An Underwater Adventure
A WebQuest on Whales
Designed by Crystal Bayley
You will begin this activity in a pod with other members of your class to research information about a particular whale. The list of whales to be researched are Belugas, Blue Whales, Bowheads, Gray Whales, Humpbacks, Minkes, Narwhals, Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales, and Right Whales. Then you will use the information you gathered to create an individual presentation.
You and your pod members will need to choose a whale from the list and navigate the Internet sites listed below to find information. The information will need to be relevant to your whale and be useful for your classmates.
After your pod researches your whale species, each person will choose to either design a poster or a PowerPoint presentation with the information gathered on your type of whale. You will need to include photographs from the websites you visit in addition to a hand drawn illustration. The informational poster and PowerPoint will need to follow the list of criteria in the process.
After completing your research, you will present your poster information or PowerPoint to a small group of peers. You will be scored and evaluated on all three areas of the project by the rubric below.
This lesson will need to be completed in three different parts. Each part should take about 35-45 minutes to complete. Follow these steps to ensure that you accomplish the task and ask your teacher if you have any questions.
PART I: Research
Orca (Killer) Whales:
***********PART II: Informational Poster or PowerPoint
___ Whale name (common)
___ Scientific whale name
___ Average length of an adult
___ Average weight
___ Type of food it eats
___ Any interesting facts or information about your whale
___ At least 1 hand-drawn image (poster only)
___ At least 2 printed images from the Internet (3 images for the PowerPoint)
***********PART III: Class Presentation
The presentation should be from 5-7 minutes per group. Students will present in small groups of peers.
Each student will be evaluated on this four-day lesson, using the rubric below. The total score will be based on both individual and group work collaboration. You will be expected to participate in the research, design a poster or PowerPoint, orally present to a small group of classmates, and the ability to work together as a group. At the end of this project, you will be asked to evaluate your work using this rubric. Your teacher will look at the scores you gave yourself in addition to the scores they gave you.
Beginning 1 Developing 2 Accomplished 3 Exemplary 4 Score
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to demonstrate your understanding on a particular whale species by, collecting information from the Internet, creating an informational poster or PowerPoint, and presenting your whale to your classmates. You will also need to be able to answer questions your classmates have about your particular whale.
After this activity you may want to ask yourself: What types of food do baleen and toothed whales typically eat? Which whale is the longest? Which whale is the smallest? What time of year do most whales migrate?
For more more information on whales, visit the links below.Whale Images:
First Orca whale image image found at www.marinelandcanada.com/attractions/killerwhales/
Beluga whale image found at http://www.spawar.nsvy.mil/sandiego/technology/mammals/animals.html
Blue whale image found at http://seashepherd.org/whales/whales.html
Bowhead whale image found at http://www.allthesea.com/Bowhead-Whales.html
Gray whale image found at http://royaldutchshellplc.com/category/whale/
Humpback whale image found at http://www.victorialodging.com/whales/gray-whales.html
Minke whale image found at http://www.undersea.com.au/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=7
Narwhal whale image found at http://www.snowwowl.com/animallore/rlanimalswater1.html
Orca whale image found at http://www.searealm.com/information.html?genus=Orcinus&species=orca
Pilot whale image found at http://www.circe-asso.org/english/index.html?sensib_en.html&1
Right whale image found at http://www.ens-newspire.com/ens/nov2005/2005-11-02-02.asp
Books: Here are a list of books that could assist students in creating questions and writing answers for their specific whale species.
Baby Whales Drink Milk by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Whales by David Jones
Whales and Dolphins by Steve Parker
Thanks to all of my classmates who have helped me find fun and interesting whale websites. Also, a big thanks to Mark Bailey who helped me understand the importance of using WebQuests in the classroom.
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