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Introduction:
 

Pennsylvania is a great state! It has it all. Philadelphia is the birthplace of our nation. Erie has seven miles of beach on the warmest of the great lakes. Pittsburgh has the largest inland port in our country. And what city has been the capitol of Pennsylvania since 1812? You guessed it! Harrisburg. Finally, last but not least on our list of cities to explore, Gettysburg. Visit that Civil War battlefield and climb on some amazing rocks. Get ready for a fantastic learning adventure. It is your job to discover even more amazing things about these cities. You will look into some historical events for each city. You will get to know some of the people who are from that city or had an important role there. You will learn about the weather, climate, and geography. Finally, you will learn about the people from each city. When every group is finished, you will convince the rest of the class which city has had the biggest impact on the state of Pennsylvania or the country!
 

The Task:
 

Your task for this WebQuest is to discover all you can about your city. Each of you will have a specific job. We will need a historian, a meteorologist/geographer, a demographer and a biographer. When you have found out all you can about your city, your group will make a poster to persuade the rest of the class why your city has had the most impact on the state of Pennsylvania or the United States of America. Then, as a class we will vote to see which city is the winner.
 

The Process:
 

The class will be split into five groups of four people each. If you have extra people, then pair up on a specific job. Each group will be assigned a city.

First: Assign each member of the group a job as historian, meteorologist/geographer, demographer or biographer.

Second: Follow the directions below to gather information about your city according to your job.

Third: As a group, decide what information you want on your poster and why you think your city is the most important.

Fourth: Design and create the poster.

Fifth: Argue your opinion to the class.


 

First, find your CITY...
 

ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA:

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS317&q=bodies of water of gettysburg, pa&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

SECOND, FIND YOUR JOB:
If your job is HISTORIAN...
Your job will be to research one of the following events that is relative to Erie, Pennsylvania. Discover the date it occurred and what the event did for Erie, Pennsylvania, or the United States of America. Look over every event and decide which one you look want to at more.

Becoming a town
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Erie,_Pennsylvania
Who occupied the land first?
What people occupied the land next? Third?
When was Erie created as a borough?
Battle of Lake Erie
http://www.galafilm.com/1812/e/events/erie.html
What war was this battle part of?
What would have happened had the people of Erie not built the ships or lost the battle?
Erie Gauge War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_Gauge_War
When did this happen?
Who was the conflict between?
What finally happened?

If your job is BIOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to research one of the following people that were either born in, died in, or lived in Erie, Pennsylvania. Each person has questions accompanying their names, answer them to help form your brief biography of them.


John Boyd

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Boyd_(military_strategist)
http://www.aviation-history.com/airmen/boyd.htm

-What was his major claim to fame?

-What would be the effect without him?

John Kanzius

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
http://www.kanziuscancerresearch.com/

-What was his major claim to fame?

-How could his idea change the lives of many people?

Paul Siple

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Siple
http://www.scouting.milestones.btinternet.co.uk/siple.htm

-What was his major claim to fame?

-Without him, how would your winters be different?

Marc Brown

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Brown_(author)

http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/au-brown-marc.asp

-Who did he create?

-What is your own opinion of this man and his works?

If your job is METEOROLOGIST / GEOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to learn about the weather and land of your city. You will look into each of the following topics and answer the questions.

What is the average temperature in each of the following months:

-April, July, October, January

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie,_Pennsylvania

http://www.eriepa.com/do-business/quality-of-life/weather-and-climate/

What is the average amount of rainfall in each of the following months:

-April, July, October, January

http://www.eriepa.com/do-business/quality-of-life/weather-and-climate/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie,_Pennsylvania

What is the elevation of your city?

http://www.idcide.com/citydata/pa/erie.htm

Are there any nearby bodies of water? (Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, etc.) If so, name them. Use the map provided by the name of your city.

What is the size of the city?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie,_Pennsylvania

If your job is DEMOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to learn about the people of your city. You will look into each of the following topics and answer the questions.

How many people live in Erie, PA? Compare this to your hometown, ask your teacher to look up your town's population.

http://www.eriepa.com/do-business/demographics/population/

Find the male:female ratio, age range, and life expectancy.

http://homepage.mac.com/cohora/pa/lifeexpectancy.html
http://www.idcide.com/citydata/pa/erie.htm

Is your city in the top 10 most populated cities in Pennsylvania? If so, what rank?

http://sites.state.pa.us/kids/facts&figures.htm

Look at the population throughout the decades/centuries, where do you see the biggest change (positively or negatively)? Why do you think this it? Consult with the historian, if you can't find an answer ask your teacher.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Erie,_Pennsylvania

THIRD, DISCUSS WITH YOUR GROUP ABOUT WHAT INFORMATION TO INCLUDE ON YOUR POSTER. INFORMATION MUST BE INCLUDED FROM EVERYONE!

Consider the following questions:

-What is the summary of the event the historian research? (importance, dates, etc.)

-Why is the person the Biographer chose important? (accomplishment?)

-What is the weather and geography of this area? Tell the class about a factor that is the least likely to change over time.

-What are the people like in this town? What have they been like in history?

FOURTH, CREATE YOUR POSTER!

Try using some of the following ideas:

-Charts (feel free to print from a website or copy down on paper- just make sure that you write down the website and say where you found the chart!)

-Graphs (this may be on amount of people living there at certain times, rain fall, temperature, etc.)

-Pictures (of the town, events, landscape, or people)

-Maps (of the town, state, or events)

-Drawings (of the town, events, or people)

FIFTH, DECIDE WHY ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA HAS HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON PENNSYLVANIA OR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

Consider the following questions:

-Did our town play a major role in history, what was it?

-Did our town have any important people? who were they and what did they do?

-Did the climate, location, or population make an impact on our town?

-If the event the historian chose didn't happen, would our town exist? Would Pennsylvania exist? Would we be a country called "The United States of America"?

-How different would the world be without the person the biographer be?


 

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA:


 

SECOND, FIND YOUR JOB:

If your job is HISTORIAN...

Your job will be to research one of the following events that is relative to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Discover the date it occured; what the event did for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or the United States of America; and answer any accompanying questions. Look over every event and decide which one you want to look at more.


 

Founding the city: What was Penn's purpose?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Philadelphia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia,_Pennsylvania#History

Signing of the Declaration of Independence: Where was the building that it was signed and the name? Name 4 people who signed it. Why was it written?

http://www.ushistory.org/tour/tour_indhall.htm

Liberty Bell: What is the legend?

Benjamin Franklin's Theory of Electricity: What is the questionable part of this tale (what may or may not have happened)? Do you think it happened?

Steam boat: Who conducted the first successful trip? Where did the trip start? Where did it end? This was the first boat that could move by something other than wind, what could you relate this to with cars?

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blsteamship.htm

If your job is BIOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to research one of the following people that were either born in, died in, or lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Each person has questions accompanying their names, answer them to help form your brief biography of them.


 

Louisa May Alcott

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisa_May_Alcott

What is her major claim to fame?

What were her ideas on women and slaves?

Henry "Box" Brown

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Box_Brown

http://www.essortment.com/all/henryhenry_rnls.htm

What is his claim to fame?

Ask your group if any of them would do what he did. What are your thoughts on what he did?

William Penn:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Penn

http://www.2020site.org/penn/

What is his claim to fame?

What do you think he did for Pennsylvania?

Betsy Ross:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_Ross

http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/people/A0842450.html
What did she do for women and the country?

What would this country being missing if she were never alive?

How do you think her work helped soldiers and citizens in times of depression and war?

Guion Bluford

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guion_Bluford

http://space.about.com/cs/formerastronauts/a/guionbluford.htm

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/cgi-bin/tour.cgi?link=/people/astronauts/bluford.html
What is his claim to fame?

What is something you would do if you were him?


 

If your job is METEOROLOGIST / GEOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to learn about the weather and land of your city. You will look into each of the following topics and answer the questions.

What is the average temperature in each of the following months:

-April, July, October, January

http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Pennsylvania/Philadelphia/

What is the average amount of rainfall in each of the following months:

-April, July, October, January

http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Pennsylvania/Philadelphia/

What is the elevation of your city?

http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-Northeast/Philadelphia-Geography-and-Climate.html

Are there any nearby bodies of water? (Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, etc.) If so, name them. Use the map provided by the name of your city.

What is the size of the city?

http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-Northeast/Philadelphia-Geography-and-Climate.html

If your job is DEMOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to learn about the people of your city. You will look into each of the following topics and answer the questions.

How many people live in Philadelphia, PA? Compare this to your hometown, ask your teacher to look up your town's population.

http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-Northeast/Philadelphia-Population-Profile.html

Find the male:female ratio, age range, and life expectancy.

http://www.ancestry.com/facts/philadelphia-life-expectancy.ashx

Is your city in the top 10 most populated cities in Pennsylvania? If so, what rank?

http://sites.state.pa.us/kids/facts&figures.htm

Look at the population throughout the decades/centuries, where do you see the biggest change (positively or negatively)? Why do you think this it? Consult with the historian, if you can't find an answer ask your teacher.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Philadelphia


 


 

THIRD, DISCUSS WITH YOUR GROUP ABOUT WHAT INFORMATION TO INCLUDE ON YOUR POSTER. INFORMATION MUST BE INCLUDED FROM EVERYONE!

Consider the following questions:

-What is the summary of the event the historian research? (importance, dates, etc.)

-Why is the person the Biographer chose important? (accomplishment?)

-What is the weather and geographty of this area? Tell the class about a factor that is the least likely to change over time.

-What are the people like in this town? What have they been like in history?


 


 

FOURTH, CREATE YOUR POSTER!

Try using some of the following ideas:

-Charts (feel free to print from a website or copy down on paper- just make sure that you write down the website and say where you found the chart!)

-Graphs (this may be on amount of people living there at certain times, rain fall, temperature, etc.)

-Pictures (of the town, events, landscape, or people)

-Maps (of the town, state, or events)

-Drawings (of the town, events, or people)


 


 

FIFTH, DECIDE WHY PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA HAS HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON PENNSYLVANIA OR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

Consider the following questions:

-Did our town play a major role in history, what was it?

-Did our town have any important people? who were they and what did they do?

-Did the climate, location, or population make an impact on our town?

-If the event the historian chose didn't happen, would our town exist? Would Pennsylvania exist? Would we be a country called "The United States of America"?

-How different would the world be without the person the biographer be?
 

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA:


 

SECOND, FIND YOUR JOB:

If your job is HISTORIAN...

Your job will be to research one of the following events that is relative to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Discover the date it occurred; what the event did for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, or the United States of America; and answer any accompanying questions. Look over every event and decide which one you want to look at more.
War of 1812

http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/pennsylvania/pittsburgh.php

What was this war's effect on Pittsburgh?

Do you think Pittsburgh would still be the same did had this war not happened?

American Civil War

http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/ArticlePittsburghBloodyDay.htm

Great Railroad Strike of 1877

http://explorepahistory.com/displaygallery.php?gallery_id=32&bcolor=salmon&list=1

Both World Wars:

Consult with the demographics person of your team. Look at the population at 1900 and again at 1950.

What is the population increase between those years? World War I ended in 1918 and World War II ended in 1945. What does this tell you?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Pittsburgh


 

If your job is BIOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to research one of the following people that were either born in, died in, or lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each person has questions accompanying their names, answer them to help form your brief biography of them.

Stephen Collins Foster

What did he do for music?

What would music class and your childhood be like with him?

http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200035701/default.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Foster

http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/people/A0819325.html

Gertrude Stein

What did she do for literature and women?

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/gertrudestein/a/gertrude_stein.htm

Fred Rogers

What did he do for children's television?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Rogers

http://www.factmonster.com/biography/var/fredrogers.html

Admiral Robert Peary

What is his claim to fame?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Peary

Jonas Salk

What famous historical figure did not receive Jonas Salk's invention?

What do you think life would be like without Jonas Salk's invention?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Salk


 

If your job is METEOROLOGIST / GEOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to learn about the weather and land of your city. You will look into each of the following topics and answer the questions.

What is the average temperature in each of the following months:

-April, July, October, January

http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh/
What is the average amount of rainfall in each of the following months:

-April, July, October, January

http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh/

What is the elevation of your city?

http://pittsburgh.about.com/cs/aboutpittsburgh/a/facts.htm

Are there any nearby bodies of water? (Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, etc.) If so, name them. Use the map provided by the name of your city.

http://www.pittsburgh.worldweb.com/SightsAttractions/BodiesofWater/index.html

http://pittsburgh.about.com/cs/aboutpittsburgh/a/facts.htm

What is the size of the city?

http://pittsburgh.about.com/cs/aboutpittsburgh/a/facts.htm


 

If your job is DEMOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to learn about the people of your city. You will look into each of the following topics and answer the questions.

How many people live in Pittsburgh, PA? Compare this to your hometown, ask your teacher to look up your town's population.

http://pittsburgh.areaconnect.com/statistics.htm

Find the male:female ratio, age range, and life expectancy.

http://homes.point2.com/Neighborhood/US/Pennsylvania/Allegheny-County/Pittsburgh-Demographics.aspx

Is your city in the top 10 most populated cities in Pennsylvania? If so, what rank?

http://sites.state.pa.us/kids/facts&figures.htm

Look at the population throughout the decades/centuries, where do you see the biggest change (positively or negatively)? Why do you think this it? Consult with the historian, if you can't find an answer ask your teacher.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh#Demographics


 

THIRD, DISCUSS WITH YOUR GROUP ABOUT WHAT INFORMATION TO INCLUDE ON YOUR POSTER. INFORMATION MUST BE INCLUDED FROM EVERYONE!

Consider the following questions:

-What is the summary of the event the historian research? (importance, dates, etc.)

-Why is the person the Biographer chose important? (accomplishment?)

-What is the weather and geography of this area? Tell the class about a factor that is the least likely to change over time.

-What are the people like in this town? What have they been like in history?


 


 

FOURTH, CREATE YOUR POSTER!

Try using some of the following ideas:

-Charts (feel free to print from a website or copy down on paper- just make sure that you write down the website and say where you found the chart!)

-Graphs (this may be on amount of people living there at certain times, rain fall, temperature, etc.)

-Pictures (of the town, events, landscape, or people)

-Maps (of the town, state, or events)

-Drawings (of the town, events, or people)


 


 

FIFTH, DECIDE WHY PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA HAS HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON PENNSYLVANIA OR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

Consider the following questions:

-Did our town play a major role in history, what was it?

-Did our town have any important people? who were they and what did they do?

-Did the climate, location, or population make an impact on our town?

-If the event the historian chose didn't happen, would our town exist? Would Pennsylvania exist? Would we be a country called "The United States of America"?

-How different would the world be without the person the biographer be?
 

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA:


 

SECOND, FIND YOUR JOB:

If your job is HISTORIAN...

Your job will be to research one of the following events that is relative to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Discover the date it occurred; what the event did for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, or the United States of America; and answer any accompanying questions. Look over every event and decide which one you want to look at more.


Three Mile Isle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident

Underground Railroad: What was Harrisburg's Role?

http://www.afrolumens.org/ugrr/sites.html

Skirmish of Sporting Hill

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skirmish_of_Sporting_Hill

Becoming the Capitol: Why was Harrisburg chosen as Pennsylvania's capitol?

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/69c12/d15ac/


 

If your job is BIOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to research one of the following people. One of them played a very important role in Harrisburg's lifetime. The other three are people who were born in Pennsylvania, but did not necessarily have anything to do with Harrisburg. Each person has questions accompanying their names, answer them to help form your brief biography of them.

James Buchanan:

What was his role in government?

Many other people had his job, but he was the only one to not do what?

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/jamesbuchanan/

B.F. Skinner:
What was his claim to fame?
Ask your teacher about him and ask her one way she uses his work in your class!
John Harris:
What did he do for Harrisburg?
Would Harrisburg be Harrisburg without him?
James Smith:
What was his claim to fame?
Would you turn down the invitation he received?
The town he is burried in is near Harrisburg, what town is that?

 

If your job is METEOROLOGIST / GEOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to learn about the weather and land of your city. You will look into each of the following topics and answer the questions.

What is the average temperature in each of the following months:

-April, July, October, January

http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Pennsylvania/Harrisburg/
What is the average amount of rainfall in each of the following months:

-April, July, October, January

http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Pennsylvania/Harrisburg/

What is the elevation of your city?

http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-Northeast/Harrisburg-Geography-and-Climate.html

Are there any nearby bodies of water? (Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, etc.) If so, name them. Use the map provided by the name of your city.

What is the size of the city?

http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-Northeast/Harrisburg-Geography-and-Climate.html


 

If your job is DEMOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to learn about the people of your city. You will look into each of the following topics and answer the questions.

How many people live in Harrisburg, PA? Compare this to your hometown, ask your teacher to look up your town's population

http://harrisburgpa.areaconnect.com/statistics.htm

Find the male:female ratio, age range, and life expectancy.

http://harrisburgpa.areaconnect.com/statistics.htm

Is your city in the top 10 most populated cities in Pennsylvania? If so, what rank?

http://sites.state.pa.us/kids/facts&figures.htm

Look at the population throughout the decades/centuries, where do you see the biggest change (positively or negatively)? Why do you think this it? Consult with the historian, if you can't find an answer ask your teacher

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrisburg,_Pennsylvania#Demographics


 

THIRD, DISCUSS WITH YOUR GROUP ABOUT WHAT INFORMATION TO INCLUDE ON YOUR POSTER. INFORMATION MUST BE INCLUDED FROM EVERYONE!

Consider the following questions:

-What is the summary of the event the historian research? (importance, dates, etc.)

-Why is the person the Biographer chose important? (accomplishment?)

-What is the weather and geography of this area? Tell the class about a factor that is the least likely to change over time.

-What are the people like in this town? What have they been like in history?


 


 

FOURTH, CREATE YOUR POSTER!

Try using some of the following ideas:

-Charts (feel free to print from a website or copy down on paper- just make sure that you write down the website and say where you found the chart!)

-Graphs (this may be on amount of people living there at certain times, rain fall, temperature, etc.)

-Pictures (of the town, events, landscape, or people)

-Maps (of the town, state, or events)

-Drawings (of the town, events, or people)


 


 

FIFTH, DECIDE WHY HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA HAS HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON PENNSYLVANIA OR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

Consider the following questions:

-Did our town play a major role in history, what was it?

-Did our town have any important people? who were they and what did they do?

-Did the climate, location, or population make an impact on our town?

-If the event the historian chose didn't happen, would our town exist? Would Pennsylvania exist? Would we be a country called "The United States of America"?

-How different would the world be without the person the biographer be?
 

GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA:


 

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS317&q=bodies of water of gettysburg, pa&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl


 

SECOND, FIND YOUR JOB:


 

If your job is HISTORIAN...

Your job will be to research one of the following events that is relative to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Discover the date it occurred; what the event did for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, or the United States of America; and answer any accompanying questions. Look over every event and decide which one you want to look at more.
Battle of Gettysburg

http://www.geocities.com/gettysburg4kids/

Gettysburg Address

 

If your job is BIOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to research one of the following people that were either born in, died in, or lived in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Each person has questions accompanying their names, answer them to help form your brief biography of them.

Abraham Lincoln:

What was his role at Gettysburg?

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/AbrahamLincoln/

http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/gettysburg.htm
Daniel Payne:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Payne

Jenny Wade:
What is she remembered for?

 

If your job is METEOROLOGIST / GEOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to learn about the weather and land of your city. You will look into each of the following topics and answer the questions.

What is the average temperature in each of the following months:

-April, July, October, January

http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/allergies/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/17325?from=36hr_bottomnav_allergies

What is the average amount of rainfall in each of the following months:

-April, July, October, January

http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/allergies/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/17325?from=36hr_bottomnav_allergies

What is the elevation of your city?

http://www.agequalified.com/pennsylvania/gettysburg.htm

Are there any nearby bodies of water? (Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, etc.) If so, name them. Use the map provided by the name of your city.

What is the size of the city?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg,_Pennsylvania


 

If your job is DEMOGRAPHER...

Your job will be to learn about the people of your city. You will look into each of the following topics and answer the questions.

How many people live in Gettysburg, PA? Compare this to your hometown, ask your teacher to look up your town's population.
Find the male:female ratio, age range, and life expectancy.
Is your city in the top 10 most populated cities in Pennsylvania? If so, what rank?

 

THIRD, DISCUSS WITH YOUR GROUP ABOUT WHAT INFORMATION TO INCLUDE ON YOUR POSTER. INFORMATION MUST BE INCLUDED FROM EVERYONE!

Consider the following questions:

-What is the summary of the event the historian research? (importance, dates, etc.)

-Why is the person the Biographer chose important? (accomplishment?)

-What is the weather and geography of this area? Tell the class about a factor that is the least likely to change over time.

-What are the people like in this town? What have they been like in history?


 

FOURTH, CREATE YOUR POSTER!

Try using some of the following ideas:

-Charts (feel free to print from a website or copy down on paper- just make sure that you write down the website and say where you found the chart!)

-Graphs (this may be on amount of people living there at certain times, rain fall, temperature, etc.)

-Pictures (of the town, events, landscape, or people)

-Maps (of the town, state, or events)

-Drawings (of the town, events, or people)


 

FIFTH, DECIDE WHY GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA HAS HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON PENNSYLVANIA OR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

Consider the following questions:

-Did our town play a major role in history, what was it?

-Did our town have any important people? who were they and what did they do?

-Did the climate, location, or population make an impact on our town?

-If the event the historian chose didn't happen, would our town exist? Would Pennsylvania exist? Would we be a country called "The United States of America"?

-How different would the world be without the person the biographer be?


 

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Evaluation:
 

 BeginningDevelopingAccomplishedExemplary
Job PerformanceStudents completed one or a small portion of the tasks they were given and only used their own background information of the city.Students completed half of the tasks they were given and used the
websites briefly to find information.
Students completed most of the tasks they were given and only left out a few pieces of information. They use some of the internet resources.Students performed the tasks they were given fully and with no or some extra work. They used the links given to them to find the needed information.
PresentationStudents do not have correct or relevant information and the poster is inaccurate and is unorganized.The students' information is somewhat correct and relevant. The poster is somewhat accurate. It is slightly uninteresting and unorganized.The students' information is mostly correct and relevant on their poster. The poster is mostly interesting, accurate, and organized.The students have correct and relevant information on their poster. Their poster is interesting, organized, and catches the audience's attention.
UnderstandingStudents present a weak argument and their arguments do not represent higher order thinking.Students do not have enough information to make a strong argument and some of the information does not reflect higher order thinking.Students present arguments that include most of the information and most of the information reflects higher order thinking.Students present arguments that include all of the information and all their work represents higher order thinking.
     

 

Conclusion:
 

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Congratulations! You have finished your tour of Pennsylvania and now know basic facts about 5 major cities in this state. You have discussed as a class which city has been the most important towards Pennsylvania and picked one. Consider the following questions and write your answers on a piece of paper to turn into your teacher:

- Looking back at how you planned your project and how you performed, if you could, would you change how you did it? Why?

- If you could do this project again, would you choose a different job or city? If so, what would you choose and why?

- What was your favorite presentation (you can include your group's)? Why? What did you learn?

- What is the most interesting fact that you learned from today? It can be from any city, not just your group's.


 

Credits & References:
 

Thanks to Ms. Linn of Walton Farms Elementary School for her excellent Pennsylvania social studies websites for children.

WebQuest.org
 

Standards:
 

PDE Standard 7.2.3.B: Identify the physical characteristics of places and regions such as physical properties, landforms, bodies of water, and weather and climate.

PDE Standard 7.3.3.A: Identify the human characteristics of places and regions by their population characteristics such as the number and distribution of people in the community.
PDE Standard 8.1.3.B: Develop an understanding of historical sources such as visual data from maps and tables.
PDE Standard 8.1.3.C: Understand fundamentals of historical interpretation such as the difference between fact and opinion and causes and results.
PDE Standard 8.2.3.A: Understand the political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to Pennsylvania history.

PDE Standard 8.2.3.C: Identify and describe how continuity and change have influenced Pennsylvania history.

PDE Standard 8.2.3.D: Identify and describe conflict and cooperation among social groups and organizations in Pennsylvania history.

PDE Standard 8.3.3.A: Identify contributions of individuals and groups to United States history.

PDE Standard 8.3.3.C: Identify important changes in United States history.

PDE Standard 8.3.3.D: Identify conflict and cooperation among social groups and organizations in United States history.


PDE Standard 3.7.4.E: Identify basic computer communication systems. Use on-line searches to answer age appropriate questions.

ISTE Standard 2. Communication and Collaboration

Students work and communicate collaboratively.
ISTE Standard 3 Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate and use information.
ISTE Standard 4 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking to plan and make informed decisions
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