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          Word Template for Students:
Conservation: Using Google Earth, Primary Resources, and
       Intel Tools for Understanding and Thinking


                          Designed by:

                           Kim Walter

                  Summit Ridge Middle School

                 Jefferson County School District

                    kwalter@jeffco.k12.co.us



                            June 2006




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                                    Introduction
Task
After analyzing documents, pictures, films and other primary resources students will use the Intel
Teaching Thinking tools to analyze and justify their ideas of conservation.

Process
Elementary:

      Open the Rocky Mountain National Park.kmz file:

      Review the history of creating one of the national parks, Rocky Mountain, Yosemite,
       Smokey Mountains, or the Yellowstone.

      Discuss the primary resources students are viewing using the discussion questions.

      Discuss the idea of conservation with students and why groups of people would feel the
       need to preserve and protect tracks of land.

      Together, with the student list reasons for conservation of land.

      Using the Visual Ranking Tool from Intel, rank the most important factors for
       conservation to least important factors and explain your listing.

      Compare the correlation of your ranking to other groups and the class.

      Discuss the correlation and reasons for similarities and differences with the entire class.

Middle:

      Open Rocky Mountain National Park.kmz file, choose two national parks and review the
       images.

      Use the text files, photos, and other primary resources to answer the questions.

      Discuss these questions with your entire class in a large group discussion.

      Why might conservation be just as important today as it was in the past?

      Are there reasons that may increase or decrease why people or governments decide to
       conserve land?

      Use the seeing reason tool to map out your thinking. Justify your reasons and explain the
       relationships.


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Secondary:

       Open Rocky Mountain National Park.kmz file, national parks and review the images.

       Use the text files, photos, and other primary resources to answer the questions.

       Discuss these questions with your entire class in a large group discussion.

       Continue in a large group, discuss: Is conservation just as important today? Why or why
        not?

       Using the Intel tool Showing Evidence make a claim for or against conservation or the
        protection of land.

       Justify your claim with research.

       Rate your evidence and explain your rating

       Click and drag your evidence to support your claim.

       You need evidence that supports and discredits your claim.

       Cite your source for your evidence. (Copy and paste the web address, or type in the
        name of a book or journal article in the appropriated box.)



Evaluation
        Evaluate students on the completion of your discussion sheets, evidence supporting
         claims, and quality of argument.

              – Discussion questions will be graded based on completion and answer quality.

              – Tools will be graded on quality of evidence, completion of all parts of the
                showing evidence tool, visual ranking tool, or the seeing reason tool and
                coherence of argument.

        Expectations:

                -All explanations of reasoning and justification completed in each tool.

                -To work with a partner to complete with equal sharing of responsibilities.

                -Rubric for grading argument.




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Conclusion
  Upon completion of the project students will be able to support or disclaim the need for
   conservation.

  Students will be able to use current research to justify your claim and belief.




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Credits
Primary Source Materials:

Rubric: www.tech4learning.com

Template created 2004 by An Adventure of the American Mind – Colorado. Based on a template
from The WebQuest Page.

Assessing Projects Tool: http://www.intel.com/education/assessingprojects/



Technology Support:

Template created 2004 by An Adventure of the American Mind – Colorado

Intel Tools and Assessment: www.intel.com/education/tools

Google Earth: www.earth.google.com

Rubric Creation: www.tech4learning.com




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