Webquest 101

Before you begin...

Before you even begin to plan your webquest, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I want my students to learn as a result of this lesson?
  • Why is this information important?
  • Where does the information fit into the specific context of this unit?
  • How does this information fit into the broader curriculum? How can this information help students make connections across subject areas? For an example, take a look at Discover the Renaissance - a webquest to broaden students' understanding of this historical period.


For Example
Let’s take a look at three examples of how webquests can help meet instructional objectives in creative fashion.

ElementaryThe Brooklyn Nine Webquest - This webquest was created for upper elementary students. The quest has a lot of different layers and uses baseball to hook students. This webquest incorporates reading and social studies. The final project includes an idea map and trading cards.

Middle SchoolRadio Days – This webquest asks students to take on the role of a playwright, Foley artist, or advertising executive. Next, they start to explore radio during the 1930s and 1940s. This webquest demonstrates the importance of radio in American history. 

High SchoolRaging Waters - This webquest is an excellent example of a secondary earth science challenge. The focus is on earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and other “acts” of nature. The process includes many concept maps.

For more examples visit Best Webquests.