Elementary Themes and Projects

~Now including Parent Math Resources at the bottom of the page~

(Below you will find links to various sites and projects that I feel are excellent to use for elementary students)

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First Grade

 

http://www.kingofalltechnology.com/egghunt.htm (Easter Egg Hunt for elementary grades, Created by Mr. Shamblin, updated October 2010)

https://ethemes.missouri.edu/grades?locale=en&q=1  Search eThemes for more 1st Grade Links

http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/ Mrs. Jackson's Classroom-Pre-K-12 Themes, Lesson Plans, Resources, Activities, Ideas

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/hunt.shtml Internet Scavenger Hunts (some worksheets might have broken links, but you can find other websites to help your students complete the scavenger hunt)

 


Second Grade

http://www.kingofalltechnology.com/egghunt.htm (Easter Egg Hunt for elementary grades, Created by Mr. Shamblin, updated October 2010)

https://ethemes.missouri.edu/grades?locale=en&q=2  Search eThemes for more 2nd Grade Links

http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/ Mrs. Jackson's Classroom-Pre-K-12 Themes, Lesson Plans, Resources, Activities, Ideas

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/hunt.shtml Internet Scavenger Hunts (some worksheets might have broken links, but you can find other websites to help your students complete the scavenger hunt)

The Butterfly and Moth Learning Center


Third Grade

 

http://www.kingofalltechnology.com/egghunt.htm (Easter Egg Hunt for elementary grades, Created by Mr. Shamblin, updated October 2010)

 ,https://ethemes.missouri.edu/grades?locale=en&q=3 Search eThemes for more 3rd Grade Links

http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/ Mrs. Jackson's Classroom-Pre-K-12 Themes, Lesson Plans, Resources, Activities, Ideas

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/hunt.shtml Internet Scavenger Hunts (some worksheets might have broken links, but you can find other websites to help your students complete the scavenger hunt)

The Butterfly and Moth Learning Center


Fourth Grade

http://www.kingofalltechnology.com/ohiocanal.htm Created by Mr. Shamblin (Updated: 2011)

http://www.kingofalltechnology.com/webquest.htm Created by Mr. Shamblin (Updated: 2011)

The Erie Canal - A journey through history (Click on this link to download the worksheet to the scavenger hunt)

 https://ethemes.missouri.edu/grades?locale=en&q=4  Search eThemes for more 4th Grade Links

http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/ Mrs. Jackson's Classroom-Pre-K-12 Themes, Lesson Plans, Resources, Activities, Ideas

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/hunt.shtml Internet Scavenger Hunts (some worksheets might have broken links, but you can find other websites to help your students complete the scavenger hunt)

 

5th Grade

 

Let's Go Undercover! (Some links are not working please search google to find new links)

 

Introduction

Let’s go undercover! Get ready to go undercover as a Civil War spy. In this WebQuest you will take on the role of a spy for either the Confederacy or the Union. What was your personal life like? What methods of spying did you use? Were you able to find any secret information that helped your side in the war? You will find the answers to these questions and then share your sly spying techniques with the public!

Task

Let’s go undercover! During this WebQuest you will work in teams of four. Each team member will take on the role of a spy for either the Confederacy or the Union. Each person will be responsible for going undercover to find out about the secret life of one spy. Once you and your team members have gathered your information, you will meet in a secret location to share what you have found. Your team will conclude by writing a Spying Handbook. Future spies will be able to go undercover at a moment’s notice…all with the help of your sly spying techniques.

 

Process

 Before you can write a Spying Handbook, you will need to investigate the secret life of a Confederate or a Union Civil War Spy.   

 Your teacher will assign you to a group of four. Each group will include either four Confederate or four Union spies. Each person in your group should select a different spy from the Resources Page.   

  Once you have chosen a spy, use the links on the Resource Page to begin your investigation.   

  Record your findings on the template your teacher provides. Be sure to answer all the questions completely, with as many relevant details as possible.   

 When your investigation is complete, proofread your answers and check for grammar and spelling errors. Then print two copies of your template. Put one copy in the envelope labeled with a secret spy code and give the other copy to your teacher.   

 Bring your coded envelope and meet with your group in a secret location. (When your group is ready to meet, check with the teacher for your secret location.) Combine all your information in one template.

   Using the secret information, your group will create a Spying Handbook. Please be creative with your handbook design. You may include illustrations, secret codes, step-by-step instructions, or short paragraphs. Please check with your teacher if you have other ideas.

   Your handbook should follow this general format:    Front Cover: Creative title    Page 1: Describe the ideal family and personal life of a good Civil War spy    Page 2: Describe the best way to get into the business of spying    Page 3: Describe the information you found that was helpful for your side of a war    Page 4: Describe any errors you made that hurt your side of the war    Page 5: Give a rookie spy helpful sly spying tips - What to Do and What Not to Do!

 

Resources

 Confederate Spies

 
Belle Boyd
Britannica Online
Kids InfoBits
Belle Boyd
Belle Boyd
Women in History
 
Rose O'Neal Greenhow
Rose O'Neal Greenhow Papers
Rose O'Neal Greenhow
Rose O'Neal Greenhow
Rose O'Neal Greenhow
Rose O'Neal Greenhow
Women Spies
 
Ginnie Moon
The Confederate Quilter
Confederate Sister Act
Ginnie and Lottie Moon
Ginnie and Lottie Moon
The Moon Sisters
Lottie Moon
The Confederate Quilter
Confederate Sister Act
Ginnie and Lottie Moon
Ginnie and Lottie Moon
The Moon Sisters
 
 

 Union Spies

 
Mary Elizabeth Bowser
Kids InfoBits
Bowser, Mary Elizabeth
Gibbs Magazine
Women in History
Women Spies
The Spy Who Served Me
 
Pauline Cushman
InfoTrac Kid's Edition
Pauline Cushman
Pauline Cushman
Pauline Cushman
Pauline Cushman
 
Sarah Emma Edmonds
InfoTrac Kid's Edition
Kids InfoBits
Sarah Emma Edmonds
Sarah Emma Edmonds
Spy Fact of the Day
 
Elizabeth Van Lew
Junior Reference Collection
Elizabeth Van Lew
Elizabeth Van Lew
Elizabeth Van Lew
Women Spies
 
 
 

 

 Evaluation

You will earn individual and group grades during this WebQuest. Your work will be evaluated using the WebQuest Rubric.

 

Rubric

 

 

Beginner:
3 points

Novice:
5 Points

Intermediate:
7 points

Expert:
10 points

Self Evaluation

Teacher Evaluation

Individual Template Content

Includes little essential information. 5 or more questions are not completely answered. Includes some essential information.
3-4 questions are not completely answered.
Includes essential information.
1-2 questions are not completely answered.
Covers topic completely and in depth.
All questions are completely answered.

 

 

Group Template Content

Includes little essential information. 5 or more questions are not completely answered. Includes some essential information. 3-4 questions are not completely answered. Includes some essential   information. 3-4 questions are not completely answered. Includes essential information. 1-2 questions are not completely answered.

 

 

Individual Template Mechanics

5 or more grammatical errors, misspellings, or punctuation errors. 3-4 grammatical errors, misspellings, or punctuation errors. 1-2 grammatical errors, misspellings, or punctuation errors.

All grammar, spelling, punctuation, & capitalization are correct. 

 

 

Group Template Mechanics

5 or more grammatical errors, misspellings, or punctuation errors 3-4 grammatical errors, misspellings, or punctuation errors. 1-2 grammatical errors, misspellings, or punctuation errors.

All grammar, spelling, punctuation, & capitalization are correct. 

 

 

Cooperative
Group
Work

Cannot work with others in most situations. Cannot share decisions or responsibilities. Works with others, but has difficulty sharing decisions & responsibilities. Works well with others. Takes part in most decisions and contributes fair share to group.

Works well with others. Assumes a clear role & related responsibilities. Motivates others to do best work.

 

 

Spying Handbook Content

Includes title and all 5 pages contain 1-2 relevant facts. Includes title and all 5 pages contain 3 relevant facts. Includes title and all 5 pages contain 4 relevant facts. Includes title and all 5 pages contain at least 5 relevant facts.

 

 

Spying Handbook Mechanics

5 or more grammatical errors, misspellings, or punctuation errors. 3-4 grammatical errors, misspellings, or punctuation errors. 1-2 grammatical errors, misspellings, or punctuation errors.

All grammar, spelling, punctuation, & capitalization are correct. 

 

 

         
  Scale: 63 – 70 = Expert    Grade: 63 – 70 = A  
    56 – 62 = Intermediate   56 – 62 = B  
    49 – 55 = Novice   49 – 55 = C  
    42 – 48 = Beginner   42 – 48 = D  
          Under 42 = F  
             
Total Points: Final Grade:

 

 Conclusion

Congratulations! You have finished your undercover spying mission for either the Civil War Confederacy or the Union. What was your personal life like? What methods of spying did you use? Were you able to find any secret information that helped your side in the war? Did you make mistakes that hurt your side? Now that you have used the top secret information you discovered to help write a Spying Handbook, please be prepared to share your sly spying techniques with the public!

 

The American Revolution Part 1 (Some links are not working please search google to find new links)

(The following project was from Royal Oaks Elementary Woodbury MN. South Washington County Schools)

 

 

 The American Revolution

     
 

 Introduction

 

You are about to begin a journey through time that you never would have taken if not for the diary, from one of your ancestors, that you found in your Grandparents’ attic. With the help of this webquest, you will be going back to the time of the birth of America. Many colonists were beginning to feel like Americans. They no longer felt like British citizens since they were establishing a new home and culture far from England. They also had new ideas about how they wanted to govern themselves. On the other hand, others were still very loyal to the king and Great Britain. They did not believe America should be separated from England. They were afraid of what might happen if they became an independent nation.

The tension was running high on both sides. Now, you and your partner, will go back in time through the magic of this webquest, and will complete the pages of your ancestor’s diary and decide which side was right in their views.

Enjoy the journey!!!

   
 

Task

 

While cleaning the attic at your grandparents’ home, you find a very old diary. In that diary, one of your long dead ancestors describes his experiences before and during the Revolutionary War. He fought in that war and lived to tell about it! The first part of the diary tells about what happened before the war began. Just when the story gets really interesting, you find that the pages in the diary are too faded to read.

Your task is to fill in the missing information. Your will record the information from your relative’s perspective – Loyalist or Patriot. Describe the events that might have been recorded on the faded diary pages. When you enter information in the diary, think about how your relative might have felt about what was happening.

Loyalist: A colonist who remained loyal to Britain and opposed the Revolution.

Patriot: An American colonist who supported the fight against Great Britain.

   
 

 Process

    Was your relative a Loyalist or a Patriot? What were their beliefs and how did they support their cause? How many other colonists agreed with the beliefs of your ancestors and how many supported the opposing side? What thoughts and feelings might your ancestor have had during this time?
    Before you can fill in the missing diary pages, you will need to investigate the events that led up to the war. Be sure to carefully consider the events from your ancestor’s perspective – either Patriot or Loyalist. 
   

With your partner, decide which role to take. One of you will investigate from the Patriot perspective and the other from the Loyalist perspective. Once you have chosen your role, click on the Resource Page link below and begin your investigation.

    To record your findings, open the diary template and enter the information under the correct event. Be sure to describe the event, including the date, place, and who was involved. Also, include how your ancestor might have thought and felt about the event.
    When your findings are complete, print two copies of your diary – one for you and your partner and one for your teacher.
    Meet with your partner to compare findings. Together, write a paragraph that highlights the similarities and differences between the two perspectives. This paragraph, along with your diary entries, will determine your grade on this project.
   
 

 Resources

 

Use the links on the resource page to find the information you need to complete your diary entries.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Use the resources listed below to research six events that lead up to the American Revolutionary War. After you have have finished each event, use your diary to record facts about the event and your thoughts and feelings.

   
  Patriot Loyalist
.    
         
  Start Here Start Here
 
     
  General Resources General Resources
     
     
  1. Stamp Act 1. Stamp Act
 
  2. Townshend Acts 2. Townshend Acts
 
  3. Boston Massacre 3. Boston Massacre
 
  4. Boston Tea Party 4. Boston Tea Party
 
  5. Intolerable Acts 5. Intolerable Acts
 
  6. First Continental Congress 6. First Continental Congress
 
  7. Extras 7. Extras
     
 
     

 

     
  Conclusion
  You now have researched the events that led up to the American Revolution. Which side do you think was right? Was it fair that Britain was putting these taxes on the colonists? Was it right that the colonists refused to pay the taxes? Finally, was there any other solution to the problem besides going to war? You have all the information. It is time for you to decide. Discuss with your partner what you think. Be prepared to share your thoughts and discuss this with the class.
   
 
Evaluation
Evaluation of your work on this webquest will be based on the Pre-American Revolution Webquest Rubric. Click on the link below to see the rubric.
 

 

 

 

 


 

 Webquest Rubric

   

Diary Entries

Beginning (1) Developing (2) Accomplished (3) Exemplary (4)

Information collected during research

Minimal research, no details

Good research, mostly accurate, but few details

Thorough research, mostly accurate, many details

Thorough research, completely accurate, many details

Reaction and Opinion about the event that took place

No opinion or reaction

Minimal opinion, or gives opinion from wrong point of view

Gives reaction and opinion from the correct perspective, but it is too general or vague

Gives complete, detailed reaction & opinion from correct point of view, includes thoughts and feelings

Mechanics of writing

More than 5 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors

4-5 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors

2-3 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors

0-1 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors

 

Partner Work

Beginning (1) Developing (2) Accomplished (3) Exemplary (4)

Participation in the discussion with your partner

Is not prepared, does not share information with partner

Materials prepared, but does not share information with partner

Materials prepared, offers some information that is relevant

Materials prepared and offers all important information

Responsibility for doing your fair share of the assignment

Does not share in work, does not participate in assignment

Participates occasionally, does less than half of the assignment

Participates often, does most of the assignment

Shares equally in all the work, is an active participant

         

Collaboration Paper

Beginning (1) Developing (2) Accomplished (3) Exemplary (4)

Perspectives of both sides of the event

Assignment not turned in

Paper shows only one perspective

Paper offers both perspectives, but not in much detail

Paper offers both perspectives in great detail

Mechanics of writing

More than 5 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors

4-5 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors

2-3 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors

0-1 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors

 

 
 

 

 

 

The American Revolution Part 2

 
   The American Revolution....Part 2
   
 

Use the resources listed below to research these people or events that were important during the American Revolution. Be sure to record the date of the event and important information about each person or event.

   
  Patriot Loyalist
.    
  General Resources General Resources
     
         
  1.   Lexington & Concord 1.   Lexington & Concord
     
  2.   Second Continental Congress 2.   Second Continental Congress
     
  3.   Bunker Hill 3.   Bunker Hill
     
  4.   Ticonderoga 4.   Ticonderoga
     
  5.   George Washington 5.   George Washington
     
  6.   Thomas Jefferson 6.   Thomas Jefferson
     
  7.   Trenton 7.   Trenton
     
  8.   Saratoga 8.   Saratoga
     
  9.   Valley Forge 9.   Valley Forge
     
  10.   Benedict Arnold 10.   Benedict Arnold
             People of the Revolution
  11.   Yorktown 11.   Yorktown
     
  12.   Extras 12.   Extras
     
 
     

 

The American Civil War (Some links are not working please search google to find new links)

Primary Sources

Brooklyn in the Civil War

The Civil War

CivilWar@Smithsonian

Civil War Years

Letters About the Civil War

 

Extras

The American Civil War

At Home in a House Divided

Battle Summaries by State

Camp Life

The Civil War for Kids

Symbols of Honor - Flags

From Cotton to T-Shirts: The Role of Cotton in the Civil War and other links!

 

Secondary Sources

American Civil War

American Civil War

The Civil War

Civil War Overview

Time Line of the Civil War

The Time of the Lincolns

From Cotton to T-Shirts: The Role of Cotton in the Civil War and other links!

 

Clipart & Photographs

Civil War Photographs

Photographic Sketchbook

       

Additional Links:

http://www.nursegroups.com/article/the-life-of-clara-barton.html The Life of Clara Barton

 

Various Links for Projects Etc.:

Congress for Kids

Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark

Mission US

Colonial Era Webquest

 

https://ethemes.missouri.edu/grades?locale=en&q=5  Search eThemes for more 5th Grade Links

http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/ Mrs. Jackson's Classroom-Pre-K-12 Themes, Lesson Plans, Resources, Activities, Ideas

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/hunt.shtml Internet Scavenger Hunts (some worksheets might have broken links, but you can find other websites to help your students complete the scavenger hunt)

http://www.pblproject.com/page.aspx?pageid=PBL-ww-Towns


6th Grade

 https://ethemes.missouri.edu/grades?locale=en&q=6 Search eThemes for more 6th Grade Links

http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/ Mrs. Jackson's Classroom-Pre-K-12 Themes, Lesson Plans, Resources, Activities, Ideas

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/hunt.shtml Internet Scavenger Hunts (some worksheets might have broken links, but you can find other websites to help your students complete the scavenger hunt)


7th Grade

 https://ethemes.missouri.edu/grades?locale=en&q=7 Search eThemes for more 7th Grade Links

http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/ Mrs. Jackson's Classroom-Pre-K-12 Themes, Lesson Plans, Resources, Activities, Ideas


8th Grade

https://ethemes.missouri.edu/grades?locale=en&q=8 Search eThemes for more 8th Grade Links

http://mrscjacksonsclass.com/ Mrs. Jackson's Classroom-Pre-K-12 Themes, Lesson Plans, Resources, Activities, Ideas


 

Other Resources

https://www.infohio.org/educators/library/toolkit/bags INFOHIO School Bags!

 

 

Parent Math Resources Grades K-8

 

http://www.mathsisfun.com/links/core-index.html Common Core Math Standards with links to resources that support them. Here is the home page to Math is Fun http://www.mathsisfun.com/ 

Kindergarten Parent Guide

1st Grade Math Parent Guide

2nd Grade Math Parent Guide

3rd Grade Math Parent Guide

4th Grade Math Parent Guide

5th Grade Math Parent Guide

6th Grade Math Parent Guide

7th Grade Math Parent Guide

8th Grade Math Parent Guide

 

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