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 12
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In the ClassroomUse QR Wild to make any class content into a treasure hunt for knowledge. Keep students engaged by creating learning centers or webquests that have a question requiring an answer and perhaps another activity at the center before going on to the next. Have students learn and answer questions about mystery objects, art prints, or books/authors with accompanying QR codes. Identify trees by creating a QR code with a question about the tree and perhaps another link taking them to specific information. Create a scavenger hunt around the school asking questions about activities in the school or certain student projects found in showcases (the first QR code could be printed in the school newsletter). Create a treasure hunt with books in the library to test library search skills or to find a specific book and answer questions from the index, table of contents, etc. Use QR codes on objects in Geometry to ask questions about the shapes or solve a problem based on a physical object. Any subject area and content could find a use for this Treasure Hunt Generator. Challenge students to create their own QR treasure hunts as a way to "present" research projects. Use in social studies for the entire class to create a QR code hunt around your community to bring local history to life for all residents. Create a scavenger hunt for parents to find important classroom information during Open Houses or Meet the Teacher events.
Grades6 to 9
tag(s): careers (151), computers (109), consumers (17), cyberbullying (48), digital citizenship (77), digital storytelling (145), game based learning (159), internet safety (120), media literacy (88), organizational skills (106), social media (43), social networking (91), thinking skills (14), webquests (27)
In the ClassroomUse the complete curriculum or selected Quests. Assign students individual Things to complete in school or at home as part of blended learning or flipped classrooms. Have students begin with the Basics and progress through selected skills. Use parts of the site to teach a particular skill to the whole class. Have students complete their work through an electronic portfolio Pathbrite, reviewed here, but not included on the site. There are links to some ideas and samples on the Student Showcase page. Extensive teacher resources and support provided.
Tons of resources for all grades, love it!Ladisha, VA, Grades: 9 - 12
Lots of other links for using technology resources in the classroom.Ruth, AB, Grades: 0 - 12
Grades3 to 10
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In the ClassroomTry this one stop shop for teaching nonfiction, research, note taking, finding evidence, and scientific explorations. No need to research, find sources, or steps to guide the process. Just use the variety of multimedia sources here, and students can start now. Teacher resources include interactive whiteboard ready materials along with detailed instructions. Demonstrate the scientific process, note taking, finding evidence, primary and secondary sources, and evaluating credible sources. Students can work individually or in groups depending on your class needs. After students have been through this process, expand their skills to other areas.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomCreate an Internet activity that is useful for students and allows them to work independently or with a partner in class or at home. Demonstrate on an interactive whiteboard or projector how to use the track. Be sure to put the URL for the track on your class website. This tool would be great for flipping your classroom. Students could read and view the sites at home and come to class with their work and their questions ready for a discussion. Create a bank of resources for each content unit within your subject or classroom. Use for web treasure hunts to learn or introduce any topic within your content area. Use for directed research. Search the ready-made tracks by subject, grade level, theme, track number, etc. to find one to use with your class. Collect links to informational texts for students to read "closely" a la CCSS. Students or student groups can create Trackstars of the resources they use for a project. Use with faculty and staff to showcase a variety of tools for professional development. Create Tracks you can share with other teachers in your building or district. If you would like to know more about webquests see TeachersFirst Webquest 101
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomCreate a QR code that directs to your class website or blog. Include it on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students or make a webquest more engaging. Add QR codes to documents for students to check their answers. Further develop knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that expands upon what is in the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students can access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student. Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, students' reactions and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Link directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Instead of copying/pasting links in a newsletter, put them into QR codes for easier access by readers. Post QR codes to resource sites and new articles on your BYOD classroom bulletin boards for students to access information on their tablets or smartphones. As a time saver, post a QR code to the class wiki or web page.
Grades5 to 8
In the ClassroomThe trick in using All About Explorers is to keep the real lesson a secret at the beginning and allow students to come to their own conclusion. Processing that "aha!" moment when students recognize that there is a hidden agenda here will have a much more lasting impression than simply telling students they cannot believe everything they read. Deep inside, students often believe they can easily tell the difference between the Truth and something that is misleading or downright false. All About Explorers will help them see how difficult that can be. They might also learn something about explorers in the process! Extend this lesson by having student groups find another suspect site and create a screencast of that "suspicious" site, pointing out characteristics that indicate an unreliable source. A tool such as Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, or Screencastify (Chrome app), reviewed here, will allow them to create a "tour" of the fallacies they find.
Grades4 to 6
In the ClassroomUse Synonyms and Antonyms at a center or share the site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use as a model for your current vocabulary words. Have students find synonyms and antonyms for your words. Students can also create sentences for each vocabulary word. This is an excellent way to improve word study skills. Use in your writing class to remind students to use spicy vocabulary words. Use this site to increase your students' vocabulary, the key to improving reading comprehension!
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomCreate a QR code for your class site or blog and include it on handouts for Back to School night. Create a QR code scavenger hunt for students, making a webquest more engaging. Add QR codes to documents for students to check their answers to questions. Expand knowledge of a topic by adding a QR code to a site that expands upon what is in the textbook. Create a data chart accessible via a QR code. Students access the data and manipulate the information. Have students create a book trailer or review and affix a QR code to the outside of the book. Students may be more apt to read a book that has been reviewed by another student. Make a display completely interactive with a QR code that describes the assignment, the process, the research, student's reactions and more! Add extra help information to any assignment that asks students to solve problems. Create an online help tutorial accessible via a QR code, and place the code beside a similar problem. Link directly to a Google Map. Place QR code contact information for you and your school on contact cards to give to parents. Attach QR codes to physical objects around the room to provide information about the object. Place the links in a newsletter using QR codes instead of a series of words that need to be typed.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomIn the simplest form, Pearltrees could be used to store links for classes that you are teaching or taking. More creatively, however, you could use this site to create a guided online field trip from one site to another. Even try pairing Pearltrees with the use of a highlighting style website such as Webklipper reviewed here, to direct students to the information on the site that you, as their teacher, want them to see. Try turning the tables on your students, and have them create a Pearltree for short research projects or as a working bibliography for their research papers. Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have.
Includes Interaction w general public/ public galleries with unmoderated content
Includes social features, such as "friends," comments, ratings by others
Requires registration/log-in (WITH email)
Products can be shared by URL
Multiple users can collaborate on the same project
Requires download/installation of software
This is my favorite bookmark tool for my use. I have not used it with students but I love it for organizing things I want to go back to over and over.Charity, MD, Grades: 9 - 12
Grades4 to 7
In the ClassroomThis is a motivating webquest during the cold months of winter. The webquest incorporates literature, science, research, writing and more!
Instead of creating paper posters, make the assignment a little different and have them create online posters for the final product. Try a site like Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Students can create them on classroom computers, and can present them via projector or interactive whiteboard!
Grades1 to 12
In the ClassroomMark this in your Favorites as a professional reference. You may even want to assign students to create their own webquests following these guidelines. If you mentor new teachers, share this resource when they are designing their first web-based projects.
Grades5 to 8
In the ClassroomSeptember and October are perfect months for baseball fever, with the World Series right around the corner, so why not get on base with The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings and make a double play by introducing your class to the historical fiction genre. Divide your students into teams of two or three players to complete this WebQuest over the course of several days, using a class set of computers for a "home game" or take them to the computer lab for an "away game." There are many projects to choose from; assign all of them, select just a few, or have different teams be responsible for various activities. One of the tasks involves students creating an information web, using Inspiration software. If your school does not have a license for that software or it is not already downloaded on your school's computers, you can use free web-based alternatives, such as bubble.us reviewed here or one of the many tools available from Teachersfirst toolbox. Even if you do not have time to do the entire WebQuest, the links provide valuable background information for shorter investigations.
Grades9 to 12
tag(s): china (64)
In the ClassroomThis is a great activity to use in a World History or Government classroom. This would be a great way to show how the media and globalization impacts public policy and opinion of events. Be sure to save the site as a favorite on classroom computers to make it easier for student groups to navigate there.
For an alternative to the traditional paper or PowerPoint as the end product, consider using Google Docs Presentation 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.
Grades5 to 12
tag(s): literature (259)
In the ClassroomUse the list to find literature you can use in your classroom. You may want to choose short stories or poems and their music so students will get the idea of how music and literature can fit together. Then have students choose appropriate contemporary music for an independent reading novel presentation or report. Have students figure out how they would divide up the book into sections. Then select a piece of (school appropriate) music that they think captures the feel or tone of each section. They record the pieces and possibly do voice-overs explaining what is happening in the novel during the piece of music and why they felt this piece of music fits the section of the novel. As a choice, students could use "podOmatic" to create podcasts, reviewed here. Or have students create ThingLink, reviewed here. Be sure to PLAY the music out loud as the student is talking. If you want students to "mix" or create music with their own computer, check out Soundtrap, reviewed here. You may wish to take that a bit further and challenge students to record a song using a tool such as UJAM, reviewed here, where you simply record your voice (even talking and not singing!). UJAM is free and synchronizes your voice and its speed to a variety of different background music options.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): bacteria (30)
In the ClassroomUse great webquests such as "The microbes within" that explores the role of bacteria in evolution and human health. Use the webquest information to identify the task, process, resources to be used, suggestions for evaluation, and conclusion. Find standards by clicking on "Teachers" and viewing the standards and suggestions for the webquest. Expand the webquest by having students ask questions that expand their knowledge and use of the information. Develop a class site wiki, or blog that displays information that others can use to understand human biology and our interaction with microbes. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
Grades5 to 9
In the ClassroomUse the activities and quizzes from this webquest to supplement your classroom book study. Each piece of literature includes activities, quizzes, writing prompts and more. Have students create their own book study gleaning ideas from the set up of the included book studies. Have cooperative learning groups (or individual students) choose a specific piece of literature and complete some of the activities. Take it a step further and have students create multimedia projects as a culminating activity. Challenge groups or individuals to create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
Note: Some of the links don't work on the KWL page, so teachers using the site will need to find replacement sites for students.
Grades4 to 8
In the ClassroomUse this site as a class webquest in conjunction with Marco Polo's Route to China and Back, reviewed here. Have students or groups research one area of this site and create a multimedia report to share with the class. Challenge students to narrate a picture using a tool such as Slidestory, reviewed here. Or have students create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
Grades8 to 12
tag(s): pi (26)
In the ClassroomHave students work in cooperative learning groups to complete this Webquest. Share the introduction on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Rather than having students use YouTube to share videos, as the WebQuest suggests, have students try an educational video sharing site such as TeacherTube, TeacherTube (explained here. For the Youtube video on the site, teachers whose school filters the site may not be able to access it, but there are work-arounds or alternatives. You could flip your classroom and have students watch the videos at home.
This simple website should inspire you to make your own WebQuest to invigorate learning. This one used Googlepages, but there are many other internet hosting sites that offer free or nearly free pages. Learn more about webquests at TeachersFirst's Webquest 101 and read a review of a possible tool to use, Zunal Webquest, here here.