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(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
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collected by Paul and Vicki

Ain Dah Yung Center
The first American Indian school in St. Paul over twenty-seven years ago recognized that many of its students were homeless or in homes that were affecting their ability to attend school and succeed. Children and youth were often focused on survival and meeting basic needs. The majority of homeless children and youth were and continue to be American Indian. Out of these realities and the hard work of many early American Indian leaders and the generosity of funding partners, the Ain Dah Yung Center was born in 1983. The Ain Dah Yung Center led the way as the first agency to provide any form of culturally relevant focused services to any group. Ain Dah Yung’s Emergency Shelter and empowering culturally relevant programs immediately proved to be much more utilized and effective than mainstream services for American Indian families.

Daniel H. Wilson - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Daniel H. Wilson (born March 6, 1978 in Tulsa, Oklahoma[1]) is a New York Times best selling author,[2] television host and robotics engineer. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. His most recent novel, published on June 7, 2011, is Robopocalypse.
Barona Band of Mission Indians
With a long and storied history, The Barona Band of Mission Indians is always eager to share their culture and heritage, and is proud to welcome you to their land and the magnificent Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. Established in 1932, the Barona Indian Reservation is home to this regal tribe, which is recognized by the United States government as a sovereign nation, and is governed by an elected Tribal Council.

About the Eagle Books
The Eagle Books are a series of four children’s books for Native American children and others interested in healthy living. The books promote type 2 diabetes prevention and encourage a return to traditional ways, including physical activity and healthy eating. The series was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT), in collaboration with the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee and the Indian Health Service, in response to the burden of diabetes among Native Americans and the lack of diabetes prevention materials for children.
Salina Bookshelf Inc.
Salina Bookshelf, founded in 1994, is an independent publisher of textbooks, children's picture books, reference books, and electronic media in Navajo and English. These dual language materials captivate young and old readers alike. Many books include an audio CD narrated in Navajo and English for use in the home or classroom. Authentic depictions of Navajo life, both contemporary and traditional, are portrayed throughout the entire collection of materials offered. These resources have broad appeal in classrooms, adult centers, libraries, and homes to teach the Navajo language and culture.
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Writing Prompts
Like all skills, writing improves with practice. But often one's idea engine needs a quick jump start. Whether for classroom journaling exercises, or to combat the terrifying blank page that stares back at you defiantly, these clever writing prompts are sure to inspire.
CanTeach: Writing Prompts
"What is something you do well?" "What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted?" "How do you feel when it's your birthday?" "I wish everyone loved ..." These fun questions and fill-in-the-blank statements make great writing prompts for all ages. They are organized by question type (what is, what if, which, when, why) and followed by a miscellaneous category. "Does it bother you to be around someone who has bad manners?"
Creative Writing Prompts
346 writing prompts on a single page! Simply hover your mouse over a number to view the prompt. "Write from the point of view of the only tree left standing in the forest." "The best thing in life is ...." Although these prompts are specifically for grown-ups, many of them will be usable for high-school and middle-school classrooms. Publisher and author Sherry Russ has several other writing sites, whose links you'll find at the very bottom of the page.
Education World: Writing Bugs
Education World calls their printable prompts for elementary and middle-school "writing bugs" and lists them by month. What a great idea! In October, there are three, each with a Halloween theme. Click on any of the titles to view the entire prompt and to access the printable PDF. The printable includes lines for the student's writing, along with instructions to continue on the back if he runs out of room. "I was in the middle of reading a ghost story, when the lights flickered and went out. Then I heard a noise!"
501 Writing Prompts
"501 Writing Prompts" is a 181 page ebook, published by LearningExpress in 2003. This copy (on is available for reading online and as a PDF download. The prompts are organized by writing type: persuasive, expository, narrative, and literary. In addition to the prompts, each section includes model essays. "Many people believe that television violence has a negative effect on society because it promotes violence. Do you agree or disagree?" "In order to save money, your principal is thinking about canceling all field trips for the remainder of the year. Write an essay persuading him or her to allow students to continue attending field trips."

The Teacher's Corner: Daily Writing Prompts
The Teacher's Corner brings us an entire year of writing prompts, one (or sometimes two or three!) for each day of the year. Each prompt is also available as an illustrated PDF. The prompts are based on holidays, interesting anniversaries, famous birthdays, and special commemorative days such as National Chocolate Milkshake Day (September 12) or National Nut Day (October 22). At the bottom of each monthly archive, are links to related lesson plans, activities and coloring pages.

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Immune System
Our immune systems protect us from disease in a variety of ways. First, they keep invading microbes and viruses out, but if that fails, the immune system will attack the invaders, and try to destroy them. The immune system is fascinating and complicated, and researchers are still unraveling its many secrets.

BrainPOP: Immune System
"Dear Tim and Moby, Why do we get sick? From Ashley." White blood cells, antibodies, antigens, bacterial infections, vaccines, and HIV are among the topics introduced in this animated lesson from BrainPOP. Following the video is a quiz and vocabulary activity. To view related videos on viruses and vaccines you will need to purchase a BrainPOP membership, but non-members can watch a limited number of episodes for free.

e-Learning for Kids: Immune System
"The body can only make immune weapons against bacteria and viruses that is has met before." Click your way through this illustrated slide show to learn about the defense provided by your spleen, lymphatic system, digestive system, skin and respiratory system. After the presentation, try your hand at the ten-question quiz (called the Exercise.) "Which of these is NOT part of your immune system? Skin, lymphatic system, spleen or skeleton?"

KidsHealth: Your Immune System
"To be immune (say: ih-myoon) means to be protected." This two-page KidsHealth article about the immune system is followed by a colorful printable activity ("Match the immune system cell with its function"), a video ("How the Body Works: The Immune System") and a ten-question quiz. Links to related articles can be found at the bottom of the page, and include "What are Germs?" and "Why Do I Need to Wash My Hands?"

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Immune System
Written for grownups, this NIAID report will be useful for high-school students writing reports, or studying for a biology exam. In addition to a nine-page explanation of the immune system, this site includes results from a very recent (March, 2011) study on the immune boosting properties of vitamin A. "A new study led by Dr. Yasmine Belkaid and colleagues in NIAID's Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases helps shed light on how vitamin A regulates the immune system at mucosal surfaces ? the moist linings of the mouth, lungs, and gastrointestinal (GI) tract." The Immune System
The official site of the Nobel Prize brings us an online game (yea!) based on the 1908 award-winning immunity work of Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov and Paul Ehrlich. The Immune System Defender Game lets you explore what happens when you are wounded, what kind of cells are involved with the immune system, and how immune cells remove bacteria. "In this game, you are a trainee soldier of the Immune System Defense Forces, defending a human against bacterial infection."

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Famous for their strong chompers, alligators are native to both the United States and China. Learn more about these reptiles at these sites, but please keep your hands inside the tour bus at all times!

Animal Diversity Web: Alligator mississippiensis
Here at Animal Diversity Web, from University of Michigan, start with two pages of alligator pictures (most of which can be re-used for educational fair use) and then click on over to the Information tab. This one-page alligator report includes details of geographic range, habitat ("freshwater swamps, marshes, rivers, lakes"), physical description, food habits, and more. "American alligators are the most vocal of all crocodilians, and communication begins early in life, while alligators are still in eggs."

BioKIDS: American Alligator
"American alligators have very short legs, but they are still able to run very quickly over short distances." BioKIDS, based on work supported by the National Science Foundation, is another project from the University of Michigan. This one-page alligator guide from their Critter Catalog includes the usual facts, such as where alligators live, how long they live and what they eat. Click on any of the underlined words for a pop-up definition, and be sure to look at the pictures (the link is on the left-hand menu.)

Defenders of Wildlife: American Alligator Facts
Defenders of Wildlife is a nonprofit organization that champions "science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation." Their alligator facts page includes fun Did You Know? factoids ("Although alligators have no vocal cords, males bellow loudly to attract mates and warn off other males by sucking air into their lungs and blowing it out in intermittent, deep-toned roars."), a range map, and details about their status as a threatened species. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a link to their American Crocodile Fact Sheet.

Enchanted Learning: All About Alligators
"Alligators are large, semi-aquatic carnivorous reptiles with four legs and a huge tail." With a short introduction and a labeled printout suitable for coloring, Enchanted Learning brings alligators to life for preschoolers and elementary school kids. This page explains the difference between alligators and crocodiles (alligators have a wide, short snort compared to the narrower, long crocodile snout) and links to a labeled alligator printout. Unfortunately, many of the offsite links are broken.

National Geographic Kids: American Alligator Facts and Pictures
"Brought back from the brink of extinction, over a million of these reptiles survive today. Now the main threat to alligators is habitat destruction, caused by such human activities as draining and developing wetlands." Scroll through the alligator facts (by clicking on the red arrows) and then enjoy the audio and video snippets on the next tab. Use the last tab to print both a 3x5 collector's card and the text portion of this Creature Feature.

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September 11 Attacks
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial jets and crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Including the first responders (such as firefighters, police officers and paramedics) nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. As the tenth anniversary approaches, it is time to reflect on the tragedy and remember the fallen.

9/11 Memorial: September 11 Attack Timeline
"This interactive timeline features objects, images, video and first-hand accounts from people who witnessed the events unfold." Starting at 5:45 AM, when two hijackers passed through airport security in Portland, MA to board a flight to Boston, this scrolling multimedia timeline tells the story of the September 11 attacks, ending at 8:30 PM, when President George W. Bush addressed the nation.

Digital History: September 11
"Using new technologies to enhance teaching and research," this University of Houston site is an interactive, multimedia American history textbook. The September 11th module includes a short introduction and summary of the attacks, along with lists of recommended online and offline resources. The resources include an onsite glossary and hotlists of websites about related topics such as Osama Bin Laden, Islam, Terrorism, and the Pearl Harbor Analogy. 9/11: Ten Years Later
"Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush." With PDF study guides and lots of video footage, in addition to telling the story of the day's events, puts September 11 in perspective by exploring America's response over the last ten years. Use the "More to Explore" and "Recommended Articles" features to traverse this extensive resource and learn about important People, Groups, Themes and Events.

Newseum: Front Pages: September 12, 2001
The Newseum of Washington, D.C., "offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits." This virtual exhibit displays the front pages of 109 newspapers the day after the September 11th attacks. It is both a visual and emotional trek back in time to see headlines such as "Terrifying" or "Nation in Anguish" aside photos of the burning Twin Towers. In addition to the thumbnails, each front page is also available in PDF.

Smithsonian: American History: September 11
"To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, the National Museum of American History is providing visitors with a close-up view of more than 50 objects recovered from the three sites attacked that fateful day - New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA - as well as recent acquisitions that relate to how American lives have changed since then." This virtual exhibit displays many of the objects, and includes video clips from the Smithsonian's "9/11: Stories in Fragments" documentary.

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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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