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TeachNet Everywhere Grant: Where Would You Like To Live?
A WebQuest on Biomes

Project URL:
http://teachersnetwork.org/
everywhere/Carroll/Biomes Webquest.htm

How it works:
Using the WebQuest design, students must research one of the six main biomes of the world. They must construct a brochure about that biome using a cooperative group with an assigned project activity relating to their biome per individual student.

Standards addressed:  
Students know that some source of energy is needed for organisms to stay alive and grow; Students know how all animals depend on plants; Students know ways that plants, animals, and protists interact; Students know that living things compete in a climactic region with other living things, and that structural adaptations make them fit for an environment; Students know that variations in light, water, temperature, and soil content are largely responsible for the existence of different kinds of organisms and population densities in an ecosystem; Students know that a model of something is different from the real thing, but can be used to learn something about the real thing.

Assessment:
A rubric for grading is included as the assessment component of this unit. It is made public on the WebQuest so students will know and understand the basis of their evaluation.

Overall value:
Using resources beyond the textbook brings learning to life in a positive and fun experience for students. The kids forget they are learning!

WebQuests are designed so you can use this unit directly with your students--write down the link and you're off--with a complete curriculum unit to be used right in your own classroom.
 
Tips: 
This is a new project for our school. We just got Internet connections this year, and we are still learning how to incorporate the Internet into the curriculum. I have received a much more positive response from my students since I have begun using the Internet and other technology in the classroom.
   


Teacher Name:
Victoria Carroll

About the teacher:
Victoria Carroll is a 5th grade teacher at Wilkinson Elementary School in Middleburg, Florida.

E-mail: 
vcarrol2@bellsouth.net

Subject Areas:                           
Science
Technology

Grade Levels: 
4th-6th grades

 

 

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