Let's Go to the Fair!
A WebQuest for Grades  4 - 5, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University

 


INTRODUCTION
Summer is finally here!!!! School is out! Your family has asked you to help plan your summer vacation. Hold on, don't get too excited, they did put some limits on this trip.  They want to visit different state fairs (can you imagine?). They are hoping you will learn something about agriculture while having fun. Perhaps you were hoping for a theme park, oh well, maybe next year. Oh, there is one other limitation.... with gas prices going up, your family can only travel to states that touch your state. 


OVERALL TASK
Your task is to learn about your region of the country by exploring the similarities and differences of the region, noting natural and agricultural resources and products. You will need to look at the map and decide which state/states you want to visit.  After you do your homework about each state fair, you will need to convince your family why these states are worthy of the family trip.  You will create a tri-fold brochure with your best arguments for your selections.  Using your brochure as an outline, you will give an oral presentation telling your classmates why the state fairs you have chosen would make the best summer trip for your family.


PROCESS
Step 1: Label and color (lightly) your state on the map of the United States. Then label all of the surrounding states.

Step 2.  You will need to complete a State Fair Guide Sheet for your state and at least 2 other state fairs. You will be calculating the approximate cost of attending each fair and also be outlining activities. The Missouri State Fair is a good example.

Step 3.  After you have completed the Guide for all 3 state fairs, create a brochure . Include pictures or drawings to enhance your brochure. Remember you are trying to convince your family that these are the fairs to see this summer. You might need to decide which category/exhibit is most important to you and prioritize around that.

Step 4. Research the agricultural products and natural resources for that state. Find additional information about agricultural products from the states that you have chosen and then look to see when and where they are exhibited during their state fair.


CONCLUSION
Now that you have learned about what a state fair has to offer, try looking up information about some others. Would you like to live in one of the states you researched? List some of the things you might like or not like about living in that state.  If you are really adventurous, create a new state fair complete with all of the information asked for on the state fair guide. Then design your own fairgrounds and compile a list of attractions and entertainment that would bring others to your fair.  See if your family would be interested in a visit to a county, regional, or state fair this summer.


EVALUATION
You will be evaluated in these four areas: The  map activity, state fair guide sheet, the brochure information, the pictures or drawings, and your oral presentation.   

Rubric for State Fair Guide and Map Activity

Competency 

4 pts.

3 pts.

2 pts.

1 pts.

State Fair Guide
Completion 

All information has been completed and there are some extra facts and information. 

All information on the sheet has been completed. the correct number of facts has been gathered. 

All but 2-3 of the facts have been completed on the fact sheet. 

All but 4-5 of the facts on the fact sheet have been completed. 

Computation  All daily costs have been completed and total cost has been calculated correctly. All daily costs have been completed and total cost has been calculated. Most daily costs have been completed but total cost has not been calculated. Some daily costs have been completed but total cost has been calculated.
Map Completion All of your map has been colored and labeled completely and correctly Most of your map has been colored and labeled completely and correctly. Some of your map has been colored and labeled completely and correctly Your map has not been colored nor  labeled completely or correctly.
Mileage All mileage is calculated and accurate Most mileage is calculated and accurate. Some mileage is calculated and but isn't accurate. Mileage has not been calculated.


Rubric for Brochure and Oral Presentation

Category

4 pts

3 pts.

2 pts.

1 pt.

Content - Accuracy 

All facts in the brochure are accurate. 

99-90% of the facts in the brochure are accurate. 

89-80% of the facts in the brochure are accurate. 

Fewer than 80% of the facts in the brochure are accurate. 

Graphics/Pictures 

Graphics go well with the text and there is a good mix of text and graphics. 

Graphics go well with the text, but there are so many that they distract from the text. 

Graphics go well with the text, but there are too few and the brochure seems "text-heavy". 

Graphics do not go with the accompanying text or appear to be randomly chosen.

Attractiveness & Organization 

The brochure has exceptionally attractive formatting and well-organized information. 

The brochure has attractive formatting and well-organized information. 

The brochure has well-organized information. 

The brochure's formatting and organization of material are confusing to the reader. 

Writing - 
Organization 

Each section in the brochure has a clear beginning, middle, and end. 

Almost all sections of the brochure have a clear beginning, middle and end. 

Most sections of the brochure have a clear beginning, middle and end. 

Less than half of the sections of the brochure have a clear beginning, middle and end

Writing - 
Grammar

There are no grammatical mistakes in the brochure. 

There are no grammatical mistakes in the brochure after feedback from an adult. 

There are 1-2 grammatical mistakes in the brochure even after feedback from an adult.

There are several grammatical mistakes in the brochure even after feedback from an adult.

Writing - 
Mechanics 

Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the brochure. 

Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the brochure after feedback from an adult. 

There are 1-2 capitalization and/or punctuation errors in the brochure even after feedback from an adult. 

There are several capitalization or punctuation errors in the brochure even after feedback from an adult. 

Spelling & Proofreading

 No spelling errors remain after one person other than the typist reads and corrects the brochure.

No more than 1 spelling error remains after one person other than the typist reads and corrects the brochure.

No more than 3 spelling errors remain after one person other than the typist reads and corrects the brochure.

Several spelling errors in the brochure.

Oral Presentation

Provides a good mix of facts and persuasive comments.
 

Provides some facts and persuasive comments. 

 Provides few facts and some persuasive comments.

Provides little facts and very few persuasive comments. 

 

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CREDITS
USDA photos in the public domain.

This WebQuest was created by teachers participating in Missouri's Agriculture in the Classroom program at Missouri State University through a USDA grant.  The template on this site was adapted from a template from The WebQuest Page and the original was designed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin.  Assistance for this project was provided by Mrs. Barbara Irwin, M.S. and Mrs. Diane Olson, M.S.

Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson for classroom use only.  No part of this publication may be transmitted, stored, recorded or published in any form without written permission from Missouri Farm Bureau.

This page was developed by Amy Jo Estes, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau. Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.