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San Domenico School

Biome Zoo Design

A Scientific and Geographic Webquest

Biome map of the earth

(If you use this WebQuest with your students, I would appreciate feedback about what worked and what didn't. Scott at sfletcher@sandomenico.org )

Introduction
A large, environmental organization has hired our class to study and design 8 Biome zoos for the preservation of species and the enjoyment and education of visitors. This organization would like to bring people to their zoos to educate the public about Biomes and the interdependence of living organisms and the environment.

The Task
Each study team will choose a world biome (Rainforest, Temperate Deciduous Forest, Boreal Forest or Taiga, Chaparral, Grassland, Savannah, Desert and Tundra) and make a presentation to the organization's Board of Directors recommending the proposed location of the biome zoo, the animals and plants to be included, a comprehensive design of the facility and an economic feasibility study based on access, transportation and available lodging.

The Process Each study team will:
Conduct research on their Biome using the Internet Resources provided, and any other library resources, focusing on animal and plant species’, climate and weather, one endangered species, and the benefits inherent in the selection of the host city. Research notes will be evaluated.

  • Make selections of plants (at least 5 types) animals (at least 3 large and medium sized animals and 3 small animals), and 2 birds to include in their Biome Zoo. Each group must also include an endangered species that is from their Biome.
  • Photograph of a Mountain LionChoose the appropriate geographic location in or near a city that can provide not only access, but transportation and lodging. Factors to consider are: political stability (safety), an international airport, public transportation, a variety of expensive to inexpensive lodging, and other points of interest to the zoo visitors. (Numbers 1-3 should take 2 weeks or 6 class sessions. Each student’s research notes and participation will be given points at the end of this research phase.)
  • Design a zoo for your plants and animals on large graph paper using colored pencils. Consider the animal needs and requirements and those of your visitors. Scan the finished drawing into your Power Point presentation. (This should be done as homework during the 2nd and 3rd week of the project)
  • Create a Power Point or KeyNote presentation of their proposal that includes a description of the biome, its plants and animals, the basic design of the zoo and the reasoning behind their selection of the host city (this should include factors related to accessibility, transportation, lodging, etc. (Number 5 should take 1½ weeks or 4 class sessions)
  • Give an oral presentation to the Board (Teacher and Librarian), using their Power Point presentation. Each student must have a role in the presentation. (Number 6 should take ½ week or two class sessions
  • Open-note Exam (Number 7 should take 1 class session after a review period)

Resources

Evaluation (each student)

  • Will be given up to 20 participation points based on the rubric below.
  • Will receive up to 20 group-points based on the PowerPoint Rubric.
  • Will receive up to 10 points for their zoo design
  • Will receive up to 20 individual points based on the Presentation Rubric.
  • Will earn up to 30 points based on a project-ending, open note examination based on all of the presentations.

Participation Rubric

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

The student is actively and creatively involved in the planning, research (including notes) and completion of the project and its presentation.

The student stays involved in the planning, research (including notes) and completion of the project and its presentation.

The student is only partially involved or reluctant in the planning, research (including notes) and completion of the project and its presentation.

The student is rarely involved or negatively impacts the planning, research (including notes) and completion of the project and its presentation.

The student misses one or no class work sessions.

The student misses 2 class work sessions.

The student misses 3 class work sessions.

The student misses 4 or more class work sessions.

20 points

15 points

10 points

5 points

Presentation Rubric

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

The Presentation covers all the topics outlined in the "Process" section and relates important and interesting information about each.

The Presentation covers almost all of the topics outlined in the "Process" section and generally relates important and interesting information about each.

The Presentation covers some of the topics outlined in the "Process" section but information is somewhat vague and uninteresting.

The Presentation barely covers the topics outlined in the "Process" section and information is poorly organized and uninteresting.

The Presentation shows an excellent knowledge of PowerPoint is exciting and fun to view and enhances the viewer's understanding of the designated Biome.

The Presentation shows a working knowledge of PowerPoint is fun to view and generally helps viewers understanding of the designated Biome.

The Presentation shows only a passing knowledge of PowerPoint, is uninteresting to watch and conveys little to the viewer's understanding of the designated Biome.

The Presentation shows only a passing knowledge of PowerPoint, is disorganized and conveys very little information of interest

20 points

15 points

10 points

5 points

Zoo Design Rubric

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

The student creates a creative and visually pleasing, accurate to scale drawing that reflects an excellent understanding of his/her habitat and the needs of both the zoo animals and human visitors.

The student creates a visually pleasing drawing that reflects a better than average understanding of his/her habitat and the needs of both the zoo animals and human visitors.

The student creates a passable drawing that reflects only a basic understanding of his/her habitat and the needs of both the zoo animals and human visitors.

The student creates an unintelligible drawing that reflects very little understanding of his/her habitat and the needs of both the zoo animals and human visitors.

10 points

7 points

5 points

2 points


Oral Presentation Rubric

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

The student is well prepared, poised, and able to convey their information in a lucid and organized manner. Their presentation is thorough in scope, and is well-integrated with the Power Point presentation.

The student is knowledgeable about their topic and is able to convey their information in an organized manner. Their presentation is fairly thorough in scope, and is supported by the Power Point presentation with only a couple of timing and/or technological glitches.

The student demonstrates only a basic knowledge about their topic and has trouble conveying their information in an organized manner. Their oral presentation is not synchronized with the Power Point presentation and there are a number of timing and/or technological glitches.

The student is unable to make an oral presentation using the Power Point as support.

20 points

15 points

10 points

0 points


Conclusion
Each student is responsible for attentively listening, taking notes and learning about each Biome that is presented in the class. We will conclude this project by taking an open-note exam based on all of the Biome Zoo presentations.

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