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Grade 5
Grade 5
Unit 2: Building Bridges
 
Digging Up the Past
 

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Jamestown Settlement  
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From the Student Web Page
Jamestown Fort: Rediscovered
Connect to this link:
http://www.apva.org/ngex/index.html


  1. Click The Story and then Challenge to Colonize.
  2. Click Back arrow to read the remaining chapters.
  3. Return to the main page and click The People to learn about some important figures in the history of Jamestown.
  4. If you have time, go back and click The Things to view artifacts from Jamestown.
About the Site

This Web site is sponsored by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) and the National Geographic Society. The site includes the history of Jamestown; biographies of John Smith, Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan, John Rolfe, and William Strachey; as well as images and descriptions of several artifacts from the Jamestown Settlement. The site is replete with illustrations, maps, and primary sources. You may want to preview the site to choose sections to assign to groups for research.

What to Do

  1. Help students navigate the site, if necessary.

  2. After students view the site, have them discuss some of the obstacles the people of Jamestown faced.

  3. Invite individuals or groups to report on the history and people of Jamestown. How did different people contribute to the eventual success of the settlement?

From the Student Web Page
James Fort and Powhatan Village
Connect to this link:
http://ab.mec.edu/jamestown/jamesfort.html


  1. Click and read Fort Life.
  2. Click Back arrow and Powhatan Village. Then click and read Village Life.
  3. In what ways was daily life easier for Native Americans than for the settlers'?
About the Site

This educational Web site contains detailed information about both the James Fort and the Powhatan village. Links to everything from gender roles to economics to English ships provide students with a wealth of research material. You may want to navigate and preview the site to streamline students' research.

What to Do

  1. Discuss archaeology and why it is important to study the past.

  2. Have students click Survival for both the village and the fort. Invite students to compare threats that each group faced.

  3. Have students compare and contrast other aspects of the communities.


Leveled Books  
Artists  
Leveled Books
From the Student Web Page
Artists
Connect to this link:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/artists/


  1. As a class, split up into six groups. Your teacher will assign you one of the artists on this page. Click on his or her name to find out more about him or her.
  2. Take notes on what you read. To find out more about your artist, use the reference links provided at the bottom of the webpage.
  3. As a group, organize the information you have read into a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation and teach the rest of the class about your artist.
About the Site

Enchantedlearning.com is an educational web site that provides information on a wide variety of subjects. It is student-friendly and also features games and activities.

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will use the Internet to learn about an artist.

  • Students will give Powerpoint presentations in groups about the life and work of an artist.

Suggested Additional Activities

  • Have students make reproductions of their assigned artistís work. Display their reproductions around the classroom.

  • Have students make a painting of their own. When they have finished, have them write an artist biography for themselves, including a photo or self-portrait. Have them put these documents together in a folder to make a portfolio.

From the Student Web Page
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Jesse Trevino
Connect to this link:
http://americanart.si.edu/index3.cfm


  1. Choose Search Collections. Search for the Mexican artist Jesse Trevino.
  2. Click the paintings to enlarge them so you can see them better.
  3. Look carefully at each of the paintings.
  4. Why do you think Jesse's style is called "photorealism"?
About the Site

This Web site, from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, shows two paintings by artist Jesse Trevino. Trevino describes himself as a realist painter. Tell students this means Trevino paints everyday people and scenes without idealizing them.

What to Do

  1. Have students discuss how Trevino's artwork is different from other art they are familiar with.

  2. Ask students what Trevino's paintings show about Mexican American life.

  3. You may want to have students select their favorite painting and write a story about it.

  4. For additional background information about Jesse Trevino, go to http://sanantonio.citysearch.com/feature/30032/. After previewing, you may wish to show parts of this site to your students.