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Thematic Projects

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  • Southern Literary Map Project - The six southeastern states are "home" to many literary figures. Participate in the Southern Literary Map Project by submitting an article on a literary figure who was born in your state. Enhance your article with a digital picture, with appropriate crediting to the source
  • Science Adventurers--Time of Their Life - NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Agency) has several homes in the southeast and is home to many astronauts. Yet, the southeastern states are also home to adventurers in many areas of science--from inventors to Nobel Prize winners to discoverers. For the Time of Their Life project, www.gritsonline.org will list science adventurers of the southeast by state and will post submitted student descriptions of the "adventures" experienced by an astronaut, inventor, discoverer, or other scientist.
  • Auto-Bug-Ography ProjectIn this project, classes will combine their science and research skills with creative writing to compose "Auto-bug-ographies" of insects in their neighborhood.
  • Digital Community Quilt ProjectQuilts have symbolized American culture for over two centuries. They represent the diversity of people, places, ideas, and events from every area of the country. In this project, classes celebrate that diversity by creating a digital patch to be used in the creation of an online digital quilt.
  • Soup-to-Nuts ProjectThis project focuses on how historical settlement and the agriculture of an area impacts its foods and local recipes. Using research skills, expository writing, and map skills, students will work in teams to create electronic files on local recipes and foods.
  • Trailing DeSotoThen and NowThis project focuses on changes in the Southeast from the time of Hernando DeSotos exploration to the present. Using research skills, expository writing, and map skills, students will work in teams to create electronic files comparing the "Then" (DeSotos time) to the "Now" (today). Topics to be studied include the flora and fauna, civilizations, and navigational trails along DeSotos path through the six southeastern states.
  • Beneath the Surface - This project will focus on geological features of the Southeast and their related concepts.
  • Tracks to Progress - This project will focus on railroads of the Southeast and their impact on the region during the past century and a half.
  • Rivers-Above and Below - This project explores environmental issues of river basins of the southeastern U.S.
  • River Songs - This project focuses on river songs--tales of the navigational trails in the six southeastern states.
  • NEW! European Tech Connect - In this project, classes will combine their social studies research skills and charting skills in a multimedia presentation comparing a European country to a southeastern USA state.

Collaborative Projects

  • On the Road with Gritzley, the GRITS Bear Travel with the GRITS Mascot! Join Gritzley, the GRITS Bear, as he travels throughout the Southeast sampling local culture and engaging classrooms in a variety of learning activities. Also, see where Gritzley has traveled so far by visiting Gritzley's Travelogue!
  • Authors of the Southeast - Ever wonder how an author comes up with an idea for a book? Or, if the characters really existed? Elementary and middle school students will have a chance to ask North Carolina author Gloria Houston these questions and more. Mark your calendar for May 6-17, 2002, to email your questions to the GRITSonline website for Dr. Houston. Prior to that time, have your students read one of her books.

Resources

  • Alabama Facts - This link contains general statistical information about Alabama with links to other state agencies and resources.
  • CongressLinkCongressLink is committed to exploring new ways to learn about Congress, how it works, its Constitutional underpinnings, its leaders and members, and the public policies it produces.
  • Hilton Pond - A natural science website located in Piedmont area of South Carolina with projects related to North Carolina as well.
  • Lighthouses of the SoutheastA GRITS collection of links to online lighthouse resources for six of the southeastern states.
  • Mississippi Department of Education's Treasure Chest of Educational Resources - A compilation of Mississippi Related WebSite Gems discovered and compiled by your MDE Web Managers.
  • Mississippi History Now - This is an online publication of the Mississippi Historical Society.
  • North Carolina ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online) - North Carolina-focused special collections of libraries, archives, and museums throughout the state, co-sponsored by Duke University Libraries and the State Library of North Carolina. Includes documents, photographs, digital audio and personal archives. Resources for K-12 schools are being developed. Resources for librarians and archivists include guidelines for preservation of local or historical collections through conversion to digital materials.
  • State Capitals of the SoutheastA GRITS collection of downloadable, copyrightfree pictures of the six southeastern capitals and other related links.
  • State Symbols of the Southeast A GRITS collection of links to state symbols of the six southeastern states.
  • Southern Cuisine A GRITS collection of links to online resources related to southern cooking.
  • Online Sunshine for KidsA history of Florida's capital city.

Connections

OnlineProject Sites

  • Red Wolves of Alligator RiverJoin the North Carolina Zoo on an interactive project to preserve and study the Red Wolf in North Carolina.
  • MarcoPolo Discovers Mississippi This site offers Mississippi educators lessons plans aligned to the state frameworks as well as links to other resources for Mississippi schools.
  • Operation RubyThroat - This site offers a collaborative science project on RubyThroated Hummingbirds and focusing on the Carolinas and New York state during Year One.
  • Queen Anne's Revenge - This site offers historical facts, pictures, video, maps, and lesson plans related to the recovery, conservation, and preservation of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship off the North Carolina coast.

Resource Collections

  • Alabama Music Hall of FameThis is the web site of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
  • A Medley called South Carolina This web site is an interactive supplement to the SCETV program, Circle of Inheritance.
  • Center for the Study of Southern Culture This is the website of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. It provides information and collections related to education and research on the American South.
  • Documenting the American South (DAS)This web site, sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.
  • Florida's Web World Wonders - This web site contains teacher resources and student activities for a variety of different ecosystems in Florida. Webcams are coming online in several new areas in 2001. Web World Wonders is part of the US Distance Learning Consortium's Star Schools Project.

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Updated 02/01/02