The Acid Rain WebQuest was featured in
the March, 2001 episode of NetFiles.
View the episode by clicking HERE.
Why are the trees dying? How come there are no fish in the
lake? Why does the paint on my Dad's car look so bad? Where does that
terrible rotten egg smell come from in our school yard every Spring?
The answer to these questions is simple; acid rain is responsible for
many of the serious environmental problems facing us today. While the
answer may be simple, solving the acid rain problem is not.
A local citizens' group has hired you, and a group of other
researchers, to investigate acid rain. You will take on the role of
either a Chemist, Ecologist, Health Scientist, or Economist and
examine the issue from that perspective. Working within this team,
you will create a web site detailing the problems caused by acid rain
and recommending ways that these problems can be alleviated.
Within your group, decide who is going to assume the following
roles. Use the questions appearing under each role to assist you in
your research. While you are responsible for completing your section
of the report, you will also be responsible for drawing up a series
of recommendations, along with the other members of your team, on how
to combat this serious issue.
- What is acid rain?
- What chemicals make rain acidic, and how does it
- Where do these chemical come from?
- How do we measure the acidity of rain?
- What is ph?
- Describe the ph range and list various things that
correspond to the various ph levels.
- What is the ph of normal rain, and at what level does the
ph become dangerous?
- What effect does acid rain have on trees and soil?
- How does the effect of acid rain on trees and soild affect
- What happens when lakes and aquatic systems become
- How does acidic water systems affect us?
- Are the acquatic systems in our area being affected by acid
rain? If yes, to what extent?
- What are the danger signs of the effect of acid rain on
- How does acid rain affect humans?
- What are some of the direct effects of acid rain on humans?
Are there any health problems associated with acid rain?
- What are some of the indirect effects of acid rain on
humans? Does acid rain affect our sources of food, water, and air.
- What are the consequences of the effects of acid rain on
- Does acid rain affect building materials?
- Does acid rain have an effect on architecture?
- What does acid rain do to our roads, highways, and
- What is the effect of acid rain on things made from metal
such as automobiles, trains, buses, and other means of
- What does the effect of acid rain cost us in terms of
- What are the economic consequences of acid rain on
fisheries, forestry, and agriculture?
While you are researching your particular area of concern, look
for solutions to the problems caused by acid rain. While the final
section of your report, the recommendations, will be drawn up by the
entire group, you must be prepared to offer solutions in your
specific area of concern.
The Process and Learning Advice
The end product of this webquest will be the creation of a "web
report" detailing the causes and effects of acid rain. Each
"scientist" will be responsible for his/her section of the report
while the recommendations and conclusions will be arrived at through
the cooperative efforts of the entire group that you are working
- Get together with the other members of your group and
decide who will assume the responsiblities of each of the four
roles. Do some "brainstorming" on acid rain in order to come up
with ideas for the focus of your "web report". Develop a plan of
action to determine the organization, contents, and "look" of your
web report. Know your main objectives and devise an outline of all
the information your site will contain
- Using the sites listed in the Resource section, begin to
research your project. Locate the information necessary to answer
the questions listed under your role in the Task section. As you
will be creating a web report, find some pictures that you can use
to help illustrate the causes of acid rain and the problems that
- Take notes as you do your research. Bookmark any sites that
you find useful so that you can refer to them again quickly if
necessary. Keep in mind the rules defining plagarism. Plagiarism
occurs when you steal or use the ideas or writings of another and
present these writings or ideas as your own. You are not allowed
to borrow passages from books, or articles, or Web sites without
- After you have completed your research, begin writing the
first draft of your report. Make sure that you introduce your
section so that the reader knows what you are writing about.
Remember that you are writing a report about the problems caused
by acid rain and not just a set of answers to a series of
questions. Be aware of the reader - just because you understand
what you are writing about doesn't mean that the reader does.
- Once each "scientist" has completed his/her section, meet
with your group and present your draft findings. This is the time
that you can ask the other members of your group for advice on
revising your writing. Write your final draft.
Decide, as a group, what is your position on acid rain.
Determine the recommendations and conclusions that your report will
present. Determine which members of the group will be reponsible for
writing this section, and which members of the group will put all the
pieces of the report together.
After having researched and written your report on acid rain,
you should have a much clearer idea of the problems caused by this
phenomenon. However, being aware of the problem is not enough.
Perhaps you may feel that we should be doing more in solving this
environmental issue. A good starting point would be to write a letter
expressing your concerns to your Member of Parliament in Ottawa or
your Member of the National Assembly in Quebec City.
Research & Gather Information
Does not collect any information that relates to the
Collects very little information--some relates to
Collects some basic information--most relates to the
Collects a great deal of information--all relates to
Fulfill Team Role's Duties
Does not perform any duties of assigned team
Performs very little duties.
Performs nearly all duties.
Performs all duties of assigned team role.
Always relys on others to do the work.
Rarely does the assigned work--often needs
Usually does the assigned work--rarely needs
Always does the assigned work without having to be
Cooperate with Teammates
Never cooperates with teammates.
Usually cooperates with teammates.
No information given as to what to expect in
Some information given as to what to expect in
Adequate information given so that reader is aware
of what report is about.
A very concise introduction which shows that the
writer is very aware of the reader.
Does not answers any of the questions assigned to
the role in the WebQuest.
Answers some of the questions assigned to the role
in the WebQuest.
Answers most of the questions assigned to the role
in the WebQuest.
Answers all of the questions and includes many
Does not detail problems caused by acid rain but
offers no recommendations.
Details some problems caused by acid rain but offer
Details many of the problems caused by acid rain and
offers some recommendations.
Details many of the problems caused by acid rain and
offers many recommendations.
Presents no explanation of research.
Presents an explanation of research but tends to be
confusing or unclear.
Presents a logical explanation of research and some
Presents a superior explanation of research and
offers many possible solutions.
Conventions of Print
Very frequent grammar and spelling errors which
makes the writing impossible to understand.
Frequent grammar and spelling errors which make the
writing difficult to understand.
Grammar and spelling errors do not detract from
understanding the writing.
Grammar and spelling errors are infrequent, and
writing is clear.
The Acid Rain WebQuest was featured in the
March, 2001 episode of NetFiles.View
the episode by clicking HERE.
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WebQuest developed by Gerald
Lady of Peace School
Last updated: May 21,