The resources on this page are based on the theme American Snapshots in Grade 4 of Houghton Mifflin's Invitations to Literacy program.


Here is a bibliography of supplementary books that include cross-curricular connections and books that meet individual needs. Click here for the latest update


Help yourself to these extension activities. You can print them out and use them in your classroom.


Here are some links to sites on the Internet that relate to American Snapshots.

50 States and Capitals
This site includes a map of the Unites States, as well as maps of the 50 states. It also includes information about the state capitals, education, communities, park systems, population and many other interesting general facts.
City.Net is a comprehensive collection of links to information on cities, regions, and countries around the globe. It includes many links to maps, language resources, elementary and secondary school listings, community networks, entries from the CIA World Factbook, travel information, and other community resources created by thousands of enthusiasts, small businesses, and governments. The entries are uneven in quality -- some contain great guides, interesting photos, and virtual tours, while other are more bare bones. Nevertheless, the site provides a way to “visit” communities around the world.
U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau home page is a terrifically useful site for geographers, students, and the like. Especially valuable are the online interactive data set creation programs. These include the Thematic Mapping System, used to create custom, downloadable data maps, the US Gazeteer, a place-name search engine, and the Data Extraction System, which will create custom data extracts from surveys.