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collected by Paul and Vicki
Wisdom of the Elders
Committed to Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) records and preserves the oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary American Indian historians, cultural leaders and environmentalists in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations and educational institutions. We especially seek to correct misconceptions, end prejudice, bring health and wellness to Native people, and demonstrate how Indian culture has and is continuing to enrich our worlds.
The Merrie Monarch Festival
The Merrie Monarch Festival is a domestic non-profit organization registered with the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Begun in 1963 by the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and continued by the private Merrie Monarch Festival community organization, the major purpose of the festival is the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of hula and the Hawaiian culture through education. The festival is considered the world's premier forum for people of all ages to display their skills and knowledge of the art of ancient and modern hula.
Tewaaraton Foundation
The Tewaaraton Foundation is a non-profit organization tasked with fulfilling the mission of the Tewaaraton Award. This mission is to: 1. Recognize excellence in the game of lacrosse by annually honoring the most outstanding men's and women's NCAA players. 2. Celebrate Legends of the game who would have won the Award had it existed in their playing days. 3. Honor the Native American history of the sport through the Awards name and through the Spirit of Tewaaraton Award which recognizes those who have contributed to the advancement of the sport. 4. Give back to the Native American community by providing scholarships to Native American college bound students who play lacrosse.
Ketchikan Indian Community
Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) is a federally recognized Indian Tribe, incorporated in 1940 under Section 16 of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, as amended for Alaska in 1936. KIC serves a membership of over 5,700 Alaska Native and American Indians through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Indian Health Service (IHS) programs. Eight-member Tribal Council, elected by the KIC membership, serves as the governing body and sets policy for programs and administration. KIC currently represents the largest Tribal membership in Southeast Alaska.

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center includes exhibits and interactive displays about the land, people, and culture of Southeast Alaska. Walk through the temperate rainforest, experience a native fish camp, view wildlife through a spotting scope, and much more.

About Wordsmith
Wordsmith is a worldwide online community of people who share a love for words, wordplay, language, and literature. They hail from more than 170 countries, from Australia to Zimbabwe and almost all other places in between.
Hopitutuqaki, The Hopi School
Hopitutuqaki, The Hopi School, is dedicated to developing an educational process derived from Hopi Indian philosophy, values and methods. Always before, Hopi students have been taught in schools using values, philosophy and methods designed for and derived from an outside culture.
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Parts of Speech Games
There are nine parts of speech that classify how words are used in particular sentences. They are verbs, nouns, pronouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections. In English, there are many words that can be more than one part of speech, so context is always important. For example "act", "plant", and "study" can be all be either a verb or a noun, depending on usage.
Brian P. Cleary: Words
The "Words are CATagorical" book series by Brian P. Cleary introduces parts of speech with rhymes and funny cats. "Offering a lighthearted perspective, each title shows readers the fun and entertaining world of language." This companion website does the same with interactive activities. From interactive parts-of-speech quizzes to zany fill-in-the blank stories, these games are great. There are also printable posters, and lots of printable worksheets listed under Teacher Tools.
Education Place: Wacky Web Tales
These fun fill-in-the-blank tales from Education Place will provide hours of parts-of-speech practice. Each tale starts with a list of blank spaces, with each one requiring a noun, adjective, adverb or other part of speech. Click "See Your Wacky Web Tale" to read your funny story. "Each spring the sky turns green. Giant drops of molasses fall from the sky. All this molasses helps the grass and tigers to grow, but it can make things real funny too!"
Sheppard Software: Parts of Speech Tutorial
"Create the star of your own show! What noun will your character be? What adjective will describe your star? What verb will tell what is going on? Use the parts of speech to design a character for the stage." My character was a sparkly cloud bouncing. What will yours be? Choose more parts of speech games from the illustrated menu on the left-hand side. Choices include Verbs in Space, Noun Explorer and Adjective Adventure.
Spelling City: Parts of Speech
"The object of the Parts of Speech game is to identify the part of speech of the given word as it is used in each sentence. This is a great activity to practice distinguishing between nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and other parts of speech." There are sixteen games to choose from. Some take vocabulary from books such as Charlotte's Web or Wuthering Heights, and others are topical, such as Science Word List or SAT Vocabulary List.

Toon University: Parts of Speech
This single parts-of-speech game has three levels. "Chubs is practicing his bow and plunger skills. Help him shoot his plunger by clicking your mouse on the correct answer. Don't worry if he doesn't hit the target. He's not that good." In each sentence, one word is in all capital letters. Within the time limit, choose what part of speech it is by clicking on the answer.

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Constructed entirely of white marble in less than nine years, the Parthenon is widely regarded as the epitome of ancient Greek architecture. Built on a hill in the middle of Athens, known as the Acropolis, the Parthenon was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. Travel there with me, on a virtual field trip.
Athens Guide: The Parthenon
"The debate over the Parthenon Marbles has been going on for two centuries and seems to be coming to a head. The statues and reliefs that Lord Elgin had come to draw and make molds from and ended up taking back to England have been in the British Museum almost that long." Lord Elgin, a British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in the early nineteenth century, was given permission by the Turks to mold and sketch the sculpture in the Parthenon. With a few bribes, however, his workers found it more convenient to simply take the treasures back to Britain. Learn more about the Elgin Marbles at this site from travel writer Matt Barrett.
British Museum: Ancient Greece: Acropolis
"The Athenian Acropolis is home to one of the most famous buildings in the world: the Parthenon. This temple was built for the goddess Athena. It was decorated with beautiful sculptures which represent the greatest achievement of Greek artists." For middle and high-school students, this interactive exhibit from the British Museum is part of their larger Ancient Greece site. It has lots to explore and concludes with a challenge to build your own Greek temple honoring Athena.
PBS NOVA: Secrets of the Parthenon
"Considering all the abuse it has taken over the two and a half millennia since it was built, it is remarkable that the Parthenon is still standing. Now a Greek-led team is working hard to ensure it does for centuries to come." Visit this PBS site to view the one-hour TV special (divided into five chapters) and to explore the three online interactives titled Restoring the Ruin, Scenes from a Quarry and The Parthenon's Many Lives (trace its life as a temple, church, mosque, ammunition store, and army barracks).
USC: The Parthenon
Created by a team at USC, this computer-generated animation reunites the Parthenon with its many treasures now housed at the British Museum and elsewhere. The two and a half minute film is viewable in Windows and QuickTime formats. If you have a VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) plugin installed in your browser, you can also view the Sculpture Garden Gallery, a sampling of the 150 Parthenon sculptures scanned at the Basel Skulpturhalle in Switzerland, which has a collection of plaster casts of all known Parthenon sculptures.

Reed College: The Parthenon
From the humanities department of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, these class notes are a must visit for those writing school reports. Notable sections include an introduction to the three main types of Greek columns: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Unfortunately some of the photo galleries are not available to the public, but only visible to those on the internal Reed College network.

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Cake Pops
Cake pops (frosted cake balls on a stick) seem to be cropping up everywhere. And why not? Not only are they pretty and tasty, they're also fun to make. Nom, nom, nom.
52 Kitchen Adventures: How to Make Cake Pops
Food blogger Stephanie Nuccitelli ("a girl who loves to bake") explains how to make cake pops in six illustrated steps. At the bottom of the post are links to five more cake pop recipes, including Snowman Cake Pops. Heart Shaped, and Salted Caramel & Chocolate. This article is one of two cake pop how tos on 52 Kitchen Adventures. The other one, titled "5 Tricks to Make Cake Pops More Easily" is linked in the very first paragraph.
Bakerella: Cake Pops
Angie Dudley (aka Bakerella) invented the cupcake pop on February 1, 2008, and shortly there after was invited to the Martha Stewart television show to demonstrate making them. She's since written the definite cake pop book (which you can find at her site) and has continued to blog about cake pops and baking on her blog. Because she has so many of them, the recipes here are divided into categories such as Cake Balls, Cake Pops, Cupcake Bites, Cupcake Pops, and more.
KC Bakes
KC Bakes sells custom cake pop stands that are used instead of Styrofoam to hold pops upright. This is the cake pop category of her blog, which is chock full of recipes, interviews, tips and videos. Scroll down the long page, and be sure to take a look at some of her favorite cake pop bloggers listed in the right-hand column.
Miss CandiQuik: Common Cake Pop Issues & Tutorial
Don't despair if at first you don't succeed, because practice makes perfect cake pops. And to help us all out, Miss CandiQuik explains how to solve several common cake pop problems such as the pop falling off the stick, cracks in the coating, or (oh noes!) the leaking of oil or cake (also known as cake pop poop). CandiQuik manufactures chocolate and vanilla candy coating, and Miss CandiQuik is their in-house blogger.

Rachel Cooks: Cake Pop Tutorial
Rachel Gurk brings us photo evidence of all the cake pop mistakes she's made, a tutorial on making cake pops, followed by a Q & A. "Q: Why is my candy coating cracking (aka ‘Grand Canyon')? A: The most likely reason for this happening is that your pops are too cold and your melts are too hot…and the difference in temperatures is causing the melts to crack."

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Picture Dictionaries
Today's topic is picture dictionaries, where a picture is worth a thousand words. Although traditionally used for early childhood education, a few of these picks use picture-dictionary metaphor to explore more advanced topics such as astronomy, architecture and anatomy.
Busy Bee Kids Printables: Mini Alphabet Coloring Books
"These Alphabet Coloring Books are easy to make, just fold in quarters and place one inside the other, staple on the fold to secure and you're done! Print them all and you've got one really fun picture dictionary!" Yup! There are forty-eight pages of coloring fun in this do-it-yourself picture dictionary, starting with "A" is for apple, alligator, airplane and aquarium, and ending with "Z" is for zipper, zoo, zebra and zero.
Enchanted Learning: Little Explorer's Picture Dictionary
Browse through the Little Explorer's Picture Dictionary by clicking on any of the letters or the themes that are listed directly below the alphabet. In addition to a drawing and a sentence, many of the 2500+ entries are linked to related Enchanted Learning pages. And (wow!) versions of the dictionary are also available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Swedish.
ESOL Help: Online Picture Dictionary
This English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) site is created by Doina Popovici, a teacher from Atlanta, GA. Her online picture dictionary is divided into nested categories, such as clothing, colors, emotions, health, math and so on. The animals category, for example, is further divided into birds, fish, insects, mammals, pets, reptiles, and rodents. For related games, click on ESL Flashcards to play with flashcards made from the picture dictionary words.
Merriam-Webster: Visual Dictionary Online
"Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home or at work.." The Visual Dictionary from Merriam-Webster is not for preschoolers, but rather a picture dictionary for the rest of us. The dictionary covers themes such as Astronomy, Earth, Human Being, Arts & Architecture, Communications , and Sports. "Explore the 15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before.

Photographic Dictionary
With over 5000 entries, you "can use this site as a learning tool or a children's picture dictionary, or just to browse to look at the pictures!" In addition to the categories listed in the left-hand navigation menu, you can also browse by letter (they are listed across the top of the site) or by rhyme. You'll find the link to the rhyme pages in the upper-right and corner of the site. For a beautiful lesson in healthy eating, check out the Fruit and Vegetable categories.

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Diagramming Sentences
Sentence diagramming (also known as Reed-Kellogg diagramming) was a popular classroom grammar technique for nearly a century. It lost favor about thirty years ago, but several Surfnetkids readers recently suggested sentence diagramming as a topic. I hope this means grammar is making a comeback!
1AiWay: Reed-Kellogg Sentence Diagrammer
"Learning diagrams may look boring at first glance," explains the developer of this cool online app, but he suggests it worth the effort to "learn the magic." To start, simply type a sentence to diagram and press enter. Mouse over the words in the resulting diagram to view their part of speech. If the sentence can be parsed multiple ways, you'll see a small grey arrow in the upper right-hand corner. Click it to see the alternative diagram.
German Latin English: Diagramming Sentences
Eugene R. Moutoux's website is a treasure trove of diagramming goodness. Yes, it does include samples of sentence diagramming in German and Latin, but there is lots of English too! Start with the Basics (in two parts) then move on to goodies that include samples from literature and history. Have fun diagramming the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the Gettysberg Address, or with really long opening sentences from half-a dozen classic novels. "There once lived, in a sequestered part of the country of Devonshire, one Mr. Godfrey Nickleby: a worthy gentleman, who, taking it into his head rather late in life that he must get married, and not being young enough or rich enough to aspire to the hand of a lady of fortune, had wedded an old flame out of mere attachment, who in her turn had taken him for the same reason." -- Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens.
Guide to Grammar and Writing: Diagramming Sentences
There are four terrific sentence-diagramming tutorials here, but finding them is a challenge. . Here's some help. For a Powerpoint introduciton to sentence diagramming, click the blue graphic in the middle of the a yellow box, near the middle of the page. For a more in-depth tutorial (fifty pages long!) use the round blue Enter button, a half screen further down the page. Curious about how to diagram the Pledge of Allegiance or the Preamble to the U.S, Constitution? Look for those links below the Summaries subhead near the bottom of the page.
Learning Stream: Sentence Diagramming
Learning stream explains sentence diagramming in seven steps. Step one? Look for the verb. "Ask the question, 'What action is taking place, or what happened in the sentence?' The answer you get will let you know which word (or group of words) serves as the verb in the sentence. The VERB is placed on the right hand side of the base line."

University of Texas: E360K English Grammar: Diagrams
The user interface is bare bones, but just on through to Diagram Basics for a three-part overview of sentence diagramming. "To diagram a sentence, you have to divide it into its component parts, or constituents. The most important cut is between subject and predicate, which are separated with a vertical line. The predicate contains the verb marked for tense plus any objects or subjective or objective complements."

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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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