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October - December
Rebuilding a Nation's Spirit
Notable Neighbors

Coming to America
Beyond Wild Justice
    Student Work!

Circle of Life

January - March
Statistics: A Curiosity Factor
Federal Holiday Web Quest
We, the Children
Pi, The Golden Ratio

April - June
If Stones Could Speak
Echoes: Brilliant Poets
Civil Rights Timeline
Java for the Teacher  

July - September
Summer Samplers


























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October - December 2002


  • Rebuilding a Nation's Spirit will chronicle the Day of Remembrance being held at Florida State University School in Tallahassee, Florida on Sept. 11, 2002. If your school is providing commemorative activities, please share your events with us.  The results will be a gallery of honor to be visited in the months to come.
    Teacher-Editor, Cathy McQuone
    Florida State University School, Tallahassee, FL

  • Notable NeighborsA Collaborative Project To Share Your Notable Neighbors: Discover famous...and not-so-famous folks from every corner of the state, providence, or county of participating schools.  Students research their history and learn about the people who contributed to their rich heritage and history.  Includes rubrics, templates, and everything you need.  Participants are encouraged to start a “Notable” section for where they live which will be added to this Notable Neighbors project.
    Teacher-Editors: Glenn Gurley, Highland School of Technology, Gastonia, NC
    Barb Thorson, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Statesville, NC

  • Coming to America -- The struggle-filled journey Asian and European immigrants experienced as they entered the United States around the turn of the century is rich with history.  Discover the sacrifices and tribulations of the thousands who made it through Angel and Ellis Islands as you surf this site. The historical fiction created by the students points to the economic, political and social factors at play during this time. 

    Are your students studying Ellis or Angel Islands?  Add their work to the “Coming to America” site by e-mailing the project editor at delia_decourcy@caryacademy.org.  We are looking for historical and literary contributions to the project.  Please join us!
    Teacher-Editor, Delia DeCourcy, Cary Academy, Cary, NC

  • Beyond Wild Justice
    “Revenge is a kind of wild justice." ~ Francis Bacon, "Essays, 4, Of Revenge"
    Student Work: Watch this site Groooooooooooooooow!

    Students across the country are invited to participate in a project that probes the new approaches to justice that are underway in our world, approaches that put in place legal practices that do things with people, rather than to them or for them. The activities and resources in “Beyond Wild Justice” will expose students to the concept of restorative justice, a form of justice that seeks healing for both the victim and the perpetrator and will push learners to consider the power of forgiveness in the lives of those most closely connected with the crime.

    Students will follow the 2002 ground breaking legal case in which middle school bullies were charged in a case of a 14 year old student who committed suicide.

    Instead of going to jail, the bullies underwent a form of restorative justice called “Justice Circles."  Project participants will consider the outcomes of that process, communicate with students across the globe about the issues of justice via an online bulletin board, create a Forgiveness Quilt, and engage in writing assignments that will help them communicate their opinions about this unfamiliar form of justice.

    “Beyond Wild Justice” will challenge each participants’ mental models concerning justice and will bring students face to face with people who have had the courage to take their pain beyond vengeance to healing.
    Teacher Editor, Brenda Dyck, Master's Academy, Calgary, Alberta

  • The Circle of Life WebQuest, a joint effort by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and fourth graders at Searingtown School in New York, includes four areas for exploration: Marine Biologists, Artist Naturalists, Stranding Specialists, and Public Awareness. These project-based lessons focus on the marine mammal and sea turtle populations off Long Island, but are easily adaptable to other coastal regions. Students use a variety of research skills to locate, collect, and organize geographic and scientific data.  An evaluation rubric and standards are included. This WebQuest, which was an Education World A+ Reviewed Site and a Blue Web’n Pick of the Week, enhances information literacy and is appropriate for grades 3-5; with modifications it could be targeted to an older audience. 
    Teacher Editor: Karen Kliegman karenklieg@yahoo.com
    Searingtown School, Albertson, New York