A Science WebQuest for Students

Introduction / Tasks / Process / Resources / Evaluation

Introduction
Congratulations!! You have just been hired as the new Museum Guide You need to design and produce a leaflet for the Matrix Museum’s new exhibition on Nutrition. You will work in a group of 3 to produce a leaflet on one of these nutrition topics: plants, the animal digestive system, or the respiratory system. Your teacher will tell you which topic is yours. You need to research your topic, and produce an attractive and colorful leaflet that will attract visitors to your part of the exhibition.

Tasks

The Matrix Museum is preparing a new exhibition on: plants, the animal digestive system, and the respiratory system. In this WebQuest you are going to work in teams to collect information about Nutrition. You will then use this information to prepare a leaflet for your visitors. In the last part of your presentation you will have to choose the best exhibition.

Task 1

Investigate the links provided in the Process section. Study them together with the Worksheet your teacher gives you.

Task 2

Your team must do the quiz to check understanding.

Task 3

Create a leaflet for the visitors of the museum. Then choose the best exhibition. To start your research, go to the Process stage.

Process
Task 1
In this part of the WebQuest you will work in teams of three to produce a leaflet on one of these nutrition topics: plants, the animal digestive system, or the respiratory system. Take a look at all the links provided. Then do the quiz to check your understanding. Follow the instructions carefully. There are three different activities. Activity 1 Pre-activities Vocabulary and knowledge activities Activity 2 Do a Quiz to check how much you know about Nutrition Activity 3 Prepare a leaflet

Activity 1 Let´s begin by understanding some general concepts. Take a look at the following links on Systems and Cell Process . Work in your group to answer the following question below. Answer the questions on a sheet of paper. What is a system? Name at least three different sytems found in the link provided Why can´t systems work alone? What is excretion? Which are the two types of respiration? How do plants make their own food? Can animals make their own food? Activity 2 We have looked at some key concepts. Now you must be ready to start your own research. Your teacher will tell you which topic is yours.

Your research team will work on the following links provided on the table below about plants, the animal digestive system, or the respiratory system. Read the instructions for each website. Then click the link under the image to visit the website. Take note of the main ideas to be able to do the Matrix Museum Quiz in Activity 3, Task 1. Team 1 Animal Digestive System

Digestion
Read the ‘Animal digestion: Herbivores & Carnivores’ section.

Digestive system of different animals
Read the ‘Digestive Systems indifferent Animals’ section. You will learn about Birds, Horses, Insects, Crustaceans, Snakes and Mollusks.

The flow of energy through plants and animals
Read the ‘Picture of a Food Chain’ section.

Team 2 Respiratory System

Respiratory system in different animals
Read the ‘External Respiration’ section.

Respiratory System
Read the ‘Respiratory SystemAll about breathing’; ‘What does this system do?, and ‘Interacting with other systems’ sections.

Respiratory system
Read the ‘Respiratory System’ and ‘Gas Exchange’, ‘Bodies and Respiration’, ‘Methods of Respiration ’and ‘Respiratory Principal’ sections.

Team 3

Plants

Video on Photosynthesis
As you watch the video complete the worksheet provided

How plants and animals differ
Chart explaining the difference between plants and animals

Photosynthesis
Read the ‘Photosythesis if for the Birds-and Everything Else’ section.

Activity 3

Task 1
We have taken a look at different systems. Let´s now do a quiz to check our understanding. You must do the quiz on the topic your teacher selected. Work with you research team. Click below the picture to start the quiz. Matrix Museum Quiz Animal Digestive System
Quiz Team 1 Digestive System Quiz Team 2 Respiratory System Quiz Team 3 Plants

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Task 2

In this task your research team will produce a leaflet on the topic you were assigned. To prepare your leaflet do the following:
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Add a title (name of the animal or plant you have chosen) draw the corresponding system (neat, colourful) label parts (correct spelling, neat, and clear) Add “Did you know facts”. For example: Did you know that plants use energy from the sun to change carbon dioxide (CO2 - carbon and oxygen) and water (H2O- hydrogen and oxygen) into starches and sugars. This is called photosynthesis. Take a look at this leaflet as an example.

Take a look at these additional links if you need more information • Closed and Open circulatory systems • Stages in the Digestive process In this link only read the title where it says: Stages in the Digestive process. • Digestive Systems covers vertebrates, sharks, birds, rabbits, horses, koalas, cattle, deer, sheep: the descriptions are brief, but there are some good line drawings of the digestive systems. • Comparison of Structures and Functions in the Six Kingdoms: Just take a look at plant and animal kingdoms Decide which team member will present the leaflet to the class. Practice the presentation. When you are ready your team will present the leaflet to the class.

Task 3
In this task you will do the following: 1) Your research team will give a presentation of the leaflet to the class. 2) Listen to the other research team presentations and make notes. Your teacher will put together all the leaflets created by the different research team to create a Matrix Museum exhibition. 3) Have a class discussion to decide a)which of the three exhibitions you would like to visit. b)vote to choose which one is the most popular.

Now that you have completed the Tasks, go to the Evaluation stage.

Evaluation
Self-evaluation
It is now time to evaluate your work on this WebQuest. Write a short composition in English of about 100 - 150 words answering these questions: 1) How well did I work with the others in my group? 2) What did I learn about the topic we researched? 3) How interesting and useful was this WebQuest? When you are ready, give your self-evaluation to your teacher.

Teacher evaluation
Use this table when evaluating your students' work
Poor (2) Research – the student made good use of the sites given to research the topic. The information and ideas found were correct. Group work – the student worked well collaboratively, sharing ideas and research. The student valued the contributions of the other group members. The presentation was completed according to the instructions and was well Good (3) Very good (4) Excellent (5)

prepared. The presentation to the class was clear and well performed. Total marks: