The Solar System Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] A WebQuest for 3rd Grade Science Designed by Jillian Shoup [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/Images/StarChild/solar_system_level1/solar_system.gif
Introduction Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] You are an astronaut traveling to another planet! You will need to research the solar system and the planet that you are traveling to, to help prepare for your journey. What is there to know about your planet?
The Task Student Page Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
Since we have been learning about the solar system in our science class, it is your job to take on the role of an astronaut and research the planet that you will be traveling to.
Your task is to:
Research the solar system
Research your assigned planet
Gather facts and information useful about that planet
You will then create a poster and a 3-D model of your planet and give a presentation in front of the class with your group.
By the end of this WebQuest, you and your group will be able to:
Give a clear definition of the solar system
Explain what is in the solar system
Be able to describe a planet in our solar system
Give numerous facts about a planet
Describe where your planet is located in the solar system
Determine whether people can live on your planet
The Process Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
You’re probably wondering where to start…
Here’s what you need to do:
First I will assign you to a group of 3 students
Next you and your group will come up with the top two planets you want to travel to
You will then come to me and tell me what planet you want to research
I will assign you a planet based on your picks to make sure each group has a different planet
Begin research by finding an accurate definition of the solar system
Discuss findings with your group
You will then research the solar system with websites that I have provided
Gather that information
Next you will research your assigned planet
Gather as much useful information as possible to make an educational presentation
After having all the information organize it into a chart separating information on the solar system and your planet
You will then create a poster of the information you gathered and make a 3-D model of your planet with the supplies I provided
Use these sites to find information about the solar system and your planet:
Evaluation Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Delivery not smooth and audience attention often lost. Delivery not smooth, but able to maintain interest of the audience most of the time. Rehearsed with fairly smooth delivery that holds audience attention most of the time. Well-rehearsed with smooth delivery that holds audience attention. Presentation Delivery not smooth and audience attention lost. Delivery not smooth, but able to hold audience attention most of the time. Relatively interesting, rehearsed with a fairly smooth delivery that usually holds audience attention. Interesting, well-rehearsed with smooth delivery that holds audience attention. Oral Presentation There was no clear or logical organizational structure, just lots of facts. Content is logically organized for the most part. Uses headings or bulleted lists to organize, but the overall organization of topics appears flawed. Content is well organized using headings or bulleted lists to group related material. Organization Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors. Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors. Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good. Covers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent. Content More than one requirement was not completely met. One requirement was not completely met. All requirements are met. All requirements are met and exceeded. Requirements Score 1 2 3 4 CATEGORY
Conclusion Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] You have finished your project on the solar system! You should have learned a lot valuable facts and information all about the solar system! You should have learned a lot of information researching your own planet and learned a lot of information from your classmate’s presentations on their planets. You should also know how many planets are located in our solar system and the order of them. Now that you’re finished, are you interested in learning more about our solar system?... If you are, I have provided some extra websites that you can use to research some more! http://www.planetsforkids.org/ http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/ http://www.kidzone.ws/planets/index.htm Congratulations!!
Credits & References Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] The WebQuest Page The WebQuest Slideshare Group http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/Images/StarChild/solar_system_level1/solar_system.gif http://questgarden.com/79/09/6/090326165128/conclusion.htm http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%20Standards.pdf
Curriculum Standards (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page
Science Standards Addressed
Students were able to use search tools to locate information relevant to their topic
Students were able to compare and contrast information
Students could comprehend information texts such as the sites provided in the WebQuest
Students were able to work in groups to effectively communicate and work together to form a creative project. They were able to work together to divide up work and make a presentation that they gave to the entire class. They built up communication skills and partner skills as well as presentation and creativity skills.