This is an interesting project that requires students to learn about many different aspects of another country. Students work in a small group to create a brochure in hopes of convincing the President to travel there. The lesson is organized and has step by step directions and clear roles for each student. The lesson gives students the opportunity to do computer research, to write independently, and to collaborate with other students on the finished product. It also includes a rubric for evaluating the project.
While the lesson does not clearly state the objectives, the conclusion addresses the value of the lesson to student learning. In order to use this lesson effectively, it would be beneficial to create a student handout with the directions. This type of lesson could also be used with other countries and/or places around the world. It should be noted that the links in the lesson do not work but the information could be easily accessed through a general search on the web.
Culture Quest A WebQuest for 4th Grade (Geography)Designed By:Heather White Jaimie Carr Eileen Hunger Carla CantuHW630300@wcupa.edu, JC607504@wcupa.edu, EH628606@wcupa.edu, CC637260@wcupa.edu
You are one of the
top travel agents out there today! The President of the United States
term is coming to an end in two weeks. He has chosen you to be his
personal vacation planner. The President has suggested two countries
that he has never visited. It is up to you to choose which country he
would enjoy the most and explain why. Hurry, time is running out!
job is to create a fun and informative brochure to persuade the
President to choose your country for his vacation. Use your own
creative style by using colors, images, ect. Find interesting
information as well as adding personal opinions to your brochure. Do
not copy and paste, the information should be put into your own
words. Remember you are trying to make your brochure appeal to the
President! When your brochure is complete, you will present all that
you have learned to the class.New ZealandCzech Republic The Process 1. You will be assigned to a group with three other students.
The two countries you can choose from are the Czech Republic or New Zealand, get together with your group and decide which one you think the President should visit!
Religion Expert: Your job is to find the two most popular religions in your country. Provide information about each one.
the given websites, research information about your country. Each
expert is to have at least a paragraph (at least 8 sentences) written
on their topic.Altapedia - Countries from A-Z?World Factbook - Czech Republic?National Geographic?Geography Maps?Czech Republic - Best Places to Visit?New Zeland - Best Places to Visit?Guide to make a Brochure Once completing your individual assignment, come together as a group and finish the last five steps. 4. Your first step is to find a picture for the title pagethat relates to your chosen country. The title page must include your
co-workers names, the country name, a picture, and anything else you
would like to include.5. You are free to place your information throughout the pamphlet.6.All of the following must be included throughout this section:
historical and popular places , restaurants and cultural cuisine,
climate, and religion.7.As the best travel agents you must now work as a group to write a
paragraph on why you feel the President should take this vacation. Your
personal opinions matter.8. With
the information you have gathered you will give a presentation to the
class. Each one of you will dress in your countries native clothing
(take into consideration the weather) and bring in an example of
a common food for the class to try. Go over your brochure with the
class explaining all that you have learned about your country. 10. Remember to be creative and have fun with it!
For the President to
pick your trip each individual must include at least 4- 6 pieces of
information on your topic about the country. Double check for spelling,
grammar and punctuation. Include one or more images throughout the
brochure. Be persuasive on why the President should pick your country,
and present your information in a colorful, attention grabbing brochure.
4 Terrific Traveler
3 Good Going
2 Average Agent
1 Explore Again
Content - Accuracy
All facts in the brochure are accurate.
99-90% of the facts in the brochure are accurate.
89-80% of the facts in the brochure are accurate.
Fewer than 80% of the facts in the brochure are accurate.
Writing - Organization
Each section in the brochure has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Almost all sections of the brochure have a clear beginning, middle and end.
Most sections of the brochure have a clear beginning, middle and end.
Less than half of the sections of the brochure have a clear beginning, middle and end.
Writing - Mechanics
Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the brochure.
Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the brochure after feedback from an adult.
There are 1-2 capitalization and/or punctuation errors in the brochure even after feedback from an adult.
There are several capitalization or punctuation errors in the brochure even after feedback from an adult.
Graphics go well with the text and there is a good mix of text and graphics.
Graphics go well with the text, but there are so many that they distract from the text.
Graphics go well with the text, but there are too few and the brochure seems "text-heavy".
Graphics do not go with the accompanying text or appear to be randomly chosen.
Attractiveness & Organization
The brochure has exceptionally attractive formatting and well-organized information.
The brochure has attractive formatting and well-organized information.
The brochure has well-organized information.
The brochure's formatting and organization of material are confusing to the reader.
Conclusion As fourth graders, they have learned how diverse one country can be
from another. This gave the children an opportunity to learn about
another countries religion, cultural food, climate, and much more
through their research. New Zealand and Czech Republic were chosen
because they are two countries that are not as familiar to a fourth
grader. Learning about something unfamiliar or out of the ordinary
opens the minds of young children and they realize the world is not a
one way door. The research done on the computer helps to build a
student's use of technology, while writing the brochure also brings
gains in writing and creativity skills. Cooperation and independence
also took part in this web quest. Students were asked to work together
to create the brochure and write a closing note, but also had seperate
tasks and research. Globe?(Introduction)Philly Cheesesteak?(Process)Weather?(Process)Czech Republic flag?(Task)New Zealand flag?(Task)