Yukon WebQuest

a WebQuest for 5th grade

Based on the book Down the Yukon

by Will Hobbs


Welcome to the Yukon Trail! This WebQuest will take you on a journey through Alaska and parts of Canada on the Yukon trail as described by Will Hobbs in Down the Yukon. During your journey down the Yukon you will need to complete several activities to make it to the klondike Gold Rush where you will hopefully discover GOLD! These activities will include the exporation of several websites and writing a letter to a friend about your adventure down the Yukon.

Before you begin, click on the following link to find out more about Will Hobbs and his book Down the Yukon.



First, you will need to read Down the Yukon and then complete the steps below to enter into your journey down the Yukon trail. Your journey will include visiting several websites related to the Yukon trail. Exploring these websites will help you with the final activity.It is important to take notes as you visit the website. Using your notes and the information gathered from the websites you will write a letter describing what it was like to travel down the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush. This final activity will be graded based on the rubric found in the evaluation section. Make sure to look at the rubric before you start the activity.

Click to view the Ohio Academic Content Standards used in this webquest.

Now you are ready to begin!


In order to complete this webquest you will need the following resources.

  • Computer
  • Web browser
  • pencil
  • paper
  • Click here for a list of websites.


Before you begin your journey down the yukon make sure you have all of the supplies and proper clothing you will need. Check out this website to see an actual list of gear written by a yukon pioneer in 1897. You may want to print this list to help write the final activity. http://www.explorenorth.com/library/yafeatures/bl-danlist.htm

Now that you are packed, get in your canoe and begin your journey down the Yukon. See the sites of the yukon by visiting this website containing many great pictures. http://search.gallery.yahoo.com/search/

Your first stop is at a website that provides lot of information on the first 90 miles of the Yukon trail. http://www.klondiketrail.ca/miles.htm

Before you continue take a moment to write some notes about what you have learned about life on the Yukon trail. This will help you later when you start the final activity.

At the next stop visit this website with actual video footage of what it was like to join the Klondike Gold Rush. http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/


The letter will be evaluated based on the rubric.


Click here to view.