Travel Back in Time to Colonial America: Make a Mag !. A Fourth Grade Webquest Created By: Jennifer Murdoch, Jennifer Leach, and Sarah Ray. Overview.
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A Fourth Grade Webquest Created By:
Jennifer Murdoch, Jennifer Leach, and Sarah Ray
In colonial America, life was very different from how it is today. People were coming to this “New World” from Europe, in search of new life and freedoms. Life in early America was anything but easy, and every different role faced different challenges. Men, women, children, native Americans, land owners, small merchants, ship builders, and whalers all had their place in Colonial Life
We here at LIFE magazine have procured a time machine and would like you to help us research to make a magazine about this topic by traveling to Providence, Rhode Island in 1675. We would like you to conduct interviews with some Colonial people, finding out what life was like for them and reporting back to us!
Click below to watch movie:
Click on these pictures to travel back in time and interview several Colonial persons:
You and your team have all been hired by LIFE magazine as writers and editors! Your task is to gather information about colonial America by interviewing people who live in Rhode Island in 1675. Each of you are to write a letter to the editor discussing a big issue for whomever you interview, review a recipe, and write an article about the life of that person. Good luck!
Resources you will need:
In your reporting, be sure to cover:
-Colonial women’s daily chores.
-Types of food that are grown and eaten.
-Colonial home life.
Resources you will need:
-what daily life was like for the Wampanoags
-what sort of homes Wampanoag’s lived in
-What impact European colonials had on the Wampanoag tribe
Resources you will need:
You and your teammates will need to follow this process to put together the best possible magazine.
1. Carefully read about the person that you will be interviewing, and ask the chief editor (your teacher) if you have any questions or need help understanding your topic.
2. Carefully read the evaluation before beginning your project.
3. Review all the sources provided to gather as much information as possible. Remember to make notes and save pictures that you would like to use in your magazine.
4. If there is a recipe provided in your interview, either make it with the class or at home, if you are going to write a review.
5. Once you have your information gathered, begin writing a rough draft of your article, letter to the editor, and recipe review, if applicable.
6. Have a teammate read your drafts and make suggestions for changes and improvements. Make sure that all of the important information that your interview prep listed is included in your article and letter. Also be sure that both you and your partner double check for spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors.
7. Write a second draft, revised to include any more ideas that you may have come up with and with errors corrected.
8. With your teammates, type up your articles, letters, and reviews in Microsoft Word. Remember to use the pictures you saved, as well as any clip art that works well with your writing. Try to use graphic organizers that might make your information more clear. Don’t forget to save often! When all work has been written up, pictures and graphics inserted and it has been spellchecked and proofread, print it out for binding. Don’t forget to design a cover with highlights of what is written in your magazine!
9. When your team has finished, present the magazine to the class, with all team members playing an important part in the presentation.
10. Submit your final project to the chief editor (your teacher!) for evaluation.
11. Think about your project and answer the questions on the Conclusion page.
Excellent reporting! Colonial LIFE is selling like hotcakes, and everyone is interested to learn more about the lives of the American colonists and Wampanoags. Take a moment to contemplate what you accomplisted and all that you have learned.
-Name three important people who lived in Colonial America.
-List two things that people still enjoy doing today that the early colonists did
-Identify what, or who, in your opinion, is the most important person, event, or thing to remember about this period in our country’s history.
-Thinking about the conflicts in colonial America between the colonists and the Native Americans, what are some things that you think should have been done differently?
-What conflicts did you and your teammates have while working on this project? What did you do to resolve these issues? Did this work out, or what would you have done differently?
-What did you learn about the technology that you used in this project? What might you use these skills for in the future?
New England Colonies. Houghton Mifflin Social Studies, Grade Four: United States History: Early Years. P. 158-184