Friday, October 15, 2004

Postcards from America

Postcards from America - Follows a teacher and a photographer as they travel across America. Also features fun facts, maps, and a "Just for Teachers" page with tips for using the postcards in the classroom.

From the site:

If you teach U.S. geography, or if you're an armchair traveler who wants to explore America without leaving your seat cushion--you've come to the right place. Hitch a ride in our virtual backseat as we tour the 50 states in our RV, "Harvey the RV," and share this exciting journey through the window of an electronic postcard.

Ken, a photographer and graphic designer, photographs and creates the Live-at-the-Scene postcards while Priscilla, a writer and former American history teacher, writes the accompanying captions, personal messages and trivia questions.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The Adventures of Echo the Bat

The Adventures of Echo the Bat - Follow Echo the Bat through the eyes of a satellite as he migrates through Arizona. Topics include false color satellite imagery, how scientist use these images to study habitats, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Interactive adventure game and activities for the classroom. This is a fun site!

From the site:

In the upper elevations of Arizona, there was a forest of tall Ponderosa pine trees. The forest was covered with snow and the evenings were quiet as animals slept through the cold winter nights. When spring arrived, the snow melted and a colony of female bats made their home in a hollow pine tree to raise their young.

Unlike birds who hatch from eggs, bats are mammals. The mother bats will give birth to their young and feed them mother's milk. Because their pups are too young to fly and catch their food, Mother bats care for their pups during the first month.

As the warm days of spring led to summer, a baby bat was born. He had a tiny, furry body with awkward wings. His mother held him close to her and wrapped him in her wings. All day long, she could hear his chirping cry echo through the hollow tree. From that day on, his mother called him "Echo.".

Monday, October 11, 2004

Wikinfo - Harry Potter

Wikinfo - Harry Potter. Harry Potter is big here with elementary school students in Texas. I have no doubt the books (and movies) are well received in your neck of the woods too. Here is an article about Harry Potter from the web encyclopedia Wikinfo.

From the site:

Harry James Potter is a fictional character and protagonist of a series of fantasy novels by J. K. Rowling the first of which was released in 1997. The books are primarily aimed at children, but have fans of all ages. There is a series of films based directly on the books, the first of which was released in 2001.

According to the author, the stories appeared in her head, fully formed, while she was on a train from Manchester to London.

The sales from the books have, according to unsubstantiated rumours, made her richer than Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Each book in the series chronicles one year in Harry's life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he learns Magic. Seven books are planned, each gradually a little darker than its predecessor as Harry ages and his nemesis, Lord Voldemort, gains power.

The books have been compared to Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, the novels of Diana Wynne Jones, and the works of Philip Pullman; they also fit into a British genre of novels about boarding school life, and the sections involving Potter's relatives the Dursleys remind some readers of Roald Dahl's works.