A WebQuest is a scaffolded learning structure that uses links to essential resources on the World Wide Web and an authentic task to motivate students’ investigation of a central, open-ended question, development of individual expertise and participation in a final group process that attempts to transform newly acquired information into a more sophisticated understanding. The best WebQuests do this in a way that inspires students to see richer thematic relationships, facilitate a contribution to the real world of learning and reflect on their own metacognitive processes (March, circa 2003 in March, 2008).
At this site, we are offering visitors free access to WebQuests created by students majoring in Elementary Education at Penn State Lehigh Valley. Educators are welcome to bring to their classrooms WebQuests from our collection either in their entirety or with teacher-created addendums. We do, however, request that you provide a full citation whenever you use any of our work.
Come back often, as new WebQuests will be added to this collection at the end of every semester!
For further information, you may contact Dr. Xenia Hadjioannou at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March, T. (2008). What WebQuests Are (Really). Retrieved from http://bestwebquests.com/what_webquests_are.asp.
1. Greek Mythology: The Odyssey, by Nabiha Qureshi & Sasha Gonzalez
In this WebQuest, students research heroes, gods, goddesses and monsters from Greek mythology to inform a script and a theatrical production of a re-imagined Odyssey.
2. Medieval Webquest, by Abigail Koch, Aileen Lauer & Heather Thomas
Set against the backdrop of a world changed forever by the signing of the Magna Carta, this webquest will allow students to explore several aspects of medieval living, including the circumstances of the different social classes of people who lived during this time period.
3. On the Road to Success: A Career Paths WebQuest, by Jessica Bidden and Angelica DeLucia
This WebQuest will help students learn, about different career paths. The culminating activities will help teach the students what they need to do in order to get a job on planet Mars. Also, this WebQuest will help develop student's reading, writing and speaking skills through the different missions the students complete.
4. Fantastical Tales, by Sandy Ball, Catey Makoul, Jackie Ngo and Kelsey Ruch
In this WebQuest, students are asked to research traditional fairytales and their origins and reimagine them with a modern twist.
5. JJS Travel Agency, by Samantha Shellenberger, Joely Reyna and Joel Buskirk
This WebQuest will help students learn about the seven natural wonders of theworld. The concluding activity will be to create a promotional video, which includes information found in the research as well as pictures. Each group will present their promotional video to the entire class. This activity can be integrated in the fields of writing, speaking, reading, social studies, geography, and technology.
6. Just Keep Swimming, by Rokaya Layoun, Kimberly Beers, Alicia Watson
In this WebQuest, students are asked to take on the roles of tour guides in a new aquarium. Working in groups, students will research sea animals and use their knowledge to create an informational sign to display underneath the aquarium exhibits.
7. A & R Events by Ashley Frank & Rosa Pinto
In this WebQuest, students take on the roles of party planners who create them parties for clients. To put together each themed party, students have to work in groups to research several aspects of each theme to create appropriate decorations, menus, cards and venue layouts.
8. Aboard the Titanic, by Jane Fuscellaro and Anthony Germani
This WebQuest invites students to learn more about the Titanic by having them work as journalists who tour the great ship prior to its maiden voyage to learn about the vessel itself as well as its travel classes in order to write an article on the Titanic.
9. Meet America: Traveling Across the United States, by Sarah Custard and Terese Wylie
In this geography-focused WebQuest, students explore US regions and learn about their history and notable landmarks.
10. Exploring Sea Creatures, by Ranim Sankari and Sasha Ishak
In this WebQuest, students take on the roles of marine biologists whose mission is to research marine animals and create informational brochures about each animal.
11. Puppies, by Katie Steele & Kateri Drewicz
This webquest will allow students to take on the real-life decision of buying a dog. They will learn how to learn about different dog breeds and what is important when looking into buying a dog.
12. Family Cruise, by Brian Beck and Catherine Anthony
Students as budding travel agents are working toward helping a family of four design their vacation. This involves researching and reporting on various destinations, exploring travel websites for flights and a cruises and creating a budget.