In searching out waysto teach vocabulary during the social studies web quest, there were twowonderful middle grades strategies that would be perfect for this project.
1. Record the key word (K).
2. Write down important information about the key word including a user friendly definition (I).
3. Draw what the key word means, and link it to an unusual connection to create a memory device (M).
4. Write the keyword in a context-rich sentence for application. (Goodman, 2005)
Read Around the Text
1. Look at the pictures. What ideas are being presented?
2. Look at the captions and read them.
3. Look at the maps, charts, and graphs. Discuss what information they present.
4. Look at the titles and headings. What is the big idea?
5. Read the first and last lines of each paragraph for more information.
6.Ask questions. Give yourself a reason to read. (Goodman, 2005)
Resources and Materials
Thes tandards used for this web quest project are those for 6th gradersin the state of Georgia. All of the other resources needed for the Australiaweb quest are listed in each task section of the project. In order to do theAustralia web quest the teacher will need a computer with internet access foreach student. Unless you plan to do this project in teams then you would need acomputer for each team. Each web questtask requires going to an internet site in order to complete the task.
Info Please. Retrieved on April 18, 2012 from the website http://infoplease.com/ipa/A0107296.html
About Australia. Retrieved on April 18, 2012 from the website http://www.about-australia.com/
Our Government. Retrieved on April 18, 2012 from the website http://www.australia.gov.au
AboriginalCulture. Retrieved on April 18, 2012from the website http://www.aboriginalculture.com
Goodman, Amy. (2005). The Middle School High Five: Strategies Can Triumph. Voicesin the Middle. National Council of Teachers ofEnglish. 13(2) 12-19.