Introduction || The Task || Resources || The Process ||
Learning Advice || Vermont Grade Expectations || Assessment || Conclusion
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Our country was once the land that belonged to the Native Americans. The Native American culture is a large part of our country's history. Although Native Americans lived in areas throughout our country, the ways in which they lived varied from region to region. Do you know the type of shelter you would have lived in if you had lived in the Northwest Pacific region of the United States? Or do you know what type of food you would have eaten if you'd lived in the Plains region?
We need to learn more about the people who settled first on this land we now call ours. From this point on you will be working as a team with other classmates to become more familiar and knowledgeable about Native Americans.
The goals of this WebQuest are for you to expand your knowledge of Native Americans, to become an expert on a particular region and a nation/tribe within that region and to develop an understanding that will allow you to appreciate the Native American culture.
Your task is to become experts on a particular nation (please see Learning Advice before exploring this link). You will work in a cooperative group to create a project of your choice that will display your knowledge of the required topics and to present this information to the class. There are certain areas that you will need to research in order to gain a thorough understanding of the region which you have chosen. The 5 regions we will be focusing on are the: Northeast Woodlands, Southeast Woodlands, Great Plains, Northwest Pacific and Southwest. Within the region you choose, you must find evidence of your nation's:
Are you ready? Let's go!
Most of the information that you are looking for can be found through this WebQuest. Since this WebQuest is posted on the Internet, it will be available to you wherever you have Internet access. I encourage you to share this WebQuest with your parents. However, there are many additional resources available in the classroom and Library/Media Center. These include: books, videos, and encyclopedias (text and electronic).
My advice to you as you complete this WebQuest is to have fun! Your research, project and teamwork expectations have been clearly defined to you in the assessment section of this quest and class discussions. Use the rubrics as a reference to help guide you through your required tasks.
Remember that you should be able to find most of the information that you are looking for by accessing links from this sight. Check out not only the sites that are specific to your nation but to your region as well. As you use the Internet resources, here are some helpful hints to make your search easier.
Please use the resources provided in the room and Library/Media Center as necessary.
I want you to enjoy your first experience with this WebQuest as much as I have. Let me know if there is anything that I can help you with or that I could improve to help make this quest go smoothly for you.
Vermont Grade Level Expectations
The following Vermont Grade Level Expectations will be assessed during this WebQuest:
History and Social Studies 3-4:12 Students show understanding of human interaction with the environment over time by describing how patterns of human activities (for example, housing, transportation, food, and clothing) relate to natural resource distribution.
History and Social Studies 3-4:14 Students act as citizens by demonstrating positive interaction with group members.
History and Social Studies 3-4:4 Students conduct research by locating relevant materials such as print, electronic, and human resources and cite these sources.
History and Social Studies 3-4:7 Students communicate their findings by giving oral, written, or visual presentations that summarizes their findings.
3-4:14 H&SS3-4:4 Ex. a legend from our nation,
or an interview H&SS
3-4:12 Ex. a Venn
Ex. a legend from our nation, or an interview
Ex. a Venn Diagram
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You did it!
You have successfully completed your first WebQuest. I hope you have enjoyed this venture. You should now be well informed on a specific Native American nation and region. By listening to the other presentations and sharing with your classmates you should also have gained an understanding of other nations and regions. I hope you have developed an appreciation for the Native American culture. Please continue to explore this way of life and consider this WebQuest only an introduction to the many things we can learn from the Native American culture.