|This WebQuest features the
book Wemberly Worried by author and
illustrator Kevin Henkes.
|The primary purpose of using
quality children's literature in the classroom is
to instill a love of reading. As with any
book, Wemberly Worried should be first
read for pleasure before embarking on activities
based on the book. Students should be
allowed opportunities to ask questions, make
comments, and simply enjoy this
|The Tasks provided for
students in this WebQuest facilitate reading
comprehension skills. Students will be
asked to learn vocabulary words, interpret
passages from the story, make a Venn Diagram, to
describe the characters, and the problems and
solutions of the story. Students will be
performing tasks that help them link their real
lives with Wemberly's.
WebQuest includes the following content
areas: reading and writing. It is
directed toward early elementary.
Kindergarten, first and possibly second grade
students will require extra assistance performing
the tasks in this WebQuest.
by Kevin Henkes
"Wemberly, a little girl mouse, worries about
big things, little things, and everything in between.
Could a tree fall on her house, what if she shrinks in
the bathtub, and what about going to school for the first
time? When Wemberly meets a fellow worrywart mouse named
Jewel, she discovers the magic of friendship. While
playing with Jewel, "Wemberly worried. But no more
than usual. And sometimes even less."
Explain the meaning of a passage taken from texts
appropriate for elementary school students.
Describe characters, plot, setting, and
problem/solution of a passage.
Explain a characters actions based on a
Connect literature to students lives and
real world issues.
Various human needs are met through interaction
in and among social groups (e.g., family,
schools, teams, and clubs).
Students will work
in groups of 3 or 4 (dependent upon computer
access and physical classroom structure).
Students will decide on their own how to divide
the various tasks required to complete the
project, although teachers may find it better to
assign tasks based on each child's needs to be
successful. Students will need time to collect
data from web sites, respond to the data response
formats, and to prepare presentations for their
classmates. This unit can be extended by
examining other topics of interest to students
using Wemberly Worried as a springboard.
students (grades K, 1, 2) will need extra support
in doing this WebQuest. Teachers will need
to prepare students for following the format of a
WebQuest and for working together cooperatively.
A nice modeling technique might be to take one of
the options on the student page and do it together
as a whole group activity.
Many of the lessons
include activity pages that need to be
printed out. I would recommend printing these
out ahead of time, and making enough copies
for your students. You will find a list of
the pages in the student evaluation section.
with Internet access
copies of Wemberly Worried (preferred -
one copy per group)
Software (PowerPoint, etc)
Skills and Knowledge:
will need to be able to read and write, however
there are alternative materials built into this
WebQuest that allow for ability levels. For
very young students, an adult will need to be
assigned to each group to facilitate reading and
writing and explaining each assignment
A rubric will be used to
allow students to self-assess and for the teacher
assessment. Teachers may also want to use
the scoring guide specifically designed to
evaluate student performance in group work
associated with doing a WebQuest. The final
product of this WebQuest is group presentation
sharing information found by each group on the
selected topic. Individual student scores
will be based on participation in the group
project and on independent writing samples.
Student Handouts for each
Task 1: Vocabulary
Task 2: Worry List/Contrast Chart
Task 3: Graphics Sheet
Task 4: Venn Diagram
This unit is an
interdisciplinary (reading, writing, social
studies) constructionist approach to learning.
Students participate in group work, experience
navigating the web, learn to read critically and
synthesize information, create presentations, and
write to communicate. This WebQuest could easily
be adjusted for older students, and teachers can
adapt the activities to students' individual
thanks to the following resources:
Kevin Henkes Website: http://www.kevinhenkes.com/ used for graphics and
author information. Kevin Henkes photo, Meet
Kevin Henkes sign, Wemberly Worry list, Wemberly
picture, and book jacket covers.
Harper Collins: http://www.harperchildrens.com Wemberly worksheets, party
ideas, refreshments page