a WebQuest for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades
by Heidi Lucas
Introduction | Task | Resources | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion
Why do I need Math? If you've ever asked yourself this question then the answer is in the palm of your hand (the mouse)! The following links and activities will help you to understand why math is needed, when and where math is useful and how it is used in everyday life. They will also help you to practice your math skills while observing math in everday life and working with a partner.
Before you attempt the activities you must read the story Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. It's a fun story that will help you to understand why math is so useful. Good luck and have fun!
After reading the book, Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, work with your partner to discover the following:
Here is a list the websites you will visit:
Follow these steps to complete your quest:
|The Writer: The most important part of your role is being a good listenter. You need to fill out the worksheet by asking your partner "the cursed" what they do each hour of their school day. You then need to fill in the worksheet as you did with your own. Last you need to write a brief summary of when and how "the cursed" uses math througout their school day.||The Cursed: You must do your best to give "the writer" all of your attention. You need to provide "the writer" with information about your day. Be specific when giving examples of how you used math througout your school day and be patient while "the writer" is trying to take down all of your information. Help "the writer" the best you can.|
When you have completed the first role, take on the other role so both you and your partner have been "the writer" and "the cursed".
Your work will be checked in 2 ways:
1. A "Partner" Score Sheet
2. A "Teacher" Rubric
Circle Yes or No
|I helped my partner.||
|I listened to my partner's ideas.||
|I did my best.||
|Participation||Partners Participate||Partners Cooperate|
|Thinking Process||Stay on task||Verbalize What Is Learned|
|Writing Process||Complete Written Activities||Use Complete Sentences When required|
You have now finished the WebQuest Why Do I Need Math? and hopefully you have come up with several examples to answer that question. Now it's time to have some more fun! Click on the picture to the right and it will bring you to a page full of fun and helpful math games.