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Unit-by-Unit Web Support, 2000 Edition:
Big Plans (Grade 3, Unit 2)
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
Folktales on the Web
Students can find folktale fun by going to Scholastic's Internet Field Trip "Folktales on the Web." (p. T11)
Top of Page Authors Online: Jack Prelutsky
Jack Prelutsky is a great favorite of children of all ages and the author of the paired selection "Who Pulled the Plug in My Ant Farm?" Send your students to Scholastic's Authors Online area, where they will find out how Jack accidentally became a poet. (p. T51)
 Week 2
M.C. Escher
Visit the M. C. Escher area on iProject Online for ideas on how to use the artist's optical illusions in your classroom. To find more information on M. C. Escher online, navigate to the Art Museum on the World of Escher Web site, or type in the key word Escher in a familiar search engine. (p. T67) and
Visit the Conjuror Web site and print out free magic tricks for your students. Assign different magic tricks to groups of students and have them work together to perfect their optical illusions. Have them use Smart pages to write a short script to accompany each trick. (p. T72)
Top of Page Brainpop
Students can watch an animation about robots and take a robot quiz at Brainpop. (p. T112)
 Week 3
Preludes to Evolution: Mary Anning
Have students get to know the real Mary Anning through the University of California's Museum of Paleontology Web site. Encourage students to compare the facts of her life with the historical fiction Dragons in the Rocks. (p. T117)
  Dinosaurs and Fossils
Have students visit Scholastic's Dinosaurs and Fossils Resources page to unearth information about dinosaur digs. (p. T135)
Top of Page The American Museum of Natural History
This site has over 190 pages filled with information on dinosaur and fossil digs. Just do a search of the key words dinosaur or fossil. (p. T135)
 Week 4
Suggest that family members go to KidsConnect, where questions can be posted to librarians about skyscrapers. Your questions will be answered in one or two days, and families can discuss the results. (p. T195)
Top of Page Architectural Wonders Online
Students can take an Internet Field Trip to "Architectural Wonders Online." Find the Architecture in America link and take a tour of skyscrapers around the U.S. Compare architectural styles. (p. T183)
 Week 5 Inventions: From Ideas to Reality
Send students on an Internet Field Trip that links to the Edison National Historical site and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. (p. T237)
 Week 6


Top of Page
Writing With Writers: Biography Writing
Have students visit the biography-writing workshop at, hosted by award-winning authors Patricia and Fred McKissack. The workshop includes writing tips, warm-up activities, and writing samples. (p. T284)
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