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Unit-by-Unit Web Support, 2000 Edition:
America's Journal (Grade 5, Unit 5)
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
American Revolution
Have students find the point in time when Toliver's Secret takes place on the American Revolution time line on the History Place Web site. They can also find a Revolutionary game at PBS Online. (p. T231)

  Poetry Reading
You'll find sound clips of poets reading their work at Favorite Poem Project. Choose a poem for your students and let them listen to the reading before they perform a choral reading. Students can also go to Scholastic's Web site to hear Jack Prelutsky read his poem "Louder Than a Clap of Thunder." (p. T277) and
Top of Page Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Students can use the Internet to research Colonial Williamsburg. In the History Explorer section of Colonial Williamsburg's Web site, they'll find illustrated information about colonial daily life, including clothing. (p. T281)
 Week 2
In Search of the Oregon Trail
Steer your students to PBS Online's feature "In Search of the Oregon Trail," where they'll find trivia, a map, and a time line. A teacher's guide is also included. (p. T283)
  The American West
At The American West Web site children can find information on pioneer trails and Native Americans. (p. T283)
  Writing With Writers: Diary Writing
At Scholastic's online diary-writing workshop, students can compare the sample journal entries with the entries in Amelia's journal. Have them point out the common elements both types of entries share, as well as the differences. (p. T301)
Top of Page What's Your News IQ?
Your students can test their knowledge of current events online at Scholastic's News Zone. The featured quizzes are based on recent editions of Scholastic News and are automatically scored online. (p. T327)
 Week 3 Harriet Tubman
Your class can learn more about the life of Harriet Tubman when they follow's "Harriet Tubman" WebQuest. The WebQuest challenges students to fill in a time line after following the suggested links. (p. T361)
Virginia Hamilton
At Virginia Hamilton's Web site, students can learn about talks Hamilton has given at schools in Africa and in the United States. They can also find a transcript of her online interviews with kids, her diary-writing workshop, and much more at (p. T363),, and
Students will find interactive maps at MapQuest. Show them how to get customized maps by typing an address. Demonstrate use of the interactive tools for zooming in and out and for moving in various directions. (p. T373)
Top of Page Dies Drear
Students can research the Underground Railroad and its "conductors" at the Web site for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. (p. T377)
 Week 4
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Take students on a virtual tour of the historical Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York at wNetStation. Video clips allow students a 360-degree view of the rooms. (p. T379)
  Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today
Scholastic's online project Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today allows students to tour Ellis Island, meet young immigrants, and read oral histories of immigrants from around the world. Challenge students to answer: What kinds of things happened in the Registry Room at Ellis Island? (p. T391)
Top of Page Ben's Guide to the Government for Kids
Your students can expand their citizenship vocabulary by visiting this government Web site for kids. (p. T417)
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