Exploring Southeast Asia

A fifth grade Internet Investigation

Introduction The Task The Links Evaluation

Handouts

Inspiration Requirements

 

Laos

Japan

 

Mongolia

Nepal

Philippines

 

Malaysia

Taiwan

Vietnam

South Korea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction
 

Southeast Asia is a unique and fascinating part of the world, filled with interesting geographical features and cultures.  Your mission as World Investigators is to use CultureGram sheets and this webquest  to research different countries in Southeast Asia and report your findings back to the class. 

You each will be assigned a partner (one group per class will work as a group of three) and will research one of the following countries to learn more information about their geography and culture in order to teach the class about your particular country.

Countries we will research include:

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The Task
Work with your investigating partner to research the answers to following questions about your country.  You and your partner will prepare a concept map using Inspiration that contains the following information.  Arrange your concept map in a way that will make sense to you and the audience members (other students and teachers) that you share it with.  Click here for suggestions on your Inspiration concept maps.

 

·        Where is the country? 
tell its relative location in relation to other nations, major landforms, and/or bodies of water

 

·        What is the physical geography of the country like?
What major landforms are in the country?  What is the land like?

 

·        What natural resources are found in the country?

 

·        What is the culture like? 
Tell how 4 different elements of culture are seen in your country.

 

Please take notes on the sheets provided or on loose-leaf (if more space is needed).  Then transfer your notes from paper to the computer program, Inspiration.  You and your partner should arrange your concept maps in an appropriate manner (see Inspiration suggestions link).

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The Links 


GENERAL INFORMATION ON ASIA

Multicultural/Ethnic Websites

Country At A Glance

World Surfari

CIA Country Factbook  This site contains facts and basic information about countries in the world.  This is a good source for maps, flags, basic statistics, etc.  Very good source for information such as ethnic/religious breakdown, languages spoken, natural resources, etc (Mr. M). 

Asia Profiles  Here you will find maps and statistics for individual countries.

 

COUNTRY PROFILES

Japan                                                            

 Kids Web Japan

 CIA World Fact Book; Japan

 Asia World : Japan

 Daily Life in Japan

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Laos 

 CIA World Fact Book : Laos

 Asia World : Laos

Discovering Laos

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Malaysia

CIA World fact Book : Malaysia

Malaysia

Lonely Planet : Malaysia

Focus on Malaysia

Windows to Malaysia

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Mongolia  

Mongolia: A Country Study

CIA World Fact Book: Mongolia

Lonely Planet : Mongolia

Mongolia

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Nepal 

Nepal : A Country Study

CIA World Fact Book : Nepal

Nepal

Travel Nepal

Lonely Planet : Nepal

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Philippines 

CIA World Fact Book : Philippines

The Philippines : A Country Study

Lonely Planet : The Philippines

Philippines Web Quest

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South Korea

CIA World Fact Book : South Korea

Lonely Planet : South Korea

Country at a Glance : South Korea

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Taiwan

Asia World : Taiwan

Taiwan Geography

Lonely Planet : Taiwan

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 Vietnam   

CIA World Fact Book : Vietnam

Vietnam : A Country Study

Cool Planet : Vietnam

The Country : Vietnam

Lonely Planet : Vietnam

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Evaluation
 

                                                                                             

Exploring Southeast Asia Webquest:
Inspiration Idea Map Project:


I. Research:

Students researched all questions:                    

Yes- all (5 points)         Most- (3 points)           Some (1 point)             None (0 points)


Notes taken were:

II. Concept Map:

Students created a visual idea map for their country using Inspiration.      

Yes      (5 points)

No        (0 points)

Students used appropriate graphics to enhance concept map.               

Concept map was clear, easy to read, and easy to follow with accurate information:

 

III. Presentation:

Students presented their information to the class in a clear and concise way.

Total _____ / 21 Points:  Grade:______________


                 

 

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Handouts


Inspiration Idea Map Rubric (follow these criteria for the inspiration presentation with your partner) Post Card Template (in Microsoft Word)...click the link and choose "Save as."  Save to your Social Studies->SE Asia folder inside of your Documents folder. 

 Post Card Template Version 2 (in Microsoft Word)...use this if you are having a hard time working with the first template

The Post Card will be an individual assignment, and will count as a homework grade.

  Post Card Rubric: Please use the Post Card template above to create your postcard.  This will count as a homework grade and will be assessed using this rubric.

 

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Inspiration Concept Maps-Suggestions

You will use your concept maps to share information that you discover from your web quest with other students in your classroom.  You will be able to use a projector and Smart Board to share your maps.  You and your partner will have approximately 4-8 minutes to share your maps.  Here are some tips to help you prepare your concept maps for sharing on the projector:

1.  Use contrasting colors that are EASY to read.  Use simple fonts that are EASY to read.

2.  Use a font size around 18 for your presentation.  This may seem big on your computer screen, but should show up nicely on a projector.

3.  Use notes in Inspiration for more detailed information about a component of your map.  You'll be able to easily open your notes during your presentation by tapping on the Smart Board. 

4.  You may use 2-3 good quality graphics on your concept map.  You might choose to use flags, a map, a picture that reveals information about the culture, etc.

5.  Rehearse your presentation with your partner on a computer in the library or Middle School computer lab.  Practice your presentation at least 2 times on two different days if possible.

6.  During your presentation, feel free to use the Smart Board to enhance what you are talking about.  Circle items with the pens, highlight important topics, etc.  These tools will help you keep the attention on your audience on you and your presentation.

 

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