created by Wendi Miller
Introduction | The Task | The Process & Resources | Conclusion | HyperText Dictionary
What would it be like to live not only in another city or state, but on another CONTINENT? Would you have to learn another language? Would there be a McDonald's on this other continent? Would you wear the same style of clothing or listen to the same type of music? Well here is your chance to find out.
In the following WebQuest, you will use the power of teamwork and the abundant resources on the Internet to learn all about The 7 Continents. Each person on your team will learn one piece of the puzzle and then you will come together to get a better understanding of The 7 Continents and a better view of the world.
WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE TO LIVE ON ANOTHER CONTINENT?
In this WebQuest you will be working together in groups of 3. Each group will be assigned a specific continent to explore. As a member of the group you will explore Webpages from people and organizations all over the world who are interested in The 7 Continents. Each student in the group will have a specific topic in which to research. Once the 3 members complete their research, the group should have a pretty good understanding of the continent as a whole. The group will then share their knowledge with the class. At the end, everyone will be experts on The 7 CONTINENTS!
You'll begin with everyone in your group getting some background information and instructions before dividing into roles where everyone become experts on their topic.
I have selected the links below which offer wonderful and exciting facts about the 7 continents. Use the Internet links to learn about the 7 continents and your specific topic. Be creative in exploring the information so that you can report on your topic as fully and insightfully as you can, which will in turn help your group.
- Knowing the Seven Continents - Explore the 7 continents: memorize them by relating their shapes to images you are familiar with; find out the names of the 7 continents; and do fun activities to enhance learning.
- WorldAtlas - Continents of the World - This site offers information on the 7 continents including size, population, number of countries and points of interest. You can also access a clickable map of the world's 7 continents and sort through large databanks of geographical information and facts.
- Maps and Continents - This site displays maps of each continent, as well as the countries within. It also briefs you about the different climates and natives of each continent. At the end, take a quiz to see how you did!
- The Seven Continents and Four Oceans - Take a journey to explore the world. Learn about the locations of the 7 continents, the people who live there and customs about their culture. Take small bites and take your time as you journey to destinations unknown. Remember to bring your passport!
1. Individuals from each WebQuest team will explore their designated continent by comparing and contrasting one the topics below with that of their own continent:
b. Countries within the continent
b. The people/culture of the continent or of a specific country within the continent
2. Read through the Internet links. If you print out the files, underline the passages that you feel are the most important. If you look at the files on the computer, copy sections you feel are important by dragging the mouse across the passage and copying / pasting it into a word processor or other writing software.
3. Note: Remember to write down or copy/paste the URL of the file you take the passage from so you can quickly go back to it if you need to to prove your point or discuss it with your group.
4. Be prepared to focus what you've learned into one main opinion about your designated continent so that you can present it to the class. Be creative! Your presentation should include examples using pictures and/or sounds, and can be presented in a written, visual or oral report.
IntroductionWebQuest Teams and assignments are as follows:
1. Wendi: The countries of South America
2. Sonya: The Continent of South America
3. Maurice: The People/Culture of South America (or one of its countries)
1. Denise: The Continent of Europe
2. Kayjuan: The people/culture of Europe (or one of its countries)
3. Dominic: The countries of Europe
1. Felicia: The people/culture of Asia
2. Charlene: The countries of Asia
3. Patricia: The continent of Asia
1. Yvonne: The countries Africa
2. Nicole: The continent of Africa
3. Sheldon: The people/culture of Africa (or one of its countries)
1. Luc: The countries of Australia
2. Stacey: The continent of Australia
3. Phil: The people/culture of Australia (or one of its countries)
1. Durwin: The countries of Antarctica
2. Marquis: The continent of Antarctica
3. Yuri: The people/culture of Antarctica
Task/ProcessUse the Internet links outlined in this WebQuest to research your topic specifically related to your designated continent. Compare and contrast your assigned topic to that of your own continent/country. Highlight and save any important information you gather because your group will come together again at the end of the project to present your findings to the class. Your presentation will be presented by the entire webquest team to the class, and can be presented in a written, visual or oral report.
1. Information about the Continent (size, geographic location, climate, points of interest, population, rare animals, etc.)
2. Information about the countries located within the Continent (number of countries, smallest, largest, population, etc.)
3. Information about the people/culture of the continent or of a specific country within the continent (language, food, music, religion, etc.)
ResourcesThe Internet links outlined here will provide you with all of the information needed to complete this WebQuest, however, you may use class dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks or any other valuable resources you find helpful.
Evaluation/ConclusionOnce each team member has completed its research on its specific topic, the entire WebQuest team should come together to decide the best method to combine all of the information and present it to the class.
Team members will receive a grade for their individual research, as well as group efforts, so team cooperation is important.
You have all learned about a different part of a specific continent. Now group members are to come back to the larger WebQuest team with the expertise gained by searching from one perspective. You must all now combine your pieces of the puzzle to present the entire picture to the class as a group. Each of you will bring a certain viewpoint to the answer. Use information, pictures, movies, facts, opinions, etc. from the Webpages you explored to convince your teammates that your viewpoint is important and should be part of your team's presentation. Your WebQuest team should write out a report that everyone on the team can live with as the group as a whole will be graded.
You and your teammates have learned a lot by dividing up into different roles. Now's the time to put your learning into a letter/email you'll send out for real world feedback. Together you will write a letter that contains opinions, information, perspectives that you've gained Your letter/email could even ask a question that you didn't find an answer to. Here's the process:
1. Begin your letter with a statement of who you are and why you are writing your message to this particular person or organization.
2. Give background information that shows you understand the topic.
STATE YOUR FACTS, OPINIONS, PERSPECTIVES OR QUESTION(S).
3. Each person in your group should write a paragraph about the information they've gathered about their topic. Then include your big question, opinion or perspective as a whole. Be sure to be specific about your findings by including where you got it from on the Web.
4. Have each person on the team proofread the message. Use correct letter format and make sure you have correctly addressed the email message. Use the link below to make contact. Send your message and make sure your teacher gets a copy.
Your Contact is: Real Live Connections to Geography
So would it be an easy transition to move from North America to Austrailia? Does everyone around the world have Winters and Summers? Well, when you're blindfolded and only looking at one part, it's easy to come up with an answer that may not be completely right. It's the same for understanding a topic as broad or complex as The 7 Continents: when you only know part of the picture, you only know part of the picture. Now you all know a lot more. Nice work! You should be proud of yourselves! How can you use what you've learned to see beyond the black and white of a topic and into the grayer areas? What other parts of The 7 Continents could still be explored? Remember, learning never stops.
Content by Wendi Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last revised Sat Nov 23 13:27:23 US/Pacific 2002