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APRIL 2006

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma
Site focused on the historic Gulf Coast storms of 2005.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This project is a joint effort of George Mason University's Center for History and New Media and the University of New Orleans, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. It features first-hand accounts, on-scene images, blog postings, and podcasts that create a digital record of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

The Future of Children
A Princeton and Brookings publication.
Grades: Parents, Professional
The Future of Children is a publication of The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution. It provides policymakers, service providers, and the media with research-based information and materials that promote effective policies and programs for children.

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
From the tutor to the researcher to the administrator, a site for all concerned.
Grades: Professional
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) web site is a clearinghouse of research and information concerning adult literacy.

Poetry Foundation.org
From Assonance to Roundelay to, uh, Zagajewski: All about poetry!
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Professional
The Poetry Foundation.org is a comprehensive site about the world of poetry. It includes articles, essays, readings, interviews, and much more.

Exploring Space: The Quest for Life
PBS site turns the lens on the cosmos.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Exploring Space examines the mysteries about the origin of life that may exist in space. This is a companion site to the PBS television broadcast of the same title. It includes essays, fun activities, and quizzes.

Exploring the Environment
Twenty-five teaching modules on the ecosystem, supported by NASA.
Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Exploring the Environment is a NASA sponsored project from the Wheeling Jesuit University's Center for Educational Technology. It has as its goal, "to help students make better choices for the future by understanding the impact today's decisions have on their planet." It includes twenty-five interdisciplinary teaching modules.

Cezanne in Provence
National Gallery of Art online exhibit honoring this founder of modern art.
Grades: Pre-K-2
This is the Web site for the exhibit (January 28- May 7, 2006) at the National Gallery of Art and includes images of more than thirty paintings and drawings by Paul Cezanne, often seen as the father of modern art.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Overview of the world's largest military alliance.
Grades: 9-12
This site explores the wide array of initiatives of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It includes articles, interviews, videos, speeches, and educational materials. An onsite search tool is available and the site is also available in French.

Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words
A Founding Father's folios - letters, even cartoons, by the Man from Philadelphia.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This site from the Library of Congress offers visitors a glimpse of Benjamin Franklin's public, professional, and scientific accomplishments through important documents, letters, books, broadsides, and cartoons. It is the companion site to the physical exhibition at the Library until June 17, 2006.

Economics: "the dismal science," but a lovely Web site!
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
EconEdLInk offers a database of over 250 of classroom tested, Internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. Each of these lessons contains a teacher's and a student's version that are available free to everyone.

The History Lab
Build your own lessons from primary sources at this interactive site.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The History Lab offers teachers a template for creating primary source based lessons and activities for their students. The completed labs are archived for use by anyone. Registration is required but it is free.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
The 38th President's library and museum site.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Although the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum are in two separate locations, this site brings them together into one site. It includes information and resources for learning about the President, his wife and his presidency.