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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 13, 2003 - Issue 102


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Interested in astronomy? Backyard stargazing is a simple first step. Experts advise us to learn the sky with the naked eye before investing in a pair of binoculars (and don't even think about a telescope yet!) More great advice can be found online in these marvelous sites.

Astronomy for Kids
Every click is a winner at Rick Morris' Astronomy for Kids, where "grownups are welcome, too, as long as they promise to behave." I recommend starting with Beginner's Corner, for tips on learning the rhythm of the sky, and Sky Maps, for timely advice on what to look for in the sky this month. But don't miss the seven planet word searches in Puzzles, and for oodles of good stuff for school reports, visit Planets.

Earth and Sky: Skywatching
Ever wish you had an experienced astronomer standing by your side to guide you to the nightly show? Now you do. Meet Deborah Byrd, Skywatching columnist. "Each day's segment is designed to guide your eye to something you can see that night, or the next morning before dawn. It might be a constellation, a star, or a planet. Or it might be a celestial event, such as an eclipse." In addition to this feature, teachers and lower-elementary kids have their own sections, accessible from the lunar menu at the top of each page.

Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer
"Confused about the cosmos? Can't tell a planet from a star? Then give us just five minutes and we'll show you what they are." Star Gazer is a syndicated PBS radio show, and this site contains twelve months of video archives in RealPlayer format. Because of the illustrations, viewing the archives is even better than listening to Jack Horkheimer on radio. Click through the December episodes to learn about the best times to see Mercury, Saturn and Venus this holiday season.

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What do inches, pints, centimeters, degrees, kilobytes and seconds all have in common? They are units of measurement. Learning when to use which unit, and how to convert from one to another is this week's topic.

Convert Me
Convert Me has "interactive calculators for many measurement systems both commonly used like metric and U.S. Avoirdupois and quite exotic like Ancient Greek and Roman." These calculators allow you to specify significant figures (which determines how much rounding is done), a feature not found on other sites. To use, first select the type of unit such as Weight and Mass, or Distance and Length. Enter the measurement you want to convert from (such as 1.5 pounds) and click Convert. You'll get the conversion in all available units, such as .68 kilograms, 18 Chinese taels and 53 old Russian lots.

CyberSleuth Kids: Units of Measurement Worksheets
These twenty-three printable worksheets for elementary ages provide practice for converting units of length (mostly) and units of weight (just a few.) The worksheets are not labeled, so you will need to click on each image to see what it covers. Topics include millimeters to centimeters, inches to feet, feet to yards, ounces to pounds, and vice versa. To print the pages without headers and footers, remove them in your browser's Page Setup dialog.

EdHelper: Measurement Worksheets
Despite the title, this EdHelper page is not just worksheets, but a collection of puzzles, word stories, charts and lesson plans, all related to units of measurement. English length, weight, capacity, time and temperature are covered on this table of contents. Metric units are covered on a separate page (look for the Also Visit link.) Some of the worksheet links only provide a single printable worksheet, while others allow you to generate an unlimited number of handouts and answer keys. Although paying members get even more worksheets, there is enough free content to earn a five-star rating.

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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.

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