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Web quest about the Evolution and Domestication of the Equid

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  • 1. Evolution and Domestication of the Equid Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] A WebQuest for 9th Grade (Ag 1) Designed by Emily Fickbohm mjohot@simla.colostate,edu Based on a template from The WebQuest Page
  • 2. Introduction Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Horses have been around since before anyone can remember. Although like Darwin’s theory on human evolution, the horse also morphed from a creature unlike what it is today. Fossils and prehistoric elements show us that the horse today was once a forest dwelling creature that stood about 2 to 3 feet high. Your Mission… You are a horse breeder and relatively new to the equine industry. You decide that you would like to develop or breed a new kind of horse, but you are hazy about how the horse evolved in the first place. To breed a new horse you must understand the history, domestication, and current breeds of the equid. You will research and then decide what breeds combined would make the perfect horse.
  • 3. The Task Student Page Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
    • Developing your own breed how horse is a challenge. It took millions of years, even before 4500BC, before we had all the breeds that we do now. It takes a long time to develop a breed and takes knowledge of the breeds. You will participate in the research by:
    • Collecting different information about the theory of equine evolution and comparing them to each other.
    • Gathering pictures and diagrams/charts that show the process of how the horse developed from this 2-3 foot forest dweller to this 5 foot thousand pound animal.
    • Research how the breed was domesticated. Many people played important parts such as: china, North Africa, Spanish/Native American, etc.
    • Identify common breeds currently used today and their purposes. What they do specific to that breed and any identifiable traits.
    • You will conduct all of this research over the internet. You will keep a record of any theory found, any breed that your interested in, and the different ways the horses were domesticated (this could help in training).
    • When you have complete the assignment you will want to make it presentable with visual aids , etc. This is be presented to the class which will act as the United States Horse Council, and some breed associations.
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  • 4. The Process Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
    • As you begin on your quest for the ideal horse breed there are some steps that need to be taken. As for each horse breeder as certain criteria for a sire and a dam.
    • I will put you into groups of 2.
    • I will give you the websites that you will be needing for this Web Quest
    • To completely understand the history of the horse you must go in chronological order. First evolution, then domestication, and then breeds.
    • So you research first and then evaluate.
    • 5. Create a timeline identifying key points in history (be careful as the horse evolved with each transformation there was a different scientific name to each era.)
    • 6. Once you have come up with the history start understanding the breeds. Think about what kind of horse you want to create (racing, ranching, show, or for pleasure).
    • 7. Find the breeds that best accent your ideal horse.
    • The last step is create a visual aid and presentation to present to the class.
    • This Web Quest will give you the information and background you need to enter the equine industry. Everyone has to begin somewhere. The horses started as forest dwellers and so will you.
  • 5. The Process Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Website that you will be using: http://chem.tufts.edu/science/evolution/HorseEvolution.htm www.creationevolution.net/evolution_of_the _horse.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_the_horse www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/horses/ www.equiworld.net/uk/horsecare/evolution/domestication.htm www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses www.aqha.com
  • 6. Evaluation Example: Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
  • 7. Conclusion Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Congratulations! You have success fully developed your own breed of horse specific to your needs and your ideal. Now that you have completed this Web Quest you know all about the evolution of the horse and how to morphed into this magnificent animal. You also are knowledgeable on the domestication which can help you better understand the horses and what it went through. Some horse mentalities still exist such as the flight or fight response. And you also know about breeds and what each breeds special is. This will help you in the long run if you tend to stay around or in the horse industry. Now just remember that developing a new breed isn’t as easy as what we did today. And there are many regulations for registering a mixed breed into a breed association. Breeders spend lots of years and money to understand breeding. This was just a fun exercise to help you better understand evolution, domestication, and breed of the equid.
  • 8. Credits & References Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Pictures: Microsoft Power Point Websites: http://chem.tufts.edu/science/evolution/HorseEvolution.htm www.creationevolution.net/evolution_of_the _horse.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_the_horse www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/horses/ www.equiworld.net/uk/horsecare/evolution/domestication.htm www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses www.aqha.com Special Thanks to: ED331 Colorado State University
  • 9. Evolution and Domestication of the Equid [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page A WebQuest for 9th Grade (Ag. 1) Designed by Emily Fickbohm [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 10. Introduction (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Th is lesson came into effect to help students learn and apply evolution, domestication, and breeds of horses to their everyday life in the equine industry. Although this is not an equine based class it provides students the basic knowledge they need about the horses and allows them to apply it, in an almost real life setting. The students will use the internet and other resources to gather information about the horse and create a breeding log. They will research the evolution and domestication of the horses until they have gained the understanding on how the horse was brought into our society. They will then use the internet and research different breeds of the horse and gather characteristics that dominate each breed they choose. Gather information about the breeds and what type of horse they which to create into a new breed. A log or journal must be kept as in acting the part of a horse breeder searching for a new breed. Sufficient amount of time needs to be provided to the students, due to the fact that this is an intensive assignment/project. Time will be allowed for in class for research and project/presentation preparation. Some of this project may need to be done outside of class. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 11. Learners (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This project will be taught in the 9 th grade. It is a part of the agricultural education program and will be taught in Ag. 1 as it includes basic knowledge of the certain livestock. Agriculture education is open to any student that is interested but has certain criteria to be met inside the program such as being a member of the FFA Chapter. Before students start this project they will have gone through lessons of evolution and horse breeds/colors. Although the only prior knowledge before the lessons includes knowing what a horse looks like. This assignment and class starts from scratch and all students could have no knowledge of the horse. Although it is a given that some students will have knowledge about the horse and some more than others but not matter the knowledge they still have to use the steps and achieve the process and project just like any other student. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 12. Curriculum Standards (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Agricultural Standards met by this lesson and Web Quest project: Students will communicate equine science applications to the history and development of the horse. Students will be able to apply the status and future of the horse industry to careers in equine science and the neef for continuing research. Students will be able to define the leading horse breeds in America and the methods and terms used to group the breeds. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 13. The Process (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page
    • As you begin on your quest for the ideal horse breed there are some steps that need to be taken. As for each horse breeder as certain criteria for a sire and a dam.
    • I will put you into groups of 2.
    • I will give you the websites that you will be needing for this Web Quest
    • To completely understand the history of the horse you must go in chronological order. First evolution, then domestication, and then breeds.
    • So you research first and then evaluate.
    • 5. Create a timeline identifying key points in history (be careful as the horse evolved with each transformation there was a different scientific name to each era.)
    • 6. Once you have come up with the history start understanding the breeds. Think about what kind of horse you want to create (racing, ranching, show, or for pleasure).
    • 7. Find the breeds that best accent your ideal horse.
    • The last step is create a visual aid and presentation to present to the class.
    • This Web Quest will give you the information and background you need to enter the equine industry. Everyone has to begin somewhere. The horses started as forest dwellers and so will you.
    • This project will take a couple of class periods to finish. Although time will be mainly spent with groups going over research found at home . There will be time for research at school but students must understand that since this is such a in depth topic and project time will need to spent at home to complete.
    • The internet web pages that are required to be used are located on the following process page.
    Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 14. The Process (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Website that you will be using: http://chem.tufts.edu/science/evolution/HorseEvolution.htm www.creationevolution.net/evolution_of_the _horse.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_the_horse www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/horses/ www.equiworld.net/uk/horsecare/evolution/domestication.htm www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses www.aqha.com T h ese are the websites that students must pull the majority of ther information off of. However, I fully understand that there are better and more interesting websites out there; so I challenge the student to branch out and find and interesting topic from another site. This site must be approved by the instructor present and the students must still use these websites for the majority of the research. Bonus points will be given to a student that finds an interesting topic about evolution or domestication that I don’t know.
  • 15. Resources (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page
    • Resources need for completion of project:
      • Access to internet at all times.
      • E-mail accounts through the school or personal use to make sure you can take work home and bring it back to school
      • Books are of possible use but not required.
      • Notes from lecture in class about Equine Evolution and Domestication.
    • http://chem.tufts.edu/science/evolution/HorseEvolution.htm
    • www.creationevolution.net/evolution_of_the _horse.htm
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_the_horse
    • www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/horses/
    • www.equiworld.net/uk/horsecare/evolution/domestication.htm
    • www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses
    • www.aqha.com
    • These websites all consist of equine evolution, domestication, and breeds information. This is all the websites they will need to find information about the topic. Branching out of these websites is possible as stated in the Teacher Process.
    • Since this lesson is primarily computer based there is no need for extra teachers to help out. If time allows and student finish sooner than we think a guest speaker may come in and give the students new information to think about as they work on their project. This person would be from the Equine Industry and is not needed until later.
    Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 16. Evaluation (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page The students will be graded on their presentation of the new breed and the information and research found on the topic. Bonus points will be given is students find a piece of information that I didn’t now. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 17. Teacher Script (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Today we are going to talk about our Web Quest projects. Does anyone know what a Web Quest is? A web quest is a project where you play a role in history and go on a search for information over the internet. This web quest is about horses and how they evolved, were domesticated, and how different breeds came into play. The role you are going to play is a horse breeder craving new money. To get this money you decided to create a new breed off of different breeds already established in the industry. One problem though, you don’t know anything about how the horse got here and became part of society in the first place and that is a huge part of breeding. In your web quest you are going to gather research off the internet about how the horse evolved and domesticated. You are also going to gather different breeds you are interested in and what characteristics or jobs that horse has. Your going to keep a log or journal like any horse breeder would do and when you are done researching evolution, domestication and breeds in your groups you are going to find 2 breeds that you would like to breed together and plan a presentation as if presenting to the United States Horse Council and different breed associations. Does anyone have any questions? (if questions come up ask the student what they think they should do or improv) With this type of project being so broad I don’t know what kinds of questions you would have. But the sky is the limit on what breeds they can choose from. And they must use the websites given. Ok now get to work. We only have a couple class periods to get this done and some of those will be half. Get into the groups I assigned you earlier and get a plan of attack going. Some of this project will have to go home as homework but all group time should be able to be done in class. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 18. Conclusion (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This lesson will give students the knowledge of evolution, domestication, and breeds of horses in the world. In Agricultural Education livestock knowledge no matter what it may be is important. If one student has goats and the other students doesn’t they still learn about goats because it is a livestock. This make you knowledgeable about everything in the agriculture industry which is the big spectrum to the equine industry. The standards emphasize livestock involvement and knowledge in agricultural education and students thrive on it. Whether they go work on the farm right after high school or whether they go off to school this gives them the prior knowledge they need to get through whatever they need to succeed and it also gives them a foundation to build on. This kind of subject may not be as important as math to some students but to some far kids this is everything. This is the life they have now and the life they want when they grow up. Most students also don’t realize they like a certain species of livestock until they study it then they may turn into a horse wizard and lover. Although this lesson gives them the livestock knowledge that they need it also gives them internet skills and technology skill. Which as we know is a growing part of society and extremely important for students to have the knowledge on how to work a computer and the internet. It also gives students presentation skills. As we all know when you get out into the industry it isn’t a cake walk and most of the time you have to stand up for either what you believe in or something that your boss told you to find out and present to a client (depending on what your doing). This gives them all those skills and knowledge, computer/.internet, communication, and agriculture. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 19. Credits & References (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Pictures: Microsoft Power Point Websites: http://chem.tufts.edu/science/evolution/HorseEvolution.htm www.creationevolution.net/evolution_of_the _horse.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_the_horse www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/horses/ www.equiworld.net/uk/horsecare/evolution/domestication.htm www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses www.aqha.com Special Thanks to: ED331 Colorado State University Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion