by Lindsey Stevenson, James Madison University

Modified by Kathy Snyder, Norwood Public

This is a WebQuest designed for fourth graders to explore ecosystems. It has been modified by K. Snyder to add the ecosystem at a hydrothermal vent.


Are you ready to become an expert on one of the major ecosystems? You will learn about these ecosystems: pond, marshland, swamp, ocean, desert, grassland, rain forest, and hydrothermal vent.

As teams of scientists, you will research and learn about the unique characteristics of each ecosystem. After you all have become experts on your specific ecosystem, you will then present your findings to the rest of the class! 

Good Luck and Have Fun!