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New eThemes for the week of May 21, 2012

Australia: Famous People<>

Learn about famous people from Australia from a wide variety of disciplines. There are famous leaders, writers, noble prize winners, scientists, musicians, athletes, and many more that have shaped and made great contributions to Australia. Includes videos and photos. There is also a link to eThemes Resource on Australia: Facts.

Cartoons for the Classroom<>

These sites feature comic strips that teachers can use in the classroom to introduce units or concepts. Includes popular comic strips such as Peanuts, For Better or For Worse, Zits, and many more. There are also biographies on famous cartoon artists and an interactive game that lets you create your own cartoon. Includes eThemes resources on superheroes and political cartoons.

Literature: “The Watsons Go to Birmingham –1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis<>

These sites are about the book, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963”, and the author Christopher Paul Curtis. Includes lesson plans, activities, and author interviews. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on the Civil Rights Movement.

Literature: “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt<>

These sites have activity ideas, online quizzes, discussion questions, and lesson plans for the book “Tuck Everlasting.” Also learn about author Natalie Babbitt and the Disney movie based on this book. There are links to eThemes Resources on the life cycle, the water cycle, and story elements.

Updated eThemes for the week of May 21, 2012

Africa: Adinkra Cloths<>

These sites show and tell about the history of adinkra cloths, an art form from the Asante people of Ghana and the Gyaman people of Cote’ d’lvoire. Includes sites about the Ashanti tribe that also wears this type of clothing. There are also related eThemes sites on Africa and Ghana.


These sites include information on aging and the effects on the human body. Discover why our bodies age. Learn how aging affects appearance, exercise, and eating habits. Includes interactive quizzes, an animation, and face changing images.

Country: Syria<>

These websites are about the country of Syria. Learn about the history, government, touristic sites, economy, human resources, geography & environment, foreign affairs, holidays, the people of Syria, & helpful facts, including maps and photos of the country. Also included is the eThemes resource on the religion of Islam.

Ecosystems: An Overview<>

These sites are an overview of ecosystems including what they are, how they are different from and related to habitats and biomes, and how to preserve ecosystems. Classroom activities and online exercises are included. There are links to eThemes resources on animal survival and habitats including overview, deserts, forests, grasslands, ponds and lakes, rainforests, tundras, wetlands, and mountains.

Literature Theme: Nonfiction: Tolerance<>

These sites are about tolerance. Find out which nonfiction books deal with tolerance. There are also classroom activities and a case study that have a tolerance theme. Includes eThemes resource on Literature Themes: Bullying.

Literature: “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles<>

These sites provide study guides, web quests, writing, and research activities for the novel. Background author information is given as well as comments about the book by John Knowles. Additional information about PTSD, World War II, and an interview project involving veterans is included.

Literature: “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding<>

These sites provide lesson plans, writing and research activities. Tests and interactive time lines are included as well as a text messaging lesson that explores the boys’ communication on the island. Video clips which summarize the plot, character and themes of the novel are entertaining and informative.

Literature: “Dear America” Native American Experience Books<>

This site provides activities for the Dear America books: “The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow” by Ann Turner, “The Journey of Jesse Smoke” by Joseph Bruchac, “Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets” by Patricia Clark Smith, and “My Heart is on the Ground” by Ann Rinaldi. Three of the books focus on Native American children in the eighteenth century. Weetamoo is the story of a Wampanoag girl in 1653. There are study guides, discussion questions, and author interviews. Follow the eThemes Resource links to learn about their Nations, Navajo, Cherokee, Wampanoag and Sioux. Also included is an eThemes link to Historical Fiction.

Literature: “Listen!” by Stephanie S. Tolan <>

These sites are about the book “Listen!” by Stephanie S. Tolan. There is information about such as the author’s biography, book chapters, and reviews. Includes topics on coping with death, grief, and loss. There is also a link to eThemes Resource on dogs.

Literature: “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli<>

These websites are about the book “Stargirl” and author Jerry Spinelli. Explore the author’s official website to learn more about him. There are book discussion guides, student hand-outs, audio of Jerry Spinelli reading from Stargirl, and student extension activities. One activity involves suggestions for beginning a Stargirl society at school. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on the literature theme of bullying.

Teaching Tips: SMART Board Resources<>

These sites provide SMART Board resources for various subjects and grade levels. There are downloadable lessons, interactive websites, templates, interactive videos, and teaching ideas. There is a link to eThemes Resource on Math: Smart Board Activities.


These sites are about the Alamo and the Mexican-American War. Take a 360-degree virtual tour of the site and view many photos. There are timelines and first-person accounts. Includes information on Sam Houston, Spanish missions, and the Southwest region of the United States.

U.S. Imperialism<>

Learn about the Progressive Era of the United States by looking into the Presidencies of McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson. Also included are primary sources from the time, including government policies, military actions and war information.Included are eThemes resources on Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, the Spanish American War, and World War I.

Technology: Digital Scrapbooking<>

These sites offer ideas for creating digital scrapbooks that use various software programs such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, PowerPoint, Paint Shop Pro, and Digital Image Pro. There are examples, step-by-step instructions, tutorials, and graphics for digital scrapbook creation. Tips and techniques to enhance digital scrapbooks are included.

Technology: Movie Maker Projects<>

These sites focus on how to integrate technology, specifically digital movies, in the classroom. Ideas, lesson plans, and samples of movie projects are included. An eThemes on Windows 2.1 Movie Maker is included.

Teaching Tips: iPods in Education<>

These sites focus on integrating iPods in elementary education. Find many possibilities of using iPods in education and learn how teachers incorporate iPods into regular and special education classrooms. Includes lesson plans and video clips. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Podcasting: Educational Examples and Technology: Audios for Podcasting.