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Unit-by-Unit Web Support, 2000 Edition:
In the Spotlight (Grade 5, Unit 4)
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
La Bamba
You can play the song "La Bamba" for students at this site that teaches Spanish through music (p. T15)
Have students use the Internet to translate the story's Spanish words. At iTools, they can scroll down to the translator tool and choose Spanish to English. (p. T31)
Top of Page Online Interviews
Involve your students in an online interview. They can take part in one of's interviews with well-known children's authors. (p. T47) authorsandbooks.jhtml
 Week 2
Absolutely Whootie: Stories to Grow By
You'll find folktales from countries around the world, including China, at Absolutely Whootie: Stories to Grow By.(p. T53)
  Authors Online: Laurence Yep
Students can read more about author Laurence Yep in the Authors Online area of They'll learn how the author struggled as a young writer. For instance, he was paid just a penny a word for his first short story! (p. T73)
  Scholastic News Zone
To prepare students for the writing activity, guide them to Scholastic News Zone. Have students identify an article that is a human-interest story. (p. T73)
Top of Page
Students can try taking language arts tests at Here you'll find quizzes organized by grade and subject. Show students how to answer the questions online. (p. T85)
 Week 3
African-American Trailblazers
Introduce students to other African-American trailblazers at (p. T97),, and
  Kids Connect
Students can post homework questions for librarians at ICONNect. A librarian will get back to the student in a day or two with suggestions for where to look for answers. This would be a good place for students to post questions about the history of jazz. (p. T115)
  Marian Anderson
Students can learn more about the life of Marian Anderson online at The National Women's Hall of Fame. (p. T119)
  Duke Ellington
At this Web site, you'll find music to share with your students. (p. T119)
  Floyd Cooper
Students can visit illustrator Floyd Cooper in the Authors and Illustrators section of Penguin Putnam's Young Readers Web site. Students will learn why Cooper feels picture books are an important way of counteracting the negative and violent media images of today's society. (p. T139)
Top of Page Online Dictionaries and Reference Resources
Explain to students that dictionaries and other reference resources are available on the Internet. A collection of links to such resources can be found at Yahooligans! and Kids Info. (p. T149), and
 Week 4
Classical Music Tour
Conduct a musical tour of the Internet. Both CBC 4 Kids and the American Symphony Orchestra Leagues Web site, take a playful approach to instruments and classical music. (p. T155)
  Worlds of Fantasy Online
Take your students on an Internet Field Trip with At Worlds of Fantasy Online, they'll find links to sites about Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and the world of Narnia. Ask students to identify characteristics of fantasy literature. (p. T175)
Top of Page Optical Vocabulary
You can expand students' optical vocabulary on the Internet. First have them go to the Optical Research Associates Web site and click on Optics for Kids. Then send them to Bob Miller's "Light Walk" at the Exploratorium. Challenge students to find the vocabulary words used in context. (p. T193) and
 Week 5
History Place

Students can use the Internet to research the Civil War, starting with a search at They can also go directly to a good history resource such as (p. T202)
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