Teacher and Parent Information Page

 

Introduction

This lesson was developed as part of the Warrensburg, Missouri School District's WebQuest Academy project, a State funded Competitive Technology Grant. As a part of our animal unit of study and our year-long literature studies, we like to spend some extra time studying frogs because students can see frogs develop from tadpoles in the classroom.

With this WebQuest, students will be able to learn some facts about frogs without actually going to a pond.

 

 

Learners

This lesson is anchored in kindergarten language arts and science. This WebQuest can easily be extended to early childhood and early primary grades.

Children in my kindergarten classroom are encouraged to represent their ideas through drawing, writing, and dramatic play from the very beginning of school and are continually developing these skills. This unit of study integrates literacy, communication arts-drama, and science.

 

 

Curriculum Standards

In Science, students will explore animal families and specifically focus on frogs.

In Communication Arts students will express what they learned about animal families in a play and answer questions about whether their animal group is a part of the frog family.

In Technology students will navigate the Webquest with the help of parent volunteers in small groups.

 

Evaluation

When considering assessment, students will be assessed individually based on their own level of development. The final product will be a student "written" and performed play which should include the following elements:

*Costume created by student to represent animal studied.

*Background created by students in small group to indicate where their animal lives and what it might eat.

*Information about each animal represented through answers to frogs questions.

The teacher will conference with each small group/ child about his/her work as he/she is facilitating the lines/action for the play.

 

*Below is a rubric to consider when assessing children's work:

Emerging

1

Developing

2

Expanding

3

Score

 

Students will create a costume representing their animal.

A costume is created by the student.

A costume is created by the student that resembles the animal they represent.

 

A costume is created that looks very much like the animal and has the right coloring and number of legs.


 

Students will create a background for their animal group to indicate animal habitat and diet.

 

Students create a background for their animal group.

Students create a background for their animal group that shows a habitat of that animal.

Students create a background that shows a correct habitat for that animal and an indication of diet.


 

Students will represent their knowledge of frogs through answers to frogs questions in the play.

 

 

Students respond to frogs questions in lines of the play.

Students respond correctly to how the animal looks, how many legs it has, and where it lives.

Students respond correctly to how their animal looks, how many legs it has, where it lives, how it is born, and what it eats. Students correctly answer whether their animal is a member of frog's family.


 

 

 

Process

We were able to purchase a program called Clip Speaker through Shareware for about $5.00. This program allows text to be highlighted and read to the students. This allows more independence with using this WebQuest.

 

Students will have time to work through this WebQuest during Center or Choice Time in our classroom. This can also be done in a lab setting. At our school, we have access to six internet-ready computers that will be available in a library mini-lab. We also have one internet-ready computer in our classroom on which this WebQuest can be done.

 

During our overall study of animals, we spend about a week on frogs. We begin the year with tadpoles and chart their development into frogs. This WebQuest will be integrated into our fact-finding mission about animals and specifically frogs.

 

 

 

Resources

This Webquest could be explored by individual students in a single computer classroom. However, The ideal use would be for the whole small group representing each animal to be seated at an internet access computer to explore their part of the Webquest with help from the teacher or a trained volunteer.

The play will require materials to create costumes and backgrounds.

This Webquest should be part of an overall study of animals and specifically frogs which should include lots of good childrens literature about frogs!

 

Credits

This WebQuest was created as part of the WebQuest Academy Program of the Warrensburg R-VI Schools in Warrensburg, Missouri. This program is funded by a Competitive Technology Grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 

Many thanks go to my teacher, Stan Smith, for all his work in placing computers in our classrooms and knowledge of how to use them in our heads. Thanks to my classmates for their help and support during the creation of this Webquest.

Special thanks to Cheryl Jaeger for letting me borrow her format ideas and many of her words in setting up this page!