The Colorado Story ELL/Modified Chapter Guide supplements the Student Guide with simplified lessons for struggling learners, and can be used for fast tracking lessons when time is short. ELL/Modified lesson plans, word cards, activities, assessments, and answers are included.
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Chapter 1: The Land We Call Home
The Google Maps website provides interactive maps of the globe, including Colorado. maps.google.com
This site provides historical photographs, maps, and links to a variety of topics from the chapter. www.thefurtrapper.com
The Mariner's Museum
This site has an excellent online exhibit called "Exploration through the Ages," where students can learn more about early explorers and their tools. www.marinersmuseum.org
This site has a section titled "Who Goes There: European Exploration of the New World." Students can locate information about explorers. www.thinkquest.org/en
Chapter 4: Moving West
On this site, teacher and students can create museum boxes about different topics. Each box can store text, images, video, and sound. museumbox.e2bn.org
PBS The Gold Rush
This website includes a game called Strike it Rich! Students can participate in prospecting and gold mining as a fictional character who lived in the 1800s. Use with the Technology activity in lesson 3. www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/goldrush
This site includes a timeline of events for the building of the railroad, a gallery of photos, an interactive map, and teacher resources to help engage students in this subject. www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/tcrr
This site contains letters from Japanese American children to their friend and librarian while they were in internment camps during World War II, describing their experiences. www.janm.org/exhibits/breed/title.htm
This website is designed to help students find jobs that interest them by asking them what they like to do. www.bls.gov
This site provides a free interface for teachers and students to create digital, interactive posters. www.glogster.com
Hands on Banking
Students will learn about budgeting and saving through a fun, interactive financial literacy program. There is also a corresponding instructional resource manual you can download to get the most learning from this site! www.handsonbanking.org/HOB_kids_en.html
Chapter 9: Government for All of Us
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
Students can have a great time learning more about the government with this site! Ben teaches students about different parts of the government, and there are some interactive games students will enjoy playing. bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/index.html
The Colorado Story is a textbook program for 4th grade Colorado Studies. The program is based on Colorado's 2010 Academic Standards for social studies and teaches civics, history, geography, and economics. The student edition places the state's historical events in the larger context of our nation's history.
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The Colorado Story Student Guide is a reproducible book that provides students with Activity Masters that correlate with the student edition and a Chapter Review Study Guide that challenges students to draw conclusions and allows them different ways of demonstrating comprehension.
The Colorado Story Teacher Guide supports the Student Edition with multiple lesson activities focused on social studies, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and cross-curricular topics. It also includes resource lists for each lesson, thumbnails of accompanying Student Guide pages, chapter assessments, an answer key, and a set of Teacher Tools (maps and graphic organizers). The program is designed to support state standards.