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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
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Welcome and enjoy "Mathó Waúnšila Thiwáhe" - the Lakota Berenstain Bears.
The Lakota Berenstain Bears Project is a joint venture of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, with the goal of bringing the Lakota language to family television sets across all Lakota-speaking communities in North and South Dakota, and well beyond.

Bunky Echo-Hawk | proACTIVE ARTist
Bunky Echo-Hawk is a multi-talented artist whose work spans both media and lifestyle. A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, he is a ?ne artist, graphic designer, photographer, writer and a non-pro?t professional. He is also a traditional singer and dancer.
Sinte Gleska University Mission Statement
Sinte Gleska University provides a model for Indian-controlled education. It is an institution governed by people rooted to the reservation and culture, concerned about the future, and willing to work to see the institution grow. It provides each Lakota person the opportunity to pursue an education and does so in a way that is relevant to career and personal needs. Sinte Gleska University graduates will help determine the future development and direction of the Tribe and its institutions. The mission of Sinte Gleska University is to plan, design, implement and assess post-secondary programs and other educational resources uniquely appropriate to the Lakota people in order to facilitate individual development and tribal autonomy.
Sealaska Heritage Institute
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is a regional Native nonprofit organization founded for the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska. SHI was established in 1980 by Sealaska Corp., a for-profit company formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). SHI, formerly Sealaska Heritage Foundation, administers Sealaska Corp.'s cultural and educational programs.
The Birchbark House Fund
Sisters Louise Erdrich and Heid Erdrich began The Birchbark House Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation in 2008 in order to support the work of indigenous language revitalization through publication, events, and scholarship. Since 2008 we have supported authors, illustrators, editors, and interns. You can contribute to The Birchbark House Fund using the Give MN link below.
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French and Indian War
The war between Great Britain and France that took place in North America from 1754 to 1763 is usually called The French and Indian War by Americans. It was a fight for control of land, and officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 when France gave all land east of the Mississippi River (except New Orleans) to Britain, Britain returned Cuba to Spain, and Spain surrendered Florida to Britain.
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: French and Indian War Interactive
"Situated in the Piedmont region of North Carolina near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site provides a window into the tumultuous period of history known as the French and Indian War (1754-1763) or Seven Years War." This exhibit tells the story of the French and Indian War with a series of short videos, a timeline, and a small photo gallery. The site also includes a few printable handouts for teachers (although some of the resource links are broken.) French and Indian War
"In North America, fighting began chiefly because both England and France had claimed the land known as the Ohio River Vallery in the hopes of expanding their fur trades." Visit to learn about the causes of the war, and a description of the war. There are also a variety of related activities, such as a cloze reading, an online scavenger hunt and an interactive crossword puzzle. "5 Down: This fort was constructed after George Washington and his soldiers attacked a French scouting party at the Battle of Jumonville Glen in Pennsylvania."
Shmoop: The French & Indian War Summary & Analysis
Shmoop is an online "university" dedicated to making digital learning fun, and their French and Indian War section is the most extensive of today's site picks. It is divided into Summary & Analysis, Timeline, People, Facts, Photos, Best of the Web (more links!), Citations (a bibliography) and Test Review. Test Review is a single page with short one-line summaries of all the key people and events. Shmoop also offers teachers an inexpensive printable package that includes quizzes and lesson plans.
Social Studies for Kids: The French and Indian War
"The French and Indian War, as Americans called it, showed the American colonists how powerful the English army and navy could be. It also showed how vulnerable these same troops could be." This four-page lesson can be navigated by the page numbers at the bottom of each article, or the "More of this Feature" links on the right-hand side. It confused me at first, until I realized that "pages" and "parts" were the being used interchangeably in the menu system. Also look on the right-hand menu to find a war timeline and a glossary of important people, places and things.

WQED: The War that Made America
"To reduce the number of Indian dissenters in Pontiac's War, General Amherst suggested germ warfare -- giving smallpox-infected blankets to Indians at the siege on Fort Pitt." This PBS site supports the TV movie of the same name. Best clicks are the Interactive Timeline, Historical Notes, Biographies and the Student Resource Pages. The resource pages are background reports created from primary sources, and include questions and activities. They are available in both PDF and DOC formats, and "contain material for both independent and group work."

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Back-to-School Poems
The end of summer means that kids will soon be going back to school. It's a fun, scary, busy time for everyone, especially small children. Because transitions of all kinds can usually be made easier with stories, songs and poems, this week's collection of poetry and sing along songs is dedicated to going back to school.
CanTeach: Songs & Poems
"We've joined together as classmates / as the new year begins. / A year full of learning / while we become friends." Back to school poems and personalized piggyback songs await you at CanTeach. The personalized piggyback songs include your child's name and are sung to familiar tunes such as B-I-N-G-O or Frere Jacques. "Where is (name)? / Where is (name)? / Here I am, here I am."
DLTK: Back to School Poems and Songs
"Kindergarten, here we come! / We know we'll have lots of fun." Celebrate school's first days with nursery rhymes, finger plays, lots of sing-along songs, and even poems for parents. Each of these is also available in a printable format without ads, and the original songs include an audio clip of the melody. Many of the poems and songs also include links to related coloring pages and craft ideas.
Giggle Poetry: Funny Poetry for Children
Giggle Poetry features several very funny poets including Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Ode. This particular page lists dozens of poem topics, and at least seven of them are school related. Just scroll down the page to find them all: School Lunch Poems, Teacher & Principal Poems, School Blues Poems, Classroom Zoo Poems, Homework Poems, School Activities Poems, and Classmate Poems. Here's the opening line from "My Doggie Ate My Homework" by Dave Crawley: "'My doggy ate my homework. / He chewed it up,' I said. / But when I offered my excuse / My teacher shook her head."
Poetry for Kids: Funny School Poems
Kenn Nesbitt is an ex-computer programmer who is now a full-time poet. In addition to his funny kids poems and links to his poetry books, his site includes poetry lessons, word games, and a rhyming dictionary. This section includes a few of his School Foolery poems, including "Don't Bring Camels in the Classroom." "Don't bring camels in the classroom. / Don't bring scorpions to school. / Don't bring rhinos, rats, or reindeer. / Don't bring mice or moose or mule."

Robert Pottle: Funny School Poems
Robert Pottle starting writing children's poems on a cross-country road trip in 2000, and hasn't stopped since. These school poems are divided into four topics: Back to School, Funny School Poems, Funny Teacher Poems and End of School Year. These opening lines are from "The First Day of Kindergarten." "Today was it. I went to school. / It was fun and kinda cool. / We did the hokey-pokey dance. / Peter cried -? he wet his pants."

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Hearing Protection
Loud sounds, such as those at a concert or coming over headphones plugged into an MP3 player, can damage the inner ear and cause long-term hearing loss. Learn more about the science of sound, and how you can protect your hearing at today's site picks.

Apple: Sound and Hearing
Learn about the science of sound, and how your ears hear. "You can hear because your ears convert the vibrations of a sound wave in the air into signals that your brain interprets as sound." Apple's advice is to listen responsibly by thinking about the volume of your iPod and keeping track of how long you listen to your iPod. There is also an important link at the top of the page, that answers frequently asked questions about setting a Volume Limit on your iPod or iPhone.

Dangerous Decibels
Published by the Oregon Health & Science University, Dangerous Decibels' mission is to reduce "noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) through exhibits, education and research." Can you name the top three things to do when confronted with extreme noise? Walk away, protect your ears, or turn it down! Visit the site for more tips, facts, coloring sheets, a virtual museum exhibit (find it under Exhibitry) and classroom materials.

Exploratorium: Listen: Making Sense of Sound
Explore all aspects of sound and listening, as you learn about "the physical nature of sound, the physiology of hearing, and the capacity to listen attentively." Start with the Listening Guides ("skilled listeners share their secrets") for multimedia presentations on listening to nature, listening to make music, and listening to solve problems. Next, click on over to the online activities which include online listening games and printable activity sheets (take a blindfolded walk or make a membranophone).

It's a Noisy Planet
Sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), It's a Noisy Planet is designed to educate parents of kids ages eight to twelve on the "causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)." In addition to the content aimed at parents, there is also a TweenZone for preteens, where you'll find Facts, Noise in the News, Videos and Games. "If you force your ears to deal with too much noise for too long a time, you have a good chance of losing some of your hearing. The worst thing is that hearing loss from noise exposure does not get better. Once you have it, it lasts forever."

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Another site from the NIDCD, this one is not specifically written for either kids or parents, but chock full of valuable facts about NIHL. Visit to get answers to questions such as: what sounds cause NIHL and what are the symptoms of NIHL? "When a person is exposed to loud noise over a long period of time, symptoms of NIHL will increase gradually. Over time, the sounds a person hears may become distorted or muffled, and it may be difficult for the person to understand speech."

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Preschool Games
Have you ever seen a four-year old navigate the Web? It's pretty amazing how fearlessly they click around, finding their favorite activities, which usually means online games! But remember, the Internet is a big place, and it is best explored with mommy or daddy by their side.

Boowa & Kwala: 818 Games
These colorful, musical, original games for ages zero (zero?) to six are divided into twenty-four categories: songs, stories, hide and seek, print and paint, mazes, shapes, sorting things, craft activities, etc. I found them enchanting; I'm sure your preschooler will also. For older kids, there is another part of the site titled Up to Ten (and, you guessed it, it's for elementary kids up to age ten.)

Disney Junior: Games
"Make new forest friends with Bambi!" Many of childhood's favorite characters can be found in these Disney games, including Bambi, Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse. The games can be accessed by character, or by style of game, such as Colors and Shapes, Dress Up, Music or Memory. In addition to the interactive games, there are also video episodes, printable coloring pages and animated, multimedia stories.

Nick Jr: Preschool Games
With stars like Dora the Explorer, Diego, Dino Dan, Blue (of Blue's Clues fame) and the Backyardigans, your preschooler is sure to love these games, crafts, activities and printable coloring pages. The game pages are sorted by TV Show, Themes (Art, Dress Up, Puzzles, Sports, Stories, and so on) and Ages (from two to six year olds.) A few characters have their own, separate sites (SpongeBob and Neopets) and you'll find their links at the very bottom of the page.

Sesame Street: Games
Who is your favorite Sesame Street character? Whether it's Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar, Ernie or Grover, you'll never have to choose just one, with games for so many beloved characters here at Games are also organized by subject (science, numbers, disabilities, cultural appreciation) and themes (animals, food, weather, and family). Interactive coloring pages are listed under "ART" in the horizontal menu near the top of the page.

Sheppard Software: Preschool Games
No famous television characters here, but a wonderful collection of interactive, educational games just for preschoolers and kindergarten kids. Subjects include animals, colors, numbers, letters and shapes. "Shapes are all around us. Here are some items that are shaped like Circles, Squares and Triangles." At the bottom of the page (in the left-hand corner) are links to interactive painting games, memory games and online jigsaw puzzles.

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Friendship Crafts
Friendship crafts are art projects that can be made with friends, as a gift for a friend, or as part of a preschool theme on the value of friendships. Read on to learn about friendship bracelets, Amish friendship bread, friendship wreaths and more.
DLTK: Friendship Crafts
Bracelets, necklaces, wreaths and pins are among the friendship crafts explained at DLTK. My favorite, however, is the "Today I Made a New Friend" worksheet. It comes in a variety of flavors (boy, girl, at school, at church, at Brownies, etc.) and is available in colors and black-and-white. "This is a great worksheet to use on the first day with a new group of kids to help break the ice. It also works well to fill time at the beginning or end of the day."
Everything Preschool: Friendship Arts and Crafts
These friendship crafts are specifically for preschoolers and kindergarten students, so there are no complicated weaving patterns, just fun with paper, glue, paint and yarn. Crafts include a construction paper friendship quilt, friendship paper dolls, a cardboard friendship tree, life size cutouts (My Friend as Me) and a handprint frame. Submit your own preschool craft ideas using the form at the bottom of the page.
Friendship Bracelets
Friendship Bracelets is published by Stefan from Sweden, who has been making bracelets since middle school. Visit his site for lots of friendship bracelet patterns, tutorials, and a pattern generator. "Originally, these colorful bands were invented by Indians in Central and South America. According to tradition, you tie a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend who may wish for something at that moment. The bracelet should be worn until it is totally worn-out and falls off by itself, at which moment the wish is supposed to come true."
Friendship Bread Kitchen: What is Amish Friendship Bread?
"Amish Friendship Bread operates on a similar principle as a chain letter ? pass it on ? but with no threats or negative repercussions if you choose not to. At the end of the ten days, you divide it into four portions, bake with one, and give the other three away. If you've received a starter from someone, there's a little bit of flour and love from their kitchen, as well as all the other kitchens before it." Learn the lore and the recipe at the site by writer Darien Gee, author of the novel "Friendship Bread."

Knot Cool
Bethany made her first friendship bracelet at age seven, and now publishes Knot Cool to share her favorite craft with the world. "These handmade crafts are super easy to make and super fun to wear. Friendship bracelets are great projects for people of all ages." Her designs and tutorials are organized by difficulty, with separate sections for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

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Students And Teachers Against Racism announces their new website that offers insight into the Native American perspective to teachers and educators.
Changing Winds Advocacy Center
Through presentations, classroom sessions, curriculum, fund raising, charitable works, and multi-media efforts, we seek to raise public awareness of the stereotyping, discrimination, racism and other unique situations facing Native Americans.
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