Grades 5-6
Webquests

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.

Webquest
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Specific Examples in Grades 5 and 6 Searching for Webquests

Webquest Collections


Examples of Specific Webquests for Students in Grades 5-6

  • 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.
  • Dream A Dream, Reach a Goal while fifth and sixth grade students take the Iditerod Challenge.
  • Open Up Your Business in Longwood challenges students to apply their persuasive writing skills to influence businesses to settle in a small town.
  • Mainly Maine is a response to Patricia MacLaughlin's Sarah Plain and Tall and Skylark.
  • WestWard Ho, Shall We Go? is asks students in 3rd to 5th grade learning about Westward Expansion to write a persuasive essay convincing the townfolk of Wahoo whether to stay put or head west.

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 Google or
    Dogpile
  2. Click in the empty white search box (not the address bar at the top of the screen).
  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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