Fifth Grade Social Studies WebQuest
By: Derek Beaty, Mary Beaty, and Donna Knight
Various people helped influence public interest and the economy during the 1920s – 1930s. Learning about their contributions can help students grasp a better understanding of the time period. In this activity, the user will become more aware of some of the people in this era. We will be looking at five people with different contributions to their fields:
Performance Standards for Social Studies, SS5H4, Historical Understandings, 5th
grade: The student will describe
The task is for each student to read about various characters of the time period and discover unknown information by visiting websites and answering questions that relate to each famous person. The students will also determine which of the people they believe was the most influential during that time.
Britannica Online Encyclopedia. (n.d.). Charles Lindbergh. Retrieved March 21, 2008, from http://www.britannica.com/eb/art-84971/Charles-Lindbergh
Eyewitness to History. (2005). Henry Ford changes the world, 1908. Retrieved March 15, 2008, from http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/ford.htm
Hennigan, M. (2006). Finfacts
Howstuffworks. (2008). 1920-1923 Ford trucks. Retrieved March 26, 2008, from http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1920-1929-ford-trucks1.htm
Library of Congress. (n.d.). Langston Hughes. Retrieved March 15, 2008, from http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/aa/hughes
Modern American Poetry. (n.d.). Three Hughes book jackets. Retrieved March 26, 2008, from http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/g_l/hughes/jackets.htm
MSN Encarta. (n.d.). Babe Ruth. Retrieved March 21, 2008, from http://images.encarta.msn.com/xrefmedia/sharemed/targets/images/pho/t040/T040521A.jpg
National Portrait Gallery. (n.d.). Louis Armstrong: A cultural legacy. Retrieved March 15, 2008, from http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/armstrong/
Time Magazine Archive. (2008). Charles Lindbergh. Retrieved March 26, 2008, from http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19280102,00.html
Time Magazine Archive. (2008). Louis Armstrong. Retrieved March 26, 2008, from http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,1101490221,00.html
Wikipedia. (2008). Louis Armstrong. Retrieved March 26, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong
Yeung, C. (n.d.). A marketable commodity: Selling Babe Ruth to
1. Break into pairs and retrieve a paper copy of the questions to go along with the WebQuest.
2. During computer lab time, access the WebQuest with your partner.
3. Click on the picture of Louis Armstrong and read the entire page.
4. Complete the questions about Louis Armstrong. (Answer your questions thoroughly.)
5. Click on the picture of one of the other four people and read their entire page.
6. Complete the questions about that person. (Answer your questions thoroughly.)
7. Continue this process until you have completed all 20 questions.
8. Go to the answer key and check your answers. Any corrections that are made should be made with a red pen.
9. Read over your information and brainstorm with your partner who you believe was the most influential person in the 1920s and why.
10. Prepare to present to the class who your group thinks is the most influential and why.
11. In your presentation, write two questions you would ask the person you chose as the most influential, if you could talk to them today.
Purpose – The purpose of this product is for each student to discover new information about key people from the past in order to better understand the time period. Students will also gain experience navigating on the web.
Preceding/Ensuing Events – Before this assignment, the students will learn about historical events during the 1920s. After this assignment, the students will start reviewing for their Roaring 20s test.
Debriefing – The product will help each student by enabling each to work at his/her own pace. This activity promotes web navigation, research, and discovery. Learning about these key individuals will help the student have a better understanding of the mood of the time period and activities taking place, and provide information for the student to infer how the economy was affected by each individual’s contributions.
Improvement/Expansion – This activity can be expanded by providing the students with information about other people relating to each of the areas from the 1920s.
After the students complete the questions, they will turn them in. The class will have a discussion about each person, their contribution in history, and who each person believes was the most influential to society.
Click on the pictures to reach informational website
4. What was the Harlem Renaissance?
9. When George Herman Ruth, Jr. was 7 years old, what happened to him?
10. What position did he play most often on the school’s team?
11. How did George become known as “Babe” Ruth?
12. Where was Babe Ruth, and how old was he when he died?
13. What was Henry Ford’s first car built in 1896?
14. What was the cost of the Model T at its debut in 1908?
15. Four years later, what was the car’s cost?
16. What was the name of the plant that was four-stories high where the assembly line was first operated?
Other people had crossed the
18. What nicknames did the press give this shy young man?
19. What is a barnstormer?
What was the name of the plane that Lindbergh flew in an attempt
to obtain the reward offered by Mr. Orteig for $25,000 to the first aviator
to fly nonstop from
1. He fired a pistol on New Year’s Eve.
2. Armstrong used his horn like a singer's voice and used his voice like a musical instrument.
3. The true king of jazz.
4. The African American artistic movement in the 1920s that celebrated black life and culture.
5. Poor people who had a strong sense of emotions and pride.
Park Hotel in
7. He wrote about what he knew -- the people, places and events around him.
8. Jazz and Blues.
took him to St. Mary's
10. He played catcher most often during those years.
11. Jack Dunn, owner and manager of the Baltimore Orioles (a Boston Red Sox minor league team at the time), recognized the young man's talent and signed him to a contract. Jack was widely known as one of the best scouts in baseball. When the other players saw the strapping young Ruth, they referred to him as "Jack's newest babe."
Ruth died on August 16, 1948 at
13. The Quadricycle.
17. Lindbergh was the first person to do it alone nonstop.
Total: 100 points