Links to Unit 4: Greece, Mexico, Mali, and the U.S.
The links below will allow you to explore the countries and cultures featured in Unit 6.
Mali: A Virtual Field Trip
http://www.care.org/ vft/ mali/
This site is sponsored by CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), an international relief organization. The virtual field trip includes photos and video clips of daily life in Mali.
PBS: Empires of Mali and Ghana
http://www.pbs.org/ wonders/ Episodes/ Epi5/ 5_wondr4.htm
In the 8th century A.D., most of what is now modern Mali was referred to as the Empire of Ghana. This PBS site explains how the empire evolved.
http://school.discovery.com/ schooladventures/ skywatch/ index.html
Do you know how to find star constellations? Let Discovery Channel School show you! Also, find various cultures? stories about how constellations formed.
National Geographic Creature Feature: Coyotes
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ kids/ creature_feature/ 0005/ coyote.html
Using audio, video, and text, National Geographic explores the world of the coyote.
http://www.civilization.ca/ civil/ maya/ mmc01eng.html
Explore the ancient civilization of the Maya, which developed in Mexico in about 2,600 B.C.
World BookCinco de Mayo
http://www.worldbook.com/ features/ cinco/ html/ cinco.htm
World Book presents an introduction to this special day of celebration in Mexico. Then explore Mexico's past and present. The site also includes quizzes for you to test your knowledge.
Animal Protection Institute: Learning to Live with Coyotes
http://www.api4animals.org/ articles?p=401& more=1
Coyotes have traditionally been the target of scorn both in stories and in real life. In this article, the Animal Protection Institute addresses many of the fears people have of coyotes, and emphasizes the need for humans to peacefully cohabitate with these animals.
http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/ astr161/ lect/ retrograde/ copernican.html
The Greeks often used myths to explain natural phenomena. To explain the movement of the sun across the sky, for example, they said the sun was pulled by a chariot. It was not until the 1500s that Nicolaus Copernicus correctly put forth the theory that the earth rotated around the sun.
This idea stood in direct contrast to the belief people had held for many years that the sun rotated around the earth.