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CIESE Collaborative Projects - Come and join with over 10,000 students around the world by participating in one of CIESE's collaborative Projects. Current topics include Down the Drain; Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble; Human Genetics; The Global Water Sampling Project; The Sun Times; Square of Life; Bucket Buddies; Take a Dip; Asteriod Watch; and Measuring the Circumference of the Earth. For each project students are involved with data collection, sharing data with other students and then drawing conclusions from the data and exchanging conclusions with other classes.
WebQuests and Cyber Hunts
WebQuests and Scavenger Hunts
What's the difference? WebQuests usually take several sessions to complete and involve a finished product as a result of the research. Often there are scoring rubrics for the project. Scavenger Hunts, also called Cyberhunts, Web Hunts or Treasure Hunts, are one session lessons involving answering questions by visiting specific web sites.
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Animal Hide and Seek (Animal Camouflage) - In this unit students learn about animal camouflage through various books and Internet sites. Students research animals to compile pages of a class book. Arthur's Tooth - In the story ARTHUR'S TOOTH by Marc Brown, Arthur worries about his teeth. Arthur's dentist, Dr. Sozio, wants your class to make posters for his office to help Arthur understand his teeth better. BatQuest; In Search of Stellaluna - Let's help Stellaluna learn more about being a bat. It will be your quest to learn the facts about bats. You can help teach Stellaluna and others about the special qualities of being a bat. Body Basics - In this WebQuest early primary elementary school students will develop a booklet filled with the basic health tips one needs to know to stay healthy and grow. They will also write a persuasive letter convincing others that they need to learn and use this information. Finally, they will orally present their work to their classmates. Chrysanthemum What's in a Name? - Your name is who you are. Anyone else with the same name is completely different. You are going on a journey to discover more about yourself. You will be working with your teacher, Kevin Henkes, family, and friends to help create a book and a life-size picture of yourself. Cinderella Around the World - Children are fascinated by fairy tales. This is a great opportunity to learn more about one of the favorites, Cinderella. Several versions have been included in the web to have children read and listen to them to get ideas. Designing Hermit's New Home: A House for Hermit Crab - Hermit Crab has outgrown his home and needs a new one. Can you help him? He needs help finding a bigger home and then decorating it. An Insect's Perspective - This lesson will allow students the opportunity to research insects using the Internet. Students will be made aware of the fact that there are more kinds of insects than any other kind of animal on earth. Insects are an important part of our daily life and recent research is being done on insects to learn more about our behaviors. Students will have the opportunity to write a letter to a local exterminating company to ask questions on insect control in the various communities. Study Insects with Eric Carle - Welcome to Eric Carle's wonderful world of insects. Explore some of his books and get to know all about these famous insects. After learning about them and being assigned to one, you will work in groups and create a habitat mural and share your expertise with the rest of the class Journey to Japan - Learn about daily contemporary life in Japan by gathering information about food, school, hobbies, holidays, folktales, and popular cartoon and movie characters. Create a book about yourself as a Japanese child and tell about your favorite things in these categories. Although written for older students, some of the resources might be helpful Life Long Ago - Back in time with the Indians and Pilgrims Oceanography ABC Books - You have been asked by the school librarian to create an Oceanography ABC book. The librarian wants to add your book to the collection of books in the school library. Other students your age will read your book. Old MacHebert's Farm - Farm Animals and Their Products Penguin Research - The Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin, wants to purchase some new penguins for visitors to enjoy. Since Monroe 2nd graders have been learning so much about penguins, the zookeepers have asked us to help them make a choice between these four kinds of penguins. Penguin WebQuest Penguins on Parade Perfectly Penguins - In this unit Kindergarten students will be introduced to five different types of penguins and be able to discuss their similarities and differences, where they live and what they eat. Pilgrim Life Adventure - When you are finished, you will have a better understanding of Pilgrim life. You will have learned about their life, clothes, chores, food, and adventure. You will also have created a vehicle for your own life adventure. You are all Pilgrims! Are you ready to go on an adventure now? Sea Animals - whale, dolphin, shark From Seed to Plant - This activity is based on the life cycle of plants. The students will be researching information of a particular plant and its growing process in general, from seed to stem. This activity will also include growing plants for the student's research. They will also learn about the basic parts of a plant. The information will culminate in a final multimedia presentation. Who Needs a Fairy Godmother, Anyway? A Cinderella WebQuest that involves math, writing, and drawing (on or off the computer)
America the Beautiful - Students will work in cooperative groups and act as members of a tourism board and plan a poster or brochure to promote the states in their assigned region(s). This will include such things as famous landmarks, national parks, major topographical sights, and unique regional customs and products. California Missions - In this WebQuest, the children will explore the California Missions and their locations and determine where the next mission would have been placed. They will create a map of these missions, including a fictitious name for the "next California Mission." The students will proceed to study common architecture and layout of the missions in order to design and create this "next mission." Taking the mission study further, the children will research the effects of the mission system. They will explain how the mission system expanded the influence of Spain and Catholicism while at the same time changing California from a hunter-gatherer to an agricultural economy. They will also research the effects of the mission system on the Native Californians and then form an opinion as to whether they believe the treatment of the Natives was cruel and unjust or served to improve their lives. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - In this unit students read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. As a group project, they invent an original candy and write an accompanying commercial to advertise their product. They present their invention and commercial to the class. Also in groups, students create a board game based on the book and information they have learned throughout this unit of study. Cinderella, Cinderella, Cinderella -There are hundreds of different versions of Cinderella. Different cultures have their own versions. In this unit you will investigate some very creative and imaginative versions of the story of Cinderella. Cinderella Around the World - Children are fascinated by fairy tales. This is a great opportunity to learn more about one of the favorites, Cinderella. Several versions have been included in the web to have children read and listen to them to get ideas. Creatures of the Deep - ocean animals webquest From Seed to Plant - This activity is based on the life cycle of plants. The students will be researching information of a particular plant and its growing process in general, from seed to stem. This activity will also include growing plants for the student's research. They will also learn about the basic parts of a plant. The information will culminate in a final multimedia presentation. Get Civilized! - about the following aspects of the Ancient Greece: government, architecture, agriculture, art, sports, and the roles of men, women, and children. This lesson is meant to be used as an enrichment activity. Gold Rush - In this lesson, the children will research the modes of transportation used to get to California during the Gold Rush Era. They will participate in a mock-mining experience in order to more fully comprehend what mining might have been like: the excitement, disappointments, and hardships. The lesson will assist in synthesizing the new material with real life experiences in a story format. Inventions - Imagine you are a lazy, mad scientist in need of a few shortcuts to help you with some of your household chores. You want to find the easiest way to do the tasks at hand. Since you are so inventive, you don't want to actually have to perform your chores yourself. Your mission is to design an invention that will help you get the job done using less work and less time. The Invention Coalition - You've just learned that your favorite invention has been totally incapacitated. What will your world be like without it? Could you find how it was originally developed so that you could "reinvent" it? Invention Connection - Name one inventor from the list and what he/she invented. How did this invention help others? Journey Back in Time to Ancient Rome- This webquest will lead your students on a journey through Ancient Rome. Your students will use teamwork and the Internet to explore this ancient civilization and learn about the Romans' daily life, myths, and government. A New Twist on an Old Tale; An Internet WebQuest on Cinderella - Students will use the information they find to create an illustrated children's book that tells the story of Cinderella from the Ancient Greek perspective. Oceanography ABC Books - You have been asked by the school librarian to create an Oceanography ABC book. The librarian wants to add your book to the collection of books in the school library. Other students your age will read your book. The Realm of Fairy Tales Webquest - read a fill out chart on 8 fairy tales before writing one of your own Regions of the United States WebQuest - divided into Northeast, Southeast, Middle West, Southwest, and West regions, each section has its own final project Sarah, Plain and Tall - align yourself with one of the main characters in the story Sarah, Plain and Tall and create a journal as one of the characters in the story Shocking Sharks - You and your partner have been hired by Sea World to study sharks and write/produce a shark commercial or adventure story. First, surf the Internet to learn all about sharks. Record this information on the Shark Cluster Map. Next, choose two sharks to compare and contrast. Record this information on the Shark Venn Diagram. Finally, you and your partner will be prepared to write your shark commercial or adventure story. Spiders and Literature - Spiders are the most misunderstood creatures on the face of this earth. Books and movies portray them in many different ways. Some are good ways and some are bad. In this unit students will investigate how spiders are portrayed in teacher selected literature, such as Charlotte's Web, and learn some spider facts. They will then decide if spiders are portrayed accurately or not. They will write a spider story and construct their own spider. Stuart Little and Simple Machines - Stuart Little is home alone and has received a package that he needs to bring inside the house. The goal of this WebQuest is to help Stuart Little with his problem by designing and constructing a complex machine from simple machines. A Tale to Be Told - webquest on comparison of folktales
Adventure into the Unknown... - A WebQuest on the Lewis and Clark Expedition resulting in a student-produced game Ancient China from Scholastic for teachers; page for students Anne Frank from Scholastic for teachers; page for students Amazing Aztecs from Scholastic for teachers; page for students Celebrate Flight from Scholastic for teachers; page for students Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - In this unit students read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. As a group project, they invent an original candy and write an accompanying commercial to advertise their product. They present their invention and commercial to the class. Also in groups, students create a board game based on the book and information they have learned throughout this unit of study. Civil War - Your task as an investigator in time is to work in groups of three cooperatively and each member of the group will assume the role of a member in the Civil War. The roles your team will assume will be President Lincoln, a Confederate solider and a slave. You will gather and organize information. Colonial America Webquest - The Colonial America WebQuest was designed to serve as a tool to inform students of the different lifestyles in colonial America. The students will also envision life from the perspectives of farmers, artisans, women, and slaves and how each shaped American history. Declaration of Independence - During the 1700's, people living in the 13 original colonies fought hard for their independence. You are about to learn more about some of the events, where things happened and when it had happened.
Fact or Fiction - This unit combines a notable piece of historical fiction literature (Sign of the Beaver or Witch of Blackbird Pond) by Elizabeth George Speare and Colonial American history. Students work as a Literature Circle to use Internet sites in order to determine what is fact and what is fiction in the novel. In addition, each student writes a sequel chapter engaging the reader in the spirit of Elizabeth George Speare. Fact or Fiction: Island of the Blue Dolphins, Zia, Living History - Many students read the historical fiction novels Island of the Blue Dolphins and Zia. The real account of this event is told in the book The Lone Woman of Ghalas-at. This unit is designed to assist students in discovering the real facts during that era compared to the facts that are added to historical fiction to make it entertaining to the students. Get Civilized! - about the following aspects of the Ancient Greece: government, architecture, agriculture, art, sports, and the roles of men, women, and children. This lesson is meant to be used as an enrichment activity. I Can Be a Patriot - Identifying the roles played by Virginians in the Revolutionary War era, with emphasis on Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and George Washington. Independence: To Fight or Not to Fight, That is the Question is a lesson designed to help students learn about the issues that the American colonists faced when they had to make the decision to remain loyal to Britain or fight for their Independence. Students can work individually or in groups to examine the different taxes that the Parliament levied on the colonists and events such as the "Boston Massacre". They use the Internet to research these issues and decide for themselves and write a position paper where they state if they are a Loyalist, or a Patriot. Journey Back in Time to Ancient Rome- This webquest will lead your students on a journey through Ancient Rome. Your students will use teamwork and the Internet to explore this ancient civilization and learn about the Romans' daily life, myths, and government. The Lost Colony of Roanoke - Upon completion of the WebQuest, students will have a greater knowledge of the Lost Colony of Roanoke and its importance in American history. My Brother Sam is Dead - Your team will be creating a time capsule filled with documents, artifacts, and personal effects from the Meeker family's experience of the conflicts from the American Revolutionary War. This time capsule will be stored in the library for future students to learn from. The Mysterious Letter - students will explore different aspects of life in colonial Jamestown, including settlers, American Indians, and slaves
The Restless Earth: An Investigation of Plate Tectonics - Your company has been hired to do the background research and to prepare poster reports that can be used as classroom displays to prove that theme. You must think about how the earth acquired its present shape. What are the forces involved? How do these forces affect the choices humans make in interacting with the earth? How will the earth's crust change in the future? Rebelling for Freedom; The American Revolution - an interactive opportunity for students to learn more about the American Revolution, in particular the Boston Tea Party Rock the Vote - The National Youth Commission has been established to solicit the viewpoints of today's young people. The commission in conjunction with MTV has formed a partnership to produce a series of television ads directed to young people. The theme of the broadcasts will be "Meeting Today's Needs With Yesterday's Words." The purpose is to let young adults know that America's Bill of Rights affects their lives everyday. You have been selected by the commission to participate in the creation of MTV's first ads in the series. After reading and discussing Shh! We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz, you will compose a class constitution. You will participate in a constitutional convention when you ratify your constitution. Southwestern Native Americans - This unit will complement the third grade Social Studies curriculum's study of Native Americans. It will emphasize the Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, Western Apache, and Zuni Native Americans. Your students will learn about the locations, the different types homes, foods, clothing, and beliefs of the previously mentioned Native American tribes. A Tale to Be Told - webquest on comparison of folktales A Voyage Back in Time; Exploring Jamestown - The Virginia Assembly has just been formed in Jamestown, and the Assembly members want to celebrate by creating a time capsule. The time capsule will hold ten items that represent life in the Jamestown settlement. Your job as a Committee is to create a time capsule to present to the Virginia Assembly for approval. We Remember Anne Frank from Scholastic has information on her childhood friend, the woman who hid the Franks, Anne and her diary, ans well as stories of courage from survivors and rescuers. There is also a teacher's guide.While this is not a webhunt, it goes well with the Anne Frank Webhunt from Scholastic. Westward Ho! - It is 1830 in Wahoo, Kentucky. You and your family have been called to a town meetin' by Mr. Imin Charge, the mayor of Wahoo. The mayor is concerned because he has heard talk from the citizens of Wahoo, about leaving this fine town and headin' west. He has informed everyone that they will have a formal meetin' in one weeks time. At that time, all townsfolk must come prepared to share their decision of whether they will stay or go. Westward Ho! Will you go?