Unit Theme Resources

Below are links to various materials we've created to support students' work on the unit theme: Exploration and Encounter.

Think Like a Geographer

Here are links to Internet resources that can be used to support instruction of the “Think Like a Geographer” feature for this unit: What Do Southwestern Place Names Tell Us?

The Alamo
You can learn more about one of America's most famous showdowns at this Web site. Select The Alamo's Historic Past to learn why Misión San Antonio de Valero is called The Alamo.

Links for Citizenship

Here are links to Internet resources that can be used to support instruction of the “Citizenship” feature for this unit: How and Why We Make Rules.

Jamestown Rediscovery Page
This interesting and informative web site offers information about historic Jamestown, including biographies of John Smith and Pocahontas, facts about the Virginia Company, and a 1609 sketch of the original fort. The site also covers the efforts of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities to excavate this famous early European settlement. This is a good site for teachers or students to visit in preparation for lessons about the Jamestown settlement.
You can visit the world of the Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, that recreates the colonial village. This extensive site is filled with information about the historic colony. Select Plimoth Plantation to view the restoration and the Mayflower II, a copy of the original ship. Select Pilgrim Story to learn more about the Mayflower's voyage and the signing of the Mayflower Compact. Plymouth Colony provides detailed historical information about the community. Wampanoag Indians tells the story of the indigenous people who helped the Pilgrims survive.