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collected by Paul and Vicki
Yuungnaqpiallerput - The Way We Genuinely Live
The Yup'ik people have no word for science, yet their tools were so well designed that they allowed the Yupiit to live in a land no one else would inhabit. The exhibition Yuungnaqpiallerput/The Way We Genuinely Live: Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival presents remarkable 19th and 20th century tools, containers, weapons, watercraft, and clothing in an exploration of the scientific principles and processes that have allowed the Yup'ik people to survive in the sub-arctic tundra of the Bering Sea coast.
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Council is committed to providing information of interest to all its members, both on and off the reservation. To help achieve our communications goals, we provide links to recent press releases, important documents, and other information that may be of interest to Tribal members. Come back to this site often to keep up with important events and activities of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
The establishment of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College was the first step in an educational empowerment process that is aimed at preserving and maintaining Saginaw Chippewa tribal culture. The college strives to provide a quality learning experience and environment designed to sustain the cultural continuity of the tribe from past to future generations.
Ziibiwing Center
The Ziibiwing Center is a distinctive treasure created to provide an enriched, diversified and culturally relevant educational experience. This promotes the society’s belief that the culture, diversity and spirit of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and other Great Lakes Anishinabek must be recognized, perpetuated, communicated and supported.

Elijah Elk Cultural Center
The Seventh Generation Program is located at the Elijah Elk Cultural Center, named after our hereditary chief, who was also the first Tribal Council Chief under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1937. The facility was provided in kind by our Tribal Council. Seventh Generation offers a wide range of cultural/traditional events and activities. The facility features Wood Shop, Harvesting maple syrup (Sugar Bush), Stone Carving, Garden, Spiritual/Conference, Four Seasonal Feasts, and Basket Weaving and Instruction.

Sundance Institute
Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.
Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians
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European Union
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political umbrella uniting twenty-seven countries. Established in 1993, the EU traces its history back to six countries who formed the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951. After World War II, the march toward unity was fueled in part by the failures of extreme nationalism which had just devastated so much of the continent.

Euro Kids' Corner
For elementary and middle-school, Euro Kids' Corner is chock full of euro-themed games, a leaderboard listing the top ten players, and a lesson covering the history of European money and the euro. "In the past, the countries in the European Union made several attempts to move towards economic union and a single currency. However, it was not until 1991, in the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands, that European leaders decided upon a firm timetable to adopt a single currency."

Europa: Gateway to the European Union
This mega site is the official EU site in English. It includes a kid section ( ) but also some great background info for older students writing school reports. Visit About the EU for factsheets on European integration, the European Parliament, how the EU budget is spent, and a wonderful illustrated, decade by decade timeline of the EU's history. The kid section includes games, quizzes, videos, and a Teacher's Corner with age-based curriculum suggestions.
European Central Bank: Euro School
Euro School is a collection of educational games and interactive exhibits about euro banknotes and coins. I enjoyed Find the Security Features ("Can you spot the difference between a fake banknote and a real one?") and Where's the Coin From? ("Each country has its own euro coins. Match the coin to the country by clicking on the correct country or flag.") The Interactive Display of Security Features is another great click for learning about watermarks, holograms and microprinting.

Nations Online: Member States of the European Union
An interactive map is worth a thousand words, isn't it? This one shows the European Union and uses a color key to show when each member state joined, and which countries are currently EU candidates. Click on any country name to open up a fact sheet page with quick facts and statistics. Look below the map for related resources such as Flags of Europe and Languages of Europe. And best of all? The map, part of the Nations Online Project, is free to use for any educational purpose.

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The island of Ireland is the third largest island in Europe. Politically, it consists of the independent Republic of Ireland (covering five-sixths of the island) and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. Because of the popularity of St. Patrick's Day (when everyone can enjoy being Irish) March was designated as Irish-American Heritage Month by Congress in 1995.

Around Ireland
Around Ireland is a mobile documentation project, meaning it is an archive of geo-tagged photos and videos created as a student project for Trinity College in Dublin. "We have traveled the 32 counties of Ireland, gathering video and images on mobile phones over the course of the Summer of 2006. The mobile content is sent directly to our site, from camera-equipped mobile phones in real time." The archive can be browsed chronologically or by county.

Five-Minute Irish Tales
Five-Minute Tales is a collection of 151 short Irish folk tales, some dating back to the twelfth century. The Webmaster says he purposely did not categorize the stories, so that browsing may afford the reader a sense of the variety that exists in the Irish and Celtic story-telling tradition. "Take a moment to raise up these stories from the printed page and place them back into our culture where they might take on real life." I recommend starting with "The Man who had No Story." calls itself "a weekly webzine on Ireland and Irish culture, history, tradition, myth and more." They have a great collection of features on Irish fairies, the Blarney Stone, the Titanic, and an entire section about Irish ghosts. Other great clicks are Music (which includes songs and Irish dance) and History (divided into People, Places and Events). "From before the arrival of Saint Patrick to the present day Ireland has had a history that could never be called quiet."
Ireland Fun Facts
From Irish baby names to facts about the Republic of Ireland, Ireland Fun Facts is a potpourri of Irish culture published by Robert Sullivan, who first visited his grandfather's hometown in County Kerry in the 1970's. Some of my favorite sections are Irish Blessings ("God grant you to be as happy as the flowers in May."), Christmas Traditions, Irish Traditions, Words/Meanings, and Amusing Irish Facts. "The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia, in County Galway."

Irish Culture and Customs
Irish Culture and Customs is another labor of love that began with a visit to Ireland. "So here's where we are so far - more than 700 pages that range from Irish poetry, superstitions , Kids Stories and recipes to specific Irish calendar celebrations such as St. Patrick's Day , Beltane, Samhain and the Feast of St. Brigid." This month's edition of the kids section includes a St. Patrick's Day word search with a hidden message, a leprechaun craft, and several stories about St. Patrick.

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Famous Women
In honor of March's designation as Women's History Month, here are my web picks for exploring "herstory" through the eyes of the women that made it. Women's History Month began as a single week in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. In 1981, it was elevated to National Women's Week by Congress, then expanded to a month in 1987.
200 Famous Women
Creative Quotations isn't the biggest quotation site, but I like their Famous Women section because each quote page includes a biography snippet and the quotes all focus on some aspect of creativity. Despite the title, the collection includes more than seven hundred famous women. They are listed alphabetically from Berenice Abbott (American photographer) to Babe Didrikson Zaharias (American golfer), who said, "Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure."

Bio: Notable Women
In celebration of Women's History Month, the Biography Channel presents their list of notable women divided into three lists: History Makers; Media, The Arts, and Entertainment; and Athletes. Each featured woman is annotated with a short biography, a list of important accomplishments, list of related people, and sometimes, a related website or two. "While there are few Queens or Princesses among them, all these women have distinguished themselves for courage, creativity, persistence and vision. Well-loved or notorious, they have all made their mark on history."

Famous Women Inventors
"Anyone who's ever driven in a rain or snow storm can attest to the dire importance of windshield wipers. What a lot of people don't know is that windshield wipers were invented by a woman. Inventor Mary Anderson received a patent for her car-window cleaning device in 1903." Focusing only on inventors, this site shines a spotlight on nineteen women who excelled in this traditionally male-dominated field. In addition to the short articles describing each invention, the site includes a resource list of sites about women inventors, and the process of inventing.

National Women's Hall of Fame
The National Women's Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational institute located in Senaca Falls, NY, which is considered the birthplace of the American women's rights movement because it hosted the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848. So far, 236 amazing women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. You can explore the women's bios in alphabetic order, or use the search function. Each bio page includes a bibliography of related books.

Children's Encyclopedia of Women
This online project began in 1998, and the third and fourth grade classes at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, NY, have been adding to it every year since. From Bella Abzug to Empress Wu Zetian, some of the women have multiple entries, because each year the students choose their own subjects for their biography reports. "Who was Wu Zetian? Was she a brilliant leader, a woman in a man's shoes, or a cruel power seeker? Make up your own mind after you learn about her early life, rise to power, and her time on the throne. Wu Zetian was born as Wu Zhao in 624 A.D. into a rich family in Shanxi Province, China."

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Food Pyramid
The food pyramid is a nutrition and activity guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture. It contains eight divisions: physical activity (represented by the person climbing the side of the pyramid), grains, vegetables, fruits, oils, milk, and meat and beans (representing all forms of lean protein.) Learn more at this week's crop of freshly picked sites.

Dairy Council of California: Kids Games
These online games for kids and teens are produced by the Dairy Council of California. They also provide printable K-12 materials for teachers at a small cost (but free if you are in California!) The online materials include a MyPyramid Match Game ("Discover how many food servings and physical activity you need every day."), a virtual pizza maker, an interactive dairy farm, and a calcium calculator.

Nourish Interactive
Created by a former ICU nurse, Nourish Interactive uses online games and printable worksheets to teach children the importance of nutrition and exercise. To access the games, a grownup must create a free parent or teacher account, and then create a child's account. Once you're inside, there are oodles of games, including an interactive food pyramid, an arcade-style Food Pyramid Adventure, concentration-style memory games, interactive coloring, and word search puzzles. One of my favs is the talking nutrition glossary that defines vocabulary from "Added Salt" to "Zinc." Look for it in Word Games.
Nutrition Explorations: Kids
Nutrition Explorations, published by the National Dairy Council, combines fun with simple nutrition instruction. Under Activities, my picks are the food group match games Quintricious (look under Arianna & Marucs) and Feed the Monster, an arcade game with an embedded nutrition quiz. Another gem is the printable shopping list with headings for each of the five food groups: milk, meat, vegetable, fruit and grain.
Playnormous: Health Games
Playnormous' mission is to create health games that are fun and easy to play, but packed with important messages about the importance of nutrition and physical activity to a healthy lifestyle. The interactive games are found (easily enough) by clicking on the Games tab. They include Pyramid Pile Up ("Fill each row with foods from the correct food group, but watch out for flying Chompies that want to gobble up your food tiles."), Lunch Crunch, and Brain Gain. Printables , lesson plans, and quizzes can be found under the Teachers tab.

USDA: My Pyramid
In 2005 the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Guide Pyramid was revised to reflect the latest in nutritional science. In fact, there is no longer just one pyramid. There are now multiple pyramids, depending on how many calories you need and how active you are. For Kids two to five, and those six to eleven, click on the links listed in the left-hand nav menu under Specific Audiences. From within those sections, you'll have access to the Blast Off! game (to help students see how their choices fit into MyPyramid), and printable pyramid posters and worksheets.

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Easter Crafts
Spring has sprung, Easter is around the corner, and bunnies, baskets and eggs are cropping up everywhere! To celebrate the season, I've picked these five craft sites as inspiration for crafters of all ages.

All Free Crafts: Easter
All Free Crafts offers more than fifty Easter crafts projects organized into six sections: Easter Bunny Crafts, Decorating Easter Eggs, Easter Baskets, Easy Easter Crafts, Offsite Craft Links, and Easter Recipes. Each project is illustrated (yay!), has a supplies list, allows for user comments, and includes a printable version without ads. Crafts for other holidays can be found by hovering on the Holiday Crafts tab in the horizontal navigation bar.

Craftbits: Easter Crafts
"Easter is not all about chocolate and we celebrate it by giving you free Easter craft projects and activities." 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 Fun: Kids' Easter Crafts
"Everything you need for a most egg-cellent day: easter decorations, bunny baskets, egg-decorating ideas, and more." With user ratings, time estimates, and crystal clear material lists and instructions, Family Fun has Easter Crafts all wrapped up! In addition to Easter Baskets and Egg Decorating, they also offer Easter Printables, Recipes, and Easter Games. Members (membership is free) can save crafts in a virtual craft box, making them easy to retrieve later.

Martha Stewart: Easter Crafts
Although some of these projects are too complicated for little hands, there are still plenty of family crafts here at You can start with the kids section (Easter Kids' Crafts and Activities), where you'll find thirty-six beautifully illustrated craft projects, but don't stop there. Be sure to also explore Egg Dyeing 101, Easter Clipart and Templates, Decorating Easter Eggs, and Yarn Flowers (just to name a few!)

Michaels: Easter Projects
Although not organized into categories, there are 118 Easter projects listed at Michaels for your perusal. Again, this is not a list of crafts specifically for kids, but each illustrated instruction page includes a skill rating on a scale of one to five, with one being the easiest. And since the ratings are displayed in the index, it should be easy to scan to find the easiest ones, such as Green Bunny Easter Basket (made from foam sheets) and the Easter Egg Wreath. For kid-specific crafts, visit The Knack, by clicking on the Kids/Teachers link in the top menu.

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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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