White Water WebQuest

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Introduction
Task
Process
Roles
Evaluation
Conclusion
Credits

Introduction:

Take a look at the series of photos at the top of this page. Do they look exciting? Full of adventure? Can't you just feel the icy cold water spraying all over your face? Is your heart racing, palms sweaty? Wouldn't you love to go on one of those river rafting trips right now?

Today is your lucky day. Starting right now you and your groups members are owners of a new river rafting adventure tour group! Sound like fun or a lot of hard work?

Well, you are about to find out! Click on the Task tab at the top of the page to begin your journey in the wonderful world of owning a buisness.

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Task:

You have just read Downriver by Will Hobbs. Discovery Unlimited promised many exciting things for the teens' trip, but the trip went horribly wrong for camp director, Al.

Now it's your chance to do better than Al. You and the members of your group will have the chance to design your own rafting adventure tour group.

As owners of a white water rafting tour group, you will need to organize your business. You will be starting from scratch. Your group will need to decide on the route, the menu, and how you will promote your business. This is a huge task, so, where do you begin? Click on the process tab to get your directions.

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Process:

The following list are the steps you will need to take in order to complete this WebQuest. It is recommended that you follow the steps in the order they are presented. Even though each one of you have a different role and have different things to do, other group members will need the information you find too. Remember: Work as a team!

  1. Decide on a business name.
  2. Decide on your target audience. What you plan to do on your trip will depend upon who you bring on your trip. When you are planning your route, menu, and brochure keep your audience in mind. Your group may choose a group other than teens. For example: adults, married couples, juvenile delinquents, talented and gifted teens, or families.
  3. Decide which river you would like to raft down. You are able to choose rivers from the western half of the United States. Use the resources listed at the bottom of the page. If you can't find all that you need, please see the teacher to locate additional sites.
  4. Click on the Roles tab to find out what your individual tasks are. It is recommened that you print out your individual assignments. As a group go over your assignments and what you will need from each other to complete the tasks. At this time, go to the evaluation page and read over the rubrics for all the tasks.
  5. Gather Information - look at your roles to find specific information.
  6. Create rough drafts of each project. Look at your Role assignments.
  7. Spend one whole class period discussing your rough drafts. Check out the Evaluation tab to make sure you have everything you need to get a good grade. ** Your group must inform the teacher when you are having this meeting. ** The teacher needs to look at all the rough drafts.
  8. Create final drafts.
  9. Spend 5-10 minutes in class discussing final products - make changes if necessary.
  10. Hand in final drafts on paper and on a CD.
  11. Visit the Conclusion page.
  12. Present your business to the class.

** Additional Tasks **

Resources:

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Roles:

Each group member will have individual tasks. There will be four roles representing four business partners. Remember that the four of you must work together to complete the individual tasks. The information you find or project you complete may be needed by one of your business partners to complete another project. As a group, go over your roles and what you need from each other. To get started on your tasks, click on the four tabs at the top.


Nutritionist:
Task: Plan a 1 week menu for a total of six people.

Process:

  1. Gather information about the types of food that people take on river rafting trips. Also, find information on what you need to have in order to prepare and cook the food. Use the resources listed at the bottom of the page. If you can't find all that you need, please see the teacher to locate additional sites.
  2. Plan out meals for six people (2 guides and four tourists). There will be three meals per day for seven days for a total of 21 meals. There must be a variety in the diet, not just cold cereal or trail mix. Keep in mind that all this food must fit in no more than two rafts.
  3. Plan out what cooking utensils you will need to bring along.
  4. Find prices for the food you will need at the grocery store.
  5. Click on the Evaluation tab to look at the grading guidelines for your task.
  6. Lay out your menu in an Excel spreadsheet. In your spreadsheet you must include your business name, menu items, days of the week, the time your group will eat corresponding to what they will eat at that time, and prices for food items. Feel free to add images, color, and additional information.
  7. Print out a rough draft for your group members to look at. Discuss changes that need to be made.
  8. Make changes.
  9. Print out a final draft and burn your spreadsheet on your group's CD.
  10. Visit the Conclusion page.
  11. Present your menu during your group's presentation to the class.

Resources:

Bonus Points: Find out how much your food items will weigh. Go to the grocery store to locate measurements. Type your findings in your Excel spreadsheet.


Guide:
Task: Working with the Map Maker, plan a 1 week trip down the river.

Process:

  1. Gather information about the river your group chose. Find out which route is typically used by rafters, special sites or landmarks along the route, and how many miles can be done within a week. Use the resources listed at the bottom of the page. If you can't find all that you need, please see the teacher to locate additional sites.
  2. Working with the Map Maker, plan out a route down the river. You and the Map Maker must plan the route out per day for a total of seven days. While the Map Maker draws out the route, you will write down what will happen. You must include how many miles per day your group will go, the types of rapids the group will encounter, special sites along the way, and when and where the group will stop to eat and camp for the night. Feel free to include other items you might think of.
  3. Click on the Evaluation tab to look at the grading guidelines for your task.
  4. Working with the Map Maker, decide how you will design your route. Suggested design: type up your route log in Microsoft Word while the Map Maker designs the map in Adobe Illustrator or by hand.
  5. Give route log to the Media Specialist so he/she can include it in the brochure.
  6. Create a rough draft and print it out for your group members to look at. Discuss changes that need to be made.
  7. Make changes.
  8. Print out final draft and burn your route (Word document) on your group's CD along with the map.
  9. Visit the Conclusion page.
  10. Present your route and map during your group's presentation to the class.

Resources:

Bonus Points: Find out the elevation of your river. Does it change during your trip or does it remain the same? For each day of your trip, find out the elevation. Write it in your route log while the Map Maker creates elevation lines on the map.


Map Maker:
Task:
Working with the Guide, map out a 1 week trip down the river.

Process:

  1. Gather information about the river your group chose. Find out which route is typically used by rafters, special sites or landmarks along the route, and how many miles can be done within a week. Use the resources listed at the bottom of the page. If you can't find all that you need, please see the teacher to locate additional sites.
  2. Working with the Guide, plan out a route down the river. You and the Guide must plan the route out per day for a total of seven days. While the Guide writes up the route, you will draw out the route. You must include a mileage marker, the names of rapids, special sites along the way, and when and where the group will stop to eat and camp for the night. Feel free to include other items you might think of.
  3. Click on the Evaluation tab to look at the grading guidelines for your task.
  4. Working with the Guide, decide how you will design your route. Suggested design: design the map in Adobe Illustrator or another paint program or by hand, while the Guide types up the route log in Microsoft Word. Please note: if you decide to draw out the map by hand, you will need to scan your drawing so there is an electronic version of your map.