Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
October 2016 -
Volume 14 Number 10
by Paul and Vicki
Nation Museum (ONM)
It is the mission of the Osage Nation Museum (ONM) to foster
the education of the public about the history, culture, and
artistic expressions of the Osage people by preserving and developing
collections as well as through exhibitions and educational programs
that nurture creativity and encourage active learning.
of Native Hawaiian Relations
The Office of Native Hawaiian Relations was authorized by Congress
in Public Law 108-199 on January 23, 2004, and in Public Law
104-42 on November 2, 1995. The Office discharges the Secretary's
responsibilities for matters related to Native Hawaiians and
serves as a conduit for the Departments field activities
Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent
federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the
opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations,
and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships
with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies,
and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning,
affirms and celebrates Americas rich and diverse cultural
heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the
arts in every community across America. This year marks the
50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and
the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities
through 2016. Go to arts.gov/50th
to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse Facts &
Figures, and check out the anniversary timeline.
Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working both
in the field and in the policy arenas to stop the harassment
and slaughter of Americas last wild buffalo.Formalized
as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1994, we also protect the natural
habitat of wild free-roaming bison and other native wildlife,
and stand with First Nations to honor the sacredness of wild
buffalo.Our primary goal is to create permanent year-round protection
for bison and the ecosystem they depend onincluding respect
for the migratory needs of this long-exploited and clearly endangered
the Indigenous Law Portal
At the recent American Association of Law Libraries Conference,
Jennifer Gonzalez, Jolande Goldberg and I had an opportunity
to unveil a new Indigenous
Law Portal. The Indigenous Law Portal brings together collection
materials from the Law Library of Congress as well as links
to tribal websites and primary source materials found on the
Web. The portal is based on the structure of the Library
of Congress Classification schedule for Law
(Class K), specifically the Law of the Indigenous Peoples
in the Americas (Classes KIA-KIP: North America).
Welcome to Cool Green Science, the conservation science blog
of The Nature Conservancy.Conservation science can help answer
some of the most compelling questions out there questions
that have profound implications for the quality of our lives
and for all other life on the planet. The Nature Conservancys
600 scientists are solving some of conservations biggest
challenges: investigating the future of sustainable hydropower,
challenging conventions about wildlifes effect on food
safety, and harvesting the power of giant clams for solar energy.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters: can you count them?
Can you give change? Money-counting skills require practice,
and these online money-counting games make it fun.
"Practice counting money and collect fish for the aquarium!"
This game has 3 variations: count to 99 cents, count to 10 dollars,
and count to 100 dollars. Additionally, each variation can be
played at a beginner or expert level. Scroll down below the
game to see three more money games (Dolphin Feed, Learning Coins
and Money Bingo.)
"How much money is here?" Aplusmath's interactive
money-counting flash cards present one problem at a time, using
dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. If you prefer
an interactive worksheet with ten, twenty or fifty problems
on a single screen, visit http://www.aplusmath.com/Worksheets/OnlineMoney.html
instead. On both pages, the coins and bills are laid out in
order from pennies to dollar, making it a little bit easier
to count them than if they were scattered randomly.
Earn money in a virtual piggy bank by calculating change. "If
you get the answer correct, the amount of change is added to
your piggy bank. If you get the answer wrong, the correct amount
of change is subtracted from your piggy bank. The more money
you get in your piggy bank, the harder the questions will get."
Change Maker has four levels of difficulty (including Big Spender
with purchases over $100) and five currencies: American dollar,
Canadian dollar, Mexican peso, English pound and Australian
Academy: Count Money (US)
"What is the total value of the coins below?" "Renee
has 777 one dollar bills, 111 five dollar bill, and 444 ten
dollar bills. How much money does Renee have in all?" Get
five answers correct answers in a row to earn points! There
are also two tutorial videos to watch: Counting Dollars, and
Counting American Coins.
Fact Café: Money Worksheets
Want printable money worksheets? You've found the mother lode!
Select from four problem types (find total, find missing coin,
multiple choice, and count the coins), then choose which coins
to include (from pennies to half dollars), and a difficulty.
Difficulty ranges from easy ("worksheet has the least
amount of coins for each problem") to wow ("worksheet
has the largest number of coins in each problem").
The Department of the Treasury is part of the United States
federal government. The Treasury prints and mints all paper
money and coins, collects federal taxes, and manages government
debt. It was established by an Act of Congress in 1789 to
manage the new countrys money. The first Secretary of
the Treasury was Alexander Hamilton. The current Secretary
of the Treasury is Jacob J. Lew.
Hamilton Exhibition: Treasury Secretary
As the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, "Hamilton
consolidated America's debts and paid them fairly, established
a modern financial system, and argued for an economy that included
manufacturing as well as farming. He also cautioned America
against supporting the French Revolution. These policies won
him the enmity of his former ally, Madison, and of Thomas Jefferson."
Visit this online exhibition for a detailed timeline of Hamilton's
term as the Treasury's first leader.
of Engraving and Printing: How Money is Made
"Currency production at the BEP is quite different from
its beginnings in 1862, which consisted of a handful of people
separating notes with a hand-cranked machine in the basement
of the Treasury building." Each lesson is presented as
slideshow, with a link to learn more. The stories of the individual
notes ($1, $2, and so on) are listed in the left-hand navigation
Treasurer of the United States
Meet Rosie Rios, the 43rd Treasurer of the United States, in
office from August 6, 2009 to July 8, 2016. In this video (and
transcript) Rios explains her job. "I oversee the Bureau
of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Mint. So it's where we
produced the coins. And where we produce the money. Coin and
currency really represent one of the last ways that we can preserve
our history and our American tradition. Every note has a story.
If you look on the back of currency, you'll see that there's
a building and on the front, you'll see that there's a picture
of a notable person in our history."
What is debt? How do Treasury securities work? What are bonds?
These are just a few of the questions you'll find answered by
the folks from the Bureau of Fiscal Service. "Even before
the United States was founded in 1776, debt existed. Paying
for the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783) was the start
of the country's debt. Some of the founding fathers formed a
group and borrowed money from France and the Netherlands to
pay for the war."
Mint: H.I.P. Pocket Change
History in your Pocket (H.I.P.) is an educational site about
coins, created by U.S. Mint. "With coins, we literally
carry the past in our pockets. But most of us seldom stop
and think about the historical riches at our fingertips. This
site aims to change that! As we discover the hidden stories
behind our coins, we can develop a fascination that can last
puzzles, also known as connect-the-dot pictures, are a terrific
printable activity for little ones just learning to count
or to recite the alphabet. And with a coloring picture as
a fun reward, who can resist them?
Coloring: Hard Dot-to-Dots
Although not for the pre-K crowd, I included this unique resource
because most of the puzzles have more than 100 dots and no pre-drawn
lines! The puzzles aren't titled, so you won't know the subject
until you start working on it. But each puzzle includes user
ratings (one a scale from one to five stars) and a handful are
labeled as "Popular."
Connect the Dots
These forty-four printable connect-the-dots puzzles are all
numeric, no alphabet games included. The coloring pictures are
very cute and the numbers range from 1-10 to 1-120. But in order
to find out how hard each picture is, you will need to click
through to open it. To print the puzzle without the ad, don't
use your browser print function. Instead, click on the image,
to Dot Puzzles
Dot to Dot Puzzles is my pick of the week because of the
size of their collection (510 printable puzzles) and the consistent
quality of their pictures. The puzzles are all numeric, and
organized by categories such as Animals, Flowers, Sports or
Toys. The largest puzzle goes up to forty dots, but these are
intermingled with the simpler ones, so you'll just have to browse
to find what you need. In addition to the free one-at-a-time
downloads, Dot to Dot offers a $9 option to download the entire
collection all at once.
R Crafty: Dot-to-Dot
Kids R Crafty has a nice collection of numeric and alphabetic
dot-to-dot puzzles, including capital and lowercase letters.
What I like best about the site is that each puzzle is clearly
labeled with the numbers or letters included. And it's the only
one of today's sites that includes puzzles for counting by twos,
fives or tens. Other preschool activities on the site include
printable coloring pages, mazes, shapes, letters and numbers.
Activities: Number Dot-to-Dot Printables
Nicely organized by theme and labeled with the numbers included,
this collection includes one puzzle with more than a hundred
dots. Visit for the seasonal and holiday themes (Valentine's
Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day,
Halloween, and Christmas) and the unusual alphabet puzzles.
These alphabet puzzles are numeric dot-to-dots done in the
shape of each lower and uppercase letter. For example, lowercase
"a" is a 1-20 puzzle, while uppercase "A"
is a 1-10 puzzle.
to Write an Essay
writing is an essential skill you will need all your life,
not only in school. This weeks picks are for students
from grade six through college, and cover not only report
writing, but also answering essay questions.
Community College: The Five-Paragraph Essay
"A classic format for compositions is the five-paragraph
essay. It is not the only format for writing an essay, of course,
but it is a useful model for you to keep in mind, especially
as you begin to develop your composition skills." This
online lesson includes a sample essay, where each of the paragraphs
is described and analyzed.
Guide to Essay Writing
"Don't let the thought of putting pen to paper daunt you.
Get started!" Homeschooling mom Kathy Livingston includes
sample essays in her eight-step approach to essay writing for
middle-school students. She advocates a diagram (or mind map)
to organize ideas that becomes the basic structure for your
essay and will lead you into the creation of your thesis statement.
"The thesis statement tells the reader what the essay will
be about, and what point you, the author, will be making."
College Writing Center: Strategies for Essay Writing
For college students, and advanced high schoolers, Harvard College
Writing Center explains how to structure an essay so that it
answers the what, how and why of your subject matter. "Structuring
your essay according to a reader's logic means examining your
thesis and anticipating what a reader needs to know, and in
what sequence, in order to grasp and be convinced by your argument
as it unfolds. The easiest way to do this is to map the essay's
ideas via a written narrative."
Writing Lab: Writing Essays for Exams
Brought to you by Purdue University Online Writing Lab, this
lesson starts with a question. "What is a well-written
answer to an essay question?" A well-written exam essay
is well focused, well organized, well supported and well packaged.
It then continues with dozens of essay writing tips such as
how to use common writing devices including providing details,
examples, comparisons, classification, or examination of cause
or effect. It even lists useful transition words such as: yet,
similarly, though, despite, however, conversely, next, subsequently,
and so on.
Designed for students in grades six through twelve, this section
of the Writing Den introduces parts of an essay, how to write
an essay, and eight kinds of essays: definition, classification,
description, compare/contrast, sequence, choice, explanation,
and evaluation. "In a compare and contrast essay, you
write about the similarities and differences between two or
more people, places, or things. You can organize the essay
by writing about one subject first and then comparing it with
the second subject. A more effective way is to organize the
essay by comparing each subject by category."