Desert Habitat WebQuest <ul><li>By: </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Love </li></ul><ul><li>(Second Grade) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Chiminike Children’s Museum wants to create a new exhibit about the desert habitat, and guess what? The students of 2B have been asked to create and display the new room! The exhibit must be fun, creative, full of cool information about desert life, and include every student acting as a plant, animal, or native person of the desert! </li></ul><ul><li>Before the exhibit can be permanently displayed at Chiminike, it must first be presented at the American School. Chiminike wants to make sure that the new desert habitat display is educational, exciting, and attractive to all children. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Task </li></ul><ul><li>You will work with a team of other geographers in your class. You and your team will research characteristics of the Sahara desert and use that information to design and create the new display! You will record your information in a data sheet or science journal. </li></ul><ul><li>You and your team must investigate the following: </li></ul><ul><li>* Characteristics of the Sahara desert. </li></ul><ul><li>*Animals, plants, and people of the Sahara/their adaptations </li></ul><ul><li>*What decorations and props will be used to create the scene? </li></ul><ul><li>*How will each student act out his or her part creatively? </li></ul>
Process Step 1 The Sahara is a hot desert. What are hot deserts like? Click on “Sahara” below. Write four characteristics of hot deserts on your data sheet. Sahara Click here for more information .
Step 2 Click on any of the animals or plants below to research information about them. Choose any four and write three (3) facts about each one on your data sheet. The plants/animals with a * are found in the Sahara Desert . The others are not. Cactus Desert spoon Prickly pear cactus Old man cactus Dragon tree Aloe Yucca Barrel cactus Saguaro Thorny devil Jack rabbit Coyote Rattlesnake Peccary Scorpion Ostrich Jerboa Gazelle Fennec fox Camel
Step 3 Click here . After investigating, discuss with your group one thing that you learned about the Tuareg people.
Step 4 <ul><li>Think about the plant, animal, or person that you will represent in the museum. What will you say? How will your character pose/stand? </li></ul><ul><li>When presenting, you must talk in first person and give the most important information about your character. Work with your team to write four to six lines. You will say these lines by memory in the museum. All members of the team will use the same lines. Get information from this WebQuest, books, or other people. </li></ul><ul><li>You must practice in front of the class once everyone memorizes the lines. Write your lines on your data sheet or in your science journal. </li></ul>
*What is an oasis? Click here. Write what you learned on your data sheet. Draw a picture of an oasis and a sand dune. Step 5
Step 6 <ul><li>Click below to see examples of deserts. </li></ul><ul><li>Deserts 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Desert 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Desert 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Desert 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Sitting with your team, discuss what things need to be included in the desert scene for the museum. Make a list. </li></ul><ul><li>Also discuss who will bring the materials or how they are going to be made. </li></ul>
Conclusion <ul><li>You are ready to put all of this information together to create the display for the museum! Chiminike is going to be so excited about its new room! </li></ul><ul><li>As you explored the websites, I hope that you were asking yourself many questions about life in the desert. Write those questions in your science journal and research them at another time. Also, don’t forget to use books in your research. They are also a wonderful tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Now is the time to sit, discuss, and PLAN, PLAN, PLAN with your group. Good luck! I know that you’re going to put on a fabulous show! </li></ul>