A WebQuest for 7th Grade Science

Designed by

Clara N. Slater



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Congratulations!  You and two of your friends have won a prize.  You have won a trip.  You will go on a tour (all expenses paid!) inside “The Amazing Cell”.  As you travel, you will find that its lots of fun, however you will have to do a little work.  Each of you will visit different “sites” on your tour to gather information about different kinds of cells.  At the end of your tour, you will all meet for a fabulous dinner and make a comparison of your findings to be presented to the class.

The Task

-          You will work together as a group.

-          Each person will have a specific role to play and questions to investigate as you explore the different websites.

-          You will research bacteria (prokaryotic cells), plant cells, and animal cells (eukaryotic cells).

-          You will create a presentation to share your comparison of the different kinds of cells.  You may design posters, or brochures, or produce a video, etc.  (Think Creatively!!)

The Process


Part I: Individual work


1.      First you will be assigned to a team of three students.

2.    Then you will be given a Research Sheet (teacher made) to choose one of the topics to be researched: a. bacteria (prokaryotic cells) b. plant cells c. animal cells (eukaryotic   cells).

3.    As an individual, go to Internet Resources to gather information about your topic. Also have fun with the interactive diagrams, quizzes, etc.  “The Cell Page” is very helpful and fun.


Internet Resources

Animal Cells – The Amazing Variety

Parts of a Cell

Plant Cells

The Cell Page

Bacteria Cells

Bacteria Divide and Multiply



Part II: Group Work


1.      Come together and present to the group what each of you found out from your tour. (Use your Research Sheet to summarize each section).

2.    You will share and discuss your research notes to make sure that EVERYONE understands the information.

3.    After everyone understands the information, click on quizzes and have some fun together recalling information. Collaborate with each other while taking the quizzes.

4.    You will use the information to create a presentation to share your comparison of different kinds of cells.  You may design posters, or design brochures, or produce a video, etc.  (Be Creative!!!)



The following rubrics will be used to evaluate the project as an individual and as a group.












Answers to questions on Research Sheet



Answers 3 questions correctly

Answers 6 questions correctly

Answers 9 questions correctly

Answers 12 or more questions correctly



Drawing of cell researched




No drawing

Poor drawing with some labels

Good drawing with some labels

Excellent drawing with most labels


Provided title, heading and notes for individual section of Research Sheet



No title, no headings, inadequate notes

Title, adequate notes, no headings

Title, headings, organized adequate notes

Title, headings, exceptionally well organized notes



Presents material in a clear and concise manner and participation in project


The information presented is disorganized, and not well planned.  Team effort was not visible.

The information presented is somewhat organized but at times confusing to the audience. Team effort was somewhat visible. 

The information presented is adequately organized and relatively clear. Team effort was visible.

The information is very well organized and is very clear to the audience.  Team effort was very visible.



Illustrates material in a persuasive and entertaining manner

Material is not interesting and does little to captures the audience’s attention.

Material is presented in a somewhat interesting manner, but does not maintain the audience’s attention.

Material is presented in a somewhat entertaining manner and maintains most of the audience’s attention.

Material is presented in a very entertaining manner and maintains the audience’s attention throughout.



You have now learned some differences and similarities among bacterial cells, plant cells and animal cells.  You have also learned the names of some of the main cell parts and the functions of the parts.

Check out Cells Alive for some fantastic models.

Teacher Page


1.                  Clara N. Slater –

2.                AETE 731 – Summer 2002

3.                These pages have been prepared in partial fulfillment of the requirements for AETE 731.  The views and opinions expressed in these pages are strictly those of the page author.  The content of the pages have not been reviewed or approved by the University of South Carolina Aiken.

4.                Georgia Standards:



Topic: Reference Skills

Standard: Selects and uses multiple types of print and nonprint sources for information on science concepts






Topic: Living Things/Cells

Standard: Identifies the cell as a basic unit of life.
6.1 Describes the structure and functions of major components and organelles to include nucleus, nuclear membranes, cytoplasm, cell membrane, chromosomes, vacuoles, golgi bodies, lysosomes, endoplasmic reticulum (rough and smooth) and mitochondria.
6.2 Compares and contrasts the major structures and functions of typical plant and animal cells.

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