This webquest was designed for a project for an Educational Technology course at West Chester University of Pennsylvania during the Fall 2009 semester. We are elementary education majors who were interested in developing a lesson based on the science curriculum.
This lesson was created as a part of a science unit on global warming. This lesson allows students to practice their research skills and to use the reserach they found to help them develop their own opinion on global warmng. We also wanted to incorporate technology in our lesson so we decided to have the students make the public service announcement in order to voice their opinions.
Each student will be responsible for doing their own research in order to form their opinion on global warming. The teacher will provide the student with a worksheet to guide them through their research to help them find the main points. Once the students are finished their research and they have decided where they stand on the issue of global warming, the students will be divided into groups of 3. Some of these groups will be students that believe global warming is occurring and some of the groups will be students that don't believe global warming is occurring. Once they are in their groups, they will be assigned roles within their group. The 3 different roles are the Resonator, the Effector, and the Collector. By having these roles, it will help the students to organize the information that they need for their PSA video. When the videos are finished, they will be shared with the rest of the class.
The individual research part of the lesson will take about 30 minutes. You want to give the students enough time to navigate through websites in order to formulate their own opinion. Filming the scenes for the PSA video should take about an hour and editing the video using iMovie should take 1-2 hours, depending on how long the students videos are and how familiar they are with the software. It should take about 30-45 minutes to watch all of the videos as a class.
The multiple intelligences in this lesson are:
Interpersonal Intelligence - The students work in groups.
2. Intrapersonal Intelligence - The students do individual research.
3. Linguistic Intelligence - The research the students will be doing.
The cognitive levels in this lesson are:
Knowledge - Students should know the basic concepts of global warming.
2. Comprehension - The students will be taking the information from the websites and putting it into their own words. They will then use this information to make their public service announcement video.
3. Application - They will be using the information they gathered in order to make others aware on their stance.
4. Synthesis - They will be creating a PSA video in order to show their stance on global warming.