Science Web Quest Comets 

Created by:

Carolyn Starmer, Turtle Rock Elementary

Irvine Unified School District



Discover what elements make up comets and facts about Halley's Comet

Web Quests # 1 - 5

 We live in a region of space known to us as the Solar System.  The Solar System consists of planets and their moons, stars (the sun), and other objects such as asteroids, meteors, and comets.  These Web Quests will explore comets by using web resources.  Be sure you have a pencil and your Comments on Comets booklet. 

In addition to the hyper links in this WebQuest the following web sites offer additional information.

Be sure to try the "Enrichment links" at the bottom of this page. 

(1) What is a comet?

Look at the Web Quest #1 Questions in the booklet and answer the questions as you read. Be sure to look up words you don't understand or ask for clarification. 

Click on the link below:

What is a Comet?

(2) Halley's Comet

Look at the Web Quest #2 Questions in the booklet and answer the questions as you read. 

Click on the link below:

Halley's Comet 

(3) What's in a Comet? Game 

In this game, you need to choose five elements that you think are in a comet.  Click on the box of each element you select, then write them down in your booklet next to #1.  Check to see if you were correct by scrolling to the end of the top section and clicking on SUBMIT.  If you were, CONGRATULATIONS for getting all five on the first try!  If you missed any, to try again, click on BACK, click on the elements you want to remove, then click on the other elements you want to try. Record your second choices next to #2.  Continue guessing,  re- cording, and checking until you have identified all five elements. 

Click on the link below:

(4) Colorful Comets

Use a search engine to find pictures or photographs of 3 different comets.  You must find them in three different places, that means you'll have three different URLs.  In your booklet, illustrate the comets you find.  Write the name of the comet you drew and write the URL under each picture.

(5) Make a Kitchen Comet

Listen and watch carefully as your teacher makes a comet right before your eyes. 

After the demonstration, you will write in your booklet about what you saw. 

The teacher will click on the link below:

Lets make a comet

A few Internet Resources:



Web Quest #1 Questions

Web Quest #2 Questions

Web Quest #5 Directions

After observing the Kitchen Comet demonstration, write about what you saw.  You may want to write about what the teacher did.  Or you can describe how the materials used to make the comet reacted to each other.  Be as descriptive as you can.

Created August 6, 1998
Last Revised March 5, 2000