Meritt Webquest

The goal of this webquest is to teach students about life in a different geographical area. Our goal is to use the "fake vacation" to teach to this CO state standard "The concept of regions is developed through an understanding of similarities and differences in places". This is for a fourth-grade social studies class.

 

Travelers,

You have won a trip for one to anywhere in the world! All expenses paid, you just have to pick your destination. There is only one rule- you must pick somewhere different from your home and be able to compare the two places. You will be able to look at food, landmarks, culture and the people! Pack your suitcase, grab your passport and get ready to travel!

You must plan your vacation based on three areas relating to the physical and cultural geography of your destination:

People: language, style, customs, lifestyle

Place: climate, region, location

Culture: landmarks, traditions, food, music

You will do this by creating an itinerary of your trip and then a daily travel "log" where you will document what your day was like on each day of the trip. The log will not only describe your experiences in the new country but also compare it to your home country and daily life.

(Note: you have the choice of several different forms of media or technology to use to exhibit your final project. I recommend Prezi, powerpoint, or some other presentation software. This must be shown digitally, no paper copies. This is so that we are also practicing our technology skills)

Step One:

Choose your location.

You may use Google Earth (https://www.google.com/earth/) to look at potential locations, or you might pick a place you have heard of but would like to know more about. Be sure to pick somewhere with enough landmarks and activities to create a week-long trip around. Must be somewhere out of the USA.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worlds-most-popular-landmarks#1

http://www.bestplaces.net/

http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/most_famous_landmarks.htm

Step Two: 

Start researching your country and the activities it has to offer and what daily life is like in that country. It might be helpful here to create a T-chart comparing your country to the US. While not always recommended, Wikipedia might be able to offer some information about your country as an overview.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

https://teleport.org/

Step Three:

Plan itinerary. Create a plan for what you will do every day for your 7-day trip. This does not need to be detailed out to the minute but should list at least 2 activities and one landmark per day. This will not contain much detail but will be a rough outline of what you will do each day. Don't worry too much about finding exact restaurants or stores, because it will be difficult with the language barrier. Focus on well-known landmarks. Also, try to include a variety of places, do not just do museums.

Ex. Day One in Paris:

-go to the Louve

-take a walking tour

-eat at a French Cafe

Step Four:

Create your daily travel log for each day. Here you will be writing a "diary" entry talking about your day. You will mention what you did at each location from your itinerary and will need to include at least 3 comparisons to life back home. (ex. On our walking tour I noticed the cars are different makes than cars in the US or The cafe here sold croissants and bread but my favorite cafe at home sells...). You must also include one image for each day. You may draw these or use an example from Google Images.

 

Rubric
  Failed to Meet Expectation Needs Improvement Shows Understanding Good Excellent Score
Itenerary No itinerary Destination was chosen, some activities submitted Itinerary was submitted for some days, those days had activities chosen Itinerary submitted, not all days had 2 activities and 1 landmark, or not all places/things are chosen were a good mix and representation Seven days worth of activities, with 2 activities and one landmark per day, places/things chosen are a good mix and representation of the country -/10
Log Components No Log Lob submitted for at  2 days Log submitted for at  4 days Log submitted for 5-6 days but not enough pictures Log for all seven days, at least one picture is included per day -/10
Writing Skills No writing skills 7 or more grammatical errors, few descriptions 4 or more grammatical errors, some descriptions 3 or less grammatical errors, descriptions are included 1 or less grammatical errors, descriptions are detailed -/10
Comparision No comparisons Some days offer comparisons Comparisons are too surface level or repeat (ex. just compare language or country) Comparisons are offered for every day of the log Comparisons are used in each day of the log, addressing several different aspects of daily life -/10
Diary Entries No diary entries Diary entries are too short and do not address the 3 components Some diary entries are long enough, include at least one of the three components Most entries are long enough, mention most components Entries for each day are at least a paragraph in length, include all 3 components (people, place, culture) -/10

 

Let's reflect on our trips:

  • What was the coolest thing you saw?
  • What was the weirdest place you visited?
  • What was the biggest similarity to US life?
  • What was the biggest difference?

 

Congrats on your wonderful vacation!

When everyone has returned from their trips we will have a day of sharing where each student will be asked to bring a food item representing their vacation, something small is fine as long as there is enough for everyone (ex. hot tea from England or a baguette from France)

We will eat and look at the pictures from everyone's daily logs.

This is a page for a fourth-grade class focusing on the Colorado state standards for social studies. It is intended to help the student compare the different places around the world and also allow them to get creative while planning their dream vacation. It offers opportunities to include many writing standards as well and teaches research and map skills.

My name is Meritt and I am a teaching student at UVI.