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Whatever you need, from an idea to get you started to a full-blown plan, this section provides you with resources to connect Explore More to your classroom. Do you have a classroom activity to share? Contact us.

WebQuests
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Web Quests
WebQuests are activities that help you make the most out of the best of the World Wide Web. Learn more about WebQuests.

Explore More WebQuests

Subject

Grade

Description

All

6-12

Water Mini WebQuest
This short activity is a great way to get your students familiar with the Explore More: Water Quality Web site and prepare them to take the other WebQuests. Students need to explore the site to find the answers.

All

6-12

Explore More News (Short Term)
This WebQuest is a problem-solving exercise. Your students play the role of a newspaper reporter for Explore More News. They research an issue that interests them and write one article. This WebQuest works for any of the four topics (genetic engineering, energy, working landscapes, water quality). Plan on at least two class periods to complete this quest.

WebQuest Assessment Rubric (Short Term)
This WebQuest Assessment Rubric and Guide for the short term WebQuest helps students get organized and record their progress. It includes a checklist to record progress and a rubric to evaluate work. Students will learn about an issue related to one of the Explore More Web sites and create one Explore More News newspaper article.

All

6-12

Explore More News (Long Term)
This WebQuest is a problem-solving exercise. Your students play the role of newspaper reporter for Explore More News. They research an issue that interests them and write five articles. When they are finished, the students should have:

- a general news article
- a human interest article
- an issue article
- an editorial
- a letter to the editor

This WebQuest works for any of the four topics (genetic engineering, energy, working landscapes, water quality). Plan on at least four class periods to complete this quest.

WebQuest Assessment Rubric (Long Term)
This WebQuest Assessment Rubric and Guide for the long term WebQuest helps students get organized and record their progress. It includes a checklist to record progress and a rubric to evaluate their work. Students will learn about an issue related to one of the Explore More Web sites and create an Explore More News newspaper section that contains five types of newspaper articles.

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Related WebQuests from the Web
(Compiled by Bernie Dodge for the WebQuest Page, San Diego State University: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/)

Subject

Grade

Description

Science

6-8

Acid Rain WebQuest The Acid Rain problem and what can be done to solve it.
http://www.swlauriersb.qc.ca/english/edservices/pedresources/webquest/rainwq.htm

Science

6-8

Lagoon Lament Students must work together to find a way to restore and preserve the ecological balance and beauty of a local waterway threatened by users with conflicting interests.
http://home.cfl.rr.com/mrshebert/Lagoon/index.htm

Science

6-8

Love Canal Debate Would you accept a job that would move your family to Love Canal?
http://www.spa3.k12.sc.us/WebQuests/LoveCanal/index.htm

Science

6-8

Mission:Possible Looks at water quality in Gulf of Mexico.
http://asterix.ednet.lsu.edu/~edtech/webquest/mission.htm

Science

6-8

To Dredge or Not To Dredge Use the power of the internet to form an opinion about a controversial environmental issue.
http://www.geocities.com/teachbetter/dredge.webquest.html

Science

6-8

Water Woes The Indian River Lagoon estuary is facing some serious problems, both in the water and out. Many different types of groups want to use the waterways for a variety of reasons, most of which appear to conflict with each other. Is there a way the groups can work together to preserve both the beauty and recreational pleasures of this unique waterway?
http://home.cfl.rr.com/mrshebert/Lagoon/index.htm

Science

6-8

WaterQuest An examination of the water situation in California.
http://www.bsd.k12.ca.us/franklin/pkelly/WaterQuest.html

Science/ Social studies

6-8

Wetlands Under Attack Wetlands are rapidly disappearing. Research the issues that have impacted wetlands in Louisiana and come up with a solution that benefits everyone.
http://www.tttc.org/projects/EFitzgerald/index.htm

Science

9-12

Don't Drink the Water! Analyze a case study of illness caused by waterborne organisms, identify the cause, and design and test a remedy.
http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/j/x/jxz8/Student_Webquests/Fields/QuestSAF/index.htm

Science

9-12

Lagoon Lament Students must work together to find a way to restore and preserve the ecological balance and beauty of a local waterway threatened by users with conflicting interests.
http://home.cfl.rr.com/mrshebert/Lagoon/index.htm

Science

9-12

Love Canal Debate Would you accept a job that would move your family to Love Canal?
http://www.spa3.k12.sc.us/WebQuests/LoveCanal/index.htm

Science

9-12

To Dredge or Not To Dredge Use the power of the internet to form an opinion about a controversial environmental issue.
http://www.geocities.com/teachbetter/dredge.webquest.html

Science

9-12

Water Woes The Indian River Lagoon estuary is facing some serious problems, both in the water and out. Many different types of groups want to use the waterways for a variety of reasons, most of which appear to conflict with each other. Is there a way the groups can work together to preserve both the beauty and recreational pleasures of this unique waterway?
http://home.cfl.rr.com/mrshebert/Lagoon/index.htm

Science

9-12

WaterQuest An examination of the water situation in California.
http://www.bsd.k12.ca.us/franklin/pkelly/WaterQuest.html

Social studies

9-12

Global Challenges Participate in a United Nations simulation focusing on the issue of water scarcity.
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/kearny/challenges/

Social studies

9-12

Gridlock Explore the causes of gridlock in your community. Identify a specific problem; develop a remedy; submit recommendations to an authoritative body.
http://imet.csus.edu/imet2/stanfillj/projects/grid/intro.htm

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PBS Teachers
We have selected resources from the PBS Teachers collection of over 3000 teacher guides, lesson plans, activities, and related programs that connect with the theme of Working Landscapes. Visit the PBS Teachers site to find out more: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/

Subject

Grade

Description

Science, Social Studies, Language Arts

9-12

American Field Guide - Unit of Inquiry
Economic Use of Natural Areas
Economic Use of Public Natural Areas. How many natural resources are needed to support your lifestyle? What is the impact of the economic use of natural areas on the environment? Examine the issues and form your own opinion on the debate between preservation and utilization.
http://www.pbs.org/americanfieldguide/teachers/natural_areas/natural_areas_sum.html

Science, Social Studies, Language Arts 9-12 American Field Guide - Unit of Inquiry
Floods

In this lesson, students will look at factors of severe flooding, such as deforestation and development. Students will use a stream table to experiment with water flow and observe processes related to flooding.
http://www.pbs.org/americanfieldguide/teachers/floods/floods_unit.html
Science, Social Studies, Language Arts 6-8 American Field Guide - Unit of Inquiry
Landfills

Identify some of the solid waste generated by individuals and industry for products we use; design a solid waste management plan.
http://www.pbs.org/americanfieldguide/teachers/landfills/landfills_sum.html
Social Studies, Language Arts 7-12

Africa - Eco Challenges
Address two pressing issues confronting continental Africa--the growing desertification and the scarcity of clean water--within the context of Africa's development and the environmental, economic, and personal impact it has upon its citizens.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/africa/tools/eco/goals.html

Social Studies 7-12

American Experience
Hoover Dam

Study how the Hoover Dam and other government projects have affected settlement and land usage in the American West.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/hoover/tguide/index.html

Science 5-7 Dragonfly TV
Water - Get Wet!

Watch Dragonfly TV episode 104, and do follow-up experiments in the classroom. Then use the provided Challenge Cards to build your own mazometer, check if water makes slides more slippery, and investigate how the beach influences the shape of waves.
http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/tguide_water3.html
Science 5-8 Journey To Planet Earth
Rivers of Destiny

Learn how human activity has altered the natural course and condition of three famous rivers: the Mekong, the Amazon, and the Mississippi.
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/science_tech/planetearth/riversplan.htm
Science 5-8 Journey To Planet Earth
The Urban Explosion

Students explore urban planning and pollution problems caused by 20th century urbanization in New York City, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Mexico City.
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/science_tech/planetearth/urbanplan.htm
Science 6-8 Lewis And Clark
Lesson 11: Rivers

Students will study how rivers are formed and create model riverbeds and flows.
http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/class/l11.html
Science 5-9 The Living Edens
Bhutan: Water Wheel

Study the water cycle, and cloud formation in particular as it relates to the Monsoon season and the Himalayas.
http://www.pbs.org/edens/bhutan/Bhu_teach_6.htm
Science 5-8 The Living Edens
Canyonlands: The Power of Water

The students will design and conduct an experiment to determine the effect water has on erosion.
http://www.pbs.org/edens/canyonlands/water.htm
Science 5-9 The Living Edens
Namib: How Much Water Will the Desert Hold?

Conduct experiments to determine how much water sand will retain.
http://www.pbs.org/edens/namib/source7.htm
Science 6-7 PBS Winter Games Cyberschool
Doin' the Zamboni

In this Challenge, students will look at the changing states of water by examining what is happening on the ice rink when it is traversed by a Zamboni.
http://pbscyberschool.pbs.org/teach/lesson21_1.html
Math 8 PBS Winter Games Cyberschool
Skating on Thin Ice

Analyze the relationships between pressure, volume, and temperature of water using graphs.
http://pbscyberschool.pbs.org/teach/lesson32_1.html
Science 4-5 PBS Winter Games Cyberschool
WOW Water

Investigate properties of water and see how those properties affect weather.
http://pbscyberschool.pbs.org/teach/lesson24_1.html
Math 6-8 PBS Mathline
Drip, Drop, Drip Drop

Students make a model of a leaky faucet, gather data, graph, interpret data, and make predictions based on their experiment. They express their results with multiple representations. Students also relate the experiment to water conservation.
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/mathline/lessonplans/atmp/dripdrop/dripdrop_procedure.shtm
Science 5-8

NOVA
Flood! Overflowing the Banks

Investigate how floodwalls cause flooding in smaller tributaries.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/2307_flood.html

Science 5-8 NOVA
Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef

Students explore the Great Barrier Reef to investigate the diversity and interdependence of the many species of plants and animals that live there.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/2215_reef.html
Social Studies, Science 8-12 People's Century: 1900-1999
Endangered Planet: 1959-1990

Learn about the worldwide growth of the environmental movement.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/peoplescentury/teachers/tgendangered.html
Science 6-10 Scientific American Frontiers
Beyond Science: Water, Water, Everywhere

Investigate the science behind dowsing or divining.
http://www.pbs.org/safarchive/4_class/44_guides/guide_802/4482_water.html
Science 6-10 Scientific American Frontiers
Dragon Science: Dams and Dolphins

Learn how freshwater organisms deal with osmotic pressure, and measure sedimentation potential of rivers.
http://www.pbs.org/safarchive/4_class/45_pguides/pguide_602/4562_dams.html
Science 5-12 Scientific American Frontiers
Galapagos: Water World, The Blue Planet

Test water for salinity, pH, and dissolved oxygen, and compare with data from the Galapagos.
http://www.pbs.org/safarchive/5_cool/galapagos/g52a_water.html
Social Studies, Science 9-10 The West
The Fragile Western Biome

Discover the impact of American westward expansion, in particular the mining industry, on the ecosystems of the West.
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/lesson_plans/lesson07.htm
Science 9-12 The West
Water Use: Tragedy in the Owens River Valley

Understand the importance of well-managed water use, while focusing on an historical water use event highlighted in Part Nine of "The West."
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/lesson_plans/lesson08.htm
Science 5-10 ZOOM
Hot and Cold Water

Will warm water rise and cold water sink?
http://pbskids.org/zoom/phenom/hotandcoldh2o.html
Science 5-10 ZOOM
Pour Air Into Water

Find out how to pour air into water.
http://pbskids.org/zoom/phenom/pourairintoh2o.html
Science 5-10 ZOOM
Thermometer

Watch what happens to water in a straw when it is cooled or heated.
http://pbskids.org/zoom/sci/thermometer.html
Science 5-10 ZOOM
Water Density

Experiment with density levels of salt water.
http://pbskids.org/zoom/sci/h2odensity.html
Science 5-10 ZOOM
Water Filter

Design a water filter.
http://pbskids.org/zoom/sci/waterfilter.html

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