Literature: "Mountain Born" by Elizabeth Yates
Here are web resources to use with the book “Mountain Born” by Elizabeth Yates. There is information about the author, sheep and shepherds, wool, wolves, growing up, and maturing. Learn how wool is made into yarn, what it means to be responsible, and how it feels to lose a pet.
Elizabeth Yates Biography
Here is a short biography of the author.
Sheep as Pets
This site has information about keeping sheep as pets. Includes pictures.
This site has lots of information about wool. Choose a topic from the drop down menu at the bottom to learn more about sheep.
Your First Sheep
This page has information to help you get started taking care of a pet sheep. Includes a short quiz.
From Sheep to Yarn
Follow the ewe, Esther, through the shearing process to see how yarn is made out of her wool.
View all kinds of known sheep breeds by choosing from the menu on the left. Find out where the breed originated and what kinds of fleece they produce. Most of the entries include pictures of the sheep.
ABC Teach: Lamb
Here is a printable coloring page of a lamb. This is a one-page PDF file.
Learn more about wolves with the information on this site. Read "Bringing Wolves Home" to learn more about wolves as predators.
PBS: Dealing With Loss
This page is about grief and the grieving process. Read how other kids have dealt with the loss of a pet.
This article is about understanding the grieving process and what it means to lose a pet. The reading level is for teachers or older students.
How to Be a Grownup
Here are activity ideas and discussion questions about what it means to be grown up and responsible.
CharacterEd.net: Responsibility Lesson
This link will take you to an interactive lesson on responsibility. The lesson was developed specifically for fourth graders. After completing the activity, you can print a certificate for students.
eThemes Resource: Character Traits: Responsibility
These sites focus on character development and specifically the trait of responsibility. Learn what is considered to be a responsible act. Includes lesson plans and interactive activities. There are links to eThemes Resources on Character Education and teaching tips for Character Education.
eThemes Resource: Character Education
These sites deal with character development in children. Read about character education in stories and do some class activities to teach children about making good choices. There is a printable pledge for students to sign. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on peer pressure and teaching tips for character education.
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