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Tribes of Michigan WebQuest

Tribes of Michigan WebQuest
A WebQuest for grades 3-5

Designed by Edith Erickson






Introduction

Time machines have just been invented and we want your class to try it out! Your job is to travel back in time to the late 1600's to learn about Michigan's original inhabitants! You will pose as a missionary while you study the Native Americans that called Michigan home. After your trip, you will be responsible for showing what you discovered by making a Glog to share with the other researchers.

Tasks

During your time travel, you will need to do these things:
  • Learn about the job of a missionary in Michigan's early history
  • Learn about the life of Native Americans in the late 1600's
  • Complete a research log to record your findings
  • Create a Glog showcasing your findings about Michigan's Native Americans
  • Complete a self-assessment

Process

  1. Before starting, you need to understand what a missionary is so that you can play the part without being discovered.
    • Visit Dictionary.com and search for the word "missionary". Choose the best definition and record it in your research log.
    • Read this article and learn more about a famous missionary that explored Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
    • Complete part one of your research log.

  2. You will start your research by learning more about which Native American groups lived in Michigan during the late 1600's. 
    1. Visit this page, and examine the map titled "American Indians in Michigan". 
    2. Complete part two of your research log.

  3. Now that you are familiar with the tribes, you will now learn more about the Native American lifestyle.
    • Visit this page, skim the page, and choose 3 aspects of Native American life that interest you.
    • Complete part three of your research log.

  4. You are learning a lot and feel more comfortable interacting with the tribe. You are doing a great job blending in , so the tribal elders have invited you to attend a pow wow!
    • Watch this video of a pow wow held in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. 
    • Complete part four of your research log.

  5. Your trip is almost over. Learn about Native American art, and design a gift to leave with your tribe.
      1. Select the box that says "all of the above".
      2. Now, click on the "Woodlands" label on the map, then click "Great Lakes".
      3. Select your tribe from the list that pops up.
      4. Click the big blue search button.
    • Browse through the artifacts and choose one you would like to make as a gift to your tribe. 
    • Complete part five of your research log.

  6. Your trip is now complete and it is time to present your findings to your fellow researchers. Visit Glogster.com and use your research log to help you create your Glog. Include the following elements in your Glog:
    • A title
    • A sticky note describing your job as a missionary in 1 sentence
    • A paragraph describing the tribe you studied (include location, homes, and food)
    • A paragraph telling how life in Michigan in the late 1600's was different than life in Michigan today.
    • A paragraph describing what it was like to attend the pow wow in Mt. Pleasant
    • An image of the art that inspired your gift. Write a caption describing what you designed for your gift
    • An image of a Native American from your tribe

  7. Once your project is complete, please fill out this self-assessment.

Evaluation

You will be evaluated on your research log as well as your final glog. You will also complete a self-assessment.
This rubric will be used to grade your glog:

CATEGORY
4
3
2
1
Required Elements
The glog includes all required elements as well as additional information.
All required elements are included on the glog.
All but 1 of the required elements are included on the glog.
Several required elements were missing.
Content - Accuracy
At least 10 accurate facts are displayed on the glog.
7-9 accurate facts are displayed on the glog.
4-7 accurate facts are displayed on the glog.
Less than 4 accurate facts are displayed on the glog.
Attractiveness
The glog is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.
The glog is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness.
The glog is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy.
The glog is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.
Graphics - Relevance
All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand.
All graphics are related to the topic and most make it easier to understand.
All graphics relate to the topic.
Graphics do not relate to the topic.
Knowledge Gained
Student can accurately answer all questions related to facts in the glog and processes used to create the glog.
Student can accurately answer most questions related to facts in the glog and processes used to create the glog.
Student can accurately answer about 75% of questions related to facts in the glog and processes used to create the glog.
Student appears to have insufficient knowledge about the facts or processes used in the glog.

Conclusion

Congratulations! Your research has provided us with useful information about the tribe you selected! You should now have an understanding of the job of a missionary, as well as what life was like for Native Americans in Michigan in the late 1600's. Be sure to share your Glog with your parents and grandparents! They would love to see all that you have learned! If you are interested in learning more about the Native Americans of Michigan, visit Pearltrees.com.

Credits

Hicks, Mark A. (Illustrator). Native American Drum [Digital Image]. Discovery Education's Clip Art Gallery. Retrieved April 13, 2013, from http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/clip/native-american-drum.html

Teacher Page

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