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The Straw That Broke the Breadbasket Teacher's Page

Teachers may want to preface this WebQuest with the following:

Read Chapters 11 and 12 in Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder on threshing and weaving straw into hats.

Do some activities on wheat weaving.


Collaboration Rubric
  Little or None (1-2 pts.) Somewhat (3-5 pts.) Exemplary (6-8 pts.)
Researches Role      
Shares Information      
Cooperates with Teammates      

Total Points ____


Advertisement Rubric

  Needs Improvement (1-3 pts.) Satisfactory (4-6 pts.) Outstanding (7-10 pts.)
Content – factual information      
Creativity – Use of slogans, jingles, visuals      
Persuasiveness – Audience wants product      
Presentation – Clarity, appropriateness, or visually pleasing      

Total Points ____


National Standards

  • People in all economies must address three questions: What goods and services will be produced? How will these goods and services be produced? Who will consume them?
  • As consumers, people use resources in different ways to satisfy different wants. Productive resources can be used in different ways to produce different goods and services.
  • Markets are interrelated; changes in the price of one good or service can lead to changes in prices of many other goods and services.
  • Sellers compete on the basis of price, product quality, customer service, product design and variety, and advertising.
  • To earn income people sell productive resources. These include their labor, capital, natural resources, and entrepreneurial talents.
  • Entrepreneurs accept the risks in organizing resources to produce goods and services because they hope to earn profits.


  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.
  • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
  • Students use technology tools to process data and report results.
  • Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.
  • Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.


Language Arts: Speaking/Listening Sec. 4&6


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