Grades 3-4

What is a webquest?

Bernie Dodge, the original designer, describes a webquest as "an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation."

A webquest typically includes the following elements: An Introduction, a presentation of the Task, a list of Resources, a step-by-step description of the Process, a form or rubric for Evaluation, and a Conclusion that summarizes what students have learned.

WebQuests were designed to bring together the most effective instructional practices into one integrated student activity which emphasizes critical thinking, constructivism, cooperative learning, authentic assessment, and technology integration.


Specific Examples in Grades 3 and 4 Searching for Webquests

Webquest Collections

Examples of Specific Webquests for Students in Grades 3-4

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an interesting webquest in which the online tasks are very much embedded into the more traditional reading/discussion/journaling process.
  • Cinco de Mayo: a website that explores the history and festivities surrounding this Mexican holiday
  • Coyote the Trickster provides students an opportunity to compare and contrast the coyotes found in Native American trickster tales with those found in non-fiction and reference materials posted on the Internet.
  • Kid's Court: Finding Justice in Fairy Tales for students in grades 3-6 explores the "bad bullies" in fairy tales and has kids take the bullies to court with classmates as the jury.
  • A Day in the Life of Harry Potter: students explore the world of Harry Potter and the other characters in J.K. Rowling's books.
  • Thanksgiving Fact and Fiction: allows students to explore the first Thanksgiving and also to learn about Thanksgiving celebrations for other cultures.

Hundreds of innovative teachers are busily creating new Webquests every day and loading them up onto the Internet. In order to find the latest and greatest regarding your special topic, you'll be much better off using a good search engine to find one yourself. Follow the directions below to quickly locate a webquest related to your classroom themes and curriculum topics.

Directions for Locating a Webquest
  1. Begin with a good search engine for teachers like Northern Light or
  2. Click in the empty white search box (not the address bar at the top of the screen). In Northern Light, it's inside the yellow box near the blue Search button; in Dogpile, it's near the top next to the Fetch button.)
  3. Type your topic with a plus sign (+) directly in front of it.
    e.g. +bears or +whales
    The plus sign forces the computer to look for this term.
  4. If your topic is a phrase (more than one word), use quotation marks around the phrase and put a plus sign in front of it.
    e.g. +"Ancient Egypt"
    The quotes force the computer to only search for the entire phrase, not just one of the words in the phrase.
  5. Type a space and then type +webquest.
    e.g. +bears +Webquest
    e.g. +"Ancient Egypt" +webquest
  6. Click on the search button next to the search box.
    In Northern Light, it's a blue button that says "Search"; in Dogpile, it's a grey button that says "Fetch".
  7. Your search results should include a few or many Webquests about that topic. If there's a webquest about it, you'll be able to find it if you follow these steps. If there's none available, you may just be inspired to create one yourself. If that's the case, look no further than this resource on Internet Webquests to get you started.

This page last updated June, 2007.

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