This WebQuest is designed for 3rd grade students interested in the life cycle of animals. The lesson involves great concentration skills, reading skills, and team building skills since they will have to research, diagram, and cooperate when they interact in their groups. This specific webquest can be used at any grade level once certain tasks and evaluations have been modified to suit that specific grade level.
The goal of this lesson plan is to assist in the building of young students comprehension and information gathering without putting sole emphasis on a reading assignment and provide comprehension techniques that will promote the retention of what they are reading, listening to and or watching. By using a fun lesson to get them engaged their vocabulary background will only expand after being introduced to words they may not be too familiar with as well as information they were never introduced to until they completed the research needed for this assignment.
If there are students in the class with experience on butterflies or even just plainly the life cycle of butterflies, it would be beneficial to put them in seperate groups so that they can help others who have no experience at all.
Students with learning challenges should be paired with other partners who are advanced in researching and recording data and have the opportunity to draw the butterfly they researched and write 4 bullets to address facts found with teacher or (preferably) peer assistance.
Advanced students are encouraged to research additional species and present them to the class
The basic aspects of this WebQuest exercise will meet Florida reading standards for informational text.
Cluster 1: Key Ideas and Details
Standard Code: LAFS.3.RI.1.1
Standard: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Standard Code: LAFS.3.RI.1.2
Standard: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Standard Code: LAFS.3.RI.1.3
Standard: Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.