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Are You an A.C.E. ?. Home. Introduction. Task. Process. Evaluation. Conclusion. Teacher Page. Exploring the Arctic Tundra a science WebQuest for 7th Grade Designed by – Margaret Thomas margaat@bgnet.bgsu.edu EDTL 680 – Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning – Summer 2008.

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are you an a c e
Are You an A.C.E. ?

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Exploring the Arctic Tundra

a science WebQuest for 7th Grade

Designed by –

Margaret Thomas

margaat@bgnet.bgsu.edu

EDTL 680 – Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning – Summer 2008

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Only a few selected scientists have ever reached the North Pole. In 1909, Robert Peary and Matthew Henson were the first explorers to reach the North Pole. In 1986, Will Steger was the first to complete a dogsled expedition of the North Pole. In 2008, you will have the opportunity of a lifetime to join an arctic expedition to observe the ever changing Arctic Tundra. Before you can join the team on the arctic voyage, you must become an A.C.E. (Arctic Crew Expert)

Do you have what it takes?

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  • You have been chosen as the official scientific historian of the crew. Your responsibility is to record all the major events and experiences of this voyage. Upon completion of the expedition, you will be presenting the adventures of the entire team to the ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge). The following information must be included in the report:
        • A list of supplies taken on the voyage
        • Information regarding the land and

animals found in the Arctic

        • Photographs taken of wildlife and natural

events that occurred

        • A detailed map of the route traveled
        • A copy of your personal daily diary
  • Make sure you have all the materials

you may need before you begin 

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ProcessA.C.E. Tasks

ACE Tasks

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  • You must first complete the following tasks individually in order to become an official ACE and join the arctic voyage team.
          • Create a timeline of significant historical events concerning Arctic exploration from the years 850 through 2008.
          • Locate a city in Alaska that is near the Arctic circle. Research on Athropolis.com the temperature extremes (high and low temperatures) for a period of seven days in the city that you chose. Create a graph that will show the data that you have researched. Determine the mean, mode, and range of temperatures in your graph.
          • Investigate the vegetation of the Tundra. Find a total of 5 different plants such as trees, grass, flowers, moss, fungi, algae, etc. Be sure to list at least three interesting facts for each plant.
          • Investigate the animals found in the Tundra. Find one carnivore, one omnivore, one herbivore, one endangered species, and one species that is now extinct. Be sure to list at least three interesting facts for each animal that you have investigated.
          • Compare and contrast the Tundra with another biome of your choice (desert, grasslands, forests, and alpine) by creating a Venn diagram or comparative essay.
  • Be sure to keep track of the websites, maps, pictures/images, and books that you referenced and construct a resource guide.
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Now that you have completed those 5 individual tasks, you are officially an A.C.E. and part of the arctic voyage team!!!

The team (group of 4) is expected to present their adventures to the ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) upon return to the United States. The following information must be included in the report:

A list of supplies taken on the voyage accompanied by an explanation for bringing each item.

Information regarding the land and animals found in the Arctic

Photographs taken of wildlife and natural events that occurred

A detailed map of the route followed by the team

A copy of your personal daily diary

The team may choose how they would like to present their finding to the ANWR. Acceptable methods of presentation are:

Creating a webpage in EBSCO Host

Writing a “Survival Guide” Book

Creating a PowerPoint Presentation

Designing a scrapbook of your voyage

Creating a travel brochure for an Arctic Vacation

Filming and narrating a video documentary of your adventure

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ProcessGroup Roles

The team will decide which role each member will take. The roles and responsibilities of each team member are the following:

For more details on required tasks for each role see “Group Roles” worksheet

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  • You will be graded individually for the

five A.C.E. tasks (50 points)

    • Each completed task is worth 10 points
    • Resource guide (5 points)
  • You will be graded for the team project based

on these two rubrics:

    • Collaboration (group work) rubric (20 points)
    • Project rubric (25 points)

A= 100-90 points B= 89-80 points C=79-70 points D=69-60 points F=Below 59 points

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Congratulations on completing your first arctic voyage. Your research, determination, and preservation show are a successful scientific historian.

The ANWR thanks you for your hard work and effort in protecting the Arctic waters, land, and wildlife.

Your skills demonstrated in this expedition prove that one day in the future you will lead your own arctic voyage and continue further scientific exploration of the arctic.

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  • Interdisciplinary Connections
    • Social Studies- Timelines, Geography/Maps
    • ELA- research, note-taking, creative writing, comparative essay
    • Science- biomes, animal and plant life, endangered species, weather
    • Math- graphing, mean, median, mode
    • Arts- photography, drawing
    • Computer- internet research, PowerPoint
  • Grouping Students
    • You may want to pre-select students for group project to include students who are best suited for the tasks required
  • Estimated Timeframe
    • Overall WebQuest takes approximately 2-3 weeks
    • Individual Tasks: 5-7 class periods
    • Group Project: 8-10 class periods
  • Computer Concerns
    • Ensure that all links work before starting the WebQuest.
    • If students do not have access to a printer, you may want to have hard copies of materials list, resource guide, and rubrics.
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Teacher Page7th Grade Ohio Standards

Ohio Content Standards for Science

Standard: Earth and Space

Benchmark C- Describe Interactions of matter and energy throughout the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere (e.g., water cycle, weather, and pollution)

Grade Level Indicators

#7- Read a weather map to interpret local, regional, and national weather.

#8- Describe how temperature and precipitation determine climatic zones (biomes) (e.g., desert, grasslands, forests, tundra and alpine).

Ohio Content Standards for Social Studies

Standard: History

Benchmark A- Interpret relationships between events shown on multiple-tier time lines

Grade Level Indicator #1- Group events by broadly defined historical eras and enter onto multiple time lines.

Ohio Content Standard for Math

Standard: Data Analysis and Probability

Benchmark G: Evaluate conjectures and predictions based upon data presented in tables and graphs, and identify misuses of statistical data and displays.

Grade Level Indicator #3- Analyze a set of data by using and comparing combinations of measures of center (mean, median, mode) and measures of spread and describe how the inclusion or exclusion of outliers affects those measures.

Ohio Content Standards for Library Guidelines

Standard: Information Literacy

Benchmark E- Conduct research and follow a research process model that includes the following: develop essential question, identify resources; select, use, and analyze information; synthesize and generate a product; and evaluate both process and product.

Grade Level Indicators

#4- Compile information learned about a topic from a variety of sources.

#7- Take notes, organize information into logical sequence and create a draft product (e.g., report, research paper, presentation)

Ohio Content Standards for Technology

Standard: Technology for Productivity Applications

Benchmark C- Use productivity tools to produce creative works, to prepare publications and to construct technology-enhanced models.

Grade Level Indicator #2- Apply technology resources to support group collaboration and learning throughout the curriculum.

Standard: Technology and Information Literacy

Benchmark A- Evaluate the accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, coverage and relevance of information and data sources.

Grade Level Indicator #5- Chart information gathered from multiple sources to determine facts to be used in a project.

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Teacher PageStudent Resources

Student Handouts

Student Material Checklist

Resource Guide Worksheet

Collaboration Rubric

Project Rubric

Student Internet Resources

ANWR (www.anwr.org)

EBSCOhost (www.ebscohost.com)

Alaskan Map link (http://alaska.org/maps/maps.htm)

Athropolis Weather (http://www.athropolis.com/map.htm)

Create a Graph (http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx)

Venn Diagram Template (http://www.edhelper.com/teachers/Sorting_graphic_organizers.htm)

Arctic Timeline (www.adventureecology.com)

Arctic FAQs (www.allthingsarctic.com)

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Teacher PageCitations

Athropolis Weather, (2007). Retrieved August 5, 2008 from website www.athropolis.com/map.htm

Ohio Department of Education. (2003). Academic content standards: K-12 mathematics, science, technology, library, and social studies. Columbus, OH, Ohio Department of Education.

Image Citations:

Page 1: Caribou in Tundra, (2008). Retrieved August 5, 2008, from Google Images Website www.duke.edu/.../rsf4%20awc7/caribou_tundra.jpg

Page 2: Mush, (n.d). Retrieved August 6, 2008, from Google Images Website http://assets.mediaspanonline.com/prod/501470/mush.jpg

Page 3: Arctic Map, (n.d.). Retrieved August 6, 2008, from Google Images Website http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/polar/arctic.htm

Page 4: Map of Alaska, (n.d). Retrieved August 6, 2008, from Google Images Website http://alaska.org/maps/maps.htm

Page 5: Arctic Explorers, (2004). Retrieved August 6, 2008, from Google Images Website www.newscientist.com

Page 6: Expedition Staff and Superior Room, (2007). Retrieved August 6, 2008, from website http://www.alvoyages.com/ships/akademik-shokalskiy/4/

Page 8: Whitecoat Seal, (n.d). Retrieved August 6, 2008, from website http://www.hickerphoto.com/whitecoat-seal-7876-pictures.htm

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