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Missouri Regions WebQuest

Capturing Missouri Regions

A WebQuest for 4th Grade Missouri History

Introduction Task Procedure Evaluation Conclusion Credits
 

 

Introduction
Congratulations!  You have been selected to a very important position in the state of Missouri.  The citizens of Missouri have voted for YOU as the new Missouri governor.  As governor, your first task is very important.  You have decided that future Missouri citizens should have something to look at that will tell them something about the regions of Missouri.  A time capsule would be perfect!  As governor, you have the honor of choosing the artifacts that best represent one of the five regions of Missouri.  The citizens of Missouri are confident that you will do a great job.  Congratulations again, and good luck!

 

 

Task
The time capsule you will create will contain artifacts that represent one of the five regions of Missouri.

It is important to know what the citizens of Missouri expect of you.  Each time capsule should include the following student-made items:

  • An outline map of Missouri with your region labeled and colored, and also showing the major rivers and cities of Missouri.
  • An Inspiration diagram that includes information on jobs & economy, people & culture, and landforms & geography.
  • An economic product map of the region.
  • A postcard picturing a memorable landmark from the region on the front.  The back will include a message that explains the importance of this resource on the region and a caption for the picture.
  • The lyrics and a recording of a jingle or song that would convince others to visit the region.
As you complete each item to be placed in your time capsule, you should choose things that best represent the region.  Once all of your items are complete, place them inside a shoebox that is decorated with words and pictures that describe your region.

 

 

Procedure
You will belong to a group researching one of the five regions:

  • Glaciated Till Plain
  • Osage Plains
  • Alluvial River Plain
  • Ozark Highlands
  • Mississippi Lowlands

It’s time to start creating your time capsule!

Geography Expert – The geography expert will create the Missouri map and the postcard featuring a memorable landmark found in the region.

Economic Expert – The natural resource expert will create the economic product map of the region and will collect information from the rest of the group to create the Inspiration diagram.

Marketing Expert – The marketing expert will write the lyrics to a jingle or song.  The lyrics should convince others to visit this region.  The marketing expert will need to consult with the geography and economic resource experts for advice on what is important about the region.

Within your group, decide who will be each expert.  Now it is time to start researching and become experts!

 

General Links That Can Be Used for ALL Regions
Missouri Department of Tourism Regional Information about Missouri
Missouri State Parks Relief Map of Missouri
Geography of Missouri’s Regions Missouri Almanac for Kids
Visual Journey of Missouri Missouri Economy
Economy of Missouri  

 

Glaciated Till Plain
St. Joseph Northwest Missouri
Battle of Athens State Park Independence
Hannibal Missouri Agriculture

 

Osage Plains
Osage Plains (scroll to bottom) Battle of Carthage
Harry S. Truman Birthplace Sedalia
Department of Conservation Osage Plains (look for Missouri info.)

 

Alluvial River Plain
Kansas City Missouri River News & Information
Missouri River Photo Gallery Missouri River
Old Homes of St. Louis  

 

Ozark Highlands
Mark Twain National Forest Wilson’s Creek
Ozark Trail Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Lake of the Ozarks Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Johnson’s Shut-Ins Elephant Rocks State Park
The Ozarks  

 

Mississippi Lowlands
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Discover Southeast Missouri
Trail of Tears State Park Ste. Genevieve
Missouri’s Bootheel Bootheel

 

Now that you have researched your region and are an expert, get started on putting together your time capsule!  Just a reminder – the items the citizens of Missouri expect to see in these time capsules are listed in the Task section.  All items must be student-made and fit inside a shoebox.  If you have time and room in the shoebox, you may include additional artifacts.  When you are finished, you must present your time capsule to Missouri citizens for approval.

 

 

Evaluation
 Your group’s work will be evaluated using the scoring guide below.  Remember that not only will you receive a score for your work; you will also be evaluated on how well your group works together.

 

 

Excellent

4

Good

3

Satisfactory

2

Needs Improvement
1

Required Elements

 

The time capsule includes all required elements as well as additional information. 

The time capsule includes all required elements.

The time capsule includes all required elements but one. 

The time capsule is missing several required elements.

Content Accuracy

 

All content in time capsule is accurate.

99-90% of the facts in the time capsule are accurate.

89-80% of the facts in the time capsule are accurate. 

Fewer than 80% of the facts in the time capsule are accurate.

Product

 

The time capsule is original and interesting and adequately addresses the topic.

The time capsule is accurate and adequately addresses the topic.

The time capsule is accurate, but it does not adequately address the topic.

The time capsule is not accurate and does not adequately address the topic.

Organization

 

The time capsule exhibits exceptional organization of elements.

The time capsule exhibits organization of elements.

The time capsule exhibits acceptable organization of elements though it may appear disorganized.

The time capsule is disorganized.

Neatness

 

The time capsule is exceptionally attractive in neatness and design.

The time capsule is attractive in terms of neatness and design.

The time capsule is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy. 

The time capsule is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.

Participation

 

Student showed great enthusiasm and focused on the task. Was helpful to others, if asked.

Student showed some enthusiasm and focused on the task. Was helpful to others, if asked. 

Student did work, but lost focus or became frustrated. Did not distract others.

Student often lost focus or became frustrated and distracted others.

 

 

Conclusion
You have received high marks from your fellow Missouri citizens.  Not only do they have a time capsule of each Missouri region for their use, but you have now become an expert on the regions of Missouri.  Who knows, maybe after your term of office is over, the Missouri Department of Tourism will call you with a job offer!  Nice work!

 


Credits
Image of Missouri Regions from http://home.kc.rr.com/mattpearson/regionspage.htm

Last updated on October 17, 2008.  Based on a WebQuest design by Merrie Williams.  Adapted and modified by Peggy Wald, Technology Facilitator for Parkway School District, and Julie Otey, Fourth Grade Teacher in the Parkway School District.

 

 

 

 

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