"Ouch! That Burns!" is a fun web quest for students in which they will determine the UV Index in their area, graph yearly results, and answer problem solving and critical thinking questions.
Ultraviolet radiation is a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum from the sun that is potentially harmful to life on Earth. I use this activity when teaching my unit: Introduction to Ecology. This activity can be done as a homework assignment or as a classwork assignment if computers are available.
The student is given a web site to explore. The student will find and record the UV index for their area, determine the danger level of this UV Index, and record the sun protection message of the day for his/her area. The student will find and record the yearly average UV index and display this information on a graph. Students will use the graph to answer problem solving and critical thinking type questions. Students will also answer questions about ozone, ozone depletion, and health concerns.