Webquest Outline for Kindergarten by katiebelonga


									        Webquest Outline for Kindergarten by Danielle Deal
               Topic: Butterflies and Caterpillars

Introduction: As part of my Kindergarten curriculum, I am able to choose
what I would like to teach my students about for Science and Social
Studies. I chose to teach them about insects. One of the insects I taught
was about Butterflies. So I am doing this Webquest on the butterflies and

Aim: The Kindergarten students will complete the Webquest on butterflies
and caterpillars. They will gain knowledge about both and decide what one
they would rather be.

Rationale: The Webquest will be a great and fun activity for the students
to do. They are always excited to have their turn on the computer and love
looking at pictures. They will find out so much information, visuals are
worth a thousand words. As part of learning about insects, you would like
to find out as much information as you can about them. This activity will
allow them to do just that!

Goals & Objectives: The goal of this Webquest will be to show the
students more about butterflies and caterpillars, their transformation
process, how they move, etc.. The students will learn the life cycle and
have a better understanding for what they go through to become a
butterfly. Then when the students see butterflies in the real world, they will
remember the process it takes to become what they see. The students will
also have a greater understanding of the Internet and how to use a
webpage and its functions. Since the students are in Kindergarten, this will
be great for reinforcing the importance of the web and how to use it.

   o STATE GOAL 11: Understand the processes of scientific inquiry
     and technological design to investigate questions, conduct
     experiments and solve problems.
          11.A.1a Describe an observed event.
          11.A.1b Develop questions on scientific topics
   o STATE GOAL 12: Understand the fundamental concepts,
     principles and interconnections of the life, physical and earth/space
          12.A.1a Identify and describe the component parts of living
            things (e.g., birds have feathers; people have bones, blood,
            hair, skin) and their major functions.
          12.B.1a Describe and compare characteristics of living
            things in relationship to their environments.
   o NETS*S Standards:
          Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed
            and independent learning activities. (1, 3)
             Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family
              members, and others when using technology in the
              classroom. (2)

Audience & Pre-requisites: This Webquest is designed for Kindergarten
students. The teacher should have talked about butterflies and asked
students questions on what they think happen when they change from a
caterpillar to a butterfly. This Webquest will act as the information for the
students to find out more about the questions they formulate as a class
about the differences between the butterfly and the caterpillar.

Subject Matter: The students will learn that the life cycle of a butterfly
starts with an egg, to a pupa, to a chrysalis, and finally to a butterfly. They
will learn the terms and see a picture of what each stage entails. They will
see short videos as well as to the actual butterfly releasing from the
chrysalis. They will learn parts of a caterpillar and butterfly. See many
pictures of both. They will decide what one they like better.

Instructional Plan: The teacher will start out the lesson on Day 1 by
showing students pictures of butterflies and caterpillars. As a group, they
will come up with chart of things they know about butterflies and
caterpillars and things they would like to learn (KWL Chart). This will help
introduce the topic of this particular insect. The teacher will then tell the
students that they will be looking on the Web, or the Internet, the next day
to find out a little bit more about the butterflies, how they transform in their
life cycle, and about caterpillars. For Day 2, use how ever many days it
takes for the whole class to complete Webquest, the students will partake
in the quest. The teacher will be around for assistance. So this Webquest
should be done during down time, maybe when the other students are
engaging in quiet free time or reading. This way the teacher will be ready
to help. The teacher should show them what things to click on at the
website and then let them explore alone. For day 3, the students will come
back together as a class to talk about what they have learned about the
butterflies and finish the KWL chart. The students will also be introduced
to their class caterpillars. They will be observing them during their
transformation in the classroom. Day 4, the students will create an art
project of a butterfly (website included in the Webquest). When the
students notice a change in their classroom caterpillars, they will be asked
to write it in an ongoing journal of the Monarch butterfly. They will write a
sentence and draw a picture to go along with it. Day 5, the students will
read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. They will talk about the
book together. Also, the teacher is to make sure he/she has plenty of
books on butterflies for the students to view during reading time. When the
classroom butterflies actually are done with their transformation, the
culminating activity will be releasing them back into nature!
Materials: The students and teacher will need the following:

   o Computers
   o Internet access
   o Monarch Butterfly USA.com
   o Where do butterflies come from?
   o Caterpillars (http://www.backyardnature.net/caterpil.htm)
   o Butterfly and moth life cycle
   o Exploring Butterflies in Kindergarten (http://www.shrewsbury-
   o Pencils, something to color with, and colored paper
   o Journals
   o The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
   o Books from library on butterflies
   o Chart paper and markers

Assessment & Evaluation: The teacher will evaluate what the students
have learned by asking questions and their responses. The students will
be evaluated on if they participated in all of the activities for the butterfly
unit and if they tried their best to learn the information.

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