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Web Quest for Middle School

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Web Quest

This exercise will help users learn about what kinds of resources are on the site and how to find them. Give yourself about 30 minutes to complete the quest.

Instructions - there are 2 ways to do the quest:
• Print out the Quest (pdf at bottom).

• Find each answer on the site and fill them in on the sheet.

• Use the KEY (in PDF) to check your answers.


• Open a second window to the site and use it as your search window.

• Use a blank piece of paper for your answer sheet.

• Answer the following questions shown below by searching for them in your search window (keep both windows open and switch back and forth).

 • Use the KEY (in PDF) to check your answers.


Here are your 20 questions – Ready?



For the first 10 questions, you can use the Search box in upper right corner of the screen.

1. On the science content page about Genetic Engineering, name the body organ affected by this process in the first article?

2. On the science content page about Cellular Respiration, what is the food used to represent the glucose in the visual diagram?

3. On the science content page about Photosynthesis, what two animals are used in the diagram?
______________________________________ and ______________________________________

4. On the science content page about the Nutrient Cycle, what predator-prey are shown on the header?

________________________ and ___________________________________

5. On the science content page about Adaptation Illustrated, what population of animal is used to describe the adaptive trait?

6. In Activities, Experiments, and Investigations, scroll down to Tree Activities, then > click on > Dichotomous Key – Identify 44 Species of Trees, then  > click on: PDF Version for Downloading. Name the first tree identified (#2):

7. Find the Next Generation Science Standards, look at the Grade 6-8th Science. How many topics do they include in the Standards for that age level:

8. On the science content page about Systemic Circulation, what organ is diagrammed first?

9. Find the Sense Organs of the Skin page. What is the first receptor described?

10. Find the Levels of Organization in the Body page. What is the last body system listed?


Now try to follow this search technique without the step by step hints:

11. In Hearing and the Structure of the Ear, the outer ear is called the auricle or ________________________.

12. In About Food Webs and Trophic Levels, the tertiary consumer is: _______________________________.

13. In Pulmonary Circulation, the function is to bring blood in contact with the: _______________________

14. In Phases of the Moon Explained, moon revolves around the Earth every ______________________ days.

15. In the Nitrogen Cycle,  ______% of our atmosphere is made up of the element nitrogen.


For the last 5 questions, start at the Main Index and don’t use the search box.

16. Go to: Activities, Experiments, and Investigations, then > Anatomy (Human Body) Activities, then > Blood Vessels Labeling (Circulatory System - Advanced), then click on the Printable PDF > Scroll to KEY and Name the first artery:

17. Go to: Anatomy (All Human Body Systems), then > Genetics, Cloning, Human Genome, then > The Central Dogma of Genetics and look at the diagram. What is the colorful “ribbon- like” structure on the right side of the diagram:

18. Under Life Science & Biology, scroll down to: Frog Dissection Diagram. What is the bottom-most labeled structure on the right?

19. Scroll down to the Test Bank and Questions Answered > Then click on the Authentic Performance Activities, then > then click on Food Webs - Authentic Performance Activity, then under Authentic Performance. Name who you work for:

20. Scroll down to the Next Generation Science Standards, click on> A Template for Integrating NGSS (and UbD) into Lesson Plans, then scroll down to the example template. What is the Science Unit it covers?

You did it!

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Citing Research References

When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).

When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.

Here is an example of citing this page:

Amsel, Sheri. "Web Quest for Middle School" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2023. February 6, 2023
< > has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.