Online Learning Activities
Students can set off on fact-finding missions around the Web, gathering research on a number of social studies and science subjects.
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Scholastic’s “WebQuests” are grade specific, self-guided lessons that encourage students to master technology and subject-oriented skills as they engage in content-rich Web adventures. Students can choose from popular social studies and science subjects. Web Quests are designed as reproducibles so students can record their responses on a print-out copy of the pages.
Choose from the 11 social studies and nine science topics listed here.
- John and Abigail Adams (grades 4–8)
The letters between John and Abigail Adams provide rare insights into life in America more than 200 years ago
- Alaska (grades 4–8)
Who are Alaska's people? What is it like to grow up and live in Alaska? Do moose really walk through Alaskan schoolyards? Learn about our northernmost state.
- The Culture of the Inca (grades 2–5)
The empire of the Inca existed for many centuries in Peru. Today the descendants of these people continue many aspects of the culture, including traditional language.
- Genghis Khan (grades 6–8)
Who was Genghis Khan — history's greatest general, a murderous barbarian, or both?
- Gold Rush (grades 4–8)
Have you ever wondered why they call the football team the San Francisco 49ers? What happened in 1849 that would change the history of the United States?
- Henry Hudson (grades 4–7)
In the 1600s, many European nations wanted new trade routes across the Americas to Asia. The Dutch sent Henry Hudson to find such a passage. What did he find?
- Joan of Arc (grades 5–8)
Joan of Arc has become a figure of legend, but she was also a real person: a young teenager in medieval France who believed she was on a mission for God.
- Thomas Jefferson (grades 4–8)
Thomas Jefferson was an inventor, a violinist, a farmer, a diplomat, an architect, an author, and the third president of the U.S. Spend a day in the life of this talented man.
- Immigrants in New York 1870–1915 (grades 5–8)
Most of our families were immigrants at one time. For many immigrants arriving from Europe, New York City was not only the point of entry to the United States.
- Abraham Lincoln (grades 4–8)
Abraham Lincoln was the leader of the United States when the country faced one of its greatest challenges — the Civil War. Learn about his important ideas on democracy.
- Harriet Tubman (grades 4–8)
Born a slave, Harriet Tubman escaped through the Underground Railroad and then spent years helping other slaves to escape as well. Learn more about her venerable life.
- Amber (grades 5–8)
What is amber? Let's go on a treasure hunt for information about this geological "frozen in time story."
- Bats (grades 3–6)
To people who don't know their true story, everything about bats is surprising.
- Cells (grades 6–8)
When we get a splinter we usually just focus on the pain and trouble that it brings us. Let's follow the adventure of human cells versus a splinter of wood.
- Clouds (grades 3–6)
You can forecast the weather. How? Become a sky detective. Learn to read the clues that hundreds of different kinds of clouds provide.
- Crocodiles and Alligators (grades 3–6)
Believe it or not, crocodilians have been around since the dinosaurs! Explore facts and myths about these prehistoric reptiles that are still crawling around today.
- Everglades (grades 3–8)
Wildlife is abundant in the Florida Everglades. Discover the facts about this unique southern United States habitat and the threats it faces.
- Glaciers (grades 5–8)
Can you imagine what it was like during the Ice Age when much of the world's surface was covered in great ice sheets? Let's explore more about geological science here.
- Planets (grades 3–6)
Almost every day we learn more about the solar system. Much of what we knew when you were born may already be out of date. Here are some updates!
- Whales (grades 3–8)
Of all the marine animals, the whale seems to inspire the most awe. These enormous mammals of the deep are intersting not only for their size, but also for their living habits.