A WebQuest that Integrates Science and Language
Introduction | Task|
Process |Evaluation | Conclusion |
You are among a team of space travelers who plan to rocket to another planet
in our solar
system. You and your fellow travelers will gather information about a planet
and help decide which of the nine planets can support life. Only prepared travelers are allowed to
leave earth to travel. Mission Control (Mrs. Hartmann) is
in charge of issuing planet passports. When Mission Control decides you
have completed pre-flight preparations, she will sign a planet passport
for your team.
Then, you can blast off. While visiting and exploring your planet, you
will collect data and send it back to Mission Control (and your families)
as a cyber-postcard. In addition, when you return from your planet, you
must organize and present all of your data to other space travelers.
first job is to earn your planet passport. You and your fellow space travelers will work as
a team to meet the pre-flight requirements.
- Apply for your
planet passport by
- *Knowing your
- *Naming your
mission and designing a patch (badge)
Mission Control to sign a passport before
Once you have
arrived on your planet, your job is to explore and to gather data. You and your fellow space travelers will work as a
team to collect scientific information. You will need to collect enough
information to fill out all three Data Collection Sheets for Mission Control Collecting
You and your
fellow travelers must collect the following information. Record the
information on the three Data Collection Sheets.
with Mission Control:
- Namesake (Who
is your planet named after?)
- Distance from
the Sun (How many kilometers?)
(What is the distance across is your planet?)
- Period of
revolution (How long is one year on your planet in Earth
period (One day on your planet equals how many hours/days on
- Moons (How
many? What are their names?)
(What gases are in the atmosphere?)
(How hot or cold is it?)
(What is your planet made of?)
- How much do you
weigh on your planet?
- How old are you
on your planet?
Interesting facts (Special features. Does it have volcanoes, craters,
rings, valleys, etc..?)
information collected back to Mission Control (and your
families). Send a
Cyber Postcard using a virtual postcard site (contact Mission Control
for site information) .
to Earth and Debriefing
- Organize your
data into a chart and present your
data as a team to the other space travelers and Mission Control.
Be sure to explain whether your planet can support life.
- *First, Mission Control (your
assign you to a team.
- *Contact Mission Control for your planet
- *Design a patch for your mission. To learn how,
click on the following link for directions on Creating a Crew Patch
from Mission Control. Fill it in with your mission name
and patch design. Ask Mission Control to sign it.
- *Print out each of the Data
- *Decide which data sheet
each crew member will be responsible for completing with information
about your planet destination.
- *You are now ready to start collecting data.
Remember, only make notes.
- *To do research, click on the name of your
planet destination listed below.
- *Next, click on one of the Web Site links for your
planet. Read the information and make your notes under the correct
headings on the Data Collection Sheets.
- *When you have finished reading the first Web Site,
view another Web site link for your planet. Read the information and
decide if there is any new information that should be added to your
- *Now you are ready to write the rough copy for your
Postcards First Draft Instruction Sheets for each
of your team. Each team must write a postcard.
- *Using the notes you have made on your Data
Collection Sheets and chart, each person must write three paragraphs to
send to Mission Control.
include the facts you have collected about your planet. Share some of your
'adventures' too! Try to be creative by adding more information for each paragraph.
- *Remember to write the postcard paragraphs in
complete sentences. Be sure to spell correctly, and use capital letters
and punctuation where appropriate. Do not forget to indent your
- *Peer conference with another crew to edit your
- *When you are finished editing, you are ready to
create and write your cyber postcard. Click this link to go the virtual postcard site, follow the
instructions, and send your message to Mission Control (your teacher's
email account and also to your parents). Print a copy of your postcard for each
- *Finally, your team will share the information
you've collected about your planet at a debriefing session back on Earth
at Mission Control. As a team, decide how you will organize and present
the data to your fellow travelers. Make a poster that includes a
picture of your planet and a chart that organizes the information you
and your team collected. Practice how you will present your data
and explain whether your planet can support life as we know it. Use a clear, loud voice. Make eye contact with your audience. Hold
your charts and notecards still and away from your face. (Make posters...and
index card notes)
- *Obtain and use the Crew Checklist to make sure you have
completed all the steps of the Planet WebQuest.
- *Obtain and complete a self-evaluation sheet. (See
- *Present your data and explain whether your planet
can support life at the
debriefing session with teams from other missions at Mission Control.
- *Hand in all your
work for evaluation.
mission name and patch, signed Planet Passport, three Data Collection
Sheets, cyber postcard, Planet Poster with picture and chart, and presentation about your
planet will be evaluated. There is a checklist to help you make sure that you have
completed all the necessary steps of the Planet WebQuest
checklist from Mission Control. Check to confirm that you
have completed all the steps. Your teacher will also evaluate your
WebQuest using this form.
WebQuest, you have learned many facts about your planet; however, there is much
more to learn about our Solar System. The vastness of space has given us
many challenges and questions.
Does life exist
elsewhere? Can life exist on another planet? What are some of the latest scientific findings? How can you
use the information gathered in your WebQuest to help others? Check out
some of the links below to learn more about space. Can you find other web
sites that have interesting information about space?
Finally, now that you have
learned about space, you might want to choose picture
books, novels or poems in the science- fiction genre. Does this literature
contain factual information? On what scientific facts has the author
chosen to base his or her story? Why? Write a response to a selection in
Based on a template from The WebQuest