The purpose of this Web quest is to teach students about maps, map keys and symbols. Students are asked to find the route they take from school to get to their home and show the path taken on a map. Instead of using countless papers to map their route out, the goal is to integrate the new technologies into this lesson such as Map Quest. Along with using these new websites, students are required to use digital cameras to take pictures of familiar landmarks they encounter on their way home. Visual-Spatial intelligence will be addressed by having pupils use mental images and remembering maps in their head. This type of intelligence requires children to remember routes and their natural or man-made landmarks they took pictures of and where they fit in along the route. Along with this, the Interpersonal intelligence will be addressed. Students will need to use this intelligence to work and collaborate with one another to help put the entire project together. This will help children to make connections and cooperate with their fellow classmates not just during the duration of the project but they would also retain their connections throughout the school year.


  • Educational Technology > General
  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • K


maps geography



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Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-11-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This simple webquest was designed for a project for an Educational Technology course at West Chester University during the Fall 2009 semester and written for use with 4th grade students, although it can easily be adapted for use at other grade levels. The introductory YouTube video is an image montage of a Jack Johnson song, The 3 R’s - a nice tool for engaging students, but not essential to the lesson. The method of dividing students into groups is especially creative and each group is tasked with focusing on one of the following materials: paper/cardboard, metal, glass, and plastics. Students will research the environmental impact of their materials and brainstorm ideas to reduce, reuse and recycle their material in their own school. The idea of the lesson is strong, however, some 4th grade students may benefit from additional scaffolding of the lesson procedures. The Resources list refers to “links to the websites where the researchers will be able to find the information they need to answer their research question,” however no links are provided. These links will need to be found by the individual educator or student. A basic presentation rubric is included for suggested assessment.

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