Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Internet research: Careers (Summit II Unit 1)

Task: Use one or more of the websites listed to research job descriptions, requirements, and job outlooks for various careers.

Respond using information from the websites.

Choose three careers. Give a job description for each one. Many of you have already chosen your careers. However, choose three that are interesting to you, or related to your career options. Alternatively, you can choose some careers that seem strange or completely different from what you want to do.

What are the requirements for these careers?

What aspect(s) of these careers do you find most interesting? Are you suited to these careers? Explain your answers.


You can also search for your own information. Try using these keywords in your search:

[Career name][Career name] description[Career name] planning

This activity is from the Summit II Companion Website.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Guinness Book of World Records Web Activity and Pictionary

I. You are going to learn about some of the stranger world records in the Guinness Book of World Records. Your teacher will assign you one of the following categories:

Human Body

Amazing Feats
Natural World
Science & Technology
Arts & Media
Modern Society
Travel & Transport
Sports & Games

II. Under each category, you will find several subcategories. Choose at least 1 world record from each subcategory. You will choose 10 world records in all. Some of you may need to choose more than 1 from each subcategory.

Your teacher will give you some cards. Use one card for each world record and write the following:

1. On the front of the card, write the name of the record. For example, "The Largest Monkey" or "Tallest Ridable Motorcycle"

2. On the back of the card, write any relevant information about the record. For example, if I were filling in information about "The Largest Monkey," I'd write something like: "Male Mandrill. Lives in West Africa. Average size 25 kg but can be up to 56 kg." etc.

III. After we finish our research, we will use these cards in a Pictionary game. We'll divide up into teams, and the goal will be to draw a picture that helps your team mates guess the world record correctly.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing Webquest

This web activity will help you learn about the sports competitions at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. In addition, you'll learn about the participating countries and find some information about traveling in Beijing.

This web activity has three parts.

I. Below is a list of Olympic sports. Pick one sport you know very little about and one sport you know something about. For each sport, describe:

  1. The origin of the sport.
  2. The Olympic history of the sport.
  3. Equipment used.
  4. Anything else you think is interesting.
II. Go to the Athletes and Teams section of the official Olympic website. On the right side of the page, you will see a box that says "Search NOC." This box allows you to search for atheltes and teams by country. Pick two countries--one country that you know something about and one country that you know almost nothing about. For each country, note anything of general interest.

III. Go to the Beijing section of the Lonely Planet website and read about Beijing. Your teacher will assign you one of the following categories to research.

  1. When to go
  2. Activities
  3. Events (pick two or three months and describe the events)
  4. Sights (search by keyword and pick two or three types of sights to describe)
  5. Shopping (search by keyword and pick two or three kinds of items to focus your search)
  6. Entertainment (pick two or three places to describe)
  7. History (focus on modern history, but be sure to read some about ancient history, too)

Food History and Regional Cooking in the United States of America

This web quest is designed to help you learn more about food history and regional cooking in the United States of America.

When you think about food in the USA, what foods do you think of? Many people immediately think of hamburgers. It's true that this is an important food, but there are other foods such as corn on the cob that are also eaten in the United States.

I. Go to the
Key Ingredients website to learn about specific historical periods in US food history. Your teacher will assign one of the following periods for you to research.

1500 - Traditions
1600 - Colonization
1700 - A New Country
1800 - Expansion
1900 - Modernization
1950 - Recent Trends
2000 - The Future of Food

As you research your period in US food history, note the following:

1. What were some of the important US foods at that time?
2. How were these foods obtained? For example, did people buy them? Did they grow them...?
3. Were there any important food traditions? (Holidays, etc)
4. What role did cultural traditions play?

II. Now you are going to learn about the regional food cultures of the United States from the Key Ingredients website. Your teacher will assign one of the following regions for you to research:


As you research this region, keep in mind the following:

1. What foods are important to this region?
2. What are the cultural and ethnic influences?
3. Are there any important holidays and festivals associated with this region?

III. Finally, you are going to research specific regional foods on the What's Cooking America Website. Your teacher will again assign you one specific region to research. You can find links to each specific region below:

Deep South: Alabama - Florida - Georgia – Mississippi

Far West: California - Hawaii - Nevada

Great Lakes: Illinois - Indiana - Michigan - Minnesota - Ohio – Wisconsin

New England: Connecticut - Maine - Massachusetts - New Hampshire - Rhode Island – Vermont

Mid-Atlantic: Delaware - Maryland - New Jersey - New York - Pennsylvania - District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)

Midwest/Plains: Arkansas - Iowa - Kansas - Missouri - Nebraska - North Dakota - Oklahoma - South Dakota

Pacific Northwest: Alaska - Oregon - Washington - Idaho – Montana

Southeast: Kentucky - North Carolina - South Carolina - Tennessee - Virginia -West Virginia

Southwest: Arizona - New Mexico - Texas - Utah

South Central: Louisiana

1. Choose two recipes from your assigned region and take notes on them.
2. Be sure to note the history of the food, its relationship to cultural and ethnic history, and any holidays it is associated with.
3. Be sure to note when it is typically eaten (i.e. for breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc).
4. Does this food appeal to you? Why or why not?
5. Is this food similar to a food you eat in your home country? If so, tell us about it.