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."
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!
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomInstead of a paper scrapbook, have students create an online one, making it easier for them to get images and share. Use a site like Bookemon, reviewed here.
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.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomA few of the links on the main page don't work, so teachers will need to find replacements if necessary. Otherwise, the activity would be a great extension activity for a math or science class.
Grades11 to 12
In the ClassroomSave this site as a favorite, and use the webquest during a discussion of government oversight, and how it has affected areas such as science. (This could also be used in a biology classroom during a lesson on cloning)
Consider alternate product options for today's students, such as using Google Docs during planning and writing phases reviewed here or one of many creative. collaborative web 2.0 tools reviewed in the TeachersFirst Edge. Your students can work collaboratively without even being in the same place, and their projects can be shared easily on the web.
Grades4 to 6
Note: 2-3 of the links are not working anymore, so teachers using the site should find replacements before using the webquest.
Grades4 to 8
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In the ClassroomSelect one of the many mysteries and use it as a classroom activity to close up and review the content! Teachers can use this as a learning center or have cooperative learning groups complete it at the end of the unit/lesson. There are a LOT of mysteries here including series for US and World history, so be sure to pass it on to any other social studies peers who can use it.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomSelect the region that pertains to your unit, and save the site as a favorite on classroom computers. The site offers multiple webquests that make it the perfect learning center or station. Have students complete the webquests in pairs or cooperative learning groups. The details of the webquest combine geography, history and science - making it easily usable in any of those classes.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomWhile not technically a webquest, this site has a lot of extension activities that could be used at the end of a lesson or as a review before a new one. Accommodate today's students, and have them complete the activities on Google Docs, reviewed here, making it easier for them to receive feedback and reduce the amount of messy papers you need to grade.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomUpdate the lesson plan for these tech savvy students, and have them turn in their presentation via Google Docs, reviewed here, or one of many creative. collaborative web 2.0 tools reviewed in the TeachersFirst Edge instead of the traditional Microsoft PowerPoint. This will save them from having to bring it in on a flash drive, and make it easy to access from anywhere.
Make sure to also save the site as a favorite for students on classroom computers, making it easier for them to access it!
Grades5 to 10
In the ClassroomThis webquest is a GREAT way to teach about geologic time in a way that is very student oriented. Save the site as a favorite on classroom computers, and have students work on it in pairs or cooperative learning groups. This could be used in any Earth Science or Geography class.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomPair students in pairs and have them complete the webquest during a unit on archaeology and the fossil record left behind by dinosaurs. As a culminating activity after the webquest, have students create a concept map showing how fossils are formed. Use a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create and share the concept maps.
Grades1 to 12
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomFor the sales pitch presentations, consider having students use Google Docs, reviewed here, instead of Microsoft PowerPoint. This will make upload time faster and grading easier, as they can simply share them with your google account.
Grades7 to 12
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