TeachersFirst's Webquest Resources
This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students find, use, and create webquests. Teachers can find examples of webquests across the curriculum (and places to find MORE). Both students and teachers can find tools for creating their own webquests. We have even included some sample web resources as terrific seeds for webquest ideas.
The webquest format has been around for years and can be adapted many ways. Start from this collection and consider designing a webquest "Task" that uses a collaborative, web 2.0 tool such as those reviewed in the TeachersFirst Edge listings. Today's students will love the authentic, creative tasks and collaboration made possible by today's tools. TeachersFirst Edge reviews include ways to use the tools safely and within school policies, for a learning "win-win."
Grades9 to 12
This is a very sensitive subject, and teachers should consider the maturity of their students before proceeding with the activities on this site. In addition, teachers should be sensitive to the fact that there may be Chinese adoptees in their classes for whom this topic might be especially difficult.
At the time of this review, a few of the links were no longer active. We are keeping the listing because of the discussions that the site can produce. You may want to provide students with a corrected resource list without the dead links.
In the ClassroomWhile it is unlikely you will want to make a discussion on the plight of Chinese orphans the centerpiece of an examination of Chinese culture, this site may prove valuable for a student or student group to use in planning a special project. This site would be good research background for a debate on human rights.
For an extension activity, have student groups create online venn diagrams, dissecting the two different arguments. This can be done using a program such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Students can do this in their groups on classroom computers, or as a class on the interactive whiteboard. This would be a good way to lead into a discussion of the power of the media, and government responsibilities in regards to social services.
Grades1 to 12
In the ClassroomLearn how to make your own webquests, how to evaluate those made by others, and keep up to date on what's new in the world of webquests.
Grades5 to 8
tag(s): medieval (27)
In the ClassroomReview the process carefully to see if you need to adapt it in your situation. The teacher who designed this uses clips from a film (Ever After) and specific software packages (Inspiration, Publisher). There are certainly alternate ways to accomplish the same tasks if you do not have access to these exact resources. If you do not have as much time, you may want to use some portion of this webquest with your students. It is well-packaged for use in toto, if you wish!
One alternative would be having students turn in work via Google Docs, reviewed here, allowing for easy feedback from the teacher and no messy papers to grade.
Grades4 to 8
In the ClassroomTo provide something new and get students interested, consider having them use a tool like Google Docs, reviewed here
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomThis is a great cross-curricular activity involving science, language arts, history and geography! Don't forget to check out the "teachers page" that provides a lot of details for the web activities.
Include this webquest as you study westward expansion or American rural culture. You could also share portions of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book aloud as your after-recess reading selection.
Grades2 to 6
tag(s): pilgrims (16)
In the ClassroomIt might be good to review this WebQuest as a class and then send students to a few specific sites to gather their research. There are numerous links provided. Great information, but younger students will need assistance navigating this site.
Grades2 to 5
tag(s): agriculture (59)
In the ClassroomBe sure to visit the helpful teacher's page. The page includes step-by-step directions, standards, hints for teachers and additional links. A well-detailed rubric is also included. Use this webquest as part of your unit on farm animals or use selected activities if you do not have time for the full webquest.
GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomDon't forget to bring in an egg for step 4 and use a smartboard or projector for this webquest! To assist students with feedback, have them complete the charts using Google Docs, reviewed here. Save trees and the headache that comes with messy papers to grade!
GradesK to 3
tag(s): plants (167)
In the ClassroomEven if you do not have the time to complete the entire webquest, the culminating activity could easily be adapted to meet the needs of all ability levels. The link for growing your own lettuce, could be an interesting homework assignment or an at-home activity with parents. If you don't do it at school, put the link on your teacher web page for families to try.
GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomIn lower grades, this activity would be great as a guided activity in the computer lab or on laptops in your classroom. If you only have a computer or two, you could do some of the activities as centers. The teacher could direct the students throughout some of the activities and allow them to complete the writing, math problems and drawing activities on their own. A detailed grading rubric is included.
Teachers can also take the activity a step further, and have students create podcasts explaining how and why honeybees are so important. Use a tool like PodOmatic (reviewed here), to help students along.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomYou can pick and choose not only which author you want, but what information you want to use. You can choose short video clips shown on a projector either as a lesson in themselves (using the suggested questions or ones of your own); you can create a webquest using a combination of both this site and other sites linked from it; or you can use this as a straightforward internet lesson, using the material presented on the site itself. It is easily expandable to history and you can watch the video, a video clip, or read the transcript. Video requires Real Player.
Grades4 to 9
tag(s): architecture (83)
In the ClassroomTry this one as the basis for a "did you know" contest, asking students to unearth little-known facts about a topic of interest to them.
Grades2 to 12
tag(s): webquests (27)
Grades3 to 4
In the ClassroomUse this webquest to help students understand more about the explorers who came to the New World, as well as some critical thinking skills. Have students complete the task in cooperative learning groups to review and re-enforce content learned in lecture or discussion. Social Studies teachers will appreciate the hands-on activity!
Since the webquest was created, just a few of the links included have ceased working. Teachers will need to test all of them quickly and find replacements for sites where necessary.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site! The "Doing History" section would make an excellent webquest or classroom activity if teachers are willing to print out the resources. If doing it as a class, introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector before dispersing materials and having students work on the activity in groups. The activity is a great way for students to understand bias, validity and differences that historians find among primary sources. This would also be an interesting way to reflect on the roles of women in society and how they may have changes.
Grades4 to 6
tag(s): webquests (27)
Grades8 to 10
tag(s): webquests (27)
In the ClassroomUse this site as a introductory activity to research papers in an English classroom. Students will love the topics, ranging from the eery to the weird. To accommodate students used to technology and teachers tired of stacks of papers everywhere, try using Google Docs, reviewed here or one of many creative collaborative web 2.0 tools reviewed in the TeachersFirst Edge for the end product.
Grades4 to 7
In the ClassroomUse this web-quest as a hands-on practice activity for students following a lesson on folk tales. Have students complete the activity in cooperative learning groups on classroom computers. Be sure to help your weaker readers and ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard and highlighting them in the text as you come to them. English teachers will like the interactive part of this site, and students always enjoy a chance to work on computers!
To make it more interactive, have students create and illustrate their stories on an online book-maker, such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Teachers can post the stories on the class webpage, allowing parents to get to see the finished products!
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomUse this webquest on Christmas before the holidays - hopefully in time for a unit or lesson on world religions. While clearly the focus is Christianity, students might still enjoy the varying traditions among other nations - especially the unique ones of Eastern Europe!
Instead of creating a paper or oral report, have students complete the task with an online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. The rubric would still apply, and it would be something new to get students interested in the project.