My Science Webquest

 

Introduction

Task

Process

Evaluation

Conclusion

References

 

Grade: 9th grade

Material: Science

Topic: Global Warming

WEBQUEST

Global Warming

 

Introduction:

     Global Warming is causing many disasters like hurricanes, droughts, and floods which are getting more frequent.

Task   

     Your task is to search for the causes and consequences of the global warming, and what could be done to help solving such disaster?

Group (A) has to define the Global Warming and search for its causes.

Group (B) has to search for the consequences of the Global Warming

Group (C) has to search for solutions for Global warming.

Process

Students have to work in groups, of 3 to 4 members each group.

Each group has to do a power point presentation of their work in 15 minutes maximum.

The groups could use posters, images, maps, videos…

 The students have to use the following resources:

Resources

Go to www.wikipedia.org

Go to www.nsta.org

Go to http://sciguides.nsta.org

Go to http://volcano.und.nodak.edu

Go to http://www.project2061.org/

Go to http://cnx.org/

Go to http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/welcom.html

Go to http://nationalatlas.gov/

Go to www.worldmap.com

Go to http://worldcrisis.wikispaces.com/

 

Evaluation

   The students will be evaluated for their work based on the power point rubric and collaboration rubric.

PowerPoint Rubric (http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/pptrubric.html)

ACTIVITY

Exemplary

Proficient

Partially Proficient

Incomplete

POINTS

Research and Note taking

6 points

Note cards indicate you accurately researched a variety of information sources, recorded and interpreted significant facts, meaningful graphics, and accurate sounds & evaluated alternative points of view.

4 points

Note cards show you recorded relevant information from multiple sources of information, evaluated and synthesized relevant information.

2 points

Note cards show you misinterpreted statements, graphics & questions & failed to identify relevant arguments.

0 points

Note cards show you recorded information from four or fewer resources, did not find graphics or sounds, & ignored alternative points of view.

 

Preproduction Plan – Storyboard

 

6 points

The storyboard illustrates the slide presentation structure with thumbnail sketches of each slide including: title of slide, text, background color, placement & size of graphic, fonts – color, size, type for text and headings, hyperlinks (list URLs of any site linked from the slide), narration text, and audio files (if any). All slides are numbered, and there is a logical sequence to the presentation.

4 points

The thumbnail sketches on the storyboard include titles and text for each slide and are in sequential order.

2 points

The thumbnail sketches on the storyboard are not in a logical sequence and have incomplete information.

0 points

There a very few thumbnail sketches on the storyboard and do not provide an overview of the presentation.

 

Introduction

3 points

The introduction presents the overall topic and draws the audience into the presentation with compelling questions or by relating to the audience’s interests or goals.

2 points

The introduction is clear and coherent and relates to the topic.

1 point

The introduction shows some structure but does not create a strong sense of what is to follow. May be overly detailed or incomplete and is somewhat appealing to the audience.

0 points

The introduction does not orient the audience to what will follow.

The sequencing is unclear and does not appear interesting or relevant to the audience.

 

Content

8 points

The content is written clearly and concisely with a logical progression of ideas and supporting information.

 

The project includes motivating questions and advanced organizers. The project gives the audience a clear sense of the main idea.

 

Information is accurate, current and comes mainly from * primary sources.

6 points

The content is written with a logical progression of ideas and supporting information.

Includes persuasive information from reliable sources.

4 points

The content is vague in conveying a point of view and does not create a strong sense of purpose.

Includes some persuasive information with few facts.

 

Some of the information may not seem to fit.

Sources used appear unreliable.

0 points

The content lacks a clear point of view and logical sequence of information.

Includes little persuasive information and only one or two facts about the topic.

Information is incomplete, out of date and/or incorrect.

Sequencing of ideas is unclear.

 

Text Elements

3 points

The fonts are easy-to-read and point size varies appropriately for headings and text.

Use of italics, bold, and indentations enhances readability.

Text is appropriate in length for the target audience and to the point.

The background and colors enhance the readability of text.

2 points

Sometimes the fonts are easy-to-read, but in a few places the use of fonts, italics, bold, long paragraphs, color or busy background detracts and does not enhance readability.

1 point

Overall readability is difficult with lengthy paragraphs, too many different fonts, dark or busy background, overuse of bold or lack of appropriate indentations of text.

0 points

The text is extremely difficult to read with long blocks of text and small point size of fonts, inappropriate contrasting colors, and poor use of headings, subheadings, indentations, or bold formatting.

 

Layout

3 points

The layout is visually pleasing and contributes to the overall message with appropriate use of headings, subheadings and white space.

2 points

The layout uses horizontal and vertical white space appropriately.

1 point

The layout shows some structure, but appears cluttered and busy or distracting with large gaps of white space or uses a distracting background.

0 points

The layout is cluttered, confusing, and does not use spacing, headings and subheadings to enhance the readability.

 

Citations

6 points

Sources of information are properly cited so that the audience can determine the credibility and authority of the information presented.

All sources of information are clearly identified and credited using MLA citations throughout the project.

4 points

Most sources of information use proper MLA citation, and sources are documented to make it possible to check on the accuracy of information.

2 points

Sometimes copyright guidelines are followed and some information, photos and graphics do not use proper MLA citations.

0 points

No way to check validity of information.

 

Graphics, Sound and/or Animation

3 points

The graphics, sound and/or animation assist in presenting an overall theme and enhance understanding of concept, ideas and relationships.

 

 

Original images are created using proper size and resolution, and all images enhance the content.

There is a consistent visual theme.

2 points

The graphics, sound/and or animation visually depict material and assist the audience in understanding the flow of information or content.

Original images are used.

 

Images are proper size, resolution.

1 point

Some of the graphics, sounds, and/or animations seem unrelated to the topic/theme and do not enhance the overall concepts.

Most images are clipart or recycled from the WWW.

Images are too large/small in size.

Images are poorly cropped or the color/resolution is fuzzy.

0 points

The graphics, sounds, and/or animations are unrelated to the content.

 

 

 

Graphics do not enhance understanding of the content, or are distracting decorations that create a busy feeling and detract from the content.

 

Writing Mechanics

6 points

The text is written with no errors in grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.

4 points

The text is clearly written with little or no editing required for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

2 points

Spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors distract or impair readability.

(3 or more errors)

0 points

Errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, usage & grammar repeatedly distract the reader and major editing & revision is required.(more than 5 errors)

 

 

     /44

 

 

 

 

Middle School/High School Collaboration Rubric: (http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/dev/secondaryteamworkrubric.html)

 

Exemplary

Proficient

Partially Proficient

Incomplete

POINTS

Focus on the Task and Participation

3 points

2 points

1 point

0 points

 

Consistently stays focused on the task and what needs to be done. Very self-directed.

Focuses on the task and what needs to be done most of the time. Other group members can count on this person.

Focuses on the task and what needs to be done some of the time. Other group members must sometimes remind this person to keep on task.

Rarely focuses on the task and what needs to be done. Lets others do the work. .

A true team member who contributes a lot of effort, and encourages and supports the efforts of others in the group.

A strong group member who tries hard!

Sometimes a satisfactory group member who does what is required

Sometimes chooses not to participate and does not complete assigned tasks.

       

Dependability and Shared Responsibility

 

3 points

2 points

1 point

0 points

 

Consistently punctual for group meetings, turns in all work on time.

Usually punctual for group meetings, turns in most work on time.

Sometimes late for group meetings, frequently turns in work after the deadline.

Late for all or most group meetings, misses all deadlines for turning in work.

Follows through on assigned tasks and does not depend on others to do the work, responsibility for tasks is shared evenly.

Follows through on most assigned tasks.

Does not follow through on most assigned tasks and sometimes depends on others to do the work.

Seldom or never follows through on assigned tasks. Depends on others to do all of the work.

       
       
       
       

Listening, Questioning  and Discussing

3 points

2 points

1 point

0 points

 

Respectfully listens, interacts, discusses and poses questions to all members of the team during discussions and helps direct the group in reaching consensus.

Respectfully listens, interacts, discusses and poses questions to others during discussions.

Has some difficulty respectfully listening and discussing, and tends to dominate discussions.

Has great difficulty listening, argues with teammates, and is unwilling to consider other opinions. Impedes group from reaching consensus.

       
       

Research and  Information-Sharing

3 points

2 points

1 point

0 points

 

Routinely gathers research and shares useful ideas when participating in the group discussion.  Defends/ rethinks ideas relating to the group’s project goals.

Usually provides useful research and ideas when participating in the group discussion.

Sometimes provides useful research and ideas when participating in the group discussion.

Rarely provides useful research or ideas when participating in the group discussion.

Problem-Solving

3 points

2 points

1 point

0 points

 

Actively looks for and suggests solutions to problems.

Refines solutions suggested by others.

Does not suggest or refine solutions, but is willing to try out solutions suggested by others

Does not try to solve problems or help others solve problems.

       
       

Group/Partner
Teamwork

3 points

2 points

1 point

0 points

 

Consistently makes necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal.

Usually makes necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal.

Occasionally makes compromises to accomplish a common goal, and sometimes helps keep the group working well together.

Rarely makes compromises to accomplish a common goal and has difficulty getting along with other group members.

Always has a positive attitude about the task(s) and the work of others.

Usually has a positive attitude about the task(s) and the work of others.

Occasionally is publicly critical of the task(s) or the work of other members of the group.

Is often negative & publicly critical of the task(s) or the work of other members of the group.

All team members contributed equally to the finished project.

Assisted group/partner in the finished project.

 

Finished individual task but did not assist group/partner during the project.

Contributed little to the group effort during the project.

Performed all duties of assigned team role and contributed knowledge, opinions, and skills to share with the team. Always did the assigned work.

Performed nearly all duties of assigned team role and contributed knowledge, opinions, and skills to share with the team. Completed most of the assigned work.

Performed a few duties of assigned team role and contributed a small amount of knowledge, opinions, and skills to share with the team. Completed some of the assigned work.

Did not perform any duties of assigned team role and did not contribute knowledge, opinions or skills to share with the team. Relied on others to do the work.

       
       
       
       

 TOTAL POINTS

     /18

 

Conclusion

    Since each group of students is assigned a portion of the topic introduced, and they have to present their work in power point presentation in class, cooperative learning could be achieved easily; and all the students received the same level of information on every single aspect of the topic.

References

     The students have to list the sources of any images, music, text or book(s) that they have used as information sources for their presentation. Provide links back to the original source.

 

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