An Internet WebQuest on
created by Elizabeth Slawson
Imagine getting off your plane after arriving in
, the fiftieth state, welcomed with the traditional “Aloha Spirit”. Aloha is a Hawaiian word that means ‘'love”, “hello”, or “goodbye”. You are given beautiful flowers called a leis and a welcome kiss by the local natives! Hawaii
As you walk through the airport and out the door, you feel the tropical climate and already view the most breath-taking scenery in the world. You are anticipating island hopping, flowing volcanic lava with fountains of fire, fields of pineapples, Hula dancing, watching humpback whales, seeing Pearl Harbor or surfing a the world famous Waikiki Beach. Ah--fun and relaxation! Welcome to the magical islands of
Where will I go? What do I do first? Will I have enough money to meet my vacation's expectations?
Well, back to reality. You and three friends (classmates) will be planning an imaginary trip to the
Hawaiian Islandsfor approximately one and half weeks. While you are there, you will want to explore some of the major sites, learn about the islands, (there are eight islands to choose from) and its people and culture. You and your classmates will have to decide where you want to spend your time and how much you will spend. There are dozens of exciting things to do in ! Hawaii
Your task is to create a travel itinerary and budget which will help you organize and plan your trip. An itinerary is a document that explains where someone will be when they will be there. In addition, you must send a letter to a friend convincing them to go with you. The budget will include a list of expenses such as transportation, lodging, meals, fees, souvenirs, miscellaneous items.
Use these specific Internet websites and other information from the “Exploring the Aloha State Pathfinder” below to answer the basic questions of What? Where? When? Why? and How? Be creative in exploring the information so that you answer these questions as fully and insightfully as you can.
- http://www.pleasantholidays.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/MainDestinationDisplayView?storeid=0&langid=-1&key_MainDestinationOID=code__.__HAW -offers the ultimate ideas for exploration of
, great for helping to plan types of activities. Hawaii
- States and Capitals - Quick information on the capital, population, area, government, money, climate, languages, religions of
- Hawaii travel guide - To get you really in the 'Aloha' spirit-view pictures of
- USS Arizona Memorial National Park Service - USS Arizona Memorial, located in Honolulu, now lie beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor which is a national shrine “symbolizing American sacrifice and resolve”.
- Big Island Hotels and resorts - Description of hotels and places to stay.
- An Interactive Road Trip Planner-Helpful for planning your trip.
- Hawaii Weather Today - Live Weather Video Cam for all of
- Volcano World List - Images of
Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth; other images of other volcanoes can be seen for comparison.
- 'E Komo Mai' (Come Inside! The House Is Yours) - On this ThinkQuest site, learn how the islands were formed, read about Hawaiian legends, take a tour of the islands, and play Pele's path, an interactive game.
- http://www.aolsvc.worldbook.aol.com/wbol/wbAuth/jsp/wbArticle.jsp - Basic information for research.
You will be assigned to a group of 3 other persons.
Each group will
1. Look over entire Webquest for understanding what you are expected to do.
2. Look at a map to understand the location of
and its eight islands. Hawaii
3. Using construction paper, make a folder to keep your work in.
4. Decide what roles each group member will be.
5. Collect Information:
Each group member will find information and data by visiting given web sites, books, encyclopedias, and maps for their specific job title. (See following list of job titles.)
6. Group will sort through information and decide on a daily schedule of events of places and costs to visit.
7. Each member will begin the writing process to create their friendly, persuasive letter to a friend or relative.
4. Create a final itinerary and budget.
Provide a list of popular travel sites, map of the eight islands, and compare size of each island. Which island is right for your group?
List of available lodgings, major cities to visit, holidays and festivals
List of activities to do and see on each island, names and locations of areas tourist would enjoy.
List possible expenses, personal and regular items needed, as well as money for travel, fees.
- Basic Budget Worksheet - Customize your expenses using suggested framework.
You have all learned many features about the
Hawaiian Islands. When your group has completed the tasks, check and see if your group has considered the following:
1. Gathered enough information to decide where you want to to go, transportation, places to stay
2. Created a daily agenda of the day’s events.
3. Created a list of expenses and added costs.
4. Completed an itinerary and budget
5. Written friendly letters to persuade someone to go with you.
Each of you will bring a certain viewpoint to the answer: some of you will agree and others disagree. Use information, pictures, facts, etc. from the WebPages you explored to convince your teammates that your ideas are important and should be part of your team's choices where to go and what to spend.
Each group member will be given an individual and a group grade:
Each member will be graded on the following:
Information and images collected 10
Quality of facts collected 10
Content, organization, and correct 20
Grammar, neatness of writing products 10
Originality of letter 10
Total Points 50
Group grades will be based on:
Variety and accurateness of
Itinerary and budget 20
Working together as a team 10
Completion of all the steps 20
Total points 50
By completing this assignment, you have gained the use of the computer and the Internet to search as well used other sources, worked cooperatively, and learned a wealth of information about the
Hawaiian Islands. The creation of an itinerary and budget will help you to see what you have planned for the day. By knowing the amount of money needed, you will be able to adjust your expenses. You have improved your writing skills by writing to a friend or relative encouraging them to share what you will experience.
-the Aloha State Pathfinder” created by Elizabeth Slawson Hawaii
FACTS AND SYMBOLS, Hilltop Books, HAWAII , 2000. Gives information about the state. Minnesota
Great resource, “
, A Mixing Pot of Colors” helps celebrate Hawaii ’s diversity of cultures and ethnicities that blend together on the Hawaii Hawaiian Islands.
http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/usaquiz.html “Test Your Geography Knowledge”- may select regions of the world to test names of countries, states
“GeoBee Challenge”, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ -provides 5 new geography questions daily.
http://www.carmensandiego.com/- build school reading, math, geography, word, critical thinking skills as Acme detectives are in the pursuit of Carmen Sandiego’s Gang.
http://puzzlemaker.com-Discovery’s school allows students to make a variety of on-line puzzles. Good for emphasizing vocabulary
http://www.indianastandards.org/grade2.asp?subj=soc,Indiana Department of Education provides a list of academic skills for all subjects. This Webquest meets the following:
Social Studies: Standard 3 Geography
English/Language Arts Academic Standards
Standard 2: READING: Comprehension
color landform maps of the
example, geography resources that led to…
Website from the Library of Congress mainly for elementary and middle school students.
“Neighborhood Map Machine 2.0”,
Grades 1-5; this software helps strengthen social studies skills by creating maps for countries or states. Facilitates important map and geography skills specifically for first through third grade. Described as a hands-on program; students create maps of their own neighborhoods, communities etc.
“Mapmaker’s toolkit, grades 4-12”,
CD-Rom and teacher’s guide allows students to explore over 450 maps of the world. Included are theme maps that cover key events and issues in U.S. History.
Students can customize and print current and historical maps.
Content by Elizabeth Slawson