My Webquest: Creating a Rainstick This webquest is designed for a Third Grade Science Curriculum. The students will work in cooperative groups. They will learn about history behind rainsticks, the process of making a rainstick, and creating a design for their rainsticks.
Introduction Can YOU Be A Rain Maker? Have you ever experienced an extremely hot day and you wished that it would magically rain to help cool you off? Don’t you worry! We can create our own rain!
Task We will be researching the history behind rainsticks Then you will be completing a chart on “How rainsticks are made.” Next, you will complete a check list of the supplies that are needed to create a rainstick Then you will be given the opportunity to think of a design that you and your group can agree on Lastly, you will create your rainsticks
Process1. Your group will research the history, process, and what is needed while creating a rainstick, and then complete a “How a rainstick is made” chart. Print the following pages:Website- Supplies and Steps of Creating a RainstickHistory Behind A RainstickHow to Make a Rainstick chart and checklist2. Copy the rainstick steps that you received on your website link to your personal “How a rainstick is made” chart.3. Review your checklist so you are familiar with what is needed.4. Listen to your group members ideas of the design of the rainstickanscoopoperately decide on one design5. As a group, advertise a “Rainstick Day.” Your group will design posters explaining what rainsticks are and what their purpose is. There will be a day where they show off their rainsticks and give it a try.
Process Continued Now that you know everything there is to know about rainsticks, it’s time to make our own!1. Read as a group the history behind rainsticks2. Gather materials needed to make your rainstick.3. Check off materials that were given to you that is needed in creating your rainstick.4. Observe your How to Make a Rainstick chart5. Give each student a task to complete.6. When finished, take turns completing your decoration7. Compare and contrast your rainstick to the rainsticks you read about.8. Finally with a teachers permission, go outside and shake your rainstick and do a little dance.9. Record what happened.
Conclusion Congratulations!! You’ve learned a lot about rainsticks. During our activity, we learned the history about rainsticks, how rainsticks can be made, and what rainsticks are used for. Since we made one rainstick per group, we will share the rainsticks weekly, so everyone gets the chance to show their family members what they have created. I hope you had as much fun with this project as I did!
References The History of Rainstickshttp://www.ehow.com/about_5367730_history-rain-stick.html The Steps While Creating a Rainstickhttp://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/music/rainstick/ A Webquest About Webquestshttp://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquestwebquest-es.html Picture under Introductionhttp://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/weather-hurricane-storm/2011/04/28/expect-a-scorcher- today/ Picture under My Webquesthttp://www.diylife.com/2008/05/06/the-art-and-science-of-making-a-rain-stick/