Learning about history can't only include our books, right? In this webquest, students are assigned a decade between 1700 and 2010, and will research what they think are the 5 most important historical events to happen in that decade, and how they impacted history. You can specify a specific area of focus, or let them run wild with their own inquiry through their interests and opinions. This worksheet is a complete lesson plan and comes with a table to fill in and rank their 5 events.
This extends to make a great classroom presentation if you want to connect it to a larger series of plans. This is a good rainy day, back up, or substitute teacher lesson plan. You could also partner students together for collaborative learning.