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International Zoo

A Webquest for Fourth Grade Science

Designed by:
Alyssa Weiss, AW684390@wcupa.edu; Katie Kriebel, kk651701@wcupa.edu; Cass Lowry, cl653927@wcupa.edu
 

Congratulations! You are a wildlife researcher and the mayor has picked your class to aid him in a very important project. He wants to build a zoo for your community but he needs your help. He is asking your Zoo Committee team to choose the animals to add to your zoo, create the animal's habitats, and design the layout of your zoo. There is a lot of work to be done, so let's get started!

 





 

The Task:
 




 




 

Each Zoo Committee will be in charge of:

  • choosing rare or endangered animals from different continents that will live in their.
  • composing an information sheet for each animal.
  • designing the habitats that the animals will live in.
  • producing a map of their zoo.
The Zoo Committee will then present their animals and how to care for them to the City Council (our class.)
 

The Process:
 




 




 

Getting Ready:


1. First you will be assigned into a Zoo Committee of 4 wildlife researchers
2. Each wildlife researcher of the Zoo Committee will choose three animals to research and add to your zoo.
Requirements for selecting animals for your zoo:


 

  • each member of the committee must have three animals selected
  • the animals selected should be uncommon, rare or endangered animals
  • no two members of the group can select the same animal
  • there must be animals from every continent (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North American and South America)
  • no more than three animals can come from the same continent
3. The teacher will approve your selected animals before you begin researching

Responsibilities of the Wildlife Researchers:
1. Each researcher should have their three animals chosen
2. Using the websites provided, you will need to investigate the following for each animal:


 

  • What continent does it come from?
  • What type of habitat does it live in?
  • What does it eat?
  • What is its natural predators?
  • What environmental aspects does the animal need for survival? (Ex: Water for swimming, rocks for climbing, trees for shade)
  • Any interesting facts
3. Use the websites provided below to complete your research
4. Print and fill out the note-sheet form at the bottom of the page (Note: This note-sheet will be handed in to the teacher, if you need more, print out an extra sheet)

Websites for research:
worldwildlife





 



Time for the Presentation:
1. After collecting all of the above research, come back together with the other members on your Zoo Committee
2. Your Zoo Committee will discuss and choose how you would like to make your presentation to your City Council:


 

  • PowerPoint
  • Poster board/Tri-fold
  • Diorama
  • If you have any other ideas, see the teacher for approval

3. Each member of the committee will choose a role from the following list:


 

  • One Map Designer (clearly construct and label the design of the zoo)
  • One Information Sign Creator (creates signs about each animal that will be displayed within their habitats)
  • Two Habitat Writers (write detailed description of habitats)


Map Designer Checklist:
1. The map should large enough for everyone to read (one PowerPoint slide or at least half a poster board)
2. Each habitat should be clearly labeled
3. Each animal should be shown in their proper habitat
4. The map should be colorful and legible

Information Sign Creator Checklist:
1. Every animal should be given their own information sign
2. Each information sign should be their own slide or about the size of computer paper
3. A clear picture of the animal needs to be displayed on the information sign
4. Include the name of the animal on the sign and at least four facts about the animal including where it comes from, what it eats, and an adaptation that enables them to live in its habitat
Habitat Writer Checklist:
1. Every habitat should get its own description
2. List which animals live within this habitat
3. Describe what the landscape is like within the habitat
4. Discuss the native plants to the habitat
5. Write about what other animals need to be inside of this habitat for your chosen animals to prey upon
4. When you have completed your role for the presentation, come back together in you Zoo Committee
5. Combine all of the information you have gathered together to create your presentation
6. Explain in you presentation


 

  • Why you designed the physical layout of your zoo the way you did

7. Make sure you practice your presentation at least once before you present to your City Council



 

Evaluation:
You will be graded individually for the research you do on your three animals. The teacher will use the following rubric to assess your research:

Individual Rubric (Possible total: 28 points)

Requirements Beginning: 1
Developing: 2
Accomplished: 3
Exemplary: 4
Score
Selection of animals N/A One rare/endangered animals are researched Two rare/endangered animals are researched Three rare/endangered animals are researched
Pictures of animals Does not include well-taken pictures of any animals Include well-taken pictures of one animal Include well-taken pictures of two animals Include well-taken pictures of all three animals
Information of 1st animal's name, predators, food source, and location Included one requirement for the first animal Included two requirements for the first animal Included three requirements for the first animal Included all four requirements for the first animal
Information of 2nd animal's name, predators, food source, and location Included one requirement for the second animal Included two requirements for the second animal Included three requirements for the second animal Included all four requirements for the second animal
Information of 3rd animal's name, predators, food source, and location Included one requirement for the third animal Included two requirements for the third animal Included three requirements for the third animal Included all four requirements for the third animal
Description of animals' habitat Does not clearly describes the necessary elements of any animal's habitat Clearly describes the necessary elements of one animal's habitat Clearly describes the necessary elements of two animals' habitats Clearly describes the necessary elements of all three animals' habitats
Description of animals' adaptations Does not clearly describe survival adaptations of any animal Clearly describes survival adaptations of one animals Clearly describes survival adaptations of two animals Clearly describes survival adaptations of all three animals



You will be graded as a group for the quality of your presentation. The teacher will use the following rubric to assess the individual elements and presentation of your zoo:

Group Rubric (total possible: 24 points)

Beginning: 1
Developing: 2
Accomplished: 3
Exemplary: 4
Score
Diagram of zoo Diagram of zoo is legible Diagram of zoo is clear Diagram of zoo is clear, and well planned out Diagram of zoo is clear, well planned out and exhibits great amounts of creativity
Animal Information Sheets Presentation displays 4-5 animal sheets Presentation displays 6-8 animal sheets Presentation displays 9-11 animal sheets Presentation displays all 12 animal sheets
Animal Information Sheets (Content) 4-5 animal sheets contain picture of the animals and all necessary content 6-8 animal sheets contain picture of the animals and all necessary content 9-11 animal sheets contain picture of the animals and all necessary content All 12 animal sheets contain picture of the animals and all necessary content
Habitat Descriptions List one necessary element for the description of each habitat List two necessary elements for the description of each habitat List three necessary elements for the description of each habitat List all four necessary elements for the description of each habitat
Presentation Explains the layout of the zoo, without reasons. Explains the layout of the zoo with very little justification Explains some reasons as to why you chose the physical layout of the zoo Clearly explain why you chose the physical layout of the zoo
Presentation Does not describe the adaptations of animals that enable them to live in their given habitats in the zoo Explains very few adaptations of animals that enable them to live in their given habitats in the zoo Describe the adaptations of animals that enable them to live in their given habitats in the zoo Explicitly describe the adaptations of animals that enable them to live in their given habitats in the zoo


The two scores will be added together to give you your final grade. The total score possible for an exemplary performance is 52 points.


Conclusion:
 

Important Message from the Mayor:
Great work Wildlife Researchers! You have completed learning about your animals from all around the world, mapped out your zoo, and designed your habitats, and have successfully made an informative presentation to the city council. Your presentation was well researched, and the city council has accepted. Thanks to you, construction will begin soon so that we can go add a zoo to our community!




 





 

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