Before you even begin to plan your webquest, ask yourself these questions:
- What do I want my students to learn as a result of this lesson?
- Why is this information important?
- Where does the information fit into the specific context of this unit?
- How does this information fit into the broader curriculum? How can this information help students make connections across subject areas? For an example, take a look at Discover the Renaissance - a webquest to broaden students' understanding of this historical period.
Let’s take a look at three examples of how webquests can help meet instructional objectives in creative fashion.
Elementary – The Brooklyn Nine Webquest - This webquest was created for upper elementary students. The quest has a lot of different layers and uses baseball to hook students. This webquest incorporates reading and social studies. The final project includes an idea map and trading cards.
Middle School – Radio Days – This webquest asks students to take on the role of a playwright, Foley artist, or advertising executive. Next, they start to explore radio during the 1930s and 1940s. This webquest demonstrates the importance of radio in American history.
High School – Raging Waters - This webquest is an excellent example of a secondary earth science challenge. The focus is on earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and other “acts” of nature. The process includes many concept maps.
For more examples visit Best Webquests.