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Secrets of Lost Empires: Easter Island

Oct. 21

  NOVA aired a program several years ago that explored lost empires across the world.  The show is not online, but this site has plenty of information, so you can get a good taste of what one of those secret empires, Easter Island, was like and how the huge moai, the stone monolith head, could have been moved.   Explore the online map which offers photos and panoramic views.  See how many elephants it takes to weigh as much as a moai.  Watch a slide show that shows step by step as the team of engineers and archaeologists attempt to …

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Artopia: One Minute Theater Lesson

Oct. 20

  Surely you have at least a minute to give to the theater and its history.  In this short video the narrator talks really fast, so that’s how the information is crammed into one minute.  She talks about theater in Japan, China, Bali, and the United States.  You also learn about the aspects of theater such as costumes and scenery.  There’s even a little history of the theater thrown in.  If you don’t catch everything the narrator says the first time through, play it again.  Or read the transcript.  If your computer doesn’t support the Flash plug-in, the transcript will …

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Wonderville: Fossil Fabricator

Oct. 17

  As you know, fossils were made over millions of years in many different climate and geographical conditions.  On National Fossil Day, play this game that lets you make your own fossil based on the conditions you select.  Read about the four types of fossils that are preserved in sedimentary layers.  In making your own fossil you can choose how your dinosaur died, where it died, what effects happened over time in the place your dinosaur died, and how the fossil was exposed.  As you are making your choices, some will not make a fossil, so you’ll learn why and …

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Music in the Afghan North 1967-1972: Turkmens

Oct. 16

  Afghanistan is the home to several cultures.  Music ethnologist Mark Slobin did field work in the country in 1967-1972, before the invasion of the Soviets and before the war the Americans waged in an effort to rout out Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.  One of the cultures he studied were the Turkmens, who lived not only in Afghanistan, but also in Iran and Turkmenistan.  He studied the music of the Turkmens in Afghanistan, the instruments they played, and the patterns in their music.  Listen to a piece played on a Turkmen flute, and two on the dutar.  You can also …

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Math Bits: PreAlgeCaching Version of MathCaching

Oct. 15

Have you ever done any geochaching where you follow clues that lead you from one place to clues in the next place?  This game is just like that only your clues are the answers to pre-algebra problems.  With PreAlgeCaching you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own desk .  Do the math problems correctly, read the instructions carefully, and you will be rewarded with finding the next hidden box.  Plus you will get lots of practice with algebra. View source: http://mathbits.com/caching/prealgcache1.html

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ALA: Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners

The Young Adult Library Services Association has designated this week as Teen Read Week.  In support of that worthy endeavor, the American Library Association provides this list of books for those who are thinking of going on to college, or just love the challenge of a good read. The list is divided into content areas such as the Arts and Humanities, History and Cultures, Literature and Language Arts, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. Maybe you can choose a book that is outside your usual realm of study and find a new interest.  Challenge someone who purports to be a …

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Mariners’ Museum: Education: Christopher Columbus: First Voyage

Oct. 13

  Today is the federal holiday recognizing Columbus Day, but the actual day land in the New World was sighted was October 12, 1492.  Columbus knew the world was round, but thought its diameter was smaller than it is, so when he landed on San Salvador and continued to explore Hispaniola and Cuba on his first voyage, he sincerely thought he’d reached Asia.  You can read his impressions of the land and its people, whom he initially held in high regard.  You’ll also find his letter to Ferdinand and Isabella in which he laid out his ideas for the colonization …

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Louvre: Visitor Trails: Daily Life in Egypt in the Time of the Pharaohs

Oct. 10

  Can’t find your passport or don’t have time for a trip to Paris?  That’s okay.  The Louvre brings its art exhibits to you.  This exhibit honors the common man and daily life in Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs.  Find nineteen objects that are found in the Louvre that reflect Egyptian life.   Read a brief description of each object that gives you guidance on what to look for.  You can also learn even more about the artwork itself that gives information about artistic technique or the symbolism in the art.  Take your time as you wander through …

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Myths and Legends: Matilda’s Bracelet

Oct. 9

  .   Here’s a story that blends fact and fiction and a little bit of Robin Hood.  You can listen to the story of Matilda’s Bracelet and its fatal results, or read the text.  Learn about King John and the Magna Carta in both the story and the section that tells the origin of the story.  In addition there are photographs of an English church mentioned in the story, medieval jewelry, and a drawing of Matilda.  The handy glossary defines some unfamiliar words, and there’s even a teacher’s section to show how to use this story in the history …

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The Great Chicago Fire & the Web of Memory: The Great Chicago Fire

Oct. 8

  October is Fire Prevention Month all because the Great Chicago Fire devastated the city on October 8, 1871.  This site is filled with everything you’d like to know about Chicago not long before the fire, narratives about the conflagration itself, and reports about what was ruined in the city.  There is also a section that describes the emergency measures and relief efforts to aid the citizens of Chicago. See how Chicago recovered from this city-changing event.   Visit the several galleries of photographs, maps, and drawings that reflect each section of the site. View source: http://www.greatchicagofire.org/great-chicago-fire

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