by Stephanie Cavileer, Egg Harbor Township
Karen Rivera, School #8, Linden NJ
Julia Singleton, NJCU
Our "History of the Olympics" webquest will allow students to explore two different time periods and compare a singular event, "The Olympics". They will be able to visit Ancient Greece and roam through the ruins to discover what "The Olympics" must have been like back then. Then, they will time travel to present day, "Olympics" and compare the similarities and differences of these two worlds and one exciting world event. They will be able to role play their discoveries in a play for the class. The student will also indicate which Olympics he/she would prefer to compete in as an athlete.
We are students in a Master's Degree Program at New Jersey City University. We are learning how to integrate technology effectively across the curriculum according to NJCCCS.
This collaborative project allowed us to create a dynamic and interesting webquest, "History of the Olympics", that higher-level elementary students will be able to complete successfully. The lesson's goals are to engage the student's curiosity about the birth of the Olympics in Ancient Greece and what they are today through the eyes of an athlete. We incorporated independent and collaborative learning to allow for diverse learning styles. There are multiple tasks to complete for the student to achieve success throughout the project. Some of the tasks entail design, decision-making, analysis, and creation that allow the student to develop higher-order thinking skills. We hope the students will enjoy this adventure while learning about the Olympics, Ancient Greece, and of course, themselves!
As this is our first webquest, any feedback would be most appreciated.