WebQuest Assignment Summary Sheet
Candidate Name: Rebekah Williams
WebQuest Name: Electromagnets
Web address to access WebQuest: rlwillia
Grade level targeted by WebQuest: 4th
Science content strand and objective being taught through WebQuest:
Physical Science-Matter and Motion:
Competency Goal 3: The learner will make observations and conduct investigations to
build an understanding of magnetism and electricity.
3.04 Explain how magnetism is related to electricity.
Technology objective being taught through WebQuest:
Competency Goal 3: The learner will use a variety of technologies to access, analyze,
interpret, synthesize, apply, and communicate information.
3.07 Locate, select, organize, and present content area information from the
Internet for a specific purpose and audience, citing sources. (6)
[6 = Telecommunications/Internet]
Outline of your WebQuest
You have spilled your jar of steel paper clips all over your room. Rather than pick them up one
by one you decide to use a magnet. However, you don’t have a magnet. All you have is scattered
supplies like an iron rod, some wire, a battery. Then and idea strikes you. Is there a way you
could use electricity to make a magnet? Make a hypothesis about whether you think you can
make a magnet using electricity. How do you think it would work?
1. In your group of three go to
http://schools.bcsd.com/fremont/4th_Sci_Electricity_electromagnet.htm and scroll down
to “What is an electromagnet?” Read that section.
2. Scroll down and read the section called “What’s the difference between a regular magnet
and an electromagnet?” do not click on any other links.
3. Next go to http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/electromagnet.php as you read think
about how you would make an electromagnet. Make sure to pay special attention to the
“How Does it Work” section.
4. Go to http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/projects/electromagnet.html read the “What You’ll
5. In your own words record in your science notebook answers to the following questions:
a. What is an electromagnet?
b. How does it work?
c. Explain what you need to build a simple electromagnet?
1. Discuss in your group your answers to the above questions. Were you right in your
2. If you were to build an electromagnet what you think would affect its strength? How
could you get it to pick up more paperclips?
3. As a class we will watch and discuss this video [To further comprehension I could show
this short video where Dr. Ruiz has built a model and demonstrates the principle of
electromagnetism. Go to http://www.phys.unca.edu/demos/videos/demos_videos.asp
click on the video titles “Electromagnet.”
1. Go to http://www.fossweb.com/modules3-
2. Read the directions carefully before beginning.
3. Set the current on the side to DC (Direct Current)
4. Try to pick up as many iron fillings as you can.
5. What did you discover about the electromagnet? Take notes in your science notebook
about what happens when you change the voltage, gauge, winds, wire type, etc.
6. Answer these questions:
a. What settings did you have to have in order to pick up all 75 iron filings?
b. Did your electromagnet ever explode? Why do you think that happened?
1. Given a word bank [Battery, wire, coil (solenoid)], have students label the parts of an
electromagnet (Science, 2010).
2. Hopefully we will be able to safely build a simple electromagnet and groups can plan to
try and try pick up a reasonable number of paperclips. They can experiment hands-on
trying to make their electromagnet stronger using different materials and techniques. At
the very end they can evaluate what their group did, why certain things worked or did not
work, and how their group functioned together.
Statement explaining how Web Quest addresses the objectives listed in the Standard
Course of Study for the content area for which it is designed:
The content area that I addressed was to explain how magnetism is related to electricity.
Here the students are learning that they can use electricity to create a magnet thus demonstrating
one level of their relatedness. This could lead into a lesson on how you can reverse the idea using
magnets to create electricity.
Explanation of how the WebQuest encourages higher levels of thinking:
In this WebQuest students are asked to hypothesis about the connection of electricity to
magnetism based on some prior information, and to explain their reasoning. They are also asked
to apply the basic knowledge they gain during this activity to making the most efficient
electromagnet and are asked to assess what makes the electromagnet stronger or weaker.
Explanation of specifically how the WebQuest explores content and process:
This addresses the National Science Education Strands content standard B. As a result of
the activities in grades k-4, all students should develop an understanding of properties of objects
and materials, light, heat, electricity, and magnetism, positions and motion of objects. In this
WebQuest students examine how electricity moves through wire and coils to create a magnetic
charge. They also learn about the position and placement of the materials in order to create an
electromagnet. They closely examine the connection of electricity to magnetism by using
electricity to create magnetism.
The Inquiry Process Skills addressed are observing, numbers, and communicating.
Observing using the data they have obtained to establish what would make for the strongest
electromagnet also observing what they do to the electromagnet applet and how it changes the
effectiveness. Numbers because they need to figure out how many times to wrap the coil, or what
voltage, etc. for the applet to be at. Communicating within the group and also during the class
discussion, what they learned and how they got their electromagnet to work the most efficiently.
Also students will address Language Arts Competency Goal 2: The learner will apply strategies
and skills to comprehend text that is read, heard, and viewed.
2.02 Interact with the text before, during, and after reading, listening, and viewing by:
setting a purpose using prior knowledge and text information.
locating relevant information.
making connections with previous experiences, information, and ideas.
Summary of appropriate accommodations for English Language learners completing the
This vocabulary sheet will be included with the WebQuest.
Magnet: Object that attracts iron or steel
Attract: Moving towards each other (Opposite charges attract)
Repel: Moving away from each other (Like charges repel)
Electromagnet: A temporary magnet that becomes magnetized when electricity flows
Temporary magnet: A material that can be magnetized when exposed to a magnetic.
Current: Flow of electricity through a conductor
Volts (Voltage): A unit for measuring of electromagnetic force
Winds: the number of times the coil is twisted around the core
Gauge: thickness of the wire
Circuit: a path for the flow of electricity
Solenoid: Wire carrying electricity that has been wrapped into a coil
Since there are lots of complicated words with this concept this would benefit all students to
have the list, so they can fully understand the explanations given which use these words.
However, it would be especially helpful to ELL students. Also depending on their level of
English proficiency I could also write the WebQuest and vocabulary in their first language. This
site offers simplified vocabulary for this concept in Spanish:
http://www.fossweb.com/resources/vocab/Magnetism_and_Electricity_D_Sp.pdf. The partners
could help explain what the directions are, and it would be great if there was a partner who spoke
the student’s native language as well as English and could fully explain the directions to the
student. The electromagnet applet is easy to navigate once the student had the basic concepts
Summary of appropriate accommodations for special needs students completing the
Before delving into this WebQuest, as a class we will review the vocabulary and also the
concepts. Having the definitions and directions written down would be beneficial to students
with hearing impairments. Part of the review for all students would be going to
http://www.fossweb.com/modules3-6/MagnetismandElectricity/index.html and clicking on
“How Magnets Interact.” This is a very brief review of magnets. Listening to the review would
be helpful to a student with a visual impairment. If I had a student with a severe visual
impairment I could read the information on the sights into a CD recording and they could still
participate by offering suggestions to their group on how to make the electromagnet stronger
based on the information. Also if you go to http://www.fossweb.com/modules3-
6/MagnetismandElectricity/index.html and click on “Magnetism and Electricity Glossary” it will
read most of the vocabulary words for this unit to the students. Also they can listen to the video,
and the verbal explanation describes what is happening. Offering reviews helps all students, but
would be especially helpful to students with special needs. Also the incorporation of reading
about the electromagnet, working with one, and watching a real one in action, and ideally getting
to safely build one either individually or as a class helps give multiple means of engagement.
Working with partners also would be good for students with special needs since they could help
one another and provide examples of appropriate behavior. The hands on aspect of
experimenting with the applet, and then hopefully with the real thing should be affirming to
students with emotional issues, as well as being beneficial to all students.
For the gifted students (or anyone who is especially interested in this topic) they could work
ahead [3.02 Describe and demonstrate how magnetism can be used to generate electricity] and
explore a related concept through this activity:
1. If electricity can produce magnets do you think magnets can produce electricity? Why or
why not? Record your hypothesis in your science notebook.
2. Explore these links,
3. Play with the applets and read about magnets and electricity.
4. Was your hypothesis correct? Why?
5. Go to this site http://www.phys.unca.edu/demos/videos/demos_videos.asp click the
“Generator” video. Watch the short video demonstrating this concept of getting
electricity from magnetism
Also I took direct and alternating currents out of this lesson because explaining them is
complicated and would have taken away the focus. But if students were interested in it I thought
this was a good sight for learning about DC and AC:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/edison/sfeature/acdc.html. Students could click back and forth
and compare what changes when they switch systems. Also I found the information on this page
to be on a more comprehendible level than in most places. And if confused students can click on
the parts to get details about what they are.
Grading rubric you would apply in evaluating student learning as per the Evaluation
section of the WebQuest:
Grading Rubric for WebQuest
Possible No credit Half credit Full credit
Student has Student has Student has Student has
answered none of answered few answered half of answered most Student has
the questions from questions from the the questions from questions from the answered all
10 the WebQuest WebQuest the WebQuest WebQuest questions from the
Questions were Not all answers to Answers to Answers to Answers to
not answered questions are questions are questions are questions are
thoughtful or thoughtful with thoughtful with thoughtful with
some do not have attempts to reasonable correct
attempts at explain answers explanations for explanation for
30 explaining the but explanations answers but answers that
answers demonstrate little explanations do demonstrates
comprehension of not demonstrate accurate
material complete comprehension of
comprehension of material
Student did not Student did not Student did not Student Student
participate in any participate at all in participate participated some participated
way either in class adequately in in class the meaningfully in
discussion or their either in class discussion and the class
10 group discussion or their was an adequate discussion and
group member of their was an active
group member of their
Student did not Student’s Student worked Student worked Student worked
work with group electromagnet was with group to with group to with group to
to build an ineffective, but build an build an build an
electromagnet that their explanation electromagnet that electromagnet that electromagnet that
was effective, and of why it was was effective but was effective, but was effective, and
did not attempt to ineffective was unable to their explanation was able to
explain why it was demonstrated clearly explain of why it was evaluate and
effective. some level of why it was effective while explain why it was
30 comprehension, effective or much mostly correct was effective.
OR their electro of their missing some
magnet was explanation was aspects.
effective but their inaccurate.
Student does not Student does not Student properly Student properly Student properly
20 properly label any properly label all labels labels labels
electromagnet electromagnet electromagnet electromagnet electromagnet
parts parts and many parts and but do parts and parts and
explanations are not explain what adequately explain adequately explain
inaccurate each part does what most parts do what each part
but some does
List of sources/resources used to create the WebQuest in proper APA format: Listed Below
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children science: A discovery approach (pp.141-155). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Abruscato, J., & DeRosa, D. A. (2010). Using technology to enhance science. In Teaching
children science: A discovery approach (pp.135). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
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