Step One: Build a Team
Before beginning your work, you need to form team to help you get the job done! Each team will consist of 4 members including yourself. Be sure to name your Travel Agency! Every member will be assigned a role and topic for research. The roles are as follows:
- * Attractor: This member is responsible for finding at least 10 places of interest that a visitor would like to see. The name of the attraction, location and a brief description is required for each place of interest.
- * Fun Fact Finder: This member will ask themselves, "What are some interesting facts about our state that many people wouldn't know?" This person needs to find at least 10 interesting facts to share with the audience.
- * Historian: This member is responsible for finding at least 10 important historical facts or events that occurred in the state. They can also include famous Pennsylvanians to the list. Each fact needs to be backed up with a date of occurrence and a small description.
- * Geographer: This member is responsible for finding information relating to the geography of the state including landforms, water bodies, weather and the seasons.
Step Two: Research
Once roles are assigned, your group can begin researching the necessary things for the travel brochure. You and your team will complete your assignments using the books in your classroom or library and the links provided on this webquest. Each link will provide great information regarding our state.
All results should be recorded in your travel journals. It is also a good idea to note where you found your information in case you need to return to the site. You might use a format like this:
web site: www.samplesite.org
facts: 1. Washington's state fruit is the apple
2. Washington's governor is Christine Gregoire
You have to use your journals. Nothing will be printed out.
Step Three: Collaborate
Once everyone in your group has completed their roles and research, come together as a team to organize and plan your brochure. The brochure must contain information found by each team member. Using a piece of paper, make a rough draft. Use your paper draft to decide upon placement of information, headings, titles and graphics. There is no need to get too detailed in the rough draft. You are mostly trying to allocate space.
When a rough draft has been created, get approval from the governor (your teacher) before creating your final copy.
Step Four: Design your Travel Brochure
Using Microsoft Publisher, you will create your final copy of your brochure. The following is what is required on each panel of the brochure:
1. Front: A heading or catchy title to draw in viewers
A related graphic (one that deals with Pennsylvania)
Names of group members
*The rest of the panels must be dedicated to a certain topic and contain a title and graphic*
2. First Inside Panel: Interesting Facts & State Symbols
3. Left Inside Panel: All information relating to Major Attractions
4. Middle Inside Panel: Historical Facts
5. Right Inside Panel: WA Geography
6. Back Panel: Links for further information and Travel Agency contact information.
As a travel agency, work together sharing the responsiblities of typing and inserting information. It would be best if the researcher typed their own information. Work together when deciding on color schemes, fonts and graphics. Keep it simple and clean, but yet interesting to the eye.
Step Five: Present your travel brochure to the class.
1. Washington State Atlas
2. Washington State Maps
3. The books your governor (teacher) has put together for this unit.
4. Books you find about Washington in the School Library
5. Books you find in the public library about Washington
6. Books you have at home about Washington
7. Ask your family what things they like about Washington
8. Use the internet links below.
Links for Research:
1. Apples for the Teacher: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/usa-states/washington/facts/, Facts & Trivia including residents, state nickname, flag, place to visit and more!
2. US Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/schools/facts/washington.html, Interesting facts about the state including the number of ten year olds, how people get to work, largest and second largest city and more!
3. 50 States: http://www.50states.com/washingt.htm, Washington Facts and links to relating information including climate, museums, weather, symbols and cities.
4. 50 States: http://www.50states.com/facts/washingt.htm, A listing of interesting facts and trivia about Washington
5. Fact Monster: http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0108286.html, Tons of information about Washington and encyclopedia links for information economy,government, history and geography.
6. Fact Monster: http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/us/A0861870.html, Descriptions of the different regions of Washington.
7. NetState: http://www.netstate.com/states/geography/wa_geography.htm, Washington State geography website including latitude and longitude, state borders, land and water area, highest and lowest points, as well as major rivers and lakes.
8. NetState: http://www.netstate.com/economy/wa_economy.htm, All about the Economy of Washington State. About the things we grow and make and sell to others.
9. NetState: http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/wa_symb.htm, A complete guide of all the evergreen state's symbols and emblems.
10. Washington Tourism Commission: http://www.wastatepressroom.com/, The Washington Tourism Commission official site.
11. Municipal Research & Services Center: http://www.mrsc.org/byndmrsc/counties.aspx, List of Washington State County websites.
12. Calendar of Arts Events: http://www.wastatepressroom.com/assets/ARTS_CalendarATTACHMENT.pdf, The Tourism Commission's calendar of Arts Festivals and Events.
13. Washington Tourist: http://www.washingtontourist.com/, Things to do and see in Washington.
14. WA State Parks: http://www.parks.wa.gov/, All about the state parks in Washington.
15. Visit Seattle: http://www.visitseattle.org/travelplanner/experiential.asp, things to do and see in Seattle.
16. Mount Rainier: http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm, All about the national park with Washington State's highest peak.
17. Olympic National Park: http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm Glacier studded mountains, rainforests, lakes, streams and miles of unspoiled coastline.
18. Mount St Helens: http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/, the site of the infamous volcanic eruption of 1980, which left a gigantic crater in the mountain's north flank. It is possible to take short trips by light aircraft over the summit.
19. Mt. Baker: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/, One of the most visited forests in the country, located on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park.
20. Colville National Forrest: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/colville/, Three waves of mountains run from north to south, separated by troughs of valleys.
21. Experience Washington: http://www.experiencewa.com/, Food, culture, arts, outdoor activities and travel packages to the evergreen state.