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Student Page Amazing Animals

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Introduction A WebQuest for Elementary (Integrating Science in Writing)
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Process by
Evaluation Tacia Keeton, Debbie Green, and Leigh Angermeier

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Based on a template from San Diego State University’s The WebQuest Page
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Introduction You are a news reporter on assignment to research and
Task write an article about an animal you find fascinating. As you
complete your assignment, you must travel through the steps
Process involved in researching and writing an article. Don’t you wonder
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Student Page The Task
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Introduction Use the graphic organizer provided in this
quest to collect your findings as you
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research your animal using websites. The
Process graphic organizer will help you write your
Evaluation feature article to be submitted to your
editor.
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Student Page The Process
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Introduction 1. Identify an animal that fascinates you.
2. Brainstorm and write “I wonder…” questions in the
Task first section of the graphic organizer.
Process 3. Use the following websites to find answers to your
questions and complete the middle section of the
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graphic organizer (* be sure to write ideas in your
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• K Bears
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• Yahoo Animals for Kids
• Enchanted Learning

1. In the last section, write what you are thinking in


your head as you are discovering new learning
about the animal you are researching.
2. Print your Webquest findings and use to write your
article.
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Exemplary Accomplished Developing Beginning Score
Introduction 4 3 2 1

Task Wrote clear, creative Wrote clear Wrote some Wrote many
Research “I Wonder” and interesting questions which fit questions which did questions which did
Process Questions questions which fit
the topic.
the topic. not fit the topic. not fit the topic.

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Conclusion Information Recorded
Located and Located and Located and Located and
recorded information recorded information recorded a lot of recorded incomplete
which answered all which answered information that did information which
Teacher page of the research most of the research not directly answer failed to answer any
questions. questions. the research of the research
questions. questions.
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Wrote all notes Wrote most notes Wrote some notes Copied most or all of
Note-taking using own words using own words that were copied the notes word-for-
and key facts. and key facts. word for word from word from the
the source. source.
Used effective key Used mostly
words. effective key words. No effective key
Many key words words.
were not effective.
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Now that you have researched and used a graphic
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organizer to compile your information, you are ready to
Task write an article.
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What parts are key to include in your article?
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Conclusion How will you make your writing look like an article?
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Be sure to use the facts you found, written in your own
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Thanks to the following sources:
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•Pictures provided by Power Point 2007.
•Rubric adapted from A+ Rubric
•Webquest created using a template