The Web of Life Sabino Canyon  
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Note to Teachers

The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists Program conducts field trips for school-age children from October through April. Each year beginning August 1st, you can make a reservation for your class by leaving a message at: (520) 751-4766. Field trips are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis.

Your students can use this Web site in many different ways. It can be used as a pre-field trip experience to give students background before they visit the canyon. It can be used as a post-field trip resource to continue the learning that began on your field trip. If your class is unable to visit the canyon, it can be used as a stand-alone resource on Sabino Canyon and the Sonoran Desert. These are some of the science standards that can be addressed while integrating this Web site into your classroom curriculum.

Life Science:

Students demonstrate the previous and following skills/knowledge:

  • explain and model the interaction and interdependence of living and non-living components within ecosystems, including the adaptation of plants and animals to their environment. (SC4-E7)

Science as Inquiry:

Students demonstrate the previous and following skills/knowledge:

  • identify a question, formulate a hypothesis, control and manipulate variables, devise experiments, predict outcomes, compare and analyze results, and defend conclusions. (SC1-E1)
  • create a model (e.g., a computer simulations, a stream table, a flow chart) to predict change. (SC1-E2)
  • organize and present data gathered from their own experiences, using appropriate mathematical analyses and graphical representations. (SC1-E3)
  • analyze scientific reports from magazines, television or other media. (SC1-E6)
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The WebQuest found on this site is intended as an inquiry-oriented Web-based learning experience for students. After participating in the Quest, students can demonstrate their learning in one of the suggested products/presentations or in any way you feel appropriate. Giving students a framework for their inquiry is important. I use the BigSix Approach developed by Michael Eisenberg and Robert Berkowitz.

A WebQuest addresses AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. It is one electronic learning experience that can also thoroughly address technology standards for students as outlined by the NETS (International Society for Technology in Education - ISTE), the Arizona Department of Education, and the in draft standards proposed by the Arizona Technology in Education Alliance.) To assist you, there is also a Teachers' Page found in the WebQuest section of this site.

If you want to know more about WebQuests, there are excellent resources found on the Web. The San Diego School District has a site that summarizes their professional development initiative that includes "how-to," sample Quests, student rubrics, and more. If you need theoretical and practical support for integrating the Web into your classroom curriculum, look at the Québec English Schools Network.

The Resources Page on this site includes the materials that were used to build this site, the human resources who provided their expertise, and other online resources for you and your students to explore. There is also a list of people/agencies to whom students can write if students want to express their interest and/or concern about issues related to Sabino Canyon and protecting the desert environment. These will be useful when students choose their audience for their WebQuest presentations.

After your class visits Sabino Canyon, students can draw pictures and/or write a report, story, poem, song, or letter about what they learned and/or what is important about the canyon. Each class is invited to submit one or two contributions to this Web site. You must give me permission in writing (email) to publish the work. Depending on your school's policy, you may need to get parents' permission first.

Please send me student work in the body of an email message. Send art work in gif or jpeg format as email attachments. If you are unable to scan students' work, contact me and I will give you an address where it can be snail mailed. I will send you notification via email when your students' work has been published on the Kids' Contributions Page of this site.

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