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Web Quest for 3-5th Grade

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This exercise will help users learn about what kinds of resources are on the site and how to find them. Give yourself about 30 minutes to complete the quest.

Instructions - there are 2 ways to do the quest:
• Print out the Quest (pdf at bottom).

• Find each answer on the site and fill them in on the sheet.

• Use the KEY (in PDF) to check your answers.


• Open a second window to the site and use it as your search window.

• Use a blank piece of paper for your answer sheet.

• Answer the following questions shown below by searching for them in your search window (keep both windows open and switch back and forth).

 • Use the KEY (in PDF) to check your answers.


Here are your 20 questions – Ready?


For the first 10 questions, you can use the Search box in upper right corner of the screen.

1. In All Animals (Wildlife), click on Insects and name the last insects (that starts with a Y)?

2. In the Activities, Experiments, and Investigations, scroll down to > Plants and Wildflowers - Activities, then click on> Photosynthesis – A Simple Experiment.  Name the second thing on the Materials list:

3. On the Plant Science page, click on > Plant Structure - The Parts of a Plant, then > scroll down to > The Parts of the Flower diagram.  What is the first flower part named on the top, left hand of the diagram:

4. Under Food Webs, click on > Coral Reef Food Web. Name the first Secondary Consumer listed in the key:

5. On Adaptation Illustrated, what population of animal is used to describe the adaptive trait?

6. Under Life Cycles - Plants & Animals, click on the Bullfrog Life Cycle. What is depicted right under the title: 

7. Under the Next Generation Science Standards, find the 4th Grade Science. How many topics do they include in the Standards for that age level:

8. Under Skeletal System, in the > Related Links, click on > Make a Model of the Human Skeleton, then, scroll down to the text. In the first sentence, how much of the body’s weight is made up by the skeleton? 

9. In All Animals (Wildlife), scroll down to Camouflaged Animals and name the first animal listed:

10. Under Special Senses, click on Hearing and the Structure of the Ear, then scroll down to the black and white diagram. Name the labeled ear structure on the lower left side:


Now try to follow this search technique without the step-by-step hints:

11. How much do male polar bears weigh?

12. How long do grizzlies live in the wild?

13. What keeps river otters from being cold in the winter?

14. How do wolverines compare in size to other members of the weasel family?

15. How do leopard seals eat tiny krill but not swallow the water?


For the last 5 questions, start at the Main Index and don’t use the search box.

16. Find Activities, Experiments, and Investigations, scroll down and click on > Animal Inquiry - Live Studies in the Schoolyard, then > then click on > Ant Inquiry. What species of ant does the activity address?

17. Go to: Drawing Animals & Habitats, then > Draw a Whole Habitat, then > Draw an Amazon Rainforest. What is the first animal mentioned in the text?

18. Under K-8 Earth Science & Physical Science, scroll down to Environmental Issues, then click on > Coral Reefs in Peril, scroll down to > What Can You Do to Help. What is the first suggestion?

19. Scroll down to Comics - Science in Comic Relief, then click on > Photosynthesis - Comic Comprehension. What activity are the characters doing in the comic?

20. Scroll down to the Weather and the Seasons, then scroll down to > Clouds (Basic Readers). In the text, what is the first cloud type mentioned?

You did it!

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Citing Research References

When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).

When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.

Here is an example of citing this page:

Amsel, Sheri. "Web Quest for 3-5th Grade" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2019. May 20, 2019
< > has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

cheetah, tiger, panda, fox, bear, cougar