Teachers of science will have the opportunity to use this webquest to have their students explore and demonstrate their knowledge of the different types of rocks, the rock cycle, what makes up a rock, and the uses for rocks. Students will be playing the role of a geologist demonstrating their work and research by creating a brochure for the County Nature Center.
This would be a great conclusion performance task activity to a unit on rocks and minerals.
This webquest was designed to go along with the third grade Georgia Performance Standards in earth science. You will find the standard listed below.
S3E1. Students will investigate the physical attributes of rocks.
a. Explain the difference between a rock and a mineral.
b. Recognize the physical attributes of rocks and minerals using observation (shape, color, texture), measurement, and simple tests (hardness).
Suggestions: Print out the note-taking and newsletter templates in advance and give to the students to use as they do their research and complete the newsletter. I suggest teaching them how to take notes prior to doing this wequest activity. Provide them with opportunities to practice.
Materials needed: templates, markers, pens, highlighters, a computer lab with internet access, a printer, headphones
You may want students to work with a partner or in groups if they have a hard time researching independently. They will need adequate time with the computers. I suggest using two 40 minute periods in the computer lab. They will probably also need two class periods to complete all of the writing and finishing touches on their newsletters and songs.