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Activity Overview


Our culture is what makes us all unique and each region different. The culture in the West centers around food, fun, and the weather. Spider maps are an excellent tool to help students organize facts in a systematic and visual manner. For this activity, students will create a spider map that illustrates different aspects of Midwestern culture. To differentiate, teachers could encourage students to complete more than 3 cells.


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Objective: Create a 3 cell spider map explaining the culture of the West.

Student Instructions

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write a heading.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each heading using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short summary of each heading in the space below the illustration.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/7] Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/4/4] Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/4/7] Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/4/10] By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

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