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Landmarks of the Northeast
Landmarks of the Northeast
Grade 4 Webquest
Newton Public Schools
Sheila Packard
Library Teacher
Jill Kaplan
Grade 4 Teacher

Look, over there!
It's historical!
It's geographical! It's...

Welcome to

Landmarks of the Northeast

Welcome to our webquest, where you will have a chance to explore one of a number of interesting landmarks in the northeast region of the United States, as part of Newton Public Schools' Social Studies curriculum.

Learning about landmarks is a great way to find out about a particular area of our country. And a webquest is a way to search, interpret, and share information gathered through preselected web resources.

OK, let's begin by determining what a landmark actually is. You've probably helped someone needing to find their destination by directing them to a place that is well-known and easily recognized, that will help them figure out where they are. You were actually using...
you guessed it...a landmark!

As the title of this webquest suggests, a landmark is a place, building, or structure that has historical or geographical significance, or both! Let's keep that in mind as we take a look at our task.

The Task                           
The classes will be divided into small groups. Each group will gather detailed information about a landmark in the northeast part of the United States and prepare a presentation about this landmark for the class.  A checklist for this project is provided.

The Process
 1. With your group, you will research one of the following:

African Meeting House, MA
Bunker Hill, MA
Old North Church, MA
Plymouth Rock, MA
U.S.S. Constitution, MA
Lost River Gorge, NH
Mount Washington, NH
Statue of Liberty, NY
Liberty Bell, PA
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

2. Using websites listed in the resources section below, as well as encyclopedias and books,  you will gather information to answer these questions (your answers will be written on your notetaking sheets):

Where is your landmark located? What is near your landmark?
Click Geography of Landmark for your notetaking sheet.

How can you describe your landmark?
Click Description of Landmark for your notetaking sheet.

Why is your landmark important?
Click Importance of Landmark for your notetaking sheet.

What activities are there at your landmark? What would you do there?
Click Activities At Landmark for your notetaking sheet.

What other interesting facts have you learned about your landmark?
Click Interesting Facts about Landmarkfor your notetaking sheet.

3. After taking notes, you will need to organize your information before working on the computer. You will decide how to present your information on each slide.Your teacher will provide you with story boards for this part of the project.

4.Your group must use illustrations or photographs to accompany each set of notes you have gathered for your presentation. Your teacher or librarian will provide an image bank for you to use.
5. Your group presentation must include a slide for each set of notes plus a title slide.  The names of the members of your group must be included in the title slide.





New Hampshire



New York




Washington, D.C.




Your work will be evaluated based on your individual contribution and on the work of your group. See the rubric for an example of how group work is reviewed.
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Credits & References
Website sources are referenced above. Picture credits go to for Liberty Bell, for Statue of Liberty, for Lost River Gorge, for U.S.S. Constitution, for Mount Washington, for Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, for Bunker Hill, and for Bunker Hill.

Last updated October 8, 2013
last updated 9/30/2011

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