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Unit-by-Unit Web Support, 2000 Edition:
It's a Mystery (Grade 5, 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
Pitsco's Ask an Expert
Students can e-mail questions to a real detective by visiting Pitsco's Web site. Have students choose Categories, then Career/Industry. In the e-mail links, they should find the list for private investigator or police officer. (p. T237)
  Online Mini-Mysteries
Your students can solve mini-mysteries on the Internet at the official Home of Nancy Drew online or at for Kids. (p. T251) and
Top of Page A. Pintura: Art Detective
Students can become art detectives, learning about fine art as they solve a mystery on the Educational Web Adventures site. (p. T251)
 Week 2
History Mystery
Students can get more detective practice with Scholastic's online History Mystery game. The interactive mysteries fall into the categories of Inventions, Exploration, World Civilizations, and many more. (p. T293)
  MysteryNet Community and Resources
You'll find lesson plans and other resources for incorporating mystery stories in the classroom at (p. T301)
 Top of Page
Students can try taking vocabulary quizzes online at The quizzes are organized by grade level and subject. (p. T327)
 Week 3
Volcano World
At Volcano World you'll find an eruption of volcano resources, such as volcano video clips, volcano-of-the-week news, a glossary, links, lesson plans, and a Kid's Door, which includes art, facts, school project ideas, and games. Encourage students to use the Ask a Volcanologist feature. (p. T339)

Body Surfing
Take students on the "Body Surfing" Internet Field Trip. Challenge students to find the vocabulary words as they visit the Scholastic-approved Web sites. (p. T375)
 Top of Page Encyclopedia Mythica
Students can search the Encyclopedia Mythica to find information as well as images that will aid them in choosing a myth and illustrating it. (p. T381)
 Week 4
The Flight of Amelia Earhart
Students can learn more about Amelia Earhart on Challenge students to find the answer to the following: In what year did Amelia begin flying lessons? (Answer: 1921) (p. T399)

FEMA for Kids
Have students visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency on the Web. Challenge students to find the content-area vocabulary words using the site's Search option. (p. T431)
 Top of Page MapQuest
Students can practice using online maps at the MapQuest Web site. Type in an address — perhaps your school's address. Then have students use the compass and zoom tools to navigate and adjust the maps. (p. T433)
 Week 5
Academy of Achievement
Students can find information, including video clips, about 20th-century explorers and pioneers in various fields. (p. T440)
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