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Unit-by-Unit Web Support, 2000 Edition:
Chapter by Chapter (Grade 4, Unit 1)
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
British History
Guide students on a tour of medieval England via the Web site Britannia. Students can view the historical time line, read the legends, and browse through the photos and art to set the tone for this story. (p. T15)
  Robert D. San Souci
Students can learn more about author Robert D. San Souci's love for books at his entertaining homepage. (p. T49)
  Library of Congress
Discuss the similarities between your school library or media center and larger versions of the same. Take your class on a tour of the Library of Congress Web site and explore the stacks in this national treasure. Encourage students to search the catalog for medieval resources. (p. T61)
Top of Page Exhibits Online
Students can find facts about daily life in the Middle Ages at The Annenberg/CPB Project's Web site. Explain that such details about clothing, homes, entertainment, and feudal life will add substance to their legends. (p. T65)
 Week 2
The Official Site of the Cherokee Nation
You'll find plenty of Cherokee resource materials to supplement this lesson at The Official Site of the Cherokee Nation. The site offers both historical and cultural information, including images of the Cherokee flag and tear dress, and links to other Cherokee sites. (p. T67)
  Myths and Fables From Around the World
Guide students to the AFRO-Americ@ Web site to read folktales from around the world. Have them read several folktales and note the common elements, then have them look for similar elements in the "Possum Learns a Lesson" tale. (p. T87)
Top of Page National Atlas
Help children explore the many interactive U.S. maps available at this government site, including the "Tapestry of Time and Terrain" Map. (p. T103)
 Week 3
Department of Labor Educational Resources
As a child Jerry Spinelli had many ideas about his future career goals. Students can explore their own career goals at the Department of Labor Web site, which outlines career choices based on what students like to do. (p. T117)
  Writing With Writers: Diary Writing
In Virginia Hamilton's diary-writing workshop, students will find strategies, fun warm-up activities, and a place to share their own anecdotes. (p. T131)
Top of Page Authors Online: Jerry Spinelli
Send students to visit Scholastic's Authors Online to find information about author Jerry Spinelli. In the Authors Online section, they will learn that Spinelli's childhood dream was to become a New York Yankee. (p. T131)
 Week 4
Absolutely Whootie: Stories to Grow By
You'll find other folktales and fables about kindness and its rewards at Stories to Grow By. Ask students to read these and compare them to the story of Mufaro's daughters. (p. T159)
  Africa Day: Tour the Continent
What do your students know about Africa? Have them take Scholastic's "Africa Day" Internet Field Trip, where they can link to Web sites about history, culture, and geography of Africa. (p. T171)
  Electronic Embassy
Students can interview on the Web too. At the Electronic Embassy students can link to several embassies. Choose a country that has a king or queen, and have students e-mail interview questions. (p. T189)
Top of Page Writing With Writers: Folktale Writing
Students can get folktale-writing advice from Alma Flor Ada at Scholastic's Writing With Writers project. The folktale-writing workshop includes tips, challenges, and guidelines as well as the opportunity for students to submit their folktales. (p. T206)
 Week 5
Peace Corps Education Resources
Insights into the concept of regional culture can be found at the Peace Corps Web site in the Global Education section. The educational resources include a teacher's guide called Looking at Ourselves and Others. (p. T209)
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