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James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award
The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award recognizes Aboriginal youth for their creative writing talent. Every year up to six Aboriginal students each receive the award of $2,500. The award is named after the Honourable James Bartleman who was the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from 2002 – 2007. Mr. Bartleman was the first Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The award was set up as a legacy to his efforts in promoting literacy among Aboriginal youth.
Whole Grains Council
The Whole Grains Council is a nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to increase consumption of whole grains for better health. The WGC's many initiatives: encourage manufacturers to create delicious whole grain products.; help consumers to find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits.; and help the media to write accurate, compelling stories about whole grains.
First Nations Repatriation Institute
First Nations Repatriation Institute (FNRI) offers advocacy to all adoptees/fostered individuals and their families in accordance with our traditional spiritual heritage. FNRI serves to unite First Nations adoptees/fostered individuals with professionals, community leaders, other adoptees/fostered individuals and spiritual leaders. FNRI's activities serve to educate social services providers in the cultural traditions and values of Indian families and their communities with the goal of bridging and enhancing services.
OCEARCH's Global Shark Tracker
Welcome to OCEARCH's Global Shark Tracker where you can observe the navigational pattern of sharks that have been tagged with satellite tracking technology all for the purpose of shark conservation.
NEA’s Read Across America
The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 16th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."
Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center
The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center (CNMCC) is an entity of the great Comanche Nation and offers visitors a glimpse of traditional cultural items and detailed history about the tribe. Its purpose is to allow visitors a better understanding about the Comanche People. CNMCC provides historical and cultural information that is often overlooked in books and modern day media. The facility provides a teaching tool for the public and offers guests a chance to learn about the largest American Indian tribe in the Lawton-Fort Sill area.
School for Advanced Research
The School for Advanced Research, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. Since 1967, the scope of the School’s activities has embraced a global perspective through programs to encourage advanced scholarship in anthropology and related social science disciplines and the humanities, and to facilitate the work of Native American scholars and artists.
Miss Navajo Council, Inc.
Welcome to the Official Miss Navajo Council, Inc. website. This site is dedicated to all the former Miss Navajos. The role of Miss Navajo Nation is to exemplify the essence and characters of First Woman, White Shell Woman and Changing Woman and to display leadership as the Goodwill Ambassador. Miss Navajo Nation represents womanhood and fulfills the role of "grandmother, mother, aunt, and sister" to the Navajo people and therefore she can speak as a leader, teacher, counselor, advisor and friend. In March 1999, the Branch Chiefs of the Navajo government agreed that one of the fundamental principles of the Navajo government should be the preservation of Navajo culture.
N7 Sport Summit Registration Open!
Register today for the N7 Sport Summit, April 18-20, 2013, at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. If you work with Native or Aboriginal youth in the areas of sport or physical activity, this is the perfect opportunity to learn, network and share best practices. The Sport Summit aims to bring experts and leaders together to discuss ways in which sport can be a catalyst for holistic transformation within Native and Aboriginal communities. The summit will weave in modalities of emotional, spiritual, and mental wellness and how sport can positively impact these areas. Join us and become part of a movement to encourage our Native youth to become ACTIVE!
Native American Women Warriors
We credit the 2010 Denver March powwow as to where and how the Native American Women Warriors began. It was not our original intention to become a color guard. At that powwow, three female Soldiers, who represented the nations of the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Navajo, were recognized as a color guard of uniqueness.!
First Things First
First Things First is one of the critical partners in creating a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high-quality early childhood system that supports the development, health and early education of all Arizona's children birth through age five.
Becky and the Beanstock
And so, this site is a celebration of food. It is about hailing the beauty and diversity in the plant world and the joy of cooking and eating with friends, and the stories that emerge from those experiences. It’s a recipe site, reaching for the most creative and freshest ways to prepare the food we eat and share. It’s about holding onto the things that matter, those bits and pieces that will become our own history.
The Bradshaw Foundation
The Bradshaw Foundation provides an online learning resource. Its main areas of focus are archaeology, anthropology and genetic research, and its primary objective is to discover, document and preserve ancient rock art around the world, and promote the study of early mankind’s artistic achievements. The Foundation funds preservation projects around the world, scientific research and research publication. The Foundation carries out its work in collaboration with UNESCO, the Royal Geographic Society, the National Geographic Society, the Rock Art Research Institute in South Africa and the Trust for African Rock Art to ensure that the programs achieve maximum impact. It is a privately funded, non-profit organisation based in Geneva.

Petroglyph National Monument
Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.

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An adjective is a word or phrase that describes a noun. Adjectives usually answer questions such as: "What kind is it?", "How many are there?", or "Which one is it?" Today's sites explore adjectives with articles, lessons and worksheets for grades K-12.
Busy Teacher: 528 Free Adjectives Worksheets
These worksheets (created and submitted by teachers) are available free to those who sign up for a free Busy Teacher membership. The worksheets are ranked by popularity, rating, number of comments, or submission date. For more specific searching, use the search box in the upper right-hand corner. Each entry has a short list of similar worksheets in the right-hand column, so navigating within the topic is quite easy. To submit your own worksheets, look for the Submit link at the bottom of any page.
Guide to Grammar & Writing: Adjectives
This Guide to Grammar article for high-school students and grownups, explores adjectives in more depth. "Unlike adverbs, which often seem capable of popping up almost anywhere in a sentence, adjectives nearly always appear immediately before the noun or noun phrase that they modify. Sometimes they appear in a string of adjectives, and when they do, they appear in a set order according to category." For more on the order of adjectives, scroll down to the Royal Order of Adjectives table.
teAchnology: Adjective Worksheets
These basic and intermediate worksheets are quite varied. Some require underlining the adjectives, others invite you to write sentences using adjectives, and some ask you to determine whether the adjectives tell which one, how many or what kind. Each worksheet includes a short description, an estimate of how long the activity will take, and a list of standards met. The majority of these worksheets are free, but a few are reserved for paying members only.
Enchanted Learning: Grammar: Adjectives
A comparative adjective is used to compare two things. A superlative adjective is used when you compare three or more things. For example, looking at apples you can compare their size, determining which is big, which is bigger, and which is biggest." Enchanted Learning starts with a short lesson, then come the related activities and worksheets. Some of the printable worksheets are only available to paying members, but there is still plenty here for looky loos.

SchoolExpress: Language Arts Worksheets: Adjectives
School Express brings us twenty-three printable, fill-in-the-blank, adjective worksheets. "The drums made a loud sound. ________ is the adjective. It describes the _________." Each worksheet has six sentences, with a example sentenced completed at the top of the page. For more grammar worksheets, follow the breadcumb nav link to Language Arts Worksheets.

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Vocabulary Activities
Education experts agree that vocabulary is a vital part of school success, and that reading is the best way to develop one's vocabulary. But online games and quizzes are one way of shaking it up, and it never hurts to have a little variety in one's learning toolbox. Here are my vocab picks for the week.
Daily words are usually selected around a weekly theme, and emailed free (with definitions) to over a million subscribers. Each word includes the definition, audio pronunciation, etymology, and examples of usage. You can view today's and yesterday's word at the website with a direct link from the left-hand nav. A complete archive of past words is available in either a chronological or alphabetical order, and in plain text as well as the more common HTML web format.
Sheppard Software Vocabulary Games
In addition to word games such as Hangman and Cluecless Crossword, Sheppard offers five vocabulary quizzes with encouraging spoken feedback. "Good." "Right." "Yes." "Great!" Two of the games draw from a vocabulary of 720 commonly-tested SAT/GRE words. Each round consists of twenty select-the-definition questions, so you can play over and over again, with very little repetition. The others are an expert-level vocab game (with words like "opprobrium" and "eldritch"), and quizzes on computer and medical terminology.
Vocabulary Coach
With over 4000 vocabulary words and seven games, Vocabulary Coach targets both students studying for standardized tests and grownups wanting to improve their vocabulary. " A few minutes each day is all that it takes. Each day spend 5 minutes on each game; use your new words in your conversations, and perhaps even make flash cards, and before you know it, you'll have a brand new vocabulary!" Each test/game offers three levels of difficulty, so you can start at a level that's just right for you. is my pick of the week, because it tracks your progress, and changes the words it offers in its quiz based on your previous performance. In addition to the pre-made vocabulary lists (such as PSAT and SAT quizzes) you can build your own by clicking on Vocabulary Lists, and look for the "Create a New List" button. To use the advanced features, such as graphs of your progress, and the ability to test with specific vocab lists, you will need to register for a free account.
With dozens of colorful, interactive vocabulary games, is perfect for both ESL students learning English for the first time, and middle-school students wanting to increase their vocabulary. The games are organized by type in the left-column menu, and include Phonics, Homophones, SAT Games and more. There is also a search function about mid-page in the same menu. For games in Spanish, German and Latin, click on Foreign Language Games.

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Richard Feynman
Although American physicist Richard Feynman won the Nobel prize in 1965, it was his books of anecdotes ("Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" and "What Do You Care What Other People Think?") and his appointment to the presidential Challenger disaster investigation commission in 1986, that raised him to icon status. Feynman was an independent thinker, extremely intolerant of stupidity. Learn why Feynman fans are so devoted at today's website picks.

Basic Feynman
Created by publisher Basic Books, Basic Feynman goes beyond book promotion and includes Feynman letters, videos, photos, quotes and links to additional sites. I loved Feynman's letter to a high school student who loved physics, but was worried about his lack of math aptitude. "How do you know you don't have an aptitude for math? Perhaps you disliked your teacher, or it was presented wrong for your type of mind. What do I advise? Forget it all. Don't be afraid. Do what you get the greatest pleasure from. Is it to build a cloud chamber? Then go on doing things like that. Develop your talents wherever they may lead. Damn the torpedoes?full speed ahead!"

Feynman Online
This Feynman fan site (part of the Feynman Web Ring) has a message forum, and good collection of Feynman anecdotes. Best clicks are the personal stories found in the Guest Book and Anecdotes, and the articles (both onsite and off) in Life & Science. Don't miss the two Feynman Think Different posters created by Apple as part of their 1998 ad campaign. You'll find them under Other Good Stuff.
Richard Feynman Science Videos
In 1979, Feynman delivered a series of lectures introducing his Nobel-prize winning concepts of quantum electrodynamics (QED) to the physics department of Auckland University, New Zealand. Those lectures are presented here in four streaming video segments. Don't let yourself be intimated by the subject matter. Click on the first video, and give it a try. They are noteworthy because they show Feynman's renown style and enthusiasm.
Collected Thoughts: Richard Feynman
To keep himself "focused on Life's important questions," twenty-five year old Erik Madsen created a collection of writings from a handful of great thinkers. The Feynman page delivers a short bio and eight articles, excerpted from three of his books. Because I find them most accessible, my favorites are the three stories from "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! " Other featured thinkers include authors Mark Twain and J.R.R. Tolkien, and physicist Robert Oppenheimer.

Nobel Prize: Feynman Lecture
In Feynman's 1965 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he tells the story of a theory he dreamt up as an undergraduate physics student at MIT. "That was the beginning, and the idea seemed so obvious to me and so elegant that I fell deeply in love with it. And, like falling in love with a woman, it is only possible if you do not know much about her, so you cannot see her faults. The faults will become apparent later, but after the love is strong enough to hold you to her." Years later Feynman found many faults with his original idea, but concluded his speech by calling that undergraduate theory the mother of the idea that won him the Nobel Prize.

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Night Sky
Although kids may enjoy an inexpensive telescope, experts say there is plenty to see with just your eyes or a pair of binoculars. Start in your own backyard or neighborhood, using the following sites as an introduction to the nightly show.
AstroViewer: Interactive Night Sky Map
This interactive night sky map is so easy to use, it barely needs any explanation. To begin, click the start button and enter your location. By default, the constellation outlines and names will display for today's date. Some details display by hovering your mouse over the labels, others require a mouse click. Additional options, such as displaying Latin constellation names, or dwarf planets, are available on the More button.
EarthSky: Tonight
A mockup of tonight's sky is front and center on EarthSky's Tonight page. In the right-hand column, you'll find a calendar listing of night sky events that will be on display in the coming week. Scroll down the page for a simple explanation of nightly events such as the phases of Venus or the 2012 transit of Venus. "Eye protection is absolutely essential for watching a transit of Venus. Contact an observatory or astronomy club near you to see if a public showing may be available."
Heavens Above
Have you ever seen the International Space Station cross the night sky? Track its (or any other satellite's) course using this interactive tool. Start by selecting your location on the Google map, and clicking the Submit button. Other tools include the tracking of visible comets, iridium flares, and a whole sky chart (customized to your location, of course.) "An Iridium flare is caused by the sun being reflected from one of the three main mission antennae (MMA) of an Iridium satellite. The MMAs are flat, highly polished aluminium surfaces, and when the angles are just right, they can reflect the sun just like a mirror."
HubbleSite: Tonight's Sky
"Your guide to constellations, deep sky objects, planets and events." The guides here are in video, and provide a good introduction to monthly sky events. In addition to the monthly podcasts, visit HubbleSite for an introduction to Hubble's scientific achievements, a gallery of "spectacular pictures of stars, galaxies, nebulae" and an overview of how the Hubble telescope operates.
StarDate: Night Sky
These daily stargazing tips are short and sweet, perfect for backyard astronomers. Visit to learn which planets and constellations are making an appearance this week, and for a visual guide to the moon's phases. Links at the bottom of this week's tips will take you to related articles about skywatching, constellations, and lunar phases. "Light pollution is the single most destructive foe to a dedicated stargazer, overwhelming the delicate glow of nebulae, clusters, and even the fiery glow of the dense star clouds that make up the Milky Way. For this reason alone, the best stargazing opportunities are almost always to be found in remote rural areas, far from the lights of cities and towns."
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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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