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					                                      A WebQuest for 5th grade


                                 A Tour of America
                                               Created by
                                              Sheila Haase

      INTRODUCTION                TASK          PROCESS              TOPICS

      RESOURCES            EVALUATION           CONCLUSION           TEMPLATES




                                        INTRODUCTION
Due to the economy and the high cost of gas, the United States Department of Tourism has recently
suffered a decline in tourism. As a result, the department has decided to begin a promotional
campaign to advertise the special and unique features that each state has to offer vacationers. The
United States Department of Tourism is asking fifth grade students across America to participate in
the promotional campaign. Your job is to provide accurate information and images to promote
tourism in the state of your choice. Each student that participates will receive an award for the hard
work and effort put forth in the presentation.

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                                                TASK
You will research a chosen state and in the process learn more about the United States. You will
choose one of the 50 states and use the provided Internet resources to research that state and report
your findings through a PowerPoint presentation to the United States Department of Tourism. Your
presentation should include information on the state’s location, physical features, climate, population,
economy, history, attractions, government, and symbols. Your PowerPoint needs to include a title
page and a bibliography page.

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                                            PROCESS
Part One: Decide which state you would like to research. Begin a journal in a spiral notebook by
writing a paragraph that explains the reasons for researching the state you chose.

Part Two: Once you have chosen a state to research, you will complete several activities that will
assist you in creating your PowerPoint presentation. You will research each TOPIC. Each topic area
will have several activities designed to help you investigate the topic. You may choose to do one or all
of the activities. Be creative and have fun as you work through each topic area. After you have
researched each topic write one or more paragraphs in your journal to record your findings. A two
column note template has been included under each topic to help you get started with your research.
Use the web sites and resources under the RESOURCES tab to guide your research.

Part Three: Create a PowerPoint presentation that provides information from your research. Be
sure to review the PowerPoint Grading Rubric before you begin. Once you have completed your
presentation, use the rubric to grade your work.

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                                                    TOPICS

  Research   FIVE TYPES OF INTRODUCTION TOPIC SENTENCES
Introduction    1. The Question: Which state has the most national parks, Utah does.
                  2. The Fact: Utah is the land that no one but the Mormons wanted, they
                       considered it their “Promised Land”.
                  3. The Statement: Utah is the most beautiful of the fifty states.
                  4.
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               Activities:
                   Complete the questionnaire to help you write your introduction.




 Location     Activities:
                  Create a clothes hanger mobile with your chosen state in the middle and
                      the states that surround your state as side states.
                  Complete the Location two-column note template. You may either print a
                      copy and fill it out, or save a copy to your file and fill it out.
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 Physical     Questions:
 Features       1. What land formations can be found in the state?
                2. What is the highest and lowest elevations in the state?
                3. Describe the rivers, lakes, and salt water features.
                4. What unique features can be found in the state?
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              Activities:
                  Create a topographical may out of clay that represents your state.
                  Draw a map and legend of your state that indicates the land features
                      found in the state.
                  Complete the Physical Features two-column note template. You may
                      either print a copy and fill it out, or save a copy to your file and fill it out.
 Climate    Questions:
               1. What is the average summer and winter temperatures in the state?
               2. What is the highest and lowest temperature recorded in the state?
               3. What is the annual percentage of precipitation in the state?
               4. What is the highest and lowest elevations in the state?
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            Activities:
                Draw a climatic map with a legend that shows the different climates in
                    your state.
                Log onto http://twister.sbs.ohio-state.edu/statewx.html every day for two
                    weeks to find out what the weather is like in the capital city of your state.
                    Keep a record and create a climate chart at the end of two weeks.
                Complete the Climate two-column note template. You may either print a
                    copy and fill it out, or save a copy to your file and fill it out.


Economy     Questions:
               1. Describe the agriculture (farming and ranching) in the state.
               2. What kind of products are made and sold in the state?
               3. What natural resources can be found throughout the state?
               4. What services do the workforce perform?
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               5. What much money does each category contribute to the state’s
                    economy?
            Activities:
                Create an economy map for your state. Be sure to include the leading
                    economic products from the state.
                Create a bar graph or pie graph that represents the economy of the state
                    you chose to research.
                Complete the Economy two-column note template. You may either print
                    a copy and fill it out, or save a copy to your file and fill it out.
            Additional Resources:
            http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/brooklyn/america/products.htm


Attractions Questions:
               1. What National and State parks exist in the state?
               2. Are there any famous museums, monuments or special buildings?
               3. Describe a unique city and it’s attractions.
               4. Are there any famous or unique buildings to visit?
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            Activities:
                Create a brochure that advertises popular places to visit in your state.
                    Be sure to include interesting pictures.
                Make a collage with illustrations of interesting places to visit in your state.
                Complete the Attractions two-column note template. You may either print
                    a copy and fill it out, or save a copy to your file and fill it out.
 History    Questions:
               1. Describe the Native Americans from the state.
               2. Who were the famous explorers that discovered the state?
               3. When did the state become a territory?
               4. What is the date of Statehood?
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            Activities:
                Create a triorama that illustrates life of a Native American tribe from your
                    state.
                Create a timeline that summarizes the history of your state.
                Complete the History two-column note template. You may either print a
                    copy and fill it out, or save a copy to your file and fill it out.


Population Questions:
               1. How many people live in the state?
               2. What ethnic groups can be found living in the state?
               3. What are the three largest cities in the state?
            Activities:
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                Create a 3-D population graph of three of the largest cities in your state.
                    Be sure to include the state capital if it is not one of the three largest.
                  Create a graph that adequately illustrates the ethnic diversity of
                   your state.
                  Complete the Population two-column note template. You may either print
                   a copy and fill it out, or save a copy to your file and fill it out.

 Symbols    Questions:
               1. What is the state motto and what does it mean?
               2. What is the meaning behind the state song and who wrote it?
               3. What is the state’s nickname and why?
               4. What is the symbolism behind the state emblem, flag, and/or seal?
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               5. What is the state bird, flower, tree….?
            Activities:
                 Make a bookmark for your state that includes the state symbols.
                 Create a symbols booklet on your state that names and illustrates the
                    state symbols.
                 Complete the Symbols two-column note template. You may either print
                    a copy and fill it out, or save a copy to your file and fill it out.


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                                           RESOURCES

WEBSITE RESOURCES                                 SCHOOL RESOURCES
World Almanac for Kids                            World Book Encyclopedia
Netstates                                         (Located on the dock)
50states.com                                      Groiler –America the Beautiful
Kidspace – The Internet Public Library   (Log onto TPS – Cool Sites)
Wikipedia Encyclopedia
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                                               EVALUATION
                                    POWERPOINT GRADING RUBRIC

                                                                                          Student   Teacher
                     APPRENTICE = 1          PRACTITIONER = 3           EXPERT = 5         Score     Score
Preparation &       The group turned         The group turned in     The group turns
Research            in a minimum             some research, but      in notes and
                    amount of research       additional research     information to
                    making a careful         would have              document their
                    and thoughtful           enhanced the            research.
                    project difficult to     message. The            Sources are
                    complete.                reader is left,         properly cited.
                                             “wanting more.”         Careful work and
                                                                     planning is
                                                                     obvious.

Content             The content lacks        Overall the content     The content is
                    sequence, direction      is acceptable even if   clearly written.
                    and organization.        it lacks insights and   Information is
                    The information is       planning.               accurate and
                    difficult to                                     insightful. There
                    understand.                                      is a clear
                                                                     introduction and
                                                                     conclusion.

Graphics:           The graphics are         The graphics neither    The graphics
    color          minimal or               enhance nor detract     enhance the
    sound          excessive, showing       from the                presentation
    animation      a lack of effort or      presentation,           without drawing
                    ability. The             showing a lack of       attention away
                    graphics detract         effective creativity.   from the content.
                    from the overall
                    content of the
                    presentation.

Writing Mechanics   The text contains        The text is clearly     The text contains
                    numerous errors in       written but has 3-4     no errors in
                    punctuation,             errors in               punctuation,
                    spelling and/or          punctuation, spelling   spelling and/or
                    grammar that             and/or grammar that     grammar.
                    significantly distract   slightly reduces
                    the reader.              readability.

Layout              The slide show is        The slide show is       The overall “look”
                    cluttered and            sufficient, but not     of the slideshow
                    confusing. A lack        impressive.             is aesthetically
                    of space, fonts,                                 pleasing and
                    and headings, etc.                               enhances the
                    make it difficult for                            message. There
                    the reader to                                    is an appropriate
                    understand the                                   use of space,
                    message.                                         fonts and
                                                                     headings.
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                                         CONCLUSION
Congratulations you have just completed a presentation worthy of review by the United States
Department of Tourism. Hopefully you have learned a lot about the United States. After hearing the
presentations presented by your peers, which state did you find so interesting that you would like to
visit? What was so interesting about the state? If you were asked to choose a state to research on
your own, which state would you research and why?

Now that you have completed this project, look forward to presenting your technology experience at
the upcoming technology fair during Celebration of Learning and sharing your discoveries with the
community.

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                                           Templates
Introduction Questionaire
What is the name of the state?

What is the origin of state name (what does the name mean)?

What is the statehood or date the state was admitted into the Union

(United States)?

What rank is the state for when it became one of the fifty states (1st,

2nd, 3rd).

What is the nickname of the state?

Why does the state have the nickname it has?

What is the State Capital?

What is the population of state?
Location Template                                 Back to Location
Name: ___________        State: __________     Date:
T: Location of State
  Identify the       Verb (action)       Finish your thought
     topic




Physical
Region of the
United States


Longitude &
Latitude and
Geographic
center




Bordering
States




           Size
          (Area &
Rank)
Conclusion
Physical Features                            Back to Physical Features
Name: ___________        State: __________     Date: _______

T: Physical Features
  Identify the      Verb (action)        Finish your thought
     topic




Land Areas
Regions of the
United States
& Unique
Features




Major Lakes



Major Rivers


     Elevation
      Highest
     Lowest
    Mean
Conclusion
Climate template                                 Back to Climate

Name: ___________        State: __________    Date: _______

T: Climate of State
  Identify the      Verb (action)        Finish your thought
     topic




Summer




Winter




Precipitation
& Snowfall




          More
Info:
Conclusion

Economy Template                                Back to Economy

Name: ___________       State: __________    Date: _______

T: Economy of State
  Identify the      Verb (action)       Finish your thought
     topic




Agriculture
(farming &
Ranching)




Products
(Manufacturing)



Natural
Resources



Services


Conclusion
Attractions Template                                 Back to Attractions

Name: ___________         State: __________   Date: _______

T: Attractions in State
       Identify           Verb           Finish your thought



Topic:
Sports &
recreation




Topic:
Historical Sites
Conclusion

History Template                               Back to History

Name: ___________        State: __________   Date: _______

T: History of State
    Territory     Statehood



Topic:
Native
Americans




Topic:
Famous
Explorers
Conclusion



Population Template                                        Back to Population

Name: ___________         State: __________    Date: _______

T: Population of State
  Identify the       Verb (action)        Finish your thought
     topic




Ethnic groups




Three Largest
cities



Capital City


Conclusion


Symbols Template                                  Back to Symbols

Name: ___________         State: __________    Date: _______
T: of State
  Identify the      Verb (action)       Finish your thought
     topic




Conclusion



Template                                    Back to

Name: ___________       State: __________      Date: _______
T: of State
  Identify the   Verb (action)   Finish your thought
     topic




Conclusion

				
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