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Road Maps

A Webquest for 4th Grade
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Introduction | Task | Resources | Process | Conclusion
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Congratulations!! You and a partner have been hired as researchers for the Birchwood History Channel. Your job will be to find specific information for the events during the Revolutionary War that led to our country's freedom. This information needs to be rewritten so that kids your age can understand what happened. The directors want this information in the form of a road map, instead of a timeline. They also want colorful pictures to attract the student's attention. Let's get moving-the open road is waiting!!

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The Task-What Am I Supposed to Do? 

You will be researching important events leading up to and during the Revolutionary War, taking notes, and clearly summarizing each event in two sentences, putting your final research into an illustrated road map. Please read through the entire directions before you begin.

RESEARCH: With a partner research the events on the Internet, make sure to note what websites you used.

SUMMARIZE: Rewrite the information you find in two complete sentences.

DESIGN: Design your road.

ADD INFORMATION: Fill in the road map in order and illustrate.

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Resources-Where Can I Find It?

Use some of the resources below to find the information you are looking for.

To help you get started, here is a brief description of the actions of the British, including taxation without representation, which were during the Pre-Revolutionary days.

These other links provide a general history search which refers to more than one battle or event.

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The Process-How do we get there?

1. Work with your assigned partner.

2. Click here to get a list of the important events you will be researching.

3. For each event you will need to find:

  • 1. THE DATE THE EVENT OCCURRED
  • 2. A BRIEF SUMMARY OF WHAT HAPPENED (include people who were there if it is appropriate)
  • 3. IDEAS FOR PICTURES
  • 4. WEB SITE URLS THAT YOU USED

4. Use the Graphic Organizer (PDF) to help you organize your ideas, write 2 complete sentences for each event and your ideas for the illustrations. (You will want to print out a copy of the Graphic Organizer if your teacher has not done so already.)

5. Check your sentences for capital letters, correct spelling and punctuation.

6. Design your road. Use a piece of white construction paper (18x24).

  • Make sure your road has a beginning and an end
  • The road should be a road you would find in colonial times. Draw the kinds of buildings you would find during this time period.
  • Use a pencil to sketch out your map.
  • HINT: Remember to make the width of your road about three inches so you can have room to put each event.
  • Divide your road into 10 equal sections.

7. Add the information to your map.

  • Write the title and the date at the top of each section.
  • Under the title, write the two complete sentences from your Graphic Organizer.
  • Continue adding events to your map in sequential order as you move along the road.
  • Make sure you have a clearly marked beginning and end to your road map.
  • Add pictures under each title and date.
  • Create a title for your road map. Use creative lettering.
  • Add landscaping (trees, grass, etc.) to your design to fill up the empty spaces.
  • Color all your pictures, road, landscaping, and your title.

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Conclusion-Final Thoughts

Congratulations!! The producers at Birchwood's History Channel want to reward you for the hard work you have done. Your road maps were wonderful! Click on this site for a fun game that you should enjoy.

The Road To Revolution Game

This activity should put you on the road for learning about the American Revolution. You will not only learn how to complete a timeline, but will have fun using the internet to find your information.

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Updated March 2009
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