Butterfly Garden WebQuest
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This WebQuest was created by: Michelle (McQuaid) Dodds, Joanne Jay, Mary Bradley, Karen MacKinnon, Lorrie Bylhouwer, Lori Edwards, Eileen Higginbotham, Sue Geddes, Marilyn Callaghan, Laurie King, and Anne Galle... during an inservice session in June, 1999. It is currently being tested in the schools of many of these P.E.I. teacher-librarians.
Michelle Dodds, teacher-librarian, is looking forward to implementing this activity with the grade four class at Amherst Cove School. As this is the first draft of this activity, look forward to further revisions after its fieldtest in the Spring of 2000.
The teacher will group the students into their expert groups; will have an opportunity to revise these activities developed by this group of teacher-librarians; will introduce concept of habitats to students and relate this to work that has been done in grade 3 (Language Arts theme - "Vanishing Animals", APEF Science unit for grade 3 - "Life Cycles"); will facilitate student learning.
The Teacher-librarian will select appropriate electronic, print, non-print, community resources. The Teacher-librarian will also facilitate student learning.
Schedule for Activities and Time Frame - April-June (Spring is the logical time to begin thinking about gardening. The timeframe for this project will be April-June, allowing 4 weeks for student research, 2 weeks for coordination of project at school and community levels, and 6 weeks for developing the butterfly garden.)
Evaluation: Assessment of Students, Evaluation of Activity.
The teacher and teacher-librarian will assess student learning at various stages of the project. Teacher and teacher-librarian will assess students' use of the information process. Teacher and teacher-librarian will observe students' abilities to plan and coordinate this school-wide project. Students will reflect on this project (process and product) to create a plan for sustaining the garden over the long-term. This will become a yearly task for grade 4 students.
(NOTE: The following activities are still under development at Amherst Cove School.)
The class will be divided into 5 expert groups. Some groups will have more members than others. Each expert group will be given one guiding question to research by completing the learning stations that go along with each question. The following questions will be used to guide students' research:
When students have finished, each expert group will share what it has learned with the whole class. Each group, in consultation with the teacher and teacher-librarian, will be responsible for deciding how they should present their information to the whole class. Once each expert group has had a chance to share what it has learned, a plan for creating the butterfly garden will be developed. It will be the responsibility of the grade 4 class to share their plan with the rest of the school and coordinate the roll-out of this project to the entire school.