Act Fast!

A WebQuest for High School Health/First Aid Students

Teacher Page

Designed by Alayna Wade


Introduction | Learners | Standards | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Student Page


This lesson was created for a project in an Introduction to Computers for Teachers class at the University of Georgia.

This lesson aims to educate students about some basic first aid by using both research and demonstrations to enhance learning.


This lesson could be used for a variety of ages and courses. It is probably most appropriate for middle or high school students in a health class or anything related to first aid. It's use can be easily extended to additional grades and subjects.

Students should have a simple background in health issues and know how to use an internet search engine.

Curriculum Standards

Standards Addressed

  • Recognize the causes and warning signs of various health problems with need of immmediate attention.
  • Learn ways to approach the health problem and how to treat the victim until more qualified help can step in.
  • Involves creative production of a demonstration and develops teamwork skills.


The description of the process as seen on the student page is as follows:

1. You will be in a group with five other students. However, you will need to pair up and each set of partners will choose either CPR, heat stroke, or spinal injuries.

2. You and your partner will explore the websites listed below and find another internet resource on your own to answer the following questions for either CPR, heat stroke, or spinal injuries.

  • What causes the condition?
  • What are the warning signs or symptoms?
  • What are the steps you need to take to someone suffering from this condition?
  • What should you NOT do in this situation?
  • What are long-term effects or complications that could be brought about by this condition?


3. After you have researched your topic, share what you have learned with the other students in your group.

4. You and your group will put together a PowerPoint presentation for the class consisting of the answers to the above questions, any additional information you have learned, and the additional web resource(s) you used.

5. You and your partner will assign yourself either the role of victim or the role of rescuer. The victim will act out the warning signs of your particular condition and the rescuer will perform the necessary treatments.

6. You and your group will present your PowerPoint presentation to the class, followed by the demonstration performed by you and your partner.

The lesson should take several periods, and while the class is divided into groups of six, this can be adapted, especially since students will mostly be working with a partner within their group throughout the project.

Groups can be selected in a variety of ways. For example, students could be assigned as either a victim or rescuer and then group up with enough to fill the other roles in their group. Or, they could be assigned what health topic they will be working on and find their group that way.

The only necessary skills a teacher should have is to understand and use PowerPoint so they can provide help for students when necessary, and also be able to demonstrate life-saving techniques for the topics covered to identify mistakes students may make in their own demonstrations.


You can change the topics around in order to cover more material. For example, have the different groups research separate topics (e.g. other than CPR, heat stroke, and spinal injuries) and when students present them to the class, all students will have a basic knowledge of several first aid topics.

Resources Needed

Describe what's needed to implement this lesson. Some of the possibilities:

  • Computer lab with internet access.
  • PowerPoint software.
  • First aid props, if desired.

These are the websites used in the activity:

The Atlanta Journal Constitution; contains list of various first aid topics with related articles.

The MayoClinic Website; a specific link to CPR information and first aid instructions.

The Center for Disease Control website; contains specific link to heat stroke information and first aid treatment instructions.

The Walgreens Library website for health issues; contains specific link to spinal injury information and first aid treatment instructions.



The students will be evaluated separately (PowerPoint presentation and demonstration) according to the rubric on the student page. The most important goal is simply for students to include the criteria stated in the Process section, however, more categories could be added to the rubric according to additional goals you want to accomplish.

Credits & References

The WebQuest Page

Design Patterns

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Last updated on June 4, 2003. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page