a WebQuest for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades
by Heidi Lucas
Introduction  Task  Resources  Process  Evaluation  Conclusion
Introduction
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!
Task
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:
Other Resources:
Process
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".
Evaluation
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 
Conclusion
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.
Email
comments or questions to
Heidi
Lucas
Created 4/20/01