Ms. Bondra's 5th Grade Class

Ecosystems Webquest


Extreme Ecosystems


How does where you live affect how you live?


IntroductionTaskProcessResourcesEvaluationConclusion


Introduction

Do you know where the World's deserts are located? Do you know what animals live in temperatures as low as -100 degrees? How are people living in rainforest different than you? What is the largest ecosystem in the world? How does where you live affect how you live?


Task

If you have asked yourself on of these questions, you are in luck. These questions can be answered by researching about the extreme ecosystems. In this WebQuest, you will be able to see how animals adapt to their environment, find out interesting information about extreme places on earth, learn how to web your ideas, and find out where these places are located. You and other member of your research group will learn about the extreme ecosystems of the tundra, ocean, rainforest, and desert.

Process

Now that you have been immersed in the extreme ecosystems, you will be using the information you know and applying what you have learned over the course of the next 4 days. You will be divided into 4 groups and each day you will have a job and an ecosystem to work with.



Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Day 1 Rainforest

Map


Day 2 Desert

Animal adaptations


Day 3 Tundra

Web on Smart notebook


Day 4 Ocean

Fast Facts

Day 1 Rainforest

Fast Facts


Day 2 Desert

Map


Day 3 Tundra

Animal adaptations


Day 4 Ocean

Web on Smart notebook

Day 1 Rainforest

Web on Smart notebook


Day 2 Desert

Fast Facts


Day 3 Tundra

Map


Day 4 Ocean

Animal adaptations


Day 1 Rainforest

Animal adaptations


Day 2 Desert

Web on Smart notebook


Day 3 Tundra

Fast Facts


Day 4 Ocean

Map



Part 1: Overview of group work's daily task:


Map:You will look at a map of the ecosystem that you have for the day. You will then figure out what continents it is located and color that on a transparent map. After you have located and colored on the transparent map, you will color in that area on the large wall display of the World. You will need to choose a color that portrays that area and add that color to the map key.


Animal Adaptations:You will each choose an animal that lives in the ecosystem that you have that day. You will then learn about the animal and figure out how they live in the extreme ecosystem. Then draw the animal and write at least 3 reasons that they are able to live there. You will also be expected to be specific and come up with reasons that are unique to that ecosystem.You will need to keep track of your information in your notebook, then transfer it to a blank sheet of paper so you can draw at the top.


Web on Smart notebook:Now that you have learned about each of the ecosystems, you are to think of all the key words that belong in that ecosystem. You can think of animals, adaptation, plants, climate, or location to describe the location. You can use books or the Internet sites that go along with each ecosystem. You will need to web at least 20 key words for the ecosystem. Use the web template on the server.


Fast facts:You are now going to write your own fast facts page for the ecosystem that you have. Your group will need to come up with at least 10 facts that are not just "cool" but will teach people something about the ecosystem. You can use the Internet sites to help you come up with your facts and you may also use the books or information from the movies that we watched in class. Be sure to put the facts into your own words and make sure they are clear. Type your sentence onto a word document. You are also expected to use complete sentence and skills that we have learned in writing. Also make sure that you site your information if you get your ideas from the web, books, or a movie.


Part 2: Overview of individual paragraph


Now that you have researched all of the 4 extreme ecosystems, you will need to choose one ecosystem and write a paper, using paragraph form, answering the question: How does where you live affect how you live?You will need to include the following things:

1. Where is it located and what is the weather conditions?

2. Key ideas or facts about the ecosystem to promote your thinking

3. What special things do the living things need to survive there? (not just animals)


Resources

You can watch the movies that we have viewed in class, use the ecosystem book basket to find your information or look on the following websites.

Desert

Map

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/desert-map.html


Animal Adaptations

http://www.stoller-eser.com/trial/colorbook/animal_adaptations.html

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/desert/desert.shtml

http://www.desertusa.com/survive.html


Fast Facts

http://www.pekinonline.com/khilst/Desert%20facts.htm


Food Web

http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/faculty/kkvre/units/adaptations/desertfood.html

http://www.stoller-eser.com/trial/colorbook/food_web.html


Rainforest

Map

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/rainforest-map.html


Animal Adaptations

http://www.srl.caltech.edu/personnel/krubal/rainforest/Edit560s6/www/animals/frogpage.html

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/rainforest/Animals.shtml

http://www.geocities.com/rainforest/5798/ani.html

http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/biomerainfor4.htm


Fast Facts

http://www.rainforestlive.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=214


Food Web

https://biomesfirst.wikispaces.com/file/view/Food_Web_Pic.JPG


Ocean

Map

http://www.mapsofworld.com/world-ocean-map.htm


Animal Adaptations

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/ocean/Oceanlife.shtml

http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/MidwaterRealm/14AnalysisAnimalAdaptStudent.pdf


Fast Facts

http://www.marinebio.com/MarineBio/Facts/

http://www.didyouknow.org/kids/ocean.htm


Food Web

http://www.thesea.ecsd.net/ocean_food_chain.htm


Tundra

Map

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/tundra-map.html


Animal Adaptations

http://www.nps.gov/akso/ParkWise/Students/ReferenceLibrary/BELA/ArcticAdaptations.htm

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/coloring/arcticanimals.shtml

http://www.iwebquest.com/alaska/WebQuest/shape/animals.htm


Fast Facts

http://www.adventure-life.com/articles/pole-comparison-180.php

http://kids.discovery.com/fansites/serious/polarbears.html

http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/fascinating_facts_about_antar.htm

http://www.visitandlearn.co.uk/locationfactfiles/antarctica1.asp


Food Web

http://biomesfirst.wikispaces.com/Tundra%20Food%20Web


Evaluation

Rubric


Beginning

Developing

Secure

Animal Adaptation

You had had only 1 fact that noted an adaptation that animal had and you drew a picture of the animal

You had 2 facts that noted the animals adaptations and you had a picture that animal

You listed all 3 adaptations and related the adaptations to where the animal lives. You also drew a picture of your animal

Map

You inaccurately located the ecosystem on the world map

You only had part of the ecosystem labeled on your map or you inaccurately located most of the ecosystem

You accurately located the ecosystem on the map

Fast Facts

You listed less then 5 facts or the grammar and conventions were distracting

You listed 5-7 factual fast facts and you had correct grammar and conventions

You listed 8-10 factual fast facts and you had correct grammar and conventions

Ecosystem Web

You listed 10 or less items on your web

You listed 15-20 items on your web

You listed 20 or more items on your web

Group Work

You had a hard time working with your group or you were disconnected and didn't put forth much effort

You did one of the following: you worked with your group or you let everyone participate

You worked hard with your group and gave everyone a chance to participate

Individual Work

You did not complete your animal adaptation section on your own. You also in your paragraph, you did not answer the question How does where you live affect how you live?

You needed some support to find your adaption or you didn't finish your assignment. You paragraph has good facts, but doesn't fully answer How does where you live affect how you live?

You researched on your own and finished your animal adaptation. Your final paragraph about 1 of the ecosystems is well put together and answers the question How does where you live affect how you live?


Conclusion

Now you are an Extreme Ecosystem expert! You have also answered the question: "How does where you live affect how you live?" If you enjoyed learning about the ecosystems, you can try one of these projects to further your knowledge of these areas:

1. Write a play about one of the ecosystems.

2. Make a travel Brochure promoting people to come visit the area.

3. Create a power point encompassing one of the ecosystems or focusing on one of the key items from the process: animal adaptations, locations, or something else you found interesting!

4. Create a poster about one of the ecosystems.

5. Put together a question and answer series to ask your classmates. Maybe like a quiz show.

6. Compare your life to those who live in an extreme ecosystem




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