May 23, 2002

The 12 new resources are described below.

A SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY resource — the National Moment of Remembrance — asks Americans to honor those who died in service to our Nation by observing one minute of silence & reflection at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, Monday,

May 27. A timeline of America’s wars & a profile of each are available at the website. (White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance)

U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige invites teachers, students, & other Americans to participate the National Moment of Silence & to use the Commission’s website in an effort “to

reclaim this noble holiday for its intended purpose of honoring those who died in service to our great country.”


“Celebrating Stephen Sondheim” helps introduce students to one of the most influential figures in musical theatre history. In addition to lesson ideas & learning activities, it offers a biography of the composer-lyricist, a timeline of his career, & the background & synopses of four of his most well-known musicals. The site was developed in conjunction with the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration, which will be held throughout the spring & summer. (JFK-CPA)

“Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Tragedy’: The Metamorphosis of a Painting” uses x-rays & infrared light to reveal that Picasso sketched & painted at least four works on this panel before painting over them in 1903 to produce “The Tragedy.” He did not, however, merely paint over the previous images; rather, he incorporated each layer into the subsequent one, believing that, “What comes out in the end is the result of the discarded finds.” (NGA)


“Healthy Start, Grow Smart: Your Newborn” provides parents of newborns information about checkups & shots, breastfeeding & bottle feeding, changing diapers, installing car seats, bathing, communicating, keeping a memory book, “what it is like to be a newborn,” & more. (USAD,ED,HHS)

Language Arts

“Teaching Our Youngest: A Guide for Preschool Teachers & Child Care & Family Providers” suggests how to read aloud to children, develop their listening & speaking skills, teach about letters & numbers, & build their background knowledge & thinking skills. The booklet is designed to help adults who work with young children create rich learning environments. (ED,HHS)

Social Studies

“Boston’s Arnold Arboretum: A Place for Study & Recreation” provides readings, maps, & lesson ideas about the first arboretum in the U.S., which opened to the public in the 1880s. This site, though focused on a place devoted to the study of trees, can help students learn how 19th-century urban conditions influenced the development of parks & how to research the history of parks in their own communities. (NPS,TwHP)

“Bryce Canyon National Park: Hoodoos’ Cast Their Spell” looks at the history of this area in Utah known for its hoodoos — limestones, sandstones, & mudstones that have been carved by erosion into spectacular spires, fins, & pinnacles. (NPS,TwHP)

“Carnegie Libraries: The Future Made Bright” tells the story of how Andrew Carnegie donated over $40 million from his fortune made in the railroad & steel industries to build more than 1,600 libraries across America. Photos, maps, tables, & drawings of “Carnegie libraries” help tell the story. (NPS,TwHP)

“Chatham Plantation: Witness to the Civil War” recounts what happened at this plantation overlooking Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The house served as a headquarters & communications center for generals & commanders. When General Irvin McDowell was housed there, President Lincoln visited to confer with about strategy.

Later in the war, the house served as a hospital where Clara Barton & Walt Whitman tended to wounded soldiers. Four major battles were fought in the countryside surrounding Chatham. (NPS,TwHP)

“Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor” features 46 historic places along a 150-mile stretch from Bristol to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the anthracite coal industry. This National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary illustrates the history of an extraordinary 19th-century transportation system

— mountain railroads, rivers, dams & canals — devised to move anthracite from mine to market. (NPS,NRHP)

“Fort Hancock: A Bastion of America’s Eastern Seaboard” is a lesson that uses this fort, built in the late 1800s to defend New York Harbor, as a base for examining issues in U.S. defense policy & military preparedness in the late 1800s. (NPS,NRHP)


“EdiFun: Thomas Edison & His Inventions” looks at Thomas Edison’s life & the impact of his work. The site describes individuals at Menlo Park who turned his ideas into reality & provides a database of all 1,093 of his patents. (National Park Service)


ED — Department of Education

HHS — Department of Health & Human Services

JFK-CPA — John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

NGA — National Gallery of Art

NPS — National Park Service

NPS,NRHP — National Park Service, Nat. Register of Historic Places

NPS,TwHP — National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places

USDA — Department of Agriculture