Friday, February 19, 2010


Fri., Feb. 19, 2010 - The Mathematical Art of M. C. Escher

The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher

An examination of the mathematics behind the drawings of
M.C. Escher. Included is a discussion of his use of
tessellations and polyhedra. It continues on with
discussions of The Shape of Space and The Logic of Space.
There is also an exploration of Escher's art and its
"relationship to the fields of information science and artificial
intelligence." Examples of his works are included.
Copyright 2002 by Librarians' Index to the Internet
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Feb. 19, 2010 - Philadelphia Museum Lesson Plans

Philadelphia Museum: Lesson Plans

From the site:

“Find everything you need to successfully plan your lesson based on works of art from the Museum's collections. Online lesson plans are adaptable for a variety of grades, and feature ideas for assignments, further enrichment, and discussion.”


Fri., Feb. 19, 2010 - Learning to Look: Works of Art Across Time and Cultures (online teaching kit, links)

Learning to Look: Works of Art Across Time and Cultures

From the site:

“This [online] teaching kit uses four themes—Stories, People, Things We Use, and Nature—as lenses for looking at works of art in the Museum's collections. Included are objects and images from a variety of time periods and cultures. Learning to Look: Works of Art Across Time and Cultures was developed by the Division of Education and made possible by the Comcast Foundation, The Delphi Project Foundation, and Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company.

Recommended Websites


Fri., Feb. 19, 2010 - 25 Places for Kids to Learn and Experiment with Art

[NOTE: MARCH is Youth Art Month ]

25 Places for Kids to Learn and Experiment with Art

From the site:
“The web is a great place for kids to learn and experiment with art. There are sites that teach art history and theory, sites that offer easy-to use tools for mess-free creations, and sites that provide interactive games and activities. Here are 25 kid-friendly art sites and tools to explore today:”

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Thurs., Feb. 18, 2010 - Feed the Pig / Why Don't We Do It in Our Sleeves? / Times Topics: Edgar Allan Poe (NY Times)

Sites found in:

Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!
NEW THIS WEEK, January 15, 2009


Feed the Pig
Website for a campaign with the goal to "encourage and help Americans aged 25 to 34 to take control of their personal finances" and live within their means. Includes money-saving tips from "under-savers" such as the "chronic collector" and the "not-so-frugal-foodie," an interactive savings commitment calculator, articles, and more. Also provides a link to material for tweens (4th-6th graders). From the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Advertising Council.


Why Don't We Do It in Our Sleeves?
This humorous five-minute video encourages people to cough and sneeze according to infection control guidelines. Watch and find out why it is best to cough into your sleeve. Also includes a link to "Soap in the City," a short, funny video that uses the story of Typhoid Mary to explain the importance of hand washing to prevent the spread of disease. It also demonstrates the correct technique for washing hands. From three doctors.


Times Topics: Edgar Allan Poe
"News about Edgar Allan Poe, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times." Includes material back to the mid 1980s on topics related to Poe's final resting place, the Poe Cottage in New York, books with characters inspired by Poe, and more. Also includes links to related sites.


Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!
Copyright 2009 by Librarians' Internet Index.
From ipl2 (the merged Internet Public Library and the Librarian’s Internet Index)


Thurs., Feb. 18, 2010 - African American History: "An Era of Progress and Promise: 1862-1910" / Terms of Environment / Financial Meltdown / Martin Luther King, Jr., Collection Online

Sites found in:
January 2-15, 2009


New information about the history of African Americans is now available in an online database, thanks to the State Library of North Carolina.

“An Era of Progress and Promise, 1863-1910 : the religious, moral, and educational development of the American Negro since his emancipation”

From the site:

“An Era of Progress and Promise” is a book compiled by W.N. Hartshorn of Clifton, Massachusetts that celebrates the "religious, moral, and educational development of the American Negro since his emancipation".
You can read the full text of the book online, or search for profiles of specific institutions (such as churches and schools) or biographies of influential African Americans by selecting the "Browse" options

Announcement from N.C. Department of Cultural Resources


Terms of Environment: Glossary, Abbreviations and Acronyms
from the Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.).


Feds Launch “Financial Meltdown” Web Site
The economic crisis is being explained with a new Web site by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection Now Online For Public
Thousands of documents in the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection at Morehouse College will now be available online for public research,

[NOTE: Also from the site:
E-Resources: Resource List – References and other helpful online resources.

Gary Price
Editor, ResourceShelf
The ResourceShelf & DocuTicker Team
"Post via ResourceShelf"
for even more resources visit


Thurs., Feb. 18, 2010 - From Slavery to Civil Rights (Library of Congress)

From Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African American History

“Use this interactive online activity to introduce a study of African-American
history. Select an era for list of links.”

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


Thurs., Feb. 18, 2010 - PBS: NATURE: Invasion of the Giant Pythons / AMEX: Amelia Earhart

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: February 21-27, 2010

Invasion of the Giant Pythons
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Sunday, February 21, 2010
8 - 9:00 pm
Predatory pythons have thrived in the protected wilderness of
Everglades National Park, making the refuge more a killing
ground than a haven for the endangered mammals, trees, plants,
birds, turtles and alligators there. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Amelia Earhart: American Experience
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, February 22, 2010
9 - 10:00 pm
When her plane disappeared without a trace, the "First Lady of
the Air" was instantly transformed into an American legend.
(CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)

Copyright 2008 PBS Online

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Wed., Feb. 17, 2010 - Biotechnology

LC Science Tracer Bullet: Biotechnology

Selected Internet Resources

From the site:
“THE INTERNET offers a growing number of sites useful for finding information on biotechnology. Several of the organizations listed above provide links to related sites from their web sites. You might try the sites listed below, or use your favorite search engine (such as Google or Yahoo) and appropriate key words to identify more specific resources.”

General Resources

Biosafety - BioTrack

The Biotech Weblog

The Biotechnology Institute

National Resources--United States

Animal Biotechnology Society

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

Council for Responsible Genetics

Source: Library of Congress


Wed., Feb. 17, 2010 - National Radio Astronomy Observatory - Science

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory - Science
Black Holes
Early Universe
Star & Planet Formation
Chemistry of Life
Dark Matter & Dark Energy
Probing Extremes
Testing Einstein


Wed., Feb. 17, 2010 - American Astronomical Society - Education / Careers Brochure

American Astronomical Society - Education

From the site:

What is on this page?
•Solar System - Some basic information and stories about the planets in our solar system.
•Milky Way - Information about our galaxy, naming stars
•Universe - The Universe, the Big Bang, and everything.


A New Universe to Explore: Careers in Astronomy Brochure


Wed., Feb. 17, 2010 - Arty Astro / Bird Book / Chalkbored / Curio City / Perimeter Institute / Science Museum of Minnesota

From Exploratorium’s Cool Sites: February  2010:


Arty Astro

“Arty the "part-time space astronaut" is the iconic cartoon character on this site, which provides activities that help students to better understand and enjoy the solar system. Material on the site can be reproduced and distributed to students for instructional purposes.”


Bird Book

“Stunning photographs of birds by Andrew Zuckerman are set on a plain white background, which makes the birds seem to "pop." The site includes information about each bird and an audio file of the bird's call.”


[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

 “A good source for hundreds of PowerPoint lessons, labs, worksheets, and activities created by a high school chemistry teacher. Information is free for educators and others.”



 “An interactive site where teens can discover and explore science, engineering, and technology in their everyday lives.”


Perimeter Institute

 “A research center in Canada dedicated to exploring the world around us through cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics, and superstring theory. Be sure to check out the Outreach page where you can explore theoretical physics and the Power of Ideas.”


Science Museum of Minnesota
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

 “This regional science museum combines research, public science education, teacher training, and 70,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive exhibits. Be sure to check out their collection of online activities or chat with scientists about science news in the Science Buzz.”

Online Acitvities

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Tues., Feb. 16, 2010 - Raid on Deerfield, Feb. 29, 1704

Raid On Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704

From the site:
“In the pre-dawn hours of February 29, 1704, a force of about 300 French and Native allies launched a daring raid on the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts, situated in the Pocumtuck homeland. 112 Deerfield men, women, and children were captured and taken on a 300-mile forced march to Canada in harsh winter conditions. Some of the captives were later redeemed and returned to Deerfield, but one-third chose to remain among their French and Native captors.

“Was this dramatic pre-dawn assault in contested lands an unprovoked, brutal attack on an innocent village of English settlers? Was it a justified military action against a stockaded settlement in a Native homeland? Or was it something else?

“Explore this website and hear all sides of the story—then you decide.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Feb. 16, 2010 - Teaching with Primary Documents

Teaching With Primary Documents

From the site:

This section contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teaching activities correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections.

Teaching with primary documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work become a gateway for research with historical records in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities.

•Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
•Expansion and Reform (1801-1868)
•Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
•The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)
•The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)
•The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
•Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s)
•Contemporary United States (1968 to the present)

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Feb. 16, 2010 - "Red-Tailed Angels": The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen / FDR and WWII / The Presidency and the Supreme Court / Farm Security Administration 1935-1943

“Red Tailed Angels”: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen – Curriculum Guide (.pdf)

The guide includes copies of primary source documents, an overview of the Tuskegee Experiment and and a series of teaching activities for you to adapt to your classroom and curriculum needs.

Teaching Activities and Assignments


Other Curriculum Guides Available for:
Franklin D. Roosevelt and World War II
The Presidency and the Supreme Court
Sights and Sounds of the Farm Security Administration 1935-1943 


Tues., Feb. 16, 2010 - PBS: AMEX: Dolley Madison / A Selection of Significant First Ladies

AMEX:  Dolley Madison - Premiere
March 1, 2010, 90 minutes

 America's "first First Lady" used her unelected position to legitimize the nation’s new capital, create a political and social style for the new country, and give Americans a sense of their own national identity.”

“Take a look at the Dolley Madison page on the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE website for a gallery of unique First Ladies as well as an introduction to the film and a timeline of Dolley’s amazing life, from a Quaker childhood, to the White House, the War of 1812 and her magnificent funeral that closed Washington for a day.”


Teacher Resources (K-12)


A Selection of Significant First Ladies

From the site:
“Often called “the first First Lady,” Dolley Madison defined the role of the President’s wife and hostess. With her behind-the-scenes influence on political policy and her expansion of the expected role of the First Lady, Dolley Madison was one woman among many who broke new ground in the White House. Browse this gallery of other first ladies.”

Monday, February 15, 2010


Mon., Feb. 15, 2010 - 13 Things That Do Not Make Sense / Heart Information Center / Magazine Gallery / Science News for Kids / VietNam War Internet Links

Site found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, September 18, 2009


13 Things That Do Not Make Sense - New Scientist
Science breaks new ground by confronting problems that, according to existing theories, should not exist. The placebo effect, dark matter, and not-so-constant constants are among the anomalies that are currently causing scientists to say, "Huh? What's going on here?" See even more at 13 More Things That Don't Make Sense,


Heart Information Center - Texas Heart Institute
This site provides overviews of heart surgery, cardiovascular anatomy, diagnostic tests, medicine, and more than 100 heart conditions. It also includes a glossary and a self-test for your own heart health.

----- Gallery
"Vintage magazine cover and advertising art from the golden age of American illustration." This seems to be mostly 19th and early 20th century magazines of all types: pulps, women's magazines, science fiction, humor, health and fitness, etc.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Science News for Kids
Includes not only news, but puzzles, games, and challenges to help kids understand the science. There's also a Science Fair Zone, a Lab Zone for hands on science opportunities, and a Teacher Zone
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


VietNam War Internet Links
Wellesley professor William Joseph links to a wealth of photos, documents, recollections, maps, mass media portrayals, as well as sections on Vietnam veterans, the draft, the antiwar movement, etc.


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


Mon., Feb. 15, 2010 - Lincoln Memorial Interactive

Lincoln Memorial Interactive - National Mall and Memorial Parks - Grades 4 to 12

Site found on

Don't live near the Lincoln Memorial but would like to take your class on a field trip? This interactive site is the perfect one for you and your students. Panoramic views of the memorial make you feel like you are right there. Hear from park rangers as they give you a glimpse into history through their own experiences and words.

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


Mon., Feb. 15, 2010 - Science of the Olympic Winter Games

Science of the Olympic Winter Games – National Science Foundation - Grades 3 to 12

Site found on

This site hosts 16 Olympics-related videos from NSF and NBC. Learn about the science of the Olympics available without a membership. Any science teacher can find something related to your curriculum: from Newton's Laws of motion, to concepts of physics, chemistry, biomechanics, and physiology. Math teachers can also find applied math concepts from basic arithmetic to calculus.

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


Mon., Feb. 15, 2010 - African American History Month / Oral History of the House of Representatives / / Exploring Bioethics / NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse / Talking Glossary of Genetics / WaterSense

Sites found in:
Date: Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 10:13 AM
Subject: [EDInfo] Teaching Resources

African American History Month
includes more than 60 resources related to African American history.  See photos and historic places from the civil rights movement.  Learn about Frederick Douglass, the Harlem Renaissance, the 369th Infantry, Brown v. Board of Education, and more. 
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site  updated. - Phyllis ]


Oral History of the U.S. House of Representatives
reveals the rich heritage of the House through interviews with House officers, aides, committee staff, former Representatives, and others.  Audio, video, and transcripts include insights about legislative processes and procedures, personal and political anecdotes, and recollections about the evolving nature of the institution.  (House of Representatives)

features classic books online for children and teens.  Find the text and illustrations of "Humpty Dumpty," "Mother Goose," "The Three Bears," "Our Flag," "The Arabian Nights," "The Secret Garden," "A Christmas Carol," "The Raven," and other classics.  The site also provides webcasts of authors, writing contests, and teaching resources.  (Library of Congress)


Exploring Bioethics
helps students grapple with ethical issues posed by advances in the life sciences.  For Grades 9-12, this curriculum supplement (one of dozens from NIH) focuses on real life cases -- vaccinations, genetic testing, and more.  Six inquiry-based modules help students learn to distinguish: What are the ethical questions? The relevant facts? Who could be affected by decisions? (National Institutes of Health)


NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
provides teacher guides, videos, quizzes, and games to help teachers integrate the science behind drug abuse into class activities.  Students can read the Sara Bellum Blog to learn about the effects of drugs on the brain and body, and then join a discussion with scientists, science writers, public health analysts, and other students.  (National Institutes of Health)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Talking Glossary of Genetics
focuses on 256 terms related to genetics.  Listen to scientists define and describe each term.  See illustrations and 3-D animations of cells, chromosomes, genes, mitosis, protein, and more.  Take the Test Your Gene IQ quiz —- read a definition and pick the correct term.  (National Institutes of Health)
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


provides activities to help students in Grades 3-5 learn about water supplies, the importance of saving water, the connections between the source of the water they use and the ways their water use habits affect the environment and human health, and more.  Take EPA's interactive online quiz.  (Environmental Protection Agency)

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