The Three Fires Tribes of Michigan Webquest

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Purpose, Objectives & Standards

Content Area: Social Studies with Integrations of Language Arts and 

Grade Level: Upper Elementary


In this webquest, students will participate as members of an �investigative 
research team� in a cooperative inquiry on the Michigan Three Fires Tribes 
(Ojibway, Potwatomi, and Ottawa). The format of this webquest is one 
of "compiliation" whereby students will assemble and organize a team "book 
of knowledge" in a form that would be useful to their school or local 

In teams, students will gain practice in making choices, as well 
as, organizing and summarizing information drawn from a variety of sources 
and forms. Students will be given the opportunity to determine what they 
think is important and to formulate their own selections of what to include 
in the �book of knowledge,� as well as, how to format it.

In addition, students will be developing social skills in the area of 
cooperative learning as they work in their investigative research teams. 
Skills they will be developing and working on include: helping, listening, 
participating, and respecting.  

The webquesting model was developed by Bernie Dodge and Tom March of San 
Diego State University in 1995. (For more information, go to 
www.webquest.org and http://webquest.sdsu.edu/designpatterns/all.htm).

The �book of knowledge� idea was obtained from Tarry Lindquist�s 
book, "Seeing the Whole Through Social Studies." 


* Students will complete a webquest designed to accumulate resources 
on the Three Fires Tribes of Michigan in the areas of archaeology, 
government, natural resources, and culture. 

* Students will work cooperatively in investigative research teams and 
practice the social skills of helping, listening, participating and 
respecting each other.

* Students will compose a letter explaining their positions on why they feel 
Native Americans are not a culture of the past.

* Students will create a "book of knowledge" showcasing what they learned 
about various aspects of life of the Michigan Native Americans.  

* Students will distinguish between what is worth including and what is 
not in their "book of knowledge." 

* Students will structure their "book of knowledge" in a way that makes 
sense for the intended audience.

* Students will present their findings to peers and their teacher. 

Michigan Curriculum Standards and Benchmarks:

* SOC.1.2.LE.2 Students will use narratives and graphic data to compare the 
past of their local community, the state of Michigan and other parts of the 
United States with present day life in those places. 

* SOC.II.1.LE.1 Students will locate and describe cultures and compare the 
similarities and differences among the roles of women, men and families. 

* SOC.II.1.LE.2 Students will locate and describe diverse kinds of 
communities and explain the reasons for their characteristics and locations. 

* SOC.II.2.LE.4 Students will explain how various people and cultures have 
adapted to and modified the environment. 

Integrated Subjects (English Language Arts and Technology):

* ELA.1.LE.1 Students will use reading for multiple purposes, such as 
enjoyment, gathering information, learning new procedures and increasing 
conceptual understanding.

* ELA.2.LE.1 Students will write fluently for multiple purposes to produce 
compositions, such as stories, reports, letters, plays, and explanations of 

* ELA.3.LE.1 Students will integrate listening, speaking, viewing, reading 
and writing skills for multiple purposes and in varied contexts. An example 
is using all the language arts to prepare and present a unit project on a 
selected state or country. 

* ELA.3.LE.3 Students will read and write fluently, speak confidently, 
listen and interact appropriately, view knowledgeably, and represent 
creatively. Examples include exploring ideas in a group, interviewing family 
and friends, and explaining ideas represented in pictures. 

* ELA.6.LE.1 Students will practice using elements of effective 
communication to enhance their relationships in their school and 

* ELA.11.LE.3 Students will organize and analyze information to draw 
conclusions and implications based upon their investigation of an issue or 

Michigan Educational Technology & Expectations (Gr 3-5):

* Students will collaborate with classmates using a variety of technology 
tools to plan, organize and create a group project. 

* Students will use basic telecommunication tools (e.g., Webquests, IM, 
blogs, chat rooms, web conferencing) for collaborative projects with other 


* Computers with access to the Internet (students may work in groups or 
alternate use of the computers if computers are not available for all 

* "Book of Knowledge" supplies - colored paper, lined paper, markers, 
scissors, glue, etc.

Prior Knowledge:

* Students will have had prior experience using the Internet, MS Word and 
Powerpoint and some basic computer skills. 

* Students will have had prior experience working in groups and taking roles 
within the groups.

* Students will have had prior experience in letter writing and bibliography 

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