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Italy Webquest

Italy

A WebQuest for Upper Elementary Social Studies

Designed by

Amy Cole 
Cheri Dixon 
Mary Copland 
Dianne Khan 
Vicki LoCoco 


Introduction
Ciao!  Welcome to Italy!  In 48 hours, you will be taking President Bush on a tour of Italy.  Before becoming his tour guide, you will need to complete 4 tasks to become more familiar with Italy and all it has to offer.  Enjoy your trip! 
  
The Task

Because you have all of Italy to tour, you will need 3 other assistant tour guides.  In groups of 4, each person will take on one of the following roles:

  • Tour guide 1: You will be responsible for learning to count to 10 and recite the days of the week.  You will then teach this to President Bush.
  • Tour guide 2: You will be responsible for comparing and contrasting Italian customs and traditions to those of the United States.
  • Tour guide 3: You will be responsible for researching Italy's finest restaurants and choosing a recipe to give to President  Bush to take back to the White House. 
  • Tour guide 4: You will be responsible for describing Italy's geographical regions.

The Process
Tour Guide 1: 
      You will prepare and design materials to teach President Bush the days of week and to count to 10 in Italian.  Your materials could include:
  • *Flash cards 
  • *Games
  • *Rhymes 
  • *Songs 
  • *Any creative idea you have!
 Use the following links as resources:

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Tour Guide 2: 
     You will  prepare and design materials to teach President Bush how Italian customs and traditions are similar and different from those of the United States.  Your materials could include:

  • *A classificatory paper
  • *T - chart
  • *Venn diagram
  • *Powerpoint presentation
  • *Picture brochure or portfolio
  • *Any creative idea you have!
Use the following links as resources: 


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Tour Guide 3: 
     You will prepare and design materials to teach Present Bush about Italian cuisine.  You will need to have one Italian recipe that can be taken back to the White House.  Your materials could include:

  • *Sample menus from Italian restaurants
  • *A how-to paper explaining how to make the recipe
  • *Pictures or drawing of various Italian foods
  • *Choose a specific Italian food to research and present
  • *Any creative idea you have!
Use the following links as resources: 
 
 
 Wheat Pastas 
 Saffron Pastas  
 Special Pasta  
 History of Pizza





 
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Tour Guide 4: 
     You will prepare and design materials to teach President Obama about the geographical regions of Italy.  Your materials could include:

  • *Draw and label a map of Italy
  • *Build a model of the various landforms found in Italy
  • *Write a description paper of Italy's regions
  • *Create a travel brochure of Italy
Use the following links as resources:
 Maps 
 Geography of Italy 
 Land of Italy 
 Italy 
 Information on Italy
Around the World 
 Stromboli 
 Mt. Vesuvius 
 World Geography

Evaluation

Individual and group grades will be given based on the following: 

Needs 
Improvement


Satisfactory
 


Good 
 


Excellent 
 


Score
Tour Guide 
#1

 

No teaching 
materials
1 teaching item presented
2 - 3 teaching items presented
Full lesson plan with 4 or more teaching items
 
Tour Guide 
#2












 

No visual materials presented
1 visual item presented
1 well elaborated or 2 - 3 items for presentation
2 or more well elaborated items for presentation

1 item must be the classificatory paper

 
Tour Guide 
#3












 

No visual materials presented 
1 visual item presented

must also include recipe

1 well elaborated or 2 -3 items presented

must also include recipe

2 or more well elaborated items for presentation including recipe

1 item must be how-to paper

 
Tour Guide 
#4

 

No visual presentation
1 visual item for presentation
2 visual items for presentation
3 or more visual items for presentation
 
Group Grade
Only 1 tour guide presented oral/visual presentation
2 tour guides presented oral/visual presentations
3 tour guides presented oral/visual presentations
All tour guides presented oral/visual presentations
 


 Tour of Italy 


Credits & References
Clip art: Barry's Clip art

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