WebQuest

WOW! That is all I can say. I did the reading and was like oh, that is cool. But when I actually went on and typed WebQuest into Google using the Houghton Mifflin fourth grade stories, I found amazing amount of great teaching resources. I am really surprised that know one ever spoke of this or even showed it to me at my school.

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented online tool for learning. In a WebQuest most of the information that students explore and evaluates comes form the World Wide Web. The great thing about WebQuest is it can be used for a day lesson or for as long as needed to accomplish the objective. The most important part of a WebQuest is it prepares our students for the future.

          Creating a WebQuest is like making a website. (Oh, boy!). As long as a Web server is available, a WebQuest can be created. If that is not available, a WebQuest can be copied and saved onto a hard drive. There are six main parts of a WebQuest. There has to be an introduction, a task(s), a process, resources, an evaluation, and a conclusion. All of the required information must come from the World Wide Web.

WebQuest are a great tool for teaching Reading. You can plan a whole lesson using the World Wide Web. While teaching a normal reading lesson, I actually find some kind of information from the Web that can be used as a “Read Aloud”, but it also helps in activating students’ prior knowledge. This can be put onto a WebQuest. The next part of my lesson is teaching the vocabulary words needed for the story. The great thing is instead of using a piece of paper for an assessment, I can have my students play a vocabulary game using (for example) the Houghton Mifflin website. While the students are reading, they can complete a chart using their reading strategies. After Reading, the comprehension skill lesson can be taught and then assessed on the WebQuest. The students can even complete their Read, React, Responds (BCPS) online. For homework, (Houghton Mifflin) vocabulary, language, and writing skills can be assessed. What a great toll for teaching Reading in a fun and interactive way.

All content can be taught through WebQuest. Any Social Studies content/viewpoints can be furthered taught and explored through WebQuest. Math skills can be reinforced through a WebQuest. Science concepts can be read about using a WebQuest. WebQuest can be beneficial for all grades and all content.

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