~ teacher's guide ~

Webquest teaching information


Introduction

We all live in communities. We shop at local businesses, our children go to local schools, and our families enjoy weekends in the park. But how many of us are actually involved in our community?

The health of a community depends on how involved its members are. Communities rely on members to take action when there is a problem and constantly find ways to improve it. 

One way to judge the health of a community is by its parks. Parks are a vital part of any community, especially ours. Its a place where family and friends can gather to enjoy a weekend in the summer. Where we can play sports, picnic and let ourselves relax. It's also a place where are children play everyday. 

So, how healthy is our park and what does this say about the community. Is the park full of trash and litter? Is the play equipment old and broken? Is there graffiti everywhere? Is this a place where you want your children to play?

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Task

The task, as a class, is to organize the community to cleanup and beautify the local park. Students will work in groups to create plans for different aspects for implementing a park clean up. 

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Students

  • Level: High- intermediate to advanced adult students

  • Class: Adult ESL class run by a community organization

  • Assumptions: This is an advanced class so students will already have knowledge of how to work a computer, how to search on the Internet, and how to use the primary software applications like Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

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Objectives

  • Teach students how to get involved in the community and better the environment in which they live.

  • Instruct students in the process of inquiry and research - they should be able to read and follow step-by-step instructions when learning new procedures

  • Demonstrate the ability to brainstorm, discuss and execute ideas, as well as work together to achieve a common goal.

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Materials

  • Computer with internet access

  • Templates of letters and spreadsheets as examples

  • Webquest website: http://www.eslidea.com/583/webquest

  • Notebook and paper



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