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 caterpillars. 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 sciences. 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 (http://www.monarchbutterflyusa.com/Cycle.htm) o Where do butterflies come from? (http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/butterfly/index.html) o Caterpillars (http://www.backyardnature.net/caterpil.htm) o Butterfly and moth life cycle (http://www.exhibits.pacsci.org/insects/buttermoth.html) o Exploring Butterflies in Kindergarten (http://www.shrewsbury- ma.gov/schools/beal/curriculum/butterfly/butterflies.html) 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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