Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Erosion Webquest - Section 1: NGSS Connections and Class Preparation


What is a WebQuest?

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. The model was developed by Bernie Dodge at San Diego State University in February, 1995 with early input from SDSU/Pacific Bell Fellow Tom March, the Educational Technology staff at San Diego Unified School District, and waves of participants each summer at the Teach the Teachers Consortium at The Thacher School in Ojai, California.

This is an excerpt from the website.

Why a Webquest?

With the concept of 'erosion' a picture is worth a 1000 words. How best to expose my students to effects of erosion and erosion solutions? Hands on certainly, but I wanted their experience to go beyond the model, beyond the school and view images of erosion, and the solutions that have been used to impede erosion. Hopefully they will access this learning when devising their own erosion solutions.

Through a webquest, teams move at their own pace; they can discuss the images; they have control of the media. Students have a purpose for visiting the identified sites, there is information they have to find and to assimilate.

I have a general outline and agenda, via the web worksheet, but students take the learning into their own hands. Rather than me imposing the pace and discussions students have the freedom to stop and discuss as it suits them. Students have an opportunity to look closely at images and can replay the videos for information.

Designing a webquest takes times and is only as effective as the inquiry, student buy in and web links, but it is rewarding to see the students engaged and working together to make meaning from images, video and print.

Any input on this endeavor is appreciated.


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Erosion Webquest

Unit 4: Unit 4 - Surface Water and Landform Interactions
Lesson 13 of 18

Objective: SWBAT identify causes of erosion and research possible erosion solutions

Big Idea: Scientists build background knowledge for erosion solutions to prepare them for developing their own erosion solution models.

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Science, erosion, landforms, water cycle, water
  90 minutes
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