A Webquest for Real World Project-Based Learning
The Weather Station WebQuest is a great way to introduce students to the world of weather measurement and invention. The webquest and design process supports critical thinking and collaboration as students form teams and make decisions about weather instrument design. The final product is a weather station with models representing best efforts in inquiry, research, design, collaboration, and decision making.
WebQuest project-based learning teaches children how to use essential skills for obtaining information and analyzing what they read and view on the Internet. By taking part in collaborative group projects, students learn to work together and discuss how to use information for shared learning goals.
Research has shown that engaging students in real-world based projects increases motivation and learning.
The process approach in the webquest provides each student with a learning path that can be differentiated through the choice of topics and level of information provided in the links.
Prior science knowledge is activated through a series of questions before students launch into web-based research accessing a set or provided sites arranged in increasingly higher reading and complexity levels.
The webquest is aligned to both Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (ELA). Other features include a standards aligned assessment rubric, printables, student guided inquiry pages, web links, and a student Internet resource evaluation tool.