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Invention Webquest

Inventions WebQuest

By:  Beth Boutwell

Introduction:

Are you an inventor?  Have you ever thought of a new, original idea to make something better or more interesting?  Have you ever looked at an invention and thought, "I could have invented that!"  You may be the next great inventor.  You are now staring a webquest that will inspire you and prepare you for creating your own invention.

During this webquest, you will work within groups to research famous inventors and inventions.  As a group, you will create a powerpoint pesenting your research to the class.

Process & Procedures:

I.   RESEARCH

Inventor of the Week - Click on a letter to find inventors.  Select 3 inventors.  Save pictures of the inventors and their inventions to a group member's flash drive.  Take notes on the inventor: who it is, when invention was created, invention's purpose, and other important information.  The information and pictures will be used in your group's powerpoint.

Women Inventors - Scroll down and click on one woman inventor.  Save pictures of the inventor and their invention to a group member's flash drive.  Take notes on the inventor: who it is, when invention was created, invention's purpose, and other important information.  The information and pictures will be used in your group's powerpoint.

Chinese Inventions - Click on an invention.  Save a picture of the invention to a  group member's flash drive.  Take notes on the invention: when invention was created, invention's purpose, importance of invention today, and other important information.  The information and pictures will be used in your group's powerpoint.

II.   POWERPOINT

Each group will present researched informtation in a PowerPoint.  Presentation must have at least 7 slides - Slide 1 is title page; Slide 2-6 are information pages including pictures; Slide 7 is the "credits" slide and will display all names in group.

III.  PRESENTATION

Groups will present PowerPoint in front of class alternating reader. 

Evaluation:

  25 points 15 points 10 points
Researched 3 inventors & their inventions.

Save pictures of the inventors and their inventions to a group member's flash drive.  Take notes on the  inventor: who it is, when invention was created, invention's purpose, and other important information.

Didn't save all pictures but did record all required information. Didn't record all required information, but did record some.
Researched 1 woman and her invention. Save pictures of the inventor and their invention to a group member's flash drive.  Take notes on the inventor: who it is, when invention was created, invention's purpose, and other important information. Didn't save all pictures but did record all required information. Didn't record all required information, but did record some.
Researched a chinese invention. Save a picture of the invention to a  group member's flash drive.  Take notes on the invention: when invention was created, invention's purpose, importance of invention today, and other important information. Didn't save all pictures but did record all required information. Didn't record all required information, but did record some.
PowerPoint PowerPoint slideshow including at least 7 slides.  Each slide includes required information found above.   PowerPoint slideshow including at least 7 sides, but missing some of the required information. PowerPoint slideshow including at least 7 sides, but missing a lot of the required information.
Presentation Groups present PowerPoint to class.  Good volume, grammar, eye contact, and stance. Groups present PowerPoint to class.  Groups have at least 2 of the following 4: Good volume, grammar, eye contact, and stance. Groups present PowerPoint to class.  Groups have 1 of the following 4: Good volume, grammar, eye contact, and stance.

Conclusion:

Hooray!  You have researched, created a presentation slideshow, and presented the information to the class.    You are half way through our Inventions Unit. 

Reflection:

Take a moment to reflect your learning.  On the back of your rubric, write down at least 10 things you've learned while completing this webquest.  It may be what you learned about your group's research, another group's research, or a technological skill such as saving pictures from the internet or creating a PowerPoint.  

 

 

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