Type:

E-book, Lesson Plan

Description:

This lesson was developed through the course 'Educational Technology' at West Chester University as a part of the curriculum college students were required to create a WebQuest as prospective teachers in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary education levels. The format and programming was made possible through the use of LiveText ( an educational tool for prospective educators). This lesson is to enhance any biology unit specifically relating to the hazards of pollution and endangerment of marine creatures. The stduents are asked to step into the role of marine biologists and focus on one endangered marine creature. Their first task is to embark on research to create a "Creature Biography;" which includes finding the following: physical characteristics, environment, prey and predators, why it is endangered, "Plan of Action" (what can be done to help), and a works cited. Next the students will be creating a poster displaying all the information they gathered in their creature biographies along with their chosen group name and pictures. Lastly, they have the choice of two three-dimensional projects to create. The first choice is a three-dimensional diorama which must include their creature, its environment, prey and predators and various materials used. The second choice is a three-dimensional version of their creature labeling all of its physical characteristics and using various materials. Lastly, they are asked to get into the character of marine biologists and present their adventure and discoveries using both projects they created as an aide. This WebQuest addresses many of the multiple intelligences such as: Linguistic, Spatial, Interpersonal an Intrapersonal. Linguistic Intelligence is through the "Creature Biography" where they must gather all research and produce a paper in their own words. They use Spatial Intelligence while created both projects, whether its organizing pictures on their poster or making their creatures with various materials. Interpersonal Intelligence is addressed through working with memebers of their group cooperatively and collaboratively and then presenting their projects to the class. Lastly, Intrapersonal Intelligence is one of the most importance intelligences in throughout the project by learning to manage their time and conduct themselves in a constructive and productive manner. Each one of the cognitive levels in Bloom's Taxonomy is used throughout the process of this webquest. First is knowledge and comprehension where they have to gather the basic information for their "creature biography." They are indentifying, summarizing, defining and recognizing many terms to put together their thoughts and facts. Next, application was used to create their poster and three-dimensional projects from their biography. They use analysis and synthesis when determining what they can do to help their creature and its environment. Lasly, evaluation was incorporated through the peer/self evaluation form at the end of the project.

Subjects:

  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8

Keywords:

Endangered Marine Species

Language:

English

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License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
2
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2009-05-02.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This webquest gives students the task of researching and comparing war strategies from World War I and World War II. Students work in small groups and conduct online research from some suggested websites. After collecting information about the war strategies, students create a poster that highlights three war strategies from World War II. The poster is then used as a visual for a group presentation about progress in military strategies from World War I to World War II. This is a good idea for a research project, however, it would be helpful for students to be provided with some structured handouts to guide their research as well as a model of the poster they are expected to create. It might also be a good idea to give each group a different country in order to limit the amount of information available and to make the research more focused.

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