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Unit-by-Unit Web Support, 2000 Edition:
Animal World (Grade 2, Unit 5)
Here are some of the best Web sites to use while teaching this unit. All of the sites referenced in your Literacy Place 2000 Teacher Editions are also listed here, unless the site no longer exists.
 Week 1
Ranger Rick
At the Ranger Rick Web site, a search for bat will bring up several references, including a bat quiz. (p. T13)
  Discovery Online
Discovery Online's "Bat Hangout" feature offers close-up images of bats and links to live bat cams. (p. T13)
  SciMan Says: Sonar
Have students go to the SciMan Says Super Science Game and choose Physics 5. (Answer: Sonar) Ask them to find out what other animals use sonar. (p. T37)
Top of Page The American Library Association Parents Page
The ALA's Web site for parents includes tips such as "How to Raise a Good Reader," and "Good Books for Kids." Families can find "Lists of Award-Winning Books" as well as home pages for the Newbery and Caldecott Medals. (p. T47)
 Week 2
Students can post questions about Eskimo dogs and dogs that are part of the wolf family at the American Library Association's Web site. A librarian will get back in one to two days with suggestions for where to look for the answers. (p. T111)
 Top of Page Wild Weather on the Web
Have children navigate to the Internet Field Trip "Wild Weather on the Web." From here they will be able to link to sites such as Dan's Wild, Wild Weather Page, where they can e-mail questions to a meteorologist. (p. T111)
 Week 3
Marine Mammal Center
Children might be interested in a real-life story of humans rescuing a humpback whale. At the Marine Mammal Center Web site they can learn about Humphrey, the Center's most interesting patient. (p. T137)
  Parents Guide to the Internet
Families may be interested in using the Internet to find out more about whales. Suggest that families unfamiliar with the Web refer to the U.S. Department of Education Web site, which has a "Parents Guide to the Internet." (p. T169)
Top of Page WhaleNet
Children can find a whale expert at WhaleNet. There, they can enter the student area, e-mail their questions to a marine scientist, and read answers to other people's questions. (p. T181)
 Week 4
Rainforest Alliance
Rainforest Alliance has information on how children can help save the rainforests and their inhabitants. (p. T187)
  Rainforest Action Network for Kids
For more information on how to help save the rainforests, visit the Rainforest Action Network for Kids. (p. T187)
  Life in the Rainforest
Guide children to the "Life in the Rainforest" Internet Field Trip, which includes photo tours. See if children can follow the "monkeys and apes" link to learn about howler monkeys. (p. T205)
Suggest that adult family members and children log on to Kidlink. This popular chat service gives children the opportunity to learn about other communities around the country. (p. T219)
In this interactive sign language dictionary, children can watch video clips that demonstrate signing. (p. T236)
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Children can learn all about Koko and her friends at The Gorilla Foundation's Web site. (p. T236)
 Week 5
Animal Gallery
To find out how child artists see animals, guide students to the Kids' Space art gallery. (p. T247)
To find out how gorilla artists see animals, go to The Gorilla Foundation's Web site and view gorilla paintings of a blue jay and a dog. (p. T247)
  National Gallery of Art
Guide students to the National Gallery of Art, which is searchable by subject. Challenge children to figure out which category of animals listed might show a picture of a "dancing moth." (p. T259)
  The American Library Association Parents Page
Suggest that families who wish to find lists of appropriate award-winning books for their children connect to the Web site of The American Library Association. (p. T269)
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Have children use online encyclopedias such as to practice their research skills. Ask them to compare how different encyclopedias present information. Do some have pictures? Do some have sounds and videos? What other differences do they notice? (p. T285)
 Week 6
San Diego Zoo
Encourage children to visit the San Diego Zoo online and compare its contents to that of a brochure. Ask them what they could put on a zoo Web site that they couldn't put in their brochures. (p. T298)
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