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