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American Art Museum
Treasures galore await at the American Art Museum, home to the "largest collection of American art in the world." Best sections are Education (especially Kids' Corner, Learning with New Media, and Journey through Art) and Collections & Exhibitions (don't miss Browse the Collection, Helios, Director's Choice and Online Exhibitions.) My personal favorites are Bottle Caps to Brushes (in Kids' Corner) for elementary grades, and the curator's commentary about Vegetable Dinner by Peter Blume (in Director's Choice) for high-school students.
The mission of ARTSEDGE has always been to help artists, teachers, and students gain access to and/or share information, resources, and ideas that support the arts as a core subject area in the K-12 curriculum. As we enter a new millennium, we have expanded our mission statement and are happy to share it with you here.
ArtsWork unites ASU artists and scholars with community leaders in research and programs focused on children and the arts. ArtsWork was created in 1996 with an endowment from Katherine K. Herberger. ArtsWork received a million dollar endowed gift from Bank of America in 2007. These generous gifts provide ArtsWork with resources to initiate and sustain numerous projects benefiting young people in the greater Phoenix area.
Arts Connected
A cooperative project of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center. An amazingly useful site says Faith Clover, U of Minnesota. Students can use all of what is here:
Arts Ed Net
From the Getty Museum Education Department, the site is for K-12 teachers. The site is not current, but what is there is exceptionally well written. with new links and other material added regularly. It has a very extensive list of links to museums and art history resources.
Art Lex
An art dictionary with 3,000+ terms along with "thousands of images, pronunciation notes, great quotations and links to other resources on the Web." By Michael Delahunt, Arizona (High School Art Teacher).
Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Ballet may also refer to a ballet dance work, which consists of the choreography and music for a ballet production. A well-known example of this is The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet that was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a music score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Release your inner DJ and create an Internet radio station to share with friends (and the whole world.) So what exactly is a blip? It's a single music track accompanied by a short text message. is a Twitter-like social network that allows you to follow other DJ's with similar music tastes, and to see what sounds your friends are listening to. With good integration between and Twitter, FriendFeed and, is also a way to integrate music with your existing social media activities such as Facebook or MySpace.

iLike is a social network application with over fifty million members who share music recommendations, playlists, and personalized concert alerts on networks such as Facebook and MySpace. The first step is to scan your existing iTunes music library and install the iTunes sidebar plugin. Next is to add iLike to your Facebook or other social network profile. Using the wisdom of crowds, iLike will recommend music you're likely to enjoy, and let your friends know what you are listening to.

Infoplease: Michelangelo
"Michelangelo drew extensively as a child, and his father placed him under the tutelage of Ghirlandaio, a respected artist of the day." This six-part biography from the Infoplease Encyclopedia is an excellent resource for school reports. Best clicks are the hyperlinked keywords that whisk you away to related articles, and the Cite function (small link in the middle of the page) that creates bibliographic citations. If you get lost in the maze of linked pages, you can always find your way back by using the Search Biographies function in the lower left-hand corner of any page.
The International Library of Photography
The International Library of Photography was founded to provide a vehicle for amateur photographers to gain exposure through publication of their photos in our hardbound anthologies and on our Internet site.

iTunes Genius
New in version 8 of the free Apple music organizer iTunes, is Genius, a recommendation engine and playlist creator. To get recommendations of songs not already in your library, add the Genius Sidebar (select Genius in the View dropdown menu.) To create custom playlists based on a single song, click the Genius icon in the lower-right hand corner when that song is selected. These created playlists are terrific fun, and are based on the playing habits of millions of users. is a personalized streaming radio station, with a playlist based on any artist or genre you choose, as well as a music recommendation engine connected to your computer and iPod. " turns what millions of people listen to into the perfect mix for you." After downloading their Scrobbler software (for Windows, Mac or Linux), will "scrobble" any song you listen to on your computer or iPod, and automatically add it to your profile. The more music you "scrobble," the more accurate your recommendations.

Michelangelo Buonarroti
This beautiful site was created by a web design firm as a showcase for their talents, and is my pick-of-the-day. In addition to the three-part biography, extra goodies include a selection of seven Michelangelo images for use as Windows wallpaper, and two word search puzzles. The wallpaper images are found at the bottom of the Gift Store page. Links to the printable puzzles are at the top of the Resources section.
MSN Encarta: Michelangelo
Encarta is another great site for school reports, also with a built-in citation generator. But these citations lack both the date you viewed the page, and the exact URL of the article. Check with your teacher about the exact bibliographic format you need to use. While you are here, don't miss the multimedia gallery. It contains twelve annotated artwork images, and a page of Michelangelo Quick Facts. "Michelangelo was a celebrated poet during his lifetime: about 300 of his poems survive."
Musically Inclined
Musically Inclined claims to be the "ultimate music resource." This ThinkQuest entry is a collection of articles covering different aspects of the music world.

Pandora's recommendation engine is based on their Music Genome Project, and works a little differently than other Internet music discovery sites. Built around a collection of hundreds of musical attributes (or "genes"), they "capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song - everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony." You can enjoy the results by creating a streaming radio station based on an artist or song, or listening to stations created by others.

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1492 Exhibit
1492. Columbus. The date and the name provoke many questions related to the linking of very different parts of the world, the Western Hemisphere and the Mediterranean. What was life like in those areas before 1492? What spurred European expansion? How did European, African and American peoples react to each other? What were some of the immediate results of these contacts?

America in the 1930's
From the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia, America in the 1930's is a compendium of the decade's visual arts: film, print, radio, murals, paintings, posters and architecture. Don't miss the multimedia timeline, which color-codes events into four categories: Politics and Society, Science and Technology, Arts and Culture, and World Events. Many of the items are linked to additional audio or video media, and each year is summarized with a Year in Review video.

Apples 4 the Teacher: Flag Day Activities for Kids
Along with a short history of the holiday, Apples 4 Teachers Flag Day Activities include interactive flag coloring, printable patriotic poems, printable short stories, and articles about flag etiquette and how to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. For additional activity ideas, visit related patriotic holidays Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans' Day.

Best of History Websites
An anthology of online history resources, this site was crafted and designed for history students, teachers, and enthusiasts. Established by Thomas Daccord, history teacher and instructional technology consultant at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts, this site not only provides links to online resources, but also rates them on a one to five star scale. The site features ten different historical categories -- Prehistory, Ancient/ Biblical, Medieval, US History, Early Modern European, 20th Century, World War II, Art History, General Resources, and Maps -- and contains links to over 700 history-related Web sites that have been reviewed for "quality, accuracy, and usefulness." [MG]
Provides biographies of over 20,000 notable people. Uses the Cambridge Encyclopedia Database and the Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography.
Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Digital Library: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
Although Sojourner Truth never learned to read or write, she dictated this autobiography to Olive Gilbert, a white abolitionist. Published in 1850, it tells the story of a Dutch-speaking slave child who transformed herself into a traveling speaker, abolitionist and women's right advocate. "The following is the unpretending narrative of the life of a remarkable and meritorious woman – a life which has been checkered by strange vicissitudes, severe hardships, and singular adventures."

Discovering Lewis and Clark®
Welcome to Discovering Lewis and Clark®. This is a progressive Web site, currently containing more than 1,400 pages, which is increased by one or more new episodes each month. For the most recent updates, see "New This Month" on the following page.

EnchantedLearning: US Flag Day Crafts
For Flag Day, Enchanted Learning offers dozens of patriotic crafts for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary ages. All can be made with common craft supplies, such as paper, scissors, glue, string, pencils and popsicle sticks. Projects that caught my eye include a flag-themed wind sock a patriotic pinwheel, and a flag pebble. Some of the printable activities are only available for paid members.

Go West Across America With Lewis and Clark
Wild rivers. Rugged mountains. An unknown continent to explore. This great American expedition will face them all. And they need your help on this incredible adventure.
The Great Pains and Accuracy Tour
In which a radio producer and an english professor bicycle the Lewis & Clark trail, wondering what we've done with the water & land the past 200 years.
History's Happening!
This site is a good stop for kids looking for homework help. Four sections-ancient, medieval, modern and U.S.History-contain good lists of links with helpful descriptions.
History Matters
Welcome to History Matters, designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History survey courses, this site serves as a gateway to Web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents and threaded discussions on teaching U.S. history.

The Holiday Spot: Flag Day
"Though the Flag Day was first celebrated in 1877, with the centennial of the U.S. flag's existence, the idea of making it a public celebration is believed to have originated in 1885." Celebrate Flag Day at The Holiday Spot with their collection of computer wallpapers, crafts, historical flags, history articles, and a Flag Day Quiz. "How many changes had the Flag undergone since the first National Flag was born?"

The Home of Thomas Jefferson - Monticello
Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. Explore Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop home, gardens, and plantation. Monticello is owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia
The History of Eating Utensils
Presented by the California Academy of Sciences, this online history of eating utensils is both stimulating and educational, with brief presentations on individual utensils and their evolution, as well as images of specimens from various cultures and periods. Learn, among other things, what Louis the XIV had to fear from the knife and what he did about it, and how it changed the shape of that instrument forever. Equally worth considering, chopsticks have also evolved over the course of five millennia. Called "kuai-zi" in Chinese, for quick little fellows, chopsticks were first joined together and only gradually came to be separated and made of less and less precious materials. Learn all about them and the rest of the instruments used by humans to eat gracefully in this brief online history. Better yet, if you are fortunate enough to be in the Bay area, visit the exhibit in person at the California Academy of Sciences.
Lewis and Clark
The companion Web site to the Ken Burns film, "Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery."
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
The mission of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation is to stimulate public appreciation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition's contributions to America's heritage, and to support education, research, development, and preservation of the Lewis and Clark experience.
Lifelong Learning Online - the Lewis & Clark Rediscovery Project
A good example is the NASA-sponsored Web site Lifelong Learning Online, which not only provides essential facts concerning the expedition but does something unique as well: It tells both sides of the story.
Prominent are the stories of three native tribes of the Inland Northwest with whom Lewis and Clark came in contact: the Coeur d'Alene, the Nez Perce, and the Warm Springs tribe of northeastern Oregon (whose portion of the site is still under construction). Even better, the site gives those tribes the opportunity to tell their own stories, in their own ways, through their own words.

Modern American Poetry: The Great Depression
In addition to a depression era art gallery and photo essay, Cary Nelson of Modern American Poetry offers an illustrated narrative about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl disaster. "For eight years dust blew on the southern plains. It came in a yellowish-brown haze from the South and in rolling walls of black from the North. The simplest acts of life – breathing, eating a meal, taking a walk – were no longer simple. Children wore dust masks to and from school, women hung wet sheets over windows in a futile attempt to stop the dirt, farmers watched helplessly as their crops blew away."

National Geographic: Pirates of the Whydah
"Black Sam" Bellamy's pirate ship The Whydah sank in a storm off the New England coast on April 26, 1717. The captain, 143 crew members and booty stolen from fifty ships went down with her. In 1984, she was discovered by underwater explorer Barry Clifford. Armed with new clues, historians are re-evaluating what they know about pirate life. This National Geographic special takes an in-depth look at nine of the Whydah pirates, and reprints a May 1999 magazine article. Don't overlook the Resources & Links page, which includes recommended websites, films, books, and a printable version of the pirate bios.
National Geographic Pirates!
"Ahoy! Have ye heard the secret of this ramshackle inn where ye'r lodgin'? They say it's full of booty but nobody's been able to find it." Join this interactive adventure, and while looking for the loot, you'll unearth tales of real pirates woven into the story line. When your adventure is finished, click on Books for Buccaneers (from the main menu) for elementary and young adult reading lists.
National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration
The Lewis and Clark expedition looms large in the American imagination. It is an unsurpassed tale of adventure and endurance, yet the bicentennial events must be more than a commemoration of a long-ago adventure. This is an opportunity for all of us to evaluate the long chain of cause and effect that links past, present and future.
National Museum of American History
The National Museum of American History was my favorite Smithsonian when the kids and I visited Washington D.C. a few years ago. Its online counterpart not only lives up to my high expectations, but exceeds them. History Wired uses a rather unique Java interface to showcase some of the curator's favorite objects. The museum houses more than three million artifacts, so choosing a handful of favorites is no small task. For more fun, click on over to any of thirty-two virtual exhibits on topics as diverse as the history of tools used to teach math, Julia Child's kitchen, and the 1950's paint-by-numbers craze.
National Symphony Orchestra
North Carolina Museum of History
Since its founding in 1902, the North Carolina Museum of History has been an exciting place to explore North Carolina history. Museum staff and volunteers are dedicated to encouraging visitors to discover the past; to reflect on their own lives and their place in history; and to preserve state, regional, and local history for future generations.
Northern Illinois University Public Affairs Office
Archaeologists say Peru was home to the Americas' earliest known urban settlements and pyramids, dating as far back as 2627 B.C.

PBS: Riding the Rails
"At the height of the Great Depression, more than a quarter million teenagers were living on the road in America, many criss-crossing the country by illegally hopping freight trains." This site, a companion to the PBS film of the same name, tells the story of why they left home and how they struggled to survive. Best clicks are the three Special Features (don't miss Striking a Chord: Railroads and their Musical Heritage) and the timeline which neatly summarizes the depression years of 1929 to 1940.

Pirates of the Caribbean
This page is dedicated to the Golden Age of Piracy, particularly in the Caribbean. Its main reason for existence is personal in nature. Believe it or not, this page was probably the first page on piracy to exist on the WWW. From the beginning, this page was never intended to be "fancy". I have left the dancing pirates and other fluff to page developers more interested in presentation than content. I have tried to make the site aesthetically pleasing with original artwork as well as public domain images but the central focus is and will remain written information on piracy drawn from a variety of sources.

Posters from the WPA: Collection Highlights
I really enjoyed this vintage poster collection from the Library of Congress. I hope you will too. "These examples demonstrate the breadth and depth of the collection and the styles and content used by the WPA [Works Progress Administration] to advertise varied programs and campaigns." Because this collection features thumbnail graphics, it is much easier to browse than the rest of the online exhibit. The sample posters are organized into seven categories: Health and Safety, Cultural Programs, Travel and Tourism, Educational Programs, Community Activities, Federal Arts Programs, World War II.

Sojourner Truth Institute: Sojourner's Biography
The Sojourner Truth Institute of Battle Creek, MI, has a terrific collection of resources for students of all grade levels. Best clicks include Legacy of Faith (an illustrated narrative biography for middle school and older), a four-part timeline of her life, In Her Times (a timeline of American history during Sojourner Truth's lifetime), and the puzzles in Test Your Knowledge. For teachers, there is a third-grade lesson plan (look for the link on the main biography page.)

Sojourner Truth Memorial: History of Sojourner Truth
In 1843, Sojourner Truth moved to Massachusetts where she lived in and near Florence for eight years, and where she now has a memorial statue. Visit for a short biography and the history of her memorial. "Born a slave in upstate New York in approximately 1797, she labored for a succession of five masters until the Fourth of July, 1827, when slavery was finally abolished in New York State. Then Isabella - as she had been named at birth - became legally free."

Sojourner Truth in Ulster County
Sojourner Truth was born in Ulster County, upstate New York at the end of the eighteenth century. On the campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz, a three-story library is dedicated to her. "It may seem ironic that a library is named for a woman who could not read or write. It is just as ironic that this great communicator is one of the most famous persons to come from Ulster County. She often said 'I can't read books, but I can read the people.'" This one-page illustrated biography was penned by librarian Corrine Nyquist.

The New Deal Network
Published by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and Teachers College at Columbia University, the New Deal Network is my pick of the week because of the depth of its collection. "At the core of the New Deal Network is a database of primary source materials – photographs, political cartoons, and texts (speeches, letters, and other historic documents) – gathered from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and other sources. Currently there are over 20,000 items in this database, many of them previously accessible only to scholars."

Turn-of-the-Century Child: Examine their Faces
A wonderful photo exhibit to explore and enjoy. Learn2 Fold an American Flag
"Flag-folding does take some practice, but the task isn't exactly rocket science. As long as you've got an awareness of flag etiquette (a few simple rules) and a friend to help you out, mastering the art of getting the flag in that neat little triangle will have you looking like the best girl scout or marine in town." This five-step illustrated flag folding lesson is just one of hundreds of short tutorials you'll find at The instructions can be followed online, or printed out for ease of reference. You'll find the link to a printable version at the end of the last step. History of Flag Day
"On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York." is dedicated to the history of the American flag, and has an excellent article about the history of Flag Day, along with a gallery of of historic U.S. flags, answers to questions about flag etiquette, and a discussion of flag desecration. Do you think the Constitution should be amended to make it illegal to burn an American Flag?

Women in History: Sojourner Truth Biography
This biographical vignette is published by Women in History, a non-profit project that brings history to life with live performances of historical monologues and online biographies. "Sometime around 1815, she [Isabella Baumfree] fell in love with a fellow slave named Robert, who was owned by a man named Catlin or Catton. Robert's owner forbade the relationship because he did not want his slave having children with a slave he did not own (and therefore would not own the new 'property')."

Women in Military Service for America Memorial
The Women In Military Service For America Memorial is a unique, living memorial honoring all military women - past, present & future.
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