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(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
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Favorite Sites
collected by Paul and Vicki
Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. We welcome you to visit our village when you travel to northern New Mexico.
Museum of Northern Arizona
The mission of the Museum of Northern Arizona is to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage.
Mesa Media, Inc.
Mesa Media, Inc.'s mission is to revitalize the Hopi language, which encompasses the philosophy of land stewardship maintained by Hopi people for centuries. In 2004, fluent Hopi speakers Anita Poleahla and Ferrell Secakuku founded Mesa Media, Inc. because they believe that all Hopi people deserve the opportunity to understand the richness of the Hopi language and its teachings.
Cheyenne River Youth Project
The Cheyenne River Youth Project® was founded in January 1988 in response to the community’s need for more services that support struggling children and their families. Originally housed in a converted bar on the town’s Main Street, the organization created a safe place for children to come after school, offering activities such as arts and crafts, intramural sports and volunteer mentorship, in addition to serving a healthy meal and snack each day. The youth center, known locally as "The Main", was operated completely by a volunteer staff and quickly became a vital element of the Cheyenne River Community. Despite its small size, and very little money for programming, the center was filled to capacity each day.

Native Skywatchers Middle School Teacher Workshop
Purpose: The Native Skywatchers Middle School Teacher Workshop is designed for all educators & persons interested in increasing their knowledge of Ojibwe and D(L)akota Star Knowledge. Included in the workshop are multiple hands-on activities so participants will be able to experience the culture and the science in the most authentic and meaningful way possible.
Who Should Attend: K-16 educators; students in teacher training programs; those involved with the education of American Indian students including classroom teachers, teacher aides, curriculum specialists, library media specialists, guidance counselors, home-school coordinators, Title IX/JOM coordinators and administrators; tribal education staff; college and university faculty, staff and administrators; and all others interested.

Cherokee, North Carolina
Shi-yo and welcome to beautiful , gateway to both the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We invite you to enjoy the many fun and relaxing things to do such as the Oconaluftee Indian Village, "Unto These Hills" Outdoor Drama, Museum of the Cherokee Indians and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.
Cheyenne River Youth Project
The Cheyenne River Youth Project® was founded in January 1988 in response to the community’s need for more services that support struggling children and their families. Originally housed in a converted bar on the town’s Main Street, the organization created a safe place for children to come after school, offering activities such as arts and crafts, intramural sports and volunteer mentorship, in addition to serving a healthy meal and snack each day. The youth center, known locally as "The Main", was operated completely by a volunteer staff and quickly became a vital element of the Cheyenne River Community. Despite its small size, and very little money for programming, the center was filled to capacity each day.
The KIOWA KIDS language program was created to support the continued use of the Kiowa
language within our families and beyond. The program is geared towards community learning
and many of the program offerings are interactive such as sports, board games, singing,
outdoor activities, plays, etc. all in the Kiowa language.
Writers on the Range
Our Writers on the Range columns are syndicated each week to approximately 75 newspapers, magazines and Web sites. They also appear on our Web site and occasionally in High Country News. We are looking for taut and pithy opinion pieces about issues that affect Westerners. The piece should be tied to current events, though we will consider less current pieces if they make strong statements about life in the West.

High Country News
High Country News is a 501(c)3 nonprofit media organization that covers the important issues and stories that define the American West. Its mission is to inform and inspire people - through in-depth journalism - to act on behalf of the West's diverse natural and human communities.

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"April showers bring May flowers." Perhaps that's why May is National Flower Month. Indulge your green thumb with this week's website picks about flowers.
Cornell University: Flower Growing Guides
This home gardening guide is not written specifically for students. It's for anyone interested in learning more about any of the 269 featured flowers. Flowers are listed alphabetically by botanical name (such as achillea millefolium) and common name (yarrow.) Each entry includes a picture, a description, and a brief guide to growing it. Yarrow, by the way, needs full sun and prefers well-drained soil.
Life Cycle of Tulips
"Tulip bulbs are planted from mid-September to mid-November. During this period the soil is moist which helps the bulb to grow under the ground. In the first cycle of growth, the roots start growing from of the bulb to form a strong root system." This short (one-page) illustrated book for elementary-age students introduces photosynthesis and names the various parts of a bulb, as shown with a cross-section diagram. The page is built with CAST UDL Book Builder, but does not include an author's name.
Thompson & Morgan: Top 10 Easy to Grow Flowers
British seed company Thompson & Morgan offers advice on improving your garden with these ten easy-to-grow flowers. Sunflowers, for example, can reach heights of fourteen feet and are quite kid friendly. "Just sow the seeds straight into the ground in a sunny, sheltered spot and watch them grow and grow and grow! Be sure to provide the stems with supports to grow the tallest sunflowers around."
US Forest Service: Celebrating Wildflowers: Just for Kids
The kid section of this US Forest Service wildflower site features coloring pages, activities, a dozen printable word search puzzles, and a glossary of vocabulary words from "adapt" to "threatened". Activities include How to Make a Butterfly Garden, Make Your Own Perfume, and Preserving Wildflowers. "Most wild flowers soon wither if you pick them, but you can preserve them for a long time by pressing or drying them. Choose only flowers that you know are common, and do not pick them unless there are lots of them."

University of Illinois Extension: My First Garden
My First Garden is a set of illustrated lessons about planting flowers and vegetables. "Take a walk around your yard and look for spots that have good sunlight, are easy to get water to, and aren't in the way of somebody else trying to have fun in the yard. You also might like to get a spot where people can see it, and you can show it off to everybody." It also includes a Teacher's Guide, and a gallery of user-submitted garden photos.

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Mother's Day
Mother's Day is a time to show our gratitude for everything Moms do. And for those Moms who are lucky enough to still have their own Moms to celebrate with, it's a double holiday. Happy Mother's Day to all!
Danielle's Place: Mother's Day Crafts and Activities for Kids
Danielle's Place offers both Mother's Day crafts and instructions on making homemade cards. My picks include Refrigerator Photo Magnets (I'm crazy about fridge magnets!), Window Clings (the kind you might put on a sliding door so the birds don't fly into the glass), the Button Bracelet on an elastic band, and the Mother's Day Poem on a Doily. "When I see all the things you do / I can tell your love is true."

Kaboose: Mother's Day Cards
Wow, these craft cards are so beautiful! With over twenty unique ideas (and step-by-step instructions) you can create a stained glass card with tissue paper to hand in a window, a cupcake card for moms with a sweet tooth, or a teacup card with ribbon and pearl beads. Each craft includes a difficulty rating, suggested age range and user ratings on a scale of five.

Mother's Day Central
With crafts, poems, recipes, greeting cards and activities, Mother's Day Central is a one-stop mommy party. Best clicks include 101 Poems for Mom, 151 Mother's Day Craft Ideas, free Printable Mother's Day Cards, and a collection of several dozen quotes about motherhood. "When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child." Sophia Loren

Billy Bear 4 Kids: Happy Mother's Day
Billy Bear comes through for Mom, with gifts to print, color and cut; postcards to send; and certificates to fill out. My favorite clicks are the printable Photo House picture frame that can be colored and filled with family photos, and the always popular Promise Booklet of coupons to relieve Mom of her daily chores.. Other unique electronic gifts include Happy Mother's Day wallpaper and screensavers for Mom's computer.

Kids' Turn Central: Celebrating Mother's Day
Kids Turn celebrates Mom with certificates (World's Best Mom), e-cards (Thanks for Always Being There), and a place to post tributes. What Kids Turn also offers, that no one else has, is a short discussion of Mother's Day conflicts. "Not everyone has someone they call Mom. Many kids have more than one person to call Mom. Some thoughts and ideas on spending Mother's Day with the different people you can call Mom." The article addresses issues surrounding step-moms, birth moms, foster moms, parenting grandparents and volunteer moms such as those from Big Sisters.

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Earth Day
Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22. Although ideally everyday should be Earth Day, the annual holiday presents the perfect opportunity to learn more about ecology and the environment.
DLTK: Earth Day Crafts
DLTK has a nice collection of Earth Day crafts and activities, starting with an article that explains the origins of Earth Day. "Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 and has been an important day ever since. It's a day to reflect on our planet, our environment and what we can do to help keep them healthy." It includes coloring pages, puzzles, poems, songs, printables, worksheets and (of course) crafts.
EcoKids is Canada's environmental youth education program, and even though site membership is restricted to Canadian youth groups, there's oodles of material for non-members. My favorite section is Play and Learn, with activities, slide shows, quizzes, games and PDF printables in topics such as the environment, science, nature, wildlife and energy. For example, did you know that every year thousands of frogs get squashed crossing roads to reach seasonal habitats? You can help by finding frog habitats that span busy roads and educating local drivers about the issue.
Kids for Saving the Earth
Clinton Hill succumbed to cancer at age eleven, but before he died he channeled his passion for the environment into a kids' club dedicated to saving planet Earth. Now, his mother runs the organization, which provides free online information and low-cost classroom materials through the mail. Best clicks are the activities found in the Action Programs, such as creating an event for International Migratory Bird Day on May 2 or having a used book sale to support Reading for the Earth month. When is Reading for the Earth month? Any month you choose!
NASA Kids: Earth Science
"Can scientists predict the global impacts of increased levels of pollutants in the atmosphere? Will the planet warm because increased levels of greenhouse gases, produced by the burning of fossil fuels, trap heat and prevent it from being radiated back into space? Will the polar ice caps melt, causing massive coastal flooding? Have humans initiated wholesale climatic change?" NASA studies the earth, not just outer space, and has created this earth science site for kids and their teachers and filled it to the brim with information, lesson plans and games.

PBS Kids: Earth Day Games
"Keeping the park clean helps the environment. Let's recycle the litter. Because if we recycle we can use old things to make new things!" With seventeen online Earth Day games for elementary school kids, PBS Kids is sure to bring a smile to your face. As you mouse over each game icon, you will see the PBS character, such as Arthur or Curious George, that is featured in the game. Related game topics (linked to in the bottom, right-hand corner) include dinosaur games, nature games and environmental games.

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Sequences and Series
This week's topic is one usually studied in first year algebra: sequences and series. Let's start with some definitions. A sequence is an ordered list of numbers, and a series is the sum of the terms (the individual numbers) of a sequence. For more lessons, here are my weekly website picks.
Cool Math Algebra: Sequences & Series Lessons
"A sequence is a list of numbers (or other things) that changes according to some sort of pattern." This ten lesson section introduces arithmetic sequences, series, sigma notation, geometric sequences, mathematical induction and the binomial theorem. To move from one lesson to the next (each lesson is multiple pages), you need to return to this menu, which is linked at the bottom of each page.
Math is Fun: Arithmetic Sequences – Finding a Rule
"To find a missing number, first find a Rule behind the Sequence. Sometimes you can just look at the numbers and see a pattern." After a few examples of how trial and error can help you discover a rule, at the bottom of the page you'll find links to related topics, including Arithmetic Sequences, Geometric Sequences, Fibonacci Sequence and Triangular Sequence. Each of these topics also include related links at the bottom of the page, so be sure to look for them.
Math Guide: Arithmetic Sequences
After defining arithmetic sequences, this Math Guide lesson explains how to calculate the nth term. "In order for us to know how to obtain terms that are far down these lists of numbers, we need to develop a formula that can be used to calculate these terms. If we were to try and find the 20th term, or worse to 2000th term, it would take a long time if we were to simply add a number -- one at a time -- to find our terms." At the bottom of the page, you'll find four interactive quizzes on sequences and series.
Regents Prep: Arithmetic Sequences and Series
"While some sequences are simply random values, other sequences have a definite pattern that is used to arrive at the sequence's terms. Two such sequences are the arithmetic and geometric sequences." This one-page lesson explains arithmetic sequences with lots of examples. At the bottom of the page is a link to a lesson about using a TI-83+/84+ graphing calculator for sequences and series. Very cool.

Virtual Math Lab: College Algebra: Arithmetic Sequences and Series
"Be careful that you don't think that every sequence that has a pattern in addition is arithmetic. It is arithmetic if you are always adding the SAME number each time." This one-page lesson with practice problems is just one of three tutorials on the topic of sequences and series at the Virtual Math Lab. You'll find the others linked both in the introductory paragraph, and interspersed in the lesson itself. The practice problems at the bottom of the page are meant to be worked out on your own before clicking through to the answer/discussion page.

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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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