Introduction Did you know that peanuts were once thought of as only food for elephants? This was the thinking of most Americans until one famous African American scientist and inventor set out to change their minds



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A WebQuest for 3rd Grade (George Washington Carver)

History/Social Studies SOL 1.2

 

 



Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page


Introduction

Did you know that peanuts were once thought of as only food for elephants?  This was the thinking of most Americans until one famous African American scientist and inventor set out to change their minds.  As you spend time on this WebQuest, you will use your time getting to know who invented over 100 items from the peanut.  You will also learn why he is considered to be one of our most famous African Americans.

 




The Task

You will discover the hard times of a small slave boy, who strived to gain an education, and who spent his lifetime helping others.  During this WebQuest you will also investigate the following:

·        Who is George Washington Carver?

·        Why was his nickname “The Plant Doctor.”

·        Discover why George Washington Carver encouraged farmers in the south to plant sweet potatoes, peanuts and soybeans.

·        Identify the parts of a peanut plant.

·        Write a recipe using peanuts or sweet potatoes.

 



 


The Process

 

To accomplish the task ahead of you, visit some Web sites that will give you information about George Washington Carver.  We will be reading some books to build prior knowledge and to give you a greater understanding of the life and importance of George Washington Carver. 



 

Step 1:


http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/inventors/carver.htm  While visiting this site, take a look at a picture of George Washington Carver.  Answer the question:  At what age did he go to college?

 

Step 2:



http://www.blackinventor.com/pages/georgewashingtoncarver.html  Review this website with your parents.  Take note of the photographs of George Washington Carver.  Answer the question:  What tragedy did he face as a young child?

 

Step 3:



http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/page/c/carvercloze.shtml   Compete the cloze activity with parental help

 

Step 4:



http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/plants/printouts/peanutplant.shtml Study the anatomy of  a peanut plant (plant parts)—Make an illustration of a peanut plant and label

 

Step 5:



www.brainpopjr.com  Watch the movie relating to George Washington Carver; Play the matching game

 

Step 6:



http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/recipes/peanutrecipes.html  Read some peanut recipes.  Find a recipe you would like to try.  Copy the recipe, make it, and bring to share with the class.

 

 



Step 7:

Make a poster describing the life and times of George Washington Carver.   Place  a summary,  listing at least 7 important facts, about George Washington Carver’s life as well as the above assignments on the poster.

You can make lists, draw pictures, glue on things you printed out.  Just be sure to make it look exciting, colorful, and interesting

You have to be neat so people can read it!

 

** On your poster, you need to include: ***

·         A title / headline (something like "The Plant Doctor!" or "The Importance of George Washington Carver)

·         Something telling about his life as a child and as an adult

·         List a few of the important contributions George Washington Carver made to our society

·         A copy of the peanut recipe you liked the best.

·         A labeled drawing of a peanut plant

 

 

Step 8: 



After you create your poster, you get to share it with the class!                                 

 


Evaluation

 

When the Webquest in completed refer to the rubric below to grade your work.  Did you answer all the questions stated in the task?  Did you do all the tasks listed in the Process page?  Did you answer the question posed at the beginning of this Webquest?  Do you know why George Washington Carver is a famous African American inventor and scientist?  Do you have a recipe to share with the class?



 

Category

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Graphics—Relevance

 

 



 

 


All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand

All graphics are related to the topic and most make it easier to understand

All graphics relate to the topic

Graphics do not relate to the topic

Required Elements

 

 



 

The poster includes all required elements as well as additional information.

All required elements are included on the poster.

All but 1 of the required elements are included on the poster.

Several required elements were missing.

Knowledge Gained

 

 



 

 


Student can accurately answer all questions related to the facts in the poster and processes used to create the poster.

Student can accurately answer most questions related to facts in the poster and processes used to create the poster.

Student can accurately answer about 75% of questions related to facts in the poster and processes used to create the poster.

Student appears to have insufficient knowledge about the fact or processes used in the poster.

 

Content-Accuracy

 

 

 



At least 7 accurate facts are displayed on the poster along with an accurate drawing of a peanut plant

5-6 accurate facts are displayed on the poster along with almost all the parts of the peanut plant labeled accurately

3-4 accurate facts are displayed on the poster and a partial drawing and labeling of a peanut plant

Less than 3 accurate facts are displayed on the poster and a drawing of a peanut plant but not labeled correctly

Attractiveness

 

 



 

 

 



 

The poster is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.

The poster is attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.

The poster is acceptably attractive though it ma be a bit messy.

The poster is distractingly messy or very poorly designed.  It is not attractive.




Conclusion

Way to Go!

You Did It!

You learned so much about George Washington Carver! 

You can now tell others all about the great things you have learned!

 

 






Credits & References

George Washington Carver  by Vicky Franchino  Compass Point Early Biographies

A Weed is a Flower  The Life of George Washington Carver  Written and Illustrated by Aliki  Aladdin Paperbacks

Peanut Butter by  Arlene Erlbach  Lerner Publications Company

Seed to Peanut by Oliver S. Owen  Abdo & Daughters

 

Clip art provided by Microsoft Office Online





 


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