Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
April 2013 - Volume
11 Number 4
by Paul and Vicki
of the Elders
Committed to Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia
education and race reconciliation, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.
(Wisdom) records and preserves the oral history, cultural arts,
language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary
American Indian historians, cultural leaders and environmentalists
in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations and educational
institutions. We especially seek to correct misconceptions,
end prejudice, bring health and wellness to Native people, and
demonstrate how Indian culture has and is continuing to enrich
Merrie Monarch Festival
The Merrie Monarch Festival is a domestic non-profit organization
registered with the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and
Consumer Affairs. Begun in 1963 by the Hawaii Island Chamber
of Commerce and continued by the private Merrie Monarch Festival
community organization, the major purpose of the festival is
the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of
hula and the Hawaiian culture through education. The festival
is considered the world's premier forum for people of all ages
to display their skills and knowledge of the art of ancient
and modern hula.
The Tewaaraton Foundation is a non-profit organization tasked
with fulfilling the mission of the Tewaaraton Award. This mission
is to: 1. Recognize excellence in the game of lacrosse by annually
honoring the most outstanding men's and women's NCAA players.
2. Celebrate Legends of the game who would have won the Award
had it existed in their playing days. 3. Honor the Native American
history of the sport through the Awards name and through the
Spirit of Tewaaraton Award which recognizes those who have contributed
to the advancement of the sport. 4. Give back to the Native
American community by providing scholarships to Native American
college bound students who play lacrosse.
Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) is a federally recognized Indian
Tribe, incorporated in 1940 under Section 16 of the Indian Reorganization
Act of 1934, as amended for Alaska in 1936. KIC serves a membership
of over 5,700 Alaska Native and American Indians through the
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Indian Health Service (IHS)
programs. Eight-member Tribal Council, elected by the KIC membership,
serves as the governing body and sets policy for programs and
administration. KIC currently represents the largest Tribal
membership in Southeast Alaska.
Alaska Discovery Center
The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center includes exhibits and
interactive displays about the land, people, and culture of
Southeast Alaska. Walk through the temperate rainforest, experience
a native fish camp, view wildlife through a spotting scope,
and much more.
Wordsmith is a worldwide online community of people who share
a love for words, wordplay, language, and literature. They hail
from more than 170 countries, from Australia to Zimbabwe and
almost all other places in between.
The Hopi School
Hopitutuqaki, The Hopi School, is dedicated to developing an
educational process derived from Hopi Indian philosophy, values
and methods. Always before, Hopi students have been taught in
schools using values, philosophy and methods designed for and
derived from an outside culture.
of Speech Games
There are nine parts of speech that classify how words are
used in particular sentences. They are verbs, nouns, pronouns,
articles, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions
and interjections. In English, there are many words that can
be more than one part of speech, so context is always important.
For example "act", "plant", and "study"
can be all be either a verb or a noun, depending on usage.
P. Cleary: Words
The "Words are CATagorical" book series by Brian P.
Cleary introduces parts of speech with rhymes and funny cats.
"Offering a lighthearted perspective, each title shows
readers the fun and entertaining world of language." This
companion website does the same with interactive activities.
From interactive parts-of-speech quizzes to zany fill-in-the
blank stories, these games are great. There are also printable
posters, and lots of printable worksheets listed under Teacher
Place: Wacky Web Tales
These fun fill-in-the-blank tales from Education Place will
provide hours of parts-of-speech practice. Each tale starts
with a list of blank spaces, with each one requiring a noun,
adjective, adverb or other part of speech. Click "See Your
Wacky Web Tale" to read your funny story. "Each spring
the sky turns green. Giant drops of molasses fall from the sky.
All this molasses helps the grass and tigers to grow, but it
can make things real funny too!"
Software: Parts of Speech Tutorial
"Create the star of your own show! What noun will your
character be? What adjective will describe your star? What verb
will tell what is going on? Use the parts of speech to design
a character for the stage." My character was a sparkly
cloud bouncing. What will yours be? Choose more parts of speech
games from the illustrated menu on the left-hand side. Choices
include Verbs in Space, Noun Explorer and Adjective Adventure.
City: Parts of Speech
"The object of the Parts of Speech game is to identify
the part of speech of the given word as it is used in each sentence.
This is a great activity to practice distinguishing between
nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and other parts of speech."
There are sixteen games to choose from. Some take vocabulary
from books such as Charlotte's Web or Wuthering Heights, and
others are topical, such as Science Word List or SAT Vocabulary
University: Parts of Speech
This single parts-of-speech game has three levels. "Chubs
is practicing his bow and plunger skills. Help him shoot his
plunger by clicking your mouse on the correct answer. Don't
worry if he doesn't hit the target. He's not that good."
In each sentence, one word is in all capital letters. Within
the time limit, choose what part of speech it is by clicking
on the answer.
Constructed entirely of white marble in less than nine years,
the Parthenon is widely regarded as the epitome of ancient
Greek architecture. Built on a hill in the middle of Athens,
known as the Acropolis, the Parthenon was dedicated to the
Greek goddess Athena. Travel there with me, on a virtual field
Guide: The Parthenon
"The debate over the Parthenon Marbles has been going on
for two centuries and seems to be coming to a head. The statues
and reliefs that Lord Elgin had come to draw and make molds
from and ended up taking back to England have been in the British
Museum almost that long." Lord Elgin, a British ambassador
to the Ottoman Empire in the early nineteenth century, was given
permission by the Turks to mold and sketch the sculpture in
the Parthenon. With a few bribes, however, his workers found
it more convenient to simply take the treasures back to Britain.
Learn more about the Elgin Marbles at this site from travel
writer Matt Barrett.
Museum: Ancient Greece: Acropolis
"The Athenian Acropolis is home to one of the most famous
buildings in the world: the Parthenon. This temple was built
for the goddess Athena. It was decorated with beautiful sculptures
which represent the greatest achievement of Greek artists."
For middle and high-school students, this interactive exhibit
from the British Museum is part of their larger Ancient Greece
site. It has lots to explore and concludes with a challenge
to build your own Greek temple honoring Athena.
NOVA: Secrets of the Parthenon
"Considering all the abuse it has taken over the two and
a half millennia since it was built, it is remarkable that the
Parthenon is still standing. Now a Greek-led team is working
hard to ensure it does for centuries to come." Visit this
PBS site to view the one-hour TV special (divided into five
chapters) and to explore the three online interactives titled
Restoring the Ruin, Scenes from a Quarry and The Parthenon's
Many Lives (trace its life as a temple, church, mosque, ammunition
store, and army barracks).
Created by a team at USC, this computer-generated animation
reunites the Parthenon with its many treasures now housed at
the British Museum and elsewhere. The two and a half minute
film is viewable in Windows and QuickTime formats. If you have
a VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) plugin installed
in your browser, you can also view the Sculpture Garden Gallery,
a sampling of the 150 Parthenon sculptures scanned at the Basel
Skulpturhalle in Switzerland, which has a collection of plaster
casts of all known Parthenon sculptures.
College: The Parthenon
From the humanities department of Reed College in Portland,
Oregon, these class notes are a must visit for those writing
school reports. Notable sections include an introduction to
the three main types of Greek columns: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.
Unfortunately some of the photo galleries are not available
to the public, but only visible to those on the internal Reed
Cake pops (frosted cake balls on a stick) seem to be cropping
up everywhere. And why not? Not only are they pretty and tasty,
they're also fun to make. Nom, nom, nom.
Kitchen Adventures: How to Make Cake Pops
Food blogger Stephanie Nuccitelli ("a girl who loves to
bake") explains how to make cake pops in six illustrated
steps. At the bottom of the post are links to five more cake
pop recipes, including Snowman Cake Pops. Heart Shaped, and
Salted Caramel & Chocolate. This article is one of two cake
pop how tos on 52 Kitchen Adventures. The other one, titled
"5 Tricks to Make Cake Pops More Easily" is linked
in the very first paragraph.
Angie Dudley (aka Bakerella) invented the cupcake pop on February
1, 2008, and shortly there after was invited to the Martha Stewart
television show to demonstrate making them. She's since written
the definite cake pop book (which you can find at her site)
and has continued to blog about cake pops and baking on her
blog. Because she has so many of them, the recipes here are
divided into categories such as Cake Balls, Cake Pops, Cupcake
Bites, Cupcake Pops, and more.
KC Bakes sells custom cake pop stands that are used instead
of Styrofoam to hold pops upright. This is the cake pop category
of her blog, which is chock full of recipes, interviews, tips
and videos. Scroll down the long page, and be sure to take a
look at some of her favorite cake pop bloggers listed in the
CandiQuik: Common Cake Pop Issues & Tutorial
Don't despair if at first you don't succeed, because practice
makes perfect cake pops. And to help us all out, Miss CandiQuik
explains how to solve several common cake pop problems such
as the pop falling off the stick, cracks in the coating, or
(oh noes!) the leaking of oil or cake (also known as cake pop
poop). CandiQuik manufactures chocolate and vanilla candy coating,
and Miss CandiQuik is their in-house blogger.
Cooks: Cake Pop Tutorial
Rachel Gurk brings us photo evidence of all the cake pop mistakes
she's made, a tutorial on making cake pops, followed by a
Q & A. "Q: Why is my candy coating cracking (aka
Grand Canyon')? A: The most likely reason for this happening
is that your pops are too cold and your melts are too hot
the difference in temperatures is causing the melts to crack."
Today's topic is picture dictionaries, where a picture is
worth a thousand words. Although traditionally used for early
childhood education, a few of these picks use picture-dictionary
metaphor to explore more advanced topics such as astronomy,
architecture and anatomy.
Bee Kids Printables: Mini Alphabet Coloring Books
"These Alphabet Coloring Books are easy to make, just fold
in quarters and place one inside the other, staple on the fold
to secure and you're done! Print them all and you've got one
really fun picture dictionary!" Yup! There are forty-eight
pages of coloring fun in this do-it-yourself picture dictionary,
starting with "A" is for apple, alligator, airplane
and aquarium, and ending with "Z" is for zipper, zoo,
zebra and zero.
Learning: Little Explorer's Picture Dictionary
Browse through the Little Explorer's Picture Dictionary by clicking
on any of the letters or the themes that are listed directly
below the alphabet. In addition to a drawing and a sentence,
many of the 2500+ entries are linked to related Enchanted Learning
pages. And (wow!) versions of the dictionary are also available
in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Swedish.
Help: Online Picture Dictionary
This English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) site is
created by Doina Popovici, a teacher from Atlanta, GA. Her online
picture dictionary is divided into nested categories, such as
clothing, colors, emotions, health, math and so on. The animals
category, for example, is further divided into birds, fish,
insects, mammals, pets, reptiles, and rodents. For related games,
click on ESL Flashcards to play with flashcards made from the
picture dictionary words.
Visual Dictionary Online
"Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate
terminology in up to six languages, it is the ideal language-learning
and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home or at work.."
The Visual Dictionary from Merriam-Webster is not for preschoolers,
but rather a picture dictionary for the rest of us. The dictionary
covers themes such as Astronomy, Earth, Human Being, Arts &
Architecture, Communications , and Sports. "Explore the
15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see words
like never before.
With over 5000 entries, you "can use this site as a learning
tool or a children's picture dictionary, or just to browse
to look at the pictures!" In addition to the categories
listed in the left-hand navigation menu, you can also browse
by letter (they are listed across the top of the site) or
by rhyme. You'll find the link to the rhyme pages in the upper-right
and corner of the site. For a beautiful lesson in healthy
eating, check out the Fruit and Vegetable categories.
Sentence diagramming (also known as Reed-Kellogg diagramming)
was a popular classroom grammar technique for nearly a century.
It lost favor about thirty years ago, but several Surfnetkids
readers recently suggested sentence diagramming as a topic.
I hope this means grammar is making a comeback!
Reed-Kellogg Sentence Diagrammer
"Learning diagrams may look boring at first glance,"
explains the developer of this cool online app, but he suggests
it worth the effort to "learn the magic." To start,
simply type a sentence to diagram and press enter. Mouse over
the words in the resulting diagram to view their part of speech.
If the sentence can be parsed multiple ways, you'll see a small
grey arrow in the upper right-hand corner. Click it to see the
Latin English: Diagramming Sentences
Eugene R. Moutoux's website is a treasure trove of diagramming
goodness. Yes, it does include samples of sentence diagramming
in German and Latin, but there is lots of English too! Start
with the Basics (in two parts) then move on to goodies that
include samples from literature and history. Have fun diagramming
the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the Gettysberg Address,
or with really long opening sentences from half-a dozen classic
novels. "There once lived, in a sequestered part of the
country of Devonshire, one Mr. Godfrey Nickleby: a worthy gentleman,
who, taking it into his head rather late in life that he must
get married, and not being young enough or rich enough to aspire
to the hand of a lady of fortune, had wedded an old flame out
of mere attachment, who in her turn had taken him for the same
reason." -- Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens.
to Grammar and Writing: Diagramming Sentences
There are four terrific sentence-diagramming tutorials here,
but finding them is a challenge. . Here's some help. For a Powerpoint
introduciton to sentence diagramming, click the blue graphic
in the middle of the a yellow box, near the middle of the page.
For a more in-depth tutorial (fifty pages long!) use the round
blue Enter button, a half screen further down the page. Curious
about how to diagram the Pledge of Allegiance or the Preamble
to the U.S, Constitution? Look for those links below the Summaries
subhead near the bottom of the page.
Stream: Sentence Diagramming
Learning stream explains sentence diagramming in seven steps.
Step one? Look for the verb. "Ask the question, 'What action
is taking place, or what happened in the sentence?' The answer
you get will let you know which word (or group of words) serves
as the verb in the sentence. The VERB is placed on the right
hand side of the base line."
of Texas: E360K English Grammar: Diagrams
The user interface is bare bones, but just on through to Diagram
Basics for a three-part overview of sentence diagramming.
"To diagram a sentence, you have to divide it into its
component parts, or constituents. The most important cut is
between subject and predicate, which are separated with a
vertical line. The predicate contains the verb marked for
tense plus any objects or subjective or objective complements."
Students And Teachers Against Racism
announces their new website that offers insight into the Native
American perspective to teachers and educators.
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.