Discovery Quest is an oral question-of-the-month activity that allows students to learn public speaking skills and independent research skills.  Students should prepare to participate once a month.  Each student is assigned a student number within our classroom.  Your child’s student number corresponds with the order in which they will present each month.  The schedule may need modification according to holidays and other school events. The following is a general guideline:


    First week of the month – Student Numbers 1-6

    Second week of the month – Student Numbers 7-12

    Third week of the month – Student Numbers  13-19

    Fourth week of the month – Student Numbers 20-27



    Enclosed is a list of “quests” or research topics for the Second Marking Period Discovery Quest Presentations (December & January).  Each student should use books, magazines, reference books, family member interviews, or research tools such as the Internet to learn about the topic.  If a student would like to give a presentation on a Current Event instead of a Discovery Quest, students may us a newspaper or the Internet to research an event that is currently happening in our world.  


    Students must present to the class in order to receive a Speaking Score. 

    Acceptable participation means that they DO NOT read their information, but

    they TELL us what they have learned. 

    Students may use note cards, bring pictures, posters they’ve made, or other visual aid items. 

    Each presentation should be between two and five minutes in length.


    This activity should be a fun way to study something that is interesting to the

    student.  Look below at the list of Discovery Quest topics. Select the most interesting to study.  If some are not of interest, plan to present on a Current Event.  Also consult the Discovery Quest Scoring Rubric below for details on guidelines and expectations.


    Thank you,


    Miss Hanna







    1.  Discover the law of supply and demand.  How does it affect the cost of your

    holiday gifts?


    2.  What holiday traditions does your family have that come from other

    countries or cultures?


    3.  Discover how memories are preserved, past or present.  What does your

    family do to preserve special memories?

    4. Current Event topic



    1.    Discover a way to make the new year your best ever - in school or at home.  Share your resolution(s) and the reason you chose it/them.

     2.    Discover Mars.  Choose to tell about the Greek god for whom the planet was named, or explain what scientists have learned in recent years.

     3.    Discover the Civil Rights Movement or one of the famous people involved in it, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, or Rev. Abernathy.

     4.    Discover where the months of the year got their names.  Do they have special meanings that fit the seasons?

    5. Current Event Topic
    1.    Discover where valentines came from. Why is it a "romantic" holiday.  Write a special valentine's poem for a school helper.  Share with the class, then plan to deliver the message!
    2.    Discover a famous African-American, past or present.  Tell about his/her life and contributions.
     3.    Discover pioneers.  Make a map of the Oregon Trail, or make a model of a prairie schooner, or draw your favorite explorer or pioneer.  Tell us about your project and how it relates to pioneers.
    4.    Discover healthy eating.  Plan a week's menu with your parent/guardian.  Plan for 3 meals/day plus snack.  Do a shopping list.  Go shopping with your parent to see how much it costs!
    1.  What is the history behind St. Patrick's Day?  What would it mean if you wore orange instead of green?  Tell about Ireland's biggest ongoing problem past and present.
    2.  Are you "lucky?"  Teach a game or do a trick where the "odds" of winning may not be good.  Learn about probability. 
    3.  Let's go fly a. . .a. . .Well, let's learn about aerodynamics and how/why planes, kites, and birds fly.  You can teach paper airplane making, if you can show the reason it flies well!
    4.  Spring is in the air, or will be this month.  Explain the vernal equinox (equi-nox) and why we are blessed to have seasons anyway.
    1.  Discover Pennsylvania's symbols.  Choose one (state bird, flower, flag, etc.) and remind us how and why it was chosen.
    2.  Look at this pattern:   1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21. . .  Can you continue this famous number sequence?  It's called the Fibonacci sequence after the Italian mathematician who "discovered" it.  Discover Fibonacci and his life OR find examples of this sequence in nature.  (Hint: Count flower petals in multi-layer flowers for starters.)
    3.   Discover where the months of the year got their names.  Do they have special meanings that fit the seasons?
    4.  With warmer weather comes more outdoor play--hooray!  Discover safety on bikes, skateboards, roller blades, or scooters.  Teach the class how to be safer while having more fun!
    1.  Myths and legends are part of a group's heritage.  Learn a Native American legend, and practice telling it like it would have been told by Native Americans years ago.  Don't read it!  Tell it with expression, emotion, and personality!
    2.  Discover a type of poetry that doesn't rhyme.  Show us how to write a haiku, or cinquain, or diamante. . . . Then again, some style of rhyming verses are fun, too.  How about sharing limericks and showing how to write one?
    3.  Warm weather also means accidents.  You should know some basic first aid in case of emergency.  Explain what someone your age can do in case of bleeding, choking, or if someone isn't breathing.  You might invite a guest speaker to help you! 
    4.  Who are the state senators and state representatives for Bucks County?  Are they Republican or Democrat?  Find out about one of them - - their family, jobs (normally), and views on things that are important to you.


    Discovery Quest Scoring Rubric


    Name___________________________________                      Date _____________





    Performance Indicators for Discovery Quest


    Conventions of Public Speaking.


    Little or inadequate eye contact, voice control not sufficient and posture needs improvement.


    Good eye contact voice control and posture or mannerisms.


    Good interaction to audience, excellent voice control and posture.


    Speech Content


    Speech could not hold attention of audience and was poorly organized. Content was lacking and preparation level was low.

    Points: 2-3

    Speech showed average preparation and audience was mildly engaged. Speech was organized and showed evidence of practice.

    Points: 3-4

    Audience was fully engaged and speech was well organized with high level of preparation.

    Time Requirement:

    2-5 minute speech


    Speech is LESS than 2 minutes OR MORE than 5 minutes



    Points: 4

    Speech falls between 2 minutes and 5 minutes.