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[EDInfo] Teaching Resources: Math, Life Sciences & More

     Math, genetics, heart disease, life sciences, space weather,
     earthquakes, global warming, the Harlem Renaissance, and
     poetry are among the topics of new resources at FREE, the
     website that makes teaching resources from federal agencies
     easier to find:


Teaching Poetry in K12 education.
National Endowment for the Arts Announces Poetry Out Loud:
National Recitation Contest High school students across the nation
to compete in national poetry recitation contest
Online Poetry Classroom

Donald Hall: Online Materials
     is a guide to resources related to Donald Hall, the Library of
     Congress's poet laureate consultant.  Hear Hall read poems and
     talk with interviewers.  Read a biography and selections from
     his work.  (Library of Congress)

Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials
     features music, art, and writing from Harlem during the 1920s
     and 1930s.  Learn about Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Duke
     Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin,
     Robert Blackburn, and others.  See photos of jazz greats and
     other creative Americans.  Hear clips from a 1939 recording
     trip through the South.  (Library of Congress)


     is designed to help middle school teachers deepen their
     understanding of math concepts.  More than 200 "recommended
     investigations" are offered for teachers to solve and then
     modify for use with students.  They're presented in 13 units:
     patterns, functions and equations, graphing (algebra);
     circles, quadrilaterals, triangles, polygons, 3-D objects
     (geometry); fractions and decimals, integers, ratio and
     percent (number concept); statistics and probability (data
     analysis).  (University of Georgia, National Science

Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications
     offers articles, learning modules, "mathlets" (single-purpose
     learning tools), reviews of online resources, and a
     developers' area.  Search contents of the journal by type of
     resource (e.g., article), by subject (e.g., number concepts,
     data presentation, plane geometry), or both.  The journal
     makes extensive use of graphics, animations, video clips, and
     other media.  Articles and other materials are peer reviewed.
     (Mathematical Association of America, National Science


Life Sciences
     presents activities, animations, and lessons on cells,
     diversity of life, ecology, evolution, heredity and genetics,
     and the human body.  Topics include cell division, embryos,
     energy, genes, traits of life, muscles, eyes, optical
     illusions, depth perception, mutant fruit flies, frogs,
     extremophiles, bacterial terrarium, mold, yeast, and more.
     (Exploratorium, National Science Foundation)

NASA Science News for March 28, 2007
First Steps to Mars
The landing site is unknown, the rockets are still on the drawing board,
and some of the astronauts haven't even been born yet. Nevertheless,
NASA's journey to Mars has already begun. The first steps are being
taken onboard the International Space Station.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Diseases and Conditions
     provides information about heart, lung, and blood diseases and
     sleep disorders.  Learn how the heart works.  Find out about
     aneurysms, angioplasty, electrocardiograms, heart attacks,
     high blood pressure, asthma, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell
     anemia, insomnia, narcolepsy, and more.  (National Heart,
     Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health)

The New Genetics
     explains the process by which all living things pass genes to
     their offspring.  Discover how genes serve as "instruction
     books" for making molecules (such as RNA and proteins) that
     perform the chemical reactions in our bodies.  Learn how genes
     influence health and disease.  Find out how studies of
     evolution drive medical research and how computers are
     advancing genetics in the 21st century.  (National Institutes
     of Health)

Solar Eclipse
     explains what to look for during a solar eclipse, how to
     create a pinhole projector (for safely viewing an eclipse),
     why eclipses happen, a world map of future eclipses, and
     archives of webcasts of past eclipses in Greece (2004), the
     U.S. (2002), and more.  (Exploratorium, National Aeronautics
     and Space Administration)

Space Weather Research Explorer
     looks at how the sun creates a changing set of conditions in
     space.  Learn about coronal holes, solar flares, coronal mass
     ejections, solar wind, magnetosphere, and auroras.  See
     photos, graphs, and live data.  Make your own space weather
     predictions.  (Exploratorium, Multiple Agencies)

Virtual Courseware
     demonstrates fundamental concepts related to earthquakes and
     global warming.  Learn how to find the epicenter of an
     earthquake, how to determine richter magnitude, and how rocks
     are dated.  Interactive tutorials explain the carbon cycle,
     water cycle, greenhouse effects, seasons, Milankovitch cycles,
     and albedo.  Animations, inquiry-based activities, and
     assessments are provided.  (California State University, Los
     Angeles, National Science Foundation)

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