…and now I have to figure out what to do with it 🙂
Thankfully, the WebQuest website comes through with some pretty decent projects and WebQuests to get the ideas flowing. I particularly enjoyed the WebQuest entitled Environmental Awareness. Not a creative name, but it has one of the best engaging “hooks” I’ve ever read. Each student collects all of the junk mail, unsolicited mailers, and other random bits of paper that usually fall out of magazines for one week. At the end of the week all of the “junk paper” will be counted up in order to estimate how much paper is being wasted in the classes’ town based on the results of the classroom. Quite an excellent way to bring the real world into the classroom, and vice versa. It’s also a great way to start a discussion about being environmentally aware and watching An Inconvenient Truth.
For more WebQuests, check out the list of Science-based WebQuests for grade 6-8 (there’s a lot that are appropriate for higher or lower students with adaptation).
For those of you wondering how I got a free copy, I posted about the giveaway back in December. Sadly, the promotion is over, but I’d be willing to share my copy once it’s done making the rounds in my district.