Grade: Elementary
Subject: History

#4141. American Revolution Wequest

History, level: Elementary
Posted Tue Apr 1 13:11:18 PST 2008 by Katherine Ingrao (Katherine Ingrao).
Wayne State Univesity, Detroit, USA
Materials Required: Paper, internet access
Activity Time: 2 class periods
Concepts Taught: Revolutionary War

Student Teacher's Name: Katherine Ingrao Date: March 27, 2008
Grade Level: 5th Topic/Unit: American Revolution School:
Lesson Plan Title: American Revolution Webquest
Students will be able to effectively use the internet to complete the assigned Webquest.
Students will be able to write an informed essay that involves the results of their Webquest.
Students will be able to describe some of the roles of African Americans, Women, and Native Americans played during the war.
Important Facts:
Webquest: An inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by students is online.
American Revolutionary War: The war fought between the American Colonists and England from 1776-1783 for American independence.
Kidspiration: develops thinking, literacy and numeracy skills using proven visual learning principles.
Concept mapping: is a technique for visualizing the relationships among different concepts.
1.b.7 Students identify search strategies for locating needed information on the internet.
5 -- U3.2.1 Describe the advantages and disadvantages of each side during the American Revolution with respect to military leadership, geography, types of resources, and incentives.

5 -- U3.2.3 Compare the role of women, African Americans, American Indians, and France in helping shape the outcome of the war.

Learning Resources and Materials:
Computer access
Webquest site:
Microsoft Word
Kidspiration Software
Lined paper
Development of Lesson:
Today we will be doing a very fun Webquest online and making concept maps using Kidspiration Software. A Webquest is an inquiry based activity that is completed online. You will be asked to complete the tasks that it asks of you such as reading articles on websites and searching the web for pictures that illustrate a point.
The last component of the webquest will be to write an essay. You will be writing this essay by hand for a first draft. Then you will have a partner read and edit your rough draft. Once you have had a partner edit it you will be allowed to use a computer to type it up on the computer using Microsoft Word.
When you have completed your essay you will begin creating a concept map using the Kidspiration Software. This concept map will be a visual representation of the information you all will learn from the Webquest. Before everyone gets started I will walk everyone through as a group of how to complete the webquest and get to the essay question. We will also complete a simple concept map on the board as an example and then do an example on the Kidspiration software.
1. Explain to students how a Webquest works.
2. Show the class the Webquest online.
3. Walk around monitoring student's work
4. Partner up students who need extra help
5. Help students edit their rough drafts
6. Monitor students working on Word
7. Start students on concept map making on Kidspiration
Accommodations/ Adaptations:
I have four special needs students that I needed to think about when preparing my lesson. One of my four students has a mild learning disability that limits his ability to concentrate for the same length of time as the average student. I will require him to complete a shorter version of the webquest activity and also to write the essay at the end. While he writes I will provide extra guidance and help him to stay on task and focus his attention.
My second special needs student has limited speech abilities and so in our classroom we have an AAC device for her to use. This will help her ask any questions of me during the Webquest. I also have allowed the use of Word to type up the final drafts of the essays. This will assist her and me locate any grammar or phonetic errors that need to be corrected in her writing that might have been a result of her speech disability.
My third special needs student is hearing impaired. This lesson can be completed almost completely visually. There are no sound bites, music, or lecture that this student would need any further assistance in order to participate. This is a good lesson for this student because it is mainly reading information off of a computer screen.
My fourth special needs student is physically disabled and not able to use a standard computer keyboard. This student will have available to him a touch screen computer for the Webquest portion of the lesson. In order for him to complete his written portion of the lesson he will be allowed to use a Basic Adaptive Keyboard. This special keyboard has larger keys as well as the alphabet keys put into alphabetical order. This will assist him in being able to type out his response to the essay question.
Assessment/Evaluation of Student Learning:
Students will be assessed and evaluated by their essay responses after having completed the Webquest. Their essays should demonstrate their understanding and retention of the information given to them through the readings and explorations during the Webquest. The student's concept maps will also be collected, graded, and displayed.
Students will present their Concept Maps to the class and their work will be displayed on a bulletin board in the classroom dedicated to our unit.