This WebQuest was designed as a cooperative learning activity for my first graders. This activity allowed my readers with similar reading ranges to read together, support and motivate each other, and develop a sense of community as they met each day and worked together for their literature circle.
Other target learners who would enjoy this WebQuest would be any reader in grades 1-3 that enjoy the Magic Tree House series, can work and read independently, and enjoy being a part of a group.
Tips for teaching this unit:
Before beginning the literature circle using a Magic Tree House book, start with a short story book. The WebQuest can be explored at this time. Introduce each Literature Circle role on the WebQuest to the students, explaining what the task would be for that role. Read the story book to the group, then choose each role card, (file below) and model how to complete the role sheet (file below) by thinking and talking out loud. When they seem comfortable with the roles, read the first chapter of the Magic Tree House book together, and model again, how each role sheet would be filled out by asking for volunteers to share how they would effectively do their role, and complete the sheet. When students seem ready, have them work independently, by first choosing a role card, and then reading, either silently, with a partner or all taking turns. Check their work each day. Be sure they share and discuss their role sheets with the group each day. If they are on the right track, let them go! They love the independence! When they have finished the book, explore the WebQuest again, showing the students where they can find additional facts and resources about their book. Explain their final project and how they will be graded using the rubric.
When the students began their independent final project in class, I was so impressed with their creativity, enthusiam and cooperative hard work. Their final projects reflect all of these attributes. The objective of my lesson (for students to recognize that a good book can take you on an amazing journey, while teaching you new things), was a resounding success. The remaining students who did not work on the Literature Circle, but were able to listen to the presentations, were so drawn into the Magic Treehouse Series, that the books are flying off of our class and school library shelves, as well as a hot seller at our recent book fair!
I hope your students enjoy this WebQuest as much as mine did!
For Common Core State Standards for this lesson, please open the resource link below.
All clipart on this site was retrieved from Google Images.
The template for this webquest was created on: www.zunal.com
This WebQuest was created for educational purposes under the direction of eMINTS (Enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies). eMINTS.org