Tyler Schultz MAT 601 Grade: 4th Subject: Social Studies Topic: Classifying major geographic characteristics of Utah and analyzing the different people that make up Utah’s history and population.Greetings students!! Let’s learn about our home state!! Utah has many different unique regionsand there is much to learn about the place we call home. This webquest will guide you through an exciting trip through Utah and its many beautiful characteristics! Let’s get started! 1. As you may already know, all states are divided into counties. Access the following map: http://www.uen.org/counties/index.shtmlA. Once you have studied the map, list the county that you live in_________________________B. Now list any counties that you may have visited____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________C. Pick a county that you have never visited and click on that county’s name. Three pictures willthen come up that feature places in that county. Describe what each picture contains.Picture 1______________________________________________________________________Picture 2______________________________________________________________________Picture 3______________________________________________________________________ 2.Using maps is important when studying Social Studies and Geography, and when visiting National Parks in order to hike. Access the following video: http://www.webrangers.us/activities/readingmap/?id=21
A. According to the presentation, what is important about these three features of maps?The legend_____________________________________________________________________The scale______________________________________________________________________The direction indicator___________________________________________________________ 3. Freeways help us to get from one place to the next. Utah has many freeways. Access the following site: http://geology.com/state-map/utah.shtmlThe third map from the top shows all of Utah’s freeways. Now that you surely know where tolocate our county, find this map and write which two freeways pass through Salt Lake County.A. Freeways have a blue sign that looks like this:(Write the freeway number)1.______________2.______________B. There are additionally two other freeways in Utah that do not pass through Salt Lake County.What are their numbers?1.______________2.______________4. National Parks are sights that the federal government sets aside so that people cannot disturb the land and to ensure that they stay beautiful. Access this site about Utah’s National Parks: http://www.uen.org/utahnationalparks/A. List all 5 of Utah’s National Parks.1.__________________________2.__________________________3.__________________________4.__________________________5.__________________________B. Choose one National Park and click on it. Scroll down to “Sights to See” and choose onesight that you would like to visit.Name the sight_____________________Explain why you would like to visit this site.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. As you know, many Utahans live in the Salt Lake City area. Many people live in Southern Utah as well. When the first Mormon settlers arrived in Utah, they also sought to settle in Southern Utah. Some of these pioneers sought to settle in Bryce Canyon, one of Utah’s spectacular National Parks. Access this web page about Bryce Canyon: http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/64bryce/64bryce.htmA. After reading the first paragraph, answer these questions:What three kinds of stone are the “hoodoos” made of?1._________________ 2._________________ 3._________________B. According to the Paiute Indians, what are the “hoodoos?”_____________________________Why were they turned to stone? ___________________________________________________C. Under the paragraph that you read is a “table of contents.” Here you will find a sentence thatreads “Locating the site: Maps.” Click on “Utah and Arizona.” Locate Bryce National Park onthe map and write the name of the state that is closest to Bryce National Park (besides Utah).____________________ 6. Many American Indians lived in Utah long before any European Explorers or Mormon pioneers came to Utah. Access the following site and scroll through the Frequently Asked Questions: http://uintahbasintah.org/ai101.htmAnswer the following questions:A. What is an Indian reservation?_____________________________________________________B. The site lists seven different Indian reservations in Utah.List them here:__________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________C. Which term is more appropriate to use: American Indian, or Native American?______________________________________________________________________________ 7 . A transcontinental railroad is a railroad that goes across an entire country, from coast tocoast. The first transcontinental railroad ever built in the United States met in Utah. Access this site about the union of the two railroad companies: http://www.nps.gov/gosp/index.htmA. What is the date that the two railroads joined in Utah?_______________________________B. What are the names of the two railroad companies that joined there?_______________________________C. What is the name of the Utah town where the two companies joined?_______________________________D. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Under the “Did you know?” section, click “more.”Read about the ceremonial spikes used and name them here:1. __________________2. __________________3. __________________4. __________________8. Utah is a very big state but how many people actually live here? The Census Bureau collects data about states and their citizens and you can retrieve this data here:http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=&_geoContext=&_street=&_county=&_cityTown=&_state=04000US49&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&pctxt=fph& pgsl=010
A. In the statistics presented, Find out how many total people live in Utah.________________________In New York City, there are over 8,000,000 people!B. Why do you think that more people live in New York even though the state of Utah is somuch bigger?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 9. Access the following YouTube video about Utah’s geographic features: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU0i3tWasuoA. According to the Video, what are Utah’s 3 major Geographic Features?1. ______________________2. ______________________3. ______________________B. What prehistoric lake caused the formation of the Bonneville Salt Flats and the Salt LakeValley?________________________C. Utah has amazing mountains very suitable for skiing and snowboarding. What year were theWinter Olympic Games held in Salt Lake City?________________________10. The Great Salt Lake is Utah’s largest body of water, and located near us in Salt Lake City. Access the following page about this lake and read through the frequently asked questions: http://geology.utah.gov/online_html/pi/pi-39/pi39pg03.htm
A. What explorer visited the lake in 1825?______________________________B. The Great Salt Lake is a “terminal lake.” What does this mean?______________________________________________________________________________C. What are the four major rivers that empty into the Great Salt Lake?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Great Job!!! Now that we’ve learned a lot about some basic facts about our home state we can go home and tell our parents about what we found out!!!
Answer Key1a. Salt Lake County1b. Answers will vary1c. Answers will vary2a. The legend tells you what the symbols on a map represent. The scale allows you to decipherthe distance between landmarks on a map. The direction indicator tells you which way is North,South, East, and West. (Student answers will be loosely based on these answers).3a. I-15 and I-803b. I-84 and I-704a. Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion4b. Answer will vary5a. Limestone, Sandstone, and mudstone5b. “Legend People” who were turned to stone for performing bad deeds.5c. Arizona6a. "A reservation is a territory reserved by tribes as a permanent tribal homeland. Somereservations were created through treaties while others were created by statutes or executiveorders."6b. Goshute Indian Reservation, Navajo Nation, Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians,Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, WhiteMesa Ute Tribe6c. Most tribes prefer the use of “American Indian”7a. May 10, 18697b. Central Pacific and Union Pacific7c. Promontory Summit7d. Golden Spike, Nevada’s Silver Spike, Arizona’s Gold and Silver Spike, 2nd Golden Spike8a. 2,651,8168b. Answer will vary, but should mention that the population is not dense, and there is muchopen, uninhabited land in Utah.9a. Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, Colorado Plateau9b. Lake Bonneville9c. 200210a. Jim Bridger10b. Answers will vary but must mention that no streams or rivers go OUT of the Great SaltLake.10c. Bear River, Ogden River, Weber River, Jordan River