June 2002

General | Grades K-2 | Grades 3-5 | Grades 6-8 | Grades 9-12

Summer is near at hand, and for many of you, that means a well-deserved break for a little R& R. Whatever your plans, do something you really enjoy to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Catch up on your reading, do a little gardening, maybe even some travel. Be sure to check out our new section entitled

"Health and Physical Education"
found at /documentation/places/healthpe.html

on the TEAMS homepage http://teams.lacoe.edu.

You may find some ideas to help you get in shape for the summer!

We are hard at work preparing the newest project for TEAMS entitled TEAMS Teaching Circles. Watch for information late in the summer. Meanwhile, the next Cyberscoop will come out with a Back to School issue around August 15th. I'll be continuing to update the TEAMS pages and repairing broken links, so let me know if you have a project planned for summer school or for fall that you might need some assistance with. I am here to help.


General

ADHD News
News articles and research findings about ADD/ ADHD.
http://adhdnews.com/

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The American West
The development of the American West covering historical aspects of cowboys, American Indians, explorers, discoveries, products, and more.
http://www.americanwest.com/

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Asian-Nation
Historical, political, economic, and cultural information about the diverse Asian American community.
http://www.asian-nation.org/index.html

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Assessment and Achievement
How are educators across the country helping students improve test scores?
http://www.eschoolnews.org/features/NCLB/index.cfm

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Caffeine
Probably the most popular drug in the world, find out how caffeine affects you and how much is in popular soft drinks, chocolate candy bars, coffee, and tea.
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/caff.html

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Classroom Management
Gene Van Tassell presents various types of school-wide discipline policies and classroom management techniques in this article from Brains.org.
http://www.brains.org/classroom_management.htm

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Converge Magazine
Timely articles concerning technology in education.
http://www.convergemag.com/magazine/index.phtml?issue=2:2002

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Explore the bird sound of the week, take a home study course in bird biology, keep up with the latest in birds in the news throughout the world.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/

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Distance Teaching & Learning
Distance Learning 2002 Conference offers more than 150 workshops, seminars, course showcases, and in-depth forums. Scheduled for August 14- 16, 2002 in Madison, Wisconsin.
http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/

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Filamentality
Create your own text Web site with a minimum of effort and knowledge. Choose using templates for hotlists, scavenger hunts, scrapbooks, or samplers.
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/

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Homework Help!
Whether they're taking summer classes or just looking for something fun and educational, this site from National Geographic provides helpful information.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education/homework

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How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses for Free
Ideas to help you protect your computer from viruses offering freeware from Pierre's Pitstop on the Internet at eKstreme.com.
http://www.ekstreme.com/digitalsmoke/antivirus.php

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Involving Fathers at School
TeachersFirst provides examples of programs where dads have gotten involved in schools, childcare centers, and communities.
http://www.teachersfirst.com/fathers.html

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Mistakes New Teachers Often Make
An extensive list of problems which often come through a lack of experience with ideas to help you avoid certain behaviors.
http://www.adprima.com/managemistakes.htm

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Motivating Moments
Inspirational messages for teachers.
http://www.motivateus.com/teachers.htm

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NetFiles
Real teachers using real technology to teach real kids in real classrooms with real results.
http://www.netfiles.org/

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NetLitigation
Find out the latest in Internet legislation
http://www.netlitigation.com/netlitigation/

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PaPa iNK!
International Children's Archive of children's art, including a gallery of artists' work when they were children, and a gallery of historical art.
http://www.papaink.org/gallery/home/index.html

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Peanut Allergies
Addressing peanut allergies exclusively, this site contains free alerts, discussion boards, resources, and shopping and services for members.
http://www.peanutallergy.com/

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Plagiarism
Learn what plagiarism is and how to recognize and avoid it.
http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/wts/plagiarism.html

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Proposal Writing Short Course
The Foundation Center Learning Lab presents this guide to help you write a meaningful proposal to get the funding you need.
http://fdncenter.org/learn/shortcourse/prop1.html

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Reacting to Misbehavior and Other Problems
Learn some alternatives to simply trying to change the child through changes in behavior, curriculum, or environment
http://www.uiowa.edu/~c07e170/lesson6/index.html

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Schools Online
The University of Illinois Extension provides lots of helpful links to assist teachers integrating technology and Illinois state standards in classrooms. Some of the featured links include weather, environment, character education, embryology, trees, gardening, sports and nutrition.
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/SchoolsOnline/index.html

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Summer Reading Lists
Teachers and Families offers these reading suggestions for students going into PreK through 12th grade.
http://www.teachersandfamilies.com/open/summerread.html

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Super Scientists
Biographies of many of the great energy scientists of our times, including Curie, Edison, Einstein, Faraday, Tesla and others.
http://www.energy.ca.gov/education/scientists/index.html

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Teacher Education Institute
Interested in getting some coursework completed? Try online classes to fit into your busy schedule. TEI offers a wide variety of current educational topics offering graduate credit for re-certification, inservice, staff development, or continuing education credit.
http://www.teachereducation.com/

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Weekly Brain Twisters
10 tricky problems for elementary and middle school to solve.
http://www.teachersfirst.com/twister/select-b.htm

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Grades K-2

A Maths Dictionary for Kids
Jenny Eather has created an animated, interactive dictionary for students which explains over 400 common mathematical terms in simple language with examples and practice.
http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/

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First Grade Backpack
A familiar site with a new location. Please make note of the change.
http://www.learning.caliberinc.com/grade1.html

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Just Me and My Dad
A story to share by Mercer Mayer about Little Critter and his dad.
http://my.freeway.net/~mgriffus/crit0.htm

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Kids Go Wild!
The Wildlife Conservation Society presents wild animal facts, conservation ideas, news, and games to help kids learn more about wild animals of all sizes and shapes.
http://wcs.org/7490/kidsgowild/

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Kindergarten: Make it Fun & Watch Them Learn!
These Kindergarten teachers use Balanced Literacy. Check out what they are willing to share.
http://www.thekcrew.net/

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Print 'n' Go Coloring Book
Nationalgeographic.com's new online coloring book features dozen animals in their natural habitat.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/coloringbook

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Rainforest Treasures
A Kindergarten WebQuest which leads students through Venn diagrams and K-W-L charts as they compare various rainforest animals.
http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/llacosse/rainfore.htm

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Reading Key
Vocabulary word lists and teaching strategies are presented by TampaReads.
http://www.tampareads.com/

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Spring into Life
Online collaborative project for students in grades 1-4
http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~ptk1nc/spring2002/

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Storyville Math
Second grade students have written math story problems with illustrations based on common literary works. These are great examples of ways to use technology.
http://www.eischools.org/mst/web/storyville/math.html

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Grades 3-5

Alaska Bird Observatory
Includes teaching materials, bird links, and even a bird quiz to help you learn more.
http://www.alaskabird.org/

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American Folklore
Choose from famous characters, state folktales, historical folklore, regional folktales, tall tales, and ethnic folklore.
http://www.americanfolklore.net/

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Antarctica
The Exploratorium presents highlights from a recent expedition to Antarctica: see what tools are necessary to make the most of the environment, find out about the researchers that live and work there, and discover the kinds of things we can learn from the icy environment.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/origins/antarctica/index.html

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Artsonia Student Art
Online student art museum where students from around the world showcase their work for others to enjoy and comment on.
http://www.artsonia.com/

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Find Artifacts in Your Room
What are the artifacts that you have in your bedroom? What do they say about you? Activity presented by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
http://www.history.org/history/argy/kids/argykid3.cfm

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Nutrition Café
Play Nutrition Sleuth to find the missing nutrient, check out Grab a Grape where you are given an answer, and you must figure out the question, try the Have-A-Bite Café to see if you eat right. These fun games and resources are a joint effort of the Pacific Science Center and the Washington Dairy Council.
http://exhibits.pacsci.org/nutrition/default.html

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The Polar Bear Tracker
Explore the characteristics, habitat, dietary food habits, family life and risks surrounding polar bears. Follow the trail of two tagged polar bears and discover where they are and why.
http://www.panda.org/polarbears/

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Speed of Light
This website describes the history behind measuring the speed of light. There are 60 interactive quizzes about light and the speed of light for grade 4 to 7 students.
http://www.what-is-the-speed-of-light.com/

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Your Digestive System
Find out what happens to the food you eat; how does it transform inside your body? Brought to you by the Yuckiest Site on the internet.
http://yucky.kids.discovery.com/noflash/body/pg000126.html

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Grades 6-8

Afghanistan
The Harrison Forman Collection of photographs including the people, architecture, history, land, settlements, and transportation of Afghanistan.
http://www.uwm.edu/Library/digilib/afghan/index.htm

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Canadian War Museum
Numerous features, games, activities, and lessons are included at this museum site. Explore what it would be like to fight a war from inside an armored tank, try your hand at matching items belonging to specific uniforms, determine what artifacts were used for, and complete war art puzzles, among other learning activities at this site.
http://www.warmuseum.ca/

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Classics of American Colonial History
Links to primary source documents and other historical documents reflecting American history.
http://www.dinsdoc.com/colonial-1.htm

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Discover Our Earth
Cornell University's site contains activities to help students learn about volcanoes, earthquakes, topography, plate tectonics, and sea level change.
http://atlas.geo.cornell.edu/education/

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Infrared Zoo
Using infrared technology viewers can see heat radiated from birds, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, insects and arachnids. Watch the online video to discover how heat radiates differently from on e animals to another.
http://sirtf.caltech.edu/Education/Zoo/zoo.html

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Online News Hour Extra

NewsHour Special with Jim Lehrer especially for students.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/

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Salem Witch Trials
Comprehensive document archive and transcription project about the Salem Witch Trials. Includes court records, historical maps, personal letters, record books, library collections and more...
http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/salem/home.html

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Time Experience for Kids
Help students practice time problems.
http://www.edu4kids.com/clock/

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Trash Can Archeology
Archeologists learn about people based on what they left behind. What can be learned by the trash left at 502 South Main Street? Presented by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
http://www.history.org/history/argy/kids/argykid2.cfm

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Ulysses S. Grant
American Experience provides this companion site for the film.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/grant/

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Grades 9-12

Art of the Silk Road
The Silk Road Seattle presents an excellent virtual art exhibit including art from the Silk Trade Routes of the Eastern Mediterranean through Central and Eastern Asia, south to India. Categories covered include culture, religions, trade, and intercultural exchange.
http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/silkroad/exhibit/index.shtml

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Calculus help.com
This resource for high school and college calculus students is maintained by calculus teacher, W. Michael Kelley.
http://www.calculus-help.com/

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Charles Dickens Page
David Perdue has created this resource all about Charles Dickens, his life, his works, characters in his novels, and more.
http://www.fidnet.com/~dap1955/dickens/index.html

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The Great Buildings Collection
Includes the architecture of hundreds of buildings from around the world and across history. Resources of leading architects, 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more.
http://www.greatbuildings.com/

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A Guide through the Culture of the Blues
Lesson plan from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute including teaching strategies, resources, visual and listening aids to assist with instruction.
http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1997/5/97.05.11.x.html

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Guts and Glory
Web Site for the American Experience PBS program about D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/guts/

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The Magpie Sings the Great Depression
Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine, 1929- 1942. This Bronx high school had a student body of over 10,000 boys, many of whom were talented artists and writers. Their work reflects a period of history- student life in New York City during the years of the Great Depression.
http://newdeal.feri.org/magpie/

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War of the Worlds
Orson Wells famous radio broadcast script.
http://www.genericradio.com/waroftheworlds.htm

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Women Who Dared
Contemporary Jewish women activists- ordinary women who have accomplished extraordinary things- who teach us that each of us can make a difference.
http://www.jwa.org/exhibits/wwdared/new_home/wwdHome.html

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