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MARCH 2006

NASA Educational Materials
To the Moon, Class! NASA's site of materials for educators - space treasure!
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This site puts NASA's vast collection of educational resources in one easy to use place.

Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption
Chicago's Field Museum site on the big blow-up in the Year 79.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This online exhibit from the Field Museum focuses on the 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed the city of Pompeii as well as several other smaller towns in the area such as Herculaneum and Oplontis. Subsequent excavations show that this part of Roman culture was advanced for the time and rich in architecture, advanced infrastructures, and works of art.

Frontline: The Torture Question
PBS documentary's companion Web site - includes TG.
Grades: 9-12
This site is the companion site to the PBS Frontline documentary, The Torture Question. It explores "How far should the United States be willing to go to protect itself?" in the war on terror. Included is video of the full program, teacher's guide and other resources.

Chymistry of Isaac Newton
Newton's notebooks - they spelled the subject differently in the 1600s!
Grades: 6-8, 9-12, Advanced
Indiana University's Digital Library, with support from the National Science Foundation, is developing this online edition of Newton's alchemical manuscripts integrated with new research on Newton's "chymistry." To date about 250 pages of the manuscripts have been edited and are available online, including Newton's Most Complete Laboratory Notebook.

Science and Photography Through the Microscope
Library of microscopic images - a boon to the visual learner.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This digital image library was created by Dennis Kunkel Ph.D. It includes more than 1500 images of scientific, biological, and medical subjects that were photographed using light and electron microscopes. There are items here for sale and the images are under copyright. Be sure to request permission for use in classroom projects.

The Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project
A big archive of public domain children's literature.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8
The Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project is a comprehensive archive of literature for children that is in the public domain in the United States.

France in America
A site from the Library of Congress and the Bibliothque Nationale.
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
France in America is a "digital library that tells the story of the French presence in America and the interactions between the French and American peoples from the early 16th to the late 19th centuries." The site was produced by the Library of Congress in partnership with the Bibliothque nationale de France.

Nancy Polette's Children's Literature Site
Enjoyable guides to selected children's books.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Educator and published author Nancy Polette offers this children's literature site that contains literature guides, book lists, and other resources for teaching literature.

The Reading House
Activities to help motivate kids to read.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5
The Reading House provides activities for parents and teachers to help motivate children to read.

Columbia Education Center
A collection of teacher-written lesson plans in plain text.
Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The Columbia Education Center offers over six hundred lesson plans created and contributed by teachers who've used them successfully in their classrooms, as well as web-based teaching resources created as part of the ECHO projects abroad.

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
Grand Central Station for school reform information.
Grades: Professional, Parents
The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement is funded through a contract with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is "to assist schools and districts engaged in comprehensive school reform and improvement by providing reliable information about research-based strategies and assistance."

Flashcard Exchange
Site that claims to be the world's largest flashcard library.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced
The Flashcard Exchange offers teachers and students a tool for creating flashcards and sharing them with their class or friends. A free account allows users to create and study flashcards but a small, one-time fee is charged for printing, downloading, and advanced study options.

The Poetry Archive
More than a mere archive - a poetry playground.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This site has as its goal to help "make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience." It contains hundreds of recordings of poets reading their own work as well as resources for teachers and students.

HMChem: General Chemistry Online
Everything that "matters" in chemistry - just a click away.
Grades: 9-12
HMChem: General Chemistry Online provides supplemental chemistry curriculum materials, including lab simulations and exercises, links to drill and self-assessment and practice problems, animated videos, and a complete chemistry textbook. Three parts of the Test Center (Self Test, Assignments, and Instructor Resources) require a username and password, but the rest of the site is free and accessible to anyone.