Overview:  This WebQuest concentrates on Holidays Around the World and allows 
students to explore their family roots or interests through winter holidays.

Major Curriculum Area:  Social Studies
Interrelated Curriculum Areas:  Art, Language Arts, Music, Technology

Wisconsin Model Academic Performance Standards

Social Studies
A.  Geography
A.4.2  Locate on a map or globe physical features such as continents, oceans, 
mountain ranges, and land forms, natural features such as resources, flora, 
and fauna; and human features such as cities, states, and national borders
A.4.5  Uses atlases, databases, grid systems, charts, graphs, and maps to 
gather information about the local community, Wisconsin, the United States, 
and the world
A.4.7  Identify connections between the local community and other places in 
Wisconsin, the United States, and the world

B.  History
B.4.1  Identify and examine various sources of information that are used for 
constructing an understanding of the past, such as artifacts, documents, 
letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, paintings, architecture, oral 
presentations, graphs, and charts
B.4.4  Compare and contrast changes in contemporary life with life in the 
past by looking at social, economics, political, and cultural roles played by 
individuals and groups

C.  Political Science and Citizenship
C.4.1  Identify and explain the individual's responsibilities to family, 
peers, and the community, including the need for civility and respect for 
C.4.6  Locate, organize, and use relevant information to understand an issue 
in the classroom or school, while taking into account the viewpoints and 
interests of different groups and individuals

E.  Behavorial Sciences
E.4.1  Explain the influence of prior knowledge, motivation, capabilities, 
personal interests, and other factors on individual learning
E.4.2  Explain the influence of factors such as family, neighborhood, 
personal interests, language, likes and dislikes, and accomplishments on 
individual identity and development
E.4.3  Describe how families are alike and different, comparing 
characteristics such as size, hobbies, celebrations, where families live, and 
how they make a living
E.4.8  Describe and distinguish among the values and beliefs of different 
groups and institutions
E.4.9  Explain how people learn about others who are different from themselves
E.4.11 Give examples and explain how language, stories, folk tales, music, 
and other artistic creations are expressions of culture and how they convey 
knowledge of other peoples and cultures
E.4.13 Investigate and explain similarities and differences in ways that 
cultures meet human needs
E.4.14 Describe how differences in cultures may lead to understanding or 
misunderstanding among people

Language Arts
E.  Media and Technology
E.4.1  Use computers to acquire, organize, analyze, and communicate 
     *Operate common computer hardware and software
     *Use basic word-processing, graphics, and drawing programs
     *Create, store, and retrieve electronic reference resources, such as 
library catalog, encyclopedias, almanacs, and indexes

E.4.5 Analyze and edit media work as appropriate to audience and purpose. 

      *Generate and edit media work as appropriate to audience and purpose, 
sequencing the presentation effectively and adding or deleting information as 
necessary to achieve desired effects 
      *Provide feedback to (and receive it from) peers about the content, 
organization, and overall effect of media work 

F.  Research and Inquiry
F.4.1 Conduct research and inquiry on self-selected or assigned topics, 
issues, or problems and use an appropriate form to communicate their 
     *Propose research by formulating initial questions, narrowing the focus 
of a topic, identifying prior knowledge, and developing a basic plan for 
gathering information 
     *Conduct research by identifying, locating, exploring, and effectively 
using multiple sources of information appropriate to the inquiry, including 
print, nonprint, and electronic sources 
     *Recognize, record, organize, and acknowledge information pertinent to a 
project, accurately blending discoveries into answers 
     *Present the results of inquiry, reporting and commenting on the 
substance and process of learning, orally and in writing, using appropriate 
visual aids 

A.  Reading/Literature
A.4.1 Use effective reading strategies to achieve their purposes in reading. 
     *Use a variety of strategies and word recognition skills, including 
rereading,finding context clues, applying their knowledge of letter-sound 
relationships, and analyzing word structures 
     *Infer the meaning of unfamiliar words in the context of a passage by 
examining known words, phrases and structures 
     *Demonstrate phonemic awareness by using letter/sound relationships as 
aids to pronouncing and understanding unfamiliar words and text 
     *Comprehend reading by using strategies such as activating prior 
knowledge,establishing purpose, self-correcting and self-monitoring, 
rereading, making predictions, finding context clues, developing visual 
images, applying knowledge of text structures, and adjusting reading rate 
according to purpose and difficulty 
     *Discern how written texts and accompanying illustrations connect to 
convey meaning 
     *Identify and use organizational features of texts, such as headings, 
paragraphs, and format, to improve understanding 
     *Identify a purpose for reading, such as gaining information, learning 
about a viewpoint, and appreciating literature 

A.4.2 Read, interpret, and critically analyze literature. 
     *Draw upon a reservoir of reading materials, including fairy tales, 
fables, and narratives from the United States and cultures worldwide, to 
understand plots, make predictions, and relate reading to prior knowledge and 
     *Summarize ideas drawn from stories, identifying cause-and-effect 
relationships, interpreting events and ideas, and connecting different works 
to each other and to real-life experiences 
     *Extend the literal meaning of a text by making inferences, and evaluate 
the significance and validity of texts in light of prior knowledge and 

A.4.3 Read and discuss literary and nonliterary texts in order to understand 
human experience. 
     *Demonstrate the ability to integrate general knowledge about the world 
and familiarity with literary and nonliterary texts when reflecting upon 
life's experiences 
     *Identify and summarize main ideas and key points from literature, 
informational texts, and other print and nonprint sources 
     *Distinguish fiction from nonfiction, realistic fiction from fantasy, 
biography from autobiography, and poetry from prose 
     *Select a variety of materials to read for discovery, appreciation, and 
enjoyment, summarize the readings, and connect them to prior knowledge and 

A.4.4 Read to acquire information. 
     *Summarize key details of informational texts, connecting new 
information to prior knowledge 
     *Identify a topic of interest then seek information by investigating 
available text resources 

B.  Writing
B.4.1 Create or produce writing to communicate with different audiences for a 
variety of purposes. 
     *Write nonfiction and technical pieces (summaries, messages, 
informational essays, basic directions, instructions, simple reports) that 
convey essential details and facts and provide accurate representations of 
events and sequences 
     *Write expressive pieces in response to reading, viewing, and life 
experiences (narratives, reflections, and letters) employing descriptive 
detail and a personal voice 
     *Write creative pieces (poetry, fiction, and plays) employing basic 
aesthetic principles appropriate to each genre 
     *Write in a variety of situations (timed and untimed, at school and at 
home) and adapt strategies, such as revision and the use of reference 
materials, to the situation 
     *Use a variety of writing technologies, including pen and paper as well 
as computers 
     *Write for a variety of readers, including peers, teachers, and other 
adults, adapting content, style, and structure to audience and situation 

B.4.2 Plan, revise, edit, and publish clear and effective writing. 
     *Produce multiple drafts, including finished pieces, that demonstrate 
the capacity to generate, focus, and organize ideas and to revise the 
language, organization, and content of successive drafts in order to fulfill 
a specific purpose for communicating with a specific audience 
     *Explain the extent and reasons for revision in conference with a 
     *Given a writing assignment to be completed in a limited amount of time, 
produce a well developed, well organized, and effective response in correct 
English and an appropriate voice 

B.4.3 Understand the function of various forms, structures, and punctuation 
marks of standard American English and use them appropriately in 
     *Understand and use parts of speech effectively, including nouns, 
pronouns, and adjectives 
     *Use adverbials effectively, including words and phrases 
     *Employ principles of agreement related to number, gender, and case 
     *Capitalize proper nouns, titles, and initial words of sentences 
     *Use punctuation marks and conjunctions, as appropriate, to separate 
sentences and connect independent clauses 
     *Use commas correctly to punctuate appositives and lists 
     *Spell frequently used words correctly 
     *Use word order and punctuation marks to distinguish statements, 
questions, exclamations, and commands 
C.  Oral language
C.4.1 Orally communicate information, opinions, and ideas effectively to 
different audiences for a variety of purposes. 
     *Identify and discuss criteria for effective oral presentations, 
including such factors as eye contact, projection, tone, volume, rate, and 
     *Read aloud effectively from previously-read material 
     *Speaking from notes or a brief outline, communicate precise information 
and accurate instructions in clearly organized and sequenced detail 
Present autobiographical or fictional stories that recount events effectively 
to large and small audiences 
     *Perform dramatic readings and presentations 
     *Distinguish between fact and opinion and provide evidence to support 

C.4.2 Listen to and comprehend oral communications. 
     *Follow basic directions 
     *Identify and summarize key points of a story or discussion 
     *Retell stories and reports of events in proper sequence  
     *Recall the content of stories after hearing them, relate the content to 
prior knowledge, and answer various types of factual and interpretive 
questions about the stories 
     *Distinguish fact from fantasy and fact from opinion 
     *Understand increasingly complex sentence structures 
     *Understand a variety of word structures and forms, such as affixes, 
roots, homonyms, antonyms, synonyms, and word analogies 

C.4.3 Participate effectively in discussion. 
     *Volunteer relevant information, ask relevant questions, and answer 
questions directly 
     *Use appropriate eye contact and other nonverbal cues 
     *Reflect on the ideas and opinions of others and respond thoughtfully 
     *Ask for clarification and explanation of unfamiliar words and ideas 
     *Summarize information conveyed through discussion 

D.  Language
D.4.1 Develop their vocabulary of words, phrases, and idioms as a means of 
improving communication. 
     *Consult dictionaries, thesauruses, and other resources to find and 
compare definitions, choose among synonyms, and spell words correctly 
     *Use their knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes to interpret and 
convey the meaning of words 
     *Identify common figures of speech and use them appropriately 

D.4.2 Recognize and interpret various uses and adaptations of language in 
social, cultural, regional, and professional situations, and learn to be 
flexible and responsive in their use of English. 
     *Identify various styles and purposes of oral and written language and 
learn to communicate effectively in commonly occurring situations 
     *Describe and give examples of variations in American English that 
appear in different social, cultural, regional, and professional environments 

National Education Technology Standards for Students
Technology Foundation Standards for All Students

1. Basic operation and concepts
      Students are proficient in the use of technology

2. Social, ethical and human issues
      Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related 
to technology
      Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, 
and software
      Students develop positive attitudes towards technology uses that 
support lifelong learning, collabloration, personal pursuits, and productivity

3. Technology productivity tools
      Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase 
productivity, and promote creativity
      Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing 
technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative 

4. Technology communications tools
      Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact 
with peers, experts, and other audiences
      Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information 
and ideas effectively to multiple audiences

5. Technology research tools
      Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information 
from a variety of sources
      Students use technology tools to process data and report results
      Students evaluate and select new information resources and 
technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks
6. Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools
      Students use technology resources for solving problems and making 
informed decisions
      Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving 
problems in the real world

Targeted Grade Level:  Primary grade 2

Materials Needed:
*Word Processing Software 

Prior Knowledge:
Basic Word Processing Skills
HyperStudio Software
Basic research skills
Basic Internet skills