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Unit-by-Unit Web Support, 2000 Edition:
Making a Difference (Grade 5, 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
The Adirondacks
Joseph Bruchac remembers walking with his Abnaki grandfather in the woods of the Adirondacks, much like the character in this story. At this Web site students can see images of the Adirondacks' natural beauty. (p. T15)
Students can go online to learn more about Native American literature, culture, and history at Yahooligans. (p. T27)
  Authors Online: Joseph Bruchac
To learn how author Joseph Bruchac listened to local farmers and lumberjacks tell Native American tales about the Adirondacks during his childhood, students can go to Bruchac's biography in Scholastic's Authors Online area. (p. T47)
Top of Page Rainforest Action Network Kids Corner
To read examples of editorial writing that promote environmental protection, students can check out the Rainforest Action Network Web site. (p. T61)
 Week 2
Let's Play Ball!
What do your students want to know about baseball? You can take them out to the ball game with the "Lets Play Ball!" Internet Field Trip. Encourage students to take notes on what they learn. (p. T63)
  Ask a Reporter
Ask students if they know how a person becomes a reporter. Have them create a list of questions to ask an actual reporter. Then guide them to The New York Times Web site, where they can submit their questions. (p. T79)
  The Official Site of Babe Ruth
Challenge students' electronic research skills by having them find Babe's career RBI totals. (The figure can be found by looking in the area called Stats.) (p. T95)
Top of Page Writing With Writers: Biography Writing
In the biography-writing workshop, students will learn how to do research, and try some warm-up exercises to get started. (p. T102)
 Week 3
Kids Art Online
Students can view the artwork of other students in the gallery at Show them how to click on an image to enlarge it. Then encourage them to interpret the artist's intentions based on his or her artwork. (p. T107)
  Children's Illustrators: Step Into the Magic
Take students on the "Children's Illustrators" Internet Field Trip. One of the stops along the way is the Web site of the Caldecott Medal, which honors children's book illustrators. (p. T125)
  Authors Online: Karen Hesse
Guide students to Authors Online, where they'll find Karen Hesse's biography and learn about her early dreams of being an archaeologist and an actress. (p. T137)
Top of Page Inside Art
The Inside Art adventure at Educational Web Adventures takes students on a fun adventure into a painting. Along the way, students are exposed to fine-art terms and their definitions. (p. T147)
 Week 4
Embassy of Denmark
What is it like to live in Denmark? Have your students research the history and culture of this nation using the Web site of the Danish embassy in Washington, D.C. Model for students how to use the search functions to zero in on their topic. (p. T155)
  Multimedia Learning Center
Have students with home access to the Internet work with a family member to find one new fact about World War II. Suggest that they use the the Multimedia Center at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Web site. (p. T183)
  We Remember Anne Frank
Send students to the Anne Frank project on Suggest that they read excerpts from Anne Frank's diary and pay attention to its suspenseful details as they write their own diary entries. (p. T189)
  Authors Online: Lois Lowry
Guide students to Authors Online, where they can find Lois Lowry's biography, and read about her love of photography. (p. T189)
  Word Central
Students can use Merriam-Webster's online dictionary for students to review unit vocabulary definitions and to learn new words. They can also play the online word games. (p. T199)
 Top of Page News Zone
Students can take a multiple-choice quiz about events in's News Zone. Encourage them to consider the pros and cons of a computer-based quiz versus a quiz on paper. (p. T201)
 Week 5 Indigenous Peoples' Literature
At students can click on Indigenous Peoples' Literature to read legends, folktales, and more. Ask students to identify the characteristics of a legend in these stories. (p. T208)
 Week 6
Guide students to to research famous people. Demonstrate to them how to limit their searches by using specific key words. (p. T218)
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