Exploring Southeast Asia
A fifth grade Internet Investigation
|Introduction||The Task||The Links||Evaluation||Inspiration Requirements|
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:
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
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).
GENERAL INFORMATION ON ASIA
Country At A Glance
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.
Kids Web Japan
CIA World Fact Book; Japan
Asia World : Japan
Daily Life in Japan
CIA World Fact Book : Laos
Asia World : Laos
CIA World fact Book : Malaysia
Lonely Planet : Malaysia
Focus on Malaysia
Windows to Malaysia
Mongolia: A Country Study
CIA World Fact Book: Mongolia
Lonely Planet : Mongolia
Nepal : A Country Study
CIA World Fact Book : Nepal
Lonely Planet : Nepal
CIA World Fact Book : Philippines
The Philippines : A Country Study
Lonely Planet : The Philippines
Philippines Web Quest
CIA World Fact Book : South Korea
Lonely Planet : South Korea
Country at a Glance : South Korea
Asia World : Taiwan
Lonely Planet : Taiwan
CIA World Fact Book : Vietnam
Vietnam : A Country Study
Cool Planet : Vietnam
The Country : Vietnam
Lonely Planet : Vietnam
Southeast Asia Webquest:
Inspiration Idea Map Project:
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:
Students presented their information to the class in a clear and concise way.
Total _____ / 21 Points: Grade:______________
|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.
Card Template Version 2 (in Microsoft
Word)...use this if you are having a hard time working with the first
|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.|
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.