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U.S. Department of Education Publications
TWELVE NEW LEARNING RESOURCES in the arts, language arts,
math, science, and social studies -- plus 2 booklets for parents have been added
Teachers, parents, students, and
others are invited to use FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence) to
find learning resources from more than 40 federal organizations.
The new resources are described below.
"Deception and Illusions: Five Centuries of Trompe l'Oeil Painting"
illustrates the playful and
intellectual nature of "trompe l'oeil" -- the artistic depiction of objects so
precisely that those objects appear real. Twelve images are presented from the
115-piece exhibit, which represents the most comprehensive treatment to date of
this phenomenon. (NGA)
"Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music"
contains more than 15,000 pieces
of historical sheet music registered for copyright during 1820-1860 and more
than 47,000 pieces registered during 1870-1885. It includes popular songs,
operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental
music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and
orchestra. The collection is searchable by author, subject, and song title.
"Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers"
features parent tips, video clips
and transcripts from interviews with reading experts; motivational e-cards
grandparents and teachers can send to children; a forum for sharing suggestions;
booklists; and answers to key questions. This website, which accompanies the PBS
"Reading Rockets" television series, also provides overviews for the 5-part
series. (ED) http://www.pbs.org/launchingreaders/
"Transportation Essay Contest"
invites students to write an
essay about the future of transportation and its importance in society.
Illustrations are encouraged. Winners will receive a certificate, and winning
essays will be placed on the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation
Futures Program website. The deadline is March 15, 2003. (DOT)
"Create a Graph"
helps students create their own
graphs and charts. This online tool can be used to make 4 kinds of charts and
graphs: bar graphs, line graphs, area graphs, and pie charts. (ED)
"Explore Your Knowledge"
challenges students to try their
hand at 8th grade math and science questions taken from the Third International
Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). (ED)
"Energy and Recycling"
explores the link between solid
waste and energy, the history of garbage, how landfills work, and related
topics. Biographies of pioneers in energy and "energy news you can use" are
offered for students. Materials for teaching about energy are provided in
Classroom Connection. (DOE)
is an interactive guide to toxic substances commonly found
in water, rivers, offices, stores, schools, parks, homes, and factories.
Substances include arsenic, asbestos, carbon monoxide, lead, mercury, ozone,
radon, and toluene. (NIH,HHS)
is a web portal to information
about the famous expedition that set out nearly 200 years ago to find and map a
transcontinental water route to the Pacific Ocean. The journey of Lewis and
Clark and their 33-member party across the continent is shown on a current U.S.
map (alongside today's cities and highways) with descriptions of historical
places along the trail. The site provides maps, timelines, and classroom
activities, as well as the letter of instruction from Thomas Jefferson and
biographical information about Corps of Discovery members and American Indian
tribes they encountered. This website is the result of a partnership among 32
federal agencies and organizations. (DOI et al.)
"Life in the White House"
presents a history of the White
House in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the West Wing. Video tours of
the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, Diplomatic Room, and other rooms are narrated by
the First Lady, the President's Chief of Staff, the Vice President, and others,
including the President himself. (WH)
features 100 milestone documents
in U.S. history. Each week, the website highlights 3 documents, beginning with
the Lee Resolution of June 7, 1776, and ending with the Civil Rights Act of
1964. Speeches, treaties, Supreme Court cases, patent designs, and
Constitutional amendments are among the 100 documents that changed the course of
history and helped shape our national character. Images of documents are
accompanied by transcriptions and historical interpretations. The website, part
of a history and civics initiative announced by President Bush on September 17,
2002, includes information about competitions for students and workshops for
teachers. Teachers are invited to develop and test a classroom lesson on one or
several milestone documents. (NARA)
"Voices from the Field"
presents 10 stories set in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Niger,
Poland, and Papua New Guinea. Lesson ideas and student work accompany the
stories, which were written by Peace Corps authors. The aim is to strengthen
students' reading and writing, inspire students to create their own personal
meanings and narratives, and broaden students' perspectives of the world and
"Helping Your Child Through Early Adolescence"
helps parents of 10- to
14-year-olds answer questions that include: How will my child change between
the ages of 10 and 14? How much independence should I give my child? How can I
help my child form good friendships and resist harmful peer pressure? How can I
keep my child motivated to learn and do well, both in and out of school? What
can I do to help my child develop good values? How can I tell -- and what can I
do -- if my child is having a serious problem? (ED)
"Helping Your Child Succeed in School"
is designed for parents of children ages 5-11. It offers
tips for talking with your children and getting them to talk with you,
encouraging them to read, monitoring TV watching and video game playing, using
the library and the Internet, working with teachers and schools, and helping
children with test taking. More than 60 fun activities can help children
develop important skills. (ED)
DOE -- Department of Energy
DOI et al. -- Department of Interior and others
DOT -- Department of Transportation
ED -- Department of Education
LOC -- Library of Congress
NARA -- National Archives and Records Administration
NGA -- National Gallery of Art
NIH,HHS -- Nat'l Institutes of Health, Dept. Health, Human Services
PC -- Peace Corps
WH -- The White House
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