Unit Theme Resources

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

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: Why Was Building the Panama Canal Difficult?

TR's Legacy: The Panama Canal
Check out page on the Panama Canal, part of a fun site on President Theodore Roosevelt from PBS' The American Experience. You can see a video and animations of Panama's locks in action and learn about Roosevelt's exciting life through photographs and descriptions.
Welcome to the Panama Canal
At this site, the Panama Canal Commission provides updated information on the Panama Canal today, including information on tolls and current press releases. You can also read a brief overview of the canal's history and find historical photographs of the canal's construction.

Links for Citizenship

Here are links to Internet resources that can be used to support instruction of the “Citizenship” feature for this unit: How Do You Plan Ahead?

The Web home of the National Park Service, ParkNet is an informative and useful site where you can read a message from the President, visit pages about park history, park events, and legislation, and learn about the important natural aspects of these public lands. The searchable database allows users to view photos and gather information about any of America's national parks and national historic sites.
Passport to the Rainforest
This Web site will give you an in-depth look at the plants and wildlife that inhabit rainforests. You can follow researchers as they explore the habitat. This Web site is sponsored by The National Science Foundation and NASA.