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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
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Favorite Web Sites
collected by Paul and Vicki
Traditional Skills Workshops!
Outdoorsman and writer, Jim Miller is one of the nation's leading advocates of the study and application of traditional wilderness skills and crafts. The Port Huron, Michigan native discovered the beauty and essence of the natural world at an early age and has spent countless hours studying the skills of our ancestors in woods, fields, and streams throughout the Great Lakes region.
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Civil War
More than 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War (1861-1865), more than any other war in American history. The North prevailed over the South, but the grief and bitterness caused by the war casualties and injuries healed very slowly. Learn more at these sites.
The Civil War Home Page
This extensive collection of articles, 1100 photos, battle maps, battle reports, 1860 census records, and Civil War links is a great resource for high school reports. The most fascinating documents are the primary sources, such as letters and diaries from the battlefield, slave narratives from interviews done in the 1930's, and transcribed battle reports. The most useful page, however, is probably the Timeline of Events Leading Up to The Civil War. "1619 - English settlers in Virginia purchase 20 Africans from a Dutch ship."
Ducksters: The American Civil War
For middle-school students writing reports or just wanting to learn more, Ducksters has nearly fifty Civil War articles arranged in five chapters: Overview, Major Events, Civil War Life, People and Battles. "There are many causes that led to the American Civil War. While slavery is generally cited as the main cause for the war, other political and cultural differences between the North and the South certainly contributed."
History: American Civil War
Visit to view their collection of forty-four videos (many of them just a couple of minutes long), their Civil War 150 interactive (commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war),and their huge collection of special features (such as Women in the Civil War and Reconstruction.) "The Union victory in the Civil War in 1865 may have given some 4 million slaves their freedom, but the process of rebuilding the South during the Reconstruction period (1865-1877) introduced a new set of significant challenges."
National Park Service: Gettysburg Camp Life
Step back in time, and try to imagine yourself a soldier in the Civil War. Where do you sleep? How do you pass the time? What personal items did you bring from home? Camp Life reveals the daily life of both Union and Confederate soldiers with an online exhibition of common everyday items. Learn what a "housewife" is, and why infantrymen were only issued half a tent. By focusing on these simple, useful items, the Gettysburg National Military Park gives us unique insight into the life of a Civil War soldier.

PBS: The Civil War
About the PBS movie "The Civil War," filmmaker Ken Burns reflects, "Nearly six years later, when the documentary was finally finished, I realized that we had taken longer to make a film about the Civil War than it took the nation to fight it in the first place." Best click at this companion website is the opportunity to make your own Civil War movie out of archival photographs. Other worthwhile sections are The War (for students) and The Classroom (for teachers.)

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Easter Crafts
Spring has sprung. Easter is around the corner. And bunnies, baskets and eggs are cropping up everywhere! In celebration, here’s a round-up of Easter craft sites that go above and beyond the usual egg dying projects. Happy Easter!
All Free Crafts: Easter
All Free Crafts offers more than fifty Easter-craft projects organized into five sections: Easter Bunnies, Easter Egg Crafts, Easter Baskets, Easter Projects, and Easter Printables. Each project is illustrated (yay!), has a supplies list, a video, and a printable version without ads. Crafts for other holidays can be found visiting the home page, and hovering over Celebrations in the main navigation menu.
Craftbits: Easter Crafts
Visit for ideas and instructions for homemade Easter baskets, Easter decorations, and Easter eggs. Some of the ideas are contributed by community members, but all are illustrated, include links to related crafts, estimated time to finish the crafts, and age group recommendations. Crafts for Christmas and Valentine's Day are listed in the left-hand menu.
Disney Family: Kids' Easter Crafts
"With so many ideas – bunnies, baskets and decorations – you'll have a egg-cellent holiday!" Disney's crafts are beautifully photographed, and with easy-to-follow instructions and safety notes. You'll find many of your favorite Disney characters are featured here, including Bambi, Daisy Duck, Alice in Wonderland, Goofy and Winnie the Pooh.
Martha Stewart: Easter Crafts and Activities
Although many of these projects are too complicated for little hands, there are plenty of crafts that can be done with your little ones. Scroll through the slide show to see thirty-two Easter ideas that include crafts and activities. "Think beyond the Easter egg hunt and set up fun kids' activities, like an Egg Relay Race."

Pinterest: Easter Crafts
This Pinterest page is a search results page, so it contains pins from many different pinners and boards. Use it as a starting place for not only finding Easter craft and recipe ideas, but also for finding new boards and pinners to follow. If you are new to Pinterest, remember you need to click twice on the pinned image to visit the bookmarked page at the originating site, and that you can re-pin any of the projects that catch your eye on your own Pinterest board.

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Water Cycle
A glass of water doesn’t seem very complicated. Yet water can be a fascinating topic, full of opportunities for hands-on learning. Today’s sites include dozens of activities and experiments for the young and curious ready to learn about the exciting life of a simple drop of water.
Annenberg Learner: The Water Cycle
"If you live in the United States, there are 40 trillion gallons of water above your head on an average day. Each day, about four trillion gallons of this water fall to Earth as precipitation, such as rain, snow, or hail." This one-page intro to the water cycle is part of Annenberg Learner's Weather module.
Environmental Education for Kids! The Water Cycle
"Infiltration happens when water soaks into the soil from the ground level. It moves underground and moves between the soil and rocks." For elementary students, EEK! offers a clickable water cycle diagram, with a quiz, word search and a water poem. "The glass of water you're about to drink / Deserves a second thought, I think."
NASA: Precipitation Education
With videos, articles, glossary, FAQ and interactive activities for K-12, NASA has lots of resources for learning about the water cycle, weather, and climate. "Contrary to popular belief, raindrops are not tear shaped and are actually shaped like the top of a hamburger bun, round on the top and flat on the bottom."
NOAA Education: Water Cycle
For middle- and high-school students, NOAA takes the water cycle beyond what is taught in elementary school. "Like the accompanying diagram, the water cycle is often shown and taught as a simple circular cycle. Although this can be a useful model, students should understand that the reality is very different."

USGS: The Water Cycle for Schools
The U.S. Geological Survey follows a water drip from ocean to cloud and back down again in this site for middle and high-school students. "You may think that every drop of rain that falls from the sky or each glass of water that you drink, is brand new, but it has always been here and is part of The Water Cycle." Their beautiful interactive water-cycle diagram is available in English, Spanish, and a bigger version just for printing.

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St. Patrick’s Day
Since we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a wee bit of history about our patron saint. St. Patrick was a Christian missionary credited with converting Ireland from paganism to Christianity. He lived at the end of the 4th century, and because that was so long ago, it is often difficult to separate St. Patrick facts from legends. Learn more about St. Patrick, leprechauns, and lucky shamrocks at the following St. Patrick’s Day picks.
Activity Village: St. Patrick's Day
Activity Village has a great collection of original crafts, coloring pages, puzzles, and printable activities for preschool and elementary ages. Highlights include printable story sheets, St. Patrick's Day posters, printable bookmarks, and shamrock, rainbow, and leprechaun crafts.
Apples 4 the Teacher: St. Patrick's Day
A rich collection of crafts, reading lists, Irish stories, and printable puzzles. Best clicks are the Celtic Fairy Tales, printable worksheets, and the read-aloud-to-you book about Ireland. "Ireland is an island situated in the Northwest of Europe. It has been a member of the European Union since 1973. The population of the Republic of Ireland is 3.5 million, which is similar to that of Los Angeles.
Disney: St. Patrick's Day
Mickie and Minnie Mouse are wearing green, and you can too with these do-it-yourself shrink charms, leprechaun hats, and lucky clover pins. Visit this Disney mini-site for "leprechaun-approved St. Patrick's Day crafts, desserts, printables, and games." St. Patrick's Day
Start your History Channel visit with the featured video clips, then explore the related articles. Ever wonder about corned beef and cabbage? Around the turn of the century, Irish immigrants in New York learned about corned beef from their Jewish neighbors, and paired it with their traditional cabbage as a low-cost alternative to Irish bacon. Topics include Who was St. Patrick?, St. Patrick's Day Traditions, and History of St. Patrick's Day.

Your Irish: The Irish Leprechaun
"Folklore surrounding the Irish leprechaun has survived hundreds of years, stories of the wee folk passed down each generation and today they're closely associated with Ireland because they can't be found anywhere else." Leprechauns are wee folk that stand about two-feet tall. "They are devious characters, quick witted, and will do anything to evade capture from humans. Small enough for one to sit comfortable on your shoulder, they are very smartly dressed in small suites with waist coats, hats and buckled shoes."

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