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OCTOBER 2005



The Cool Spot
Giving kids 11-13 a clear picture of alcohol abuse among their peers.
Grade Level: 5-8
The Cool Spot was created for kids 11-13 years old by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and based on a curriculum for grades 6-8 developed by the University of Michigan. Its goal is to give young teens a clear picture of alcohol abuse among their peers.


Becoming Human
An interactive documentary that explores human evolution.
Grade Level: 9-12
Becoming Human is an interactive documentary that explores the story of human evolution. It includes interactive activities and lesson plans.


Changing the Face of Medicine
Celebrating America's Women Physicians.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This online exhibit from the National Library of Medicine pays tribute to the lives and accomplishments of the women who have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine. It includes lesson plans for grades K-12 on various topics concerning health.


National Science Foundation: Sea Vent Viewer
Extraordinary visuals take you to the bottom of the ocean.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8
The Sea Vent Viewer is part of the National Science Foundation’s Earth and Environmental Science site. It offers an interactive exploration of the ocean floor in and around a hydrothermal vent.


Physics Education Technology
Very nice physics simulations are just a few electrons away!
Grade Level: 9-12
The Physics Education Technology (PhET) project offers free fun and interactive simulations of physical phenomena for teaching and learning physics.


Seeing Math
Some free secondary materials on a site that sells math curriculum software.
Grade Level: 9-12
This is a commercial site that offers math curriculum materials, professional development for teachers and software. Free online Secondary Math Interactives are available that “Illustrate and reinforce key mathematical ideas for teachers and students of algebra.”


WhiteHouseTapes.org
Sound recordings from Roosevelt to Nixon – an amazing resource.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
This site hosted and maintained by the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs makes the recordings of six American Presidents from 1940-1973 available online for scholars, teachers, students, and the public to “hear and use these remarkable tapes for themselves”.


NYPL Digital Gallery
Extraordinary resource from one of the world's greatest libraries.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The New York Public Library developed this site to provide free online access to the general public to its more than 363,000 images including photographs, illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, illustrated books, printed ephemera and more.


Center for Applied Linguistics
Deep, scholarly site on language and its role in the culture.
Grade Level: Professional
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a non-profit organization committed to improving communication through better understanding of language and culture. This Web site provides resources and information related to language including bilingual education, language testing, school reform, adult ESL and more.


High School Journalism
Hold page 1! – visit this site by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Grade Level: 9-12
The American Society of Newspaper Editors created this site as a resource for high school journalism students and their teachers. It provides more than 218 archived lesson plans, comments from the pros and other resources and information useful to students and teachers.


American Council on Exercise
Just clicking around this site's many features is a workout!
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Parents
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) offers a wealth of free resources on health and fitness as well as information on fitness certification and education.


Map-a-Planet
Quickly map a section of the moon, for example, or Venus. Fun!
Grade Level: 9-12
Map-a-Planet, created and maintained by the United States Geological Survey's Astrogeology Research Program, offers detailed online maps of the planets and various moons that share our universe. Included are links to more information and resources from the USGS.