The resources on this page are based on the theme Catastrophe! in Grade 5 of Houghton Mifflin's Invitations to Literacy program.


Here is a bibliography of supplementary books that include cross-curricular connections and books that meet individual needs. Click here for the latest update


Help yourself to these extension activities. You can print them out and use them in your classroom.


Here are some links to sites on the Internet that relate to Catastrophe!.

Earthquake Information
This amazing near-real-time earthquake bulletin shows the precise time, location, and magnitude of the most recent twenty earthquakes in the world. A clickable map allows users see location of an earthquake's epicenter displayed on a world map at varying resolutions. An excellent resource for current information. Earthquake Information is provided by the National Earthquake Information Service (NEIS) of the U. S. Geological Survey as part of a cooperative project of the Council of the National Seismic System. The site is made available on the WWW by Neal M. Holtz and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa.
ICES Disaster Resources for Educators
The ICES Disaster Resources Web Site provides several educational packages on disaster preparedness and recovery, such as Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters: A Resource Guide for Teachers. This site also contains links to information from state and federal agencies, educational institutions, relief organizations, and information networks.