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Unit-by-Unit Web Support, 2000 Edition:
Time Detectives (Grade 3, 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
Jamestown Rediscovery
Students can see artifacts from a dig in Jamestown by visiting this site hosted by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Ask them to imagine the lives of the people who lived there as they view the objects. (p. T11)
Send students to Yahooligans' collection of archaeology Web sites. From there, they can link to sites that discuss archaeological digs and the artifacts they uncover. (p. T25)
Top of Page Jerry Pinkney
Children can find lots of interesting information about Jerry Pinkney in the young reader's section of the Penguin Putnam Web site. For example, they will learn how he was invited to join the NASA artist team for the space shuttle Columbia. (p. T41)
 Week 2
Mammoth Skeleton
A mammoth skeleton can be seen at the Provincial Museum of Alberta online. In addition to a large color photograph, students will find a multitude of mammoth facts. (p. T59)
Top of Page WebQuest: Glaciers
Send students on a glacial WebQuest. Have them read the questions about Ice Age life and follow the Internet links to find the answers. (p. T73)
 Week 3
Send students to Yahooligans' collection of tornado-related Web sites. Challenge them to answer the question "What causes a tornado?" as they explore the sites. (p. T145)
Top of Page Betsy Byars
Your students will be fascinated to learn that the author Betsy Byars is a pilot and lives on an airstrip! To find her biography, have them go to Penguin Putnam's Young Readers Web site and click on Authors and Illustrators and then Author Bios. (p. T157)
 Week 4
The Encyclopedia Mythica
Using the Encyclopedia Mythica helps students explore creation mythology. Ask them to look for similarities in the creation myths and gods of different cultures. (p. T173)
Send students to Yahooligans' collection of Native American Web sites, which includes a category for Native American art. Challenge them to find samples of Pueblo art. (p. T191)
Have children use online encyclopedias such as to practice their research skills. (p. T209)
Guide students to the reference area of Yahooligans, a site that offers homework help. Show them how to use the search function and the links to online reference tools (p. T209)
  Pictograph Stone Carvings
Students can depict their animals as pictographic "stone carvings." You'll find the lesson plan for this at the Web site for the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC). (p. T213)
Top of Page WebQuest: The Gold Rush
Send students to Scholastic's WebQuest "The Gold Rush," which will guide them to sources of historical photos. (p. T216)
 Week 5
Time Capsules
Encourage students to think about what they would put in a time capsule to represent school life as it currently exists. For inspiration, they can visit The Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education. (p. T221)
Send students on the "CyberComics" Internet Field Trip. From here they can link to sites that offer them a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite comic strips or advice on creating cartoons of their own. (p. T237)
  Discovery Channel — Canada
This Discovery Channel feature discusses Star Trek technology, such as holodecks and warp drives, and whether this technology could be in our future.
Top of Page Key Pals
If students want to send real e-mail messages, explain the sections labeled To:, From:, cc:, and Subject. You might find some keypals for the students at Intercultural E-mail Classroom Connections. (p. T249)
 Week 6
Children's Express
Guide students to the Children's Express, which profiles articles written by students. Have them read a few articles and locate the who, what, when, where, and how of each story. (p. T262)
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