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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Integrating Online Sources into Teaching

Title of Activity: Wetland Ecosystems

Reference Section:
Earth Day Canada (2003). EcoKids Online "Chain Reactions." Retrieved Sept. 28, 2005, from
Description of the Activity:
Students will go to the web site,
http://www.ecokidsonline.com/pub/eco_info/topics/frogs/chain_reaction/index.cfm#, and play the game "Chain Reaction." They will learn about omnivores, carnivores, herbivores and plants. They will learn about what eats what and the way that a food chain works. They will then have the chance to attempt to put together a food chain in the same program. They will have as many chances as they want to keep trying until they get it right. Once they get it right, the food chain, through a video like clip plays out before their eyes, showing them exactly what eats what. The students will then have to go into a word processor and make their own food chain, using different animals then they recently saw on screen. They can get their pictures by going into Google and doing an image search, then copying and pasting them into their document. However, what can and cannot be copied and pasted will be firmly explained so that the students do not break copyright rules and/or plagiarize. They will also have to label each species correctly (omnivore, carnivore, herbivore, and plant).
General Learner Outcome:
5-10: Describe the living and nonliving components of a wetland ecosystem and the interactions within and among them.
Specific Learner Outcome:
7: Draw diagrams of food chains and food webs, and interpret such diagrams.
ICT Outcomes:
P 1.2.1: Create and revise original text to communicate and demonstrate understanding of forms and techniques
C 1.2.1: Access and retrieve appropriate information from the Internet by using a specific search path or from given uniform resource locations (URL’s).
Rationale for Computer Integration:
By using the Internet students will be able to observe a food chain unfold before their very eyes, something a text book could not do. They will be able to visually learn about food chains and understand just how one works. They will be able to test their knowledge about food chains by attempting to put together their own once they are done the reading. The students will also be able to use the internet (especially Google) to look for specific pictures, thus learning to navigate between various sites. The students will learn to search the web pages to find the pictures that they need to make a food chain. They will also have practice at using word processor and learning to copy and paste items from the Internet right into their assignments.


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