How to Design a Webquest with Google Sites

Design your webquest with Google Sites. That way, you can store it in one handy place. In addition, each section is organized under its own tab. And you can easily link to outside sources.

Designing Webquests with Google Sites

What is a webquest? At its heart, it’s a quest. The entire sequence leads to a high-level task. Kids access relevant materials on the Internet. (Yep, it’s paperless.)

Today, we’ll look at a Cinderella webquest as an example. For a culminating activity, students write a Cinderella parody.

Cinderella Webquest – An Example

Webquests unfold in bite-sized pieces. New information and skills build slowly. Therefore, tasks can be complex.

In this sample activity, kids write Cinderella parodies. To set them up for success, I broke the process into six tasks.

Cinderella Webquest Cover

Task 1 – Story Elements

My fourth graders needed to understand story elements. Fortunately, I found an awesome online tutorial. And it even featured Cinderella!

Cinderella Webquest Task 1

Task 2 – The Story Arc & Summarizing

For Task 2, kids watched a video about summarizing. After learning about the story arc, they summarized “The Talking Eggs.”

Cinderella Webquest Task 2

Task 3 – Common Elements

Next, my students read two more pieces of Cinderella folklore. Then they analyzed them for common elements. Later, they would use these to write their own stories.

Cinderella Webquest Task 3

Task 4 – Parody

Now that they understood the basics of Cinderella stories, students were introduced to parody. They read “Daisy Della” and completed an activity.

Cinderella Webquest Task 4

Task 5 – Figurative Language

This task adds a skill. To address the standards, I wanted my students to use personification and onomatopoeia in their stories. Therefore, I had to teach it. (Or at least the webquest did!)

Cinderella Webquest Task 5

Task 6 – The Writing Process

Now they were ready to write. Using directions in the webquest, students followed steps. In the end, each student wrote a Cinderella parody.

Cinderella Webquest Task 6

Keeping It Paperless

To avoid using paper, kids worked on editable Google Slides. They simply clicked to access worksheets like the one below. That kept the activity totally paperless.

Cinderella Webquest - Planning Parody

To navigate a sample of the Cinderella webquest, click here.

Getting Started

Ready to get started? All you need is a good idea. Break the task into small pieces. Gather materials. Add a few links.  Once you learn to make a Google Site, it’s easy!

Websites let teachers direct learning from the sidelines. You can supplement a unit, organize research, encourage collaboration, direct homework, or flip your classroom. Additionally, you can design independent learning modules, PBLs, novel studies, and eBooks.

What are you waiting for? Get started today!

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