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(updated September 2, 2004)

*indicates a site that has changed since the original publication of this book

Activities: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Activity 1: Geography and History

*The World Biome Map is no longer available. Instead, go to http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/temp/index.htm and read about the temperate deciduous forest. This is the  landscape the first European settlers would have seen. Write two to three sentences describing this landscape.

John Donohue’s National Park Photos: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area: http://www.serve.com/wizjd/parks/delaware/delaware.html

Hunter Museum: Thomas Cole (1848): http://www.huntermuseum.org/thomascole.htm

T. Chambers: Hudson Highlands (1840): http://www.dfl.highlands.com/DFL_Painters/950.html

Activity 2: A Letter from Jamestown

Jamestown Rediscovery Exhibits: http://www.apva.org/exhibit/index.html

Jamestown Rediscovery: http://www.apva.org

What Did the Colonists Eat? http://www.apva.org/exhibit/eats.html

Jamestown Colony Timeline (made by 4th graders): http://look.net/gunstonelem/GunstonElemF/Jamestown.html

*Virtual Jamestown - Censuses: http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vcdh/jamestown/census_main.html

*Virtual Jamestown: http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vcdh/jamestown/page2.html

Activity 3: The First Thanksgiving

"A Letter Sent from New England to a friend in these parts…": http://members.aol.com/calebj/mourt6.html

*The following pages are currently unavailable. We're trying to find out if they'll be back, and we'll let you know when and if you can link to them again:

The American Thanksgiving Tradition: http://www.plimoth.org/Library/Thanksgiving/thanksgi.htm

The "First Thanksgiving": Facts and Fancies: http://www.plimoth.org/Library/Thanksgiving/firstT.htm

A "First Thanksgiving" Dinner for Today: http://www.plimoth.org/Library/Thanksgiving/afirst.htm

Common Mayflower Myths: http://members.aol.com/calebj/FAQ_history.html

*The Myths About the Pilgrims page (http://www.plimoth.org/Library/pilmyth.htm) is currently unavailable. We're trying to find out if it will be back, and we'll let you know when and if you can link to it again.

The Native Americans: http://members.aol.com/calebj/indians.html

*The Wampanoag People (http://www.plimoth.org/learn/history/wampanoag/wampanoag.asp) is currently unavailable. We're trying to find out if it will be back, and we'll let you know when and if you can link to it again.

Activity 4: Traveling the Revolutionary Battlefields

The History Place: Timeline of the Revolution: http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/revwar-75.htm

Activity 5: Your Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights: http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1776-1800/constitution/amends.htm

CNN Online: http://www.cnn.com

Time Magazine: http://www.time.com

Scholastic News: http://www.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/index.htm

*Your local newspaper (see if it's listed here): http://www.yahooligans.com/Arts_and_Entertainment/News/Newspapers

Activity 6: Who Becomes President?

Grolier Online: The American Presidents: http://gi.grolier.com/presidents/ea/prescont.html

*The Presidents of the United States of America: http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents

POTUS (Presidents of the United States): http://www.ipl.org/ref/POTUS

Activity 7: The Trail of Tears

*The Eastern Woodland Indians site is no longer available. Instead, read about the Trail of Tears at http://www.mce.k12tn.net/nation_grows/lesson_12.htm and just answer question a) on your worksheet.

*The Trail of Tears: A Brief History: http://www.neosoft.com/powersource/cherokee/history.html

*Samuel’s Memory: http://cherokeehistory.com/samuel.html

Letter from Jenny: http://rosecity.net/tears/trail/jenny.html

The Trail of Tears in the Southeast Missouri Region: http://rosecity.net/tears/trail/home.html

The Cherokee Trail of Tears Timeline: http://rosecity.net/tears/trail/timeline.html

Map of the Trail of Tears: http://rosecity.net/tears/trail/map.html

Activity 8: The California Gold Rush: Should You Go?

PBS The West: http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest

*For the Library of Congress "California As I Saw It," go to http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cbhtml/calbkbibTitles01.html#bottom and  find "A letter from a gold miner, Placerville, California, October, 1850."

Activity 9: Abolitionist Speech

*"There Is No Such Thing As Rest": Excerpts From Slave Narratives: http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/10.htm

*"My Bedstead Consisted Of A Board Wide Enough To Sleep On": http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/13.htm

*"I Discovered The Difference Between Myself And My Master's White Children": http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/18.htm

*"There Is But...Little Scruple Of Separating Families": http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/21.htm

*"Matters For Which A Slave May Be Whipped": http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/26.htm

Activity 10: The Transcontinental Railroad

PBS The West: http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest

*Leland Stanford: http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/s_z/stanford.htm

Driving the Last Spike: http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist1/rail.html

*Union Pacific Railroad: Historical Overview: http://www.uprr.com/aboutup/history/hist-ovr.shtml

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum: http://CPRR.org