American Symbols with Jack and Annie

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This WebQuest was created to give your learners a different way of learning objectives in Social Studies that may not be naturally interesting to them.  Having the popular fiction book characters, Jack and Annie, from The Magic Tree House books will give them motivation to complete the WebQuest successfully.  Giving them a fun task will hopefully make their study more engaging than ever!

This WebQuest was created for a variety of learners.  The first link on the Process page for each American symbol (e.g. The White House 1) is the easier of the two.  The second link (e.g. The White House 2) is more challenging and for advanced readers.  There are two YouTube links for the visual learners in your classroom.


"American Symbols Game. Click Play to Start!" Texas Law-Related Education & Law-Focused Education, Inc. Web. 21      June 2010.

"Ben's Guide: Grades K-2." Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids. U.S. Government Printing Office, 7 Feb. 2002. Web. 20 June 2010.

"Charters of Freedom - The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights." National Archives and Records Administration. Web. 21 June 2010.

"Free School Clip Art by Phillip Martin, Teacher." Free School Days Clip Art by Phillip Martin. 2010. Web. 20 June 2010.

Hentsch, Kim, Sara Borene, and Jessica Wieberg. "YouTube - American Symbols Movie." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 30 Apr. 2009. Web. 20 June 2010.

"Liberty Bell Facts." Ushistory.org. Web. 21 June 2010.

"NMAH | The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem." National Museum of American History. Web. 21 June 2010.

Osborne, Mary Pope., and Sal Murdocca. "Chapter 1." Civil War on Sunday. New York: Scholastic, 2000. Print.

Teachers@Random | Magic Tree House Classroom Club." Random House - Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books. Random House, Inc., 1995. Web. 20 June 2010.

"USA Patriotic Symbols - FREE Presentations in PowerPoint Format, Interactive Activities, Lessons for K-12." American History - FREE Presentations in PowerPoint Format, PLUS Free Interactive Activities for Kids. Web. 21 June 2010.

"White House 101." The White House. WhiteHouse.gov. Web. 20 June 2010.

"YouTube - National Anthem USA." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 10 Nov. 2006. Web. 20 June 2010.

 Additional Read-Aloud Literature Resources:

I Pledge Allegiance by June Swanson

In 1776 by Jean Marzollo

The Flag We Love by Pam Munoz Ryan

Illinois Learning Standards

English Language Arts

STATE GOAL 3: Write to communicate for a variety of purposes.
3.A.1 Construct complete sentences which demonstrate subject/verb agreement; appro-priate capitalization and punctuation; correct spelling of appropriate, high-frequency words; and appropriate use of the eight parts of speech. 
3.C.1a Write for a variety of purposes including description, information, explanation, persua-sion and narration. 
3.C.1b Create media compositions or pro-ductions which convey meaning visually for a variety of purposes. 
STATE GOAL 5: Use the language arts to acquire, assess and communicate information.
5.A.1a Identify questions and gather information. 
5.A.1b Locate information using a variety of resources. 

5.B.1a Select and organize information from various sources for a specific purpose. 
5.C.1a Write letters, reports and stories based on acquired information. 

Social Science

STATE GOAL 14: Understand political systems, with an emphasis on the United States.
14.C.1 Identify concepts of responsible citizenship including respect for the law, patriotism, civility and working with others. 
14.F.1 Describe political ideas and traditions important to the development of the United States including democracy, individual rights and the concept of freedom. 

The ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS•S) and Performance Indicators for Students

1. Creativity and Innovation:  Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes

3. Research and Information Fluency:  Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. process data and report results.

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