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All About Bird Biology
Brought to you by the education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Bird Biology is here to inspire you to learn more about birds and biology. Developed as a companion site to our popular All About Birds species guide, we’re here to take you deeper into the fascinating lives of birds and highlight what they teach us about biology.
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Mother Goose
Mother Goose nursery rhymes have been part of our Western oral tradition for hundreds of years, and is not known to be a real historical figure. In fact (according to Wikipedia) she has been associated with nursery rhymes as early as 1628 in France. On the other hand, according to Eleanor Early, a Boston travel writer of the 1930s and ’40s, Mother Goose was a Bostonian of the 1660s with dozens of children and grandchildren. Whether she’s real or imaginary, Mother Goose nursery rhymes and their sing-songy rhythms are a staple of childhood.
Enchanted Learning: Rebus Rhymes: Mother Goose and Others
Enchanted Learning has more than a hundred nursery rhymes illustrated with pictograms. From "Ants Go Marching" to "Yankee Doodle," the nursery rhymes are grouped by topic and also listed alphabetically. These pages are not in PDF, so printing will include all the extraneous stuff from the web page. And although they are called rebus stories, there are no missing words in the rhymes. The pictures simply illustrate the rhyme.
Library of Congress: Book Turner: Children's Literature
This collection of vintage children's books from the Library of Congress are online recreations of old print books, with pages that turn with a click of the mouse. Enjoy W.W. Denslow's Mother Goose, from 1901, and Mother Goose Finger Plays, adapted by Irene Margaret Cullison, from 1915. In addition to the Mother Goose books, there are some other great classics, including The Story of the Three Little Pigs, illustrated by L. Leslie Brooks, and The Pied Piper of Hamelin, illustrated by Kate Greenaway.
Mother Goose Club
Mother Goose Club is a producer of children's DVDs (which are available for sale on the site) as well as this free sing-along site. Each rhyme includes the words, an illustration, the rhyme being spoken, sung and sometimes even a video! What more could you ask for? The rhymes are divided into categories: Favorites, Action, Animal, Counting Food and Surprise!
Project Gutenberg: Mother Goose
This page is a search results page for Mother Goose ebooks in Project Gutenberg, sorted by popularity. Each title is available in a variety of formats, including online HTML (which is just a regular web page), Kindle format, and the ubiquitous PDF. There is even one audio book: Mother Goose in Prose by L. Frank Baum.

Rutgers: Eclipse: Mother Goose: A Scholarly Exploration
This is a scholarly site for grownups, not preschoolers, but it's so wonderful, I had to include it! "Although Mother Goose is most commonly associated with the nursery, her power extends beyond babies and toddlers to many aspects of adult life. Scholars study the literary history of Mother Goose as well as social and historical referents in these nursery rhymes. The instantaneous recognition of characters and events leads to allusions in other literary works, in popular culture, and in advertising."

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The Holocaust
The Holocaust (1933 – 1945) was Nazi Germany’s state-sanctioned persecution of Europe’s Jews during World War II. Before the Allies conquered Adolph Hitler’s war machine, his “final solution” took the lives of six million European Jews. Holocaust Remembrance Day (also known as Yom HaShoah or the Shoah) is observed every spring, this year occurring on April 28, 2014.
Anne Frank Center: Who is Anne?
"Born on June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was a German-Jewish teenager who was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust." During her years of living in an annex of rooms above her father's old office in Amsterdam, Frank wrote a powerful dairy. Visit the Anne Frank Center USA site to learn more about her bravery and legacy, and to read snippets from her famous diary. "Since it was first published in 1947, Anne Frank's diary has become one of the most powerful memoirs of the Holocaust." Click on Students & Teachers to download the PDF discussion guides.
Anne Frank House: Education: Teacher's Portal
This Teacher's Portal from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam offers interesting discussion questions for classroom or dinner table, organized by subject, as well as articles about various aspects of the diary. "Anne Frank's diary has inspired people all over the world, from Hollywood producers to Broadway directors. Over the years there have been many different movies, and docudramas based on her life but it all started in 1955 with the Broadway play ‘The Diary of Anne Frank'. "
The Holocaust Chronicle
Based on a print book of the same name, this website includes "every word and image" of the 800-page ‘Holocaust Chronicle' book published in 2000. Organized by years from 1933 to1946, you can traverse the site by chapter or search function. " Neither Adolf Hitler nor Franklin Roosevelt lived to see the end of World War II and the Holocaust. On May 7, 1945, at Rheims, France, General Alfred Jodl signed Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender."
US Holocaust Memorial Museum: Learn about the Holocause
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington DC and on the Web, "inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity." Start your tour with the 38-minute video The Path to Nazi Genocide which provides an overview of the Nazis rise to power, and their persecution of Jews. Other worthwhile clicks include Information for Students, and Timeline of Events. Both can be found in the left-hand navigation menu.

Yad Vashem: The Holocaust
"It took the Germans and their accomplices four and a half years to murder six million Jews. They were at their most efficient from April to November 1942 – 250 days in which they murdered some two and a half million Jews. They never showed any restraint, they slowed down only when they began to run out of Jews to kill, and they only stopped when the Allies defeated them." Yad Vashem was established in 1953 in Jerusalem, and a world center for Holocaust research and education. This section of their website covers the Holocaust in eleven chapters.

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Photosynthesis is the chemical process used by plants (and a few other organisms) to convert sunlight, water, and air into the energy needed for the plant to grow and survive. Learn more with today’s crop of website picks. Plants
"If you're not a microbe and you're not an animal, chances are you are a plant. There are loads of species of plants on Earth. Just as there is a system of classification for animals, there is also a system of classification for plants." This Biology4Kids introduction to plants is divided into ten parts. Start your tour with Photosynthesis and progress by using the navigation buttons at the bottom of each page, or jump to any section via the menu at the top of the right-hand column.
Pearson: BioCoach Activity: Photosynthesis
For high-school students, Pearson offers nine interactive animations (covering eight concepts) and a twenty-five question multiple-choice quiz. "The animations review the important characteristics of light energy, quiz your recall of leaf and plant cell anatomy, demonstrate the general process of photosynthesis, and examine the molecular events that take place in the chloroplast."
StudyJams: Photosynthesis
"Photosynthesis is one of the coolest processes that scientists know about!" Okay, that line made me laugh, but this StudyJames cartoon from Scholastic does do a good job of introducing photosynthesis to elementary age students. When you're done with this one, just click on Science for related StudyJam cartoon videos including Plant Cells, Roots & Stems, Flowers and Plant Adaptations.
PBS NOVA: Illuminating Photosynthesis
"Photosynthesis in plants and a few bacteria is responsible for feeding nearly all life on Earth. It allows energy from the sun to be converted into a storable form, usually glucose, which plants use to grow and thrive." This photosynthesis lesson is available in both interactive and printable form. For high-school students, PBS does a great job of explaining the chemistry of photosynthesis, and includes three Puzzles to ponder and discuss.

Wiley: Interactive Concepts in Biochemistry
Wiley illustrates the basics of photosynthesis in five slides. Navigate through them by clicking the titles on the green leaves, or use the nav buttons at the bottom of the slides. "Ultimately, all the energy required to sustain life on Earth comes from the sun. Plants, and some bacteria, absorb solar energy and harness it to produce their own fuel and biosynthetic molecules."

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Blogging Platforms
This roundup of free blogging platforms features sites that offer both free hosting, and the software tools to create and maintain a blog without having to know a thing about HTML, CSS, or FTP. All allow the use of your own domain name (such as instead of but some only include this feature in their premium or paid offerings.
The free Blogger/BlogSpot platform, owned by Google, is very easy to use, has great analytics, and excellent photo gallery integration with Picasa. Blogger is probably the easiest to set up and use of these platforms, which leads to the flip side, its lack of options for advanced users. But Blogger is a solid choice for beginners, with easy integration with a variety of Google products.
"LiveJournal is a community publishing platform, willfully blurring the lines between blogging and social networking." The social aspect of LiveJournal is its strongest feature, because it is very easy to keep up with recent posts from your LiveJournal friends. With a directory of schools listed by country and state, classrooms can reach out to each other via this blogging tool. But my usual note of caution is still applicable, as many blogs that are listed by school are still not child-friendly.
Tumblr is a visual social platform that encourages "reblogging" as a way to build community. About half of the posts at Tumblr are photos. The other half are a mix of text, links, music, quotes, and video. Tumblr has good integration with Facebook and Twitter, supports hi-res photos, and has great tools for mobile and email posting.
Weebly is a drag-and-drop website builder, which although it does not limit itself to blogging, can be used to build a blog. Weebly fans extol its ease-of-use and the broad range of available templates (which correspond to WordPress themes.)

"We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time." is a free online hosting service for blogs, while its sister site ( provides a downloadable open-source software package for hosting elsewhere. I like their free hosted version for students and other beginner bloggers because WordPress skills learned here can later be applied to any blog running WordPress software. And because WordPress is the world's leading blogging platform, there are millions of them!

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Students And Teachers Against Racism announces their new website that offers insight into the Native American perspective to teachers and educators.
Changing Winds Advocacy Center
Through presentations, classroom sessions, curriculum, fund raising, charitable works, and multi-media efforts, we seek to raise public awareness of the stereotyping, discrimination, racism and other unique situations facing Native Americans.
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