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