Exploring Ecosystems WebQuest
Introduction: Welcome, educators! This WebQuest is designed to engage your students in an inquiry-oriented activity focused on exploring ecosystems. The mission is for students to create a multimedia presentation that delves into the intricacies of a chosen ecosystem. This page provides you with an overview, guidance, and assessment details to support you in facilitating this exciting learning experience.
- Develop an understanding of different ecosystems and their key components.
- Explore the biodiversity within ecosystems.
- Investigate human impacts on ecosystems.
- Enhance multimedia presentation and research skills.
Prerequisites: Before beginning this WebQuest, ensure that students have basic computer skills and access to online research tools. Familiarize them with the chosen presentation platform (e.g., Google Slides or PowerPoint).
Introduce the WebQuest: Start by introducing the WebQuest to the students, explaining the importance of ecosystems and the goal of their exploration.
Selecting Ecosystems: Provide a list of suggested ecosystems or allow students to propose their choices for approval. Ensure a variety of ecosystems are chosen to enrich the overall learning experience.
Access to Resources: Share the provided websites (National Geographic, BBC Bitesize, World Wildlife Fund) with students. Ensure they understand how to navigate and extract relevant information.
Research Skills: Emphasize the importance of accurate and credible information. Guide students on effective research practices and proper citation.
Creating Presentations: Encourage students to use multimedia elements effectively in their presentations. Offer guidance on structuring information logically and creating engaging content.
Assessment: Use the provided rubric to assess students' presentations. Consider creating a scoring guide for additional clarity.
Conclusion: Reflect on the learning objectives achieved through this WebQuest. Encourage students to share their insights and discoveries during a debriefing session. Discuss the importance of ecosystems and human responsibilities in preserving biodiversity.