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I Will Be Your Tour Guide Today ...

Our state testing is FINALLY done ... and there is a perceptible sense of, shall I say, lightness.  I love this time of the year because my teachers always have time for one of my crazy research ideas.

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!

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