Stone Fox Web Quest

Introduction

Welcome to Wyoming!

You have just received a letter from your friend Little Willy informing you that the undefeated Shoshone Indian Stone Fox has entered the National Dog Sled Race in Jackson, Wyoming.  Little Willy desperately needs your help.  He wants you to come to his potato farm to help him train for the race.  

Can you help little Willy win the race and save his grandfather’s farm by beating the legendary Stone Fox?

Task

Your parents are a little worried about you going to Wyoming all by yourself so they decided to make a deal with you.  The deal is, you’ll have to become an expert on the state of Wyoming, Samoyeds, sled dog racing, potatoes, and additional topics before you can join Little Willy on his grandfather's farm and help him train for the race.

You will prove you are an expert by researching these topics, taking accurate notes, and choosing a way to present your findings.  

You may create an informational poster, brochure, a presentation in Pages, or in Keynote.

Good luck in reaching your goal, Little Willy needs your help!

Process

Required - Tasks 1 - 4

Task 1:  Learn more about potatoes, a staple in the diet of many Americans.  Click Here

Task 2:  Little Willy's dog Searchlight is a Samoyed.  Learn what makes this breed of dog unique and special.   Click Here or Click Here

Task 3:  Stone Fox is a member of the Shoshone Indian tribe.  Learn about his people and the hardships they faced.  Click Here or Click Here

Task 4:  The setting of the novel, Stone Fox, is the state of Wyoming. Learn all about this interesting and exciting state.  Click Here or Click Here

Optional - Tasks 5 - 7 

Task 5:  Learn more about an illness called depression that affects one of the character's in the novel.  Click Here

Task 6:  Every year, US citizens must pay their taxes.  Read to find out facts about the money that must be paid to the federal government.  Click Here

Task 7:  Dog Sled Racing is an exciting sport.  Learn all about this outdoor adventure.  Click Here or Click Here

Evaluation

* Use this rubric to monitor your progress and self-assess learning during research and the creation of your presentation.

Stone Fox Research Project Rubric

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Notes

Notes are recorded and organized in an extremely neat and orderly fashion.

Notes are recorded legibly and are somewhat organized.

Notes are recorded.

Notes are recorded only with peer/teacher assistance and reminders.

Amount of Information

All topics are addressed and all questions are thoroughly answered.

All topics are addressed and most questions are answered.

All topics are addressed, and almost most questions are answered.

One or more topics were not addressed.

Quality of Information

Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

Illustrations

Illustrations are neat, accurate and add to the reader's understanding of the topic.

Illustrations are accurate and add to the reader's understanding of the topic.

Illustrations are neat and accurate and sometimes add to the reader's understanding of the topic.

Illustrations are not accurate OR do not add to the reader's understanding of the topic.

Internet Use

Successfully uses suggested internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.

Usually able to use suggested internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.

Occasionally able to use suggested internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.

Needs assistance or supervision to use suggested internet links and/or to navigate within these sites.

Organization

Information is very organized with well-constructed sentences, title, and subheadings.

Information is organized with well-constructed sentences and subheadings.

Information is organized, but sentences are not well-constructed.

The information appears to be disorganized.

Conclusion

By completing this Web Quest and short research project, you have gained a deeper understanding of a variety of topics including potato farming, Wyoming, Samoyeds, depression, and taxes.  You also learned what it takes to compete in a dog sled race and how the Shosone tribe was mistreated.  Now, you are ready to read the novel Stone Fox!

Congratulations on your hard work and effort!  Happy reading!

Credits
Teacher Page

Question, comments, or suggestions, please email:  Lacey.Manzione@gmail.com

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