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