Below are links to various materials we've created to support students' work on the unit theme: Meeting Challenges.
- Unit Bibliography: This is a list of supplementary materials to help you to
meet the needs of individual students in your classroom.
- Classroom Activities: To extend instruction, here are some creative activities you can print and use in your classroom.
- Theme Project Organizer: This is a worksheet you can print and distribute to students to help them track their work on the Theme Project.
- Theme Project Links: Here are Internet resources for students to use while working on the Theme Project.
Here are links to Internet resources that can be used to support instruction of the “Think Like a Geographer” feature for this
unit: How Does a Boomtown Become a Ghost Town?
- Famous Pioneer and Ghost Towns
- Part of the American West Home Page, this site features four pioneer and ghost towns of the past: Dodge City, Kansas; Bodie, California; and Tombstone and Jerome, Arizona. The site offers profiles on each town, and includes a brief history and collection of historical photographs and images.
Here are links to Internet resources that can be used to support instruction of the “Citizenship” feature for this unit: How Can You Be Heard?
- Communities Organized for Public Service
- This site profiles Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) an organization in San Antonio, Texas, dedicated to channeling funding for housing, streets, sidewalks, sewers, parks and libraries into poor, inner-city neighborhoods. The site highlights some of the organization's achievements since its foundation in 1974.
- National Civic League
- This site offers a glimpse into The National Civic League, an organization dedicated to the promotion of community-building and problem-solving. Among the features of the site are community stories from the organization's All-America City and Community Award Program and its Civic Renewal Movement.