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 farm unit of study and our year-long literature studies, we like to spend some extra time studying pigs because there are so many great books that have a pig as the main character.

With this WebQuest, students will be able to learn some facts about pigs without actually going to the farm.

 

 

Learners

This lesson is anchored in kindergarten language arts, science, and social studies. 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 and writing from the very beginning of school and are continually developing these skills. This unit of study integrates literacy, science, and social studies.

 

 

Curriculum Standards

In Science, students will explore the characteristics of living organisms and develop observation skills.

In Social Studies, students will explore the economic concepts related to the study of the farm.

In Communication Arts, students will participate in informal presentations of their ideas, comprehend information, write formally, and read/listen to information.

 

 

Evaluation

When considering assessment, students will be assessed individually based on their own level of development. The final product will be student-created books which should include the following elements:

*Cover page with name of student and title of book.

*Illustration of a pig.

*Information represented through drawings and dictation or student writing.

The teacher will conference with each child about his/her work.

 

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

Emerging

1

Developing

2

Expanding

3

Score

 

Students will create a cover page for their book.

A cover page is included with the child's name.

A cover page is included with the child's name and a title for the book.

 

A cover page is included with the child's name, a title for the book, and an illustration that represents the topic.


 

Students will draw a picture of a pig to include in their book.

 

Students drawing of a pig is done with a regular pencil.

Students drawing of a pig is done with colored pencils, crayons, and/or markers.

Students include more than one drawing of a pig. Drawings are done with colored pencils, crayons, and/or markers.


 

Students will represent their knowledge of pigs through drawings and writing.

 

 

Students use drawings and dictate their ideas to communicate the information learned about pigs.

Students use drawings and kindergarten writing to communicate their ideas and information learned about pigs.

Students use drawings and kindergarten writing to communicate their ideas and information learned about pigs. Knowledge of sight words and use of letter sounds is demonstrated in their writing.


 

 

 

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 can be moved to our classroom to create a mini-lab in our room. We also have one internet-ready computer in our classroom on which this WebQuest can be done.

 

During our overall study of the farm, we spend about a week on a pig unit. This WebQuest will be integrated into our fact-finding mission about pigs.

 

 

 

Resources

 

Below is a list of great pig stories to enjoy with your students:

 

*Here is a fun classroom web site related to pigs:

http://www.csnet.net/coalition/ctla1.htm

 

*This web site is a nice resource for parents:

http://www.coe.ilstu.edu/portfolios/students/cmlewis/eaf228.html

 

 

Credits

 

One of the fun sites I visited in my search for information was Shirlyn's site:

http://members.xoom.com/shirlyn/pig.html

This site has some fun graphics and pictures.

 

 

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 creating this opportunity for me to learn, and to my classmates for working together on this great project.