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Global Warming Webquest

Subject:Technology, Science, Literacy

Grade Level: 5th grade

Materials: Computers with Internet access and PowerPoint software, paper, pencils, chart paper, projector

About: During this webquest, students assume the role of scientists and work as part of a team that has been asked to study the causes, effects, and solutions to the Global Warming Crisis. Students' research and findings will be used to formulate a plan to aide in the crisis.

The students will generate a PowerPoint slide show on global warming and present their findings in class.

This project will reinforce students’ cooperative learning, oral, research, and PowerPoint skills.

Note: Day 2 in this lesson may extend over two days depending on the rate that the students gather their information.

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd8b5mbx_37gqz9vtx6

 Objectives
To reinforce students' research skills.
To reinforce students' oral presentation skills.
To reinforce students' PowerPoint skills.
To reinforce students' cooperative learning skills.

Websites
This is the link to the Global Warming Lesson Plan.
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd8b5mbx_37gqz9vtx6
This link will be used by students if the focus of their research is the effects of global warming on wildlife.
http://epa.gov/climatechange/index.html
This link will be used by students if the focus of their research is the effects of global warming on wildlife.
http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TakeAction&JServSessionIdr006=was99wql35.app7a
This link will be used by students if the focus of their research is the effects of global warming on wildlife.
http://greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/climate-change
This link will be used by students if the focus of their research is the effects of global warming on energy.
http://ase.org/section/_audience/consumers/powersmart/
This link will be used by students if the focus of their research is the effects of global warming on energy.
http://foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/
This link will be used by students if the focus of their research is the effects of global warming on energy.
http://dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/earth/air/global.htm
This is the link to the Global Warming webquest.
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd8b5mbx_39dvpkg2hg

Standards
Students apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
5th grade
Technology
Students understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

Day 1: What do we know about Global Warming?
Objectives
To introduce students to the topic of global warming.
To have students working cooperatively in groups.
Materials
Chart paper, pencils, markers
Computers with Internet access, projector
URL for the Webquest: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd8b5mbx_39dvpkg2hg
Procedures
Teacher uses chart paper to create the KWL table and has students begin filling in the K & W parts of the chart on global warming.
Teacher then shows the webquest to the students and explains the scenario.
Students are divided into groups and begin discussing their roles.
Students choose their topic for the project (Effects of Global Warming on Wildlife or Energy)
Homework
None
Assessment
Teacher observes that students are working cooperatively in discussing the topics and have chosen their topic for the project.

Day 2: Researching Global Warming
Objectives
Students begin the webquest and research their selected topics.
Materials
Computers with Internet access
Paper, pencils
URL for the Webquest: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd8b5mbx_39dvpkg2hg
Procedures
Teacher reviews the Webquest project with students.
Students separate into their groups and research their project.
Homework
None
Assessment
Teacher observes that students are working cooperatively in discussing the topics and researching their topic.

Day 3: Using PowerPoint to create the Global Warming presentations.
Objectives
Students will learn the basics of PowerPoint to create their presentations.
Materials
Computers with PowerPoint installed and Internet access, projector
Research notes, pencils, paper
PowerPoint chart on inserting a slide and applying a design/transition
PowerPoint charts: How to insert a slide in PowerPoint, How to apply a design and transition in PowerPoint.
Procedures
Teacher opens PowerPoint.
Teacher shows students how to insert a slide in PowerPoint.
Teacher shows students how to apply a design and transition in PowerPoint.
Students begin their PowerPoint slide presentations.
Homework
None
Assessment
Teacher observes that students are creating their PowerPoint presentations using their research notes.

Day 4: Presenting our findings on Global Warming.
Objectives
Students give their PowerPoint presentations on global warming.
Materials
Computers with PowerPoint software and Internet access
Projector
Rubrics: PowerPoint Rubric, Oral Presentation Rubric
Procedures
Students present their PowerPoint slide shows to the rest of the class.
The class asks questions and provides feedback to presenters.
Homework
None.
Assessment
The teacher assesses presentations using the PowerPoint rubric, and assesses oral presentations using the Oral Presentation rubric.

Day 5: Revisiting the KWL Chart.
Objectives
To have students revisit the KWL chart and write what they learned about global warming.
Materials
KWL chart, marker, paper, pencils
Procedures
Teacher displays the KWL chart.
Ask the students to fill out the "L" of the chart by writing what they have learned.
Students then work independently to write reflections on the project. What did they learn? What did they like and why? What didn't they like and why?
Homework
None
Assessment
Teacher observes that students are participating in the activity.

Annette Lopez

alopez6@schools.nyc.gov

PS 306
40 West Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10453

Annette Lopez is the Technology Teacher at PS 306. She began teaching through the NYC Teaching Fellows Program after having worked in the computer field for 12 years. At PS 306 she teaches computers to students in grades 1-5. She has developed a technology curriculum that is project-based and integrates literacy, science, and social studies. She is the point person for all technology professional development for teachers at PS 306, making sure they use technology effectively in the classroom.


Important documents for this lesson plan.

Steps to Insert a new slide.doc
How to Apply a Slide Design and Transition in PowerPoint.doc

 

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