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Worldy Words: Systems of Language

3rd Edition Online Resources

Worldy Words: Systems of Language is designed to engage primary students in grades 1-2  with high abilities in the verbal domain with challenging reading, writing, and interpretation skills in the language arts. The unit reflects young learners need for higher-level thinking activities and specifically focuses on literature that utilizes extensive figurative language.  Additionally, students have an opportunity to engage with languages around the world and develop metaphoric competence in the areas of both comprehension and production. To purchase this curriculum unit, please go to Kendall Hunt's website

The chart below provides links to online resources as a companion to the curriculum unit. 

Online Resource
Lesson 3 - History of the written language

Extra History video


Lesson 4 - Make an ancient Chinese scroll The British Museum
Lesson 5 - Mayan language

Sam Noble Museum - language and history

World History - Mayan writing



Lesson 5 - The Great Baltimore Fire of 1994

PBS Primary Sources

Baltimore Police Historical Society

Digital Maryland

Maryland Center for History and Culture

Baltimore Heritage Society video

Lesson 5 - Fashion history

Maryland Center for History and Culture - fashion history

Vogue MagazineWomen of Color and Fashion

Lesson 5 - The 92nd Infantry (Buffalo Division)
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts (requires WHRO Public Media Passport Support
Lesson 6 - Written Rhyme
Rhyme Zone
Master Class - How to Write in Rhyme: 7 Tips for Writing Poetic Rhymes
Flocabulary - How to write rhymes: Advice from Flocabulary rappers
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers - 15 Essential Rhyme Schemes for Songwriters
Lesson 6 - Rosetta Stone
60 Second Histories video
Extra History video
Using clay to recreate the Rosetta Stone (expert)
Using rocks to recreate the Rosetta Stone
Lesson 6 - Ancient Egypt
National Geographic - Ancient Egypt 101
Equator IQ - Sound of Ancient Languages
The British Museum
American Research Center in Egypt
Lesson 7 - Greek language
Greek language and vowels
Brown University - Early Greek alphabet
World History Encyclopedia
Getty Museum - Greek and Roman Myths in Art (7 activities)
National Endowment of the Humanities - Greek Alphabet
Greek Arts essay activity
Greek letters with keyboard
Lesson 7 - Rhyme and poetry books
Haiti My Country: Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren
Lesson 8 - Sea Turtles
MAKANA is a Gift: A Little Green Sea Turtle's Quest for Identity and Purpose
Because Turtles Eat Plastic Bags
The Children's Book Council - Sustainability and the Environment
Lesson 9 - Onomatopoeia
Dig, Dump, Roll by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock
Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper and Ken
I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!)  by Rachel Isadora
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! By Wynton Marsalis and Paul Rogers
Lesson 9 - Animal songs 

I'm going on a bear hunt video

Italian songs for children

Italian Animal Farm Song

Spanish - La Vaca Lola

Spanish - The Farm Animal Song 

Dutch animals


Lesson 9 - Hawaiian Language
Hawaiian word searches
Learning what is your name in Hawaiian
Counting in Hawaiian
Hawaiian words
Lesson 10 - Sounds of letters

J, LL & Y in Spanish

Phonics - X

Lesson 13 - Hinks Pinks

Activity pages (1)

Activity pages (2)

Activity pages (3)

Lesson 14 - Cherokee language

National Geographic Society - Sequoyah and Cherokee syllabary

PBS video - Cherokee alphabet

Cherokee Preservation Society

Lesson 14 - Native American tribes

The History Channel - Native American History

Native Hope - Native American History, Life, and Culture

Library of Congress - Removing Native Americans from their land

Lesson 15 - Invisible ink activity

National Geographic - Make invisible ink

PBS Kids - invisible ink

Lesson 16 - Supplementary Word Center books

Stacey’s Extraordinary Words by Stacey Abrams (from Lesson 1)

What a Wonderful Word: A Collection of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Nicola Edwards and Luisa Uribe

The Keeper of Wild Words by Brooke Smith and Madeline Kloepper.