Human Body Systems Webquest
1 Planning and Preparation
Creating a WebQuest requires a bit of up front planning and prep work. Once creating, however, the students should be able to do most of the work with little direct instruction and lessons are easy to modify and adjust for future classes to use. I like to use use Google Sites to house and create my WebQuest for other teachers in my district to have access to and use. You can also use sites like QuestGarden and Zunal if you want to research and create your own. You can find some quest resources at either of the sites that can be easily modified to meet the needs of your own students.
This is the first page of the WebQuest and is the hook.
Congratulations, you have graduated from fifth grade medical school. As a doctor, you have noticed your patients have no information regarding their body, and how it works. You see how diseases and illness affects the population and want to help your patients stay healthy. You and 5 other doctors will present the human body to your patients (your classmates) by having each group member explain the importance of each system.
Good Luck Doctors!!
I am copying and pasted what would be on this WebQuest page for the students to see. This page gives them a better idea about the project and what their objectives are.
You will get in groups of four to six students. Each student in the group will pick one of the six systems listed below for their portion of research.
-Nervous (Challenge system)
Each doctor will be responsible for the knowing the following information about their system:
*Where in the body the system is located?
* Why is this system important?
*What are its primary organs?
* What each organ's main function is?
* Give three major characteristics of the system
Doctors will then choose to do a skit, presentation, visual model (poster, newspaper or brochure) or anything which you feel is creative and will get information to your patients. All options must be approved by your teacher and use technology in either the creation, presentation or both.
This page breaks the project down into three phases: Planning and research, sharing and connecting, and presentation.
I would recommending creating a timeline with dates when things are due and attaching it to this page for reference. I make mine like a contract.
Step # 1
Phase # 1 (Research)
1. Your teacher will place you into teams of 4 to 6 students.
2. You will review the project with your team and each of you will pick one system to research.
3. Log into Google Classroom and access your planning and study guide.
4. Complete the planning guide together and turn in.
5. Research your system and answer the questions on the provided study guide. This needs to be turned in and is a part of your grade.
* You can use the links on the Resources tab to start your research.
We will have two days to complete your research, if you need further time, you will need to do some for homework.
Phase # 2 (Share out and make connections)
1. Once you have completed the research on your system, gather with your team.
2. Briefly discuss your system with your team.
3. Each member of the team will complete the flow chart on their study guide will write a half page summary describing how your system relates to others systems that were studied.
* Once you have completed this portion of your study guide, you will turn it in through Google Classroom
Phase # 3 (Presentation)
1. You will be presenting to the class your integrated human body systems project. You will present the human body to your classmates who are your patients to educate them about how the body works and how to take care of it.
2. Determine what resources you will need. Do you need more time in the lab for a slideshow? How will you lay out your presentation? Who is responsible for what? If your group is stuck on this, your teacher may have ideas that can be suggested. All project ideas must be approved by your teacher.
3. Put together your visual representation. Remember, all group members must participate and each system must be represented in the system.
Be careful how much flexibility you give a 5th grader to conduct research about the human body system. I prefer to direct them to specific sites as they are just learning how to conduct research online and I am more concerned with them finding the relevant information in a text at this point. Breaking it down allows for more success.
Also, I create a note taking guide and assign it in Google Classroom and attach a copy on this page of the WebQuest. The note taking guide is the individual accountability for the assignment and requires them to do some writing about their research as well.
The Internet Resources
Here is a list of websites for you to conduct your research (please stay on these sites and stay focused). You may use the library and your science book. Remember that there is limited amount of time to complete this project. Please remain focused and on task so that you can complete things on time.
(Hyperlinks to websites will be found here)
On this page, I include a rubric for students to self assess. You can do this in any form you find works for you. I like to use Google Forms myself.
You will be graded on the following:
Summary of how your system relates to other systems (this is part of your study guide)
Works cited within the study guide
Let their imaginations go regarding how they present. One year, I had a group decide that they wanted to code their presentation and they used Tynker. The presentation missed on several key points, however, what they coded was pretty awesome. Upon reflection, they came to their own conclusion that they would do things differently the next time around because they ran out of time. Great lesson learned on their own.
Most of my students will use a traditional slide show presentation using Google Slides or PowerPoint. Really any method that gets the information across works for me.