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Ecology WebQuest - Process

Your process, or the steps you take to complete this WebQuest, is as important as your final product. Each class or group's process may be different. Some students will begin their work on this WebQuest before or after taking a field trip to Sabino Canyon; others will not visit the canyon.

The following framework is just one possible process students may follow.

Begin by reading books about ecology and/or the Sonoran Desert. Visit your school library or public library to find resources. Your classroom teacher and school librarian can work together to help you locate resources for your study. What keywords will you use to search? Ask your teacher and librarian for assistance. Here are some recommended titles:

Cactus Café: A Story of the Sonoran Desert by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Cactus Hotel by Brenda Guiberson, illustrated by Megan Lloyd
Cactus Poems
by Frank Asch, illustrated by Ted Lewin
A Desert Scrapbook by Virginia Wright-Fierson
The Desert is Theirs by Byrd Baylor, illustrated by Peter Parnall
Desert Trip by Barbara Steiner, illustrated by Ron Himler
Our Endangered Planet: Life on Land by Mary Hoff and Mary M. Rodgers
A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History by Lynne Cherry
Saguaro Moon: A Desert Journal by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini

Visit the Southwest Children's Literature Web site for over 100 books about the Southwest.

These six questions (called the Big6) may help you in your inquiry process:

What are my questions? Are they fat (good) questions?
Which of the ecology topics is your team most interested in studying: water, land use, plants, and animals? Choose one topic and web what you already know about it. Make a list of your groups' questions about your topic. (Remember: "fat" questions are ones that can't be answered with "yes," "no," nor with simple phrases.)

What resources can I use to find information?
Check out the links on the WebQuest Resources Page. Use books, CD-ROMs, and other material from your school and/or public library and your classroom. If possible, help your teacher or librarian arrange for a guest speaker on your topic or on ecology in general. You may want to work in partners or divide up the resources among each of the members of your group.

In this resource, how do I find information?
Brainstorm keywords that relate to your topic. Use them while searching for information. Use indexes, tables of contents, glossaries, timelines, graphs, charts, and illustrations to help you find answers to your questions.

How will I use the information I find?
Keep a research log or journal or make notecards to record your findings. Remember to record where you found your information. Record important page numbers and URLs where you can return to valuable illustrations or to check your facts.

What can I make to show what I have learned?
Your team can write a letter to a decision-maker, a letter to the editor of the newspaper, create a presentation to give to an individual or group, write a speech, story, poem, or song. Remember your audience is very important. Review the information on the Ecology WebQuest Task Page.

How will I know I did my job well?
Use the rubric your class, your group, and/or your teacher created to evaluate your work. You should refer to this rubric as you conduct your research. Work as a group or class to write a list of self-reflection questions for each person to answer when the project is complete.

To get started on your inquiry, go to the Ecology WebQuest Resources Page.

Last updated: 10 July 2012

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