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Road to Mt.

Charleston

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As third graders, you have the opportunity to spend two days exploring Mt. Charleston. The more we understand before heading to the mountain, the better. Let’s get ready!

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To prepare for your mountain adventure, you will work in assigned teams of three and each have an important task to complete. All three parts must be completed by each team. 3. Plant Biologist: Be able to list and describe the features of the different pine trees found on Mt. Charleston. 5. Animal Biologist: Identify animals that live on Mt. Charleston and explain in detail the characteristics of one of these animals. 3. Health and Safety Officer: Understand basic survival skills and come up with a list of 5 safety rules when hiking in the mountains.

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1. Plant Biologist :Create a poster listing at least 3 different pine trees found on Mt. Charleston. Be sure to include illustrations and information that will help us tell one from another. Explain why these trees are important in this biome. To find your information visit the following sites: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/bristlecone_pine.htm http://encarta.msn.com/media_461517334/Bristlecone_Pine.html http://www.kiowacd.org/Products/SeedlingTrees/pinon_pine.htm http://mojavedesert.net/trees/pinus-monophylla/1.00.html Animal Biologist: Create a poster showing at least 5 animals that live on Mt. Charleston. Choose one of these animals and describe its habitat, diet, and life cycle. What can we do to help this animal survive? Check out these sites: http://www.birdandhike.com/Wildlife/_Wildl_index.htm http://www.desertusa.com/animal.html http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/desert_animal_page.htm http://www.livingdesert.org/animals/default.asp Health and Safety Officer: Being away from home can be fun, but also a little scary. It is important to know how to stay safe. Explore these sites and come up with 5 good rules to help keep us all be safe on our trip. Make a poster to remind your classmates to be safe and help them know what to do, if something does go wrong. http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/traveladvisories/safety/safety.shtml http://www.kidsdomain.com/sports/camp/tips.html http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/fit/dehydration.html

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Use of Class Time Did not use class time to focus on the project and/or often distracted others. Did not work with others.

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Used some of the time well during each class period and occasionally distracted others. Accepted help from others, but did not help them. Information was incomplete.

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Used time well during each of the class periods and did not disturb others. Accepted help and gave help. Worked well. All required information was included.

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Used time well during each class period and went out of their way to help others in their group succeed. Team player who showed responsibility in helping the group work well together. All required information was included along with other applicable and interesting facts. It was easy to follow and neatly presented. Great eye contact, audience engaged, correct information.

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Several required elements were missing.

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Disorganized, no eye contact, not engaging.

Somewhat difficult to follow, minimal audience involvement.

Organized, correct information, passive audience. All information correct.

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Added information added further clarity and proof of understanding.

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Several facts were incorrect.

1-2 inaccuracies

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Congratulations! You have completed your three tasks. As a group, practice presenting your information to each other and be prepared to share with the whole class.

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Now pack your bags and head for the mountains!

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Road to Mt. Charleston Webquest designed and created by Margaret Ball for Lamping Elementary 3rd graders 2009.

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CEF:Science 3.4.2,3.4.3, 3.4.6, 3.4.7; Health 3.5.7; Research and Study Skills 3.11.2, 3.11.5 UNIT OBJECTIVE: The trip to Mt. Charleston should be the culmination activity to many areas of study. Having researched and studied animal adaptations and the desert biome, students should be prepared to synthesize their information through the 3 hands on classes in which they will participate. WEBQUEST GOAL: Students will be able to work cooperatively in groups. Using the internet, they will be able to research different questions and be able to identify animals that live in the Mt. Charleston area and describe their needs and adaptations. They will also be able to identify the 3 main types of pines found in the area. Students will also be able to state basic rules of safety and know what to do in case of an emergency. PROCEDURE: After completing the science units on animal and plant adaptations, students will be placed in heterogeneous groups of 3 and be allowed to choose which of the three jobs they would like to accomplish. Using the posters provided, each student will be responsible for a written and verbal presentation of their required information. See the following templates: Plant Biologist Template Animal Biologist Template Health and Safety Officer Template EVALUATION: Each student will be assessed individually with a score /20, according to the given rubric.

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