History of Mickey Mouse and Friends
A WebQuest for 2nd-4th Grade (History)
Designed by

Sarah Kasavan
Sarah Shulenberger
Annie Utley
Maddy Wudel


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Introduction
In this activity we will be looking at why Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse and his friends. You should become knowledgeable in how the characters have changed over time.


The Task

Research the creation of the classic Disney characters. Some questions you should think about are:
Who was made first?
Why did the characters change over time?
What information did you NOT know about the characters?
When you are done you will create a timeline of the life of your favorite Disney character to present to the class. You will also write a biography of the character you choose.



The Process
To accomplish the task, what steps should the learners go through? Use the numbered list to describe the steps in the procedure.
  1. In a group of 3-4 students begin looking at websites and learn about your favorite classic Disney Characters. Take notes while you are researching, make sure to put down the important information and where you found it. That way you can find it again later. ;-)
  2. Once you feel you know enough... make a timeline of the life of your favorite character. You should include answers to the following questions:
    • When they were first created?
    • What movie did they star in?
    • Did they get a new look? Why?
    • What movies/shows are they in?
    • Do they only do TV and movies or do they have books too?
    • Make sure you decorate it!
  3. When you finish your timeline, write a biography about the character you chose. Tell me why you chose the character. What new information did you learn? You can discuss in groups what to write. Tell me your favorite part of the project. Is there something you wanted to do different?
  4. Once everything is completed be prepared to share what you learned with a new group later on.

Resources

Time Magazine
Disney Archives
Meet the Characters
Search for Books and Movies
List of Disney Charaters, past and present




Evaluation

Timeline Rubric


CATEGORY
4
3
2
1
Creative Title
The timeline has a creative title that accurately describes the material and is easy to locate.
The timeline has an effective title that accurately describes the material and is easy to locate.
The timeline has a title that is easy to locate.
The title is missing or difficult to locate.
Did you Take Notes?
The student had notes about all the events and dates s/he wished to include on the timeline before beginning to design the timeline.
The student had notes about almost all the events and dates s/he wished to include on the timeline before beginning to design the timeline.
The student had notes about most (~75%) of the events and dates s/he wished to include on the timeline before beginning to design the timeline.
The student had not prepared adequate notes before beginning to design the timeline.
How well did you use your classtime?
Classroom time was used to work on the project. Conversations were not disruptive and focused on the work.
Classroom time was used to work on the project the majority of the time. Conversations were not disruptive and focused on the work.
Classroom time was used to work on the project the majority of the time, but conversations often were disruptive or did not focus on the work.
Student did not use classroom time to work on the project and/or was highly disruptive.
Was everything right?
Facts were accurate for all events reported on the timeline.
Facts were accurate for almost all events reported on the timeline.
Facts were accurate for most (~75%) of the events reported on the timeline.
Facts were often inaccurate for events reported on the timeline.
Can I Read it?
The overall appearance of the timeline is pleasing and easy to read.
The overall appearance of the timeline is somewhat pleasing and easy to read.
The timeline is relatively readable.
The timeline is difficult to read.
Is it colorful?
Do you have Pictures?
All graphics are effective and balanced with text use.
All graphics are effective, but there appear to be too few or too many.
Some graphics are effective and their use is balanced with text use.
Several graphics are not effective.




Conclusion

During this project you began to learn strategies for researching information. You created a chronological timeline. We will use these processes again later in the class. What information was most helpful for you? What do you now want to learn more about?




Credits & References

Original Mickey Mouse Picture
Rubic Creator
Modern Mickey Mouse Picture
Mickey and Friends Picture
Walt Disney Biography
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