discuss-lfrf/discuss-lfrf.9803


  • Solar Eclipse at Guadeloupe lindgren@tiac.net (Charles F. Lindgren)
  • "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!! Eileen Bendixsen
  • Rainforest introduction TPreitan
  • Re: Science Project on Animals Eileen Bendixsen
  • class introduction klynne@advant.com (Maris, Charles)
  • Re: Science Project on Animals "pianolady@ctnet.net"
  • Re: Science Project on Animals "pianolady@ctnet.net"
  • CuSeeMe Videoconference on the Eclipse Eileen Bendixsen
  • Re: LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST, UPDATE #2, AS OF 12/12/97 Ginny
  • Eclipse day "Mike Reynolds"
  • LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST: PLANS CONTINUE JUST AS ANNOUNCED! Geoffrey Haines-Stiles
  • Class Introduction barbplunk@nac.net
  • OOPS! KDPW49B@prodigy.com (MRS RHONDA B TOON)
  • web site TPreitan
  • Re: web site Eileen Bendixsen
  • Re: Class Introduction Eileen Bendixsen
  • LFRF ideas "Laura Lou"
  • Re: web site "Janet K. Cook"
  • Re: web site "Janet K. Cook"
  • New Discuss Participant Susan Herzog
  • Re: New Discuss Participant "Janet K. Cook"
  • New Discuss Participant "Janet K. Cook"
  • "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!! Eileen Bendixsen
  • Intro "Amanda Buice"
  • Re: LoreyH717
  • Welcome sister! KDPW49B@prodigy.com (MRS RHONDA B TOON)
  • "They're Back!" Challenge Questions, that is... Eileen Bendixsen
  • Rain Forest Fruit Day "Laura Lou"
  • Fruit day Marty Stickle
  • Rainforest Lunch shc
  • Re: Fruit day "Janet K. Cook"
  • Fruit day "Janet K. Cook"
  • Re: Rain Forest Fruit Day "Janet K. Cook"
  • Rain Forest Fruit Day "Janet K. Cook"
  • Fruits and festivities KDPW49B@prodigy.com (MRS RHONDA B TOON)
  • Re: Fruits and festivities "Janet K. Cook"
  • Fruits and festivities "Janet K. Cook"
  • The Challenge Question Winners - Week #1 Eileen Bendixsen
  • Challenge Questions - Week #2 Eileen Bendixsen
  • Re: Welcome to PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE'S LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST discuss-lfrf ... RdgTchrSAF
  • "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!! Eileen Bendixsen
  • Introduction Bruce Grover
  • Re: Introduction Eileen Bendixsen
  • videoconference KDPW49B@prodigy.com (MRS RHONDA B TOON)
  • Our Picutures Are Online Eileen Bendixsen
  • Re: Introduction Ginny
  • Re: videoconference Ginny
  • Introduction Eileen Bendixsen
  • Videoconferencing calderone@sysnet.net (Susan Hurstcalderone)
  • Re: Introduction "Laura L. Bashlor"
  • Re: Videoconferencing "Laura L. Bashlor"
  • Videoconferencing Eileen Bendixsen
  • Biodiversity Marilyn Weiser
  • Re: Videoconferencing Lynn Hammonds
  • Intro-Shumate "Laura L. Bashlor"
  • Biodiversity Young_Karen/edu_snowline_serrano-high@omail.sbcss.k12.ca.us
  • Re: Introduction- Laura Gianfranco Martinis
  • Re: Introduction-Miguel Gianfranco Martinis
  • sloths LoreyH717
  • Re: Videoconferencing Ginny
  • Re: sloths "Susan Herzog"
  • Re: Introduction "Janet K. Cook"
  • Re: Introduction "Janet K. Cook"
  • Week #2 Challenge Question Winners Eileen Bendixsen
  • Challenge Questions - Week #3 Eileen Bendixsen
  • Another Challenge Question Winner Eileen Bendixsen
  • Re: Week #2 Challenge Question Winners Lynn Hammonds
  • I NEED YOUR HELP Gianfranco Martinis
  • One More Winning Response Eileen Bendixsen
  • Re: Week #2 Challenge Question Winners Eileen Bendixsen
  • Another Challenge Question Winner Eileen Bendixsen
  • Re: Another Challenge Question Winner Sally Dwelley
  • Re: Introduction of Sally Dwelley Sally Dwelley
  • Re: Worsheet to go with website vdexter@tidepool.com
  • Re: sloths Marty Stickle
  • Re: Introduction of Sally Dwelley Eileen Bendixsen
  • Re: Another Challenge Question Winner Gianfranco Martinis
  • Re: sloths "Janet K. Cook"
  • Re: sloths "Janet K. Cook"
  • Re: sloths craw1600@theriver.com (Michael& =?iso-8859-1?Q?Ren=E9e?= Crawley)
  • LFRF Web Site Has Now Gone Live!!! Eileen Bendixsen
  • videoconference KDPW49B@prodigy.com (MRS RHONDA B TOON)
  • Re: LFRF Website Ginny
  • Re: Videoconferencing Ginny
  • Re: Videoconferencing Ginny
  • "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!! Eileen Bendixsen
  • St Louis NCASE '98 planetarium@muncie.k12.in.us (Planetarium )
  • Re: Videoconferencing planetarium@muncie.k12.in.us (Planetarium )
  • Re: videoconference RdgTchrSAF
  • Re: videoconference Lynn Hammonds
  • Comparison of our environments Allegany-Limestone Central School,Allegany NY@aya
  • Comparison of our environments Allegany-Limestone Central School,Allegany NY@aya
  • Soil Sample Allegany Limestone Central School,Allegany NY,14706@aya
  • Re: Videoconferencing Ginny
  • Re: Worsheet to go with website Ginny
  • Information www.alli.wnyric.org@aya
  • Teacher Intro Anne Marshall
  • Week #3 Challenge Question Winners Eileen Bendixsen
  • CHALLENGE QUESTIONS - WEEK #4 Eileen Bendixsen
  • THANKS TO ALL Gianfranco Martinis
  • "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!! Eileen Bendixsen
  • URLs Eileen Bendixsen
  • Spring has come! syu@mqg.biglobe.ne.jp
  • LFRF Backyard Biodiversity Survey Sign Up From "Eileen Bendixsen" Other ONAIR-LFRF archives

    Solar Eclipse at Guadeloupe


    From: lindgren@tiac.net (Charles F. Lindgren)
    Subject: Solar Eclipse at Guadeloupe
    Date: Sun, 1 Mar 1998 10:30:18 -0500 (EST)
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    I'm back!!!!! I just wanted to send you people a report on what it was like
    to experience a solar eclipse. Let me begin by saying that this does it
    absolutely no justice.

    ECLIPSE DAY

    Eclipse day really started the evening before. All of the passengers were
    called to a special meeting in the dining room of the Star Clipper. The
    astronomers Hale and Bopp, and the Captain had made a decision to let
    participants decide where they wanted to be to view the eclipse - on the
    island of Guadeloupe, or on the Star Clipper.

    There were advantages and disadvantages to each. If you went on shore you
    would be stranded on a beach for at least seven hours. Even if the sky was
    clear the chances of clouds forming were great because the eclipse
    generates its own weather. As the umbral shadow moved closer to the island
    it could generate a cloud front before it. The advantages of being on land
    were obvious - It would be steady! You could buy t-shirts! Being on the sea
    would eliminate any serious photography. Being at sea gave the advantage of
    mobility. The captain could put the ship in the best possible spot to see
    the eclipse. The choice was ours.

    On February 26th 23 people decided to go on land with Alan Hale; 170
    decided to stay with the ship and Thomas Bopp. Around 10:30 am AST we waved
    a farewell to the brave souls who left for Guadeloupe. When the tender
    returned we headed for the center line. At the center line, 16 degrees 38
    minutes 52.7 seconds North, 61 degrees 37 minutes 27.0 seconds West (more
    or less), we set up our equipment. People cleared the aft sun deck of
    lounges and we set up our cameras, telescopes, etc. It was almost
    impossible to get a steady image. Though the boa was only doing one or two
    knots, the gentle swells caused the image to appear and disappear from the
    viewfinder. Photographs was literally going to be a hit-or-miss
    proposition. The cry of "first contact" (when the first tiny piece of the
    sun disappears, went out, and all eyes turned toward the sun.

    Some videoed the entire experience taking a clip every 30 seconds. Others
    photographed nothing. I photographed whenever I could get the image of the
    sun in the viewfinder (which wasn't often). I did three of the five
    experiments I had designed. At 15 minute (more or less) intervals I took a
    temperature reading. My wife took a light intensity reading by taking a
    meter reading from a camera of a spot on the deck and noting the change in
    shutter speed, and also photographing the same spot over and over at the
    same camera setting. This last experiment would actually show the sky
    getting darker as the images became more and more under exposed. Finally I
    estimated wind speed by noting the wave conditions.

    Observations Before Totality

    The sky was very blue! Clouds were on the horizon, but none were near the
    sun. They also were over Montserrat, and unfortunately, Guadeloupe. Because
    we were on a ship, many detailed observations were impossible. We observed
    the sun disappear through solar glasses provided by the ship. It was
    impressive to watch the sun gradually disappear! The temperature started at
    a high of 87 degrees 15 minutes into the eclipse to a low of 79 degrees
    during totality. I had a plastic card with 81 pin-holes punched in it. I
    projected the image on to the deck for others to see. Others attempted
    similar projections with telescopes. Those with a very steady had
    succeeded! One of the most touching moments for me during this prephase
    was when people asked to have their hand photographed with the multiple
    pin-hole images projected on to their hand and the deck. One woman asked to
    have her hand photographed while she was wearing two special rings. Each of
    those rings was purchased at a previous eclipse site! I thought that was
    great.

    Totality

    About fifteen minutes before totality we each loaded our cameras with the
    film we wanted to use. I took my camera off of the tripod and decide to
    hand hold it. When the sun was 90% eclipsed the planet Venus became
    visible. A minute before totality someone started a countdown. The second
    major observation we made was the umbral shadow approaching. You saw and
    felt it approach! The horizon disappeared and a darkness came racing toward
    us at 1,000 miles and hour - instant sunset!!! People constantly yelled to
    each other not to look at the sun without protective eye wear. Then with
    99.99% of the sun gone the phenomenon known as the diamond ring effect
    occurred. One tiny corner of the sun was left; it resembled a magnesium
    flare! All of the sun's light was concentrated into a dot! Then the sky
    went black! Two planets, Mars and Jupiter, which were close to the sun
    became visible. It was dark at the sun and lighter as you went toward the
    horizon! The corona had two larger extensions above and below the sun, the
    rest of the sun was encircled by a white glow. It looked like a hole in the
    sky! Through my lens I saw a brilliant red prominence at the bottom of the
    sun. I frantically took photographs, but also remembered to just look at
    this powerfully moving phenomenon. Many people screamed, some were silent,
    some wept. Personally, I shook and screamed. Then, after three minutes, it
    ended. The diamond ring appeared a second time, and the sky was instantly
    blue again. People clapped and cheered. Several prayed. Some drank
    expensive champagne. I continued to take readings.

    The Return to Guadeloupe

    The Captain came to the stern of the ship and was given a standing ovation
    and a kiss from a Methodist minister! The volcano on Montserrat quietly
    erupted in the background. A whale followed us back. At Guadeloupe we
    waited for news of what the folks who went to the island had seen. It
    didn't look good. Clouds covered the island. The tender went to get them
    and reported that it needed the zodiac. Huge waves crashed on the beach
    because of the volcanic seismic activity. A simple retrieval had almost
    become a rescue mission. People were removed in groups of three wearing
    life jackets. The zodiac had to run the waves in, which wasn't bad. Then it
    had to shoot through the crests to get back to the tender. On several trips
    the zodiac literally left the water and crashed back into the sea while
    returning to the tender. It took eight trips to retrieve all of the land
    members. As we watched their adventure, the sun set into the Caribbean
    through broken clouds. A huge shaft of red light shot through a hole in the
    clouds, and a "Green Flash" was seen as the sun set. The tender returned
    with all passengers save. Screams and cheers came from the tender and the
    Star Clipper. They had seen the eclipse through high thin clouds. Several
    members had rented a car and raced to the other side of the island where it
    was clear.

    Epilogue

    This was my first eclipse. For most people it was their third or fourth.
    There is no more powerful natural safe experience than a total eclipse of
    the sun. I went with the idea of taking measurements and photographs. That
    quickly became secondary. The most important part was being there and
    seeing it. That's why I chose to stay with the boat. No photograph, no
    essay, no video can express the experience. It is multisensory - you feel
    cold, it gets dark, there is an electric feeling of excitement . It is very
    primal as opposed to academic. Dr. Hale showed us a video he had taken of
    the 1991 eclipse in Baja. That eclipse lasted more than seven minutes. As
    we watched it, we noticed how long totality lasted. He said it felt no more
    than 30 seconds long. We agreed after seeing totality. Three minutes and
    several seconds seemed no more than a heart beat. The major discussion
    over dinner was how we were going to get to Turkey in 1999, and where we
    would be in 2017!





    "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!
    Date: Mon, 02 Mar 1998 01:12:08 -0500
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    Welcome to "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!

    The Debate is about to begin! This is the last week to submit your
    suggestions for the collaborative activity for LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST -
    The LFRF "Backyard Biodiversity" Survey - before it begins. Within the
    next week we will be moving this activity to the debate list. Stay tuned
    for the details about when the list begins. In the meantime we would still
    like your input. The responses I have received to this point have all said
    that the timeline fits their schedule. Please let us know if this is not
    the case.

    On March 8 students will begin the debate process. A moderated debate will
    be conducted online to enable students interacting over the Internet to
    decide exactly how the survey will be carried out. What are some of the
    guidelines you would like to see in place for this discussion? What
    support can we give you so that you can carry out this debate in your
    classroom, as well as, online? We are open to your suggestions about this
    activity.

    Timeline:
    February 3rd Project Announced Online
    February 3rd-28th Educators response/input via discuss-lfrf
    March 8th Survey Design Student Debate Debuts
    March 30th A Week For Consensus
    April 7th LFRF #1: Data Gathering Begins
    April 21st LFRF #3: Continuing Data Gathering Showcased in Program 3
    May 1st Data Posted Online
    May 8th Backyard Biodiversity Challenge Posted
    May 22nd Winners Announced

    ***

    Reminders:

    Have you ordered your copy of the LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST Teacher's Guide
    or the MultiMedia Kit? I saw some of the proofs and I must say it really
    looks terrific. To order the LFRF Teacher's Guide or MultiMedia Kit visit
    our web site at http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov/rainforest and go to the
    Educators section. You can also mail your order to: PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE,
    P.O. Box 1502, Summit, NJ 07902-1502.

    Now would also be a good time to visit the PTK/EDC Assessment web site
    http://www.edc.org/CCT/ptk/ea/ and fill out the Assessment Profile. EDC's
    research indicates that innovative project-based science initiatives, like
    PTK, need to be implemented in the context of clearly articulated
    objectives and a strong vision of what students will achieve through this
    project. The self assessment will help you reflect on your own expectations
    and practices about what students will know and be able to do as a result
    of participating in LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST.

    Welcome to Nancy Garman, Tes Camp, Heidi Coleman and Carol McArthur who
    posted their introductions this week. I want to thank everyone who sent
    messages to the list during the week. It was great to see the list being
    used as it was intended - for discussion. Let's continue to post
    suggestions, questions, and any problems you encounter as we travel to one
    of the most exciting places on Earth.

    Have a great week!

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov






    Rainforest introduction


    From: TPreitan
    Subject: Rainforest introduction
    Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 14:46:08 EST
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    My name is Lisa Reitan. I am a third grade teacher from Brentwood, New York.
    Last year my class was involved with Live From Antarctica. It was a great
    experience for all of us. We did many of the experiments suggested, read the
    travel journals and posted questions to the scientists. THis year we are
    tackling the RF. I would like access to the teaching guide on-line for we
    have limited funds. I hope this is as exciting as last years adventure.



    Rainforest introduction


    From: Lisa Zebley
    Subject: Rainforest introduction
    Date: Mon, 02 Mar 1998 19:28:07 -0500
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    My name is Lisa Zebley. I am a first grade teacher in Va. Beach, Va. This
    is my first time participating in the project. My students have to do a
    science project on an animal as part of our science curriculum. I am
    focusing my students this year on animals that live in the rainforest as
    part of our Earth Day studies in April. I hope to be able to use this
    project to help guide them and make this experience a valuable one for
    them. While I know all of my students will benefit from this, I have a
    large group of enrichment students who will love the challenge. Thanks for
    your efforts.
    Lisa




    Re: Science Project on Animals


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Re: Science Project on Animals
    Date: Mon, 02 Mar 1998 21:44:30 -0500
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    Lisa,

    Welcome to our list!

    Have you been to the LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST web site
    (http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov/rainforest)? Under lesson plans in the
    educators section is an activity called A Day in the Life... This activity
    might help with your student projects. Over the next several weeks you
    also should check out the ECOsystem section of the web site as it becomes
    populated with the trees, plants, birds, animals, and insects of the
    rainforest. We will keep you posted as to when this section is placed online.

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov

    At 07:28 PM 3/2/98 -0500, you wrote:
    >My name is Lisa Zebley. I am a first grade teacher in Va. Beach, Va. This
    >is my first time participating in the project. My students have to do a
    >science project on an animal as part of our science curriculum. I am
    >focusing my students this year on animals that live in the rainforest as
    >part of our Earth Day studies in April. I hope to be able to use this
    >project to help guide them and make this experience a valuable one for
    >them. While I know all of my students will benefit from this, I have a
    >large group of enrichment students who will love the challenge. Thanks for
    >your efforts.
    >Lisa
    >
    >
    >




    class introduction


    From: klynne@advant.com (Maris, Charles)
    Subject: class introduction
    Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 21:38:15 -0600
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    Hi!

    My name is Karen Maris and I teach 5th grade Science and Math in
    Charleston, Illinois. I am working with Nancy Garman (she previously wrote
    letter of introducation) and other teachers in my building on a Technology
    Challenge Grant. Participation in LFRF was written as a part of this
    grant. This will be my first participation in a Passport to Knowledge
    program. My students and I are very excited about the project. They have
    had some experience learning about the rainforest from their 4th grade
    teachers, but they are enthusiastic about continuing their studies. I hope
    to incorporate our district's curriculum profiles dealing with animals,
    populations, and preserving natural resources into this project. We are
    also excited about online communications and electronic field trips. I
    think the web page is extremely inviting, and I have enjoyed reading the
    biographies and journals of the scientists.




    Re: Science Project on Animals


    From: "pianolady@ctnet.net"
    Subject: Re: Science Project on Animals
    Date: Tue, 3 Mar 1998 13:38:45
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    > Received: from [129.164.40.224] by mail.ctnet.net
    > (SMTPD32-3.00) id A19632C101BA; Mon Mar 02 20:57:26 1998
    > Received: by rspac.ivv.nasa.gov (SMI-8.6/SMI-SVR4)
    > id VAA26125; Mon, 2 Mar 1998 21:46:40 -0500
    > Message-Id: <3.0.32.19980302214428.00726938@mail.netlabs.net>
    > X-Sender: ebend@mail.netlabs.net
    > X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32)
    > Date: Mon, 02 Mar 1998 21:44:30 -0500
    > To: Lisa Zebley


    Re: Science Project on Animals


    From: "pianolady@ctnet.net"
    Subject: Re: Science Project on Animals
    Date: Tue, 3 Mar 1998 13:38:45
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    CuSeeMe Videoconference on the Eclipse


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: CuSeeMe Videoconference on the Eclipse
    Date: Tue, 03 Mar 1998 16:13:31 -0500
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    Here is another chance to relive last weeks eclipse.

    Here are our upcoming "Ask the Scientist" CuSeeMe videoconferences:
    Reflector: 128.42.249.172 (if it isn't working, try 198.64.198.250)
    We will sometimes broadcast our conferences in COLOR only.
    Let us know by the chat window if you can't see it, and we'll change to gray
    *or* download the latest version of Enhanced CU-SeeMe!

    March 5, 12 - 1 pm CST: "Lunar Prospector - the first results"
    Our next "ask the scientist" videoconference will be in conjunction with
    the "Lunar Prospector" press conference. We will carry the conference live
    over CU-See Me on our reflector polar.rice.edu (128.42.249.172); both
    color and B/W feeds will be available. In addition, a scientist from Ames


    Research Lab will be online to answer questions from our Cu-SeeMe audience.

    March 10, 12 - 1 pm CST: "The Great Caribbean Eclipse"
    (Suitable for all ages)
    See videos and images from the total solar eclipse of 2/26/98. Dr.
    Patricia Reiff and Dr. Carolyn Sumners will share their experiences.

    March 17, 12 - 1 pm CST: "Tinkering With our Genes"
    (Suitable for all ages)
    Learn about genetic engineering and how it will change our lives. Dr.
    Kathryn Matthews of Rice University will be online.






    Re: LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST, UPDATE #2, AS OF 12/12/97


    From: Ginny
    Subject: Re: LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST, UPDATE #2, AS OF 12/12/97
    Date: Wed, 4 Mar 1998 00:28:59 -0500
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    Dear lfrf-ers,
    I received a phone call today from our local PBS station. They are
    very supportive of carrying live interactive field trips for my class and
    our community of teachers. They were very excited about carrying Live from
    the Rainforest. They called to inform me that they received the message
    that I am including below from their Outreach Coordinators/Directors and I
    would like some feedback on. I am hoping that this is in error and if not I
    hope that the NASA station is still carrying the broadcast. Please let me
    know! and thanks, Ginny
    PBS will not be carrying the broadcast and by mutual agreement the
    relationship has been terminated.
    Therefore, PBS will not be distributing the remainder of the Passport to
    Knowledge electronic field trip schedule for the1997-1998 season. These
    programs include "Live From the Rainforest" which was originally scheduled
    on April 7, 14, and 21, 1998 and "Live From the Poles." originally
    scheduled on April 28, 1998. We appreciate your continued support of the
    electronic field trip project and apologize for any inconvenience this may
    have caused you. If you have additional questions, please feel free to
    contact Anita Harvey-Dixon at fieldtrips@pbs.org or 703-739-5083 or you can
    contact the producer, Geoff Haines-Stiles, at ghaines@mail.arc.nasa.gov
    or call 973-656-9403.






    Eclipse day


    From: "Mike Reynolds"
    Subject: Eclipse day
    Date: Tue, 03 Mar 98 16:29:55 -0500
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    I read Charles' report on his experience of the total eclipse last
    week to my students today. They were most impressed with the vivid
    descriptions of the event. We had a partial eclipse here in Michigan
    a few years ago and many of the students recalled that day when we
    took time out from school to view the event. We were most impressed
    with the details Charles described. We hadn't considered the fact
    that the shadow of the moon races toward you so fast. We were also
    most impressed with the fact that the event produces its own weather.

    We are about to start an Earth science unit so the description of the
    volcanic eruption on Montserrat and its effects on the waves at nearby
    islands was particularly interesting. Thanks to Charles for taking
    the time to write such a wonderful report.

    Mike





    LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST: PLANS CONTINUE JUST AS ANNOUNCED!


    From: Geoffrey Haines-Stiles
    Subject: LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST: PLANS CONTINUE JUST AS ANNOUNCED!
    Date: Wed, 04 Mar 1998 09:15:14 -0500
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    Ginny and all participants:

    The 3 LFRF programs for 4/7, 14 and 21 (and in fact LIVE FROM THE POLES on
    April 28) will be fed exactly as planned, but on a different transponder on
    the same satellite from which most PBS stations get their signals, all at
    13:00-14:00 hours Eastern.

    We have already notified >most<, and are in the process of notifying >ALL<,
    PBS stations of the change in satellite occassioned by PTK terminating its
    relationship from PBS Teacher Resource Service since we were increasingly
    unhappy with their service in several different areas, including publicity
    and promotion, and keeping to announced dates. The misleading message to
    which Ginny was responding (which some other individuals and stations also
    read as indicating that PTK/LFRF was being cancelled--WHICH IS NOT TRUE) is
    symptomatic of the problems we have had, and which we are trying to avoid by
    working directly with individual PBS stations, school districts and regional
    educational networks.

    Bottom line: any and all PBS stations are just as able and invited to carry
    the PTK series as before. If any of you "lfrf-discuss" participants find
    your station is confused, please direct them to GHS or Erna Akuginow (at the
    e-mail above), or to your able moderator, Eileen Bendixsen.

    If any of you plan to have your schools downlink the programs DIRECTLY
    (which is absolutely possible and permissible) please contact us to register
    and to receive coordinates. To repeat, this is NOT necessary if you are
    planning to watch via your local PBS station. We will soon be adding a
    section to the Web site showing times and dates of any PBS station planning
    tape-delayed carriage, where the station is not carrying the programs live,
    and where they have told us their planned dates.

    Please continue to plan to watch >live< on April 7, 14 and 21, at 13:00
    hours, just as announced.

    Please also be assured that with all the enthusiasm and interest we have
    seen on this list, PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE is not the kind of project to let
    you be informed by 3rd parties about something as serious as any
    cancellation. There is NO change in plans for LFRF other than the specific
    transponder.

    See you online... look for the Guide and poster and Kit to be shipped next
    week, for more TEAMS Journals online within days, and for the final Web site
    (yes, we're working to add much more information and images) to debut in
    mid-March. AND watch for some exciting news about WebChats direct from
    Amazonia! As Mark Twain said, the rumors of our death are much exaggerated.
    We think we're alive and kicking!

    Cordially,

    GHS

    Geoff Haines-Stiles
    Project Director, PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE & the LIVE FROM... specials
    "electronic field trips to scientific frontiers"
    Real Science, Real Scientists, Real Locations, Real Time
    vox: 973.656.9403 * fax: 973.656.9813 * mobile: 908.305.7061
    alt. e-mail: ptkghs@aol.com
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov
    Antarctica... Stratosphere... Hubble... Mars... Rainforest... the Arctic,
    and more




    Class Introduction


    From: barbplunk@nac.net
    Subject: Class Introduction
    Date: Wed, 4 Mar 1998 19:26:14 -0500
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    My name is Barbara Plunkett and this is the first time using a PTK project. I have a group of first graders so I will be adapting the material quite a bit for them. We are actually doing our rainforest
    unit in March as part of our plant unit and social studies unit on Mexico. In March we are participating in another on-line project based on the rainforest called MayaQuest. I hope my class can use the PTK
    project in April as an expansion on what we do in March. Our school is just beginning to develop a technology program so we do not have Internet access in our classrooms. This makes it difficult because I
    have to schedule time in the computer lab. Even in the lab I have to use a projector for a whole class presentation because there is only one computer hooked to the web. Because of this our direct participation
    will be intermittent. For those times when we can't actually get on-line I'll check out what is going on from my home computer and then
    fill in the kids in class.
    I have one question about PTK in general - Is there a schedule for the modules being offered next year? There is a strong possibility I'll be changing grade levels to either 3rd or 4th and I would like to see if I can fit one of those projects in with our curriculum.
    My class and I are looking forward to this - it's sounds so exciting!

    Sincerely,
    Barbara Plunkett






    OOPS!


    From: KDPW49B@prodigy.com (MRS RHONDA B TOON)
    Subject: OOPS!
    Date: Wed, 4 Mar 1998 23:21:28, -0500
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    -- [ From: Rhonda Toon * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --

    Please be patient with me, but I just accidentally deleted Geoff's
    message about the coordinates for the broadcasts.
    Since all Georgia schools have satellite dishes we usually get the
    programming directly from satellite rather than PBS. It would help to
    have the coordinates as I am out and about promoting LFRF. Where or how
    do schools register?
    Great to see so much excitement about the upcoming broadcasts.
    I can hardly wait to get the guides! Anticipation!! Difficult to wait, I
    know. Thanks. Rhonda




    web site


    From: TPreitan
    Subject: web site
    Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 11:55:28 EST
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    Hi,
    For some reason I am having difficulty getting on the rainforest website. Is
    it up and running yet? I just get the web page intro and that is it.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    Lisa Reitan



    Re: web site


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Re: web site
    Date: Thu, 05 Mar 1998 14:02:55 -0500
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    Lisa,

    The web site is definitely up and running. I just went there and I did not
    have any trouble accessing the site.

    Eileen

    At 11:55 AM 3/5/98 EST, TPreitan wrote:
    >Hi,
    >For some reason I am having difficulty getting on the rainforest website. Is
    >it up and running yet? I just get the web page intro and that is it.
    >Any help would be appreciated.
    >
    >Lisa Reitan
    >
    >



    Re: Class Introduction


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Re: Class Introduction
    Date: Thu, 05 Mar 1998 16:59:04 -0500
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    Barbara,

    You will find that LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST is very different from
    MayaQuest. We will emphasize the science of the rainforest. During the
    live broadcasts and through the online portions of the project you and your
    students will get to meet the scientists who are working in the rainforest
    in Brazil. Beginning March 23 classes can send in questions to the


    scientists and they will receive an answer back as long as their question


    has not been answered previously. To learn more about this and to get some
    tips on how to ask questions visit our web site at
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov/rainforest/ and go to the Interact section.
    You will find all of the information you need under Researcher Q & A.

    LFRF should fit in very well with your plant unit. Some of the activities
    in the Teacher's Guide, which will be shipped next week, focus on plants
    and photosynthesis. We will also have a number of excellent data collection
    activities. Another activity is the food web game which emphasizes the
    connections between plants and animals in the rainforest.

    You do not need to have Internet access in your classroom to participate in
    PTK. One of the nice things about PTK Modules is that they are flexible to
    fit any classroom situation. Before I had the phone line in my room I had
    the kids type their messages in a word processing document. I then saved
    them and placed them on a disk which I took home each night. Do not save
    them directly to the disk in case there is an error. It only took a couple
    of minutes to then paste the kids messages into an e-mail message and I
    sent them from home. When the messages came in for my students I printed
    them out and I gave them to the correct groups in class the next day. It
    took a little longer to do it this way, but the kids were able to
    participate more fully. I am sure there are other teachers on this list who
    could give you other solutions.

    A final decision about what Modules will be offered next year has not been
    made at this time. There are several possibilities on the drawing board.
    Once a decision has been made, sometime after LFRF, we will post the
    information to the list.

    Welcome to our group!

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov


    At 07:26 PM 3/4/98 -0500, you wrote:
    >My name is Barbara Plunkett and this is the first time using a PTK
    project. I have a group of first graders so I will be adapting the
    material quite a bit for them. We are actually doing our rainforest
    >unit in March as part of our plant unit and social studies unit on Mexico.
    In March we are participating in another on-line project based on the
    rainforest called MayaQuest. I hope my class can use the PTK
    >project in April as an expansion on what we do in March. Our school is
    just beginning to develop a technology program so we do not have Internet
    access in our classrooms. This makes it difficult because I
    >have to schedule time in the computer lab. Even in the lab I have to use
    a projector for a whole class presentation because there is only one
    computer hooked to the web. Because of this our direct participation
    >will be intermittent. For those times when we can't actually get on-line
    I'll check out what is going on from my home computer and then
    >fill in the kids in class.
    > I have one question about PTK in general - Is there a schedule for the
    modules being offered next year? There is a strong possibility I'll be
    changing grade levels to either 3rd or 4th and I would like to see if I can
    fit one of those projects in with our curriculum.
    > My class and I are looking forward to this - it's sounds so exciting!
    >
    >Sincerely,
    >Barbara Plunkett
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >




    LFRF ideas


    From: "Laura Lou"
    Subject: LFRF ideas
    Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 17:51:54 -0500
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    There seem to be so many new teachers that are asking for ideas I would like
    to share something that I am doing.

    The first day of the LFRF unit 6 of our best dramatic readers will deliver a
    program to the three classes in the auditorium. One student will be an
    announcer, the others will be the 5 people who are profiled on the LFRF web
    site. The students will dramatically read the biographies. As the unit
    progresses the same students will read from the field journals. Thanks to
    the photos on the web page, they will be using props and costumes to try and
    resemble the real adventurers. I hope to have photos of each of the
    students available to post on the web. I wonder how each REAL LFRF person
    will feel about seeing him or herself portrayed by an eleven year old.

    We did this same thing with a team of astronauts earlier in the year. The
    students feel closer to the real people with this method, it seems. One of
    my partners has been teaching dramatic reading to the classes all year so it
    draws her into the LFRF unit as well.

    If anyone else wants to try this, perhaps we could exchange video tapes of
    the "performances".

    Laura Bashlor
    Michigan




    LFRF ideas


    From: calderone@sysnet.net (Susan Hurstcalderone)
    Subject: LFRF ideas
    Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 23:30:52 -0500
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    The weather guy says it's going to rain all weekend....can't stand the
    thought of another day inside with all the noise.....long for the exotic
    location you thought you'd see before the cereal and jello phase of your life?

    And you said to yourself, Eileen and Susan have lost it this time! Come on
    and join us as we explore the most exotic of all locations....the
    rainforest. This is a journey that everyone can take...one that lifts you
    and your students from the hum drum of the daily routine and lets you
    hear the howler monkeys, see the splendor of the colorful macaws, smell
    the wild herbs and spices...your senses will be working overtime.

    My sixth grade science students [Susan's] will accompany me as we begin our
    journey. This will be my fourth journey with PTK. In the past my 7th and
    8th grade classes have been part of Live from Mars, Live from Antartica


    and Live from Antarctica II. We started with LFA, sending our answers to
    the "Outhouse Challenge" via US mail. We progressed to lurking during
    LFHST; we became very active online with Live from Mars and LFA-2. Now, we
    can't imagine a semester without a LF module of some type. We're anxious
    to get started on our debate for the Backyard Biodiversity Survey. We're
    curious to find out how many of you will use your school grounds to
    conduct your survey. Should we all try a sample survey using only the
    school grounds? What do you think?

    My seventh grade students [Eileen's] were able to get a taste of LFRF
    when they participated in the taping of the Food Web Game for the teacher
    resource video. Many of my former students have returned to tell me how
    much they enjoyed LFM and LFA2 last year. Their participation in the Planet
    Explorer Toolkit collaborative activity was definitely the highlight.
    This past fall we had a fall break the first week of data collection for
    Weather Worlds. My students were very disappointed that they did not get to
    go out and collect their data for the entire two weeks. Now they can't
    wait for the excitement to begin and they get to once again go outside and
    discover.

    This brings us to the point: Please join us in this debate...send
    a message to debate-lfrf and be a part of the exotic mission to the land of
    orchids, bromeliads, and more.....See you [and debate you] there.

    Susan Hurstcalderone and Eileen Bendixsen
    Co-Moderators, debate-lfrf
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    Re: web site


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Re: web site
    Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 12:58:15 -0700
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    Just a hint to people who are having trouble accessing the website. If you
    are typing in the URL, be sure to notice the letters are "i" "v" "v" NOT
    "i" "w" Several people have had trouble with that, probably because of the
    font they're using. Sorry for any problems that has caused. One way to
    avoid that, if your mail does not automatically generate hotlinks (make the
    address go directly to the site when you click on it) is to use the Edit,
    Copy/Edit Paste feature of your program. If you do not have that (the old
    MSN mail did not), use Control/C Control V (or Open Apple, C/Open Apple
    V). Hope that helps at least someone! janet


    Janet K. Cook
    Sinclair Middle School
    300 W. Chenango
    Englewood, CO 80110
    (303) 781-7817 (w) (303)806-2000 x1904 (vm)
    -----Original Message-----


    Re: web site


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Re: web site
    Date: Friday, March 06, 1998 3:22 AM
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    >Lisa,
    >
    >The web site is definitely up and running. I just went there and I did not
    >have any trouble accessing the site.
    >
    >Eileen
    >
    >At 11:55 AM 3/5/98 EST, TPreitan wrote:
    >>Hi,
    >>For some reason I am having difficulty getting on the rainforest website.
    Is
    >>it up and running yet? I just get the web page intro and that is it.
    >>Any help would be appreciated.
    >>
    >>Lisa Reitan
    >>
    >>
    >






    New Discuss Participant


    From: Susan Herzog
    Subject: New Discuss Participant
    Date: Sat, 07 Mar 1998 08:25:34 -0500
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    Hello members of the discuss list. I am a 7th grade life science
    teacher at the Mott Hall School, a public magnet school for science,
    math and technology located in the North Harlem, Washington Heights
    inner city neighborhood of New York City. One of my classes
    participated in the Live From the Hubble Space Telescope PTK program two
    years ago and it was a great experience. I was teaching earth science
    for the first time and was very happy to have found a project to
    motivate our study of the solar system. It was my first experience
    subscribing to a electronic mailing list, and really my first experience
    corresponding by e-mail. I am sorry that I had not thought of having
    students represent the different astronomers and other people who posted
    journal entries. Thatís a great idea. I used to do a lot of reading,
    and it certainly would have been more involving for the kids to have
    assumed those roles.

    Last year, all four of my life science classes participated in a
    NASA-sponsored learning project called The Great Plant Debate - S/MORE,
    which stands for the Shuttle/Mir On-line Research Experience. It wasnít
    a Passport to Learning project, but it was a great activity in which
    students were asked to design an experiment for growing plants on the
    Mir space station. Unfortunately, not many classes participated. I
    donít know if that was because it wasnít well publicized or because of
    some confusions about the discuss and debate mailing lists.
    Participating in the S/MORE project forced me to learn how to create a
    web page on which to post the kidsí work because I couldnít figure out
    how to send attached files - so we added a page to the school home page,
    and the S/MORE page just pointed to our page. I used our participation
    in the S/MORE project as a motivator for our plant study unit - a
    regular component of the life science curriculum. I was able to change
    around my usual order of curriculum to teach that unit during the
    on-line activity.

    The LFRF project falls during a time when my student are all working on
    their respective science fair projects and, in terms of curriculum, we
    are studying cell structure and function. At the beginning of the year,
    in October, is when we studied the variety of life on earth including
    issues of habitat, life needs and adaptations to fulfill them, life
    cycles, and evolution. We raised Monarch butterfly larva (caterpillars)
    to observe insect metamorphosis first hand, and labeled the adults
    before we released them - as part of a Monarch migration study sponsored
    by Monarch Watch. We also participated in another Monarch activity
    sponsored by Journey North. Both can be found on the Internet.

    Another activity was to go outside to an unused little "urban forest" on
    an incline behind our school. Our fourth grade class mapped the site and
    studied some of the trees in the area. (Weíre getting ready to published
    some information about that project on our web page, and Iíll send along
    that address when we get it up.) My classes observed insects and some
    other small creatures living out there. We did manage to collect some
    specimens, but we ran out of time and never were able to get to mounting
    and identifying them. Right now they are "living" in a freezer.
    Because I love participating in these NASA programs and because LFRF
    seems so exciting, Iíve been trying to find some way in which we can
    still participate. I have suggested to one group of students that they
    pin and identify the creatures that we found outside, to begin a Mott
    Hall backyard biodiversity collection, and to participate in the LFRF
    debate -- as their science project. They are going to be doing that -
    so I do get to participate in the project after all - hurrah!

    I apologize for this very long note. Once I found the time to sit down
    and write, I thought I had better tell all.

    Best regards, Susan Herzog





    Re: New Discuss Participant


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Re: New Discuss Participant
    Date: Sat, 7 Mar 1998 07:05:48 -0700
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    Dear Susan, Welcome back! I'm sure your students will have a great time
    with this project. I think using the Backyard Biodiversity Project as a
    science fair project is a GREAT idea! I'm sure teachers won't mind having
    various submissions from one school, I certainly won't.
    I'll have to pass on your idea to the science teachers at school. They're
    thinking of different levels of participation, too, as we have also passed
    up rainforest in the curriculum. I'm fitting it in since I saved our
    ancient/modern civilizations study of the Americas until now, so we're using
    LFRF as part of that unit. Glad you shared your ideas. Certainly there are
    more ways to adapt this project to individual needs. Please share for all,
    everyone! janet


    Janet K. Cook
    Sinclair Middle School
    300 W. Chenango
    Englewood, CO 80110
    (303) 781-7817 (w) (303)806-2000 x1904 (vm)
    -----Original Message-----


    New Discuss Participant


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: New Discuss Participant
    Date: Saturday, March 07, 1998 6:35 AM
    Back to top




    >Hello members of the discuss list. I am a 7th grade life science
    >teacher at the Mott Hall School, a public magnet school for science,
    >math and technology located in the North Harlem, Washington Heights
    >inner city neighborhood of New York City. One of my classes
    >participated in the Live From the Hubble Space Telescope PTK program two
    >years ago and it was a great experience. I was teaching earth science
    >for the first time and was very happy to have found a project to
    >motivate our study of the solar system. It was my first experience
    >subscribing to a electronic mailing list, and really my first experience
    >corresponding by e-mail. I am sorry that I had not thought of having
    >students represent the different astronomers and other people who posted
    >journal entries. Thatís a great idea. I used to do a lot of reading,
    >and it certainly would have been more involving for the kids to have
    >assumed those roles.
    >
    >Last year, all four of my life science classes participated in a
    >NASA-sponsored learning project called The Great Plant Debate - S/MORE,
    >which stands for the Shuttle/Mir On-line Research Experience. It wasnít
    >a Passport to Learning project, but it was a great activity in which
    >students were asked to design an experiment for growing plants on the
    >Mir space station. Unfortunately, not many classes participated. I
    >donít know if that was because it wasnít well publicized or because of
    >some confusions about the discuss and debate mailing lists.
    >Participating in the S/MORE project forced me to learn how to create a
    >web page on which to post the kidsí work because I couldnít figure out
    >how to send attached files - so we added a page to the school home page,
    >and the S/MORE page just pointed to our page. I used our participation
    >in the S/MORE project as a motivator for our plant study unit - a
    >regular component of the life science curriculum. I was able to change
    >around my usual order of curriculum to teach that unit during the
    >on-line activity.
    >
    >The LFRF project falls during a time when my student are all working on
    >their respective science fair projects and, in terms of curriculum, we
    >are studying cell structure and function. At the beginning of the year,
    >in October, is when we studied the variety of life on earth including
    >issues of habitat, life needs and adaptations to fulfill them, life
    >cycles, and evolution. We raised Monarch butterfly larva (caterpillars)
    >to observe insect metamorphosis first hand, and labeled the adults
    >before we released them - as part of a Monarch migration study sponsored
    >by Monarch Watch. We also participated in another Monarch activity
    >sponsored by Journey North. Both can be found on the Internet.
    >
    >Another activity was to go outside to an unused little "urban forest" on
    >an incline behind our school. Our fourth grade class mapped the site and
    >studied some of the trees in the area. (Weíre getting ready to published
    >some information about that project on our web page, and Iíll send along
    >that address when we get it up.) My classes observed insects and some
    >other small creatures living out there. We did manage to collect some
    >specimens, but we ran out of time and never were able to get to mounting
    >and identifying them. Right now they are "living" in a freezer.
    >Because I love participating in these NASA programs and because LFRF
    >seems so exciting, Iíve been trying to find some way in which we can
    >still participate. I have suggested to one group of students that they
    >pin and identify the creatures that we found outside, to begin a Mott
    >Hall backyard biodiversity collection, and to participate in the LFRF
    >debate -- as their science project. They are going to be doing that -
    >so I do get to participate in the project after all - hurrah!
    >
    >I apologize for this very long note. Once I found the time to sit down
    >and write, I thought I had better tell all.
    >
    >Best regards, Susan Herzog
    >
    >
    >






    "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!
    Date: Sun, 08 Mar 1998 23:50:02 -0500
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    Welcome to "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!

    THE DEBATE BEGINS! JOIN US!

    Don't miss the exciting "Backyard Biodiversity" Survey debate which begins
    this week on the debate-lfrf mail list. The PTK debate has become one of
    the most remembered parts of previous PTK Modules. You don't want to
    discover when it is too late that you should have been there. Students will
    simulate the work done by researchers in the rainforest with actual
    scientists as guides. The opportunity to go outside and collect data in
    your neighborhood will fill that spring fever vacuum for you and your
    students.

    Please feel free to contact either Susan Hurstcalderone
    or myself if you have any questions regarding the
    LFRF "Backyard Biodiversity" Survey. Come join the fun on debate-lfrf!

    ***

    Page proofs of the Teacher's Guide are back from the printers and the
    Guides will be mailed soon. Have you ordered your copy?

    Are you looking for a solution to the fact that you do not have an Internet
    connection in your classroom? Do you have several computers and only one is


    online? The LFRF MultiMedia Kit may have the answer. The Kit will include
    five CD-Roms of the web site. These will be shipped separately after the
    entire web site is online in mid-March.

    ***

    "They're Back!" Challenge Questions, that is...

    Beginning last week the weekly Challenge Questions have returned to
    updates. Each week the PTK team will post a new challenge question to get


    students to think logically and do some research, but be careful the answer
    is not always as obvious as it looks.

    Last week's Challenge Question:

    Where is the WETTEST spot on Earth?
    And where is the HOTTEST spot on the planet?
    And where is the DRIEST place on Earth--a place where, allegedly, no rain
    has ever been recorded?

    Hint--many of these places are not where you might think, given the
    locations to be featured in LFRF... but we don't want to tell you too much!



    Look for next week's updates for the answer!

    ***

    Several teachers have requested that there be more student to student
    communication during PTK Modules. I will set up groups so that students can
    discuss with other students what they are doing and learning while
    participating in LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST. I want to stress that the
    purpose of these groups is not simple pen pals, but to exchange data and
    experiences. We want to keep the students focused on what they are
    learning. If you are interested in being part of this aspect of LFRF please
    send me an e-mail message at ebend@netlabs.net expressing that desire.
    Include your name, school, grade level, number of classes participating,
    and the number of students in each class. If you have a sixth grade class
    please let me know if you want to be included in the 4-6 group or 6-8
    group. There will also be a K-3 group.

    Welcome to Lisa Reitan, Lisa Zebley, Karen Maris, Barbara Plunkett and
    Susan Herzog who posted their introductions this week. Laura what a great
    idea having the kids assume the identity of the researchers as they read
    their journals. Everyone keep those ideas coming.

    Have a great week!

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov







    Intro


    From: "Amanda Buice"
    Subject: Intro
    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 15:15:49 -0500
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    Hi,
    My name is Amanda Buice. I'm a 4th/5th grade looping teacher. This
    year I am teaching fourth grade at Lamar Co. Elementary School in
    Barnesville, GA. I have participated in Live From Antarctica, Live From the
    Stratosphere, and Live From Mars. In past programs, I had to send my e-mail
    questions to the teacher next door. She was the only one who had an
    Internet connection at our school. The teacher next door, Rhonda Toon(PTK
    advocate), was also my sister so it worked out well. This year I have my
    own Internet access. I'm looking forward to taking my students into the
    Rain Forest! Rhonda and I will be going to Costa Rica this summer to view
    the rain forest first hand. I'm sure this virtual trip will get me
    prepared.

    Amanda Buice




    Re:


    From: LoreyH717
    Subject: Re:
    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 21:13:15 EST
    Back to top



    Barbara:

    This week we are focusing on animals. We read about nocturnal animals in our
    Scholastic News for March and connected that to our rain forest study. My
    students asked me a couple of weeks ago if, in fact, there were bats and owls
    in the rain forest. I asked the group and Marty Stickles who has been there
    informed me that yes there were.

    We also are exploring birds of the rain forest on Thursday and are making a
    book of several birds. I got the idea from The Mailbox-Primary issue of
    June/July 1996
    "Tropical Birds". It gives detailed instructions on how to make a simple
    book and includes reproducibles with birds and little descriptions on how they
    eat like "I reach inside flowers with my long curveed bill. I find sweet
    nectar there." They match the descriptions to the birds (which they have
    colored; the bird's parts are numbered and you list the numbers and colors on
    the board). A very nice map of the tropics is put on the front of their book
    (also included). It's a simple and fun project that's hands on.

    I can always adapt almost any level for them but basically stick to 4th grade
    down and sometimes K-2 ideas can be brought up for them too.

    Loretta Henke
    PS 7
    160 E. 120th Street
    New York



    Welcome sister!


    From: KDPW49B@prodigy.com (MRS RHONDA B TOON)
    Subject: Welcome sister!
    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 21:31:42, -0500
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    -- [ From: Rhonda Toon * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --

    You didn't mention that you no longer have to go next door because you
    ARE next door in my old room with my same kids! (-:

    Lucky them!. Lucky you! They have traveled together through LFM and are
    now off to the rainforest with you! Give them a hug from me tomorrow.

    Amanda, you will see a lot of names here who will be familiar (I have
    talked about you advocates!!!). This is a great group and it is
    wonderful that the internet is now so much more commonplace than it was
    when we were sharing our one lone line to the outside world.

    I am doing a presentation on PTK in Atlanta at Georgia Tech next week.
    The audience is middle and high school teachers who all participated in
    summer fellowships with researchers across the state. (Amanda was one of
    them). A fall and spring "academy" is held to introduce these teachers
    to new ideas and programs.

    I am curious as to what the newcomers to the electronic field trip
    experience are finding is the most appealing about the projects and what
    might be possible obstacles for implementation. I guess what I am asking
    is if you were going to attend the session next week what kinds of


    questions would you want answered about LFRF? You can mail me directly
    rather than filling the discuss list with helping me!

    Hope you are all well and dry. Our city's dam was breached in heavy
    rains over the weekend and we are rationing water.....rain hasn't been a
    very pleasant word around here this week......

    later, Rhonda



    "They're Back!" Challenge Questions, that is...


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: "They're Back!" Challenge Questions, that is...
    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 21:44:37 -0500
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    Dear Discuss-lfrf Members,

    "They're Back!" Challenge Questions, that is...

    Have you found the solution to this week's Challenge Questions?

    Where is the WETTEST spot on Earth?
    And where is the HOTTEST spot on the planet?
    And where is the DRIEST place on Earth--a place
    where, allegedly, no rain has ever been recorded?

    Hint--many of these places are not where you might think, given the
    locations to be featured in LFRF... but we don't want to tell you too much!



    Answers will be announced this week in UPDATES, and you'll likely see some
    related sequences during the live programs.



    You are invited to send original student answers to: ebend@netlabs.net
    Please include the words CHALLENGE QUESTION in the subject line of your


    email. I will announce the classes that submit correct answers later this


    week. Answers are due by Wednesday, March 11 at 9:00 pm EST.

    Good Luck,

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    Rain Forest Fruit Day


    From: "Laura Lou"
    Subject: Rain Forest Fruit Day
    Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 04:31:24 -0500
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    Today is "Fruit Day" in our pre-LFRF study of the Rain Forest. Working with
    descriptions of the Rain Forest layers we looked again at the abundance and
    diversity of fruit in the canopy.

    In Michigan we have a chain of stores; Meijers. They are like a Super
    K-Mart or Wal-Mart. In former years I have found they carry quite a variety
    of unusual fruits. Providing tastes for 90 students cost about $30 which
    will be reimbursed by the school...if I remember to turn in the receipt.

    Each "team" will get 6 papers prepared with areas for a drawing of the fruit
    before cutting, estimate of the size, shape and number of seeds or pit, and
    guess what a cross-section will look like. There are areas for the ACTUAL
    size, number and shape of the seeds/pit, actual cross section and
    description of the taste.

    Even a small fruit can be cut to let all 30 students have a taste. I use
    paper plates, a cutting board, knife and PLASTIC GLOVES...just like the
    lunch ladies.

    This year I was able to get chermoya, mangos, papayas, plantain, coconuts,
    ugli fruit, sugar cane, and, just for fun, kumquats and prickly pear. In
    other years I was able to get carambola (star fruit), passion fruit, and
    guava. This store also has information cards on most of the fruits. I have
    heard from some parents in the past that the students asked parents to buy
    some of the fruits they liked. Of course, the parents don't always
    appreciate the expense of these exotic fruits but they have always been good
    humored about it.

    MOST IMPORTANT, we will save all of the seeds to plant in our Rain Forest
    Terrarium in 3 weeks.

    Laura Bashlor
    Shumate Middle School
    Gibraltar, Michigan




    Fruit day


    From: Marty Stickle
    Subject: Fruit day
    Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 05:59:10 -0500
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    Laura Bashlor's idea about a fruit day is a very good idea and will
    certainly bring lots of interest to the class. You should also indicate to
    the students that many of the fruits are not indiginous to specific
    rainforest locations, but may have been introduced. For example, banana and
    plantain are not native to the new world. Many are also genetially altered
    lines under human influence. Now here's my version of a challange question
    regarding fruits and the rainforest....What differences are there in the
    times plants fruit in tropical and temperate forests? Here's a
    hint....Remember that many birds migrate to the tropics during the northern
    hemisphere winter and back during our spring.

    Marty Stickle
    LFRF development team





    Rainforest Lunch


    From: shc
    Subject: Rainforest Lunch
    Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 12:44:34 +0000
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    To follow on with our "food" theme today, we usually have a "Rain Forest
    Lunch or Food-Tasting" as a final activity for the rain forest unit. We
    often have parents who are familiar with the foods of the respective
    areas and they will prepare their native dishes for us. [Any prepared
    foods are prepared in a native fashion and not from Americanized
    recipes.] In addition we have many other foods for tasting, including
    those which have made it into mainstream cultivation, but were
    originally found in the rain forest. It has been the highlight of the
    unit and my colleagues usually find a reason to visit my room when the
    tasting is going on. Food and students seem to be a perfect match.
    There are students tasting things they would never try at home. The
    rules are very simple.
    1. If you take it, you must taste it.
    2. No outrageous commentary. Sometimes they have filled in a
    participant response. Other times they have simply kept
    their opinions to a quiet comment to their teammates.
    Excuse me, but all this food talk has made me hungry. I'm off to
    lunch.



    Re: Fruit day


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Re: Fruit day
    Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 18:47:47 -0700
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    My daughter's class is doing an economic activity and they set up a
    restaurant called the "Tropical Cafe." They decorated their room like a
    rainforest and for eight weeks we've been dodging monkeys hanging from vines
    coming down from the ceiling and reaching behind the waterfall with fish and
    caimans that covers the bookcase. I bet all of our kids would love doing
    something like that, too! I will encourage my kids to decorate using the
    plants and animals from the Day in the Life/Food Web Activities, of course!

    PS Their restaurant is making money, too. Very popular. Perhaps we could
    have the kids sell tropical fruit juices to the neighboring classes to pay
    for our supplies!

    Janet K. Cook
    Sinclair Middle School
    300 W. Chenango
    Englewood, CO 80110
    (303) 781-7817 (w) (303)806-2000 x1904 (vm)
    -----Original Message-----


    Fruit day


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Fruit day
    Date: Thursday, March 12, 1998 4:03 AM
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    >Laura Bashlor's idea about a fruit day is a very good idea and will
    >certainly bring lots of interest to the class. You should also indicate to
    >the students that many of the fruits are not indiginous to specific
    >rainforest locations, but may have been introduced. For example, banana and
    >plantain are not native to the new world. Many are also genetially altered
    >lines under human influence. Now here's my version of a challange question
    >regarding fruits and the rainforest....What differences are there in the
    >times plants fruit in tropical and temperate forests? Here's a
    >hint....Remember that many birds migrate to the tropics during the northern
    >hemisphere winter and back during our spring.
    >
    >Marty Stickle
    >LFRF development team
    >
    >
    >






    Re: Rain Forest Fruit Day


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Re: Rain Forest Fruit Day
    Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 19:21:41 -0700
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    SUPER idea, Laura. I remember a lot of those fruits from when I lived in
    Peru. What's different is that we often had them as ice cream flavors! I
    will definitely approach my principal about the idea. We've had other food
    days in our social studies class as we study different countries and, of
    course, they're always very popular. janet


    Janet K. Cook
    Sinclair Middle School
    300 W. Chenango
    Englewood, CO 80110
    (303) 781-7817 (w) (303)806-2000 x1904 (vm)
    -----Original Message-----


    Rain Forest Fruit Day


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Rain Forest Fruit Day
    Date: Thursday, March 12, 1998 2:42 AM
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    >Today is "Fruit Day" in our pre-LFRF study of the Rain Forest. Working
    with
    >descriptions of the Rain Forest layers we looked again at the abundance and
    >diversity of fruit in the canopy.
    >
    >In Michigan we have a chain of stores; Meijers. They are like a Super
    >K-Mart or Wal-Mart. In former years I have found they carry quite a
    variety
    >of unusual fruits. Providing tastes for 90 students cost about $30 which
    >will be reimbursed by the school...if I remember to turn in the receipt.
    >
    >Each "team" will get 6 papers prepared with areas for a drawing of the
    fruit
    >before cutting, estimate of the size, shape and number of seeds or pit, and
    >guess what a cross-section will look like. There are areas for the ACTUAL
    >size, number and shape of the seeds/pit, actual cross section and
    >description of the taste.
    >
    >Even a small fruit can be cut to let all 30 students have a taste. I use
    >paper plates, a cutting board, knife and PLASTIC GLOVES...just like the
    >lunch ladies.
    >
    >This year I was able to get chermoya, mangos, papayas, plantain, coconuts,
    >ugli fruit, sugar cane, and, just for fun, kumquats and prickly pear. In
    >other years I was able to get carambola (star fruit), passion fruit, and
    >guava. This store also has information cards on most of the fruits. I
    have
    >heard from some parents in the past that the students asked parents to buy
    >some of the fruits they liked. Of course, the parents don't always
    >appreciate the expense of these exotic fruits but they have always been
    good
    >humored about it.
    >
    >MOST IMPORTANT, we will save all of the seeds to plant in our Rain Forest
    >Terrarium in 3 weeks.
    >
    >Laura Bashlor
    >Shumate Middle School
    >Gibraltar, Michigan
    >
    >






    Fruits and festivities


    From: KDPW49B@prodigy.com (MRS RHONDA B TOON)
    Subject: Fruits and festivities
    Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 23:17:29, -0500
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    -- [ From: Rhonda Toon * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --

    Janet, your posting about the classroom store reminded me of an event my
    students did one year when we were studying the rain forest. The kids
    turned the room into a museum and made displays about the rain forest.
    The displays were interactive requiring the participants to smell
    various spices or drip water from various shapes of leaves, etc.. We
    opened the museum about an hour prior to our regularly scheduled PTO.
    The kids served tropical punch and a "rainforest mix" (granola/dried
    fruit type mixture). Two students had written a play and they and peers
    performed it for the parents who were our "guests". It was a fun night.
    I have photos of the kids and their creations. They had a great time
    showing off the products of their labor and also teaching their families
    about this area of our planet.
    After that night we asked our principal if he would like a museum for
    the lobby of the school and he thought that would be a great idea. We
    borrowed rolling carts and transported our "museum" to the school lobby
    for everyone to enjoy. Ioften noticed granparents and friends being
    given "tours" by my students after school.
    Laura, are you familiar with the FOSS program? Their plants module has
    an activity very much like the one you described, with the kids working
    in groups to make predictions before using plastic knives to cut their
    own fruits, count the seeds, etc. The seed and fruit activity is
    followed by an activity on germination and then a hydroponic
    investigation. This was always fun in the classroom, especially watching
    the kids try to count all those itsy bitsy kiwi seeds. (-:
    Rhonda



    Re: Fruits and festivities


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Re: Fruits and festivities
    Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 02:09:08 -0700
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    ooo, Rhonda, you're evil! I wonder how they like counting all those slimy
    papaya seeds, especially if you get a real papaya from South America instead
    of one of the little Hawaiian ones! janet


    Janet K. Cook
    Sinclair Middle School
    300 W. Chenango
    Englewood, CO 80110
    (303) 781-7817 (w) (303)806-2000 x1904 (vm)
    -----Original Message-----


    Fruits and festivities


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Fruits and festivities
    Date: Thursday, March 12, 1998 9:23 PM
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    >-- [ From: Rhonda Toon * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --
    >
    >Janet, your posting about the classroom store reminded me of an event my
    >students did one year when we were studying the rain forest. The kids
    >turned the room into a museum and made displays about the rain forest.
    >The displays were interactive requiring the participants to smell
    >various spices or drip water from various shapes of leaves, etc.. We
    >opened the museum about an hour prior to our regularly scheduled PTO.
    >The kids served tropical punch and a "rainforest mix" (granola/dried
    >fruit type mixture). Two students had written a play and they and peers
    >performed it for the parents who were our "guests". It was a fun night.
    >I have photos of the kids and their creations. They had a great time
    >showing off the products of their labor and also teaching their families
    >about this area of our planet.
    >After that night we asked our principal if he would like a museum for
    >the lobby of the school and he thought that would be a great idea. We
    >borrowed rolling carts and transported our "museum" to the school lobby
    >for everyone to enjoy. Ioften noticed granparents and friends being
    >given "tours" by my students after school.
    >Laura, are you familiar with the FOSS program? Their plants module has
    >an activity very much like the one you described, with the kids working
    >in groups to make predictions before using plastic knives to cut their
    >own fruits, count the seeds, etc. The seed and fruit activity is
    >followed by an activity on germination and then a hydroponic
    >investigation. This was always fun in the classroom, especially watching
    >the kids try to count all those itsy bitsy kiwi seeds. (-:
    >Rhonda
    >






    The Challenge Question Winners - Week #1


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: The Challenge Question Winners - Week #1
    Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 18:35:05 -0500
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    >>>AND THE WINNERS ARE<<<<<<



    Where is the WETTEST spot on Earth?


    The rainiest place on Earth is NOT in the rainforests of the Amazon or
    Africa, but in Hawaii, Mount Waialeae, in the United States.


    CONGRATULATIONS!!!



    The Chase Foundation students, Wheeler Hadden from Lynn Hammonds class,


    and Grott's Greats for answering this question correctly.


    ***


    And where is the HOTTEST spot on the planet?




    There seems to be some debate as to the answer to this question. Is a
    place considered the hottest because it has the highest temperature
    recorded or because it has the highest annual mean? PTK was fully
    prepared to go with North Africa as the hottest, but as often with CQ's


    there seems to be more than one right answer! If you or your students
    know >other<< documented candidates for "hottest", please submit them to
    the list.


    The following places have been chosen as the hottest:




    The Chase Foundation submitted this answer - AL AZIZIYAH, Libia, al sur
    de Tripoli, 136.4 F o sea 58 C en 1922.


    But, with thanks to Haines-Stiles car-pool member, Benjamin Blonder,
    6th



    grade, at least one source gives a different answer:


    from Felton & Fowlers "Best, Worst, and Most Unusual", Galahad Books
    1976

    New York, Part 1, Nature & Science, page 178.


    MOST UNUSUAL HEAT WAVE: A freak heat wave hit the central coast of
    Portugal on July 6, 1949, sending the temperature up to 158F for a
    period of two minutes. Moments later the mercury slid back down to the
    mid 120's. No satisfactory explanation for this fleeting swelter has ever
    been put forward.


    Grott's Greats:


    The hottest place/spot is Dallol, Ethopia where the annual mean
    temperature is 94 degrees F. We did find a location with the highest
    temperature but that would be a record not consistently warm.


    This was also the choice of the Brussels American School fourth
    graders.


    ***


    And where is the DRIEST place on Earth--a place where, allegedly, no rain
    has ever been recorded?




    The Atacama Desert of Chile seems most sources' best answer: some places
    there have never recorded any precipitation. Even the "Dry Valleys" of
    Antarctica has some blown snow in many areas (see LIVE FROM ANTARCTICA
    and this year's LIVE FROM THE POLES, April 28, 1998.) And for an
    explanation of why the Atacama is so dry and why rainforests have so much
    rain, see Activity 1.1 in the LFRF Teacher's Guide.


    CONGRATULATIONS!!!



    The Chase Foundation students, the Brussels American School fourth


    graders, and Grott's Greats answered this question correctly.










    Challenge Questions - Week #2


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Challenge Questions - Week #2
    Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 19:05:11 -0500
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    >>>CHALLENGE QUESTIONS - WEEK #2<<<

    Dust off the reference books! Bring out the CD-ROMs! Surf the Net!

    Take the challenge!!!

    What is the LONGEST river on Earth?
    What is the LARGEST river on Earth?

    Hint--when you get your copy of the LFRF Teacher's Guide you may just want
    to keep it away from student contestants if you don't want them clued in


    too easily on answers to the above. But, on the other hand, you'll find the


    answer is not quite as simple as you or the encyclopedia might first think!



    You are invited to send original student answers to: ebend@netlabs.net
    Please include the words CHALLENGE QUESTION in the subject line of your


    email. I will announce the classes that submit correct answers next week.


    Answers are due by Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 pm EST.

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    Re: Welcome to PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE'S LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST discuss-lfrf ...


    From: RdgTchrSAF
    Subject: Re: Welcome to PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE'S LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST discuss-lfrf ...
    Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 10:19:10 EST
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    In a message dated 98-03-14 09:51:06 EST, ebend@netlabs.net writes:

    << To start we would like to get to know who
    is traveling to the RAINFOREST with us. Please send an introductory
    message to discuss-lfrf@passport.ivv.nasa.gov. Let us know who you are,
    what subject(s) and grade(s) you teach, as well as where you are located.
    Is this your first PTK project or are you a veteran? What would you like
    to see as part of this project so that it can be a rewarding experience for
    you and your students? >>

    I am a third grade teacher in Greenville, South Carolina. I teach 20
    students all academic subjects in a self-contained classroom. My students
    come from a very diverse background--from children of corporate executives and
    United States Senators to children of parents who live in a local housing
    project. We are 40% minority and house the Satellite Program for Children
    with Disabilities for our school district. The Satellite Program brings
    children who are deaf, blind, and in wheelchairs into the mainstream of our
    school.
    I tried to participate in the Live From Antarctica program but due to
    illness and surgery I had to withdraw.
    I want my students to be part of a bigger community than Greenville. I
    want them to learn to interact and experience people and places that have been
    inaccessable to them until the Internet. They are excited about learning and
    want to be part of a community of learners across the world. I want them to be
    able to talk to scientists and see the Rainforest the way a scientist sees it.
    I want them to be able to make wise decisions about our environment through
    the experience of Live From the Rainforest. We are an inner city school with
    lots of concrete and buildings. Many of my students will never travel outside
    South Carolina. It is important for them to make a connection between what
    happens thousands of miles away and what happens to them on a daily basis.

    Susan Florence



    "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!
    Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 00:41:01 -0500
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    Welcome to "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!

    The kids have spring fever! It is still four weeks to spring break!

    The crocuses are blooming! The birds are chirping!

    THE DEBATE HAS BEGUN!
    Last week on debate Bill Laurance, one of the team leaders in the
    Smithsonian/INPA experiment on the effects of forest fragmentation on
    biodiversity, gave us the meaning of biodiversity and a description of the
    different ways scientists measure biodiversity. The students have started
    posting introductions and brief descriptions of their backyard or school
    yard. This week classes are going outside to discover what living organisms
    they can find, so that we can decide which way we should measure biodiversity.

    Don't be stuck inside while the students on debate-lfrf go outside. What
    organisms will they find? How will this change over the next month? What
    surprises will they discover?

    Come Join in the Fun...Join debate-lfrf today!

    ***

    The first batch of Teacher's Guides have arrived in the PTK offices.
    They'll be mailed out very soon, Priority Mail, to all who've sent in orders.

    The poster's still on press--but also looking pretty and informative, with
    colorful animals and quotes from Columbus and von Humboldt!

    The blackline masters which accompany the Guide are almost as long as that
    first LIVE FROM ANTARCTICA guide from 4 years back.

    The Teacher's Resource Video for the MultiMedia Kit is nearly complete:
    great demonstrations of Activities in the Guide from Marty Stickle, Pat
    Haddon and Eileen Bendixsen: real teachers demo some tricky but instructive
    hands-on science, and help you achieve success in your class (or home
    school.) To find out more about the Guide or Kit, send e-mail to Jayne
    Williams at PTKEA@AOL.COM or check out the LFRF Web site, at:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov/rainforest

    You can order online, or print out and fax your request.

    ***

    REMINDER: Challenge Questions are due by Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 p.m.


    EST. Send your answers to me at ebend@netlabs.net. Winners will be
    announced later this week.

    Welcome to Amanda Buice and Susan Florence who posted their introductions
    this week. We also had some great ideas about fruit day. Food labs are
    about the only thing that top going outside in my classroom. I just want to
    mention that you need to be careful of students who have food allergies and
    students who are diabetic when you use food. I have my students write their
    allergies down on those famous index cards that we have the students fill
    out the first day of school. Then I make sure that I have something for
    them to eat so that they don't feel left out. Everyone keep those ideas
    coming.

    Have a great week!

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    Introduction


    From: Bruce Grover
    Subject: Introduction
    Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 10:17:55 -0500
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    Greetings Fellow LFRF Participants,

    My name is Bruce Grover. I run Connections, the
    M.S.A.D. #36 Alternative School. It is with great
    excitement and anticipation that we embark on our
    first on-line project. We will perhaps be even
    more excited and filled with even more
    anticipation once our internet connection is
    installed. Until such time I will forward student
    email from home and hope we can keep pace with our
    more fortunate colleagues. If there is any other
    participants in a similar situation who feel they
    have identified and overcome related obstacles,
    please share your experiences and solutions. I am
    still familiarizing myself with the project so if
    anything I say henceforth seems to stem from
    ignorance, it's because it does. How feasible are
    the following ideas:
    - Sharing pictures of participants. I have found
    in the past that associating a face with a
    name helps students form a more personal
    attachment to those with whom they interact on the
    internet.
    - Tele or video conferencing with other
    participants. Via the internet we would be able
    to share ideas and opinions in real time with
    people and cultures with which we would never have
    the opportunity otherwise.
    I have other ideas but in the interest of
    maintaining your interest, I will save them until
    I am more familiar with the project. I will have
    my students introduce themselves ASAP.

    Bruce Grover

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    Greetings Fellow LFRF Participants,

    My name is Bruce Grover.  I run Connections,
    the M.S.A.D. #36 Alternative School.  It is with great excitement
    and anticipation that we embark on our first on-line project.  We
    will perhaps be even more excited and filled with even more anticipation
    once our internet connection is installed.  Until such time I will
    forward student email from home and hope we can keep pace with our more
    fortunate colleagues.  If there is any other participants in a similar
    situation who feel they have identified and overcome related obstacles,
    please share your experiences and solutions.  I am still familiarizing
    myself with the project so if anything I say henceforth seems to stem from
    ignorance, it's because it does.  How feasible are the following ideas:


    - Sharing pictures of participants. 
    I have found in the past that associating a face with a name     
    helps students form a more personal attachment to those with whom they
    interact on the internet.


    - Tele or video conferencing with other
    participants.  Via the internet we would be able to share ideas and
    opinions in real time with people and cultures with which we would never
    have the opportunity otherwise.


    I have other ideas but in the interest
    of maintaining your interest, I will save them until I am more familiar
    with the project.  I will have my students introduce themselves ASAP.


    Bruce Grover

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    Re: Introduction


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Re: Introduction
    Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 13:51:52 -0500
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    Bruce,


    I am sure most of us can understand your problems communicating with
    everyone. We have all been there and some of us are still in that
    situation. They finally put our router in three weeks ago, but we are
    still waiting for our rooms to be connected so that we can all go online.
    In the meantime the other science teacher and I are sharing one line. We
    have to climb on a chair to change the plug to our room.


    The first Internet project we participated in I didn't even have a
    computer in my room. The students wrote out their messages. I used to
    type all of the messages at 12:00 at night to send them out. (I had to
    wait until my children finished with the computer.) The following year
    when I had a computer in my classroom, but no phone line, I had the
    students type their messages in a word processing document. I put them on
    a disk at the end of the day and then pasted them into my mail program at
    night. This worked out very well. I am sure that other teachers will have
    some solutions that they will share. The main thing to remember about PTK
    is that it is very flexible. We realize that there is a wide range in the
    connectivity of classrooms and the number of computers available to
    teachers.


    As far as sharing pictures, I posted a message to the debate-lfrf mail
    list this morning that I will have pictures of my students going outside
    to begin their observations for our collaborative activity the "Backyard
    Biodiversity" Survey on my web page tonight
    (http://www.netlabs.net/hp/ebend/square.html). Soon we will be posting a
    request to start sending student work and pictures for the LFRF web site.
    In the next couple of weeks I will be setting up groups based on grade
    level, so that classes can communicate class to class. This is not a pen
    pal communication, the students will be discussing the LFRF activities
    they are doing in their classroom. If anyone on the list has not let me
    know that they would like to be included in these groups, please let me
    know. This would be a great way to get to know the other people
    participating and to have student to student communication.


    In the past there have been teachers who have set up video conferencing
    during the projects. I'm hoping that my students will have a chance to
    participate this time. Web chats with the rainforest scientists will be
    starting soon. The times and dates will be posted in updates and to this
    list.


    Please don't ever hesitate to post a question to the list. I often find
    that there is someone else lurking out there with the same question.


    Welcome to the list!


    Eileen Bendixsen

    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF

    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:

    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov




    At 10:17 AM 3/16/98 -0500, you wrote:

    >>>>

    Arial,HelveticaGreetings Fellow LFRF
    Participants,



    Arial,HelveticaMy name is Bruce Grover. I run
    Connections, the M.S.A.D. #36 Alternative School. It is with great
    excitement and anticipation that we embark on our first on-line project.
    We will perhaps be even more excited and filled with even more
    anticipation once our internet connection is installed. Until such time
    I will forward student email from home and hope we can keep pace with our
    more fortunate colleagues. If there is any other participants in a
    similar situation who feel they have identified and overcome related
    obstacles, please share your experiences and solutions. I am still
    familiarizing myself with the project so if anything I say henceforth
    seems to stem from ignorance, it's because it does. How feasible are the
    following ideas:


    Arial,Helvetica- Sharing pictures of
    participants. I have found in the past that associating a face with a
    name helps students form a more personal attachment to those with
    whom they interact on the internet.


    Arial,Helvetica- Tele or video conferencing
    with other participants. Via the internet we would be able to share
    ideas and opinions in real time with people and cultures with which we
    would never have the opportunity otherwise.


    Arial,HelveticaI have other ideas but in the
    interest of maintaining your interest, I will save them until I am more
    familiar with the project. I will have my students introduce themselves
    ASAP.



    Arial,HelveticaBruce Grover








    videoconference


    From: KDPW49B@prodigy.com (MRS RHONDA B TOON)
    Subject: videoconference
    Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 19:55:04, -0500
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    -- [ From: Rhonda Toon * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --

    I think the idea of videoconferencing is a super one. We are using
    NetMeeting. Is anyone else out there using this software?

    I just had five videocameras donated to the center so I could start a
    videoconferencing project. It would be great if I could get these
    cameras to teachers and involve them in the rainforest project as well.

    Rhonda



    Our Picutures Are Online


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Our Picutures Are Online
    Date: Mon, 16 Mar 1998 22:52:42 -0500
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    Hi,

    We had a very exciting day going out and beginning our work for the
    "Backyard Biodiversity" Survey. We will be posting more of our messages to
    the debate list tomorrow.

    The pictures are now on my web page. My classes will be adding text and
    additional pictures by the end of the week.

    The url is http://www.netlabs.net/hp/ebend/square.html

    Eileen




    Re: Introduction


    From: Ginny
    Subject: Re: Introduction
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 00:31:19 -0500
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    Eileen Said:
    If anyone on the list has not let me know that they would like to be
    included in these groups, please let me know. This would be a great way to
    get to know the other people participating and to have student to student
    communication.

    In the past there have been teachers who have set up video conferencing
    during the projects. I'm hoping that my students will have a chance to
    participate this time. Web chats with the rainforest scientists will be
    starting soon. The times and dates will be posted in updates and to this
    list.

    Hi Eileen, My students and I at Hydesville are interested in student to
    student communication and vidoe conferencing. Would you be using CUseeme?
    I am familiar somewhat with it. Thanks, Gin






    Re: videoconference


    From: Ginny
    Subject: Re: videoconference
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 00:32:54 -0500
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    Hi Rhonda, I am familiar with CUseeme and would be interested in having my
    class video conference with classes that are doing the rainforest project.
    Ginny

    At 7:55 PM -0500 3/16/98, MRS RHONDA B TOON wrote:
    >-- [ From: Rhonda Toon * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --
    >
    >I think the idea of videoconferencing is a super one. We are using
    >NetMeeting. Is anyone else out there using this software?
    >
    >I just had five videocameras donated to the center so I could start a
    >videoconferencing project. It would be great if I could get these
    >cameras to teachers and involve them in the rainforest project as well.
    >
    >Rhonda







    Introduction


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Introduction
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 06:47:35 -0500
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    Hello!
    My name is Miguel Germain, I teach at UM/SAT a small school in Miami,
    Florida. We have approximately 150 students, grades 9-12. I teach one class
    in chemistry, two classes of biology and one class of anatomy and
    physiology. This is my first time involved in PTK. I'm involved in River
    curriculum study.

    Miguel A. Germain




    Videoconferencing


    From: calderone@sysnet.net (Susan Hurstcalderone)
    Subject: Videoconferencing
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 07:29:28 -0500
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    We have CUseeme and I would like to include my classes in the
    videoconferencing. I have not used it before, but I willing to learn. Can
    I call on you [Ginny? anyone else with experience with CUseeme?] for
    guidance?

    Susan

    Susan Hurstcalderone 202/966-6682 [school]
    Science Coordinatory/Teacher/Learner 202/966-4938 [school fax]
    Blessed Sacrament School
    5841 Chevy Chase Parkway, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20015 Science.....a way of thinking.





    Re: Introduction


    From: "Laura L. Bashlor"
    Subject: Re: Introduction
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 08:18:27 -0500
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    Hi, our names are Britany and Cliff, and we are in the 6th grade. We attend
    Shumate Middle School in Gibraltar, Michigan. Gibraltar is a town of 4
    islands and a portion of mainland right where Lake Erie and the Detroit
    River come together. A lot of our students are fishermen and boaters. The
    longitude is 83:12:10 W and the latitude is 42:05:41 N. The elevation is
    584 feet and the population of the city is 4,297 people and going up with a
    lot of new houses. Other towns that go to our school are Woodhaven,
    Rockwood, Brownstown and a bit of Trenton.
    Behind our school we have a baseball diamond, a football field, a track,
    tennis courts, basketball courts, and soccer fields. Our school is attached
    to Carlson High School. Beyond the sports fields there is a wild area where
    the Cross Country team runs. Next to the Middle School is an area of woods
    and marsh. This winter we have watched a herd of about 10 deer. They come
    through a break in the fence opposite our classroom. We watch them run,
    graze and wander.
    We've been having some crazy weather, for the last month. We have had cold
    wind, heavy rain, and even some light snow. The weather has been switching
    on and off, from temperature in the 50s down to the 10s. Some vegetation
    started to grow, then it froze. We hope it warms up this week so we can do
    the project outside. We are concerned because the plants don't have leaves
    and lots of them haven't started to grow for spring, yet.





    Re: Videoconferencing


    From: "Laura L. Bashlor"
    Subject: Re: Videoconferencing
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 08:23:49 -0500
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    We, also, have CU-SeeMe and a quick cam. Although it was working in
    September, we have not used it since. With a student teacher doing the
    duties for the next two weeks, there should be time for me to de-bug the
    system. My students and are eager to videoconference with others from our
    own time zone. All of the conferences so far fall within impossible times
    for us. From 11:20am on the students are scattered to band, gym. computers
    and lunch until dismissal at 1:50. Sessions originating on the west coast
    are not available for us.

    Laura Bashlor
    Shumate Middle School
    Gibraltar, MI





    Videoconferencing


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Videoconferencing
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 10:20:34 -0500
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    Dear Discuss-lfrf Members,

    If you are interested in videoconferencing please send me
    (ebend@netlabs.net) your name, school, and time of day (Please include time
    zone.) that you are available to do this. I will send the information to
    everyone who is interested and let's see if we can set up some times. As
    Laura said it will be difficult to get everyone at the same time. It is
    impossible to cover four time zones when most schools are only in session
    for six to seven hours.

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    Biodiversity


    From: Marilyn Weiser
    Subject: Biodiversity
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 09:18:00 -0600 (CST)
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    Dear colleagues,
    This may be a fun activity to share with other classrooms and/or
    parents.

    Biodiversity Rap-up
    by Brian Lloyd

    Wake up, everybody.
    Really open your eyes.
    Look outside the door--
    Youll see a major surprise.
    Its cooler than the Shaq Attack,
    Its hotter than Spike Lee.
    Its got more sounds and got more moves
    Than even MTV.

    Yeah, Im talking bout the places
    That span across this planet,
    And the host of crazy critters
    That we often take for granted.
    You dont need a diploma
    >From a big university
    To learn the word for all this life
    Is BIODIVERSITY.

    BIODIVERSITY means difference
    In three kinds of scenes:
    In HABITATS, in SPECIES,
    And in our basic GENES.
    Dont freak if this sounds tricky,
    Stay cool, because Ill claim
    That all of this is simpler
    Than your average video game.

    HABITATS are places
    Made up of special features--
    Vegetation, nutrients,
    Climate, soils, and creatures.
    >From Senegal to Central Park,
    >From Haiti to Hong Kong,
    A healthy range of habitats
    Helps life keep going strong.

    SPECIES are the animals
    And plants that fill our nations--
    >From cockatoos to kinkajous,
    >From melons to carnations.
    Species pollinate our crops,
    Theyre mascots for our teams,
    They give us food and medicines,
    They dazzle life and dreams.

    GENES are what determine
    How populations vary--
    How tall we are, how strong we are,
    How intelligent, how hairy.
    A healthy, varied gene pool
    Makes all of life more brilliant,
    And species in the face of change
    Are adaptable, resilient.

    Now I hate to be a downer,
    I hate to burst your bubble.
    But you ought to know the truth:
    Biodiversitys in trouble.
    The reason? People everywhere
    Pollute and build and grow.
    The wildest life will be in malls
    Unless we stop, you know.

    A world with only cities?
    A little dull, Id think.
    A world with only roaches?
    Now that would really stink.
    A world without a range on genes?
    Now that would be a grim one.
    Imagine every human being
    A clone of Homer Simpson?

    Protect our many races,
    Said Martin Luther King.
    Protect the tribes and forests
    Of the Amazon, says Sting.
    >From decades past to present day
    The rally cry has grown:
    Diversitys what lifes about--
    We cant survive alone.

    Refrain:
    Deserts, peat bogs,
    Passion fruit, and tree frogs.
    Spiders, seaweed,
    Centipedes, and sheep dogs
    Mule deer, killdeer,
    Crocodile, and ginkgo.
    Diversitys dull?
    No, I dont think so.


    If any one can help me out with these two requests, please respond to me
    at mweiser@sendit.nodak.edu
    1. Do you have the internet address for boys and girls to get their
    names put on the CD Rom going to Mars?
    2. Do you have a lesson plan for teaching boys and girls about meals
    for astronauts while in space?

    Thanks,
    Marilyn Weiser
    PTK Advocate
    Minot, ND




    Re: Videoconferencing


    From: Lynn Hammonds
    Subject: Re: Videoconferencing
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 07:55:00 -0800 (PST)
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    Dear Susan,

    I've been using CUSeeMe technology for three years now. My third grade
    class is looking forward to using our local cam for the LFRF conferences.
    Feel free to call on me anytime you have a question. Perhaps you and Ginny
    and I can have a three way conference sometime!

    Best wishes,

    Lynn Hammonds
    Rancho Santa Fe School
    Rancho Santa Fe, CA


    >We have CUseeme and I would like to include my classes in the
    >videoconferencing. I have not used it before, but I willing to learn. Can
    >I call on you [Ginny? anyone else with experience with CUseeme?] for
    >guidance?
    >
    >Susan
    >
    >Susan Hurstcalderone 202/966-6682 [school]
    >Science Coordinatory/Teacher/Learner 202/966-4938 [school fax]
    >Blessed Sacrament School
    >5841 Chevy Chase Parkway, NW
    >Washington, D.C. 20015 Science.....a way of thinking.






    Intro-Shumate


    From: "Laura L. Bashlor"
    Subject: Intro-Shumate
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 13:06:25 -0500
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    Hi, our names are Alicia and Catherine. We go to Shumate Middle
    School in Gibraltar, Michigan. We are both 12 yrs. old and in the 6th
    grade. Our school is surrounded by woods and fields. Because of this we
    sometimes see herds of deer running by our windows. We also have two pets
    in our classroom. A hedgehog and a rabbit. A few days ago we tasted fruits
    from the rainforest. Some fruits tasted good others tasted bad. The school
    is right across from Lake Erie. This causes us to see a lot of different
    animals around our school and neighborhoods. Since Lake Erie is across the
    street and close to our houses we get a lot of lake effect snow and cold
    spells. Last week we experienced a cold spell ,but now it is starting to
    get warm again. Our longitude is 83 degrees North. Our latitude is 43
    degrees West.




    Biodiversity


    From: Young_Karen/edu_snowline_serrano-high@omail.sbcss.k12.ca.us
    Subject: Biodiversity
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 12:01:08 -0800
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    > If any one can help me out with these two requests, please respond to
    me
    > at mweiser@sendit.nodak.edu
    > 1. Do you have the internet address for boys and girls to get their
    > names put on the CD Rom going to Mars?
    > 2. Do you have a lesson plan for teaching boys and girls about
    meals
    > for astronauts while in space?

    No lesson plan, but a good URL for meals in space:
    http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/academy/astronauts/food-system.html

    The URL for adding your name to those for the Mars Polar Lander:
    http://spacekids.hq.nasa.gov/mars/nameform.cfm

    Karen Young
    Serrano High School
    Karen_Young@eee.org




    Re: Introduction- Laura


    From: Gianfranco Martinis
    Subject: Re: Introduction- Laura
    Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 03:33:15 GMT
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    Welcome,
    I am Gianfranco Martinis, from Salta, Argentina.
    I am sure you are going to bring great ideas.

    Hopping hering sson from you.

    Best wishes.

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    _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ Gianfranco Martinis
    _/ _/ _/_/ _/ E-Mail: cpces04@salnet.com.ar
    _/ _/_/_/_/ _/ _/ _/ Belgrano High School
    _/ _/ _/ _/ Address: 220 Los Ceibos Street -
    _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/ _/ 4400 - Salta - Argentina

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    Re: Introduction-Miguel


    From: Gianfranco Martinis
    Subject: Re: Introduction-Miguel
    Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 03:33:12 GMT
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    Hi Miguel,
    At 06:47 17/3/98 -0500, you wrote:
    Welcome, I am sure you are going to enjoy your time here.
    Hope brin great ideas and experience.

    Hopping hearing soon from you.

    Best wishes.

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    _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/_/ _/_/
    _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ Gianfranco Martinis
    _/ _/ _/_/ _/ E-Mail: cpces04@salnet.com.ar
    _/ _/_/_/_/ _/ _/ _/ Belgrano High School
    _/ _/ _/ _/ Address: 220 Los Ceibos Street -
    _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/ _/ 4400 - Salta - Argentina

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    sloths


    From: LoreyH717
    Subject: sloths
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 22:23:14 EST
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    Hi: I am eagerly waiting my Teacher's Guide so I can create even more
    wonderful lessons about the rain forest. My children are learning so much
    already. They know of the sloth's existence in the rain forest but I found
    out more pertinent and interesting information about the sloth and I am giving
    a lesson just on the sloth this week as I teach them about the interdependence
    of the animals and plants of the rain forest Below is an exerpt from my
    lesson


    Sloths live in the canopy and the algae that grows in their fur turns it
    green
    providing the sloths with camouflage in their leafy home. Because they eat
    leaves that are hard to digest, food stays in their systems for up to a mont
    before all the value has been extracted from it. It is this slow metabolism
    or release of energy from food, that causes the slow movements sloths are
    famous for. Partly
    becaue of their slowness, sloths make a very good home for a species of moth
    that lives in its fur. up to 132 adult moths have been found living on one
    sloth. Some believe that the moths eat algae-rich rainwater trapped in the
    sloth's fur or some bodily secretons. they also think the moths breed there.
    But they could
    never find any moth eggs or larvae on the sloths. And then they found out
    why. Once every week or two, the sloths make a long, slow dangerous journey
    down tot ht efloor of the rainforest to defeate in a hold they dig with their
    tails. As soon as they do this, the mths swarm ou6t of the fur to deposit
    their eggs on the sloth's dung and then settle back into the sloth's fur for
    the ride up the canopy again. the larvae that hatch from the eggs feed on the
    dung and when they turn into adult moths, they fly up into the canopy in
    search of a sloth to live on. Although it is clear that the moths are
    dependent on the sloths, what the sloths gain
    from this relationship is not immediately apparent. Perhaps the moths help
    keep the fur clean. Perhaps they add to the camouflage of the sloths. The


    answer is just one of the mysterys waiting to be solved.
    (Source: Rainforests by Lois Warburton, 1991 Lucent Books, CA)

    Loretta Henke
    PS 7
    New York City



    Re: Videoconferencing


    From: Ginny
    Subject: Re: Videoconferencing
    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 22:31:42 -0500
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    I'd be glad to help! I have a quick cam camera, gray scale at home and one
    at work. I now have a new computer, powermac, in my classroom at school and
    need to download CUseeme from Cornell and try it out before I can connect
    to anyone. Hopefully on Friday I will have time afterschool to work on it.
    Once I have that taken care of I can try and connect with you from school.
    If you can take your camera home over the week-end we can try and connect
    from home. E-mail me with ways I can help. Ginny

    At 7:29 AM -0500 3/17/98, Susan Hurstcalderone wrote:
    >We have CUseeme and I would like to include my classes in the
    >videoconferencing. I have not used it before, but I willing to learn. Can
    >I call on you [Ginny? anyone else with experience with CUseeme?] for
    >guidance?
    >
    >Susan
    >
    >Susan Hurstcalderone 202/966-6682 [school]
    >Science Coordinatory/Teacher/Learner 202/966-4938 [school fax]
    >Blessed Sacrament School
    >5841 Chevy Chase Parkway, NW
    >Washington, D.C. 20015 Science.....a way of thinking.







    Re: sloths


    From: "Susan Herzog"
    Subject: Re: sloths
    Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 09:09:45 -0500
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    What a great story of interdependence - that Sloth tale. I wonder what
    interesting life stories we might find in our temperate zone backyards! How
    can you ever be bored if you are interested in how living things live!!

    Best regards,
    Susan






    Re: Introduction


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Re: Introduction
    Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 16:59:45 -0700
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    Dear Bruce, You'll do just fine. I worked at an alternative high school
    with no computer access, too, and just did fine. It's a pain,
    but the exciting thing is the writing improvement you get from the kids
    when they know they're writing to their peers. As Eileen suggested,
    have the kids save stuff on your word-processing program and then play
    cut and paste at home. janet


    Janet K. Cook
    Sinclair Middle School
    300 W. Chenango
    Englewood, CO 80110
    (303) 781-7817 (w) (303)806-2000 x1904 (vm)
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    Re: Introduction


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Re: Introduction
    Date: Monday, March 16, 1998 12:03 PM
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    Dear Bruce,  You'll do just fine.  I
    worked at an alternative high school with no computer access, too, and just did
    fine.  It's a pain, but the exciting thing is the writing improvement you
    get from the kids when they know they're writing to their peers.  As Eileen
    suggested, have the kids save stuff on your word-processing program and then
    play cut and paste at home.  janet

     

     

    Janet K. Cook
    Sinclair Middle
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    Englewood, CO 80110
    (303) 781-7817 (w)  
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    From:
    Eileen Bendixsen <ebend@netlabs.net>
    To:
    Bruce Grover < href="mailto:docboo@ime.net">docboo@ime.net>
    Cc:discuss-lfrf@passport.=
    ivv.nasa.gov

    < href="mailto:discuss-lfrf@passport.ivv.nasa.gov">discuss-lfrf@passport. ivv.nasa.gov>
    Date:
    Monday, March 16, 1998 12:03 PM
    Subject: Re:
    Introduction

    Bruce,

    I am sure most of us can
    understand your problems communicating with everyone. We have all been there
    and some of us are still in that situation. They finally put our router in
    three weeks ago, but we are still waiting for our rooms to be connected so
    that we can all go online. In the meantime the other science teacher and I
    are sharing one line. We have to climb on a chair to change the plug to our
    room.

    The first Internet project we participated in I didn't even
    have a computer in my room. The students wrote out their messages. I used to
    type all of the messages at 12:00 at night to send them out. (I had to wait
    until my children finished with the computer.) The following year when I had
    a computer in my classroom, but no phone line, I had the students type their
    messages in a word processing document. I put them on a disk at the end of
    the day and then pasted them into my mail program at night. This worked out
    very well. I am sure that other teachers will have some solutions that they
    will share. The main thing to remember about PTK is that it is very
    flexible. We realize that there is a wide range in the connectivity of
    classrooms and the number of computers available to teachers.

    As far
    as sharing pictures, I posted a message to the debate-lfrf mail list this
    morning that I will have pictures of my students going outside to begin
    their observations for our collaborative activity the "Backyard
    Biodiversity" Survey on my web page tonight
    (http://www.netlabs.net/hp/ebend/square.html). Soon we will be posting a
    request to start sending student work and pictures for the LFRF web site. In
    the next couple of weeks I will be setting up groups based on grade level,
    so that classes can communicate class to class. This is not a pen pal
    communication, the students will be discussing the LFRF activities they are
    doing in their classroom. If anyone on the list has not let me know that
    they would like to be included in these groups, please let me know. This
    would be a great way to get to know the other people participating and to
    have student to student communication.

    In the past there have been
    teachers who have set up video conferencing during the projects. I'm hoping
    that my students will have a chance to participate this time. Web chats with
    the rainforest scientists will be starting soon. The times and dates will be
    posted in updates and to this list.

    Please don't ever hesitate to
    post a question to the list. I often find that there is someone else lurking
    out there with the same question.

    Welcome to the list!

    Eileen
    Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT
    TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov



    At 10:17
    AM 3/16/98 -0500, you wrote:
    >>>>

    Greetings Fellow LFRF
    Participants,

    My name is Bruce Grover. I
    run Connections, the M.S.A.D. #36 Alternative School. It is with great
    excitement and anticipation that we embark on our first on-line project.
    We will perhaps be even more excited and filled with even more
    anticipation once our internet connection is installed. Until such time
    I will forward student email from home and hope we can keep pace with
    our more fortunate colleagues. If there is any other participants in a
    similar situation who feel they have identified and overcome related
    obstacles, please share your experiences and solutions. I am still
    familiarizing myself with the project so if anything I say henceforth
    seems to stem from ignorance, it's because it does. How feasible are the
    following ideas:

    - Sharing pictures of
    participants. I have found in the past that associating a face with a
    name helps students form a more personal attachment to those with whom
    they interact on the internet.
    - Tele or video conferencing
    with other participants. Via the internet we would be able to share
    ideas and opinions in real time with people and cultures with
    which we
    would never have the opportunity otherwise.

    I have other ideas but in the
    interest of maintaining your interest, I will save them until I
    am more
    familiar with the project. I will have my students introduce themselves
    ASAP.

    Bruce
    Grover





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    Week #2 Challenge Question Winners


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Week #2 Challenge Question Winners
    Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 23:39:13 -0500
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    >>>AND THE WINNERS ARE<<<



    The answers for last week's Challenge Questions were provided by Grott's
    Greats who told us the following:

    We stayed away from the encyclopedia but used the almanac instead! We
    had quite a collection for a while!



    Our Answers, verified by going to the National Geographic Home page and
    looking under the resources section:

    What is the LONGEST river on Earth?

    Longest River: Africa's Nile River at 4,241 miles barely beats out the
    Amazon in South America, approximately 4000 miles.


    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Gianfranco Martinis, Mrs. Buice's 4th grade class at Lamar Co.Elementary
    School, Wheeler, Allison, Anthony, Chris, Maxx, Mitchell, and Chelsea from
    Ms. Hammond's class, Grott's Greats, David Williams from Mike Reynolds
    class at Cranbrook Kingswood MS, and Mary Logsdon's fourth graders from
    Eastridge Elementary School in Lincoln Nebraska. All of you were correct.


    Special Note from Mrs. Buice's class:

    We also found that there is a subterranean river flowing under the Nile!
    Cool!

    Mrs. Buice's 4th grade class

    ***

    What is the LARGEST river on Earth?

    Largest River: Amazon hands down, drainage basin of approximately 2.5
    million square miles, an area equal to the contiguous United States!


    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Gianfranco Martinis, Wheeler, Allison, Anthony, Chris, Maxx, Mitchell, and
    Chelsea from Ms. Hammond's class, Grott's Greats, David Williams from Mike
    Reynolds class at Cranbrook Kingswood MS, and Mary Logsdon's fourth graders
    from Eastridge Elementary School in Lincoln Nebraska. All of you were correct.


    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov










    Challenge Questions - Week #3


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Challenge Questions - Week #3
    Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 23:55:36 -0500
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    >>>CHALLENGE QUESTIONS - WEEK #3<<<



    Will you find the answer in the almanac? Is it on your favorite reference
    page on the Internet?


    Don't Miss This Week's Challenge!


    If PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE has produced LIVE FROM ANTARCTICA and now LIVE FROM
    THE RAINFOREST from the heart of the Amazon Basin, what is "X" if we called
    our series LIVE FROM X PERCENT OF EARTH'S FRESH WATER?




    You are invited to send original student answers to: ebend@netlabs.net
    Please include the words CHALLENGE QUESTION in the subject line of your


    email. I will announce the classes that submit correct answers next week.


    Answers are due by Wednesday, March 25 at 10:00 pm EST.

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov








    Another Challenge Question Winner


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Another Challenge Question Winner
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 00:12:44 -0500
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    >>>Congratulations Alejandra<<<

    Alejandra from the Chase Foundation in Argentina was another winner in last
    week's challenge questions. Great job Alejandra!!!


    1 ) The longest river on earth:

    NILO, rEDo de Africa. Recorre una distancia de 5.584 km, generalmente en
    sentido norte, desde el lago Victoria, en africa centroriental hasta el mar
    Mediterrneo, atravesando Uganda, Sudan y Egipto. Desde su nacimiento, el
    ro Luvironza, en Burundi, SU LONGITUD ES DE 6671 km.

    2 ) The largest river on earth:

    AMAZONAS, ro que corre por el norte de Suramrica, en su mayor parte en
    Brasil; figura como el mayor del mundo en trminos de captacin de agua,
    nmero de afluentes y volumen de agua que descarga. Mide unos 6.275 km
    desde la fuente hasta la desembocadura, y es el segundo en longitud,
    despus del Nilo, entre todos los ros del mundo. Los aportes anuales
    l
    ro suman una quinta parte de toda el agua dulce que desemboca en los
    ocanos en todo el mundo. La cantidad de agua y de sedimentos aportados
    n
    tan enormes que la salinidad y el color del ocano Atlntico se ven
    alterados hasta una distancia de unos 320 km desde la boca del ro.

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov







    Re: Week #2 Challenge Question Winners


    From: Lynn Hammonds
    Subject: Re: Week #2 Challenge Question Winners
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 07:41:38 -0800 (PST)
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    Dear Eileen,

    Thank you for posting the Challenge Question winners so promptly. Last


    week we had one student answer correctly, this week seven. We're aiming
    for the entire class before LFRF is over. We're printing the email from
    you and posting it in our LFRF corner. The children love to read about
    themselves!

    Lynn Hammonds





    I NEED YOUR HELP


    From: Gianfranco Martinis
    Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 18:39:02 GMT
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    Hi to all,


    I wrote all you five days ago, and until now I am waiting for your answers.
    I reply again because four days ago I had a power failure and lost
    everythingh, so I think that I had lost messages from you.

    Here I a sending you my old message, call HELP NEEDY, please, an you take
    just a little of your valius time to reply it to me?.

    It is for get a schoolarship of the Space Camp.

    I really need your help to prube that I am on this list.

    Hopping with all my heart your help.

    Thanks a lot in advance for your help and time

    Sincerly,

    *-*-*-*-*-*--*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-

    _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/_/ _/_/
    _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ Gianfranco Martinis
    _/ _/ _/_/ _/ E-Mail: cpces04@salnet.com.ar
    _/ _/_/_/_/ _/ _/ _/ Belgrano High School
    _/ _/ _/ _/ 4400 - Salta - Argentina
    _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/ _/

    *-*-*-*-*-*--*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-




    One More Winning Response


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: One More Winning Response
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 17:02:06 -0500
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    >>>Congratulations to the Brussels American School fourth graders<<<

    They had a pipe burst in their school and had to close down in an
    emergency. Since they were not in school yesterday they could not send in


    their answers until today. They had the correct answers.

    Longest river: the Nile
    Largest river: the Amazon - about 3/4 the size of the contiguous United
    States of America

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    Re: Week #2 Challenge Question Winners


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Re: Week #2 Challenge Question Winners
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 17:04:40 -0500
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    At 02:06 PM 3/19/98 -0800, you wrote:
    >Dear Eileen,
    >
    >Thank you for posting the Challenge Question winners so promptly. Last


    >week we had one student answer correctly, this week seven. We're aiming
    >for the entire class before LFRF is over. We're printing the email from
    >you and posting it in our LFRF corner. The children love to read about
    >themselves!

    Lynn,

    It was great to see more responses from classes this week and so many
    winners! Everyone keep up the great work.

    The challenge question winners will be posted every Wednesday night after
    10:00 p.m. EST along with the next challenge question. This will give you a


    complete week to submit your answers.

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    Another Challenge Question Winner


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Another Challenge Question Winner
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 17:09:35 -0500
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    >>>Congratulations to the Brussels American School fourth graders<<<

    They had a pipe burst in their school and had to close down in an
    emergency. Since they were not in school yesterday they could not send in


    their answers until today. They had the correct answers.

    Longest river: the Nile
    Largest river: the Amazon - about 3/4 the size of the contiguous United
    States of America

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    Re: Another Challenge Question Winner


    From: Sally Dwelley
    Subject: Re: Another Challenge Question Winner
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 15:25:40 -0800 (PST)
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    Hello from Hydesville,
    I'm Sally Dwelley, a second grade teacher from Hydesville Elem.
    School. We are a small K-8 school in northern Calif., near the Redwood
    Forests and 5 min. from the Pacific Ocean. I am fortunate to be teaching
    with Ginny Dexter who has shared NASA materials with the whole school for
    several years now. We have decided to collaborate on a Rainforest Unit.
    We will combine my second graders with her middle school kids for some
    activities. She just plugged me into the WEB site and I am thoroughly
    impressed and excited!! I feel very fortunate to be involved with this
    project. Our oldest daughter has lived in Brazil for the last three years
    and this has triggered a real curiosity for studying that region in
    particular
    I look forward to being involved. Sally.





    Re: Introduction of Sally Dwelley


    From: Sally Dwelley
    Subject: Re: Introduction of Sally Dwelley
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 15:28:42 -0800 (PST)
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    (Corrected subject - oops - thanks)
    Hello from Hydesville,
    I'm Sally Dwelley, a second grade teacher from Hydesville Elem.
    School. We are a small K-8 school in northern Calif., near the Redwood
    Forests and 5 min. from the Pacific Ocean. I am fortunate to be teaching
    with Ginny Dexter who has shared NASA materials with the whole school for
    several years now. We have decided to collaborate on a Rainforest Unit.
    We will combine my second graders with her middle school kids for some
    activities. She just plugged me into the WEB site and I am thoroughly
    impressed and excited!! I feel very fortunate to be involved with this
    project. Our oldest daughter has lived in Brazil for the last three years
    and this has triggered a real curiosity for studying that region in
    particular
    I look forward to being involved. Sally.





    Re: Worsheet to go with website


    From: vdexter@tidepool.com
    Subject: Re: Worsheet to go with website
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 15:33:12 -0800 (PST)
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    Hi! This is the worksheet I made for my students to use when investigating
    the rainforest website. Enjoy!!

    LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST
    WEBSITE WORKSHEET
    Mrs. Dexter -
    Science
    Location:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov/rainforest/main.html Go
    to GEOsystems
    Using an atlas, record the names of the countries of former and existing
    tropical rainforest of the world:
    ________________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________________

    2.) Go to ECOsystems
    Read the overview. Write two new facts that you learned at this site:
    ___________________________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________________

    3.) Go to TEAMS: A.) Read overview B.) Choose one team member to read
    and report about. Write notes here about your member. (You will be
    "telling" the class about your member so read and take good notes!!!)
    (Minimum seven sentences)
    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________

    4.) Go to Resources, and click on Web Links. Choose one link to
    explore and report on. Bookmark it. You will be
    expected to prepare a written and oral report about
    your site. Choose wisely and using a clip board and
    another piece of paper, formulate a rough draft and draw pictures, maps,
    etc.
    Good luck and happy discovering and exploring the rainforest!





    Re: sloths


    From: Marty Stickle
    Subject: Re: sloths
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 19:43:05 -0500
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    Loretta and Others,

    You might be interested in a story about sloths. Several years ago I was in
    Peru. One day we were boating along in a long canoe with an outboard motor
    when we passed a small village along the banks of an Amazonian tributary.
    Someone was standing on the bank of the river holding something furry up in
    the air. We pulled over and saw it was a baby sloth. It seems the man's
    family had just shot the mother for food and they were looking to sell the
    baby as a pet. We negotiated and bought the animal for $3 and a package of
    candy. The rest of the day we all took turns holding this animal. Sloths,
    to my mind, look like ET, with an amazing face. This one was a three toed
    sloth, and those characteristic three toes grabbed us for comfort. But
    every time the canoe went under a low hanging tree, the sloth reached for
    the branch. After seeing the absolutely amazing hoatzin birds that we were
    on the way to see (but that's another story) we watched the sun set over
    the wide Napo River and then headed back to camp. Our guide told us the
    baby was probably old enough to survive on its own, so we walked down the
    trail to a suitable tree and released it. He climbed up the tree, quite
    fast for a sloth and disappeared. I still wonder if he survived. Sloths are
    neat!

    Marty Stickle
    LFRF Team





    Re: Introduction of Sally Dwelley


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Re: Introduction of Sally Dwelley
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 19:53:24 -0500
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    At 03:28 PM 3/19/98 -0800, you wrote:
    >(Corrected subject - oops - thanks)
    >Hello from Hydesville,
    > I'm Sally Dwelley, a second grade teacher from Hydesville Elem.
    >School. We are a small K-8 school in northern Calif., near the Redwood
    >Forests and 5 min. from the Pacific Ocean. I am fortunate to be teaching
    >with Ginny Dexter who has shared NASA materials with the whole school for
    >several years now. We have decided to collaborate on a Rainforest Unit.
    >We will combine my second graders with her middle school kids for some
    >activities. She just plugged me into the WEB site and I am thoroughly
    >impressed and excited!! I feel very fortunate to be involved with this
    >project. Our oldest daughter has lived in Brazil for the last three years
    >and this has triggered a real curiosity for studying that region in
    >particular
    > I look forward to being involved. Sally.

    Sally,

    You should return to the LFRF web site over the next few days. What you saw
    was the preview of our web site. The entire web site is set to go online in
    the next day or two.

    Welcome to the list!

    Eileen




    Re: Another Challenge Question Winner


    From: Gianfranco Martinis
    Subject: Re: Another Challenge Question Winner
    Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 04:38:36 GMT
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    Hi Sally,
    I just want to say Welcome.

    I hope you enjoy your time here, as I.

    Hope hear soon from you.

    Best wishes from Salta, Argentina.

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    _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/_/ _/_/
    _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ Gianfranco Martinis
    _/ _/ _/_/ _/ E-Mail: cpces04@salnet.com.ar
    _/ _/_/_/_/ _/ _/ _/ Belgrano High School
    _/ _/ _/ _/ Address: 220 Los Ceibos Street -
    _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/ _/ 4400 - Salta - Argentina

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    Re: sloths


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Re: sloths
    Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 21:57:39 -0700
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    A story I heard in the same area (near Iquitos, Peru) from a scientist
    (don't know if it's true, but it's what he said) is that one day they saw a
    baby sloth fall from the tree and the mother "hurried" down to get it. It
    took her two and a half hours! I don't know if that's true or not, but I
    watched a sloth (and birds at the same time) for several hours and it never
    moved more than an occasional paw! Not the most lively of animals, but
    they do have a darling face! janet


    Janet K. Cook
    Sinclair Middle School
    300 W. Chenango
    Englewood, CO 80110
    (303) 781-7817 (w) (303)806-2000 x1904 (vm)
    -----Original Message-----


    Re: sloths


    From: "Janet K. Cook"
    Subject: Re: sloths
    Date: Thursday, March 19, 1998 5:47 PM
    Back to top




    >Loretta and Others,
    >
    >You might be interested in a story about sloths. Several years ago I was in
    >Peru. One day we were boating along in a long canoe with an outboard motor
    >when we passed a small village along the banks of an Amazonian tributary.
    >Someone was standing on the bank of the river holding something furry up in
    >the air. We pulled over and saw it was a baby sloth. It seems the man's
    >family had just shot the mother for food and they were looking to sell the
    >baby as a pet. We negotiated and bought the animal for $3 and a package of
    >candy. The rest of the day we all took turns holding this animal. Sloths,
    >to my mind, look like ET, with an amazing face. This one was a three toed
    >sloth, and those characteristic three toes grabbed us for comfort. But
    >every time the canoe went under a low hanging tree, the sloth reached for
    >the branch. After seeing the absolutely amazing hoatzin birds that we were
    >on the way to see (but that's another story) we watched the sun set over
    >the wide Napo River and then headed back to camp. Our guide told us the
    >baby was probably old enough to survive on its own, so we walked down the
    >trail to a suitable tree and released it. He climbed up the tree, quite
    >fast for a sloth and disappeared. I still wonder if he survived. Sloths are
    >neat!
    >
    >Marty Stickle
    >LFRF Team
    >
    >
    >






    Re: sloths


    From: craw1600@theriver.com (Michael& =?iso-8859-1?Q?Ren=E9e?= Crawley)
    Subject: Re: sloths
    Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 05:56:32 -0700 (MST)
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    Hello!
    We are lucky enough to have sloths at our zoo (Reid Park Zoo in Tucson,
    Az), and our classes were visiting when the sloth decided to move. We were
    fascinated by how rapid this creature moved from the branch to the fence
    and climbed up to the top for bananas and heat from the heat lamp area.
    (It was a very cool day for Tucson.) The zoo keeper said that when they
    want to move, they can really pour on the speed! Of course by our
    standards, it's still slower than the space shuttle, but pretty good for a
    sloth!
    Everyone should see these delightful creatures live!!!! They are my all
    time favorite animals, and yes they are hard to find in trees etc. They
    really blend in. Renee and Michael Crawley





    LFRF Web Site Has Now Gone Live!!!


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: LFRF Web Site Has Now Gone Live!!!
    Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 22:39:41 -0500
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    ***THE LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST WEB SITE HAS GONE LIVE***

    Have you been to the LFRF web site in the past few hours? If you haven't, I
    encourage you to take a look. As promised the site has now gone live and is
    no longer in its preview version. The site will continue to be updated with
    Field Journals, Travel Logs, Researcher Q & A pairs, and of course student
    work, during the next couple of months.





    videoconference


    From: KDPW49B@prodigy.com (MRS RHONDA B TOON)
    Subject: videoconference
    Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 00:09:29, -0500
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    -- [ From: Rhonda Toon * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --

    Hi,

    I have been away so I apologize for not responding to the postings about
    videoconferencing. The software I am using is Microsoft's Netmeeting.
    The equipment donated to me includes this software. I, too, am new to
    all of this. Can someone using Netmeeting communicate with someone using
    CUSeeme? It was my understanding that both ends need the same software?
    Correct?

    All of this is new to me and it has been some time since I actually used
    the software. I am leaving this Wednesday for NCASE in St. Louis. Any
    other PTK'ers going to be there???

    It will be the following week before I can schedule an attempt at a
    videoconference but I would love to get this going. I have given two of
    the cameras to scientists. One is an entomologist and the other a wheat
    scientist. They are involved in a local project with some classrooms
    here. I'd like to place the others with teachers in my area who would
    communicate not only with the scientists here but with some of you and
    get involved in PTK and LFRF. I don't know if and/or how this will work.

    Thanks to all of you wrote to me about possibly joining together and
    offering to help. My schedule is going to prevent me from pursuing this
    for another week but if some of you do get connections going, please
    keep posting progress here or email me so I can hopefully join in when
    life is calmer.

    Netmeeting is also available for download via the web but is not yet
    available for the Macintosh platform. I don't think you have to use IE
    to use Netmeeting.

    I know how much the visual images reinforce my student;s involvement and
    understanding in PTK and I think the videoconferencing will only extend
    that further in our class to class communications, as well.

    Thanks again, Rhonda



    Re: LFRF Website


    From: Ginny
    Subject: Re: LFRF Website
    Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 15:17:40 -0500
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    Dear Eileen and discuss-lfrf,
    I just downloaded the free Netscape Communicator 4.04 as I was
    having problems with the older version of Netscape and my 'ol Mac Performa
    575' bringing up the LFRF website. I am thrilled to say that now I can
    view the site from home and had a great morning traveling from link to link
    through the site. Thanks Eileen for the suggestion and reminder to
    download the software. It is great!
    Also a huge thank-you to Geoff, who has helped me with my
    communication with our local PBS station. I always jump to the conclusion
    that PBS stations will automatically support quality programming for school
    age students. I am finding that it takes A LOT of educating the folks at
    PBS to value, support, plan for and run programs for our students. I feel
    like a pioneer where I live - trying to explain how effective the live
    interactive field trips are for student's connection to the real world of
    science.
    In the LFRF site there are maps of tropical rainforests and
    temperate rainforests. I am happy to say I am on the map, surrounded by
    temperate rainforests. I am sad to say that 25 years ago I was surrounded
    by MUCH, MUCH more. The school that I teach at, Hydesville School, is
    constantly in the news due to the marches by Earth First in our district to
    bring attention to the need to preserve ancient redwood forests. Many of
    my students have parents/family who work in the logging industry. There
    tends to be a bitter feeling towards "environmentalists" for many of my
    students and their families. I am interested in any links that any of you
    might suggest for more information on temperate rainforests of North
    America. I would love to have my students compare and contrast the animal
    and plant population of both. I feel education is the key to
    understanding the beauty of our home as well as the problems we face. By
    the way, did anyone see the national news this week that showed how our El
    Nino winter gave us a grand view at the ocean's edge of an ancient
    rainforest that existed two thousand years ago, (The time that Christ
    walked the Earth) along the Oregon Coast? I wish I could of taken a cruise
    up there to see that!
    Friday, I downloaded Cornell's Free CUseeme software at school.
    (Video Conferencing) and I am ready to try it out to see if it works. I am
    hooked up at home as well and so if you want to try connecting with me on
    the week-end or evenings to test out the system just e-mail me and we will
    play around with it.
    Ginny








    Re: Videoconferencing


    From: Ginny
    Subject: Re: Videoconferencing
    Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 15:39:56 -0500
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    Hi Lynn,
    Are you set up for video conferencing at school and at home?
    Should we test the system and try it out?
    Do you want to plan on coming up the holday in May? We may go down
    to Santa Rosa on Friday and return Saturday. You could just come and get
    settled in the guest house and do your own thing and we would be back
    Saturday night if we go down to see Ryan run. What do you think? luv, gin






    Re: Videoconferencing


    From: Ginny
    Subject: Re: Videoconferencing
    Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 17:58:31 -0500
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    Oops! Goofed again! SORRY I sent Lynn's message to the discuss group, gin






    "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!
    Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 22:45:16 -0500
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    Welcome to "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!

    LFRF Web Site Goes Live! Teacher's Guides Have Arrived! Scientists Available!

    Friday evening the PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST preview
    web site was replaced with its expanded version. GEOsystem now provides
    plenty of background information about rainforests and where they are
    located. ECOsystem has become populated with the plants and animals of the
    rainforest. This section should be a terrific place for students to do
    research for some of the activities in the Teacher's Guide. Visit TEAMS for
    all new Journals and biographies from the INPA/Smithsonian project on
    location in Brazil. But this is still not the final site. We will continue
    to add Field Journals, Travel Logs, Researcher Q&A pairs, and student work
    throughout this month and next. If you haven't visited the site this past
    weekend I highly encourage you to take a look. The graphics are absolutely
    wonderful!

    ***

    Speaking of the Teacher's Guide, they are in the mail. You should have
    received your copy of the Guide this past week along with the colorful
    poster showing some of the inhabitants of the rainforest. Let us know what
    you think! What suggestions do you have for teachers who are new to PTK
    Modules? Do you have any special tips on any of the activities? Let's start
    this discussion this week, but keep it going throughout the entire project.

    ***

    In a first for PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, 22 top Smithsonian scientists have
    agreed to participate in the live broadcasts in April. An exciting part of
    the live broadcasts has always been the ability to submit questions to the
    scientists on the programs while the program is in progress. The excitement


    builds as students wait to see if their question is then answered on air.
    The downside of this has been the limited number of questions PTK could


    answer live, and some disappointed students.

    During the LFRF broadcasts a live panel of rainforest experts, 6-7 per


    program, will be available to answer students' questions "live" via e-mail
    even if they are not broadcast. This provides classes with an excellent


    opportunity to have their questions answered from a world expert in real
    time. Please take the time before the broadcasts to discuss what questions


    you would like answered with your class. Visit the INTERACT section and go
    to the Researcher Q&A link for tips on how to ask good questions. Make sure


    they can't be answered simply by checking the class encyclopedia or the
    LFRF web site. Watch updates and discuss for more information on how to
    submit your questions. We will be giving specific instructions for the
    subject line to help us direct the questions.

    ***



    Have you submitted you challenge question answer? Don't miss this week's
    deadline of Wednesday, March 25 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Students and classes who


    submit a correct answer will be announced on the list late Wednesday night
    and a new challenge question will be posted.

    Students working on the LFRF collaborative activity "Backyard Biodiversity"
    Survey are starting to report their first findings as they go out into
    their backyards and begin their survey. Don't miss this terrific project.

    ***Come Join Us on Debate-lfrf***

    Welcome to Bruce Grover, Miguel A. Germain, and Sally Dwelley who posted
    their introductions this week. If anyone has not let me know that they are
    interested in e-mail communication with other classes during LFRF based on
    grade level or videoconferencing please send me a note. I am planning on
    working on both of these next weekend. What makes PTK projects a success is
    the communication between teachers on this list. Let's hear from you this
    week!

    Have a great week!

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    St Louis NCASE '98


    From: planetarium@muncie.k12.in.us (Planetarium )
    Subject: St Louis NCASE '98
    Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 11:03:44 -0600
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    Good Morning,



    I will be attending NCASE '98 in St. Louis. I will be staying at my
    sister's home during the conference. I can be reached at this number:
    314-447-7432.


    I am available to assist at a PTK Booth or with a display.

    As the Planetarium Director for the Muncie Community Schools Planetarium,
    we have schools scheduled to view the live broadcasts here during April.
    We participated in LIVE From the Stratosphere, Hubble, Antarctica2 and
    Mars.


    After seeing the outstanding web site, I am looking forward to the Teacher
    Guide. I have not yet received mine. It will probably arrive while I am in
    St. Louis.


    Peggy Motes
    MCS Planetarium
    Muncie, Indiana 47305


    Voice: 765.747.5297
    FAX: 765.747.5314
    E-mail: planetarium@muncie.k12.in.us





    Re: Videoconferencing


    From: "Marilyn K. Wall"
    Subject: Re: Videoconferencing
    Date: Mon, 23 Mar 98 18:37:07 -0500
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    Dear LFRFers,

    Over the past three years my students and I have had so many wonderful
    experinces and opportunities for videoconferencing. I remember our first
    connection was with Alan Meyer (LFS) at NASA Ames and how excited my
    students were to share their models of the KAO with him and their kidpix
    pictures.

    Then I became involved with the Ask a Scientist program with Patricia
    Reiff and I guess the most memorable conference was with David McKay
    (ALan Hills Meteorite) where my students listened to his talk and then
    were able to ask him so many wonderful questions. The Hale Bopp
    conference was another highlight last spring.

    re: Conflicting Software
    When I returned to school in September, I discovered my school had put up
    a firewall and it was not until December that I was able to go through
    the firewall and get connected once again.

    Then this year I began to notice programs like Global SchoolNet and Ask
    a Scientist were broadcasting in color only using White Pines Enhanced
    CU. So that my students and I would not be left out of these wonderful
    conferences, I downloaded off the www the demo of White Pines Enhanced
    CU.

    I liked what I saw but then when I went back to use Cornell version,
    myold Cornell CU would not work. So beware! Frustrated I tried several
    quick fixes but nothing seemed to work. I issued an online help message
    to other Cu users and quickly online colleagues came to the rescue. If
    that should happen to you, I some hints that might work.

    In case you are not aware, White Pines is making their conferencing
    software available to Global SchoolNet members for a great price of
    $35.00 A great bargain. My software arrived today and I hope to get it up
    and running so we can all CU!

    Lastly, I have used CU to network with local teachers and their students.
    By using CU locally we have our own private conferences and are able to
    work collaboratively on projects. My students are working with another
    4th grade across our county, a class of students they normally would have
    not contact with. We meet virtually as well as in face to face meetings.
    So as you look to connect, don't forget the opportunities right there in
    your own back yard.

    Next week my students thru CU are involved in a presentation at a
    Tennesse State Technology Conference. They feel so cool that they are
    helping other teachers learn about this great tool.

    Can't wait to join other LFRFers in a video conference.

    One meeting place we might reserve is through GlobalSchool Net...

    Marilyn Wall
    Here in the Shenandoah Valley of Va







    Re: videoconference


    From: RdgTchrSAF
    Subject: Re: videoconference
    Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 19:46:14 EST
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    Rhonda,

    Where do you go to get the download?

    Sue



    Re: videoconference


    From: Lynn Hammonds
    Subject: Re: videoconference
    Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 17:40:12 -0800
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    Sue,

    I found a download at:

    http://cu-seeme.cornell.edu/


    Good Luck,

    Lynn



    At 07:46 PM 3/23/98 EST, you wrote:
    >Rhonda,
    >
    >Where do you go to get the download?
    >
    >Sue
    >
    >
    ***************Lynn Davis Hammonds**************
    ****************Encinitas, California****************




    Comparison of our environments


    From: Allegany-Limestone Central School,Allegany NY@aya
    Subject: Comparison of our environments
    Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 18:53:50 -0500
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    We are the advanced life science class at Allegany-Limestone Central School. We have a grant and we are going to be comparing the environment of the rainforest with the environment of Allegany, New York. We would like to know what you are doing. Thank you for taking the time to read our message.



    Comparison of our environments


    From: Allegany-Limestone Central School,Allegany NY@aya
    Subject: Comparison of our environments
    Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 18:53:51 -0500
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    We are the advanced life science class at Allegany-Limestone Central School. We have a grant and we are going to be comparing the environment of the rainforest with the environment of Allegany New York. We would like to know what you are doing. Thank you for taking the time to read our message.



    Soil Sample


    From: Allegany Limestone Central School,Allegany NY,14706@aya
    Subject: Soil Sample
    Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 19:51:36 -0500
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    We are doing a soil test right now. We are testing macro-nutrients. We will inform you of our results later.



    Re: Videoconferencing


    From: Ginny
    Subject: Re: Videoconferencing
    Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 20:41:02 -0500
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    Dear Marilyn,
    Thanks for your updated information about CUseeme. I am interested
    in hearing more about the $35.00 offer. With this software, can you still
    use the gray-scale camera? (That's what I have). Thanks, Ginny

    At 6:37 PM -0500 3/23/98, Marilyn K. Wall wrote:
    >Dear LFRFers,
    >
    >Over the past three years my students and I have had so many wonderful
    >experinces and opportunities for videoconferencing. I remember our first
    >connection was with Alan Meyer (LFS) at NASA Ames and how excited my
    >students were to share their models of the KAO with him and their kidpix
    >pictures.
    >
    >Then I became involved with the Ask a Scientist program with Patricia
    >Reiff and I guess the most memorable conference was with David McKay
    >(ALan Hills Meteorite) where my students listened to his talk and then
    >were able to ask him so many wonderful questions. The Hale Bopp
    >conference was another highlight last spring.
    >
    >re: Conflicting Software
    >When I returned to school in September, I discovered my school had put up
    >a firewall and it was not until December that I was able to go through
    >the firewall and get connected once again.
    >
    >Then this year I began to notice programs like Global SchoolNet and Ask
    >a Scientist were broadcasting in color only using White Pines Enhanced
    >CU. So that my students and I would not be left out of these wonderful
    >conferences, I downloaded off the www the demo of White Pines Enhanced
    >CU.
    >
    >I liked what I saw but then when I went back to use Cornell version,
    >myold Cornell CU would not work. So beware! Frustrated I tried several
    >quick fixes but nothing seemed to work. I issued an online help message
    >to other Cu users and quickly online colleagues came to the rescue. If
    >that should happen to you, I some hints that might work.
    >
    >In case you are not aware, White Pines is making their conferencing
    >software available to Global SchoolNet members for a great price of
    >$35.00 A great bargain. My software arrived today and I hope to get it up
    >and running so we can all CU!
    >
    >Lastly, I have used CU to network with local teachers and their students.
    >By using CU locally we have our own private conferences and are able to
    >work collaboratively on projects. My students are working with another
    >4th grade across our county, a class of students they normally would have
    >not contact with. We meet virtually as well as in face to face meetings.
    >So as you look to connect, don't forget the opportunities right there in
    >your own back yard.
    >
    >Next week my students thru CU are involved in a presentation at a
    >Tennesse State Technology Conference. They feel so cool that they are
    >helping other teachers learn about this great tool.
    >
    >Can't wait to join other LFRFers in a video conference.
    >
    >One meeting place we might reserve is through GlobalSchool Net...
    >
    >Marilyn Wall
    >Here in the Shenandoah Valley of Va
    >
    >
    >







    Re: Worsheet to go with website


    From: Ginny
    Subject: Re: Worsheet to go with website
    Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 20:59:40 -0500
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    At 4:34 PM +0000 3/21/98, Gianfranco Martinis wrote: Hi,
    >It's very nice your worksheet. I just want to say you that.
    >Best wishes from Salta, Argentina.

    Thank you Gianfranco, It is always nice to get feedback!
    Today my science students took the sheets and atlas to the computer
    lab and pairs of students researched the site. I think it gives my age
    level students direction and accountability to have an assignment to go
    with their interneting experience. I notice that unless I require them to
    READ that often they will just SURF the net, thus the need to have them
    focus on reading and gathering information. I was very pleased today
    watching them investigating the site and learning from it. Thanks PTK for
    such a great resource for teaching! I noticed that when I saw the worksheet
    on the discuss e-mail that it wasn't formatting the same but if you want to
    use it and modify it, if you put it into your word processing program you
    can reformat it correctly. Ginny
    >






    Information


    From: www.alli.wnyric.org@aya
    Subject: Information
    Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 09:50:17 -0500
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    The seventh grade advanced life science class in Allegany, NY is working on your project. We think it is very interesting. We would like to find various
    information on the rainforest and other Biomes. If
    you live in any Biome other than the Temperate forest
    region, we would like to know your soil tests, water tests, temperature, and other factors. Please post if
    you have any information. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.



    Teacher Intro


    From: Anne Marshall
    Subject: Teacher Intro
    Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 11:49:46 -0700
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    Hi, my name is Anne Marshall and I teach at a small charter school in
    Chandler Arizona named Center for Educational Excellence. I have a
    combined class of 14 4,5 and 6 graders. I have been reading the mail
    and
    putting together a unit so I guess we'll just jump in. We went outside
    yesterday to look at our square meter of ground and we may not be
    popular
    when we report it was 85 degrees F. I have never done a project like
    this
    before. Wish me luck.



    Week #3 Challenge Question Winners


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: Week #3 Challenge Question Winners
    Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 23:20:25 -0500
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    Last week's Challenge Question stumped everyone. Grott's Greats were pretty


    close with an answer of 95%.

    Question:
    If PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE has produced LIVE FROM ANTARCTICA and now LIVE FROM
    THE RAINFOREST from the heart of the Amazon Basin, what is "X" if we called
    our series LIVE FROM X PERCENT OF EARTH'S FRESH WATER?

    ***



    Answer:
    The Amazon is said to make up 1/5th of Earth's fresh water, and the ice-cap
    in Antarctica holds 70%. So, 1/5th = 20%, plus 70%, means PASSPORT TO
    KNOWLEDGE could rename itself "LIVE FROM 90% OF EARTH'S FRESH WATER". Nah...
    think we'll stick with what we've got.

    Thank you to everyone who participated this week.

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    CHALLENGE QUESTIONS - WEEK #4


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: CHALLENGE QUESTIONS - WEEK #4
    Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 23:20:51 -0500
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    ***CHALLENGE QUESTIONS - WEEK #4***

    It is time once again to get out the reference books. Where will you find


    this week's answers? Who will be the first class to submit them?


    Question #1:

    What color is a jaguar?

    Hint--it's not as simple as you might think, and you need to keep looking
    (just as you must do if you're walking in the rainforest!)

    ***

    Question #2:

    There is a breed of chicken that has made an unusual adaptation to life in
    the Amazon Rainforest. What is the breed of that chicken and what is its
    adaptation?



    You are invited to send original student answers to: ebend@netlabs.net
    Please include the words CHALLENGE QUESTION in the subject line of your


    email. I will announce the classes that submit correct answers next week.


    Answers are due by Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 pm EST.

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov







    THANKS TO ALL


    From: Gianfranco Martinis
    Subject: THANKS TO ALL
    Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 18:48:42 GMT
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    Hi to all,
    I just wanted to say Thanks to all who sent me a message, I
    really apreciate what you have done.
    I am sure your help is going to help me a lot to get the
    schoolarship.

    For those who couldn't sent me the message (for any reason), they
    are on time.

    Ok, I think that I have alredy disturb you too much.

    I remaind you that anything you could need from me or Argentina,
    no doubt in contact me.

    Best wishes fromn Salta, Argentina

    *-*-*-*-*-*--*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/_/ _/_/
    _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ Gianfranco Martinis
    _/ _/ _/_/ _/ E-Mail: cpces04@salnet.com.ar
    _/ _/_/_/_/ _/ _/ _/ Home Address: 220 Los Ceibos Street
    _/ _/ _/ _/ 4400 - Salta - Argentina
    _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/ _/

    *-*-*-*-*-*--*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*




    "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!
    Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 18:29:31 -0500
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    Welcome to "THIS WEEK" IN "LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST"!!!

    ***CONGRATULATIONS MARILYN WALL***

    Marilyn Wall, one of our PTK Advocates, has won the CESI/CIBA Exemplary
    Elementary Teacher Award for 1998. She will receive her award from Bill Nye
    at a luncheon during this year's NSTA Convention in Las Vegas.

    In Marilyn's message to project director, Geoff Haines-Stiles, she stated,
    "And to whom do I owe this honor... to none but PTK. As I have said so many
    times before, it has truly changed the way I view science and the way I
    teach. So many of the activities I wrote about involved PTK and its 'Live
    from....'"

    ***

    This past week I started using the activities from the Teacher's Guide with
    my students. After completing our "KWL" charts we worked on the Rivers,
    Maps and Math Activity, which is one of the online lesson plans at the LFRF
    web site. I highly recommend that you do this activity with your students
    as one of the opening activities. It is not only a great geography lesson,
    but when the students watch the live broadcasts and send messages to the
    scientists they will be able to picture where the scientists are located.

    After we completed Rivers, Maps and Math we began our research for "A Day
    in the Life". Each of the students had to choose a different animal or
    plant from the rainforest. We spent two days using CD-ROMs, encyclopedias,
    online resources and the LFRF web site. At times some of the students had
    to change their organism because it was difficult to find enough
    information. We had to give up our idea of having everyone use the same
    organism for the food web game because most of the students wanted to be
    animals. A Day in the Life of a plant wasn't quite as exciting. I will post
    some of the urls we found to be helpful this week and I encourage others to
    do the same. I still plan to have them use the search engines to find their
    information, but with only one computer in the classroom and twenty-seven
    students this isn't always feasible.

    ***

    Backyard Biodiversity Survey: The Debate is in Full Swing

    The consensus development section of the debate is now underway with data
    collection due to begin April 7. (We suddenly have summer temperatures in
    New Jersey and my students can't wait to get outside and collect their
    data!) Right now, students and teachers are deciding exactly how much area
    to study, how often, how to tabulate results (Do you say 1 square foot of
    grass or 935 blades of grass???), and how to study the exact same area two
    weeks later if you can't mark it?

    If you haven't signed your class up yet, it's not too late! The debate-lfrf
    archives are now online in the INTERACT section under Collaborative
    Activities or e-mail Susan Hurstcalderone or Eileen
    Bendixsen and we will happily fill you in on what has
    been happening. While you are at the website you will also want to sign up
    for the "debate-lfrf" mail list.

    ***Come Join Us***

    ***

    We are one week away from the first LIVE broadcast. Last week we announced
    that we would have a panel of scientists available for each broadcast to


    answer students' questions. Get those questions ready! For tips on how to
    ask good questions visit the INTERACT section of our web site and go to
    Researcher Q & A. I will be sending a separate message to let you know
    about the start of the Researcher Q & A in the next day or two.

    Welcome to Anne Marshall who posted her introduction this week. The
    collaborative activity has begun, the Teacher's Guides and MultiMedia Kits
    are on their way, the first live broadcast, Researcher Q& A, and web chats
    are around the corner. It is time to grab your passports as we travel to
    one of the most exciting and diverse places on earth where we will INTERACT
    with Real Scientists in Real Time LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST!!!

    Have a great week!

    Eileen Bendixsen
    Moderator, DISCUSS-LFRF
    For more information about PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, see:
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov





    URLs


    From: Eileen Bendixsen
    Subject: URLs
    Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 22:20:59 -0500
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    Dear Discuss-lfrf Members,

    These are the urls I promised.

    Eileen

    Spider Monkey
    http://www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org/k001.html
    http://www.sazoo-aq.org/spidmonk.htm

    Two-toed Sloth
    http://www.sazoo-aq.org/sloth.htm
    http://www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org/a001.html
    http://www.oit.itd.umich.edu/bio/doc.cgi/Chordata/Mammalia/Xenarthra/Megalon
    ychidae/Choloepus_hoffmanni.ftl

    Three-toed Sloth
    http://www.oit.itd.umich.edu/bio/doc.cgi/Chordata/Mammalia/Xenarthra/Bradypo
    didae/Bradypus_tridactylus.ftl

    Blue Poison Frog
    http://www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org/a002.html

    Capuchin Monkey
    http://oakview.fcps.edu/~smith/research/capuchin.html

    Capybara
    http://www.birminghamzoo.com/ao/mammal/capybara.htm

    Collared Anteater
    http://www.oit.itd.umich.edu/bio/doc.cgi/Chordata/Mammalia/Xenarthra/Myrmeco
    phagidae/Tamandua_tetradactyla.ftl

    Mammals
    http://euro.webtravel.org/cr/moon/mammals.html




    Spring has come!


    From: syu@mqg.biglobe.ne.jp
    Subject: Spring has come!
    Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 23:03:38 +0900
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    Dear All,

    I live in Ashiya city (N34 43 E135 20) Here is between Osaka and Kobe.

    Cherry blossoms have begun to appear here and there. This winter was a
    mild winter. Cherry blossoms is a symbol of spring in Japan. You can
    see Japanese cherry blossoms at my homepage.
    http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~syuLove/

    Although spring is wonderful, the allergies here are bad, (the hay
    feaver seem to sit right in our area) I see some people wearing the
    surgical masks around, they must be extremely sensitive to it. ATCHOO!

    Today I saw Bees are buzzing. We say neither cold nor heat lasts
    beyond equinox. What is your season like?

    Bye from Japan
    Syu

    syu@mqg.biglobe.ne.jp



    LFRF Backyard Biodiversity Survey Sign Up From


    From: "Eileen Bendixsen"
    Subject: LFRF Backyard Biodiversity Survey Sign Up From
    Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 05:51:54 PST
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    Dear members of the LFRF Discuss and Debate Lists:

    The online collaborative activity for this Passport to Knowledge module
    is about to begin. Actually, teachers and their students have been
    discussing the best ways to carry out the surveys for several weeks.
    Now is the time to begin registering your class and undertaking the
    actual surveys. Please fill in the following form and email it to:
    surveys@mail.edc.org -- this will register your class(es) for the
    project and it will help us fine tune future collaborative activities.
    Also note that even if you decide not to have your students participate
    in the field work phase, you can still participate by using the
    accumulated data from other classes to join in on the challenge phase


    where the data will be analyzed by students to answer questions and draw
    inferences.

    =================================================================
    Send responses to surveys@mail.edc.org

    I plan to participate: Yes___ Not sure yet____ No_____

    IF YES, then please complete this short participant profile:

    Teacher Name:
    School Name:
    Grade Level(s):
    Number of classes who will be participating:
    Total number of students:


    If NO or NOT SURE, skip filling in the profile and
    please take a moment to check of one or more reasons.

    No or Not Sure: for the following reason(s)

    ___ Not working with students
    ___ Not appropriate for my age level
    ___ Not appropriate to the curriculum we are using
    ___ Not time enough to fit into our spring schedule
    ___ Not interested in participating in a collaborative
    activity at this time
    ___ Unsure of what is expected or how much time it might take
    ___ Logistical problems taking students outside
    ___ Notice of the activity and its steps has come too late
    for this semester

    Thanks for your help. Remember that even if your class does not
    participate in the data collection, you can still use the accumulated
    data from the participating classes to join in the final stage of the
    activity.

    More information about the Biodiversity Backyard Survey and an archive
    of all of the messages from the Debate mailing list leading up to the
    survey launch can be found on the Live from the Rainforest web site
    http://passport.ivv.nasa.gov/rainforest

    ==============================================================



    Robert Spielvogel
    Center for Children and Technology
    Education Development Center



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