Teacher Process

Zoo Animals

·        Topic: A study of zoo animals using Web Quest as a teacher presentation and student research tool. A Web Quest is an interactive learning exercise using a variety of internet resources. Students participate in Web Quests to maximize their learning in the most efficient way and are guided through steps to organize the learning process. Since there is an audience to create for, students are motivated by the possibility of getting feedback on their product.


·        Overview:  Ms. Wallace wants her students to research various zoo animals around the world and present their research to the class before the big first grade field trip to the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, TX. Students will need to decide which animal to research using the provided Web Quest and fill in the provided Zoo Animal Report. Group findings will be presented to the class. As a conclusion to the assignment, first grade will take a field trip to the Caldwell Zoo.   


·        Specific Learning Task: To begin the course of study on zoo animals, members of the class were assigned a small group to research one zoo animal with. Students will be responsible for using the provided Web Quest to research a zoo animal and then fill in the provided Zoo Animal Report and present their findings to the class.



·        Learning Objectives: 

Students will be able to do the following:

1.      Research a zoo animal using the provided Web Quest.

2.      Present their research to the class.


·        Procedures:  

1.       Small groups will be assigned by the teacher.

2.       While in the computer lab, small groups will be responsible for using the Web Quest to research one zoo animal of their choice. This step may take 1-3 days depending on how quickly the students are able to find information. Students will watch the provided video on the seven continents for a review.

3.       Students will record continents on research page.

4.       Students will click on the links provided in the Web Quest and choose one zoo animal to research.

5.       Students will be responsible for recording data on the Zoo Animal Report. This includes the animals: habitat, food source, color, animal's baby name, and any other cool animal facts.

6.       Students will work as a group to design a presentation for the class. This presentation must include: a cover, a data sheet for the zoo animal, a picture or drawing of the animal (this may be printed from a website and colored or you can draw the animal yourself), and any fun facts or other information that the group decides the class would be interested in.

7.       Students will present their research findings to the class and answer any questions from their classmates.

8.       Information will be published to hang on the hallway bulletin board so information can be shared with the school.

9.       Students will take the planned Caldwell Zoo field trip to Tyler, TX.


Potential Challenges:

1.      When working with small groups, there is always the potential that one group member will do more than their share because other members slack during the assignment.

2.      When working with technology, there is always an understanding that the designated program may not work as expected. Examples: server going down, internet going down, or printer running out of ink or paper.

Potential Benefits:

1.      Students may learn geography information while researching their zoo animal.

2.      Students may benefit from their new Web Quest knowledge. They can easily take the skills they learned during this assignment and apply them to other school projects.