My third graders study countries around the world. This curriculum is a librarian's dream! What better way to learn about the culture and landmarks of countries than through research. However, since we do SO much country research, I am always looking for ways to make the research projects unique. Right now, the munchkins are learning about China. I wanted to do a twist on our tried and true landmark research. So, I came up with a webquest (I know ... we haven't heard THAT word in awhile) in which students are assigned to be a Chinese tour guide. I created the quest as a page on my website. You can find it here.
Chinese Tour Guide Webquest
After the kids complete their research, they are given notecards to write their "presentation" on. Then, I project a picture of their landmark on the whiteboard and each student stands in front of it. As I videotape them, each student gives their imaginary tour guide presentation to the class. Then, I put all of their presentations together on a CD for the class to watch. I think that most of the kids really enjoyed it.
If you have a class studying China, feel free to use the links above! Just BEWARE ... some of the links may not work for you at school. For the life of me, I can't figure out why the filters think that all tourism and travel websites are the devil??? And, hey, if you have a great country research idea, I would love to hear about it!