Save the Fish: A WebQuest on Water Pollution
A WebQuest for 3rd Grade (Environmental Science)Designed by
Kristi Corrigan: KC592123@wcupa.edu
Nicole Stevenson: NS621582@wcupa.edu
Why is my family sick? Why did my best friend move away? You are a fish in the Atlantic Ocean and these are questions you find yourself asking a lot lately. Your parents tell you that all of these things are happening because of water pollution. The pollution is destroying your home and neighborhood. You and others in the school of fish are sick of living in the miserable conditions caused as a result of water pollution. You decide you want to gather information about water pollution and its harmful effects. Ultimately, your goal is to educate the public about this issue in an attempt to promote awareness and hopefully put an end to the water pollution that has made life so difficult for you.
~ First, you will form your groups, based on assignments by the teacher.
~ Second, you will research water pollution.
~After collecting your research, you will work together to create a handout for the class about water pollution.
~Finally, you will create a short skit about water pollution and its effects and perform your skit in front of the class.
2. When you are finished collecting information, you will work together to create a handout for the class. This handout should contain all of the important facts each fish collected about their topic. The handout will be an excellent way for you to help the class really understand water pollution. Use the handout provided for you below.
3. Finally, your group will create a short skit (about 2-3 minutes) to perform in front of the class. You will all play fish that are sick and tired of living in polluted water. Discuss what you have experienced in your lifetime to make you realize just how terrible water pollution really is. You may be creative with your skit, but also make sure to include information about the harmful effects of water pollution. Assign specific roles to each group member and write a script for the skit. Make sure each person knows exactly what they are going to say before you present your skit to the class. In the end, the class should be able to see why pollution is bad, and everyone should understand why it is important for humans to try to stop pollution.
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The following are standards from the Pennsylvania Department of Education:
Environment and Ecology
A. Know that plants, animals and humans are dependent on air and
• Know that all living things need air and water to survive.
• Identify things that cause sickness when put into the air, water
• Identify different areas where health can be affected by air,
water or land pollution.
• Identify actions that can prevent or reduce waste pollution.
B. Identify how human actions affect environmental health.
• Identify pollutants.
• Identify sources of pollution.
• Describe how people can reduce pollution.
Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening
A. Read and understand essential content of informational texts and
documents in all academic areas.
• Differentiate fact from opinion within text.
• Distinguish between essential and nonessential information
within a text.
• Make inferences from text when studying a topic (e.g., science,
social studies) and draw conclusions based on text.
• Analyze text organization and content to derive meaning from
text using established criteria.
B. Use and understand a variety of media and evaluate the quality of
• Use electronic media for research.
A. Listen to others.
• Ask questions as an aid to understanding.
• Distinguish fact from opinion.
C. Speak using skills appropriate to formal speech situations.
• Use appropriate volume.
• Pronounce most words accurately.
• Pace speech so that is understandable.
• Demonstrate an awareness of audience.
D. Contribute to discussions.
• Ask relevant questions.
• Respond with appropriate information or opinions to questions
• Listen to and acknowledge the contributions of others.
• Display appropriate turn-taking behaviors.
E. Participate in small and large group discussions and presentations.
• Participate in everyday conversation.
• Present oral readings.
More information about these standards can be found at: http://www.pde.state.pa.us/stateboard_ed/cwp/view.asp?A=3&Q=76716
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