TEN NEW LEARNING RESOURCES in arts,
science & history have been added to FREE, the website that
makes finding federal learning resources easier:
This week in celebration of "Excellence in Science, Technology,
Engineering, & Mathematics Education (ESTEME) Week," FREE is
featuring resources in those disciplines. Throughout April, FREE
is highlighting jazz resources in honor of Jazz Appreciation
examines the life & career of early America's most successful portraitist.
The son of a Rhode Island snuff miller, Stuart (1755-1828)
mastered portraiture in London & Dublin. Upon returning to
America in 1793, he demonstrated a talent for conveying the
likeness & personality of his subjects. He is known for
his portraits of famous people of early America, including the
first five Presidents of the U.S. (NGA)
"Toulouse-Lautrec & Montmartre"
focuses on paintings, posters, & other works by Lautrec
depicting the decadent spirit & bohemian life of this hilltop
working-class district on the outskirts of Paris at the turn of
the 20th century. A special web feature discusses
Montmartre celebrities, cafes & cabarets, brothels, & circuses
portrayed by Lautrec (1864-1901), as well as his first
lithograph -- the poster that made him an overnight sensation. (NGA)
presents 10 photos from the 70-year career of one of
the world's great photographers. Kertesz (1894-1985)
his simple yet compelling & poetic photos. This exhibit at
the National Gallery of Art (through May 15, 2005) focuses on
several themes, including the unexpected & sometimes bizarre
scenes encountered in modern urban life. (NGA)
from the Permanent Collection"
commemorates the 100th anniversary of an 1905 Paris exhibition
where paintings by Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, & others were
jeered as an "orgy of pure color," primitive & brutal. One
critic called it fauve ("wild beast") painting, & the epithet
stuck. A special web feature explores the birth & development
of fauve, the first avant-garde wave in the 20th century.
"Islamic Art & Culture:
A Resource for Teachers"
is a 64-page booklet on Islamic art -- art produced in
lands ruled by Muslim leaders -- after the founding of
century) to the peak of the last two great Islamic empires,
the Ottoman & the Safavid (17th century). Architecture,
calligraphy, manuscript illumination, metalwork, ceramics,
glass, & textiles are included, along with an historical
survey of Islam. (NGA)
"Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, &
Mathematics Education (ESTEME) Week"
is April 11-15,
2005. Visit the gallery of award-winning sites to
learn about numbers in everyday life, cell biology &
evolution, earth & the environment, what's in toothpaste,
how molecules affect us, & the science behind the headlines.
Design a virtual roller coaster, watch an ancient
Mesoamerican ballgame, compose music, & explore tombs in the
Valley of the Kings. (MA)
"National Science Digital Library"
invites students to try its "ask an expert" service to
get answers to questions about math, science, technology, & engineering. A portal for middle school math &
science teachers features hands-on experiences with
measurement, how energy moves & changes, & the basics of aerodynamics.
is the companion website for a TV show on science breakthroughs & personalities. Learn about a frog
that freezes solid in winter & comes back to life in spring.
Watch videos about robot "swarms" that work together on a
task, a newly discovered system in the brain, tools for
predicting a hurricane's intensity, & why some sand dunes burp,
sing, & croak. A teacher's guide & transcript are
included. The show is hosted by Robert Krulwich & airs five times a
Up the Classroom"
provides papers on the aurora & ionosphere, scales for
measuring space weather, & a textbook for high school teachers& advanced students -- "Solar Physics & Terrestrial
The textbook examines a range of topics: the evolution& structure of the sun, sunspots & solar flares, the corona& chromosphere,
solar-terrestrial interactions, building a spectroscope, measuring the solar
constant, & seeing at
different wavelengths. (NOAA)
is a lesson plan on the Hubble system of classifying galaxies.
Students learn what a galaxy is, how the galaxy classification
system of Edwin Hubble assigns galaxies to different groups
according to their shapes, & how that system can be used to
categorize unknown galaxies. (NASA)
is a primer on scientific efforts to understand the origin,
evolution, & fate of the universe. Among the questions it
explores: What types of matter & energy fill the universe?
What is the age & shape of the universe? How rapidly is it
expanding? The website examines the Big Bang theory, as well
as tests & limitations of the theory. (NASA)
"Eyes on the Sky & Feet
on the Ground"
provides hundreds of hands-on astronomy explorations for
Grades 2-6. Topics include earth's rotation & orbit, earth's
tilt, shadows, seasons, time zones, the moon, calendars, maps,
the solar system, & tides. Activities help students
understand the scientific process. Suggestions are included
for discussions before & after explorations. (SI)
"Brown v. Board: Five Communities That Changed America"
describes five cases the Supreme Court agreed to hear in
1952 under one title: "Brown
v. Board of Education." The cases originated in
Delaware, Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, & Washington,
D.C. Each contested the "separate but equal"
doctrine of the Court's 1896 "Plessy v. Ferguson" decision,
which by the 1950s had resulted in 17 states requiring
racial segregation in public schools & 4 states allowing it.
"Floyd Bennett Field: Naval Aviation's Home in Brooklyn"
recounts the role of this airport in aviation history &
World War II. In 1931, it was among the most advanced
airports in the world. From it, early aviators
launched pioneering & round-the-world flights during the
1930s. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, its
duties as Naval Air Station New York grew rapidly.
During the 1942 U-Boat offensive, it provided air cover for
ship convoys embarking from New York. (NPS,TwHP,NRHP)
"Glorieta & Raton Passes: Gateways to the Southwest"
examines the role of these two passes in ensuring that the
Southwest would become & remain part of the U.S. Learn
about traders & armies that depended on the passes,
which were part of the Santa Fe Trail, as the best way to
get through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Santa
Fe Trail was a key trade route until the railroad reached
Santa Fe in 1880. Like the trail, the railroad & later
highways ran through the two passes. (NPS,TwHP,NRHP)
"Mechanics Hall: Symbol of Pride & Industry"
traces the history of Mechanics Hall & Worcester back to the
industrial revolution. Built by the mechanics
association for classes, public debates, lectures, &
entertainment, the hall opened in 1857 as showcase of
innovative building techniques & mechanical systems.
It remained the center of Worcester's cultural life into the
mid-20th century. (NPS,TwHP,NRHP)
"The Trail of Tears: The Forced Relocation of the
tells about the removal of the Cherokee Nation from their
ancestral homeland (NC, TN, GA, AL) to "Indian Territory"
(now Oklahoma). After passage of the Indian Removal
Act & the discovery of gold on Cherokee lands (1830), about
100,000 American Indians living between the original 13
states & the Mississippi River were relocated to Oklahoma.
The trails they followed came to be known as the Trail of
Month 2005 Feature Stories"
offers 28 public service announcements for radio. Each 60-
second sound clip tells the story of one African American who
made significant contributions in architecture, art,
automobile manufacturing, dance, chemistry, drafting,
engineering, fashion design, law, medicine, military service, ophthalmology,
physics, poetry, teaching, or another field or
"The E Pluribus
examines Americans' attempt to make "one from many" in three
pivotal decades: the 1770s, 1850s, & 1920s. Each decade is
framed by an introductory essay with links to key topics& primary documents,
including the Declaration of Independence, newspapers, & the rhetoric of
the evolution; reform, cultures
of the North & South, religion, & popular movements; and
prohibition, Broadway, evangelical Protestantism, & the
Roaring Twenties. (NEH)
looks at the eventful life of Elizabeth Murray as a window
into the world of revolutionary America. Murray was a
shopkeeper in 18th-century Boston (selling imported British
fashions) and married three times. Her friends included
officers in both the Colonial & British armies, & her home was
used as quarters by both armies. (NEH)
is the companion website for a film about the missionary's
son who founded "Time" & "Life" magazines & became,
in the late
1930s, America's most powerful mass communicator. The website
includes an essay, career timeline, video clips not in the
film, & an interview with the filmmaker. (NEH)
Dangerous Woman in America"
is a companion website for a film that examines the case
of Typhoid Mary, a cook who was quarantined for life
will in the early 1900s. The site includes a history of
quarantine, a letter Mary Mallon wrote when petitioning the
courts for her release, an examination of whether public
health officials were to blame for Mallon's behavior, & a
mysterious "disease outbreak" for students to solve. (NEH)