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  • 1. Alaska: The Last Frontier Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] A WebQuest for 5th Grade Social Studies Designed by Chelsea Grandchamp [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page
  • 2. Introduction Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Congratulations! You and your fellow team members have been chosen to explore Alaska: America’s Last Frontier. Pack your suitcases quickly and don’t forget to bring your hat and gloves; it’s chilly out there! While you’re out exploring the vast mountains and thick forests be sure to take notes so you can report back to the others all of the things you’ve discovered. Each research team will have one area of expertise in which they will gather information to report back to the other teams at the end of your journey. Remember, everyone is counting on you to unlock the secrets of America’s last frontier! Good luck everyone!
  • 3. The Task Student Page Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
    • Over the rivers and through the woods, to the heart of Alaska you go! America is counting on your expertise to unveil the mysteries of the 49 th state.
    • All of your research will be done using the internet. Each group will have a specific area of research to concentrate on; this will be your area of expertise. The rest of the class will be counting on you to share what your research team has discovered.
    • With this in mind, make sure that your group takes detailed notes typed up in a Microsoft Office Word Document.
    • Each group will use Excel to create different types of graphics that will organize your findings. The Historians group will create a timeline, the Zoologists group and the Cultural Studies group will create pie charts, and the Climatologists group will create a bar graph.
    • After your group has finished its exploration, you will create a PowerPoint Presentation including pictures and information explaining all that you’ve discovered in your specialty area to share with the other research and development teams in the class.
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  • 4. The Process Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Before you can embark upon your journey, you will need to be assigned to one of four research teams, each with a different specialty area. All people in the same group will research the same topics together to create one Microsoft Word document, one Excel graphic, and one PowerPoint presentation to share. Group 1: Historians Your expertise lies in the field of History! Your group will use the internet to learn about the history of Alaska and how it came to be America’s 49 th state. We’re counting on your team to find out who discovered Alaska and when. We also want to know some of the major events that have happened in Alaska up until now. Use Excel to create a timeline to show all of us what happened when and share your pictures and notes with the rest of us in your PowerPoint presentation. Group 2: Zoologists Your specialty is the study of animals! Everyone is waiting to find out what kind of animals live in America’s last frontier. Be sure to research where they live and how they live. Create a pie chart using Excel to show us which animals inhabit Alaska the most. Make sure your team takes pictures and makes detailed notes of all the strange creatures that live in Alaska to put in your PowerPoint that you will share with the class. Group 3: Cultural Studies Your group’s skill is the study of culture. It’s your job to tell us what kind of people live in Alaska and how they live. What are their traditions? How are they different from the people who live in Colorado? Do Alaska natives have a certain religion, eat different types of food, or engage in odd activities? After your research, create pie charts showing us the most popular activities, religions, and foods of Alaskan people. Group 4: Climatologists This group is super savvy when it comes to the study of weather and climate. Research the climate of Alaska and report back to us! How cold does it get? How hot does it get? What kind of plants can be found? Can you tell us what in the world the Aurora Borealis is? After you’ve gathered your information, create a bar graph showing us the average temperatures in Alaska for all 12 months of the year. Make sure to take pictures of the beautiful Alaskan outdoors to include in your Powerpoint Presentation!
  • 5. Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Beginning 1 Developing 2 Accomplished 3 Exemplary 4 Score Quality of Information Information has little or nothing to do with the topic. Information relates to the main topic but no details are given. Information relates to the main topic and provides a few supporting details. Information relates to the main topic and provides several supporting details. Notes Notes are recorded only with teacher assistance and reminders. Notes are recorded by some or most members. Notes are recorded and are somewhat organized by most or all members. Notes are recorded and very organized by all members. Internet Use Needs assistance or supervision to use internet links and navigate through the sites. Occasionally able to use links and navigate through sites without assistance. Usually able to use link and navigate through sites without assistance. Always able to use links and navigate through sites without assistance. Diagrams and Illustrations Diagrams and illustrations are not correct. Diagrams and illustrations are accurate and somewhat show an understanding of the material. Diagrams and illustrations are accurate and show an understanding of the material. Diagrams and illustrations are correct and interesting and help others understand the material. Presentation No useful information was presented. Only some members participated and there was not enough useful information to give the rest of the class. All or some members participated and sufficient information was given to the rest of the class. All members of the group participated and sufficient information was presented that was useful to the rest of the class.
  • 6. Conclusion Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Get ready to be amazed! All your notes, pictures, and graphs will be kept safe and sound from the unknown territory of Alaska on the computer. Remember, we’re counting on your research teams to uncover the secrets of America’s last frontier so be sure to take good notes and pictures to share with the class. Here are some website links to get you started! Historians www.infoplease.com www.akhistorycourse.org http://encarta.msn.com www.travelalaska.com www.encylopedia.com Zoologists www.infoplease.com www.destination360.com www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/notebook/notehome/php www.encyclopedia.com Cultural Studies www.infoplease.com www.alaskanative.net www.travelalaska.com www.encyclopedia.com Climatologists www.alaska.com http://climate.gi.alaska.edu www.infoplease.com www.encyclopedia.com
  • 7. Credits & References Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] www.smeter.net The WebQuest Page The WebQuest Slideshare Group
  • 8. Alaska: The Last Frontier (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page A WebQuest for xth Grade (Put Subject Here) Designed by Chelsea Grandchamp [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 9. Introduction (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This Web Quest was designed for students to self teach themselves and each other about Alaska. By splitting up the class into four groups and giving each group as specific genre to study, the students will become particularly knowledgeable in either the history, the animals, the culture, or the climate of the state. The students will then use various software programs that will help them organize their research so they will be able to present what they have learned to the class. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 10. Learners (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This lesson is designed for a 6 th grade level Social Studies project which also includes some elements of science and writing. The students who are involved in the groups researching animals of Alaska or the climate of Alaska will be dealing with more scientific information. All groups are required to have organizational writing skills to organize the information they’ve gathered to be able to present it to the class. Before beginning this project, students will need to have some prior knowledge of computer use as well as how to find and navigate through websites. Students will also need to have some experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 11. Curriculum Standards (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Social Studies Students will learn when and how Alaska was founded and who it was founded by. Students will research the main events of history in Alaska. Students will learn the culture of the people in Alaska, mainly the Native American tribal cultures. Students will learn the similarities and differences in the cultures of Alaska and their own. Science Students will learn the climate of Alaska, including weather patterns and average temperatures. Students will learn about the natural vegetation of Alaska. Students will learn about the animals that inhabit Alaska and where specifically in Alaska those animals reside. Students will learn the lifestyles of the indigenous animals of Alaska. Research The students will practice the skill of acquiring information from various online sources. The students will take notes of this information and organize it effectively to use it as the base for a presentation. Technology Students will develop basic technological skills including the ability to use a computer and navigate websites. Students will learn to use technology as a means of communication by using PowerPoint and graphics to share information. Writing Students will write to describe, inform, and entertain the rest of the class by taking notes, organizing the notes, and putting the notes together in a useful presentation. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 12. The Process (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Before you can embark upon your journey, you will need to be assigned to one of four research teams, each with a different specialty area. All people in the same group will research the same topics together to create one Microsoft Word document, one Excel graphic, and one PowerPoint presentation to share. Group 1: Historians Your expertise lies in the field of History! Your group will use the internet to learn about the history of Alaska and how it came to be America’s 49th state. We’re counting on your team to find out who discovered Alaska and when. We also want to know some of the major events that have happened in Alaska up until now. Use Excel to create a timeline to show all of us what happened when and share your pictures and notes with the rest of us in your PowerPoint presentation. Group 2: Zoologists Your specialty is the study of animals! Everyone is waiting to find out what kind of animals live in America’s last frontier. Be sure to research where they live and how they live. Create a pie chart using Excel to show us which animals inhabit Alaska the most. Make sure your team takes pictures and makes detailed notes of all the strange creatures that live in Alaska to put in your PowerPoint that you will share with the class. Group 3: Cultural Studies Your group’s skill is the study of culture. It’s your job to tell us what kind of people live in Alaska and how they live. What are their traditions? How are they different from the people who live in Colorado? Do Alaska natives have a certain religion, eat different types of food, or engage in odd activities? After your research, create pie charts showing us the most popular activities, religions, and foods of Alaskan people. Group 4: Climatologists This group is super savvy when it comes to the study of weather and climate. Research the climate of Alaska and report back to us! How cold does it get? How hot does it get? What kind of plants can be found? Can you tell us what in the world the Aurora Borealis is? After you’ve gathered your information, create a bar graph showing us the average temperatures in Alaska for all 12 months of the year. Make sure to take pictures of the beautiful Alaskan outdoors to include in your Powerpoint Presentation! *Before research can begin, students should be divided up into groups of four. Be aware of which students are grouped together so that the groups include members who are able to work cooperatively together and who are able to stay on task. This project may take several class periods and will require access to a computer lab. However, you may want to assign some of the work for the students to do outside of class time. Allow one or two class periods to be devoted to presentations so that students not in the presenting group may take notes on the others presentations. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 13. Resources (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page In order to carry out this lesson, students will need access to at least 4 computers so that each group will have a chance to do research on the internet as well as type up their notes in a Word document, create a graphic in Excel, and put together a PowerPoint. The classroom will also need to have an overhead projector for the students to use when presenting their PowerPoint so that it can easily be seen by the rest of the class. A list of websites is provided in the Conclusion section of the student page to give the students somewhere to start when they begin their research. These include: Historians www.infoplease.com www.akhistorycourse.org http:// encarta.msn.com www.travelalaska.com www.encylopedia.com Zoologists www.infoplease.com www.destination360.com www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/notebook/notehome/php www.encyclopedia.com Cultural Studies www.infoplease.com www.alaskanative.net www.travelalaska.com www.encyclopedia.com Climatologists www.alaska.com http:// climate.gi.alaska.edu www.infoplease.com www.encyclopedia.com *One teacher should be enough to facilitate these activities. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 14. Evaluation (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Beginning 1 Developing 2 Accomplished 3 Exemplary 4 Score Quality of Information Information has little or nothing to do with the topic. Information relates to the main topic but no details are given. Information relates to the main topic and provides a few supporting details. Information relates to the main topic and provides several supporting details. Notes Notes are recorded only with teacher assistance and reminders. Notes are recorded by some or most members. Notes are recorded and are somewhat organized by most or all members. Notes are recorded and very organized by all members. Internet Use Needs assistance or supervision to use internet links and navigate through the sites. Occasionally able to use links and navigate through sites without assistance. Usually able to use link and navigate through sites without assistance. Always able to use links and navigate through sites without assistance. Diagrams and Illustrations Diagrams and illustrations are not correct. Diagrams and illustrations are accurate and somewhat show an understanding of the material. Diagrams and illustrations are accurate and show an understanding of the material. Diagrams and illustrations are correct and interesting and help others understand the material. Presentation No useful information was presented. Only some members participated and there was not enough useful information to give the rest of the class. All or some members participated and sufficient information was given to the rest of the class. All members of the group participated and sufficient information was presented that was useful to the rest of the class.
  • 15. Teacher Script (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page 1) Get access to a computer lab and make sure each student has pulled up the webquest assignment on their computer. Instruct each student to read the Introduction and the Task pages. 2) Let the students know which of the four groups they have been assigned to and allow them to get with their group members. 3) Have each group read the Process page and allow students to ask questions if they need clarification. 4) Then tell all groups to click on the Evaluation page and go through each evaluation topic and thoroughly explain them. 5) Have students click on the Conclusion page so they can see the list of websites that are provided for them. 6) Allow a few class periods to be devoted to research and note taking but be sure to give a deadline so students have something to work towards. Be prepared to answer questions about whether or not the material they’ve found is correct. Also be prepared to help some students with navigation through website. Be sure that you monitor the research to ensure that students are staying on task. 7) Once all students are done with research and typing up notes on Microsoft Word, allow them a class period to design their graphic. This part of the project may take the most time because students will most likely need more instruction on how to carry out this task so they may need your assistance more than usual. 8) Allow two or three class periods for students to create their PowerPoint presentations as well as leaving some work for outside of class time. This page is linked to the Process segment off of the Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 16. Conclusion (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This lesson will teach students not only about the Social Studies and Scientific aspects of Alaska but it will also teach them to develop their skills using the internet and various Microsoft Office software applications. By using technology students will learn new ways to communicate information to each other. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 17. Credits & References (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page www.smeter.net The WebQuest Page The WebQuest Slideshare Group Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion