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Welcome to QuestBridge
QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges. QuestBridge is the provider of the National College Match Program and the College Prep Scholarship.
Preventative Health for Native American Seniors...
Wisdom Steps invites Tribal Elders to participate in activities that build their health. Wisdom Steps began in Minnesota in 1999. Wisdom Steps is a partnership among the eleven Minnesota Indian tribes, three urban areas (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Duluth and Bemidji) and the Minnesota Board on Aging.
America on the Move
See how we got here. Transportation transformed America. Choose from these three interconnected
routes to explore how transportation shaped our lives, landscapes, culture, and communities.
Swine Flu
On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization declared the swine flu an official influenza pandemic. Although that sounds quite scary, it simply means that this season's threat is now global in nature. Learn more about the flu and its impact at these sites.
AMNH: Infection, Detection, Prevention
"Microbes are the oldest form of life on Earth. Some types have existed for billions of years." This great multimedia site from American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) explains microbes and bacteria and the role they play in infection. My favorite clicks are the interactive games sprinkled throughout the site, and the chapter titled "How Lou Got the Flu." But the most important section is Prevention Convention, which includes ten tips for staying healthy. For a two-page color-it-yourself version of the tips, look for the Print & Color link at the bottom of the page.
"One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information." Best clicks are Know the Facts, with answers to question such as "What is H1N1 flu?" and "How do you catch swine flu?", and the glossary which defines flu terms from "adjuvant:a substance added to a vaccine to improve the immune response " to "zoonoses: diseases that are transferable from animals to humans." State-specific information is available by clicking on the red US map in the right-hand column.
Dr. Henry Nima, a medical researcher in Pittsburgh, PA, compiled this world map using data from "official sources, news reports and user-contributions." Unfortunately those sources aren't listed. To view any part of the map in more detail, use the zoom bar or click and hold your left-mouse button to drag the map. To view a text summary of the number of suspected and confirmed swine flu cases, click on any of the round button icons. Swine Flu
As an international news agency, Reuters has an interesting collection of current news items and background pieces about the H1N1 swine flu, presented in a variety of ways including RSS feeds, widgets, mobile, slideshows, podcasts and video. Be sure to visit H1N1 Facts and the Analysis section, which discusses issues such as the flu's threat to the economy. "One of the few certainties about the H1N1 swine flu virus is that it would have to turn much deadlier than it seems right now to cause a major drop in global economic output."

WebMD: Swine Flu Slideshow
This fifteen slide slideshow from Web M.D. explains the swine flu in layman's language. "Like people, pigs can get influenza (flu), but swine flu viruses aren't the same as human flu viruses. Swine flu doesn't often infect people, and the rare human cases that have occurred in the past have mainly affected people who had direct contact with pigs. But the current swine flu outbreak is different."

Multiplication Games
Learning multiplication doesn't have to be all about rote memorization and flashcards, there are plenty of fun online games you can add to the mix. From target practice to fashion dress up, your student is sure to find something to capture their attention with this week's selection of multiplication games. Multiplication
With lessons, exercises, printable worksheets and games, has basic multiplication covered. Best reasons to visit are the Order of Operations games (solve equations such as 14-2x4+11 to reveal a hidden picture) and Mystery Picture games for practicing multiplication facts up to a product of twenty. In addition, they have dozens of printable worksheets, including a customizable one for practicing times tables from one to nine.
Helping with Math: Multiplication Games
" Multiplication doesn’t have to be all worksheets, table, charts, tests and problems. Games are often an excellent way for your child to learn math. In keeping with our ‘no bouncing frog’ format, they are all clean and simple to try although they are still fun.” True to their word, there is nary a bouncing frog in site, but these click-and-drag games are great for practicing multiplication facts. My favorites are the Target the Answer games which feature two-minutes rounds of target practice with great sound effects. Multiplication Games
The KidsNumbers multiplication program is divided into two parts. The first focuses on pre-multiplication skill building, and the second is a collection of games for reinforcing multiplication facts. For example, in Apple Baskets Multiplication, a problem such as 5 x4 is visualized as five baskets each filled with four apples. “As students begin this activity they will depend heavily on the apple baskets. However, over time, as the concepts begin to sink in, students should begin solving problems more mentally, until eventually the apple baskets are no longer required.” Interactive Games
Woo hoo! is my pick of the week because of the unique themes that make their games super fun. For example, in Pizza Pizazz you are presented with a problem, such as 8 x 9, a pizza, and a restaurant full of tables waiting for their order. To earn a point, you need to deliver your pizza to table number 72. Other fun concepts include Math Models (“Mix and match clothes to come up with your favorite outfit. The more math problems you get right, the more clothes you have to choose from.”) and Color Creations (“Unlock the colors to paint the pictures by answering the problems correctly.”) Multiplication Drills offers multiplication drills, seven Flash games, several worksheet generators and a unique interactive activity called Draggable Multiplication. Draggable Multiplication is a grid with multiplication problems to solve step-by-step by dragging answers onto the interactive workspace, working each step of a multiple-digit multiplication problem as you would with paper and pencil. “The program locks the numbers into place, which is helpful for students who have trouble keeping numbers organized.”
Bats are small, furry nocturnal mammals that fly and sleep hanging upside down. Despite their association with Halloween and all things scary, bats are important to our ecosystem because they eat huge quantities of bugs and produce tons of fertilizer, called bat guano. Learn more at this week's collection of bat sites.
Bat Conservation International: All About Bats
When visiting the BatCon site, don’t limit yourself to the crafts and puzzles in the Kidz Cave. Also peruse the species profiles, the huge photo gallery (look for it on the Media & Info menu tab), and their humongous list of web links (also in Media & Info.) If you have any interest in photography, the Photographing Bats section is fascinating. “Because of their shy nature and nocturnal habits, bats are exceptionally difficult to portray photographically as they really are in the wild.”
Bats: Why Should We Care?
Written for lower elementary students, Doug Prouty explains why we should care about bats. Bats can eat up to 300 bugs an hour, including those that destroy crops and plants. They also pollinate or spread the seeds of fruit trees such as bananas, avocados, figs, and peaches. “Besides eating harmful insects and pollinating plants, bat poop or guano is actually a very beneficial fertilizer. It is so strong that people who collect it have to wear gas masks and protective clothing. Farmers benefit greatly as guano is the best fertilizer.”
Bat World
Bat World is a volunteer organization that rescues and rehabilitates thousands of bats each year. In addition to info about what to do if you find a bat (“Do not handle the bat with bare hands and do not attempt to rehabilitate the bat on your own. To do so could jeopardize your safely as well as the life of the bat.”), their site offers Q and A about building a bat house, bat anatomy illustrations, bat species details, and a kids page with a jigsaw puzzle and a finger-snapping music video about echolocation (really!)
Defenders of Wildlife: Bats
“Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. With extremely elongated fingers and a wing membrane stretched between, the bat’s wing anatomically resembles the human hand.” Start with this excellent species overview, which includes diet, population, range, and behavior. Then follow the Imperiled Species link at the end of the article to learn more about the nine species of American bats that are listed as threatened or endangered. “Losing insect-eating bats could trigger massive insect explosions that could have a major impact on agriculture and human health.”

Kidzone: Bats
For bat lovers up to grade three, Kidzone presents bat activities, facts and photos. Activities include bat coloring pages, online jigsaw puzzles, a fable (“Why Bat Has No Friends”), and more than a dozen printable bat worksheets such as an Itsy Bitsy Bat Book, Bat Questions, and About Bats. “Bats are mammals that live on every continent in the world except Antarctica. All bats have thumbs and fingers, sleep upside down, hunt at night and sleep all day.”

French Revolution
The French Revolution (1789 - 1799) was a period of political and social upheaval when the people of France brought down the monarchy and strengthened the middle class. The revolution ended when the popular French general, Napoleon Bonaparte, took power as emperor and France became a republic.
Fact Monster: French Revolution
Fact Monster offers a hyperlinked history of the French Revolution, reprinted from the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. “Historians disagree in evaluating the factors that brought about the Revolution. To some extent at least, it came not because France was backward, but because the country's economic and intellectual development was not matched by social and political change.” Related articles, such as Bastille Day and a summary of the French Revolution for younger students, are listed at the bottom of the page.
Liberty, Equality, Faternity: Exploring the French Revolution
Created in collaboration with George Mason University, City University of New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this site archives more than 600 primary documents, and unites them with a timeline, a glossary and maps. Chapters are listed under Explore, but browsing and searching are two alternative ways to navigate the site. Some of the unique content here includes thirteen songs that “document the changing musical landscape of France in the revolutionary era” and the 330 translated primary text documents such as the 1786 Memorandum to Her Majesty the Queen Concerning the Diamond Necklace Affair.
Mr. Dowling: The French Revolution
Florida middle-school teacher Mr. Dowling explains the causes of the French Revolution in simple terms in this one-page summary. “Louis [XVI, King of France] needed help in 1789. The nation had endured a long, hard winter and most of the crops were lost. The treasury was bankrupt after supporting America in their revolution. Louis had to raise money. He could not tax the peasants, because they had no money, so he had to tax the aristocrats and the middle class.”
PBS: Napoleon: French Revolution
From the PBS television special Napoleon, comes this look at the French Revolution. “In the summer of 1789, the French people’s anger boiled over into the streets, and violence erupted throughout France. Mobs of citizens cried out for liberty, equality and brotherhood. The monarchs of Europe looked on in horror as revolution threatened to topple the greatest monarchy on the continent.” Other website features include an interactive timeline, classroom lessons, and related video clips.

School History: French Revolution
School History (from Great Britain) has a huge list of French Revolution resources for both student and teacher. The first three are internal content, and the rest of the list are links to external resources, some of which are, unfortunately, no longer live. Bad links aside, be sure to take a look at the PDF worksheets (on the Summary page), as well as Causes of the French Revolution, and Rise of Napoleon. The second link labeled Causes of the French Revolution is also worth seeing. It is an illustrated mind-map of the various pressure points that fueled the revolt.

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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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