October 2007


by Alan Haskvitz

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/global-warming.html

This is an very interesting table about where all of the presidential candidates stand on energy usage. It is going to be updated and can be printed as a file.

What is especially interesting is that Rudy Giuliani has no stated positions at present. It is good to be the poll leader. Ron Paul also has stated very little, except it does not like restrictions.

Of note is the fact that almost every Republican doesn’t want to do anything about energy conservation while the Democrats are trying to outdo each other with restrictions.

http://www.heatison.org/content/blank/candidate_chart

A huge list of links to sites that debate the pro and con of global warmings.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/global-warming.html

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For a great many holiday lessons and links

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/pumpkins.html

Remembrance Day and Veterans Day Lessons

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/veterans_day.html

Canadian Remembrance Day

A large link page

http://edselect.com/remembrance.htm

Veterans Day and Remembrance Day lessons

http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/remembrance.php

Elementary Themes

http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/remembranceday.htm

Crafts

http://www.kinderplans.com/content.cfm?pageid=201

Coloring activities

http://www.crayola.com/educators/lesson_plans/detail.cfm?id=893

British Remembrance Day site

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_3240000/newsid_3243200/3243279.stm

Australian Remembrance Day

http://lvillage.education.vic.gov.au/lv/beps/hp.nsf/PreviewHomePages/remembrance%20day

AND

http://www.consultpivotal.com/remembrance_day.htm

Veterans and Remembrance Day Themes

http://www.themeunits.com/Remembrance_bk.html

Nice Printable selection

http://www.teachervision.fen.com/tv/printables/TCR/0615_73.pdf

Poems

http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems10.html

Canadian Remembrance Day Ideas from Canadian Veterans

http://198.103.134.2/remembers/sub.cfm?source=teach_resources/gen_guide

How to send postcards to Canadian veterans

http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=feature/vetweek/postpeace/postsend

Animals in war

http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=feature/week2006/vw_edres/animalswar_news/guide

Royal Canadian Legion Teacher’s Guide

http://www.legion.ca/asp/docs/rempoppy/Tguide_e.asp

Three approaches to teaching Flanders Field

http://www.developingteachers.com/tips/pasttips74.htm

Things about using Google you probably didn’t know about.
By Alan Haskvitz
http://www.reacheverychild.com
The vastness of Google and the creative nature of their employees has resulted in some interesting and little know facts. The fact that I know about these is by experimenting. Hopefully, you will get the same action that I did.
For example, if you use the Google Blog search engine you can get more specific results by using the links on the left hand side of the page. 
The Google Blog Search engine can provide better results by using the links on the left side of the page. You can be more specific with your searchs, too. 
Use the advanced Google video search to slim down the huge number of videos that come up with your general searches. For example, you can ask just for those from Google Video. Even than there are nearly 2 millon pages.
A terrific site called http://www.researchbuzz.org has even more insights such as the new updates at Google.Moon. There you can use the small flags to learn about the Apollo landings. The photos are tremendous. I think the Apollo 11 mission panaramic shot would be a great screen saver. Don’t forget to play with the zoom feature that changes the data. 
I also learned that Google has a $20 million award for the first craft to land on the money that is sponsored by private funds. It needs to survive, though. 

Let’s you know about the differences between human ranking on Google and the computerizes searches.

http://searchengineland.com/070426-011828.php

Very unique Google tools that are not generally known by the public

http://www.voelspriet.nl/googletools.htm

Financial Aid for Teachers, Students

By Alan Haskvitz

http://www.reacheverychild.com/alan.html

There are a variety of sites that offer information about scholarships, grants, and other financial data to help pay for educational related expenses. Because of the numerous sites and the fluctuating requirements it is best to start with the larger ones first before going to the more specific ones. I have tried to list the two major categories here. Regardless, this is one of the largest collections on the Internet, if not the largest, thanks to the Horace Mann Companies.

Horace Mann scholarship

Open to all educators

https://www.horacemann.com/edscholarship/

A huge site

http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/

Large link site

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/grants_07.html

Grants, scholarships, and awards

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/grants.html

Awards

http://www.reacheverychild.com/scholarships/awards/index.html

Funding Directories

http://www.reacheverychild.com/scholarships/funding/directories.html

US Government Aid Sites

http://www.ed.gov/finaid/landing.jhtml

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/funding.jsp

Scholarships

http://www.reacheverychild.com/scholarships/scholarships/index.html

Free government guide

You can order this without charge or download it.

http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html

American Federation of Teachers Listings

Includes debt forgiveness and local scholarships, too

http://www.aft.org/teachers/jft/loanforgiveness.htm

Yahoo listing

http://dir.yahoo.com/Education/Financial_Aid/Grants/

University fellowships

http://www.reacheverychild.com/fellowship/index.html

A guide to applying for college

http://www.reacheverychild.com/current/college/index.html

Non-profit organizations

http://www.reacheverychild.com/scholarships/funding/non-profit.html

Technology grants

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/tech_day.html#4

Financial Aid Officer

A very vast site

http://www.financialaidofficer.com/

Funding by location, type

http://www.reacheverychild.com/scholarships/funding/index.html

Scholarships by category

http://www.free-4u.com/

Federal Employee related aid sites

http://www.feea.org/

A must read article on college scholarship scams

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/articles/070803/3loanscams.htm

Teacher loan forgiveness explanation

http://education.yahoo.com/college/financial_aid/articles/teacher_loan_forgiveness.html

These are college scholarship sites. There may be a cost so beware.

http://www.college-scholarships.com/

College Net

http://www.collegenet.com/about/index_html

Peterson’s

http://www.petersons.com/finaid/file.asp?id=806&sponsor=1&path=ug.pfs.scholarships

Scholarship Page

http://www.scholarship-page.com/search.shtml

Grad Loans

http://www.gradloans.com/

Sallie May Loan Information

http://www.salliemae.com/

Nellie May

http://www.nelliemae.com/

Student loan finder

http://www.estudentloan.com/

Scholarship Finder

http://www.fastweb.com/

Ron Brown Scholarship

http://www.ronbrown.org/

Hispanic Scholarship

http://www.hsf.net/

International Forestry Grants

http://www.fs.fed.us/people/gf/gf00.htm

Financial Aid to study in Japan

This is an example of how specific your search needs to be to find financing for your interests and the great many possibilities.

http://www.colorado.edu/ealc/atj/Bridging/ABRD-finaid.html

Mercedes Benz: The Star is Re-Rising

The Car Family

For older reviews go to

http://www.motorists.org/

I had committed the ultimate sin while driving PCH by leaving more than a foot between the Mercedes Bluetec diesel I was driving and the car in front of me.

Perhaps I was lulled into this error by the quiet nature of this E Class sedan, or maybe it was the inordinate amount of time I spent staring at the miles per gallon readout which, despite bumper to bumper traffic, was still indicating 34 mpg for this 4000 pound luxury car. Suddenly, a red Porsche cabriolet slashed into my lane. Knowing that the driver had apparently not mastered the art of using a turn signal I felt compelled to point this out to him. Before I had a chance to share my wisdom he had cut into another lane and within minutes was nearly two cars ahead of me. In Malibu PCH time that is the equivalent of nearly an hour. I decided to catch him using the monkey see monkey do method. Sure enough the diesel’s tremendous low-end torque enabled the Mercedes sedan to keep pace with Mr. Porsche. Soon we were challenging his manhood by pulling ahead of him. It was worth every point on my driving record.

Indeed, the Bluetec is just one of several cars Mercedes has updated to meet the changing needs of a more demanding consumer. Driving the various new models new it is obvious that its star is on the rise again. The 2008 models are loaded with features, have simplified the Command center that controls many creature comforts, and make them, dare we say, much more BMWish in driving manners. Add to this delicious dish is the buyer’s ability to have his or her Mercedes go through the AMGization process and end up with at least 475 horsepower. Just starting the big Benz engine sets off every car alarm in the block, makes your car insurance company happy, and enables you to get to the Starbucks drive-thru first. 

However, the big news at Mercedes is its all new C Class. With a larger interior, much improved handling, a smooth ride, and an abundance of both active and reactive safety features. It is also loaded with features that include an optional hard-drive-based GPS and a surround-sound system. The C Class is available in several forms and can be equipped with all wheel drive. Depending on how it’s ordered you can have a classic luxury sedan or a street scorcher. We like the in-between Sport model with larger tires, a tad tighter ride, and a more modern look. Fuel mileage for almost all Mercedes products is from 20 mpg up in the daily PCH crawl. We have gotten over 25 mpg but we had to stay in the Volkswagen bus lane to do it.

Need more attention and room; the ubiquitous E Class sedan can transform itself from mild manner sedan into uber wagon by just begging for the E63 version. You’ll want to bring home the pizza yourself with its 507 horsepower ready to keep your pepperoni hot. Faster than a non-turbo Porsche, this Mercedes also comes as a sedan should you not want to be the fastest soccer mom in the known world by being able to pass just about everything except a gas station. If you want to pass that station order the Bluetec diesel and test your kidney capacity with a range of over 600 miles. A great way to test a marriage.

Once the divorce is final the two-seater SL hardtop convertible just might be your loving companion. It is the ultimate luxury roadster and is readily prepared to drop its velvet glove to reveal a hardened fist with either its standard 382 horsepower V8 or the $189,000 AMG SL65 version with over 600 horsepower. The power-operated retractable hardtop is standard on all Mercedes SL-Class convertibles and provides a quieter, more secure feel to this four-wheeled pheromone. Space is limited, but how much room can an overnight case and a toothbrush or two take up?

The four seater CLK500 comes as a convertible or coupe. We love the AMG convertible the most with the CLK63 and its 475 horsepower.  A bargain at about $90,000 this is one delicate looking flower that doesn’t mind competition.

Mercedes also is offering its larger S Class four door and the hot selling CL Class sedan with its coupe looking styling. The engine choice depends on the depth of your gas credit card and includes the V12-powered CL600. If you really want to reach the stars the CL65 AMG features a 604-hp twin-turbo V12 painted in “liquid metal” to celebrate AMG’s 40th anniversary. This one is guaranteed parking in front of any valet-equipped restaurant.

For those who want to be seen in something as rare as a parking spot on PCH try the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. With its long nose it better have something to keep from being tormented by every rhinoplasty surgeon and that it does with a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 that stirs up 641 horsepower with a top speed estimated at about 210 mph. Complete with semi-gullwing doors and a giddy-up ride this is the new flagship for Mercedes rising star.

For a list of all vehicle websites go to

http://www.reacheverychild.com/business/auto/index.html

Estimated Mercedes prices in dollars. For Euro prices multiple by two.

C Class $31,000-$38,000

CLK $46,200-$89,200

CLS $66,900-$92,200

E Class $50,900-$85,800

M Class $43,650-$86,650

S Class : $86,700-$194,000

SL : $95,300-$187,200

SLR McLaren 10 feet of beachfront

Holiday and New Year Lessons and Links

http://www.reacheverchild.com

Winter Holiday and links

A good place to start with good resources in abundance.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/winter_traditions.html

New Years Links

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/new_year.html

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/inspiration-humor.html

http://www.lessonplanspage.com/NewYears.htm

December Holidays Around the World

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/world_holiday.html

Chinese New Years

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/chinese_ny.html

Major Holiday Sites

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/pumpkins.html

Seasonal Bulletin Boards

http://www.proteacher.com/bulletinboards/seasonal.html

Hanukkah Teacher Resources

http://www.teach-nology.com/themes/holidays/hanuk/

http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00001283.shtml

Link site

http://www.educationworld.com/holidays/archives/december.shtml

Lessons and activities for younger students

http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Christmas/

Physical Education Holiday related lessons

http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas/searchresults.asp?category=59

From Canada, Christmas plans

http://canadaonline.about.com/od/holidaylessonplans/Holiday_Lesson_Plans.htm

Winter and holiday links

http://www.picadome.fcps.net/lab/teacherl/lesson_plans/holiday/winter.htm

General Christmas Ideas

http://www.lessonplanspage.com/Christmas.htm

Large Link Site

http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/edholiday.htm

Christmas Clip Art

http://www.christmasgifts.com/christmasclipart01m.html

http://www.christmasgifts.com/christmasclipart01v.html

Weather links

With the chances of inclement weather this is a good site to make such events teachable moments.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/weather_sites.html

Red Ribbon Week Lessons and Links

http://www.reacheverychild.com

The Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, October 20-October 28 this year. It is an educational program that may be of benefit to those looking for a way to reach youth. Here are some good links.

 

Free resources on other subjects.

http://www.reacheverychild.com

 

General lessons for most grades

http://www.imdrugfree.com/

Register for Red Ribbon Week resources

Copyright information, too

http://www.redribboncoalition.org/

DEA site on the history of the Week and factsheet

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/ongoing/red_ribbon/redribbon_history.html

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/ongoing/red_ribbon/redribbon_factsheet.html

General integrated lessons

http://www.tengrrl.com/tens/027.shtml

Ideas and lessons

http://teachers.askacop.org/redribbonweek.html

Year Around Planning Guide

http://www.nfp.org/main/body/Red_Ribbon_Lesson_Plans.html

Fun Physical Education Lesson Ideas

http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas/ViewLesson.asp?ID=6945

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