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Unit-by-Unit Web Support, 2000 Edition:
What an Idea! (Grade 4, 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
CBC4Kids: History of Invention
Who invented the traffic light? How about hot dogs? To find out, students can go to CBC4Kids, enter The Lab, then choose History of Invention. They'll find a time line and information that might be helpful in week one's lesson. They can also send e-mail and suggest that an invention be added to the time line. (p. T237)
Top of Page Poetic Wealth
Take students on Scholastic's "Poetic Wealth" Internet Field Trip. As you explore the work of other poets, ask students to identify poems that are informative. (p. T251)
 Week 2
Inventions: From Ideas to Reality
Take students on an Internet Field Trip called "Inventions: From Ideas to Reality." Follow the links to find out what problems other inventors had to solve before their ideas became reality. (p. T287)
Top of Page Infoplease
At students can use the Search function to find encyclopedia and other reference articles that contain the lesson's vocabulary words. As students see the words used in context, it will help them to understand and remember their meaning. (p. T317)
 Week 3
From Bean to Bar
Explain the concept of mass production as it relates to Uncle Ulysses' doughnut machine. Then guide students to the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker Web site to take the online chocolate factory tour. (p. T331)
  CBC4Kids: Radio Plays and Sound Effects
Have students put on a "radio play" version of the story and record it on audiotape. Encourage them to use character voices and sound effects. For more information on radio plays and sound effects, students can visit CBC4Kids and go into the Words area. (p. T347)
Top of Page Math Maven's Mysteries
Students can reinforce their vocabulary at Math Maven's Mysteries, where they'll solve mini-mysteries using their math skills. Challenge students to locate as many of the vocabulary words as they can. (p. T375)
 Week 4
Students can learn more about Greek mythology by visiting Mythweb. They can use the search function to find names in the encyclopedia or read the illustrated myths. (p. T383)
  Leonardo da Vinci — Scientists, Inventor, Artist
Do your students know that the character Daedalus and the famous Leonardo da Vinci had a common goal? Have students explore this Web site to find out more about da Vinci's flying experiments. (p. T397)
  Langston Hughes
Send students to Encarta, the online encylopedia to learn more about "Dreams" author Langston Hughes and his views on how poetry and musical rhythms can be used to express the feelings of the African-American community. (p. T413)
Top of Page Writing With Writers: Writing a Book Review
Students can get book-review tips from a pro at Scholastic's Writing With Writers online project. Have students read the tips and strategies. (p. T413)
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