On this page you will find an overview of the purpose, objectives, and learner description, along with the standards students will meet when they complete this WebQuest. This guided lesson plan will support teachers as they introduce students to the WebQuest activity.
The Geography Around Us WebQuest is intended to support student learning in a variety of ways. First, the WebQuest encourages students to examine the continent and country in which they live. A second purpose for this WebQuest is to educate students on different resources for research. Finally, the WebQuest transitions students from passive receivers of content into active producers of materials, an important skill heading into the 21st century world.
Building an understanding of the geography of North America, at the same time, researching information about this subject helps students become critical evaluator.
This WebQuest is appropriate for West Virginia students in ABC or LMN grade beginning to study Social Studies, the concept of Geography.
Students embarking on the Social Studies: Geography Around Us WebQuest should demonstrate the following:
- Basic Internet navigation skills
- Reading on a 4th grade level
- General understanding of working in a small group
- Understanding of researching to obtain knowledge
Upon completion of this WebQuest, students will have the ability to:
- Identify important geological features of North America
- Identify surrounding continents and oceans (South America, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean)
- Identify the United States of America, West Virginia, Canada, Mexico
- Create a map that can be used to show the knowledge learned
The focus of this WebQuest is on addressing the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives one but no more than two content area in West Virginia Schools. Specifically, the standards targeted by the activity cover a specific subgroup if there are subgroups (Social Studies) indicators in ABC and LMN grade. See pages of the West Virginia Department of Education Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives website or the Teach 21 website for the Interactive CSOs which consists of the 21st Century Content Standards, Learning Skills and Technology Tools for WV Schools
SS.4.G.1 describe and locate examples of the major physical features of the United States (e.g., bodies of water, mountains, rivers, grasslands, oases, etc.) using references and technology (e.g., atlas, globe, Global Information System, etc.)
SS.4.G.4 plan and construct maps to demonstrate the effect of geographic conditions on historical events (e.g., colonization, industry, agriculture, major engagements in the Revolutionary War, Westward, Expansion, etc.)
Subject Matter Description
You will find the following sections in the WebQuest for students to refer to when completing the activity.
- Introduction: In this section, students will be given an overview of the activity with a basic framing of the activity.
- Task: On this page, students will encounter an outline of the WebQuest.
- Process: As students encounter this page, they will learn the extent of the project and the steps for completing the WebQuest successfully, as well as the resources to guide them through the activity.
- Evaluation: The rubric for scoring each students’ participation and presentation.
- Conclusion: This page offers students a tidy warp-up of what they have completed and some additional questions to think about as they move on.
The product of this WebQuest for students includes something that the students will create to demonstrate their learning (concept map, illustration, journal, reenactment…). Student work will be assessed on several measures, including group teamwork, overall development, and their ability to present what they have learned through creating their own map.