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Vision Maker Media
Vision Maker Media exists to serve Native producers and Indian country in partnership with public television and radio. Vision Maker Media works with Native producers to develop, produce and distribute educational telecommunications programs for all media including public television and public radio. Vision Maker Media supports training to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives producing quality public broadcasting programs, which includes advocacy efforts promoting increased control and use of information technologies and the policies to support this control by American Indians and Alaska Natives.
First Nations Films
Since 1998, creates and distributes award-winning television documentary films for, by and about Indigenous people - Sharing Our Stories! Our exclusive programs are distributed to broadcasters, schools, libraries, universities and other individuals and institutions throughout the world.
Manitobah Mukluks
Our story begins in Canada thousands of years ago, when our ancestors created mukluks and moccasins using distinctive leather, furs and beadwork to reflect their individual customs and culture. Today as Métis we continue this tradition by combining the craftsmanship and artistry of our ancestors with modern materials to create truly timeless footwear – as functional as it is beautiful. Stitch by stitch, bead by bead, we tell the story of our People.
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Dr. Seuss
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 as well as three Academy Awards, Theodor Geisel (best known as Dr. Seuss) authored and illustrated forty-four children's books. Since his first children's book in 1936, Dr. Seuss has introduced several generations of kids to the joy of reading.
Dr. Seuss Art
This official site features reproductions of illustrations from Geisel's Dr. Seuss books, as well as art he did for other books, projects and his own enjoyment. Be sure to visit all five of the galleries listed under Art of Dr. Seuss, and to read his short biography. "Sitting in his Anglo-Saxon for Beginners class, his [Geisel's] doodling caught the eye of a fellow American student named Helen Palmer. Helen suggested that he should become an artist instead of a professor. He took her advice and eventually, he took her hand in marriage as well."
Dr. Seuss: Characters and Unusual Creatures
Although this site lacks graphics and animation, it's a valuable reference. Visit to peruse a list of all of Seuss' books, followed by an alphabetic list of all his creatures (from Aaron, the alligator to Zummers.) Did you know the word "nerd" dates to 1950 when it first appeared in Dr. Seuss' "If I Ran the Zoo"? "I'll sail to Ka-Troo And Bring Back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo a Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!"
Dr. Seuss Went to War
Although not for the preschool set, high school students and grownups will find this fascinating. For two years (1941-1943), Ted Geisel was an editorial cartoonist for a New York newspaper. During that time he drew over 400 editorial cartoons, mostly about World War II. This collection is organized by year, as well as Places, People, Issues and Battles.
PBS: Cat in the Hat
You've hit the Cat in the Hat jackpot, here at PBS Kids, with lots of games, coloring pages, paper crafts, activities and videos. My favorite click is the Math Safari, which features (can you guess?) math games that are emceed by the Cat in the Hat himself! Parents should take note of the Tips button in the lower-left hand corner for bonus ideas on bringing math, science and reading into your preschooler's everyday activities.

Seussville University
"Welcome to Seussville University, where you can have 'lots of good fun that is funny' while learning basic reading, math, science, and reasoning skills." From the Cat's Concentration game to Green Eggs and Ham picture scramble, Dr. Seuss fans will find plenty to crow about at this official Random House site. In fact, it's the only one of today's sites with activities and games for young readers. For classroom ideas, party projects and printable activity sheets, click on Educators.

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Commonly Confused Words
When your sheep's wool is long and curly, do you sheer it or shear it? When tired, do you lay down or lie down for a nap? Even native English speakers can be confused by homonyms and words that some teachers call "confusables."
About: Grammar: Index of Commonly Confused Words's Grammar and Composition Guide, Richard Nordquist, defines over 200 sets of commonly confused words. From A ("A, An, And") to Y ("Your, You're"), each word is defined, an example provided, and a few practice fill-in-the-blank sentences included. Don't miss The Big Quiz, which tests 50 sets of "confusables." To view the quiz without any ads (or to print it), use the Print icon in the upper right-hand corner.
Daily Writing Tips: Misused Words
"If most people's employment of the word 'literally' doesn't drive you mad, you're probably guilty of a few misuses yourself. It's one of the most common complaints of the grammar-savvy." Daily Writing Tips is a delightful blog about writing skills. This particular page is an index to all their posts about misused words. It is full of treasures such as "Epiphany or Mere Realization", "Hordes of People Shouldn't Hoard", and "Literally the Worst Mistake You Could Ever Make." Related categories (listed in the left-hand menu) include Spelling, Vocabulary and Grammar 101.
Grammar Book: Confusing Words and Homonyms
Jane Straus, author of "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation," provides four pages of words that frequently cause confusion. Some words are simply defined, but others include grammar rules, sample sentences, and the occasional usage chart. The site also includes two interactive ten-question quizzes on the subject. To find them, click on Quizzes in the nav menu, and look for More Confusing Words and Homonyms Quiz 1 and Quiz 2.
Merriam-Webster: Top 10 Commonly Confused Words
Designed as a slide show in ten parts, each word or phrase pair is presented as a question. "If you treat convention with disdain, are you flouting or flaunting the rules?" "If you receive an appropriate punishment, did you get your just deserts or just desserts?" Other amusing Top 10 lists are displayed at the bottom of each page. Be sure to check out Top 10 Most Frequently Searched Words on "Although certain definitions spike in our search results based on current events (see Trend Watch), this list presents the eternally vexing words that remain among the most looked up over time."

Oxford Dictionaries: Commonly Confused Words
From "accept/except" to "wreath/wreathe" Oxford Dictionary sets us straight about almost 80 pairs of confusing words. Click on any of the words to be taken to its dictionary page, where you'll find example sentences, synonyms, and a pronunciation guide. Just below the list of word pairs, you'll find links to a few related grammar guides: Shall or will?, Who or whom?, and Can or may?

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American Presidents
Starting with George Washington, whose term began in 1789, there have been a total of forty-three individuals sworn into office and forty-four presidencies. The discrepancy is because Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, making him both the 22nd and the 24th President.
Encyclopedia Britannica: The American Presidency
In addition to the usual presidential biographies, Encyclopedia Britannica brings us Historical Election Results, Political Parties, Source Documents, Audio & Video, and Monuments & Memorials. "A monument to [George] Washington was first proposed in 1783, when the Continental Congress appropriated funds to erect a statue of the country's military commander on horseback." The obelisk-shaped Washington Monument opened to the public in 1888, and is currently closed for repairs.
Miller Center: American President
American President is a non-partisan resource on the history and function of the American presidency published by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. You'll find great stuff for school reports on any president, just click on any thumbnail picture. Other great clicks include the Presidential Classroom (with interactive exhibits and lesson plans) and the Speech Archive.
PBS: The Presidents
"There is much to learn about the presidency by studying the men who occupied the office. All have been immensely different from one another. Woodrow Wilson, the peacemaker; Kennedy, the Cold Warrior; Jimmy Carter, the engineer; 'Silent Cal' Coolidge and the bellicose Theodore Roosevelt. We've had Richard Nixon, the anti-communist and Ronald Reagan, the actor turned politician. All of the characters are complex and all of their stories surprising. Their lives and careers provide us a panoramic view of America." The Presidents draws on the research done for PBS television specials and includes more than thirty-seven hours of streaming documentaries.
Smithsonian Education: Mr. President
"Did you know that Thomas Jefferson offered his own huge book collection as a replacement when British troops burned the Library of Congress? Or that John F. Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected president — and the youngest to die in office?" Explore the presidents via the galleries, but don't skip the links in Additional Information. For elementary students, the first link listed (The American Presidency) includes activities, resources, and lesson plans.

White House: The Presidents
From George Washington to Barack Obama, the White House profiles America's forty-four presidents. Best reasons to visit are the slideshow, the bios, and the section on the First Ladies. "From the day Martha married George Washington in 1759, her great concern was the comfort and happiness of her husband and children. When his career led him to the battlegrounds of the Revolutionary War and finally to the Presidency, she followed him bravely."

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Carter G. Woodson
Despite his humble beginnings, historian Carter G. Woodson (1875 - 1950), the son of slaves, earned a PhD. from Harvard. He is known as the father of Black History Month and for his scholarly work promoting the accomplishments of African Americans.
ASALH: The Origins of Black History Month
"The 1960s had a dramatic effect on the study and celebration of black history. Before the decade was over, Negro History Week would be well on its way to becoming Black History Month. The shift to a month-long celebration began even before Dr. Woodson death. As early as 1940s, blacks in West Virginia, a state where Woodson often spoke, began to celebrate February as Negro History Month." This one-page history tells the story of how and why Dr. Woodson formed the Association of the Study of Negro Life and History as well as the annual Negro History Week.
Biography: Carter G. Woodson
"One of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard, Woodson dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution. He also wrote many historical works, including the 1933 book The Mis-Education of the Negro." Visit for a short video biography of Dr. Woodson as well as a two-page article about his life and accomplishments.
Goodreads: Carter G. Woodson Quotes
"The mere imparting of information is not education." Goodreads is a book sharing site (now owned by that allows readers to submit and vote on their favorite book quotes. Most quotes include a source (something frequently missing from online quote collections) and can be voted up with a like button. In addition to exploring the quotes by book, you can also traverse via tags such as bravery, courage or action.
Library of Congress: The Burgeoning Cause 1920-1930
"The effort to preserve and publicize the historical heritage of black Americans was the mission of Carter G. Woodson, who called his beloved black history crusade 'the cause.' Woodson successfully launched a bold campaign of public education and advocacy on the one hand and research and publication to gain scholarly acceptance of the history of African peoples on the other." This excellent Library of Congress article is a must read for high-school students writing a school report and grownups wanting more insight into Dr. Woodson's work for the advancement of blacks.

NAACP History: Carter G. Woodson
"During his lifetime, Dr. Woodson developed an important philosophy of history. History, he insisted, was not the mere gathering of facts. The object of historical study is to arrive at a reasonable interpretation of the facts." The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) brings us a biography that explores Dr. Woodson's aspirations for how the study of Black history could bring pride and equality to African Americans.

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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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