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Favorite Web Sites
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Osprey Nest Cam 2017: Season Five
Hello bird fans and nest cam enthusiasts! Josie and Elbert are back again in Orange Beach, Alabama for a fifth season of our Osprey Cam. Josie has laid three eggs at this point and we expect the little ones hatch in the next week or so. Keep a close watch and be sure to comment as soon as you see a hatchling!
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture was founded in 1885. It is the oldest public museum in Washington state and was designated the State Museum in 1899. Its administration resides with the University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences. The Burke recognizes that the museum sits on traditional Indigenous lands. The Burke holds deep respect for Indigenous knowledge, and is dedicated to collaborating with diverse Native populations, sharing collections and learning together.
Native North American Travelling College
The Native North American Travelling College has been at the forefront of cultural education and revitalization since 1969. Our unique and innovative cultural centre publishes books, pamphlets and posters, produces audio-visual materials, hosts Native craft classes, and offers a group of Travelling presenters that will carry our heritage and living history to you! In addition we support Native Arts and Crafts in our Art Gallery and host gatherings and festivals in our amphitheater!
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.
Waylon Gary White Deer
Waylon Gary White Deer is a Choctaw artist and author. His solo painting exhibitions include the Irish Cultural Center in New York and the American Embassy in Dublin. In 2010 he was the subject of an Associated Press profile interview which appeared in over 200 major newspapers worldwide. His memoir, Touched by Thunder, was published in Ireland by Currach Press in 2012, and republished in America by Left Coast Press in 2013.

Gaeltacht is an Irish-language word used to denote any primarily Irish-speaking region. In Ireland, the term Gaeltacht refers individually to any, or collectively to all, of the districts where the government recognises that the Irish language is the predominant vernacular, or language of the home.[1] The boundaries of the Gaeltacht have included a high percentage of resident English-speakers since British colonisation.

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Arbor Day
Arbor Day is a national holiday that encourages tree planting and tree care. First celebrated in Nebraska in 1872, National Arbor Day is now observed annually on the last Friday in April. It is an opportunity to learn about the ecological and economic importance of trees.
Arbor Day Crafts
From things you probably already have around the house (such as construction paper and egg cartons), Enchanted Learning creates seven tree-related craft projects. The colorfully illustrated step-by-step instructions are great for preschoolers and lower elementary grades. Looking past Arbor Day, these crafts will also be fun around Thanksgiving (see the string of leaves) and Christmas (especially the paper evergreen tree, and the pop-up tree greeting card.)
Arbor Day Net
Arbor Day Net tells the history of Arbor Day, from 1872 Nebraska to President Nixon's 1970 creation of National Arbor Day. Nebraska's first Arbor Day, proposed by state agriculture board member J. Sterling Morton, was an amazing success -- more than one million trees were planted. So when Nebraska made Arbor Day an official state holiday in 1885, they chose to honor Morton by celebrating it on his birthday, April 22nd. Arbor Day (or some variation) is celebrated in many countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, Korea and Israel.
Kids for Trees
"Trees don't just stand around. They do many jobs that are very important to animals, people, and the environment." This illustrated, eleven-page guide for K-3 students was created by The Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Best clicks are the glossary (from "Arbor Day" to "zoologist"), and the teacher guide, which includes ideas for projects and activities. The site is also available in Spanish. To find it, click on "Other Classroom Materials" and follow the link to "Wild About Plants."
Kidzone: Trees
This one-page introduction to parts of the tree for elementary students includes printable worksheets (at the bottom of the page.) "The roots are the part of the tree that grows underground. Trees have a lot of roots -- the size of the root system is usually as big as the part of the tree above the ground. This is necessary because the roots help support the tree. It takes a lot of roots to hold up a 100 foot tree!"

National Arbor Day Foundation: Carly's Kids Corner
The kids section of the National Arbor Day Foundation site is my pick-of-the-day site because it integrates fun with learning. It has a great selection of games (with corny names such as "Who wants to be a Treelionaire?" and "Treevial Pursuit"), educational articles ("Trees Make a Difference"), and community activity ideas ("Kids Make a Difference.") Clicks not to be missed include "What Tree is That?" (a feature-by-feature guide to tree identification) and the classroom activities you'll find by moving your mouse over the little red schoolhouse.

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Kites date back 3000 years, when the Chinese made them from bamboo and silk. Over the centuries kites have been used in religious ceremonies, scientific experiments, military maneuvers and, of course, for fun. In honor of April’s status as National Kite Flying Month, today’s sites explore the history, the science and the sport of kite flying.

Anthony's Kite Workshop
Visit Anthony's Kite Workshop for dozens of kite plans suitable for families and classroom projects, along with General Kite Hints and Tips. "Many good parks have a fence to tie the kites to. But too often you don't get that luxury. I get a coat hanger (with the thick wire) and cut off the hook. I then straighten this out, and cut it in half. Using one half I bend it into a rectangular and long U shape. Then I bend the top of the U over into a hook."

NASA: Kites
"An excellent way for students to gain a feel for aerodynamic forces is to fly a kite. " This NASA site starts with a short history of kites, and then introduces the forces that act on kites. "In fact, with the exception of thrust, the forces acting on a kite are also the same forces which act on an airliner or a fighter plane. Like an aircraft, kites are heavier than air and rely on aerodynamic forces to fly. " To progress through the Guided Tour about Forces on a Kite, use the blue arrow at the bottom of each page.

National Kite Month: Kite History
You'll find lots of great resources under the For Teachers link in the main horizontal menu. This page tells the history of kites, starting with the legend that a "Chinese farmer tied a string to his hat to keep it from blowing away in a strong wind." Other links include "Why Kites Fly", "How to Fly a Kite", and kite games and projects for use in a classroom.

G-Kites: Professor Kite and the Secrets of Kites
Professor Kite teaches us how to pick the right kite for different days. "Deltas, Diamonds and Dragon kites fly well in light to medium winds (approximately 6-15 mph) while Box Kites and stickless Parafoil kites fly better when the winds get a little stronger (approximately 8-25 mph)." Flying is most fun in a medium wind, when you can do more than just hold on for dear life. Look for movement in the leaves and bushes, but not blowing or shaking. The Professor also explains how to get your kite to fly and lists important safety rules.

Virtual Kite Zoo
"Come in and see my sketches and descriptions of kites of every shape and size, many of them also including historical, anecdotal, allegorical or aeronautical snippets of information." The Virtual Kite Zoo categorizes more than fifty types of kites. Start with the terminology page (unless you already know your longerons from your spreaders) and then take the guided tour. You can finish with the interactive kite quiz.

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Real World Math
In honor of April’s status as Math Education Month, I’m starting off the month with a look at how math is used in our everyday lives. Like the little girl in Jon Scieszka’s Math Curse who wakes up to find everything in her world has turned into a math problem, once you go looking for it, you will find math everywhere.
Annenberg Learner: Math in Daily Life
"When you buy a car, follow a recipe, or decorate your home, you're using math principles. People have been using these same principles for thousands of years, across countries and continents. Whether you're sailing a boat off the coast of Japan or building a house in Peru, you're using math to get things done." This essay for teens and adults explores the ubiquity of math. Hidden within each section you'll find interactive activities such as a worksheet to determine whether you should lease or buy a car, and a savings calculator that demonstrates the power of compound interest.
Figure This!
Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Figure This! helps families with middle-school students "enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges." The activities are organized by topic (such as Algebra, Geometry and Measurement) under the heading Math Index. To print the challenges, follow the Printing the Challenges link (from any of the challenges) for a list of PDF files in your choice of color or black and white.
Get the Math
Get the Math uses video and interactive activities "to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems." Learn how professionals in music, fashion, basketball and special movie effects use math, and then try your hand at an interactive challenge related to that career. "Manny Dominguez and Luis Lopez of DobleFlo talk about how their duo got started, how they use math in producing hip-hop music, and set up a music-related algebra challenge."
We Use Math
"The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is ‘When will I use math?' is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question." We Use Math is filled with fun math tidbits (Hypatia of Alexandria is the first recorded mathematician circa 400 AD), career snapshots, and advice on how to succeed in math. There is also a Teacher Resource section with puzzles, problems, games, curriculum ideas, and a list of other useful sites.

Why Do Math
"Mathematical and computational analyses have proved to be uniquely insightful for solving a myriad of problems in science, society and our everyday lives. WhyDoMath highlights solutions to many of these problems in an engaging, layered, multimedia website and shows that an undergraduate mathematics education can be an entryway to rewarding and engaging career opportunities." For high-school and college students, these math problems include an introduction to Google Page Rank, Space Travel and Neuroscience.

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Easter Crafts
Spring has sprung. Easter is around the corner. And bunnies, baskets and eggs are cropping up everywhere! In celebration, here’s a round-up of Easter craft sites that go above and beyond the usual egg dying projects. Happy Easter!
All Free Crafts: Easter
All Free Crafts offers more than fifty Easter-craft projects organized into five sections: Easter Bunnies, Easter Egg Crafts, Easter Baskets, Easter Projects, and Easter Printables. Each project is illustrated (yay!), has a supplies list, a video, and a printable version without ads. Crafts for other holidays can be found visiting the home page, and hovering over Celebrations in the main navigation menu.
Craftbits: Easter Crafts
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: Kids' Easter Crafts
"With so many ideas – bunnies, baskets and decorations – you'll have a egg-cellent holiday!" Disney's crafts are beautifully photographed, and with easy-to-follow instructions and safety notes. You'll find many of your favorite Disney characters are featured here, including Bambi, Daisy Duck, Alice in Wonderland, Goofy and Winnie the Pooh.
Martha Stewart: Easter Crafts and Activities
Although many of these projects are too complicated for little hands, there are plenty of crafts that can be done with your little ones. Scroll through the slide show to see thirty-two Easter ideas that include crafts and activities. "Think beyond the Easter egg hunt and set up fun kids' activities, like an Egg Relay Race."

Pinterest: Easter Crafts
This Pinterest page is a search results page, so it contains pins from many different pinners and boards. Use it as a starting place for not only finding Easter craft and recipe ideas, but also for finding new boards and pinners to follow. If you are new to Pinterest, remember you need to click twice on the pinned image to visit the bookmarked page at the originating site, and that you can re-pin any of the projects that catch your eye on your own Pinterest board.

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