US Social Studies WebQuests

United States WebQuests

American Revolution

Civil War

Colonial America

US Geography

US History

Native American

Westward Expansion


United States WebQuests

Adventure in the Big Apple
WebQuest - New York City! The Big Apple! The Performing Arts Capital of the World! What better place to spend a one-week, culturally-enriching vacation, all expenses paid! During your week you will visit museums, attend theatre performances on Broadway, hear music, see dancing and art, stay in a luxurious hotel, and eat some of the finest food the world has to offer! Your overall goal is to plan the vacation of your life in New York City. You will submit your assignment to your teacher in journal form, dated daily, as if you have already taken the trip.
Constitution WebQuest: Bill of Rights
WebQuest - The Bill of Rights is a key component of the United States Constitution. In this assignment you are going to gather information about the Bill of Rights.
EdFirst: Democracy & Debt, a WebQuest
WebQuest - Look Who's Footing the Bill! - An Introductory WebQuest on Democracy and the National Debt - You! That's who's going to foot the bill. At least you will be in the future with the United States' national debt at over 5 trillion dollars (that's a five with 12 zeros after it!) Why are you kids the ones who will have to pay for it? Simple, because adults don't feel like it. Are you getting angry yet? What about this: we could clear the debt right now if we all just pitched in. You know, dug deep into our piggy banks, gave up a couple goodies, maybe saved our lunch money for a few days... Yeah, right. Have you got $20,000 in your savings? You don't mind not going to college or not buying your own home someday do you? Do you plan on skipping lunch for the next 18 years? At $3.00 per lunch day-in and day-out that's what it would take. How about now? Are you getting angry yet? Do you want to do something about it? Welcome to democracy! Now let's get busy.
Exploring Washington, D.C.
WebQuest - Your family is thinking about taking a vacation. You would really like to visit Washington, D.C., but you need to convince your family that it would be a great place to go because of all the interesting things to see there. Today you will learn some new things about these places as you travel through Washington, D.C. on the Web!
Field Trip to Washington D.C. - A Webquest
WebQuest - We will be taking a field trip to Washington D.C. This will be a two day trip. You will plan our class trip. You get to make all of the important decisions!
Fifty States WebQuest
WebQuest - Each of the fifty states is unique in its own way. Select one state which you wish to research and let this webquest guide you to some fascinating facts and information.
WebQuest - As the greatest honor of your young life, and in celebration of the American Veteran, you have been chosen as keynote speaker for the National Convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). As you begin your research in anticipation of your speech, you discover that there are many different kinds and definitions of heroes. Some Americans view heroism as an unbending willingness to fight for one's beliefs, while others may believe a true hero chooses not to fight at all, but rather walk away from conflict. Your task is to research the subject of heroism and heroic deeds in order to formulate a working model of the speech you will possibly present at the National Convention. In your speech you will be expected to adamantly defend your position on heroism and heroes.
Look Who's Footing the Bill
WebQuest - This is an interactive web quest that asks students to explore democracy and the national debt. High School
Webquest on The National Mall
WebQuest - You and a your partner will work in cooperative pairs. Together you will explore a web site that will enable you to take a virtual field trip to many historical landmarks located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Afterward, you will take an online quiz and then submit your answers to your teacher for evaluation.
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American Revolution WebQuests

JOHNNY TREMAIN: The Revolutionary War
WebQuest - Now that you have read JOHNNY TREMAIN, let's explore the causes, conduct, and participants that brought about the American Revolution. The members of your group will gather information on the topics assigned in the "Process." You will use this information to make comparisons and gain insights. Each group member will focus on one particular area and add this information to the final project/activity. Eventually, your group will produce a written and oral report to present the combined details of your research to the class.
Revolutionary WEBQUEST - Entrance
WebQuest - A site covering various aspects of the American Revolution. Includes forums for comments, facts and debates as well as an online simulation.
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Civil War WebQuests

A Nation Divided
WebQuest - The Civil War brought out many emotions for both the North and the South. Friends, families and even states were torn apart. After completing this webquest, you will be able to describe what it was like to be a Confederate or Union soldier.
Civil War Cemetery
WebQuest - We begin our study of the Civil War in the cemetery because "at least 600,000 Americans would lose their lives fighting for constitutional principle, sectional differences, economic self-interest, and moral righteousness. As a defining moment in United States history, our Civil War has no equal, which is why it remains such a fascinating subject even today." Your task is to wear the boots of an American citizen between 1861 and 1865.  Today they are found in cemeteries, in books, on film and on the World Wide Web. You will choose a role from the list below and visit related Web sites to learn details of their lives. You will become that person for a Living History Museum presented to lower grade students.
Civil War Journey
WebQuest - The year is 1862 and the United States is in the midst of a Civil War. You may find that acquaintances, and even family members, may be joining in as well but on the opposing side. This letter is to inform you that you and your best friend have been called to duty. You will be serving on opposing sides. You and your friend will be corresponding with each other while participating in your own causes. You still feel that your friendship is important even though you both have different beliefs. You must pick a battle that you were both involved in and write to each other about the battle from your own perspective.
Life as a Slave
WebQuest - Students will learn about the lives of slaves. They will learn about slavery at Old Salem, a Moravian community in North Carolina; at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia; at Mount Vernon, home of George Washington; and at Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson. They will then read narratives of former slaves to gain insights into the life of a slave. Grades 3-5
Spies in Disguise: Female Civil War Spies
WebQuest - Spies are important sources of information in any war and the best ones are people you would never suspect. Throughout history, women have been spies and the American Civil War was no exception. Whether they dressed as men and joined the army, posed as dimwitted slaves, or just kept their ears open in social circles, female spies provided critical information. It was a woman spy who provided Union battle plans to Confederate Army which allowed them to win the First Battle of Manassass (also known as First Bull Run). Your task is to present a 2-4 minute videotaped news feature story detailing the life of one female Civil War spy and explaining why they have been inducted into a fictional American Women's Hall of Fame. Included in this story will be a re-creation of a specific scene in this woman's life.
Underground Railroad
WebQuest - Students will learn about the Underground Railroad. They will learn about slaves and conductors. They will experience the dangerous and uncertain journey taken by thousands of slaves as they were assisted by many to freedom.
Underground Railroad
WebQuest - This lesson was developed as a way to engage sixth grade students directly in learning about the Underground Railroad.  It was designed to help them create their own learning experience.
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Colonial America WebQuests

Colonial Children
WebQuest - Your team has been transported back in time to colonial America. You are one of eight children in your family. Your task is to compare your life in this time to your life in the Twentieth Century.
Colonial Williamsburg
WebQuest - This WebQuest is about the lives of those living in Colonial Williamsburg. You will be able to journey down the main street in Colonial Williamsburg and see the homes, stores, and government buildings that line the street. You will find out about the life and times of the people living in Colonial Williamsburg.
Colonial Williamsburg Educational Resources
This site is home to virtual field trips which include free lesson plans with activities. There are some really killer ideas including going to a local graveyard as a historical significance lesson. Bookmark and scan them for your historical topic.
WebQuest - Your family has a wonderful opportunity. You get one chance to travel back in time to one of the 13 original American colonies. They've asked you to help them prepare for living in the colony. Your group's task is to find as much as you can about one of the colonies, then prepare a HyperStudio stack to share the information you find and convince your family to travel through time to that colony. After you've created your stack, you'll look at the stacks created by all the other groups in your class and decide which colony would be the best destination. Your task: Prepare a HyperStudio stack which will show your classmates and families the rich and wonderful life available in the colony of your choice.
Jobs - Every Job is Important!
WebQuest - This WebQuest will help students learn about the importance of individual jobs in the community. Students will apply the terms "specialization" and division of labor" in operating their own business. What types of jobs existed in colonial times? Are those jobs still around in our community today? Why or why not? How have they changed? There are many different jobs in a business. What are the advantages of specializing and dividing the task among employees? What are the disadvantages? 
Life in Colonial Times
WebQuest - T Travel into Colonial Times to experience life as a colonist. Learn about food, clothing, communities, manners, and jobs of people who lived in the colonies. Then, quiz yourself on what you have learned, and use what is learned to compare your life to that of the colonists. Grades 3-5

US Geography WebQuests

 Relocating the U.S. Capital: A 50 State Webquest
WebQuest - Congress has made the decision to move the nation's capital. There is a search in progress for the best location. Each state will form a committee to persuade Congress to move the U.S. capital to their state. You will be one of the members of the this committee. Congress will be looking at the geographical, historical, and cultural advantages of your state. After researching your state, you will plan how you will persuade Congress to move the capital to your state. You will research the geography, the history and the culture of your state. You will organize this information that you have gained into a presentation of reasons why the U.S. capital should move to your state. The final project may be in the form of a skit, video presentation, puppet show, Hyper-studio presentation, Powerpoint presentation, a brochure or a trifold poster. A persuasion speech or paper will be required also.
WebQuest: 50 Nifty States
WebQuest - Your family has given you the job of planning a family vacation to a different state. You are in charge of choosing a destination, finding a place to stay, locating a map, learning a little about the area's history, and finding something fun to do. You will be using the resources of the Internet to help you.
Web Quest U.S.A.
WebQuest - You and your family are moving to another state. You want to investigate your "new" state before you move. Information about states is available in the library and on Internet sites. Following the process below you will write a plan for your family's big move.You will need to know about available jobs and housing. Information on the state's government, the economy, and places to visit are all part of the task.
What's Hot - What's Not in Different Regions of the United States
WebQuest - How do different areas of the United States compare/differ? What are the clothing styles (names brands) that are most popular in the different regions? Whats hot and whats not? What movies are big? Who are the big music artists? Completing the following quest will help you formulate and create a database with these answers and many more.

US History WebQuests

WebQuest - During the years between 1820 and 1924, thirty-five million people came to America from countries around the world. For most of them, the trip to America was difficult and dangerous. When they arrived in America, most immigrants had to go to a place called Ellis Island outside of New York City. At Ellis Island, immigrants were inspected before they were allowed into the United States. By completing these activities, you will learn about some of these experiences.
Pearl Harbor
WebQuest - Lucky you!!! You and your family have just won an all expenses paid trip to Honolulu, Hawaii. Along with swimming and getting a great tan you will also visit the Pearl Harbor Naval Base as well as the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. To help you prepare for your visit your teacher has made up this wonderful learning activity.
Role of American Women in World War II
WebQuest - In this WebQuest, students examine the various roles of women in WWII, research the Internet, interview a WWII survivor, then create and publish an oral history. Includes national social studies curriculum standards.
WebQuest : The 1960's Museum
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Native American WebQuests

David S. Kenney: Native American Indian Study
WebQuest - Most students know little about the cultural differences of the Native American Indian that lived in North America before the European explorers made their way to this continent. This group project will allow you to compare and contrast the different Indian cultures that lived here so many years ago.
Jurassic Puppets
WebQuest - You are a member of your school's newly formed puppetry troupe. Members of your troupe have been asked to perform for the third grade class. This class is studying the culture of the Plains Indians. They will be reading "Iktomi" books by author, Paul Goble. These picture books tell legends from the native American Blackfoot Nation. The third grade teacher would like your troupe to tell an "Iktomi" story. You will be working with a group of three students to choose an "Iktomi " story and then research puppetry on the World Wide Web. Your troupe will decide which type of puppet is best for the telling of your particular story to the third graders in their classroom. Members of the troupe will create their own puppet and work together to present the story in a puppet show.
Native Americans in North Carolina WebQuest
WebQuest - Native Americans have been a vital part of North Carolina throughout the history of our state. Native American languages, cultures and contributions to our state have been and continue to be significant. Through the activities associated with this webquest, you will learn much about these early settlers of our state.
Native Americans
WebQuest - A Native American Quest - One Race - Diverse Cultures - Native Americans lived in every section of our country. The wide range of climates, natural resources, and terrains in America effected every aspect of their lives. The way the early Native Americans met their basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing was influenced by where they lived. Tribes living in the same section of the country were somewhat alike so historians have divided the Native Americans of the United States into seven culture groups. These groups are: Eastern Woodland, Southeastern Woodland, Northwest, California, Southwest, Plateau and Plains. You are to imagine yourself as a part of a small band of European explorers. As you and your team cross this vast land of ours, you encounter Native Americans in each of the cultural regions mentioned above. Working with your team, you are to create the following items and report back to your home country. (our class)
Native Americans: A Web Quest
WebQuest - Every year across the nation Native Americans gather for powwows which are celebrations of their traditions and heritage. Powwows are a time to renew old friendships and create new ones. Modern clothes and ways are put aside for sharing the historic traditions of each culture. In traditional dress participants parade, dance, sing, and share stories of the past. Traditional values such as generosity and honesty are kept alive and passed on to new generations. The powwow links the past to the present and is a time of renewal. Members of many tribes will be attending a special powwow. Your tribe has been asked to attend the ceremonies and you must prepare an introduction of your tribe. In the spirit of the powwow you and your tribe members will be sharing what makes your tribe special. 
North, South, East, and West: Native Americans in the Natural World
WebQuest - Many stereotypes exist concerning American Indians. Contrary to popular belief, not all Indians or Native Americans lived in teepees and rode on painted horses as they are depicted in many of the old western movies. Native Americans from different parts of what is now the United States lived in many different tribes. Each tribe had their own culture: customs, language, myths, and religion. In this WebQuest, you will read and learn about four Native American tribes from different parts of the United States: North, South, East, and West.

Westward Expansion WebQuests

Going West Webquest
WebQuest - From 1836 - 1861, over a half million people traveled West in covered wagons across the Oregon Trail. It is now 1836, and you are a member of a small group traveling from the Eastern United States, on the Oregon Trail, to the Western United States. All of you will encounter many hardships. Ten percent of your group will probably die during the trip. Along the way, your group will be stopping at assigned Forts. You must be aware of food shortages, Indians, poor weather conditions, animal attacks, illnesses, routes to travel, etc. The more your group cooperates with one another, the better chance you will have to survive the journey West.
Journey on the Oregon Trail
WebQuest - The Oregon Trail was the only practical passage to the entire western United States - it was the only feasible way for settlers to get across the mountains. The journey west on the Oregon Trail was exceptionally difficult. One in 10 died along the way. Many walked the entire two-thousand miles barefoot. The first emigrants to go to Oregon in a covered wagon made the trip in 1836. Over the next 25 years, more than a half million people went west on the trail. There will be a group project and an individual project required. For the group project, the class will divide into groups of five. Each group will be a family traveling west on the Oregon Trail. Your group will be required to make a list of supplies that your family will be taking on the trip. You will be required to justify why you need each item. As an individual, you will be required to write five journal entries detailing your life on this trip west.

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