This week's site selection is dedicated to improving search skills. Some of today's sites feature a single daily question (or search challenge), and others offer topic-based research questions often called online scavenger hunts. Good hunting!
These are fun, topical questions, but often very easily answered with a single search. For example, on the day of the royal wedding, the Ask Question of the Day was "Will Kate Middleton become Queen?" To see the answer displayed along with the Ask results, simply click on the question or the "See the Answer" button. Oh, and the answer is "If Prince William does become King, she would be the Queen Consort."
Vicki Blackwell brings us lots and lots of scavenger hunts. A few have fallen victim to link rot (URLs that no longer work) but there are so many goodies here, I just had to ignore the few problems. The first batch (listed at the top of the page) is hunts created by teachers in the Tangipahoa Parish School System in Louisiana. Next comes a PowerPoint presentation that consists of research questions called "mini-hunts." The third section is a collection of both on-site and off-site scavenger hunts, some from sites such as Education World, Scholastic and Cyberbee.
Education World has organized their large collection of printable scavenger hunts (in PDF format) by month. For example, May includes Memorial Day Memories, April Showers Bring May Flowers, Honoring our Veterans and fourteen other topics. In addition to the one-page activity sheets with questions and links to web resources, Education World provides online answer keys.
"There's no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer." This fun, daily scavenger hunt from Google is special for several reasons. First, the daily questions are created so as not to be easily found with a single search; it usually will take at least two searches (sometimes more) to find the answer. Another unique part of Google a Day is that it is powered by Deja Google. Calling it a "wormhole inspired time machine", Deja Google is a snapshot of yesterday's Google results, so that other players will not spoil your fun by having their answers appear in your Google results.
"What is the name of the metallic alloy composed of copper and zinc?" "At the age of twenty-three, in 1740, she became Empress of Austria. During her forty year reign she had sixteen children, one of whom was Marie Antoinette, future Queen of France. Who was she?" With both daily and weekly trivia questions, along with subject categories (such as Animals, History, Mathematics) there are abundant opportunities for search practice here at Trivia Café.