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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."

 

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Our Vacation to France - Lee Kirby

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8 to 12
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Learn about France and French culture with this well-organized WebQuest. Students must work in groups of four, assume "family" roles, and take a virtual trip to France, gathering photos...more
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Learn about France and French culture with this well-organized WebQuest. Students must work in groups of four, assume "family" roles, and take a virtual trip to France, gathering photos and descriptions of significant sites and events along the way. The end product is an original scrapbook documenting the journey. Perfect for first or second year language students

tag(s): france (40), french (88), webquests (29)

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Instead 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.

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Christmas Around the World

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3 to 6
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in investigating how Christmas is celebrated in cultures around the world. Materials and online resources are provided; the only thing...more
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in investigating how Christmas is celebrated in cultures around the world. Materials and online resources are provided; the only thing you must contribute is the computer lab.

tag(s): christmas (64), holidays (147)

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Use 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.

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Don't Burn - Build!

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9 to 12
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in an authentic collaborative activity to design a new bridge for the city of Calcutta. Using skills involving critical thinking, research,...more
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in an authentic collaborative activity to design a new bridge for the city of Calcutta. Using skills involving critical thinking, research, geometry and physics, students must assume specific roles and work together to create an engineering solution. Helpful solutions, links to Web resources and worksheets, and evaluation rubrics are provided. As with any webquest made by a teacher out there, sometimes links "go bad" while the teacher isn't looking. This one is mostly active and definitely worth tolerating the "bad spots."

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A 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.

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Hello Dolly: A WebQuest - Keith Nuthall of the Poway Unified School District

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11 to 12
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The impact of cloning on 21st century society is examined in this non-partisan, fact-based WebQuest that encourages research, analysis, and evaluation. Students, working in teams, are...more
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The impact of cloning on 21st century society is examined in this non-partisan, fact-based WebQuest that encourages research, analysis, and evaluation. Students, working in teams, are asked to consider the ethics, politics and science of the cloning process as they establish a government policy to regulate cloning. Teacher resources and website links are provided, along with a timeline and content standards. Because of the controversial nature of this real-life problem-solving challenge, exercise caution when implementing.

tag(s): dna (69), ethics (16), webquests (29)

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Save 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.

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Travel Back to Colonial Times

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4 to 6
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If you have never used a WebQuest before, take the plunge and try this one! Faced with the task of discovering what information a time traveler to colonial America ...more
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If you have never used a WebQuest before, take the plunge and try this one! Faced with the task of discovering what information a time traveler to colonial America would need, students are asked to think creatively, work cooperatively, analyze information, and create a graphic organizer to represent their findings. Teacher notes, resources, and an assessment tool are provided. Created by Melissa Warren.

Note: 2-3 of the links are not working anymore, so teachers using the site should find replacements before using the webquest.

tag(s): colonial america (107), webquests (29)

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History Mystery - Scholastic

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4 to 8
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Turn a history lesson into an interactive investigation! Students can strengthen their skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and Internet research as they become historical...more
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Turn a history lesson into an interactive investigation! Students can strengthen their skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and Internet research as they become historical sleuths and work their way through these entertaining activities. Select from dozens of topics relating to American and world history. Some of the sleuthing activities require students to uncover the identity of a personality. Others send students on trails to discover a particular era or geographic location. This site can be used to introduce a unit, review important concepts, or enrich and expand regular classroom activities.

tag(s): webquests (29)

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Select 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.

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Earthtrips - A Virtual Tour into the Earth's History - Paleontological Research Institution

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9 to 12
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Take your students on an on-line field exploration adventure with one of several virtual trips offered on this site. Select a tour based on time period or locality and learn ...more
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Take your students on an on-line field exploration adventure with one of several virtual trips offered on this site. Select a tour based on time period or locality and learn about the geologic history of the United States. High quality, close-up photographs provide "the next best thing to being there" experience as students observe the raw data of earth science.

tag(s): geology (81), paleontology (41), states (163)

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Select 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.

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PhysicsQuests

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7 to 12
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Created by a physics teacher, this site offers a collection of webquests and similar interactive activities that help explain topics typically found in a physics curriculum. As with...more
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Created by a physics teacher, this site offers a collection of webquests and similar interactive activities that help explain topics typically found in a physics curriculum. As with any such collection, the quality of the resources varies, but you'll likely find one or more that fit nicely with your own curriculum.

tag(s): animation (63), webquests (29)

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While 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.

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A Separate Peace WebQuest - Mooney's Madness

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9 to 12
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WebQuest lessons are hard to find, and this one is geared towards high school students who are computer savvy. The assignments will keep students interested and involved in their ...more
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WebQuest lessons are hard to find, and this one is geared towards high school students who are computer savvy. The assignments will keep students interested and involved in their learning. An evaluation in rubric form is included to make this an easy site for teachers to implement in the study of John Knowles novel.

tag(s): john knowles (4), webquests (29)

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Update 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!

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Understanding Geologic Time - U.C. Berkeley

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5 to 10
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This site from U.C. Berkeley introduces students to geologic time, the evidence for events in Earth's history, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the significance of the geologic...more
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This site from U.C. Berkeley introduces students to geologic time, the evidence for events in Earth's history, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the significance of the geologic time scale. Suitable for grades 5-10, the site uses animation effectively and is well-organized. Created with support from the National Science Foundation.

tag(s): evolution (100), fossils (44), geologic time (9), logic (235), paleontology (41)

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This 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.

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Getting Into the Fossil Record - U.C. Berkeley

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6 to 12
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Created at U.C. Berkeley with support from the National Science Foundation, Getting Into the Fossil Record helps students gain a basic understanding of what a fossil is and how a ...more
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Created at U.C. Berkeley with support from the National Science Foundation, Getting Into the Fossil Record helps students gain a basic understanding of what a fossil is and how a fossil forms. The site is designed for two levels: grades 5-8 or grades 9-12.

tag(s): fossils (44), geology (81), paleontology (41)

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Pair 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.

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Writing for the Web

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1 to 12
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Teachers who are developing on-line materials face a new challenge in the writing style required for these project. While this British treatment is likely overkill for the casual web...more
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Teachers who are developing on-line materials face a new challenge in the writing style required for these project. While this British treatment is likely overkill for the casual web page developer, writers can apply the general principles to even the smallest web endeavor. Mark this one as a useful reference tool.

tag(s): webquests (29), writing (358)

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Alternative Energy Sources

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9 to 12
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This webquest gives high schoolers a tall order: come up with a workable renewable energy policy to work with a business. The quest offers leads to information on renewable resources...more
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This webquest gives high schoolers a tall order: come up with a workable renewable energy policy to work with a business. The quest offers leads to information on renewable resources and suggestions on areas in which these resources can be economically viable. The rest is up to your students. This one has lots of possibilities.

tag(s): conservation (127), energy (197)

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For 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.

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Art Exhibit Webquest - Privately Published

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7 to 12
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Here's a webquest that asks older students to create their own exhibition according to several criteria. Students must devise a theme and find appropriate images from the many sources...more
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Here's a webquest that asks older students to create their own exhibition according to several criteria. Students must devise a theme and find appropriate images from the many sources suggested. This would be a good summary project for a unit on visual art forms.

tag(s): painting (66)

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Although it would be hard to incorporate their own art, have students make a virtual exhibit for the other art they are to incorporate in the exhibit. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here), where students can post the images of the art they would include with their own.

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Battle of the Battlefields - SCORE

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Here's a group project site that asks students to research Revolutionary War battlefields and select the one that they feel was most important as the site for a new museum. ...more
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Here's a group project site that asks students to research Revolutionary War battlefields and select the one that they feel was most important as the site for a new museum. This project offers lots of web resources for research, but students could also work independently using a school-approved search engine. The site includes teacher instructions and notes. From the California SCORE program. Note: 2 of the links don't work, so teachers will need to find replacement sites for them before using.

tag(s): american revolution (86), battles (16), evolution (100), webquests (29)

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As an alternative, have students present their findings via an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). Students will like doing something different than the typical poster, and it means less paper mess around the classroom!

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When Johnny Went Marching Off - SCORE

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This site is a group research project that could serve as the culminating activity for a Civil War unit. It asks students to "enlist" for a tour of duty and ...more
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This site is a group research project that could serve as the culminating activity for a Civil War unit. It asks students to "enlist" for a tour of duty and then chronicle the events and emotions that soldiers might have experienced during that tour. The site offers a collection of web links for beginning research, but students could also tackle this content using a school-approved search engine. Lots of creative possibilities here.

tag(s): civil war (145), webquests (29)

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For the end project, have students create their memoir in an online book, using a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here. This will make it easier for them to update and share the project.

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Economics Mini-Quests - Ecnomics for Tomorrow

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Created by Economics for Tomorrow, these quests give students a chance to use the web to explore the economics behind common activities like careers, shopping, taxes, and manufacturing....more
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Created by Economics for Tomorrow, these quests give students a chance to use the web to explore the economics behind common activities like careers, shopping, taxes, and manufacturing. Each quest sets up the economic issues, then provides one or more web links students can use to explore the situation. These could be a neat way to sneak economics into social studies, world cultures, history, or the like.

tag(s): careers (132), webquests (29)

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Use the tools on this site to help students review economics lesson. If saved on classroom computers this site could be used as a learning center OR posted on the classroom website to allow them to review on their own. There are a lot of links here so be sure to peruse it to find the appropriate one for your classroom.

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BBC Monitoring

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6 to 12
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This international news source makes for an excellent resource for a teacher or student looking for current events. The site focuses on providing quality, in-depth information on specific...more
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This international news source makes for an excellent resource for a teacher or student looking for current events. The site focuses on providing quality, in-depth information on specific hot topics - such as the 2009 Iranian Election.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57), news (261)

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Use this site as a resource for a webquest or research paper in a Government or World History class. There are only a few case studies thus far, but there is valuable information that could be used to prepare students for a class debate or discussion through the aforementioned webquest. Create a guide or follow-along for students, helping them highlight and find the important information on the site. Use a site such as Mindomo, (reviewed here) to help make easy graphic organizers for the activity.

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California Webquest - Gold Ridge School

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California Webquest provides a good introduction to basic facts and information about the state of California. Follow links to learn about the different regions of California, find...more
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California Webquest provides a good introduction to basic facts and information about the state of California. Follow links to learn about the different regions of California, find basic geographic information, and discover the state's seal and symbols.

tag(s): california (27), states (163)

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Explore this site together with your class on your interactive whiteboard. Share with students to use when researching states. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students use Page Flip-Flap (reviewed here) to turn their Word documents, PDFs, and images into an online book, There is even a page-turning effect!
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