Webquest Lesson Plan

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```					                                     Webquest Lesson Plan
By
Jody Fetter

Topic: Location: Latitude and Longitude
Objectives:
1. Students will use coordinates of latitude and longitude to locate points on a world map.
2. Students will present information collected to peers in their class.
Materials:
1. computer lab with internet access
2. continents map (print from webquest)
3. world map (print from webquest)
4. wipe off map of the world and wipe off markers
5. transparency of map with lines of latitude and longitude on it.
6. orange and permanent markers (2 different colors).
7. latitude and longitude data sheet (print from webquest)

Procedures:
Day One:
 Teacher will teach students how to read latitude and longitude.
* put up transparency of map and show the lines of latitude and longitude.
* help them related longitude with a long hanging piece of hair, which means latitude must
go the other way.
 Teacher will discuss and show the important lines of latitude and longitude with students.
* equator = cuts Earth in half in Northern and Southern hemispheres (latitude line)
* prime meridian = cuts the Earth in Eastern and Western hemispheres (longitude)
 Pass out one orange and two permanent markers (one of each color) to each student.
Have students draw the equator and prime meridian on orange.
 On overhead map, show students how to read lines of latitude and longitude.
 On overhead map locate latitude and longitude of different countries around the world.
 Pass out wipe off maps and wipe off markers and have students locate different countries
latitude and longitude.

Day Two through Four:
 Students will go to the computer lab with folders complete with latitude and longitude data
sheet, world map, and continents map.
    Teacher will explain the Webquest to students while showing them on the demonstration
screen the way to navigate as well as what is expected.
    Teacher will break students up into their groups and allow them to work on the webquest.

*** While students are working, teacher will help students as needed and make notes about
how the groups were working with each other. ***

Day Five:
 Students will present their information to the rest of the class. Teacher will make notes
and comments on presentation and data given for each group for immediate feedback.
 After all groups have presented we will calculate which group had the shortest distance for
their around the world trip.

Evaluation:
Before: Students should be able to read a map and locate countries on a map.
During: Students will be able to locate countries on a map and using coordinates of latitude and
longitude. Students will be able to use internet tools to calculate distance from one country to
another and to locate facts about their location including but not limited to cities and physical
landmarks.
After: Students’ data sheet demonstrating and understanding of latitude and longitude. Students’
visual presentation demonstrating the ability to find relevant facts about their locations.

Technology:
The technology that will be used in this lesson is the computer lab with internet access. The
students will enhance their learning of latitude and longitude by completing a webquest used to
reinforce what they know as well as expand on higher level thinking skills to create a world tour in
the quickest way possible. The students will use the internet to find latitude and longitude, to find
facts about the countries visited, and to determine the amount traveled. The use of the webquest
meets to state standard of information literacy. The students will be using the internet to complete
a task which requires them to find information on the internet.

Around The World Webquest
Implementation of the Webquest

I used the lesson above to teach my sixth grade special education students about longitude
and latitude. However, I had to adjust the webquest to my students’ levels as well as have
them complete the project independently.
My students have never done a webquest before so the lesson took a lot longer than
anticipated. They did not know how to navigate to complete the task. I had to show them what
steps they needed to do next. The content was a little difficult for my students so I had them
only find the latitude and longitude. They did not work on finding the distance or compete with
the others to see who could take the shortest route. They were able then to create any type of
project to show what they learned. Most of my students made a poster as they aren’t as
comfortable with technology as I would like them to be.
My students loved using the computer lab and internet. They are more motivated to work
on their own and work on task when we are working on the computers. When we finished the
lesson I surveyed my students and they all agreed that they would like to do webquests more
often.
Now that my students have an idea of how to complete a webquest, the next time may run
a bit smoother. They will know how to navigate and what each part is asking or telling them to
do. However the next time I would like to create a webquest that is geared toward my students
and one they can do individually. When you only have 4 students it is hard to find a webquest
that has less than 3 or 4 to a group.
Overall I felt there were more benefits to the lesson than there were disadvantages. My
students learned not only to research using the internet but also some of the technical parts of
using the internet that they were not able to do before.

1.
Title: “What’s the Matter”

2.
Title: “What in the World is a Shape?”

3.
Title: “Around The World”