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Web Quests Discovered

1.  Conflict Yellowstone Wolves
2.  Advance Australia Fairly?

3.  Everybody Knows That Ghosts Aren't Real...
4.  
Who was Edith Houghland?
5.  Explore the Universe WebQuest
6.  Art for Sale
7.  Home of the Future
8.  Genetically Engineered Food
9. 
Anglo Saxon Settlement
10.Living with Disaster

Educational Sites:

1.   Ecology Hot List
2.   Library of Congress (US) - African American Identity in the Gilded Age, 1877-1915
3.   Logical Fallacies in Scientific Writing - for Years 11 & 12
4.   ABC Teach
5.   Teach-nology
6.   Teaching with the web
7.   Mrs.Alphabet
8.   LearningPage.Com
9.   The High School Hub

10.
David Levin's Learning@Web.Sites

 

Web Quests Discovered

1. Title: Conflict Yellowstone Wolves
URL: http://powayusd.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/mtr/ConflictYellowstoneWolf.ht...
Rating: 12345
Key Learning Areas: HSIE / SOSE
Grade Levels: Secondary
Location:
U.S.A.
Description:
Conflict Yellowstone Wolves is a real-life inquiry-oriented activity that challenges students to solve a current complex problem. Students will
interact with experts, study past history, and develop a solution to the heated debate on reintroducing wolves into Yellowstone National Park. The project concludes with the students writing and sending a letter to the editor or government official.

 

2. Title: Advance Australia Fairly?
URL: http://education.qld.gov.au/tal/federation/html/advance_aus/in...
Rating: 12345
Key Learning Areas: HSIE / SOSE; Language (LOTE)
Grade Levels: Primary
Location: Australia
Description:
This is an Australian Federation webquest designed for students in Years 5-6 (or Years 6-7 in Queensland) where students will learn about the values and beliefs held by Australians in the 1890s and how these influenced the process of Federation. The big question is "What do you know about the contribution different ethnic groups and individuals make to Australian society today?" The webquest will also enable students to consider their own assumptions about other cultures and races and to look at the way we manage the migration of people into Australia.

 

3. Title: Everybody knows that ghosts aren't real...
URL: http://web.mala.bc.ca/webquests3/ghosts/Intro.html
Rating: 12345
Key Learning Areas: English & Language Arts; Special Education
Grade Levels: Primary; Middle
Location: Canada
Description:

Designed for students in Year 7 but can be used in upper primary classes for gifted and talented students who can complete self- directed tasks. Students have to decide whether to become a ghost hunter or a paranormal scientist. They have to write a ghost story that is as believable as they can make it, then read ghost stories and compare these stories to each other and to their own; build a concept map about their beliefs; write a newspaper article supporting their educated opinion and include a photograph of a "ghost" with a digital camera.

 

4. Title: Who was Edith Houghland?
URL: http://www.webquestuk.org.uk/Completed%20Quests/Edith%20Houghl...
Rating: 12345
Key Learning Areas: English & Language Arts; HSIE / SOSE; Science
Grade Levels: Middle
Location: U.K.
Description:
This webquest, developed in Britain, is based on a photographic evidence of Edith Houghland's suitcase, a suitcase she was using when she died in 1908. Students are asked to investigate this evidence and give a report on the life of Edith in Victorian times. Although primarily a History source webquest, teachers of Forensic Science could also used this webquest to introduce students to evidence collecting.

 

5. Title: Explore the Universe WebQuest
URL: http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/webuniversepa.html
Rating: 12345
Key Learning Areas: Science; Technology
Grade Levels: Middle
Location:
U.S.A.
Description:
Students investigate the American space research program.They will compare and contrast theories on how the universe began and write a position statement justifying one theory, create a children's book or a new planet. In-depth research in one area will then culminate in a wide
range of presentations from a variety of subject areas. These include models, pamphlets, blueprints and maths activities.

 

6. Title: Art for Sale
URL: http://www.itdc.sbcss.k12.ca.us/curriculum/artforsale.html
Rating: 12345
Key Learning Areas: The Arts; HSIE / SOSE; Technology
Grade Levels: Middle; Secondary
Location:
U.S.A.
Description:
This quest is for students who are in year 5 (although it could easily be used up to Year 10) and studying a visual arts course. Students have been given the task of finding three artworks, reflecting the religious and social beliefs and attitude of the people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of the Americas. This webquest asks students to take on a role, either an historian, art critic, graphic designer, and broker. Although this web quest is predominately based on the arts,
it also involves IT and history.

 

7.  Title: Home of the Future
URL: http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/mgillow/energy.htm
Rating: 12345
Key Learning Areas: Science
Grade Levels: Middle
Location: Australia
Description:
This webquest is designed for students in Years 5-8 studying environmental issues from an Australian viewpoint. The big question is "What should Australia do about its greenhouse gas emissions?" and although this is a global issue, students are encourage to "Think Globally, Act Locally". There are four roles in this webquest: scientist, sceptic, environmentalist and architect. Students have to investigate and then debate their findings. A real world feedback is to write to the Alternative Technology Association in Australia.

 

8.  Title: Genetically Engineered Food
URL: http://stcharles.k12.la.us/hahnville/webquest/butlerv/butlervm...
Rating: 12345
Key Learning Areas: HSIE / SOSE; Religious Education & Values; Science
Grade Levels: Secondary
Location:
U.S.A.
Description:
Students are given a selection of science-based websites that demonstrate several points of view. They must decide if the information is supported by fact or opinion. After their research, they must form a position from the point of view of their player and defend it with factual information.They are given a selection of websites that demonstrate several points of view. Students must decide if the information is supported by fact or opinion. After their research, they must form a position from the point of view of their player and defend it with factual information.The students must learn the value of consensus within a group. A web quest for students studying biology, geography or ethics and values in Years 9 - 12.

 

9.  Title: Anglo Saxon Settlement
URL: http://www.webquestuk.org.uk/Completed%20Quests/Saxons%20Worcs...
Rating: 12345
Key Learning Areas: HSIE / SOSE
Grade Levels: Primary
Location: U.K.
Description:
Designed for students in Years 3 - 4 studying Anglo Saxon History in England although it could easily be used for students in Year 5-6. This webquest is suitable mainly for students in Worcester, who can visit this area, but there are sufficient Internet resources listed for students outside the UK to complete this webquest. Students are asked to help decide where to build an Anglo Saxon village should be built in 600AD, how many people are required to ensure the village is a success and the skills required. Students have to plan where the village will be by investigating the current place names (and their Anglo Saxon origins) and their meanings. They have to think of three important reasons to explain why they chose that place to settle - using their names to give them a clue. Students after this research have to design a booklet called 'Hints and Tips for New Settlers', in which they give advice to anyone wanting to set up a village in Worcestershire in the year 600 AD. There are extension activities for students. For UK only: Ordnance Survey Maps could be used to aid with this question: "Where do we settle?" Students in Worcester might also visit Bishops Wood Environmental Centre.

 

10.  Title: Living With Disaster
URL: http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/as/education/projects/w...
Rating: 12345
Key Learning Areas: HSIE / SOSE; Mathematics; Science
Grade Levels: Primary
Location: U.S.A.
Description:
Designed for Year 3 Science students. Students have to work out from the following four locations which is the best place to re-locate a farm to. The locations are:The base of Kilauea, Hawaii - an active volcano; San Adreas Fault line, California- an earthquake area; Riverfront farm southern Minnesota, along the Mississippi River- an area that floods; wooded area in California's Sierra Nevada - bushfires/wildfires occur. Students have to evaluate these places in light of the disasters associated with them in order to decide which environment would be the best location for the farm. Students investigate this problem from the perspective of an Historian; a Scientist; or, a Mathematician. They then decide as a group which location is the best.

 

Educational Sites

1. Ecology Hot List
This web site contains lists for Primary and Secondary Students on the following topics: General Ecology; Air/Atmosphere; Water; Radiation; Biodiversity; and the Rainforest

2. Library of Congress (US) - African American Identity in the Gilded Age, 1877-1915
An excellent resource for teachers and students studying American History in Years 11 & 12.

3. Logical Fallacies in Scientific Writing
This is a paper by A. Stephen Richardson from George Mason University which would be suitable for students in Years 11 & 12. 

4. ABC Teach
This web site is for parents, teachers and kids especially orientated to primary students. It has lots of activities and units of work with a thematic approach.

5. Teach-nology

This web site contains Best Sites, Message Board, Rubrics, Teaching Themes, Downloads, Games, Student Search, Tutorials, Net Secrets, Teaching Ideas, Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Newsletters, Teacher Tools and Worksheet Makers

6. Teaching with the Web
Teaching with the Web offers resources from the Educational Technology Centre of Kennesaw State University. The subject matter is broken into 4 sections: K - 2; 3 - 5; 6 - 8; and 9 - 12. Under each of these sections, there are materials for most of the KLAs.

7. Mrs.Alphabet
A site for teachers of younger students including student activities and links, "Just for Kids", and Newsletter.

8. LearningPage.Com
A commercial site with all resources downloadable and printable. The curriculum is written and designed for preschool, kindergarten, first, second,and third grade students. There are lesson plans, thematic units, basic skills, and printable books for the elementary classroom. Also, books for students are reviewed.

9. The High School Hub
This is an excellent site! "The High School Hub is a noncommercial portal to excellent free online academic resources for high school students.It features learning activities, an ongoing teen poetry contest, a reference collection, college information (American), and subject guides for English, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, arts, health, and technology." There are resources on Teen Health, Careers, Games and Puzzles and Featured Sections (this month - Christmas!).

10. David Levin's Learning@Web.Sites
This guide is intended primarily for senior high school educators who would like to enhance their curriculum and instruction using the internet.



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