Hannah Clemmons Technology WebQuest Lesson Plan November, 2010
Clean Sweep USA “Keeping America Beautiful” Waste in Place http://www.cleansweepusa.org/wasteinplace_intro.aspx
Engagement As you know, we have been exploring Recycling! What are some things we’ve learned about recycling so far? I have found a website that has a lot of great information about recycling and taking care of our planet. First, I want you to explore the whole website. Then, I want you to get together with your small groups to explore the specific part of the website I will assign you. Afterwards, your group will share what you learned on the website with the rest of the class. Make sure to click on anything you can; there are a few games on the website if you can look hard enough to find them!
Exploration Children explore website independently as teacher circulates, making sure children are on track (20 minutes- give five minute warning). Then, teacher announces groups and give groups their specific topic (sub-site of website). Groups each have one focusing question to answer and present to the class. Garbage Pizza- Why is too much garbage bad? Waste Watchers- What kinds of things can we recycle? Compost Office- What is composting? Recycling Rules- What is a MRF?
Energy to Burn- What are waste-to-energy plants? Landfill Lounge- What are landfills?
Explanation Children answer their guiding question in their group. Many types of media are available for explanatory writings/markings (drawing materials, writing materials, computer word processing software). Children are encouraged to make a presentational aid for their presentation to the class.
Elaboration Groups present their findings to the class. After the initial short presentation, the group is allowed to take three questions. If they cannot answer the questions, the questions may be written down in order to further investigate later. Presentations conclude with a class discussion about what this information and website helped the class learn about recycling and why it is important.
Evaluation Children respond to a journal prompt about what they learned from the whole activity and how it relates to what they know about recycling (What did you learn today during our recycling WebQuest? Why is this information important to you (and others) as a recycler(s)?). As they work on the computer, children are checked for basic physical and navigational computer skills (using the mouse, opening a program, finding a bookmarked webpage, typing if applicable).
Classroom Management Working with children and computers, especially when internet is involved, can be quite challenging. However, I have found that the more prepared you are, the better the lesson will go. First, make sure that the groups using computers are formed and clear. With this, make sure that all children in the group that wants a chance to use the computer will get a chance (this means more than just watching the screen as someone else navigates! Ideally, every student could have their own computer). Second, it is very important to make sure all computers have the necessary equipment (headphones) and extensions/downloads to use the website you have selected. A whole activity and class period can be ruined by a Flash plug-in that hasnâ€™t been installed. Third, it is paramount that instructions are clear and children are aware of expectations about using the internet (only go to the website I give you). It is very useful to bookmark pages and place them on the computersâ€™ desktops. The more prepared you are and the better you know the site you are using, the smoother your website-based lesson will go! (I helped teach a computer special class at Lab this summer for different K-5th grade classes. I learned A LOT about using computers with young children.)