity. [KMG]


Food Timeline

Whether visitors to the Food Timeline are foodies, or just plain curious,
they will definitely find more information than can be taken in at one
sitting.  The Food Timeline was developed by a "reference librarian with a
passion for food history," and her dedication is evident in the link near
the top of the page entitled "About Culinary Research".  Clicking on this
link is extremely helpful for those researching food, and just plain
interesting for those who are simply curious.  In a nutshell, the author
tells the visitor that research on food history is quite difficult and
complex, and gives a bounty of hints on how to approach a particular food
puzzler.  She also notes that very few foods have been invented, rather they
have just evolved. The timeline is smack dab in the middle of the homepage,
and has links galore.  It has links to individual ingredients, as well as to
complete dishes and historically important cookbooks.  Near the bottom of
the homepage, below the timeline, is a menu of choices that includes:
"Teacher Resources", "Historic Menu Collections", "Digitized Cookbooks", and
"Historic Food Prices".  There is so much on this website visitors might
want to grab a snack and a beverage, and let the learning begin. [KMG]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2009.


Sun., Jan. 31, 2010 - February is African American History Month (Library of Congress)

February is African American History Month
African American History Resources

2010 Theme: The History of Black Economic Empowerment

From the site:
“The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

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