Electricity WebQuest


A WebQuest for 
Grade 4
Louise Jaskoski

edited by Carol Mailes

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page


Introduction 

It's 2:00 in the morning on a snowy night in January and POW the electricity goes out!  Let's hope you have a battery back-up in your alarm clock.  Otherwise, you may miss the bus.  Warm milk on your cereal.  No bacon and eggs or pancakes this morning.  Forget about blow drying your hair.  It's not going to happen today.  You're going to have to take a nice cold shower by flashlight in a house that is now about 45 or 50 degrees.   We tend to take electricity for granted until we lose it.  Where does electricity really come from?  Come along on that mystical path as we explore the magic of electricity. As Ben Franklin once said: "IT'S ELECTRIFYING!" (Or was that JohnTravolta?)



The Task 
You are to choose two of the following as your finished product for this WebQuest:
  1. A power point presentation.
  2. Build an electrical project.
  3. Perform an electrical experiment.
  4. Create an electricity game (card game or board game).
RESEARCH AREAS:
You will need to know the following: In other words the products above must show that you have an extensive background in the following areas:
  • Static Electricty
  • Conductors and insulators
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Electric charge
  • Electrical current
  • Electrical Safety
  • Electrical Power (How does electricity get to your house?  How is electricity generated?) 
The Process 
  1. You will work with your partner and one other set of partners (so your group will have 4 members).
  2. Your research will be done with your partner, then you will share with the group.
  3. Once your entire group decides on which two products you will design, you will brainstorm what roles are needed and who will fulfill those roles.
  4. You will collect your information using the study guides. Each set of partners will complete one of the study guides. Click on the links and print the pages. Electricity Internet Search, Electricity Internet Search 2.
  5. At this point, share your information with your teacher before you continue (what products you have decided to create, what roles are needed, who will fulfill each role, etc.)
  6. Once you have the OK from your teacher, you need to research the areas listed above under the task section.
  7. Any changes made in the process must be OK'd by your teacher.
  8. Below you will find web sites to help you in your research: 


http://library.thinkquest.org/10796/ch11/ch11.htm
http://oldsci.eiu.edu/physics/DDavis/1160/Ch17/ElChrg.html
Atoms Family
http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/
from Atoms family(electricity)
http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/frankenstein/index.html
Energy Quest
http://www.energy.ca.gov/education/
from Energy Quest- "what is electricity?"
http://www.energy.ca.gov/education/story/story-html/chapter02.html
Conductor, insulator
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/index.html
Circuits
http://www.uce.ac.uk/education/research/cript/electricity%20book/frame%20start.htm
Electric charge
http://www.neosho.k12.mo.us/Benton/Classpages/sjackso/Science/electricity.htm
Static Electricity
http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/static.htm
science definitions (kewl)
http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/definitions.cfm
Theatre of Electricity (good videos & pics)
http://www.mos.org/sln/toe/toe.html
Ben Franklin Bio
http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/rotten.html



Evaluation

Grade for this WebQuest will be given individually and as a group.  Any individual within the group who fails to do his/her part as designated by the group, will receive an individual grade lower grade.  Problems that arise must be worked out by the group without bickering.  If a solution cannot be found by the group, the group may ask the teacher to help find a solution. 
Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score
Product 1

 

Product includes accurateinformation from less than 3 research areas listed under the task section. 
Product includes accurateinformation from only 3-4 research areas listed under the task section. 
Product includes accurateinformation from only 5 or 6 research areas listed under the task section. 
Product includes accurateinformation from each of the 7 research areas listed under the task section. 
 
Product 2











 

Product includes accurateinformation from less than 3 research areas listed under the task section. 
Product includes accurateinformation from only 3-4 research areas listed under the task section. 
Product includes accurateinformation from only 5 or 6 research areas listed under the task section. 
Product includes accurateinformation from each of the 7 research areas listed under the task section. 
 
Overall











 

The products show no planning, creativity, or elaboration.  Shows no effort or research.
The products show little  planning, creativity, or elaboration.  Shows little effort or research.
The products show some planning, creativity, elaboration.  Shows some amount of effort and research.
The products show a large amount of  planning, creativity, elaboration.  Shows a great deal of effort and research. 
 
Group Dynamics

 

Members of the group bickered daily about roles and obligations.  Teacher needed to mediate more than three times.
Members of the group bickered about roles and obligations.  Teacher needed to mediate up to three times.
Members of the group bickered about roles and obligations.  Teacher needed to mediate up to two times.
Group worked well together.  Each member fulfilled his/her obligation as spelled out by the group under numbers 3 and 4 within the process section.
 



Conclusion

You have learned a lot about electricity in this WebQuest; what it is and how it is generated. I am proud of your hard work. Good job fourth graders!!



Credits & References
Graphics from: 
http://dgl.microsoft.com/
http://www.clipartconnection.com/