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New Learning Resources: Science & Social Studies (June 16, 2004)

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     FOURTEEN NEW LEARNING RESOURCES in science & social studies
     have been added to FREE.  They're described below.

     FREE makes finding federal learning resources easier:

                         http://www.ed.gov/free
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Science
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"Cell Biology & Cancer"
     features five activities for helping students understand key
     concepts about cancer -- that "cancer" is a group of more than
     100 diseases, that it develops due to loss of control of cell
     growth, that it is a multistep process, & more.  The
     relationship between biomedical research & improvements in
     health are examined, as are the advances in cancer research
     made in the last 30 years. (NIH)
     http://science.education.nih.gov/customers.nsf/HSCancer?OpenForm

"Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases"
     explores factors associated with disease emergence & re-
     emergence & considers the human activities that can increase
     or decrease the likelihood of outbreaks of infectious
     diseases.  Students play the role of epidemiologists looking
     for clues to solve the case of a mystery disease, watch
     simulations of herd immunity & the impact of vaccination
     programs, & assign limited funds to three proposals submitted
     to address a major infectious disease. (NIH)
     http://science.education.nih.gov/customers.nsf/HSDiseases?OpenForm

"Human Genetic Variation"
     offers activities exploring how genes & the environment
     influence human diversity, what role DNA sequences play in
     genetic differences, & more.  Students are invited to assume
     the role of employees at a pharmaceutical company developing
     new drugs.  A game helps show the links between genetic
     variation, environmental factors, & disease prevention.  A
     family's case study on genetic variation testing exemplifies
     difficult moral & social questions for society. (NIH)
     http://science.education.nih.gov/customers.nsf/HSGenetic?OpenForm

"NIH Curriculum Supplement Series"
     offers web-based instructional modules based on cutting-edge
     scientific discoveries.  Topics include cell biology & cancer,
     infectious diseases, human genetic variation, sleep disorders,
     neurobiology & addiction, chemicals & the environment,
     alcohol, the brain & hearing, the mouth & tooth decay.  Most
     modules are for middle & high school.  Each includes inquiry-
     based activities & extensive background materials.  Each was
     field tested by teachers. (NIH)
     http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements

"Science & Invention"
     looks at inventors & inventions that changed our lives:  the
     telegraph, photophone, animation, sewing machine, ice cream
     cone, nuclear fission, flight, & others.  It includes Thomas
     Edison's journals & failed inventions, & Alexander Graham
     Bell's notebook entry describing the first successful
     experiment with the telephone (March 10, 1876).  George
     Westinghouse,  James Smithson, Benjamin Banneker, & Samuel
     Morse are among others profiled. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/learn/community/cc_science.php

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Social studies
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"Mapping My Spot in History"
     helps students become proficient at observing & interpreting
     maps, learn architectural & cartographic terms, appreciate
     their own role in affecting history, & contribute to a
     panoramic map of their town. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/01/map/

"Nature's Fury"
     invites students to read personal accounts of natural
     disasters in the U.S. during the late 1800s & early 1990s --
     the great Chicago fire (1871), the Johnstown Flood (1889), the
     San Francisco earthquake & fire (1906), the Titanic (1912),
     the 1918 Flu Epidemics, the Dust Bowl (1930s-40s).  Students
     research a disaster & create a presentation in which they
     assume the role of a witness to the event. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/00/nature/index.html

"On the Homefront"
     features posters & images illustrating some of the ways
     American's at home contributed to war efforts overseas during
     World Wars I & II.  The images are presented in 5 categories:
     volunteer work, civil defense, conservation, economic
     initiatives, & patriotic support. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/homefront/index.html

"Reporting America at War"
     explores the role of journalists in covering America's wars.
     The website, companion to a PBS documentary, offers a teachers
     guide with lessons on press censorship, message control, the
     power of pictures, finding the right words, & works by Ernie
     Pyle & Edward R. Murrow.  The documentary examines the
     challenges of reporting from the front lines & the role of the
     correspondent in shaping how wars have been understood &
     remembered. (NEH)
     http://www.pbs.org/weta/reportingamericaatwar/

"Seventeen Moments in Soviet History"
     begins with the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 & ends with
     the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.  It includes the
     Kronstadt uprising (1921), the death of Lenin (1924), the
     liquidation of the Kulaks as a class (1929), the year of the
     Stakhanovite (1936), the end of rationing (1947), the virgin
     lands campaign (1954), Khrushchev's secret speech (1956), the
     first cosmonaut (1961), the intervention in Czechoslovakia
     (1968), & Chernobyl (1986). (NEH)
     http://www.soviethistory.org/

"St. Louis Virtual City Project"
     explores the history of the city & region known as the Gateway
     to the West.  The site includes lessons on comparing life in
     the 1850s & 1950s, advertising St. Louis, the Dred Scott
     Trial, Chinatown, the German & Irish experience in St. Louis,
     the Arch, & "exploring a decade."  Currently, content for two
     decades is available: the 1850s & 1950s. (NEH)
     http://www.umsl.edu/~virtualstl/phase2/

"Tell About the South: Voices in Black & White"
     provides a study guide to accompany a film telling the story
     of modern Southern literature.  The film explores the
     interrelationship between white & African-American writers &
     features many Southern writers -- Ellison, Faulkner, Hurston,
     O'Connor, Percy, Warren, Welty, Wolfe, Wright, & others.
     Interviews with contemporary Southern writers are included.
     (NEH)
     http://www.ageefilms.org/tats.html

"The People ... Native Americans"
     offers more than 30 collections of photos, essays, & other
     resources for learning about American Indians.  Topics include
     daily life for Native American women in the late 1800s, the
     Wounded Knee Massacre, Custer's Last Stand, & Pocahontas.
     Resources include a tribe locator, recordings of Native
     American music, & an exhibit of flutes. (LOC)
     http://memory.loc.gov/learn/community/cc_nativeamerican.php

"There She Is: A History of Miss America"
     accompanies a film that tracks the contest from its inception
     in 1921 as an exuberant local seaside pageant.  The website
     includes a transcript of the film & learning activities
     related to history, geography, economics, culture, & civics.
     The film offers insights into various topics in American
     history -- the Jazz Age, the Depression, World War II, the
     Baby Boom, feminist & civil rights activism of the 1960s, the
     women's liberation movement, & others. (NEH)
     http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/missamerica/

  Acronyms
  ~~~~~~~~
LOC -- Library of Congress
NEH -- National Endowment for the Humanities
NIH -- National Institutes of Health

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